Monday, April 30, 2012


Just a little fun fact... the piece that I am working on (shown in my last post) was inspired by the photo above, which I took on a hike in Colorado. Sometimes I look at my landscape photos and imagine things that are not there (or not possible). And out of it comes a painting! 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

New work

I've made some progress on the piece I showed the above sketch for in a previous post. It now has some characters. I have a feeling this will be a lot of fun to paint.

Below is a--scribbley--comp of the Billy Goats gruff illustration that is next in line. The sketch is only a couple of inches wide, really just meant to give me a feel of where I want each element to go. My next step will be to cut a proportional piece of watercolor paper and begin drawing it out in more detail and with more accuracy. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Taking a Photo Break

I don't consider myself a fantastic photographer. These are just some photos I've taken of lovely places I've visited over the years. Some of them are within walking distance of my house; others are on the other side of the country. These things always inspire me. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

It's my last post on this one, really.

I take a lot of pictures when I'm outside, in hopes of being able to use them for reference at some time or another. This is a good example of how I work up to an idea for a piece I suppose, because the forest swamp painting I've been working on the last couple of months began with the photo above.

Then it became this sketch.

And then it became what it is now.  Done with this for now,  on to other things!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In Which There Are Ogres

I decided the other day that the story of Three Billy Goats Gruff would be fun to illustrate. So of course I immediately started drawing ogres. I don't usually draw scary things. But I think I've pulled it off okay. I'm partial to the second guy.

And since I much prefer drawing happy things, here are some other recent sketches.

I don't really draw people like this, but sometimes it's fun to be more stylized that I normally would.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Back to the Forest

I can't decide whether I'm done with this yet. S'pose this is what happens to me when I don't have a deadline. Thoughts?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Painting all of the things

I've had the drawing for this painting sitting on my workspace for months. I needed to step back from my swamp piece for a while so I decided to start on this one. It's pretty far along, but I have a bit of work to do yet.


This was originally a piece I did my freshman year in college, (see the original version below). I used pastels, but since I don't use them anymore --too messy-- I decided to rework it in acrylics. It was a good concept and I figured I'd make use of it.

Old version