Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tons of Catch-Up

Inktober posts! Catching up all the way to today.
Snakes and Sword


Finally got around to reading this book-fantastic!

Based off the Nerf Maverick

To boldly go where no cat has gone before

Eats, shoots, and leaves

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Inktober 21, 22, and 23

Quotes from Anne of Green Gables, Robin Williams, and a sketch of Simon's Cat.


I love quill pens


Monday, October 20, 2014

Inktober Catch-Up

I have in fact been working on Inktober--I've just been bad about posting. So now, without further ado, Inktober sketches for the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th.

Just a swan

Slightly inspired by the game Dixit

The Creeping Dark

And Mr. Elephant

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Inktober 15 and 16

Here are sketches 15 and 16. The first is of an evil wicker basket. The second is the brainchild of my ten year old brother who conceived a talk show entitled "Conspiracy Today." This is the host.

Wicked wicker . . . 

"And remember--our conspiracies will be with you today, and, tomorrow!"

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Inktober 14

Sachiel, the Third Angel, courtesy of Neon Genesis Evangelion.

"God's in His heaven, all's right with the world."

Monday, October 13, 2014

Inktober 13

Today's Inktober was inspired by the WIP novel of a friend.

"The mighty seer spread the wings of his cloak
 and screamed the intonation of the crow to the heavens,
 talons lengthening and feathered robe melting 
as he took on the visage of a terrible bird of prey."
~ The Unwaking World

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Inktober #12

The twelfth sketch for Inktober! I must say, I think this is definitely my favorite so far. It was definitely a lot of fun to do, and I may try it again in pencil in my much larger sketchbook.

"Thus bemourned the Geatish folk their master's fall, comrades of his hearth, 
crying that he was ever of the kings of earth of men most generous and to men most gracious, 
to his people most tender and for praise most eager." 
~ Tolkien's translation of Beowulf, lines 2662-2665

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Inktober 11

The dreaded Adirondack Grizzbee.

Beware the jaws, the claws, AND the stinger.

Inktober 9 and 10

Playing catch-up on posting these . . . hopefully 11 will be up later tonight.

A particularly happy salesman of masks.

"Sheeps" is both a singular and plural noun in the land of Catan.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Inktober 8

Today's sketch is of a clocktower--specifically the Clocktower from my 2011/2013 NaNoWriMo novel Minyrva.

". . . So lieu of sun, moon, or stars, the Clocktower counted. Every hour it tolled, telling all in the city the hour. But every twelve hours–at six–the Cadence sounded out throughout the City."

Inktober 6 and 7

I did do a sketch yesterday, I just didn't get around to posting it. Here it is along with today's.

The 6th

And 7th

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Inktober 5!

Today happens to be my younger brother's birthday, so this Inktober sketch is dedicated to him. He happens to be a real life technomancer, which is pretty cool. I'm not entirely sure what it is he does with his technomancy most of the time, but I swear it's magic.

Respect the technomancer.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Intober #4

Latest Inktober. In this one I was experimenting with fast, fluid linework, trying to capture the image more gesturally than literally.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Inktober Begins!

First two posts up for Inktober! These are some brainstorming ideas for a possible novel setting. Enjoy!

The first . . . 

. . . And the second.


So, I'm a little late to the party, but I'm hoping to pull of Inktober this year. I tried last year, and I'm pretty sure I got exactly halfway through the month. This year I hope to churn out all 31 pieces, even if some of them are super simplistic and basic. So stand by for a post later today, hopefully with art for the 1st and 2nd of October.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sergio Cariello, Howard Pyle, and N.C. Wyeth

While I unfortunately do not have any new artwork to post, this past week held two exciting art-related events for me. The first was the chance to hear about the life and work process of Sergio Cariello. Sergio is an illustrator who has worked for both Marvel and DC, and more recently has become well-known for his illustration of The Action Bible. I got to sit in on a lecture with Sergio, where he talked about his life story, and how he got to the point he is at now. Also, he gave a live demo of his work process, sketching on his Cintiq which was linked to the projectors in the classroom. At the end, there was also an opportunity for some questions and answers, which yielded some interesting information about his views on art in general, and the freelancing industry. On top of this, Sergio's work is being exhibited in the university gallery for a number of weeks, so I look forward to the chance to stop by there and examine his art in greater detail.

The second fantastic event was a completely chance happening. While walking through the library to do some studying, I noticed a book standing on display on top of a low bookshelf. It was entitled Visions of Adventure: N. C. Wyeth and the Brandywine Artists. I vaguely recognized the name, and picked it up, leafing through the pages. As I read, I realized that N.C. Wyeth was one of the students of famed adventure illustrator Howard Pyle, and that this book provided a sampling of Wyeth's work and Pyle's work, along with the art of a number of Pyle's other students, all of whom studied under him at his Brandywine school. I haven't finished the book yet, but so far it has been a wonderful experience. Wyeth's fluid brushwork and dramatic darkness continue to enthrall me, and I'm hugely grateful for finding such an amazing book.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Equivalent Exchange

Something I've come to realize more recently is that I love symbolic art. Geometric shapes and patterns interwoven with symbolic meaning fascinate. For example, the cover to Nintendo's Hyrule Historia features a circular pattern that contains elements which are symbolically relevant to the Zeldarian lore.

Recently, I finished watching Fullmetal Alchemist the original series, and quite enjoyed it. I particularly liked the artist, yet highly structured and geometric patterns of the transmutation circles, and decided to draw one. However, I wanted to make something that was more than simply a cool pattern, but symbolically relevant, as well. So, given the stress placed on the concept of "Equivalent Exchange" throughout the series, I designed a transmutation circle that incorporates elements of the Christian faith, and scriptures which talk about the exchange made for us in the form of Christ's death on the cross.

I first created the circle and text with a pencil, then traced over that with a Faber-Castell india ink pen. Unfortunately, I didn't have any of my inks with my at college, so I had to settle for some red calligraphy ink I picked up at the college bookstore, which is much brighter and less bloody-looking than I would have liked. I may go over it in a darker ink if the opportunity presents itself.

"Equivalent Exchange"

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Changes and Updates

Well, it's been a while, to state the obvious. Spending the summer at a camp secluded from technology and internet tends to impact one's ability to post on a blog. So does beginning your freshman year of college. Both of which happened. I'm now studying Studio Art at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. It's an exciting experience, and what I've seen of the art department so far has me very excited. On the downside, I no longer have access to a scanner. Below is a sketch of a clockwork sword I threw together up at camp--I was disappointed by how small my sketchpad was, because I'd ideally like the blade portion to be at least 50% longer than it is, but oh well. From here on out I'm going to try photographing my sketches for uploading to my blog, so hopefully that will work fairly well. If not, I'll come up with something--maybe. But for now, the sword.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Museums, Illustration, and the Summer

Despite the complete lack of attention to the blog, I haven't been completely unproductive. Things have been crazy preparing for college, and camp over the summer. Like last year, I don't expect to make any posts while at my job as a camp counselor. However, I have had the opportunity to do two exciting things recently.

The first is that my high school Spanish teacher, who is putting together a pdf vocabulary handbook for one of his lower grade classes next year, asked if I would be willing to do a handful of illustrations for some of the vocabulary terms. I'm really thrilled by this, because it gives me the chance to practice and expand upon my art, while at the same time allowing me to give back to a teacher who has really been a blessing to me through high school.

The second opportunity came just today. For the end of the school year, my family made a trip to the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, MA. It was a fantastic opportunity to see a huge number of original paintings by Rockwell in real life, and get a lot of insight into his working methods, ideals, and art in general. While Norman Rockwell's illustrations don't necessarily capture my imagination and inspire me as some artists' works do, I nonetheless have a great appreciation for him, and this trip only served to heighten that respect and appreciation for his skill and talent.

Along with Rockwell's paintings, the museum had the works of two other illustrators on display. The first was a painter by the name of Edward Hopper. I had never heard of Hopper before, although I quite enjoyed his work. He did a large amount of illustration, mostly in watercolor, which had a very clean and sharp feel to it.

The other illustrator featured was an artist by the name of Murray Tinkleman, whose subjects ranged from vintage cars, to native americans, to Lovecraft covers. While I greatly enjoyed viewing Tinkleman's pieces on display, the real treat came with the opportunity to see and hear Tinkleman in person, as he gave a lecture that afternoon overviewing illustration in the 1950s. It was a great experience, as Tinkleman not only looked at illustrators from the fifties, but also gave some thoughts on illustration today, and art in general. All in all, it was an amazing trip, and I'm very pleased to have made it.

As I said, I expect to be inactive over the summer, and with college classes starting up immediately after camp, I'm not sure what my schedule will look like. Hopefully, though, I'll have some new work to post and time to post it before too long.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Second Coming

This is an illustration I did based off of "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats.

"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

    The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"

It's not really what I'd call a very polished drawing, and I'd like to try making a painting of it at some point.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tangled Heart

This is my latest sketch–it was supposed to be a pair of hands holding a bleeding heart that's also a mess of snarled, tangled fishing line, but I feel like the fishing line looks more like hair. I'm debating whether or not to paint it digitally now. We'll see. Also, I've finally gotten around to making a new blog header.

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Long time no post. Here's the latest thing I've drawn–a self portrait with something other than a simply neutral expression. I had a difficult time with the hair near the neck, especially portraying how it caught the light, and eventually got frustrated and gave up on it.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sigils of Power

Here's the finished drawing that I posted a progress image of a few days ago. I'm pretty pleased with how it came out, although I may go back and tweak a thing or two. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Work in Progress

Here's a drawing I'm working on that's still in progress. I really liked the concept of a somewhat geometric motif in the background. I think I'm going to expand the motif to incorporate two more circles, and possibly extend the leaves/vines. But for now, this is what I have.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mr. Raven Returns

EDIT: Update "From the Sketchbook"!

In a continuation of my raven obsession, I felt like revisiting the character of the oh-so-dapper Mr. Raven, albeit in a somewhat different pose. His walking stick has changed a bit, and I don't think this sketch is quite as polished as his original appearance, but I enjoy it nonetheless.

And Mr. Raven rides again!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Not much of a post, but I sketched this character this afternoon. He's some sort of cat, and goes by the name of Caliban. Maybe he'll show up again. Maybe not. For now I guess we'll all have to deal with his air of mystery.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Way of Kings

I'm very close to finishing my second readthrough of The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, and was inspired to do a bit of fanart. Not the most polished piece I've ever created, but I'm pretty pleased with how the "head" turned out.

"I’m dying, aren’t I? Healer, why do you take my blood? Who is that beside you, with his head of lines? I can see a distant sun, dark and cold, shining in a black sky. --Collected on the 3rd of Jesnan, 1172, 11 seconds pre-death. Subject was a Reshi chull trainer. Sample is of particular note." ~ The Way of Kings Brandon Sanderson

Monday, February 24, 2014

Some More Sketching

Wasn't sure what to draw today, so I just started sketching the side of a face. I hadn't planned on actually drawing the entire head originally, but once started, I felt like I ought to keep adding to it. For some reason, I felt inspired to make the left side different than the right, so I added a jagged scar, which disfigured the nose, lip, and immobilized the eye, giving the figure a sort of half-vacant stare. From there I added the arm, then hand, then right side of the body. Overall, a fairly enjoyable bit of drawing.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Something, I Suppose

Well, I'm not going to pretend this is a huge post, but I haven't been doing a ton of drawing lately. Nonetheless, in an attempt to keep with the sketching of real-life objects, I drew a small glass bottle/necklace I made earlier in the week, based off of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series. 

Complete with construction lines I never got around to erasing.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


I've come to realize that I have something of a psychological aversion to drawing mundane objects. When I sit down to draw, I think "what should I draw?" Too often I decide that drawing a household object that I can actually observe would be too boring, and I end up trying to draw a dragon, or a boat, or something more exciting. However, I've found that when I do actually find something and draw it from real life, the actual process of drawing it is far more satisfying, and the result is usually a whole lot better. I think in the future I'm going to make more of an effort to get over that mental speed bump, and make myself work from real life. Here are a couple sketches I did of objects from real life over the past couple of days.

Okay, I admit it. I added the nails afterward, here, and just drew them from my imagination.

With this drawing, I was trying to use exclusively hatching to convey tone.
Also, that smudging on the glass was supposed to be a glare from the off-frame
light source, but I'm not sure how well it came out.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Latest Sketch

Here's something I did quickly today of a corner of our living room. Just fast and fun.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

And More Digital

After doing my red and black portrait yesterday, I thought it would be cool to try a portrait in a similar style, but in blue. To add to the contrast with the original, I decided a female face would be neat. I started working on it, and upon nearing completion, I realized that the two might work well in a yin-yang sort of setup. Thanks to the help of a friend far more skilled in photoshop than I, I was able to crop and arrange them nicely, and here's the result.

The original blue

And the yin-yang final

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

More Digital

This afternoon I was messing around with my tablet and getting frustrated with digital painting, again. It seems like whatever I do, it comes out looking digital and plastic. Finally I decided to just try something I'd never done before, and go with a very stylized, almost brush and ink black-on-white. That seemed a little boring, so I changed the white to red, and started. I got about halfway in, and was pleased with what was going on, but something seemed lacking. I needed another tone, and so I opted for a darker red. A little bit of messing around later, and this is what I got. It's definitely much, much different than anything I've done traditionally, but I think it came out fairly well, and has helped me expand beyond what I'm "comfortable" doing.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Castle in the Sky Digital Art

I still haven't gotten around to doing another acrylic painting, but this afternoon I was watching some old Portland Studios digital brush demos by Justin Gerard, which inspired me to pull out my tablet again and try some digital stuff. Having recently read the section from Gulliver's Travels on Laputa, the floating city, I decided to attempt to paint Laputa from the Studio Ghibli movie Castle in the Sky. I used a much more "brushy" brush than I have in the past, and went for a much looser, painterly approach–almost impressionistic. While my digital art still has a very, very long way to go, I was pleasantly surprised at how this turned out. Much of the time trying to work digitally ends with me giving up feeling frustrated. This piece, however, definitely gave me some satisfaction, and I'm excited to work more in color, both through digital and acrylic.