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Monday July 16, 2012, at 11:52 am

GLACIER Wrap-up: PART 3 (Flora/Fauna)

Tree leaves silhouetted by Lake McDonald.

Obviously, Glacier Park is full of huge, majestic landscapes, but I was surprised with how much fun I had shooting the more close-up world of plants and animals found there.  You could easily fill a book with just a study of the huge variety of mosses and lichen.  In addition to the animals pictured here, we also saw two black bears (both from the road) but unfortunately did not get any shots of them.

The ever-present ground squirrel.

Moss sprouts?

A red fungus (?) attacking some leaves.

Butterfly on a trail.

Moss is awesome.

Marmot relaxing from a safe spot above our hike.

My dad thinks this moss looks like a jungle when close-up.

Twisted mutant tree we found on a trail.

Snowshoe hare joining us on the trail.

Beargrass.

Chipmunk.

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Friday July 13, 2012, at 3:16 pm

GLACIER Wrap-up: PART 2 (Trails)

I was fortunate enough to get to hike around the park a decent amount during my stay there.  Waiting for Logan Pass to open and for the rain to stop kind of limited things, but I still got to go to some great spots.  Trail of the Cedars is one of my favorite areas of the park, a quiet and intimate walk through towering trees and mossy rock walls.  My dad and I also went on a couple of short hikes, to Johns Lake and to Virginia Falls, that were full of great views the whole way…

Mossy rocks on the Trail of the Cedars

Avalanche Creek on Trail of the Cedars

On the trail to Johns Lake

Dad enjoying the view over McDonald Creek

I love the rock patterns here at McDonald Creek.

Geometric rock patterns that appear man-made, but aren't.

Bridge over McDonald Creek.

Tunnel to McDonald Creek under Going-to-the-Sun Road.

St. Mary's Falls

On the trail between St. Mary's and Virginia Falls.

Virginia Falls.

More to come..!

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Wednesday July 11, 2012, at 4:40 pm

GLACIER Wrap-up: PART 1 (The Cabin)

The Artist-In-Residence cabin on Lake McDonald

Well, I recently returned from an incredible month in my native Montana.  As mentioned previously, I was chosen to be one of the Artists-In-Residence for Glacier National Park this year.  This meant I got to stay in a private cabin on Lake McDonald in the park for the whole month of June.  Having grown up near there, Glacier is basically my favorite spot on the planet, so this was a huge honor!

My job was to help them update the activity book for their Junior Ranger program by creating new illustrations for it.  As part of this, I went around the park taking a lot of photos (both for reference and for fun… this place is a photographer’s paradise).  I thought I would share some of those here so you can get a sense of what it is like up there.

The living room with the huge window overlooking the lake.

Dining room/work table

Sunset of my first day in the cabin.

Workspace essentials: Music, supplies, coffee, and awesome scenery.

My first bat visitor.

My daughter and her cousins did some light painting one night.

Log cabin ceiling.

My dad reading the journal from former artists in the program.

Working outside!

My daughter and I drawing together.

Park Service hat I received as a volunteer.

Much, much more to come..!

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Saturday April 7, 2012, at 3:04 pm

Artist-in-Residence for Glacier Nat’l Park

St. Mary's Lake in Glacier National Park

I got some great news recently… I have been selected to be an Artist-in-Residence for Glacier National Park this summer!  This means I will get to stay in a cabin on the shores of Lake McDonald in the park for the whole month of June.  I will be working with the Park to produce artwork for their Junior Ranger Program Booklet.  I think all of the children’s book illustration I’ve been doing helped me get selected for this.

This is a huge thrill for me, as I grew up in Kalispell (less than an hour from the Park) and have spent a lot of time there over the years.  It’s pretty much my favorite place on earth, and I’m honored that some of my artwork will be used by them.  In addition to that work, I’m expecting to have a lot of time to work on some comics and photography, as well as spending time with my parents and other family who live up there.

This summer just got pretty awesome…

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Wednesday June 22, 2011, at 11:20 pm

RANDOM INK #4 RELEASED!

We actually premiered this book during the last conventions, but we’re finally ready to make this issue available to our online readers, too.  We’re really proud of this issue and feel it’s our best one yet.  Eight stories packed in one full color comic! In this issue… Martians will fight Rovers! Caves will be spelunked! Squirrels will swarm! Furbies will die! Evil will not be easy! Giants will get the blues! Swords will fly! And hunters will be hunted!

You can check out the first story “Horde” already right here on the Random Ink site:

Stay tuned as we post the rest of the stories very soon!

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Tuesday February 1, 2011, at 6:17 pm

DUEL now available for digital download!

Click here to get the digital version of Duel #1!

So maybe you’ve been wanting to read one of our books, but you didn’t want to order a print copy.  Or maybe you’ve been wanting to read it on your iPhone, iPad, or computer.   Well, good news!  We will now be offering our books for DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!  Each book will be in PDF format and the price will be significantly LESS than the print version!

The first book available is DUEL #1.  We decided to start with this book, as it has never been available online… but we plan on releasing all of our books digitally eventually.  You can get it right now for only $1.99 at The Illustrated Section site.  You can also check out some preview pages while you’re there, in case you’re not familiar with the book.

While you’re at The Illustrated Section, be sure to check out all the other great books available there… some of them even for free!  Two I would definitely recommend are Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack and Araknid Kid by Josh Alves.  Both are great reads… check ’em out!  This is a great way to support independent comic creators.

We’re really excited about this new ability to make it easier for you to read our books!

Check out the Illustrated Section!

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Monday July 19, 2010, at 1:12 am

A new portfolio

Seth's revamped online portfolio

I just finished completely revamping my online art portfolio.  This is something I have been meaning to do for quite a while, so it feels good to finish it.  The new site is much more streamlined with a pretty slick interface.  I was able to sort my work into different galleries (illustrations, comics, other), instead of having them all jumbled together.  Anyway, you might want to take a look, as there are several pieces in there that I have never posted on this site.

As I mentioned in the last post, I am available for freelance illustration work.  I’ve worked for both companies and individuals on a variety of projects (many of which you can see in the new portfolio).  I can also do commissioned drawings of your favorite comic characters, if you like.  So, if you happen to be in need of a certain image… drop me a line sometime!

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Thursday July 15, 2010, at 7:10 pm

Clip art bonanza

Teacher Ice cream Family picnic

Internet safety Graduation cap School lunch

Globe guy Talent show School's out

In addition to teaching, I also do some freelance illustration on the side.  One of the things that kept me busy for much of May and June was a large clip art project I did for an education website.  These are just 9 of the 49 images I did for them.  The fact that I was able to work in my cartoony style for this assignment made it a lot of fun!

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Monday March 8, 2010, at 8:35 pm

HurleyCon 2010 Recap: part 1

Our first two-table convention!

Well, yet another HurleyCon has come and gone here in Joplin.  This year felt like a real step up for us in several respects.  It was the first time we were all four there all day (promoting books that we all four did big chunks of).  We needed two tables to contain it all. We had 18 different prints for sale this time (as opposed to 4 last year) and sold quite a few more.  We were approached by a promoter to be special guests at another con (more details on that soon!), and did about double the business of the year before!

Our new way of doing sketches seemed popular Comics, originals, and bookmarks

Dusty (and son) sketching away

Seth draws Thor for a customer Matt and Elton work the room.

We got to hang out with the usual great local artists (Jeremy Haun, Amber Stone, and Randy Rustin), swap books with the super-talented Kyle Strahm, and get to know Brian Koschak, a Springfield artist who has worked with Jeremy and currently draws the Star Wars: Clone Wars comic.  All good people.

As always, getting to meet current readers (and make new ones) is the best part of the show.  Several of you commented that you read this blog or recognized Evil Ain’t Easy, which was pretty dang cool to hear.  These shows are pretty much the highlight of our year, and we’re glad that turnout was once again good!

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Wednesday February 24, 2010, at 9:48 am

Trio of tigers

Trio of tigers

Tigers have got to be my favorite animal to paint/draw. Those angular stripes and the simple colors are just so graphically pleasing. This is an attempt to watercolor really loosely and then go in with a brush pen fairly tight over that. The other day I just got the urge to paint something and had tremendous fun with this piece!

If you really enjoy this painting, there are prints available in a variety of sizes in the deviantArt store.  We also should have a few prints for sale at the upcoming conventions.

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