Other Worlds: The Art of Illustration

I am curating an upcoming art show of some amazing Illustrators at Western Oregon University on January 9th through February 8th. Opening reception is from 4:30pm - 6pm on the 9th

Some huge names in the world of illustration at this show, as well as some rising stars. I also created the show card and poster using the artists work that will be in the show.



City clouds updates

Currant state

Previous state

Another previous state

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Next painting

Started another painting today. Well that's not exactly true I have been planning and doing sketches and thumbnails for a few days but I started the actual painting a few hours ago.

15 x 45 ink, water color, water color pencil, gouache

Here are a few pics
Color sketches

Setting up the drawing

Starting the painting


The Eleventh Hour, final Pic

So hour eleven was simply spent taking photos hoping my crappy camera could get a decent one that I could use. I should have borrowed a better camera, but I was not thinking...oh well..

Got a decent one. Brought it into photoshop fixed some of the loss of color and sharpness. Also tilted the floor a bit more because it was not sitting right.

Anyway, here is the final pic

Update eleven

The last hour has come and gone but I did not have time to post so here it is.

Ten hours of painting finished

Final details. Scary creature head! He'll yes!!

Cozy seat, nice fire place and a mantel full of candles.

Less cozy seat complete with skull.

Lyssa the white witch.

She likes blue balls, feathers, and fur!

More candles and skulls nothing weird here at all!

Ok now It's time to take pics and fix any thing I need to digitally.

One hour left (actually the hours already happened but that ruins the story).

See you on the other side!

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Update ten

Quick update
Hour nine. Coming into the final stretch. About an hour left and then an hour to photograph it and make final adjustments digitally

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Update nine

Hour eight. Only have about three or four hours left to that i can work but I think I'm making good time.

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Update eight

Some pretty great things happened this hour. I felt like things started to feel a bit more resolved and the character of the things within the space revealed themselves.

I feel like I know the path forward and I am starting to see smaller things that need to be fixed rather than the whole painting feeling discombobulated.

Hour seven

Details of her costume are coming together

Face feels pretty solid

Trying to figure out the glow from the candles.

And maybe my favorite additions the red seat seems more plush and the fireplace rocks catching some light!

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Update seven

Day two hour six into the painting.

Some details

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Update six

Final update for night five hours in. Probably about the same amount tomorrow so we will see where it ends up.

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Work update five

Nights burning up and still a long ways to go.

Here's the painting after four hours.

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Work update four

Third hour of painting down

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Work part 3

Another hour and now time for a break

Work space

Second hour

Close up

Work part 2

So here is the progress so far on the piece about an hour in with oils

Forty minutes in

Hour in

Only on freak out this far!!!

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Working today

So I'm trying to get an illustration done I have till Sunday at midnight. Hopefully I can get it finished in time.

So as an experiment I thought I'd post my progress as I went through it.

Didn't take any pics of the drawing but I have thumbnails and I just toned my canvas.


Gouache color study

Final Drawing toned
7.5 x 12 illustration board

More updates to follow with hopefully a finished painting by Sunday at midnight



A quick post of a drawing I recently did for my father in law of his mother Ann. I found this great picture of her and thought it would look pretty cool as a drawing.


Virgo GC Reference

 Here are the references I gathered for the book cover

 The first thing I gather are references for the cave drawing because it is going to be a prehistoric sort of drawing I dont need any real poses just a general idea of the things and what they look like so I just do google searches for the elements.

 Just a general reference to the overall pose, wanted to basically see the position of the knees and feet

Grabbed this for the position of the arms

 Grabbed this for the style and roughness of the cave drawing and the lines, ended up using less of the line quality and more of the color palette


 The Sombrero Galaxy.

Astrological symbol for Virgo, which wasnt a part of the authors original sketch but I thought it would add a certain something.

The next thing I start collecting is references for rocks. Basically I am looking for a real jagged style of rock, with nice cuts and breaks. I am basically just thinking jagged. I got these from a mall as I was walking through I saw the rocks and started taking pictures of them.

 Love these planes, you can see I use them in the rocky part near the character on the cover.

 I also wanted to get an idea of how light interacts with the rock, how far away the light falls off, how the color degrades the further away. I also was not sure at this point what kind of light source he was using. I figured it was a torch but I thought it could also be a whiter light, so I grabbed a few of those references too.

For the torch references I used candles

I also wanted to get reference for the back cover in case she decided she wanted that done. The idea was that multiple people were walking into the cave and each holding a light.

The last reference I gather is the actual pose. I tend to pose myself more often then not when I dont need a face reference. I know what I see in my head as far as how I want the body to look, and I dont know if I could really communicate that to a model. Especially one that isnt getting payed.

I knew from my sketches how I wanted the body to basically be, but what was most important was how the light played off my back. Each of these poses were used for different parts of the final character.

This was utilized mostly for the hair light. This was not something I was going to use at first but after I had turned my digital piece in the author asked if I could give the guy long hair. So this was the reference I used most to get the idea of how the light would be hitting the side of my head.

This pose used for the left side of the body

This was for the hand on the wall and the shadow cast

Overall pose and basic lighting, I also liked the position of the fingers more in this one on the right hand.

This one I used for the color, I thought it felt most like what an open flame would be doing to a body and its color.

And this last pose for the lighting on the left shoulder and the triangle of spilled light on the trap.