New Work: Sword of Purpose Posted on 10 Dec 2014
"You must never be deflected by unpleasantness. I want you to remember that. Although it may not be apparent to others, your duty will become as clear to you as if it were a white line painted down the middle of the road. You must follow it, Flavia."
"Even when it leads to murder?" I asked, suddenly bold.
With her brush extended to arm's length, she painted in the shadow of a tree.
"Even when it leads to murder."
We sat for a few moments in silence, Aunt Felicity dabbing away at her canvas with no particularly exciting results, and then she spoke again: "If you remember nothing else, remember this: Inspiration from outside one's self is like the heat in an oven. It makes passable Bath buns. But inspiration from within is like a volcano: It changes the face of the world."
- Alan Bradley, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
Pencil on Bristol, 11x17"If the purple-and-gold color scheme looks familiar, it's because it's a throwback to one of last year's SmArt School assignments, wherein art director Lauren Panepinto took my drab color rough and cranked the saturation up to 11! The resulting color scheme was so eye-catching that my freelance clients requested nothing but purple and yellow from me for six months. Understandably, I got pretty burned out on those hues for a while, but I think I'm ready to love them again.
The digital painting process, in living color...The bright colors are one reason I decided to tackle this piece digitally - my traditional work tends to veer unavoidably towards shades of brown (hmmm, perhaps because I'm painting with brown paint on brown paper?) and I knew I wanted something more vivid for this piece. I might have to take a hard look at the materials and see if I can't recreate this in traditional media, though - it could be a fun (or at least instructive) challenge. Plus, I have one very good reason to add to my stack of traditional paintings, as I am officially...
New Work: The Nutcracker Posted on 18 Nov 2014
Ye gods, is it that time of year again??
The final illustration, prior to the type treatment.
New Work: The Journey Posted on 05 Nov 2014
The journey is marked by false turns, road outages, and distractions of all kinds waiting to lure the unwary traveller into peril. Which way to go? Fortunately, those who go before us occasionally leave signposts, bridges, and messages of warning. One foot in front of the other...
The underdrawing, 11x17" on toned paper
The ArtOrder Artists Series launch Posted on 20 Oct 2014
Huge, awesome news - today marks the launch of the ArtOrder Artists Series! If you haven't heard of this project already, it's an ongoing series of limited-edition prints, curated by art director Jon Schindehette and featuring the artwork of a whole roster of awesome artists.
I'm honored to be the featured artist for the launch - limited edition prints of my painting Colder Wind are now available in the ArtOrder store, and are being offered for pre-sale at 20% off this week only.
If you were at Illuxcon this year, you may have already seen a few of the early-stage poster proofs that Jon was toting around. These are some really nice large-scale limited editions - signed, numbered, nice paper, the whole deal. The image is one of my current favorites - painted straight out of an intensely inspiring week at Illustration Master Class, it's the first piece in which I finally got the hang of my traditional media process (documented in more depth HERE).
I can't say enough good things about this project; Jon's really gone out of his way to secure some great artists and wring amazing work out of them - and with good reason. The ArtOrder Artists Series is different from any other opportunity for fantasy artists out there today - it's based around, in Jon's words, "support of the arts...and the artists." Artwork is commissioned for AOAS on the basis of a profit sharing program - where the artist gets to reap the majority of the profits, and retain all rights to their work.
In an industry that is often the subject of finger-wagging for its draconian treatment of artists, a project like this one - designed with the artists in mind - is a breath if fresh air, and I'm hoping that its commercial success will be a step towards redefining the terms and hiring practices our market considers "standard."
If you've been admiring Colder Wind from afar, please consider checking out this print series! You can find the product page over at the ArtOrder store, and more background information on the Artists Series here.
And, if you're an artist and love the idea behind this program as much as I do, please consider helping to spread the word.
Month of Fear - Demons Within Posted on 16 Oct 2014
Another challenge for Month of Fear: "Demons Within." It's acrylic ink over pencil & white charcoal on toned paper (below), finished out with some slapdash digital color (above). Adding it to the pile of Things That Need Oil Paint.
...and what's that you ask? Are prints available? Oh yes they are.
The underpainting.I've been posting some progress shots of my Month of Fear pieces (along with whatever other non-NDA projects I'm working on) to my Instagram feed. You ARE following me on Instagram... aren't you?