These are two caricatures I did for for my friends at Falcon's Treehouse (Cecil and PJ). Just wrapped up a project with them recently.


This is my interpretation of a Sean "Cheeks" Galloway character named "Kuta."


"They watched the skies for a sign.

Kahliam knew it was close just by the stillness. Except for the ringing of the bell, the air was noiseless. Nature held its breath leaving a vacuum of perfect silence. It was the kind of moment Kahliam would've relished had the creature not been out there, hiding among the clouds, waiting."


The Narkomin

"They watched a figure move through the forest. It walked smoothly between the trees, barely making a noise. It was difficult to make out its features. It walked upright on two legs, but hunched over. As the two boys shuffled into the crevice under the vegetation, the figure stopped. It propped its head up, listening to the painful silence of the still woods. It took two steps in the direction of the boys.

They could see the figure was in the shape of a large man. But his features were barely human. His skin was pale and greenish in tone with dark veins spun across its body. It was taller than any man they had ever seen. It was almost naked, wearing only crudely fastened skins and sharp bones around its body. Its hair was a gnarled mop of thick twisted vines caked in mud. Thin metal rods, hooks, and studs pierced its skin forming random patterns. Its contorted face was riddled with scars and tattoos. More creature than man."

"The bark ripped away from the boys and the brush thrashed all around them. The forest exploded with a wicked roar and the branches and debris flung through the air from the whipping reach of the creature's long arms. A wind tore through the woods and stripped the boys of their cover. The creature towered over them poised with mouth agape.

Siduri looked at its black eyes. He never blinked again."


"The great walls towered above Angutara and wrapped around it like a phalanx of giant, sculpted sentinels. The city rose from the crowns of broad sweeping hills that overlooked a lush valley. Buildings covered the land, crowding every spare plot in a near-random jumble of architecture. The shores of the wilderness up-surged in a high tide of forestation to the walls. It was alone in the world, far removed from any other country, a full moon in an empty sky."

This is a piece of concept art for a city I've been working on. I've been experimenting with mixing photo collage and some of my painting techniques. Haven't decided if I like it yet.


"You failed!" yelled a man dressed in the rags. "You failed. The village is destroyed and everyone is dead!"

"I didn't come to save your village," said Kahliam, "I came to kill a dragon."


"They were torn from their homes, hunted and gathered in for condemnation. As their eyes searched their minds, they could only wait for the Seraphim. Somewhere beyond the walls of their reproach the brothers searched for their deliverance."

Had a few days to work on a piece I've been wanting to do.


I've been pretty wrapped up in a project (loving every minute of it!). So I thought I would post a painting I did more than a year ago. I hope you enjoy it. For those of you that know him, Yes, that is the legendary Cornelius Cole (Corny) that modeled for Abraham.

"Gathering Stones For An Altar"

This is a painting I did in oils (5'x4')


Hey guys, you should check out my interview with Randall Sly at http://characterdesign.blogspot.com/
I've found more ways to embarrass myself through public exhibition.


Jorge Garcia, Jess, and I at San Diego Comic Con
Just Got back from Comicon! Jorge Garcia and Beth Shady were cool enough to come by the booth and give me a signed picture! One of the highlights of my week! I also got to meet some of the artists that inspire me the most, "Cheeks" Sean Galloway, Francisco Herrera, Ronnie Del Carmen, Chris Sanders, Ryan Benjamin, Jose Lopez, Ragnar, Patrick Morgan, Daniel and Dawna Davis, Chad Hardin and many more. Went to the last LOST Panel. It was a BLAST! More Later.



check it out!


Hey Everybody!
Just wanted to let you all know that my site is up and running.  Thanks to Jason and Ty Fredricks over at ODD Animation.  Check it out.  Let me know what you think.


By the way, just wanted to mention I'll be selling my caricatures of the "LOST" cast at the comic0n. So keep an eye out for them. Here's another taste.


BENTO BOX! When Good Sushi Goes Bad!
Pulled an all nighter to wrap up my new book "Bento Box"! It is off to the printer. Above is the final cover. After several fully rendered versions and a lot of wrong directions I finally found a piece that worked for me. For those of you that liked the sci fi girl, she's inside. For those of you that didn't (AJ and Ron) you can glue that page closed. The project had to be scaled down a bit from it's original inception. But I'm still pretty happy with it. It's kind of a tasty sampling of my work (professional and personal) from the last year. Okay there's some old stuff in there too. It is a forty-page, bite size meal that will leave you asking for dessert. (I mean because it tastes so good, that you can't get enough, not because it left you unsatisfied. Maybe I should come up with a better metaphor.) I'll be selling it at Comicon in the 8fish booth E5. So be sure to stop by and visit, Me along with Ian Johnston, AJ Bell, Ernie Harker and, of course, my booth babe, Jess. By the way we're going to be drawing caricatures at the con as well. That'll be fun to do some live drawing again. Can't wait to see you there. Meanwhile practice saying: 私はbento箱を有してもいいか。


And there's my weekend.
I've had some friends ask me to show some kind of a demo of how I do some of the paintings.  Since I'm in a Lost mood I saved out some iterations of a caricature of Evangeline Lily to show a little bit of my process.  It's really just the basics of traditional oil painting, hopefully with a little style.
I start off with a few sketches until I get an approximate feeling for the character.  The way I work I don't like to tie the drawing down too much.  For me at least, most of the pleasure of the painting comes from the discoveries along the way.  I guess I like to have a general direction without a restrictive plan.  Otherwise it's just math.  Once you get the basic equations down you don't have to do the long division.  That's when it gets interesting.  Anyway, I start with a sketch.
I put down the middle tone
Then I go from the general middle tone to a slightly darker tone, without going full contrast.  That way I control the tonal relationships with out getting too dramatic.  Ya know the old saying "Subtlety in tone creates the illusion of depth, while high contrast flattens."
I go back and lay in a lighter tone than the general middle
From there I go back and forth progressing toward the to extremes of the tonal range 
Cycle back and forth until the localized tones relate to the overall and.... viola. Ya know. Of coarse along the way I'm constantly adjusting the drawing with the rendering

You can pick up all of this stuff by studying some of Sargent's unfinished paintings.  He's one that seemed to relish in the process. He never tried to hide his stroke.

Now that I look at it...  This caricature kinda sucks.  Shoulda done a demo on a good one.  Oh well.  Another time then.


So this is my girl, Jess (the love of my life). I've had this on-going debate with a friend of mine about the similarity between Jess and Scout from the movie "To Kill A Mockingbird." Here is the evidence.  Not only are the photos indisputable,  I've never seen them in the same room a the same time.  You be the judge.
How cute is that?


So here's a comp for the new book. It's a collection of some of my recent work.


Just toying with some logo ideas.


Here are some character designs of "The Deadlies" by a friend of mine, AJ Bell.  You can see more of his work at Story Quarry on my cronies section.  He did some things with the characters i hadn't thought of.  I really dig his sensibilities. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks AJ.


Here's Boon.