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Friday June 21, 2013, at 12:09 pm

Middlemen: Born of Earth

Middlemen: Born of Earth cover

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!

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Monday January 28, 2013, at 9:59 am

Orbs- the collectible card game

Orbs- The collectible card game

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.

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Friday January 25, 2013, at 10:53 am

More random illustration work

Hockey comic

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.

Sparring guys

Jujitsu guys

Grim Reaper patch

Older people

"All the ducks are swimming in the water..."

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Wednesday January 23, 2013, at 9:59 am

Coat of arms

Coat of Arms

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.

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Tuesday January 22, 2013, at 5:44 pm

Anita Brownbag books

Anita Brownbag- Book 1 Anita Brownbag- Book 2

Anita Brownbag- Book 3 Anita Brownbag- Book 4

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!

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anitabook4page20preview

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Thursday January 17, 2013, at 7:10 am

More Junior Ranger work

Junior Ranger animals

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!

Junior Ranger squirrel

Junior Ranger woodpecker

Junior Ranger horse

Junior Ranger vehicles

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Wednesday January 16, 2013, at 1:05 pm

Junior Ranger booklet preview

Junior Ranger Cover

Here is some of the actual artwork that I created for Glacier National Park during my time there.  My job was to completely redo the illustrations for the Junior Ranger booklet.  Above you can see the cover and below is a mock-up (not final) of one of the interior pages.  These won’t be completely finalized and printed until sometime in spring. Those of you near Glacier will be able to get one at any of the visitor centers.

Junior Ranger booklet page

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Tuesday January 15, 2013, at 6:54 am

Grace painting

Grace in Glacier

One of the best parts of my time in Glacier Park was the fact that I got to share it with my family.  My daughter in particular really loved spending time up there, exploring the woods and lakes.  She started her training in the family tradition of skipping rocks on the lake.

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Monday January 14, 2013, at 10:26 am

Glacier cabin

Cabin 1104 in Glacier National Park

This is the Artist-In-Residence cabin that I was fortunate enough to stay in for the whole month of June in Glacier National Park.  I might have to throw some color or tones on this eventually.

Talk about relaxing… it doesn’t get much better than having Lake McDonald at your back, coffee at your side, and tons of time to spend on a drawing like this.  I really miss this place, even though it’s probably buried in snow right now…

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Thursday July 19, 2012, at 10:17 am

GLACIER Wrap-up: PART 4 (Around the Park)

Lake McDonald Lodge and one of the park's "Jammer" buses.

Once Logan Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun Road opened up (about halfway through my stay in Glacier), we were able to fully explore both the west and east sides of this massive park.  The cabin I stayed in was very near Lake McDonald Lodge, so that’s why there’s so many pictures of that place.  The crazy thing about Glacier is that even if only the area around Lake McDonald was open, it would still be considered a great park.  But when you take the road all the way up to the pass and down the other side… it becomes mind-blowing.

Lanterns in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Dad pointing at a topographical park map inside the Lodge.

Mt. Gould

Jammer next to one of the snow drifts on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Bridge over Sunrift Gorge.

Bird Woman Falls.

Mt. Clements

Huckleberry cobbler and ice cream at the Isaak Walton Inn.  Amazing!

The huge lodge at East Glacier.

Two Medicine Lake and surrounding mountains.

Moon over Red Eagle Mountain.

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