Showing posts from 2016

Finally kicking up some dirt!

inDELLible has been going great- though I haven’t been as fast as I’d like. Speed will come with time, and since there hasn’t been an official ‘time-limit’, I’ve been making sure that the art work is the best I can do. I still feel like it’s rough, but it’s a great learning opportunity to work with the likes of Daerick Gross, Sr. I can’t show much right now, but here’s a tidbit I’ve shared on FB:
I still have a couple of other stories to do for inDELLible. The next story is for “The Masked Pilot”- I’m guessing he’s sort of a Lone Ranger of the air. I’m excited for this one because I get to draw my favorite of all vintage planes: The Grumman Goose!
I’ve been doing quite a bit of illustration for my day job. We’ve been developing a simulation for an economics course based on Dune. Here are some avatars I was asked to create: I’m continuing to work hard and hone my draftsmanship skills... nothing else really to report, though I’ll make a tighter effort to keep the updates coming more frequ…

inDELLible Comic Anthology!

I had posted this in September, 2016. It was my first real attempt at becoming published with a comic book anthology. The book is now being published in a limited print run.

I’m excited to announce that I am returning to my Comic Book roots and will be illustrating two short stories for the inDELLible comic book anthology!

inDELLible is an homage to Dell Comics, a Golden Age comic book publisher whose works are now in Public Domain. Their anthology will include several stories from many talented writers and artists. I’m humbled and honored to be part of the team.

inDELLible is headed up by Editor James Ludwig, Assistant Editor Dave Noe, and art directed by industry veteran Dærick Gröss Sr.

I will be working with Bill Cain on “Naza”- who is a prehistoric warrior looking for his lost love, and "Captain Tornado"- a two-fisted space opera adventurer; and with Brian K. Morris on the “Masked Pilot”, a 1930s hotshot aviator.

We’re in the beginning stages now, but I will be able…

10,000 DRAWINGS... will give you such a crick in the neck!

I always get excited when someone takes an interest in my artwork. I get even more excited when that person also likes to draw but needs some encouragement. It really is about convincing yourself it’s okay to draw and not be where you want to be. It should be exciting- it’s like looking out the window and getting ready for a roadtrip! I don’t mean to sound trite- but it really is about the journey. I had heard somewhere that we have 10,000 bad drawings in us, and it’s up to us to get them out. It’s similar to the 10,000 hour rule- spend 10k hours practicing a skill to become world class. I believe it. For me, it will probably be 30k… but that’s all on me.

I had realized something recently- and it’s taken me a long time to come to this conclusion… but if anything, it’s this: Art is more than the final result. You must ENJOY the method.
You have to like the act of actually doing it! The art is secondary to the act of putting pencil to the paper- of putting paint to the canvas. Once you f…

The Bookshelf Academy

I was listless and uninspired. I was sitting at my desk in a “Now what?” state of mind. I had just finished a large illustration project for work (a series of illustrations, title page above) , and although I was satisfied with what I had done in the time I had to do it, I felt that I could have done so much more. A large part of it was speed, and to a greater extent, I was severely out of practice.
As I reflected on my past week, I felt a bit empty. I had a vacation coming up which will involve travel, but I know how I am—I get antsy when I’m not doing anything creative. So I sat, paralyzed by the thought of my lack of time, lack of inspiration, and knowing full well I need to put in the hours to get better. “Now what?"
Some backstory: I’m currently in the middle of a personal project—inventorying all of my books. It’s a culmination of 25 years of collecting, and I own quite a bit. I haven’t used many of them. I’m on a long journey toward minimalism and I want to unburden myse…

Drawing is how I best connect with people

I have lots of interests. I mean A LOT. I love filmmaking- directing, cinematography, screenwriting... I love animation. I love photography- the craft of working with a manual camera, celluloid, and shaping light. And, I love to draw.

It's all cyclical to me. One interest gives way to another during the course of the year. I'll go for long stretches on something than suddenly change, much to the detriment of my career. Luckily, I am now in a position where I am able to be creative, explore and problem solve and have all my interests addressed.

However, the one thing I have noticed that really draws people in (no pun intended) is when I draw. I have very few close artist friends. I occasionally get freelance work, but I prefer to work on my own art at this point and will almost never take a commission. I don't have much personal time, so I'm not likely to give it up for someone else's project. But, it's the best way I can connect with people. They see something…