Final artwork for fantasy book cover illustration christopher daring 1 spirits of the dead

Christopher Daring Cover 1 – Fantasy Book Illustration Insights

Christopher Daring Cover 1 Creating the illustration of Christopher Daring Cover 1: Spirits of the Dead for author Stephen Willis was a great experience. And with the book and new designs now available Spirits of the Dead: A Supernatural Adventure (The Christopher Daring Adventures Book 1), it’s the perfect time to share some insights into Read More

Original Impressionist oil painting of orange jungle sunset, discovered in jamaica.

Gaia Fine Art Insights – Jamaican Sunset – Oil on Board

Tutorial – Jamaican Sunset For today’s Gaia Fine Art Insights #1 we will be reviewing the creation of the “Jamaican Sunset” oil painting in an impressionist style. (Click to purchase the Original Work). There is something so magical about the way our skies dance and play with light and color. Nature manages to create such Read More

Tutorial – Painting A Fantasy Book Cover – Croco-Dragon Rider

Fantasy Cover Tutorial – RIM # 3 – The Protectors For today’s tutorial we will be reviewing the creation of the “Croco-Dragon” illustration for The Royal Institute of Magic #3 The Protectors by Victor Kloss. (Click to purchase his books through my affiliate link and help support two creators at once). The first step for Read More

Fantasy Character illustration of an elf woman collecting magical seeds from her mystical floral harvest.

Love Your Accomplishments and Feel Good

Move Forward, Create and Share   Being creative can be hard, real hard. So, as often as possible, love what you do and what you have accomplished. How many have gone their whole life afraid to even start? How many hit that first road block, then threw it all away? How many have gone for Read More

Bringing Dreams to Life

In one way or another, we all want to bring our dreams to life. Whether we want to learn a new skill, develop a product, or buy a fancy new car, its all about making an image in our head come to fruition in the real world. It can take 5 minutes or 5 years Read More

Utilize the Creative Potential of Side-Step Work

As creative individuals we find ourselves wanting to work in one or a few different directions. But, quite often, we end up working on a wide range of projects that may have little or nothing to do with our personal goals. When I first began my freelance illustration career I heard many people talk about Read More

Sci-fi World building illustration of an electrical facility with liightning defense in a post apocalyptic world.

You Don’t Study Art, You Slowly Become It

I see artists asking all the time,  what to study, how much to study, when to study and so on. First of all, we all start there and stay there for a certain amount of time. But what we all eventually realize, in one way or another, is that we start to see, practice, do Read More

Book cover of Two young adventurers come acroos two large ogres as they come to a break in the forest filled with wolves.

Treating Clients Well and the Value of Building Relationships

As creatives we come across quite a few different personalities through our work. Whether you are a freelance designer or work in a studio, we all meet with people regularly in one way or another. But even though our communications are centered around business we are all still dealing with people. Some projects are individual Read More

Fantasy Entertainment Illustration of a griffon flying backwards as it displays its claws, while a rose and its petals float around.

Being Motivated by Your Past

Many of us have dreams, inspirations and loves in our current lives that have built off all the we experienced. These resources often give us enough to come up with new ideas and push us into new imaginative directions. But what about the loves of your childhood past. Perhaps it was dragons and knights, maybe Read More

A few more for the Vault

Ahh yes progress is nice, but it is so sad to see some old friends go. All the hours spent were not wasted though. Art is a fluid process much like a river and through time the pieces of our past go downstream paving the way for the stream to build and grow. May all Read More

Fantasy Character concept illustration of an undead warrior holding a giant axe and casting demon magic for video games

Scar the Uzgoth Leader First Released Concept for DownsideUp Games

Finally I have the opportunity to share with you one of the character concepts for a tactical strategy game being developed for Downsideup games. I had such a blast creating so much work for Oliver and his team. I got the opportunity to not only create a  boat load of characters, creatures and mechs but Read More

Book cover of a giant robotic spider shooting lasers and fighting against a magician and his dragon.

Saving Mim the revamp

As an illustrator we are presented with a wide range of opportunities to work with others in a wide variety of direction and purpose. Usually I am creating a piece for someone who has not had work done or needs new material to fill their visual profile. But with Saving Mim I was asked to Read More

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