Friday, November 15, 2013

Hybrid Painting...


Began on the ipad, finished in Photoshop. Fun process which starts by smearing a photo in ArtRage.

Friday, February 1, 2013

I have the honor of being interviewed in an upcoming live webinar facilitated by CGMA on February 2nd (February 3rd here in New Zealand). Best part is it's free! Virtual seats are limited, however. Come check it out, we'll be talking concept art and stuff! Link to registration and other February interviews here.

Monday, December 10, 2012

I've had the good fortune of having my 'Washed Up' piece make it into Spectrum 19. I haven't seen the annual yet, but I'm looking forward to it. It always blows my mind to flip through the pages of a new Spectrum book for the first time.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012



Ships and hangar sketches. Trying to push looseness as much as possible but still have everything read. However, I feel the bigger ship might need some more work... Thoughts?

 EDIT: Added just a tad more color for interest. Feel like my palette has been really hanging too much in the browns lately.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Just to keep things cheery.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Some concepts from a recent-ish project...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012




A couple unrelated vehicle sketches.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Finished!





Finally wrapped up my MFA and final thesis review! Received really wonderful feedback from the review panel and it feels great to be finished up with this chapter of my life. My project included a body of concept art as well as pages of a graphic novel adapted from Robert Low's The Whale Road.

Many thanks to Robert and his editor at Harper Collins for letting me move forward with this project. Robert provided information and feedback all along the way, essentially having a final say on all imagery...and I am extremely grateful for his generous participation and support throughout.

I plan on creating a site dedicated to this project soon. Here is one of the concept paintings and the printed package materials (Sorry for the low-rez blurriness of the package pic.. snapped it with an ipad.).

Thursday, October 27, 2011



Not dead...not yet.

Been laboring hard to bring some projects together, hence the lack of updates lately.
Genre hopping with this sketch again. This is my tribute to the Southwest Art magazines piled up around the house while I was in high school.

What happens often with personal sketches, and what happened with this, I spent a long time 'fixing' it without actually fixing anything. It's sat on the hard drive for a while now. Here's where I let it go.

(Thanks Grant Alexander and Zack Zdrale for quality feedback)

EDIT: made a slight adjustment.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Transformer for fun...



Matua Mark at my daughters pre-school has a kit car with an Autobot decal... and yes, I just had to transform it. Took a fair whack of time working on it incrementally when I could afford it. A good learning experience....I really need the practice at hard surface rendering.(my excuse for being a nerd)

Edit: Made some adjustments...not real happy with the results, but I'll let it go.

Monday, September 12, 2011





quick and messy...and I really have to fight myself to leave it that way.

Sunday, September 4, 2011





Been knocked down with the flu this week. All I have is trees.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011




This one is posted on my portfolio page, but thought I'd throw it up here as well.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011




Wow, looks like I'll just post every August.

Thanks to those who follow this blog, I apologize about not maintaining it better.

While chugging through school and commissions over the last year, I have managed to compile a pretty big folder of personal sketches in progress. My plan is to open up one a week... finish or scrap it...and post up the ones that turn out halfway decent. That will result in at least one post a week, and should be manageable.

One more semester to go in Grad school. Yaaay! Just in time to step out into economic armageddon with student loans chained to my ankles. Aaaaugh!


Tried a bit of a different style with this one.

Friday, August 27, 2010


This one is pretty disgusting.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Umm, did I mention everyone will be holding guns in every picture I make from now on?




Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I've made a mid-year resolution to create 1 sketch a day for a year. These will be experiments ranging from half an hour to 2 or 3 hours, depending on time and ambition. I can use the practice!

Here's today's.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010





more from below....





Random character sketches and concepts for a resurrected project. Some of these were completed a while ago.

An illustration completed for the vinyl addition of The Archandroid

archandroid...




Here's a small fraction of work I did for Janelle MonĂ¡e's Archandroid album. The crown and armor was sketched out roughly by me, and then built by Hollywood prop-maker Jessee Clarkson out in L.A. I believe he infused some elegance to the design. The gown was fabricated by Jeff Gillies in Atlanta based on these sketches.

The final crown was pushed more towards a gold 'regal' look throughout the process, reflected in the final product (as opposed to the sketches). Also, the album cover image of the crown and armor was a composite, using photos taken of Janelle in costume by Andrew Zaeh, and pumping it up with additional details and lights. The earrings were painted on.

I should mention that the blast shield is just me nerding out the concept. Needless to say it was never seriously considered.