Friday, March 28, 2008

Illustration Friday: "Homage"

Paying homage to one of the greatest, Maurice Sendak. I got to meet him once in NYC. Not something I'll forget. Here's a little watercolored Wild Thing I did some time ago.

In other news, I'm selling 20 prints of the piece below!
from my piece which was voted/accepted into
the Illustration Friday "Open" show

$25, free shipping to US

Check out details here
Order prints here

Thanks to those who have ordered!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

prints [updated]


I've got 20 prints available and there's a 7 day time period set on it.


I've got this one piece in particular that I really like:

I like it for a couple reasons.

One, it was the last "significant" piece I did on my old 15 in. eMac.

Two, I did it at all at the kitchen table at our old apartment, eMac on the kitchen table as well.

Third, I did it over a year ago and looking back I can see that this piece was part of the beginning of a stride (and by 'stride' I mean a consistent leveling up in quality of work -- I think we all get those from time to time.)

This piece was voted/accepted in to the Illustration Friday "Open" show in Long Beach, CA a few months back. I had 25 prints made and got rid of a few so that means I've got some left over. So! I wondering if any one would like one. They're priced same as they were at the show, $25.

If anyone is interested, leave a comment and I'll make an eBay 'buy it now' for you, you can pay through PayPal. (I've been selling some junk on eBay recently and who'd ever guess, people buy junk.)

So leave me a comment if you are interested.

$25, that's including shipping, I'll link to the bid. International shipping I'll have to figure out, but to the USA it'll be included.

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Here's a bad photo of the print. They're sized to 8x10 so you can get a pre-cut mat to fit and frame it in a photo frame. I'm very happy with the quality of the prints and the colors printed spot on. They're all titled and signed as well.


A painting in tea. A hundred tea bags boiled with boiling waters, steeped, and made into liquid media.

Zach Franzen, proprietor of the Portland Blog, has a fantastic new post coming involving tea and civilization. We were, as a result, commissioned to each do a paintings in tea.

Rule Britannia, rule the waves.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

chimney sweep

Working on a more realized version of this little doodle.

I enjoy the down time between projects. I just finished a big one and I've got an equally involved project waiting to start but, (thank you) clients take time talking to their clients and they take time talking back to them before it all gets back to me.

So, I get a down time. Which is fun.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

More from the ocean. I mean garage.

I spent over three hours Sunday afternoon on his face. I painted and scrubbed and painted and scrubbed and just when the underpainting began to be no longer discernible, it clicked.

My goal is to paint the entire piece, finish the figure and then let it dry for a week or more then go back and do washes. I hope to push the figure back some and create a little atmosphere.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Illustration Friday: "Heavy"

Heavy. This is a doodle on the corner of a page of something else but it was appropriate here.
Believe it or not, elephants really are heavy.

I hope to be updating this post throughout the day with other heavy doodles. Check back if you're into heavy stuff.

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And another!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

"Almost there..."

That's what the guy said in Star Wars right before he blew up.

Hopefully I'll not blow up, even though I'm almost there. We're close to being done with the first for real, 2-D hand drawn animation today done at Portland Studios.

Everything is being complied together in AfterEffects and ought to be ready to go soon.

As it becomes available I'll post links to it (assuming it makes it to the internet) it's a TV spot for a hospital. So! Well see. Here's a little sample.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


I don't post things that aren't mine too often so hopefully when I do it means something. What, I don't know but hopefully something. And something good.

I like to admit when I'm wrong. I don't think this is typical. I think I like to think it draws a good contrast between me and the people who refuse to admit they're ever wrong. Which is probably just as selfish and just as bad. But, in any case I was wrong, at first, about this video.

I was put off by it's emo-haired hero, the ├╝ber-indie-punkiness of it all, and its dystopian setting complete with obligatory faceless military (music?) police, but guess what, I was wrong.

And you know what won me over-- ROBOTS.


That and the design, the action, and the animation is so friggin awesome. This really is spectacular. I hope you enjoy it.

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And in the best way possible it reminds me of this other incredible (and unrelated) piece of animation:

evolution of a character:

Did some development work a while back for a supposed kids' show. This character evolved quite a bit-- sort of.

I hit on the design early but he went through several iterations of execution. Enjoy.

The characters are in descending order (the top is the first one I did, the bottom is the final) you can decide for yourself which you like best.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

office/studio/luxury wing: site B

I have a fantastic room at our house for all my work and stuff.

Below, you'll find pictures of it. You'll see some work, some stuff, and pictures of our garage which I've commandeered for oil painting.

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