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).
I originally wanted to make a piece that showed a flaw as a source of power - a crack in the surface allowing access to a well of glowing light. As I started sketching, though, my character's expression turned less tranquil, and the theme shifted. I think now it's a piece about inspiration - the frustration of digging through dirt and rubble in search of the hidden idea that will be a diamond.
Be sure to check out the new Month of Love
blog for more art - there's an insane roster of artists participating in the challenges this time around, and new pieces are appearing daily.
Every Day Original: Sunset Ride
Posted on 16 Jan 2015
5x7", oil and acrylic ink on paper.
Here's my latest tiny oil painting, Sunset Ride, currently up for sale at Every Day Original
Snapshots from the process: pencil/white charoal, acrylic ink, and oil glazes.
This piece was based on one of my earlier (and even tinier) drawings
; sometimes a concept just needs to be revisited in color. I thought some sunset hues would fit the theme nicely.
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.
From left to right: Rebecca Yanovskaya, Tara Larsen Chang, Kristina Carroll, and Filippo Vanzo.
There is a ton of gorgeous work in this book from a great assortment of up-and-coming illustrators, pros, and artists who have bridged the gap from the former classification to the latter since this project was first conceived (moi??)
. Seriously, I suffered a minor existential crisis just trying to choose a few representative pieces to stick on my blog - the judges on this challenge were amazing and each and every piece in this book deserves to be there. If you're an illustration fan or a collector of art books... check this one out.
One Fantastic Week
Posted on 14 Jan 2015
Is that... could it be...??
If you're an illustrator, and you haven't heard of One Fantastic Week
, you're probably missing out in the worst possible way. Peter Mohrbacher
and Samuel Flegal
have taken on the monumental task of putting together a weekly web show/podcast in which they talk illustration and the freelance lifestyle with various visiting artists from the fantasy/scifi community. Artists including, as of this week's show, myself! I've been watching the show for ages; the dulcet tones of Sam, Pete, and their ever-rotating cast of Special Guests have kept me company through many a lonely marathon drawing session, but I never dared to dream (even in the darkest depths of my black little heart) that I'd get to be One Of Them someday. So if you're wondering why MY week has been fantastic - wish fulfillment!
My generous hosts allowed me talk at great length about my process, my tragical life story, and my various bleak worldviews; you can check out the full video at the One Fantastic Week website
or download the podcast version on iTunes
(Sidenote: If you like the show as much as I do, consider kicking $1 to its creators over at Patreon
to help keep it going!)
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