Sunday, July 20, 2014

Landscape Art

I've had a good friend in town visiting, we built a mountain of furniture, and I finished up most of my coursework for the semester. Tonight I'm trying to wind down with some art sketches for a big painting I'm doing but it's not going well.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fan Art

I can't get enough of The Dark Crystal.
Its my favorite movie. So here is a little fan art for it.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Wrap Up

I've posted a slurry of stuff on various other sites about the book I finished but neglected to put the information up here. So here goes.

We'll start with a few pictures of the final product. It has been really exciting to see it completed.

The inside images turned out well. I was worried about the gradient work but all seems well.

Most of all I'm excited to have been able to work with Suzanne Akerman to create a book that celebrates dogs and diversity. Let's hope this is the first of many to come.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


These moogles are fun to draw. I'm still trying to not focus on quality and just keep drawing really loose and fun. I'm using very simple built in brushes with no pressure sense and almost no shading that isn't colors. It's hard to focus on fun and not get pre-occupied with refining them.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Frozen Fan Art

Tonight I'm doing some Frozen Fan Art. Mostly I wanted to practice doing some softer rendering. I typically rely heavily on line work, but there is another artist I follow who studies in NY who does phenomenal rendering who has inspired me to do some extra practice. 
Done in Photoshop with the pre-set HB pencil.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Recent D&D Design

This is a recent work in progress commission for a D&D character.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Most Recent Commissions

A final wrap up image of my last commissions. 
These were a lot of fun and were for a return customer which makes it all the better. My favorite part of working with people a second time is that they get more comfortable sharing their opinions. A good portrait pet portrait requires a good sense of how their owner views them. Unless I met them myself, I wouldn't know how to rely their emotions. Now, I do believe a large portion of who we are comes through in pictures (especially with animals) but I love the stories people share. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Commissions - Two Cats

Previews of two pieces I'm working on now. Both are commissions and are in this mid-stage of work. So far they've been a lot of fun. Working on black fur for cats is a great practice in shading and observation. I find that I really have to pay attention to lighting, color, and hue. Definitely a good way to hone my focus for detail.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Art Fails

A PC crash caused the file to be corrupted and now PS won’t recognize the file type. *grumble* This is the second time this has happened to me. 

No luck getting the file to work again so here is my final upload of these drawings from earlier today. Sorry for the repeat post. I really had hoped to have a finished pieced this evening.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Teaching Art

I was lucky enough to be able to teach a short drawing lesson at an amazing school here in Tacoma. The Seabury Elementary School let give a lesson on how to draw faces using just a few simple boxes.

The lesson only lasted about 20 minutes but it was a lot of fun to watch everyone get excited about doing their own designs. These classes are filled with brilliant and creative kids. Working with them is incredible.

Side note: I am not actually a giant. Camera angles mixed with a short ceiling and a bunch of 1st and 2nd graders makes me look like Hagrid in these pictures.

Here is the link to the blog post: Blog

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Art Request - "Puppy Wizard"

Tonight's drawing complete. The design idea was given to me as “puppy wizard”. As tempting as it was to do an adorable wizard puppy, I decided that I’d do something more creative. I went with a masked wizard instead. Something vaguely Anubis like but without the Egyptian feel. It's a little unorthodox for my style but it's good to practice work outside of your comfort zone.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Japanese Chin

Recently I worked on this dog portrait for another artist as part of an art exchange. 
It was a lot of fun to draw!

Monday, January 13, 2014

More Wizard of Oz Sketches

These were done using the present pencil tools in photoshop.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Wizard of Oz Sketches

I’m going to work on a set of original drawings of the traditional Wizard of Oz characters and then create small, paper framed, vellum-prints. The first step, drawing some of the characters.

Rough (very) sketches of Wizard of Oz characters.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

New Santa Claus Art

"Taking up the reigns" 
Artist: Adam M Botsford

It was time for a Santa drawing but I needed something different. As much as I love the classic image of the old and bearded Santa, I wanted to try something different. This is my idea of a new generation of Claus kin taking up the family business. 
Welcome your new Santa Claus. 

*Inspired by Richard Armitage