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Arctic Fox Christmas Painting Charcoal Values Complete

Arctic Fox Christmas Painting Charcoal Values Complete

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 in Animals, Blog

I finished the charcoal value pass for our arctic fox Christmas card. This one was a challenge due to the fact that I decided to work fairly small and didn’t take the time to sand down my gesso as much as I could have. The gesso application on the canvas was a little thick and the horizontal brush texture posed some issues achieving a finer level of...

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Basilisk Video

Basilisk Video

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 in Blog, Tutorials

I’ve been sitting on this video for a little while now and figured it might be time to post it finally. This is a recording of a digital creature design for a basilisk. You can see some of the techniques and process I employ in my digital design work here including collection and examination of reference images, block-outs, application of...

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Screenwriting Book Illustration

Screenwriting Book Illustration

Posted on Nov 12, 2017 in Blog, Selected Works

I recently took a few days to help out one of my MFA screenwriting instructors with an illustration. Professor Michael Tabb is currently wrapping up a new book on screenwriting entitled Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step-By-Step Guide to Generating Stories published by Focal Press. If you are interested in his book, you can sign up for an e-mail alert when...

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New Cat Painting Completed

New Cat Painting Completed

Posted on Nov 11, 2017 in Animals, Blog

As expected, the painting of the cat piece took about a day. The time frame for these smaller pieces runs pretty consistent. It will take me about an hour or two to mock up the work in Photoshop which doesn’t count looking for reference images that will work together with respect to lighting and angles. The charcoal base layer takes about 7-8 hours....

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New Cat Painting Underway

New Cat Painting Underway

Posted on Nov 10, 2017 in Animals, Blog

In honor of my birth-mother’s up-coming birthday, I decided to jump back into my animal paintings and work up another cat. It is great to be back painting after almost a year away. Completing my Master’s in Creative Writing was fantastic and, while I’m now much better prepared to write Miranda’s children’s book and the novel...

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Beaver Painting Complete

Beaver Painting Complete

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 in Animals, Blog

I’m really happy that my taking part in the creative writing master’s program still allowed me enough time to complete my annual holiday card. This year I took a break from the usual panel of the Franklin and Nunu book and decided to go with one of my animal paintings. I’ve pretty much maintained my pace on the smaller paintings, even...

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