August 29th, 2012

Nice Set of Cans.

set of milk cans
I have 2 milk cans, and one that is also probably cow related, I have not found out the technical names. This is a pre-painted preview for all my adoring fan. Give me a few weeks and I will give you some progress as I still have some sanding and sketching to do before the real work starts.

August 27th, 2012

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

jiro dreams of sushi
Another motivational, inspirational movie. Excellence has everything to do with passion, dedication and repetition and this sushi master brings it.  Jiro Dreams of Sushi at IMDB

August 14th, 2012


The last hurrah with canvas before switching over to some more watery-penciled things on paper.

August 10th, 2012

To Plan or not to Plan.

1 and 2
A means to an end. The first and second unplanned stage that haphazardly led to this lil guy:

monster face
Some sort of bumbling monster fused into the landscape. “Blehp” is the noise that I perceive.

August 4th, 2012

Chalkfest Eau Claire

The local Eau Claire magazine, Volume One, sponsors a sweet time called Chalkfest. This is the story of a couple participants. Behold!

squirrel thumbs
Thumbnail, pre-plan time.

A few phases of the decided-upon game plan.

the squirrel
A tale of The Squirrel, riddles-in-the-dark style.

August 3rd, 2012

Dante’s Inferno – Fire Hazard for Actors.

This film is a modern take on Dante’s Inferno with hand drawn, paper actors. Every time I watch it I want to make tiny paper cities, so I am putting this up as an inspirational video.

Also with a trailer:

And link to the website:

July 29th, 2012

High Treason.

High trees, son.
As I was taking a picture, the pre-flash lit up a part of the canvas with a fiery orange patch of color. I might just steal that and use it to finish this beast after I saw it, I realized the image is lacking a significant area of contrast.

July 27th, 2012

Great. Now What.

background mountains and rain
Started on an environment of some sort but now I am unsure what step comes next.

common spray bottle
I did learn with this particular canvas that a spray bottle is a good friend to have to keep my acrylics/canvas just wet enough to stay blendable. No idea why it took this long, but yay for discovery.

July 26th, 2012


comp drafts
This has been a very inefficient painting so far but I think I finally have a workable layout.

July 12th, 2012

Setting the Stage.

Just a little peek into the beginning phase of a digital painting. So far I am just laying in what I think will be an interesting background and setting a light source. Not many layers at this point.  Used a textured brush to get a “wash” down and then worked in a few little details with a smaller, round, pressure sensitive brush.

water panther progress
Progress. The creature is on a separate layer until I am confident about it. This makes the erasure of an entire limb that just took place far simpler than if the layers had been merged. I have been predominately using the brush tool, eyedropper and navigator. This is the basic pattern of things once I get into a good rhythm, along with Ctrl+[ or ] to decrease or increase my brush size, respectively.

Annnnddd then I completely switched over to Illustrator:

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