Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ari's War: The Coming Storm

I've reached one of my deadlines for the first piece in Ari's War and I guess it's time to tell you more of what I am planning for this project.

I posted a rough outline of the story behind this project a while back.  The plan is to refine the story outline a bit and paint four illustrations from the story.  During the whole process of developing the illustrations (which I've already started), I hope to have a bunch of sketches and miscellaneous development work to collect into a sketchbook that I can sell on Etsy.  I'll also sell several different sized prints of the final artwork in the Etsy shop.

Meanwhile, I'll post every week here on the blog, as well as Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr.  I'll be share progress on the work as well as talk a little of  the inspiration behind everything. There may or may not be snapshots of progress on Instagram as well.  

I'll also be using the series as promo material to send to publishers (postcards, brochures, booklets, etc.).

The goal's to have all of the art and the sketchbook layer out by the beginning of April.  I want to take some of the promo pieces to Kansas City with me for Spectrum Live.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Some Truth for Today

A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Some Truth For Today

I need to tell a story. It’s an obsession. Each story is a seed inside of me that starts to grow and grow, like a tumor, and I have to deal with it sooner or later. Why a particular story? I don’t know when I begin. That I learn much later. Over the years I’ve discovered that all the stories I’ve told, all the stories I will ever tell, are connected to me in some way.
Isabelle Allende

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Some Preliminary Work for Ari's War

In lieu of a Christmas piece, I give you some prelim work from Ari's War.  Enjoy!  And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Aaaand Dragon Tamer . . . Might Be Done?

I just . . . don't know.  I can't get the colors right - or at least the way I want them - on the computer.

Acrylic, watercolor and pencil on watercolor paper.

Bear Attack is Finished!

"Bear Attack"
Pencil and Ink on Paper.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

An Idea for Address Stamp

Another idea I'm working on, inspired by this stamp.  I thought it might be interesting to use this on postcards I send out as the return address - and just on general correspondence.  Not that I send a lot of letters, but maybe this will encourage me to try . . . We'll see.  Obviously, I've blacked out the address.  I know all of you were just chomping at the bit, hoping to track me down and surprise me this Christmas, but I'm trying to keep my blood pressure down (haha).

The fox/dog/wolf creature is a morin, from my story you can read about here.  I think I'll carve it out myself onto a block of rubber I know I have lying around here somewhere.

And here's the idea for the postcard back:

And here are some ideas for the back of an envelope:

Anyway, if you would let me know what you think, I'd appreciate it!