Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Troll Sketch

troll sketch
Quick and rough troll concept sketch. This guy can fit in the palm of your hand. He wears coke can armor and carries an X-acto knife spear.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

WoW Character Portrait

World of Warcraft character portrait
This is a portrait of two World of Warcraft characters that I finished today. The characters are a Blood Elf and Tauren- mage and druid- in full battle gear. A very interesting piece to work on!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mugs, Mousepads, and More at Zazzle

make custom gifts at Zazzle

I just set up a store at Zazzle where you can buy all sorts of goodies with my art on them.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Outer Boundaries Space Art Limited Edition Print

science fiction art print

double matted as shown to 9" x 12"
signed/numbered on heavyweight paper
$30 plus $7.50 shipping and handling in the US
email me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Creature Sketch

creature sketch
This is a sketch that I later painted digitally- the result of which I posted a while back.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Reaper ACEO Sketch

Halloween Reaper ACEO Sketch

2 1/2" x 3 1/2" (6.4cm x 8.9cm)
charcoal and white charcoal pencil on toned paper
$15 plus $2.00 shipping and handling in the US
email me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Goblin Henchman Limited Edition Print

goblin fantasy art limited ed. print

8 1/2" x 11" (21.6cm x 28.0cm), double matted as shown to 11" x 14"
signed/numbered on heavyweight paper
$30 plus $7.50 shipping and handling in the US
email me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.

This is another brand new print limited to an edition of 250. Signed and numbered.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Character Commissions

I'm accepting private commissions for gaming (RPG, MMORPG) and original characters.

  • pencil on bristol board or other acid-free, heavyweight paper
    $60- $120
    (shipping- $3.00)

  • digital line art
    $60- $120

full color digital painting (painted in Photoshop and/or Painter)
  • one to two characters- $275
  • more than two characters - $400+

Sketches and any other preliminary work are emailed to the client. Final artwork (if digital) is sent via email, ftp or on CD.


PayPal, checks, and money orders are accepted. 1/2 of the total payment due upon start of commission, with the rest due upon completion.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Green Goblin Limited Edition Print

8 1/2" x 11" (21.6cm x 28.0cm), double matted as shown to 11" x 14"
signed/numbered on heavyweight paper
$30 plus $7.50 shipping and handling in the US
email me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.

Click the image to see a large view of the unmatted artwork.

This is a brand new print, with a run of 250.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Laucian the Elf Sketch

elf drawing
This is a preparatory drawing I did for an elf painting.

Gaming Art

rpg gaming art

His name is Mornan and he is evil- very, very evil.

This was fun to do. I like creating bw illustrations, but don't get much of an opportunity to do so since most of the projects involve only color art.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Another Creepy Tree Sketch

creepy tree sketch
This is a drawing for a painting from a few years ago. I think this was done in 2005.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Cave Art

fantastical cave illustration
This was one of many illustrations completed for a documentary film about Handsome Lake and the Seneca Indians.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Bow

horse portrait
This horse portrait was painted recently for my portfolio ((painted digitally with Photoshop).

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Distant Worlds Limited Edition Print

space art

8.5" x 11" (6.4cm x 8.9cm)
Printed on matte heavyweight paper
double-matted to 11" x 14"
$30 plus $7.50 shipping and handling in the US
email me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Pencil Sketches

This is a group of sketches from 2004. These were done to rough out some quick ideas for characters, and then filed away for future use.

The sketches that are done on loose paper are filed away in three ring binders. I also sketch in my sketchbook, although currently I'm only using one for nature sketches and quick sketches of everyday objects around the house.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Creepy Tree Sketch

creepy spooky tree sketch

Here's something recent, done in charcoal pencil. I may turn this into a painting, probably in acrylics.

On the subject of trees, here is an interesting link about the Celtic zodiac, which is based on different types of trees:

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Dragon Sketch

dragon sketch

This is a sketch I painted today (with Photoshop). I used a single custom texture brush for the entire sketch, and just varied the size and opacity where needed.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Iguana Acrylic Painting ACEO

2.5" x 3.5" (6.4cm x 8.9cm)
mixed media on watercolor paper
$49.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling in the US
email me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.

This is an ACEO (trading card size, 2.5" x 3.5" ) painting that I posted to my other blog, so sorry to anyone who is emailed twice. I thought a lizard painting was appropriate for this blog as well.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Angel of Death Skull Closeup

angel of death skull

This is a closeup shot of the Angel of Death illustration I posted earlier.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Jungle Card Game Art

jungle card game art

A fairly recent illustration for a card game, painted mostly in Photoshop, but a little work was done in Painter as well.

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Passing Fantasy Art

The Passing fantasy art

Here's another piece from 2004. Limited Edition prints are available for sale here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Night of Fire Fantasy Art

Night of Fire fantasy art

This is an older piece from 2004. I've had it sitting on an easel here in the studio for the past few days, and it just dawned on me that it would make a good post.

I remember putting a lot of time into this. It's 16" x 20" and painted in acrylics. I began by establishing a composition with thumbnail drawings sketched in pencil. I then painted two small color rough thumbnails as well as a sky/mountain/valley color study in order to establish the color scheme. Then I painted a value study of the composition and finished up with a pencil study of the two main characters in the foreground.

After that, I drew the composition full size on tracing paper, and then transferred it to watercolor board. I fleshed out the drawing thoroughly right on the board, then spray fixed it and sealed it with two coats of matte medium (one layer stroked on horizontally, the second vertically). The matte medium not only helped isolate the drawing from the subsequent paint layers, but by altering the stroke direction for each layer, it gives a fine linen texture on top of the nice watercolor board texture.

And after all of that I was finally ready to start painting... whew.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Angel of Death Fantasy Art

Angel of Death fantasy art

This one was somewhat different for me. I've never painted the reaper before, so that was good, but I also explored paint strokes and color in creating the image, especially in the background. I tried some new techniques to create the painted glow effects around the skull too. All in all, an interesting image to work on.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Airship Sketch

That big funky blob is an airship. It's just a visual short hand way to get basic info down as quickly as possible. Sometimes I sketch with pencil and paper, sometimes digitally. Once the basic composition is sketched out, you have all the general information for the final painting.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Painter Sketch

This a sketch I did in Painter a couple of weeks ago. I used the divine proportion tool and layout grid to help establish the composition. This sketch was done to become familiar with using those tools, as well as with painting with paper textures and the pattern pen tool. The paper texture used was an interesting Old Master parchment texture, and the pattern used with the pattern pen tool was the hens and chicks (a grouping of flowers).

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Painter X Divine Proportion Mini Tutorial

This is a sketch I composed using the divine proportion tool in Painter X. You can toggle the divine proportion overlay on and off by checking a box in the divine proportion palette. Here you can see that the center of interest is in the general area where the spiral begins. This is just a basic, simple composition to illustrate how you can use this tool, of course. It can also be used for more complicated compositions as well.

Cave Faun, Cave Faun

Cave Faun fantasy art

Here's the latest progress shot of Mr. Faun. I just compared this image to the previous one, and some of the additions/changes I like, some I don't, and then the rest I'm just not sure about. I've mainly added additions and texture to the cave environment, but also worked on the creature some as well. I'm not sure how much of this is obvious on initial viewing. I've been painting on a handful of different pieces, and have only gotten a limited amount done on this one.

I'm finishing this piece in Painter, after all. I've been painting with it almost solely for the past several days and I'm definitely getting more comfortable with it. Not only with the various brushes, but also the shortcuts. I spent a few minutes last week setting up additional ones. Things like flipping the image horizontally and flattening layers.

I'm really enjoying working with Painter, and I may devote a special post to it soon. The new version, Painter X has some very neat features like the divine proportion and layout tools. I also like the custom brush palette, although I'm not sure if that was reinstated from Painter 8, or if it was in Painter 9 as well.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Profile of a Reptile

fantasy art

Here is a new piece I just started from another 2005 sketch. This one will be painted entirely in Painter.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Faun Progress

faun fantasy art

I've fleshed the creature out and, I think, improved on the design. Also added elements of the cave to the composition and increased the contrast of the image.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Faun Initial Block In

faun fantasy art

I painted this first pass in Photoshop, where I hammered out the basic design of the character and the surrounding environment and color scheme.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Faun Sketch in Painter

Faun fantasy art

This is the first post in a series chronicling the evolution of a painting from initial sketch to final image.

So what this is is the initial sketch I did back in the second half of 2005. I roughed it out in Painter using the chalk tool. I've recently decided to flesh it out into a finished painting, painting it both in Photoshop and Painter. Since I'm much more familiar with Photoshop and it's brush engine is faster, I'll probably be painting it mostly with that software, while occasionally using Painter.

Anyway, the next post will be the character in the initial stages of the painting process.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Creature Sketch in Green

Creature Sketch in Green fantasy art

I painted this in Photoshop today from a 2003 pencil sketch. I've meant for some time to go back to that sketch and do something more with it. I may at some point paint a fully fleshed out portrait of this guy. I think it would make an interesting piece.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Sea Creature

Sea Creature fantasy art
I had forgotten about this one. Painted in Photoshop. Once I rediscovered it and tweaked the colors, I was suprised at how much better it worked. It was way too green and murky at first.