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Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Pencil drawing with digital color.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A new kind of stomach.

Project for Paul King's class Figurative communication. The only requirement was to make a triptych where each piece can work on its own. I did my piece on whales. The water proved to be a good match but in the end I think I won. Although it is pretty easy to see which piece I did the water in last...

I did the line-work in pencil and painted the piece digitally.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Just finished up a 3 week assignment for Patch's class Illustration Methods. For this piece I drew a detailed pencil drawing then scanned it and "painted" it in photoshop. I learned a lot about the process of w
orking in this program, but still working on rendering skies without it getting muddy looking. It'll get there eventually.

Landscape 8x10 digital

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Double acrylic, what does it mean?

This week in figurative communication class we had a session with a live model. We had 3 hours of the same pose to work with and could chose any painting medium. I decided to continue my experiment with acrylic paints and I'm pretty happy with the results.

Meanwhile for Patch's class another acrylic painting has been completed. For the last installment of the self portrait I chose to do a piece on the stress that can easily pile up that people are to manage in a healthy productive way. However some of us *cough* just carry this stress with us.
Heavy Load Acrylic 9x12

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


This is a painting for Patch's class. The assignment was to create a self portrait based on one word. Mine ended up being "tired" as I couldn't think of an idea for the better half of the week due to well, being tired.
I used acrylic paint and some micron pen for outlines.

"Tired" acrylic 9x12

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Power Of Light

This is an assignment for Patch's class (Illustration Methods) for which we had to portray the power of light. Of course what this really means is to make a composition that uses light to show what's really going on, or as a character itself. It was also required to make this project personal, so I chose to convey situations from work.

After the thumbnail was chosen I drew up a detailed sketch of what I wanted. AHHH THE PATTERNS! No but really, the amount of detail saved so much time in the long run. Once the sketch was approved, and places of error where pointed out I moved onto the color sketch.

There isn't much to say here other then one has red carpet, and the other green, etc. I added the color digitally. This helped me decide the colors for the final, its really nice to not scramble around with such things. Then something amazing happened. I got to start work on the final. Not many changes were made in the long run. The figure in the front is slightly longer and extra shadows were added as well.

Old Men 8x10 digital

This started out as me trapped in the back of an elevator by a hoard of old men. However as it progressed it became deeper then that. Feel free to interpret as you would like.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


This is a self-portrait pulling from the oddness resulting from lack of sleep. It began as a watercolor however I messed it up pretty badly. Luckily I had scanned the pencil work before I started painting, so it just ended as a digital piece. I may have gotten carried away with the bubbles...
Drowning 6x10 digital

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Lincoln, best stress reliever or best stress reliever?

In other words I painted Abe Lincoln on a vespa for no other reason then to laugh and have fun. The background may be lack luster but really, how could anyone or anything take away from the glory that is Vespa Lincoln? They / It would have to be really horrible.

Vespa Lincon 8x12 Watercolor

Monday, July 26, 2010

Koi pond

Recently I've been working on a painting of a Koi pond for a friend's bathroom. I decided to separate the piece into three panels, each having a shared element with the last to move the piece forward. Each painting is on a 8x8 panel board.

To start each painting I used a detailed ink underpainting.

I then added the undertones in glazed oils.

Once the first layers dried the brighter colors were added finishing the piece. :)

That might sound overly simplified, however this process really just is that easy. Also fun! Once all the panels are completed I'll show show the rest.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Portrait practice

This weekend I find myself in Virginia without much to do, so I decided to take advantage of this by learning to draw portraits and figures a little bit better. Here's the result so far.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

In salute to Mother's Day...'s a painting about greedy children! This is a piece for my pictorial foundation class and is based off the sentence "everything is broken." I continued my experiment with liquid inks and it's starting to turn out better.