Hello, Blogger followers.
I've been fazing out my blogger page little-by-little for a while now, but it's about time I announced it here to make it official. I don't plan to update this blogger account anymore. This site has done me well for years, I know, and I'll leave this archive here for anyone curious about what I was up to between 2009 and 2012. But this page has been becoming increasingly redundant. Every piece of art I post here is also being posted on Tumblr, and DeviantART, and Behance, and Facebook, and maybe even being sold on Etsy. If anything, I'm over-extending myself as far as web presence is concerned. And everything blogger does, one of those sites I mentioned above does it better.
So those are all the reasons why I'm pulling blogger out of the rotation. If anyone is interested, I hope to see you all again in any of these other outlets. If you aren't using any single one of those other sites, frankly I'm shocked. Even babies and cats have Facebook these days.
So thank you for all you've done for me, blogger. And farewell. Don't feel too bad, this is just the way of things on the internet. Remember Friendster? Or Myspace? It's probably only a matter of time before I leave Tumblr for Instagram, and Instagram for whatever they think up next.
Monday, November 5, 2012
A Halloween-y image for you, just a few days late for Halloween. But Halloween was cancelled here in Brooklyn, so who's keeping track anymore? This is the first in a new character series I'm starting to keep myself active. This is just a personal challenge: my goal is to make one original drawing of a classic trope each week. This week is a witch, next week I might draw a cowboy, the next week maybe a vampire, the week after that a space man, on and on until I run out of ideas. This seemed like a very attainable goal when I thought it up a few weeks ago, but then I had a freelance project kick into overdrive, and now suddenly I don't seem to have any time to work on it. So the character series will update whenever I can manage, but I'm still hoping for weekly.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I'm starting a series to develop the style of color in my illustration work. I always feel the most at home with my pieces during the first stages where I'm making the line drawing. Working out the composition and the anatomy, capturing the action and the emotion... all of that is what I enjoy the most. And then comes time to finish the piece, and I sometimes feel a little lost.
It's my own fault. I spent the first 20-or-so years of my life doing nothing but pencil drawings. Linework is all I practiced in until just a few years ago. So, sometimes the best medicine is to do something outside of your comfort zone. I present to you: elements of digital painting. Hardly ever seen before in my personal work.
In this one I worked up the skin, boots and umbrella, but I somehow like it better with the coat and leggings left the same color as the background, with just some simple touches to indicate volume. What do you guys think?
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I recently made a cover illustration for the Story Collider online magazine. The subject was death. Did you know that when you do a Google image search for "deadly nightshade," most of the flowers that come up are actually woody nightshade? Because I sure didn't! Fortunately, that's one lesson I walked away with after art school. Always double-check your photo reference, because someone out there is going to know the difference.