Monday, April 14, 2014

Sketches from ECCC 2014

Another Emerald City Comicon has come and gone. I'd like to extend my thanks to everyone who came by our table during the convention.

Here are some of the sketches I did for people who purchased my sketchbook, Journey, this year:

I have two sketchbooks still available featuring the following original sketches. If you had been thinking of buying a copy online and either of these drawings have caught your eye, please contact me and let me know so I can put the book aside for you.

See you at ECCC 2015, March 27th-29th!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Emerald City Comicon 2014: Final Day

Today is the last day of Emerald City Comicon 2014! A con report of some sort will follow shortly. If you'll be at the convention Sunday, please don't forget to stop by our table N-10, located near the back of the exhibit hall.

I'll be waiting!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

ECCC's Monsters and Dames 2014 Art Book

My Painted Marsh Nymph illustration will be printed in ECCC's limited edition Monsters and Dames 2014 Art Book. If you buy the book (available at the ECCC Merchandise booth), stop by our table and I'll be happy to sign it for you. The proceeds from the book go to Seattle Children's Hospital.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Emerald City Comicon 2014

This year's Emerald City Comicon (or its fun to say abbreviation, ECCC) is only two weeks away!

Last year, the show was huge and had even expanded into the Sky Bridge, the wide hallway that connects the two sections of the exhibit hall. This year the show is even bigger, and as of Thursday, March 13th, it is completely sold out. It looks as though the exhibit hall has expanded even further into Level Three of The Conference Center, which is part of the Washington State Convention Center (and the location of GeekGirlCon in the fall). Please refer to the map for all the confusing details!

Click to enlarge! Full convention center map here.

There is an important note I'd like to make: there are now essentially THREE Artist Alleys. Please make sure to visit them all! Last year there was some confusion about the location of all the artists, and many attendees said they were unaware Artist Alley was split into two sections. 
As you can see on the map, one is on Level Four closer to the entrance of the Washington State Convention Center and the other is through that aforementioned Sky Bridge in the second, larger section of the exhibit hall (where most of the exhibitor booths are located) near the back of the convention center. It looks like the new, third section of Artist Alley is located below the main exhibit hall floor on Level Three of The Conference Center.

The show will be open longer this year, too. Friday is now a full day, with show hours from 10 am to 7 pm. It's gonna be a long day for those of us working the floor! (Come by and be nice to us!)

Vinod and I will be sitting at booth N-10 in Artist Alley, not too far away from our location last year. We're against the wall near the bathrooms, so hopefully we'll be easier to find in the crowd. I'll have most of my usual product available: copies of The Explorer's Guide to Drawing Fantasy Creatures, posters, prints, note cards and sketchbooks. They won't fit on the table, but I plan to bring some original paintings to sell, so if you're interested in seeing what's available, please ask.

Emerald City Comicon will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle from Friday, March 28th through Sunday, March 30th. More information about the show is available at the Emerald City Comicon website. Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Article on Children's Picture Book Illustrations

The 2014 Caldecott Medal winner was announced today. The award went to the book Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca.

The cover of Locomotive.

Yesterday, in anticipation of the announcement, npr posted an article praising some of the picture books published in 2013: Eight Picture Books That Make Us Wish We Were Kids Again. Two of the books on npr's list were chosen as Honor Books by the Caldecott Medal Committee.

You don't have to be a kid to appreciate the wonderful illustrations from these books!

More on the Caldecott Medal here

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dwarves II

I hear dwarves are popular these days. Good thing, because I happen to have art of that!

The second character I designed for Unrestrained Games is an intimidating and capable fighter who leads his elite dwarven warriors into battle. To contrast from Hogoren who was heavy on the bottom, I made Downammar slightly top-heavy. His clothing and armor is fit for a king and formidable in battle.

A few of the costume details changed between this design sketch and the final.
It's mostly hidden in the final drawing and painting, but his necklace is made from a dragon's claw.

His additional weapons and accessories come from battles fought in distant lands.

Unrestrained Games website

Friday, January 17, 2014

Lands and Legends Kickstarter: Final Week!

Lands and Legends, a fantasy art book project.

It's the home stretch for the Lands and Legends fantasy illustration book Kickstarter, and there is a loooong way to go to reach the goal! For more information about the project, please see my earlier post here.

While I compared the book to Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art to describe the subject matter one might expect to see in Lands and Legends, Lands and Legends will be different as a collection of work. Rather than a compendium of art put together through a juried competition, this book is a collaborative project comprised of fantasy art that many of the artists are creating specifically for this project. As such, in order to fairly compensate the artists, the cover price of the book is higher than an art annual like Spectrum, the production of which is paid for by entry fees.

If you choose to support the Lands and Legends Kickstarter campaign, you will be supporting over a hundred working artists as they create an image of a subject they love. And of course art always turns out better when you love what you're working on!

Easy access related links:
Lands and Legends Kickstarter
Lands and Legends Website

Friday, December 27, 2013


I hear dwarves are popular these days. Good thing, because I happen to have art of that!

At Emerald City Comic Con earlier this spring, I made a connection with the lead designer at Unrestrained Games who was looking for artists to visualize some characters for his independent game project. There were few restrictions to the assignment; I was simply to design and illustrate the two commissioned characters in my typical style. It was fun work!

Development sketches for Hogoren

The first character I worked on is a blacksmith. I designed his equipment keeping his profession in mind.

I wanted him to be jolly...maybe even a little too jolly about rushing into battle.

Unrestrained Games website

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Lands and Legends Kickstarter

Hello! I hope everyone is surviving the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I apologize for the abundance of news posts and the scarcity of art posts on the blog lately. I'm preparing several posts that contain art from recent projects and it won't be too much longer before they appear. But in the meantime...yes, more news. Art-related news.

Lands and Legends, a fantasy art book project.

At Gen Con this year, Vinod and I met a dedicated collector interested in recruiting artists for a book project he is putting together about the creatures, people and places of myth and legend. Mr. Phifer's description of his book Lands and Legends sounded interesting, but the best part of his pitch was his focus on the participating artists receiving their fair share of the book profits. He managed to gather an impressive number of seasoned pros working in the fantasy and science fiction genres including James Gurney, Donato Giancola, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and many more. Vinod and I and a large number of our friends are also on the list.

Please note there is some nudity on the Lands and Legends Kickstarter page and website, and, if the subject matter typical of fantasy and sci-fi art is any indication, you can expect nudity to be in the book as well. (The way I feel about certain aspects of the genre in which I work, including the way women are portrayed, is a discussion best left for another day.)

Though you can't yet see examples of everything that will appear in this volume, there is sure to be plenty of fascinating and beautiful art. For anyone interested in a comparison, I am guessing there will be similarities with the art published in the Spectrum fantastic art annuals. The intended audience of this book is fantasy fans of the artists in the roster.

If you choose to support the Lands and Legends Kickstarter campaign, you will be supporting over a hundred working artists as they create an image of a subject they love. And of course art always turns out better when you love what you're working on!

Easy access related links:
Lands and Legends Kickstarter
Lands and Legends Website