A few years ago I had the pleasure of hanging out with fantasy illustrator TOM KIDD. We had been a part of an online art group that had recently shut down but we still kept in touch years afterward. On a visit back to the east coast he invited me to spend the day with […]
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Who knew fighting a monster could have real world benefits?
Every year Emerald City Comicon publishes a book filled with amazing art with the simple theme of Monsters and Dames. The proceeds of which will benefit Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. I was lucky enough to get in the book for 2108…as well as a table at the show. So buy a book, track me down and ask me why in the world would I ever do such a thing?
Because it’s for a good cause.
Throwing back to a Thursday long ago! I did these film poster comps for a local film director who had a pretty crazy crime horror project. It was a tight script with memorable moments and great characters. If you don’t believe me, check out these boards I did for the opening sequence.
I had a lot of fun throwing these together and even did a read-thru of the script with a bunch of actors…though I had to beg off since the last ferry from Bremerton would have stranded me.
Maybe someday it’ll rise from the dead as these things sometimes do.
I‘m consistently struggling to find the perfect balance of the right illustration medium and execution…oh, and artistic satisfaction. The latter is always in short order. Call it pessimism or psychosis, but the link between what’s in my head and what I end up with, while it’s getting closer, still seems like an ever-shifting mirage. I wouldn’t call these failures because I was able to “finish” them, but what a bumpy ride.
Often, I’ll use the other side of the paper of a failed painting. I mean, why not, the paper is still good and it’s that or I throw out an opportunity to learn something. I think this has also freed me up to be willing to try new things and make mistakes.
I’ve often loved the look of ink line with watercolor. Arthur Rackham was quite famous for this but I always found his palette to be limited and bland. But it worked with his luscious linework. Then you get guys like Harry Rountree who’s line was very limited but had lush light-filled color palettes. Somewhere in the middle is where I’d like to be.
Juan Gimenez showed me early on it could work really well in comics, but I’ve yet to come up with anything that I’d be willing to try over and over again. Back to the lab.
It’s crazy…out-of-the-blue, someone contacting you to buy some of your seminal work from your DUNGEONS & DRAGONS days.
HELLGATE KEEP held some fondness for this purchaser and I’m glad I hadn’t thrown the art away in the purge of ’98. It’s true, every decade I throw out a lot of art…most of it downright laughable. However, I do keep a few pieces every now and again to remind me of where I’ve come from and how much harder I need to work. I had mostly everything from that era. Unfortunately the AD had lost all the art from another series, otherwise, I could have sold that as well.
Stay tuned for more art for sale in my store. Or get in contact with me directly and inquire about what I have available from my archives. You never know what you’ll find.