September 4th, 2013

To and Fro

hodge podge
To sum up, I have had  upwards of several things going on.  I recently participated in Festival in the Pines – an Eau Claire arts and crafts show – utterly miserable. Not the show or the gathering itself, but the weather. It was 95 degrees plus Wisconsin Humidity most of the show. Fortunately, some brave souls attended and made it all worth being out in the oppressive heat. The next weekend, I celebrated a Labor Day with the parents. Being  awesome comes naturally to Clarks. It is in Rhinetown, home of the amazing,  where I fervently soaked up as much Northwoods as possible – luscious foliage and sexy sunsets are commonplace. In between, there have been several sketches which demand attention but I am clearly not hardcore enough to power through it and choose to sleep instead. Someday I will learn. Until then – OUTTIE!

April 2nd, 2013

Sawdust City, Eau Claire

map creation
Possibly the first map-creation-steps .gif on the internet. I am a bit of a trailblazer. Everything morphed and shifted a bit along the way, mostly for the better. The project was headed by Historic Maps, LLC, feel free to swing over there and take a look at his previous and future maps from history times.
In the future I will try to organize my reference photos if anyone is interested. Even in a lack-of-interest type situation, I will probably compile them somehow.

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March 29th, 2013

Map Production

map making
It’s almost here! Just one more weekend of honest effort until she (art is a ‘she’ like ships, right?) is ready to be set free into the world. I am also excited that I still remember how to make a .gif because I will be combining hours of work into a 5 second gif for those who don’t have time to fritter away on a 5 minute video.

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March 7th, 2013

Search and Research

starting point
The starting point of a project due for the end of this month. All the fun in-between bits and final glorious illustration will be revealed, soon!

February 7th, 2013

Oppa Rorschach Style

wet canvas drips
Another start of a to-be-determined painting. I have a few different tricks for conceiving an image, but I’m partial to starting out wet-on-wet and letting the color flow like a controlled burn. Spray bottle, lots of watery paint, drips, branching and blurring. Everything stays fairly open to interpretation and the soft edges allow for easier shaping of whatever jumps out of the newly created, asymmetrical Rorschach. I don’t even think I like the colors yet, and I could end up only leaving a small portion of this in the final image. We’ll see!

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December 16th, 2012


An image I hope to someday finish. It has been floating around for a while and since I am in the middle of a few things, it will be my placeholder for content. The desired end result with be ripe with foliage, clouds, and formations that resemble curious monsters in the middle to background. That’s the game plan, anyway.

November 17th, 2012

Elementally Elementary

It's Elementary.
Playing with vellum and thin layers of acrylics to see if I can rustle some translucency out of the finished set of images. I placed three animals in each panel in permanent marker because I can’t cover up the lines with paint unless it’s crazy thick. I am stuck with my composition and my challenge for myself is to try and get more abstract and interesting from there with color and texture, further enhancing the respective “element” of each panel – air, fire, earth and water. Tentative completion date is to be determined.

October 11th, 2012

What’s that? Oh, just a world of possibilities.

terror desk
Coming soon!

July 9th, 2012

Thick Stacks of Thumbnails.

Just a quick peek at a logo I am working on. Thumbnails and thumbnails of a Penny-farthing.

Then over to Illustrator:
all logos

Now a potential business card side:
park city cyclery

July 1st, 2012

Downward Spiral

I like to think I’m making progress on this, but I miss some of the looser strokes and brighter colors of the first stages. Time for reflection. Also, unlike the majority of posts so far, if you click this image it gets bigger! GASP.

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