Fantasy Entertainment illustration of a deer like forest god, casting green magic.

Forest Shaman

After months of non-stop work I finally got the chance to go out and solo camp in the middle of the woods. Something about being out in nature really clears your head and helps one to remember the wealth of opportunity in the world around us. With that experience I was inspired to create the Read More

Fantasy sci-fi Entertainment illustration of a desert battle between a jumping attack and a four armed martian.

Reference from the Masters and Desert Strike

  As artists we often think of our developing technique, style, approach and flow. But we must also consider our maturing ability to find reference. As you start to get a feel for colors, values, compositions and all aspects that make up art you have to search out and find people and art that will Read More

Who is the real Beast?

  Today marks another day in the evolution of life as an artist. As we develop we take a lot of the ideas and concepts of the past and totally smash them to pieces. But it is important not to throw those pieces away. Whether it is an old technique, idea or feeling we have Read More

Free Stuff, Reign of the Gods, and a New Store!

A whole lot of new stuff is finally here!!! First of all I am finally introducing my development for REIGN OF THE GODS strategy board game to the world. The game, in short summary, is a “Hero” based combat game where you summon creatures, cast spells and collect environmental bonuses as you conquer the land Read More

The Dragons Egg and Proper Planning

Proper planning is the key to a successful piece. All the research, reference, reading, studying and practice has a purpose greater than simply getting better. Planning makes the work so much more fluid, it takes all the struggles and challenges and enables you to handle them in your own time. When you spend the time Read More

Another Step Forward and Robert Beverly Hale

In creative work more than any other field it seems that importance of growing must always be at the forefront. As I start each piece, work through their individual challenges and complete the finals I must always be pushing my limits and developing my skills. It almost seems like each stroke of the pencil or Read More

Winged Protection and Time

  In this busy world its just as much about finding time as it is about using the time you do have. As we grow and practice we begin to discover aspects about our creation that no one can teach us. We learn when we paint, write, search, research and rest the best. Take the Read More

Poison Frogs and Fresh Ideas

I was listening to a few podcasts with Chris Oatley and Noah Bradley (1,2) where they were discussing the opportunities out there for illustrators. The beauty of this particular discussion comes from the fact that the emphasis is on individual ways an artists can make income without solely relying on individual commissions or day job Read More

Updates and Portfolio Notes

Lets admit it, sometimes keeping things flowing smoothly is not always easy when you are a freelance illustrator. Everything seems to come in waves, from finances and work to inspiration and technical improvement. But I think that is why having a website or portfolio is important for all artists, working or not. A collection of Read More

Old Friends

As creative individuals we all know the bond that seems to form between ourselves and our work. It can often lead to some stressful times when it comes to weeding out the old works of the past that don’t quite make it up to our current standards. But like any serious development we must often Read More

Artist Inspiration Joe Mad

Every once in a while I really love to take one of my favorite artists and create a sketch in their style. Today I looked at the work of Joe Madureira (Joe Mad), an amazing graphic novel artist. I was initially turned on to his work through comics but was really blown away with his Read More

The Unlikely Hero

I find a lot of the time, as artists and creative types, we create stories, character and even universes from just seeing something once. When you sit and spend hours and hours with these things we create its almost like they become real within our imaginations. Then as your project develops so do the characters Read More

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