Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Work in Progress

Here's an update on "Heart-Breaker."

Adding color, thinking story, atmosphere and mood. Getting great feedback via Facebook and have applied some of it in this. Thanks everyone!

Going to put it aside for a bit and get to making s
ome art for Xmas gifts. I'll revisit it in January and try to put it to bed. Some things to address: Need to make sure her face is the first "read" in the image hierarchy. I want to use the LED lights to bounce you around the figure, out to the landscape and back ultimately. Some good crit included bouncing the warm, earth-tones into the armor to create more volume and make the rim-light on the figure match the material. I think I'd like to potentially add some other background elements. Need to thumbnail it back out and see. Anyway, enjoy!

Monday, December 5, 2011


More fun designing stuff. Does the world need another space marine? I doubt it but what's another going to hurt. Anyway, here she is. . . Heart-Breaker.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Curb Your Enthusiasm Caricatures

Been watching old episodes of Curb and sketching. Here are a finished Larry David and Jeff Greene and a rough sketch of the main cast. I scanned the sketches in, got some reference and painted these in Photoshop. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

"Stolen Voices" Process

In a continuing effort to document my process and share it, I give you the process image for Stolen Voices. Enjoy. (To see the image larger, click the image and then click "Show Original" in the bottom left corner. Click the new image to Zoom In)

Kid Ronin

Latest character design with a little bit of a back-story. I feel like this is a first pass; that it could be richer so I'm open to some "costume" possibilities. This and previous designs are all done with a Wacom tablet and stylus in Photoshop. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I'm continuing to create characters for fun and practice. I'm working in greyscale but will kick in with some color soon. Enjoy.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ghost Girl

I'm prepping for Character Design class in the Spring. Here's "Ghost Girl" inspired by some cool movie characters and music. I'm pretty happy so far but I think she needs something . . .

Step by Step

I'm planning a lesson for my students in which they will be required to take a traditional life drawing and build it into a digital painting. They will have to add lighting, color, costume and environment. I needed to test the waters first and am happy with the results. If time permits I'd like to take this to a final stage. We shall see

Monday, October 17, 2011

Stolen Voices

Latest in the "Post Mortem" series . . . "Stolen Voices," mixed media on Mylar 24"x36"

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Process: Blind Hubris

I'm trying to get into the habit of recording my process, mainly because I forget how I do things but also to share and learn more about how other artists make their work. While it's not heavy in process, it's here . . . enjoy.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Rapid Viz Painting Demo

Here's another demo I created for my students. I can't take credit for the technique. I learned it on Paul Richard's blog:

Skin Tone Studies

I'm creating a lecture and have been doing some skin tone demos for my Photoshop class. Here are some that were done so far illustrating the attributes of different skin tones. I thought it important to do studies of artists' work in order to see how they tackled skin tones rather than rely on photography. The artists I chose were J.W. Waterhouse, John Singer Sargent, Wong Kar-wai, Wai Ming and Gilbert Stuart. Feel free to use them if they are helpful. In order are: Mediterranean, African/Middle Eastern, Caucasian and Asian

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Finally an update. Here's the latest in the Post Mortem series . . .

Lolita, 4'x6' Acrylic on Canvas

Lolita Process
I tried to be diligent about documenting this piece but there are some pretty big jumps. Hope it's interesting nonetheless.