Friday, December 22, 2006

Illustration Friday: "Peace"

from the third book in my five book series:
The Blue Goblet, book III: The King in the Mountain

pretty peaceful to wake up to.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

and another!

the thumbnail of it.

the watercolor this time.

2 posts in one day? I've been so busy doing real work that I haven't had the time to do anything for real for myself.

Well. There was this project that I just finished and I printed out the entire book to check over everything, all 30-odd pages of it, all the artwork.

The printer took, no kidding, like 20 minutes between each print. So, I had all the time inbetween (which was all day just about) to do a piece for myself.

And this Mountain King one is one I've been wanting to get to for a while.

Glad to be here.

Mountain King

work in prog. pencil of the Mountain King

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

blue goblet III

This afternoon I finished up the rough draft of the third Blue Goblet story.

description written by Stephanie Young for the Fall 2006 Portland Studios mailer.

And here, I publish, for the first time, the prologue to The Blue Goblet, book III: The King in the Mountain


A loose end is a loose end. To fix it, you must tie it up. A tied up loose end is good and a well tied up loose end is even better.

But no matter how well you tie it, a loose end is still, as always, a loose end.

And even a well tied up loose end has a peculiar way of unraveling itself.
It would almost lead one to think that maybe tying it up is not enough....

Sometimes you must deal with a loose end.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Illustration Friday: "Might"

The thumbnail of it.

The painting of it.

The drawing of it.

I dragged the kitchen table into our living room, set up shop, and watercolored. Somewhere between the first episode of Lost (2nd season) and the fourth, I finished this. It's a gift for a very good friend of mine who is about to have a baby. Well, not him, his wife.


Might be a good idea to give this to him. His new baby girl is around 3 weeks old now.

Friday, December 01, 2006

like an iPod back from the dead:

I live.

Which is an understatement. Work and life both have been very busy and full and those two nouns just aren't conducive to maintaining a blog. Thanks to any that have kept up to date with the post-less blog. Like a good metamucil I'll keep this more regular.

I've been through a long project that (I think) the light at the end is there. The art for "The Ballad of Matthew's Begats" is done and awaits client approval. That is one of many jobs and that I've been working on.

A story:

In highschool, I was a shotgun student. Was I a student of firearms? No, I just hit and miss working hard. It's like shooting a shotgun. It's just sort of fires and you hope you hit something. I think that describes a lot of highschoolers.

In anycase, I was in a US Government class. The class was at 8 AM, MWF and I had a handful of good friends in that class. The teacher was a reserved man and wore gray and brown if I recall, and he showed us a lot of political cartoons on the overhead projector.

One day, I brought a Waldo book to class, the yellow one. I pulled the classic "put-the-comic-book-behind-the-math-book" trick. Only it was a Waldo book. And it looked like this:

Needless to say it did not take long for it to not end well.

That being said, I'm back.