Today I have a little character sketch based off a friend of mine. As she is fond of birds, I decided to depict her as a European Robin. Like the small portraits, the goal of this was to use only a few layers and work on how fast I work overall. As my friend is also an artist I will take this space to give a shout out to her work! Check out her blogs at Daily Bird Beast and Anxious Wren. She does some great scientific illustration as well as excellent concept art!

Today I have a little character sketch based off a friend of mine. As she is fond of birds, I decided to depict her as a European Robin. Like the small portraits, the goal of this was to use only a few layers and work on how fast I work overall. 

As my friend is also an artist I will take this space to give a shout out to her work! Check out her blogs at Daily Bird Beast and Anxious Wren. She does some great scientific illustration as well as excellent concept art!

A few months ago I had the pleasure of designing a book cover and some illustrations for the novel Promethea by M. M. Abougabal. I had a lot fun with the whole project and specifically designing the cover around the famous Spear of Destiny as well as other religious symbols. The other two illustrations I did for the novel appear on the inside pages of the book when you purchase it.

Here is a good description of the book from Amazon:

An inexplicable heist had cast its shadows on the magnificent Austrian city of Vienna, leaving its local authorities, and their failed security measures, in shambles… One of Europe’s most fabled relics, in one of its most secured museums, had just been stolen in an arrogant, deliberate tour de force with no evidence at hand. 

Yet this was not exactly the first time where the alluring Holy Spear was in danger… as Christianity’s most sought-after artefact, it had always garnered the attention of both the spiritual and the occult. 
Could the legends around the spear be considered ultimate truths? Or is there a hidden, even more sinister plot at hand? These are the questions two Interpol agents would have to answer, as one suffers from a traumatizing loss and puts an already weakened faith to the test.”

You can find the digital download for the book on Amazon.com HERE! Check it out!

I return with another piece for my strange portraits series! For those unaware of the other pieces, check down below for Mr. Taft and Mr. Washington or see all three together on my Behance page. This one had a bit of literal fun with the very egg shaped head of President Martin Van Buren. I went back to treating his jacket with more of the silhouette style that I gave President Washington but tried to differentiate the piece with a lot more warms throughout it. As usual prints and other items based of this painting can be found HERE! Enjoy! I return with another piece for my strange portraits series! For those unaware of the other pieces, check down below for Mr. Taft and Mr. Washington or see all three together on my Behance page. This one had a bit of literal fun with the very egg shaped head of President Martin Van Buren. I went back to treating his jacket with more of the silhouette style that I gave President Washington but tried to differentiate the piece with a lot more warms throughout it. As usual prints and other items based of this painting can be found HERE! Enjoy!

I return with another piece for my strange portraits series! For those unaware of the other pieces, check down below for Mr. Taft and Mr. Washington or see all three together on my Behance page. This one had a bit of literal fun with the very egg shaped head of President Martin Van Buren. I went back to treating his jacket with more of the silhouette style that I gave President Washington but tried to differentiate the piece with a lot more warms throughout it. 

As usual prints and other items based of this painting can be found HERE! Enjoy!

With a few more grays and a little bit more grunge, I ended up doing another paint over for a sketch out of the sketchbook. My favorite part about these is getting to play around with the colors, textures, and some of the style as I go along. I don’t put any restrictions on them, so they act as a good chance for experimentation. And like always, I revel at the chance to draw a big chunky nose in profile! With a few more grays and a little bit more grunge, I ended up doing another paint over for a sketch out of the sketchbook. My favorite part about these is getting to play around with the colors, textures, and some of the style as I go along. I don’t put any restrictions on them, so they act as a good chance for experimentation. And like always, I revel at the chance to draw a big chunky nose in profile!

With a few more grays and a little bit more grunge, I ended up doing another paint over for a sketch out of the sketchbook. My favorite part about these is getting to play around with the colors, textures, and some of the style as I go along. I don’t put any restrictions on them, so they act as a good chance for experimentation. And like always, I revel at the chance to draw a big chunky nose in profile!

Two of my big weaknesses are speed and a gaggle of layers always floating around my files. I decided to start working on fixing those issues and busted out these little portraits. The main idea was to work fast and keep my layer count down to around five. I had a lot of fun using a chunkier style and still getting to apply my own personality to them. Enjoy!

This is from a bit of sketching and painting after a long winter. I decided to gear up again and pull some random caricatures from my sketch book to paint over. All in all, just a fun exercise in taking something simple and quick and putting a bit of body on it.  This is from a bit of sketching and painting after a long winter. I decided to gear up again and pull some random caricatures from my sketch book to paint over. All in all, just a fun exercise in taking something simple and quick and putting a bit of body on it. 

This is from a bit of sketching and painting after a long winter. I decided to gear up again and pull some random caricatures from my sketch book to paint over. All in all, just a fun exercise in taking something simple and quick and putting a bit of body on it. 

I’m happy to say that this little piece here, entitled Lay More Squawk Less, is whats going out as my next mailer! The cards are even being printed and trimmed as I type. The piece itself was based on an older piece I had done in acrylic. I liked the concept enough that I thought it worth completely revamping and I’m pretty pleased with how it developed. There were slight adjustments to the composition but I really ending up focusing on strengthening the color and lighting. I found it a good chance to look back and see how I’ve developed, as i specifically remember having no idea what to do with color about 2 years ago.I hope you all enjoy it! Prints and other such tomfoolery can be found HERE! I’m happy to say that this little piece here, entitled Lay More Squawk Less, is whats going out as my next mailer! The cards are even being printed and trimmed as I type. The piece itself was based on an older piece I had done in acrylic. I liked the concept enough that I thought it worth completely revamping and I’m pretty pleased with how it developed. There were slight adjustments to the composition but I really ending up focusing on strengthening the color and lighting. I found it a good chance to look back and see how I’ve developed, as i specifically remember having no idea what to do with color about 2 years ago.I hope you all enjoy it! Prints and other such tomfoolery can be found HERE!

I’m happy to say that this little piece here, entitled Lay More Squawk Less, is whats going out as my next mailer! The cards are even being printed and trimmed as I type. The piece itself was based on an older piece I had done in acrylic. I liked the concept enough that I thought it worth completely revamping and I’m pretty pleased with how it developed. There were slight adjustments to the composition but I really ending up focusing on strengthening the color and lighting. I found it a good chance to look back and see how I’ve developed, as i specifically remember having no idea what to do with color about 2 years ago.

I hope you all enjoy it! Prints and other such tomfoolery can be found HERE!

This piece was for a blog project run by one Hanan Levin. Hanan asks various artists if they would like to contribute a piece of artwork based on his daughter Adora, and I thought I’d cook something up for him. So far he’s gotten over 1000 artists to contribute and continues to post pieces every week. If anybody is interested in the project, they can find the main blog here

I found the piece a fun opportunity to try something different that the traditional portrait style I usually use. I thought a lot about fairy tales I enjoyed in my own childhood and based this mouse rider concept off of that. 

For those interested, prints can be found here! Enjoy!

This was a piece I did for the Nashville City Paper about a month or so back. It was a pretty basic piece about the the Tennessee titans New offensive line. Sadly I don’t think my piece brought any magical luck to the game as I vaguely remember hearing they lost the game after the cover ran. Either way the piece was an enjoyable one as I don’t often get to do sports related work. Next time, I’ll make sure to bet against whoever I’m painting.

This was an editorial piece I did a while ago for Spectra Magazine. Seeing as how I don’t seem to have it up anywhere else, I figured the blog would be a nice place to show it off a little despite it being a bit of an oldie.