Thursday April 7, 2016, at 6:30 am
I recently needed to create a new self portrait as part of an art show. So it gave me a good excuse to finally update my avatars/profile pictures after several years. This was rotoscoped digitally over a photo I took a while back. It was fun to experiment with different textures as I digitally painted over it.
Wednesday December 23, 2015, at 10:45 pm
Every year our church holds a family fest night on Halloween. This year the theme was a circus, and the church asked me to illustrate a scavenger hunt booklet, starring all of our ministers as various circus characters. It was a fun project, and everyone seemed amused by my silly renditions of them.
Monday June 1, 2015, at 10:00 am
You might remember that I sponsor a Cartoonist Club at the high school where I teach. One of the things we have started doing every year is the Clash of Champions tournament (originally modeled on Sam Hiti’s awesome Fist-a-cuffs site). Different students create 16 teams of combatants who are matched up and voted on during each week’s club meeting. Before each vote, however, teams can show pages of “smack talk” comics they created the week before to show why their team should win. This leads to crazy amounts of artistic competition and during last year’s competition the finished collection of their work totaled a whopping 650 pages!
My only contribution to that book is drawing these intro pages for each of the eight rounds. This offers me a chance to draw all of the student’s awesome characters. Our theme for this year’s book was “crime noir”, and that was definitely a fun style to draw in. If you want to follow along with the Club’s work, check out their Facebook page!
Friday December 6, 2013, at 12:03 am
This painting was created to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Color Estes charity. This is Dream Lake in Rocky Mtn National Park (near Estes, Colorado).
Friday June 21, 2013, at 12:09 pm
Here is the new cover for the first book in Elton’s new series, Middlemen: Born of Earth. It was fun illustrating this for him, but even more fun reading the book!
In case you’re wondering what it’s about, here’s his description: “Born of flesh and not spirit, mortal humans have been created to decide the eternal war of Highmen and Lowmen. But numbering only twelve they must first discover how to survive by convincing potential enemies that they are both strong enough and good enough to be allowed to exist. On the way they discover potential enemies and potential allies, while all the time learning of the world they have been placed in and what it truly means for them to be the deciding factor in a war that has been waged since before time and space were created.”
I’m a huge fan of fantasy literature, and what appeals to me most about this book is how Elton was able to come up with a truly original world that didn’t feel like a copy of any fantasy novel I’ve read before. Because of this, predictable plot points just do not exist here, and that leaves you truly wondering what will happen next. The characters are varied and interesting, and the way magic and the various creatures are handled is unique, as well. Elton has created a detailed world with big themes of fate, choice, and family that will definitely carry this series as it moves forward.
You can download the digital version right now on Amazon. We will have some copies in print in time for our next appearances. I really hope you check it out!
Monday January 28, 2013, at 9:59 am
Another big project that has kept me busy over the last year has been doing over 40 images for a new online collectible card game called Orbs. If you go to their site, you can see all of the cards for the game (about 60% of which I designed). This was a fun challenge with a good variety of characters to draw, and Jeff was a great client to work with.
Friday January 25, 2013, at 10:53 am
Here’s some more illustration work from the last several months for a variety of clients. You never know what the next job is going to be, that’s for sure.
Wednesday January 23, 2013, at 9:59 am
Here is a family coat of arms that I designed for a friend and client. He is a fan of medieval history and was very specific about all of the elements that went into this. He seemed very happy with the results.
Tuesday January 22, 2013, at 5:44 pm
Here are the four children’s books that I did for The Amazing Adventures of Anita Brownbag series by author A.C. Brown. (You can find more information, including how to order a copy right here.) Working on these books was a really great experience and helped me get a consistent, creative workflow down which has helped on many projects since then.
Here are some of the interior pages!
Thursday January 17, 2013, at 7:10 am
Here are a few more spot illustrations from that Junior Ranger booklet. It was great being right there in Glacier and being able to literally step out of the door and take some reference photos for these!