Month of Love: Forbidden Fruit Posted on 01 Mar 2015
Forbidden Orchard - 5X7" oil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper
The pencil underdrawing (left) and ink/watercolor underpainting (right).
The oil painting in progress.
Month of Love: Love is All Around Posted on 19 Feb 2015
It's Week 3 over at Month of Love! This week's theme is "Love is All Around" - we were encouraged to get out into the world and find a real life love story to illustrate, but since a) it's cooooold and b) there is no love in Maine, I stayed inside and drew a portrait of my dog and her lost love, Pato.
For a long time, my dog Tiki was completely inseparable from her stuffed yellow duck (the one she was allowed to pick out herself from the rack at the pet store). I haven't seen them hanging out much in recent months, though... I often wonder what it is that drove a wedge between them, and whether either of them misses the closeness they once shared.
Month of Love: Diamonds Posted on 09 Feb 2015
Now that February is here again, it's time for Month of Love (the weekly art challenge masterminded by Kristina Carroll). This week's theme is "diamonds."
Casting around for inspiration on the theme, I came across an article on the Koh-I-Noor diamond; once the largest diamond in the world, it was gradually chiseled down to an eighth of its original size by various owners who wished to improve upon it.
Thumbnail concept (left) and 8x10" pencil underdrawing (right).
Every Day Original: Sunset Ride Posted on 16 Jan 2015
5x7", oil and acrylic ink on paper.
Snapshots from the process: pencil/white charoal, acrylic ink, and oil glazes.
Art Book: Inspired Posted on 15 Jan 2015
Remember my Hunt for the Black Lotus painting? For those whose browsing histories don't span all the way back into the mists of late 2013, the piece was prompted by the ArtOrder Inspiration Challenge, masterminded by Jon Schindehette and juried by a selection of awesome illustrators and art directors.
At long last, the challenge has borne its inevitable fruit: the limited-edition art book showcasing the selected artists & artwork, Inspired, is now available in the ArtOrder store.