I know I said that the site’s not about the art, but… after digging up some of my dusty paintings rusting away in a drawer, I thought, why not carve out a tiny part of the site, for the illustration? I suspect a few visitors might enjoy it. So here’s a few pieces for your viewing enjoyment, with a word or two about each. Hope you enjoy.
(As usual, please respect my copyright, which applies to everything on the site, including the images on this page. Feel free to link to them, as I’m all about new visitors, but don’t copy and paste stuff away, or take other liberties. Appreciate it!)
In reverse chronological order (mostly):
This image was finished in early 2014 and created for the website (did you notice the website address in the book? It’s not painted in, just something I added with a photo editor after, for fun). It was done with some reference images of butterflies and lizards, as well as a book (bonus points if you know which one, I reference it elsewhere in the site). At the time, I hadn’t have a lot of watercolor fantasy paintings, so it was fun to do. 10 by 11 inches, watercolor.
I’m not sure of the exact date of this image, although I believe I did it in my shared University apartment, shortly after taking a multi-media art class (to get back into the swing of things after a long hiatus). The original painting is done in acrylic, roughly 13 x 9 inches, which I then blurred generously with a photo editing program. No models or references, just pure imagination.
Monster in the Shadow:
An image from my teenage years, I enjoyed playing with heavy shadows and sharp light sources (I think I was inspired by a painting of Delacroix’s shown to me in high school art class). I have a vague memory that this might have been intended to be a dinosaur, although I’m not 100% on that. It was a few years ago now. Prismacolor (I think maybe outlined in ink too, early on, based on how some of the painting reflects differently than others), 12 inches by 9.5 inches. Oh, and for what it’s worth, I still kind of like it…
This image is very old, from my teenage years. I had a bit of a dark art period (moody teenager, dark art, who would have thought?). It’s about 9.5 by 10.5 inches, done in Prismacolor pencil crayons (pressed hard in places to get a paint-like texture), which was the weapon of choice for my teenage years. While the technique in the image above is not as polished as I could probably achieve today, I still think it’s a powerful composition and worth sticking in the gallery. Some other images from the same period had seeds of promise, but I’d want to redo them before exposing to the world (the technique is a little too crude for my current standards). I have a larger Angel and Devil battle in the same style, which I still like and may show later, although it’s not really the right size for an effective icon.
Supervillain was done in my teenage years as well. I wanted to try my hand to the powerful and dynamic stye of comic books. The piece is 8 inches by 10 inches, roughly, in ink and Prismacolor pencil crayons, with a little darkening of the image in an editing program. The figure is imaginary, without any particular story to go with it. So far.