Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Badger Evolves

Thanks for the feedback, everyone! He still needs a lot of adjustments, but Badger is starting to take shape, in spite of being a squirmy little guy and kind of hard to nail down.

I am promising myself some fancy character sheets within a couple of weeks. These will include Badger, AND his best friend (who goes by Finch). Meanwhile, I'd love to know what you think - especially if you have a favorite hat!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Badger Sketches Pt.1

Rough character sketches for Badger, a hyper-active, semi-reformed street urchin who happens to be a genius builder of the steam age. (Mostly, he likes things that blow up).  

This is the beginning of a project I'm doing with a writer friend, the talented Dave Armstrong. Let me know what you think, and be sure to vote for your favorite!

Friday, June 28, 2013


Worn out by a lifetime of hard labor and hardened by her time on the streets, Gizella, (for no discernible purpose) spends her days gathering the refuse of the gutters.

Just a little digital painting experiment in process. Crits welcome!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dad, You're Pretty Great

My mom commissioned this caricature of my dad in honor of his retirement last month from some 40-odd years of teaching. The irony of this picture is that my dad is the sort that gets antsy on vacation and dreads rather than looks forward to relaxation. The guy just loves to work - a habit he and my mom will continue as LDS missionaries beginning this Fall (location TBA).

So thanks, Dad, for taking care of us all those years (and continuing to look out for us). Thanks for your example, not only of hard work, but (together with Mom) of lasting marriage and enduring companionship. Happy retirement and Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hand Monsters!

Does anyone else suffer from this malady? Sometimes strange pigmentations appear on my skin, only to fade away within a few hours or so... Weird.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Ancient Doodles Unearthed

Here are some blasts from my lined-paper past that managed to escape the Great Purges of the last few years. During college lectures, (a.k.a. designated doodle time) I would fill my notebooks with these. And a few notes too, of course.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

IF: Urban

Nowhere near done, but I kind of promised myself I'd post, regardless. I'm immersing myself in all things steampunk for a project I'll be doing some art for, so that provided the inspiration. Illustration Friday's topic of 'urban' gave me the catalyst.

For some reason when I ask myself, "What should I draw today?" the answer never seems to be, "I know, a cityscape in two-point perspective!" But once I do get into a perspective drawing I'm always asking myself, "Why don't I do this more often??" It's pretty fun. Next time I'll pay more attention to and have more fun with scale and depth.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Beauty and the Beast

Here's a few selections from a recent assignment for Core Knowledge that I like to call FIFTEEN ILLUSTRATIONS IN 30 DAYS!! (not including time for revisions but still, this represents a tremendous output for me at this stage in my development!) It’s definitely a challenge, but great to get that kind of mileage. And then, on occasion, when it seems like I’m just spinning my wheels, it's cool to look back over the past year and realize that yeah, I am getting faster, making discoveries in digital painting and gaining in confidence.

One of the big challenges of this project was getting Beauty to live up to her name. But then, I’ve never been one for conventional beauty. Nothing against all the beautiful people out there, I promise - just seems to me they're a bit overrepresented, that’s all. Meanwhile, the worth of the Beasts and the uglies and the underdogs is far too often overlooked... And I guess that's the point of the story, isn't it?