07 November 2016

Moving on

So I do my work from an iPad now, and have been for over a year, for the most part. This blog has been about my personal growth, and hasn't really ever been about marketing myself. It's fun for me to go back and look at old work on this blog and read what my thoughts were.

Blogspot hasn't ever played nice with iOS. I've used my desktop to circumvent the blog app's inability to utilize iOS photos app, but frankly it's silly that they won't implement support for that.

so, I'm going to slowly migrate to something else. I'm thinking tumblr. I'll have to see how I like it. I'll still use blogspot for reading other blogs and stuff that I enjoy, until those jump ship too.

I leave blogspot with a somewhat heavy heart because I have invested many years worth of memories into it. But it has failed to adapt, even though a lot of people have expressed a desire for better integration.

30 October 2016

Mech lumberjack

I did the initial version of this in ink. I wanted to try flat colors, with a limited pallet. It was a challenge, but I think it turned out pretty good.  I looked at various lumber trucks to find some inspiration, as well as the sloth.  Originally I thought about mimicking a panda, but I couldn't seem to make it work.

29 October 2016

The Creature From The Black Lagoon

I really love the vintage horror movies. I purchased this movie along with Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula, The Invisible man etc. about 7 in total. I found a photograph of a scene and wanted to draw it for inktober. I think it turned out great. I did it with the Apple Pencil using the Procreate app!

Collecting Art

I was asked if id be willing to write a blog post about my thoughts on collecting art. 

I don't know much about collecting art.  I collect art like a pack rat. I collect art sort of like a modern Marry Poppins...except I'm a man, I'm not very proper, and my magical bag is a mobile device.
The art world has all kinds of niches in it, but it boils down to 2 or 3 types, in my opinion. There are those who continue to create imagery using more traditional methods, and there are those that use digital methods. Some of us utilize both! For those whose final product comes from digital prints, the artwork is often deemed less-and I struggle for the right word to use here-"pure". It's less..."original", less..."tactile". Many people wouldn't pay the same amount for a digital painting as they would for one created in traditional mediums, even though it still could have quite possibly taken the same amount of time, and simply utilized a different set of skills. However, I have found the issue for many is this: If it can be reproduced, then why should I pay a premium for a copy anyone can have?

I think people collect what moves them. Some are moved by the fantastic. Some are moved by suggestion. Some are moved by the idea of collecting art. I like collecting images of art that strikes me, but it's not always the same genre of art or even the same style.
I suppose I collect art to consume; to learn from it-and make part of it my own.

I guess maybe that's why I think people collect art - to make a part of it their own.

If you wanted to start collecting physical pieces of art to hang in your home, there are lots of ways to do it. If you know an artist that you enjoy is going to be attending a convention, such as Comic Con, they will almost certainly be selling prints of their work. I have a friend that rents booth space every year to sell his work. If you don’t attend Conventions, you can always search for an artist’s blog or website and find prints of their work on there. Another friend of mine has purchased a number of works this way. All of the prints he has received have been very high quality! Another way to procure some sweet art is by commissioning work from your artist of choice. This is most certainly more expensive, but well worth it if you love their aesthetic.

Digital art collections are as easy as you want it to be. As I mentioned before, I save lots of images that I like, and create folders of them. The toughest part about digital artwork is that it hides away, and gets lost in the mixture of folders and other great works.

There are various online art stores and auction places to browse if you want to find something specific to buy, or look around to explore other options.  invaluable.com is one such site.  I haven't purchased anything from invaluable.com so I can't vouch for them, but it seems interesting enough to browse!

27 August 2016


I have moved away from Photoshop in favor or the Procreate app for the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.  It has made it so that I don't have to hide away in my studio to sketch or draw.  I'm enjoying learning to simulate a more painterly effect in my work.

Below I have included a bunch of images that i did with the app.  Some of them are finished, but most of them are simply musings or incomplete ones as well.

Face study 1

Face study 2
Face study 3
Screaming child on Santa's Lap (incomplete)
Linework for a comission
Finished commission
Project that required making
a monster from a superhero
Some thumbnail color studies
He-Man and Skeletor, of course!
I'm pretty pleased with this one.
I wanted to do a study of Frank Frazetta's "Night Stalker"
An attempt at a landscape.  I just got bored with it
after I got stuck and just couldn't get
myself to complete it
And my latest study is Orko from He-Man MOTU.
I referenced a drawing and then painted it.
I think it turned out pretty awesome

01 February 2016

Lion Statue Study

I've never quite been able to replicate something that I see exactly how it is.  I still enjoy a study now and then.  This one took me a few days because I forced myself to walk away and come back another day, put a bit of graphite down, come back the next day, etc.

Study I did of a statue of a lion (reference below)

29 December 2015


I decided to take a drawing class because it was low-key and I have more time to devote to it right now than I do to the Fundamental Lighting class by Sam Neilson.  This time i'm taking a class from Thomas Fluharty.  below is the pencil study, and below that I played around with the values and added color in PS.

This lesson was on looking at shapes first and foremost.