Monday, August 25, 2014

Starbucks Duckface

I saw a man at Starbucks today with a resting duckface that was pure perfection. Here is a sketch of him from memory.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Spit Paints 8.22.14

Here are some of my most recent 30 minute speed paintings based on the phrases "defeating the dark" and "master omega"

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Player's Handbook Concepts

One of the best assignments I have worked on lately is a set of loose concepts that helped to flesh out the style guide for the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Player's Handbook. I worked with art director Jon Schindehette on the looks for various classes of characters across races and disciplines. I have seen how the new Player's Handbook took the ideas and ran with them for the final illustrations, sometimes using them as reference, while other times going in a new direction. It's really fun to see how the book turned out! I have a special place in my heart for D&D since my friend Forest Stearns gave me a spare 2nd Edition Player's handbook back in the mid 1990s. I pored over the illustrations and wondered what it took to get a job where I could draw dragons and wizards, so this is some what of a dream come true.

They even made little table top figures based on some of these guys!

I also worked on the upcoming Tyranny of Dragons adventures and I have some illustrations in the new Monster Manual as well. I will post some images from those as they are released.


Thursday, August 07, 2014


Nothing particularly original here. Just playing around with something lyrical after work because my wife asked me to make her a drawing. I hope she likes it!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Above and Below

Here is a quick one I did today while playing with some brushes. It's Friday, so I suppose I'm thinking of travel and the weekend.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

High-Key Study

Here is a quick watercolor sketch from a pic I found online. I'm experimenting with a line-and-watercolor look, so for this study I tried to convey as much as possible with as little information.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dark Energy

Getting back into the ole' sketchbook. Shaking off the dust, etc.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014


Here is a painting I did for the Yoda arc in the Lost Missions episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It was fun to play with a stylized version of Dagobah.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Night Portrait: Weisz-Like

This is a quick mash-up that I did (no photo mashing...I'll explain) to blow off some steam. I have done a lot of photo comps for a gig I'm working on, and I wanted to get back to my first love, just painting. I did a head from my imagination, then I "cast the character" by picking an actor/actress that looked like the head. I found an image online with similar lighting and pose to the sketch, then fleshed out the rest of the head using the ref as a guide. It ended up in a weird place where it looks too much like Rachel Weisz, and yet, not enough to be a straight likeness. It also has a slight Madonna vibe to it, so who knows? In any case, it was fun and refreshing.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Zbrush Thug Experiment 3

Here is the final experiment for now with the "thug" character that I was working with. I decided to do a full body painting, but this time I used a rough sketch as a base, then rendered out a lit zbrush head in the same position as the drawing, and placed it on the body. The head was not drag and drop though; the colors needed a lot of work, the facial expression was non existent, and lots of other little tweaks. I'm interested in seeing where future exercises like this can go from here.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Zbrush Thug Experiment 2

Here is a quick composite of several materials, some color work, and some paintover work on top of the previous post's model. As a test, it was pretty remarkable how fast it is to get lighting, color, etc, blocked in. I still have to play with finding the right balance of painted verus sculpted so that the piece does not feel like a painted over model and more like a well lit painting.

Thug Zbrush Experiment

I decided to dig deeper into zbrush this weekend and try something that is not an alien. Normally, I figure I can draw or paint something faster than bothering with a sculpt, but I wanted to challenge myself to create a human-based sculpt related to a story I'm working on. I did some ideations of busts from imagination, then chose a few to take further using reference. I then chose a final head and tried my hand at a sculpt. It was fun and I learned a lot, but obviously I have a whole lot to learn. I definitely could continue with the sculpt to make it feel more like the drawing.

I am going to continue playing with this and try a few other experiments. Hopefully they will yield interesting results.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Last of the Speeds

Here are a few more of the 30 minute speeds. They will probably be my last for a while as I turn towards personal work and sketching. It's been a crazy year with lots of ups and downs. Now it is time to refocus on what I set out to do at the beginning: to work on the 52 stories project. Any progress is good progress!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

30 min Spitpaint "Red Thunder"

There is an artist's facebook group called Spitpaint that has 30 minute paint challenges. The group supplies new words or phrases for each day and artists are not allowed to use any photos in their work. This painting was for the phrase Red Thunder. I tried out some new brushes here that I am still getting used to, but I like some of the effects.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Living Planet Overtime

This was a failed 30 minute speedpaint that was nowhere near completion in the time limit. I took it further because I wanted to understand the way the flesh in the organs work. I don't really do gooey guts very often, so this seemed like as good a time as any to practice.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Late Night Root Study

This is a ballpoint pen study from a tree I saw on a recent hike.

Friday, November 08, 2013

New Orleans Man

Here is a watercolor I finally did based on a guy I saw in New Orleans on Royal Street. He was jamming out to the excellent jazz that filled the streets.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Deep V (Midlife Modern)

A warmup based on a quick demo I did for my vis dev class.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Guardians of Middle Earth

Here are two pieces that I did through Concept Art House for the Guardians of Middle Earth game. The Hobbit is my favorite fantasy book (sorry LoTR!) and Elrond was always one of my favorite characters in the Tolkien universe, so it was a real treat to work on these character illustrations.