Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Black Cat Final

I think I will try using more permanent inks in the beginning stages of paintings. I have discovered that after about the 6th or 7th wash paint starts lifting off too easily, and sometime gets texture where I don't want it. Also my paper starts becoming more rough on the surface and the line drawing gets disrupted. Maybe time to try a new paper too.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Black Cat

Beginning a new piece from Edgar Allen Poe's terrifying short story "the Black Cat". The environment was designed after the dilapidated basement in my parents house. This is the climax in the story right before the main character murder's his wife after being driven mad by their demonic pet black cat.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Illuxcon 3

Returned from Illuxcon on Monday, and my mind is still so blown from all the super pro illustration. Thanks again to Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire for organizing everything, and all the judges who made it possible for me to go. Also thanks to Volkan Baga, Jeff Easley, Donato Giancola, Don Maitz, Christopher Moeller, Tom Kuebler, Jordu Schell, and Michael Whelan the artists who donated pieces to pay for the trip. I'm so glad I was able to go this year!! I'm not one for taking photos but I got a few shots of the Paul Lehr collection, gorgeous stuff.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dagon Illustration

Finally finished this piece after restarting several times. Rocks are not something I usually paint, for reference I looked at pics of the Giants Causeway in Ireland, it was almost exactly what I imagined when I read "Dagon".

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Final final design. Illustration from text coming soon

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Final Concept

If anyone has any crits I would be glad to hear. I've got one day before the contest is over. This is the text I took the description from
"Then suddenly I saw it. With only a slight churning to mark its rise to the surface, the thing slid into view above the dark waters. Vast, Polyphemus-like, and loathsome, it darted like a stupendous monster of nightmares to the monolith, about which it flung its gigantic scaly arms, the while it bowed its hideous head and gave vent to certain measured sounds. I think I went mad then." from "Dagon" by my man HP

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Dagon WIP

Concepts for Dagon, one of my favorite Lovecraft creatures. When he swims he tucks his arms on to his sides and spreads his webbed hands out like fins. He swims the fastest like a water snake, but he can also swim backwards or vertically like the bizarre oarfish. On land he drags himself around with hims arms extended.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

life study

went for a nice draw today in the forest. Found some awesome dilapidated trees. I think I will make a point to go out and draw somewhere at least once a week now that the weather doesn't suck so much.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New idea

I was thinking of a drowned cabin boy found by a fisherman

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Queen of Fall

Spot created from the sketch theme, King or Queen of a season. I envisioned the Queen of Fall kind of zombie-like coming out of the ground to kill all the plants.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Imagine FX

My work will be featured in issue 61 for the Rising Stars competition. Thanks to all the people at Imagine FX who created the opportunity! Also Jake Murray will be featured, a classmate of mine.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Little St Hugh final

Just finished, had to use more gouache than I would have liked because I always paint too dark too fast.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dungeons and Dragon

Just finished up this piece a little while ago.

Friday, August 6, 2010


thought I'd put up a shot of this piece in the first stage. Just two washes and a bit of salt at the top. Slow going on this one, got some other projects I have to finish up first.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Just found out that my Urania piece made it to the final Discover a Muse lineup on Art Order! Thanks to Jon Schindehette and Veronika Kotlajic for organizing the contest, and to all the judges, Irene Gallo of Tor books, Claire Howlett of Imagine FX, Robbh Ruppel of Naughty Dog Studios.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New color study for the current Art Order challenge. This time the premise was to do a Dungeons and Dragons piece of a Dwarf hammering a Hook Horror creature.

Friday, July 9, 2010

st hugh

shot some ref the other day of me and my little bro. Just working on a color study, I've never done anything in orange so I guess it's time.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Found out a couple days ago that I won a free trip to Illuxcon this year. You can see the pieces that won on the website. I am so grateful to the judges and everyone who organized the contest.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

St Hugh

New personal project, inspired by a line from The Everlasting Man by GK Chesterton. "The dark alien woman staring from her high lattice and hearing like the babble of a brook over a stoney street, the singing of little St Hugh" He was referring to the Medieval child martyr little Hugh, and the alien woman would've been a witch. Did a few character studies from Brian Froud and Alan Lee's book Faeries, just to have something to go from.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Just finished this piece today. Now time to start sketching for a new project.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Album Cover

Here's the ink drawing for the Jahman Brahman's new album. If you like groovy instrumental jams and sick hoppin' riffs check them out on Myspace, they are a very talented group.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Art Challenge

Here's my piece for the Discover A Muse art challenge on the Art Order blog(which is an awesome, awesome blog. Lots of helpful advice form art director, Jon Schindehette). The challenge was to illustrate your muse using reference from Veronika Kotlajic's impressive modeling portfolio. So this is Urania, the Greek muse of astrology.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Master of the Underworld

Started a new piece the other day. Its a rework of one of my finals that I wasn't satisfied with. This dude didn't maintain his soul condition.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Just found out I have been featured on the Jewelry Making Supplies website. Check out their page it is the largest operating jewelry supplies site on the web! Here's a link to the page where my blog is featured and a lot of other really nice blogs. Thanks Sheila!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

BFA Illustration

Just graduated from CCAD so I am legit. word

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Rare Visit

Well I just sent this piece to Ammo magazine, it will be published soon!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Play of St George

Here is a piece I made for Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy. In this scene the girl (Eustacia) in blue is dressed up as the Turkish Knight in the Play of St George. She is spying on the man in the foreground to see if he is good husband material. I think there are a lot of things wrong with it so I might be repainting soon.

Saturday, May 1, 2010


This is a new version of an old piece I painted for the Illuxcon scholarship contest. Skipped class to finish because I thought the deadline was today, then I found out it was actually due May 31st. whatever :|

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New portraits

I haven't posted for a while so here's a couple things I have been working on. The first is an underwater self portrait and the other is St. Brigid. She is an interesting Irish saint who is also the patron of artists, the reason she is holding a feather pen. Should be posting some finals soon.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I am really starting to dig figure drawing. Robert Robbins is a really good teacher

Monday, March 1, 2010

Alex Alvarado, thank you for holding so still in drawing class!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Here are the first color studies for experimental animation. The blue fish is a minnow and he is in love with the jellyfish. I was inspired by Zdenek Miler who created little mole. Here is my favorite one it has really cute fish in it, Krtek a Raketa

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I think my graphite is improving

Friday, February 12, 2010

more drawing

Saturday, February 6, 2010


I have discovered that it is much better to draw teachers during class because I am supposed to be looking at them, so there is no awkward eye contact when somebody realizes you are drawing them and then you feel kind of creepy. I believe Mr. Wang is using "coffee eye" in this depiction.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I love figure drawing!!
i haven't had it for almost 2 years

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

bob heavens

Here are a few choice drawings from the back of many Bob Evans placemats. Luckily I had a spot behind the counter where I could draw undetected. Helped to pass long slow days.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Liquid sun

Thought I would post these portraits I did for a family friend over break. He is a professor at OSU and he is writing arcticles about the sun being liquid. It is much too complicated for me to undertand, but apparantly there are miscalculations tracing back.The few photographs of these old school astrophysicists are copyrighted so I got to do the illustrations. James Jeans is on the left and the other is Sir Arthur Eddington. heres a link to his site.