News: Currently taking commissions for original and commercial works of art.
Archived Dec 10 -
- As I am wrapping the year up I want to share some progress shots of various Fine Art pieces I am working on.
Once again thank you to all of my family, friends and fans for your continual support and encouragement as I continue my creative journey and on that note…
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
Nov 10 -
- GhostLines Issue 4 has been fully lettered and sent to Creators Edge Press to be published! As my work with GhostLines is finished I want to take this opportunity to thank a few people who have really been supportive over the course of the last few months. First I want to thank my Parents and Sarah for everything, without them I don’t think I could have done this at all, this book is dedicated to them. Next I’d like to thank Mark for delivering a fantastic script and Marco for bringing it all together; it never seems like a finished page until it’s lettered. I would also like to thank Josh, Chuck and the rest of the Creators Edge Press www.creatorsedgepress.com staff for their support and picking up the project. I also want to thank John for one of the best bits of coloring advice ever. There has also been a significant amount of support from friends on Facebook, thank you for your kind words about each and every update. It’s nice to know GhostLines has fans excited to see the book before it’s even out!
- In other comic news I am still making great progress with Dannemora. The pages are turning out to be some of the best pages I have created, and certainly the most challenging.
- In Fine Art news I am still working on several new paintings both in digital and traditional mediums.
- Another busy month, and as the year is coming quickly to a close I can’t think of a better way to be moving forward.
Oct 10 -
- I finished the fourth and final issue for GhostLines!
- Currently the book is in Marco’s hands as he puts the finishing touches of lettering the book as well speak.
- October also marks my return to Dannemora with CW Cooke, another collaborator who I want to personally thank. I was half way through our first issue when I was informed that GhostLines was picked up. So I had to take a break from Dannemora and now I am back in full force. I am in a great situation as CW Cooke is busy on several other projects I am picking up Issue 1 at page 14 and have thumbnails done for the remaining 3 issues. Now it’s just the fun of making it a reality. We even have some interest from a few publishers but we will have more updates on that in the future.
- I do want to take a brief moment to touch upon a pretty cool discovery about working on several projects at once. As you may have noticed I seem to be juggling a handful of projects at one given time and I do this for a few reasons. One of the biggest reasons, is there is no guarantee any project I create will be picked up. Sure my collaborators and I keep our fingers crossed and are grateful of our support from friends and family but at the end of the day there is not guarantee we will be picked up so we often work on a few projects at once. Usually I end up focusing on finishing a single issue of a project before its lettered and sent out to publishers in hopes of being picked up. While a project is being lettered or in the hands of an editor I often am hard at work on other projects and what I discovered was as I jumped back to Dannemora was I am a lot more fluid with my brush work, relying less on drawing out the shadows say with a technical pen but really letting my brush work really do the heavy lifting. And it hit me, every project I do approach with a slightly different mindset, with GhostLines was more grungy where Dannemora was a lot more clean but bouncing around between several projects often allowing for a cross pollination of storytelling and artistic techniques resulting in better work and bettering the chances of being picked up to be published and ultimately into the fans of the readers.
- But my news is not just always about comics, while Amsterdam I was able to come up with a dozen or so solid painting ideas which I am in the early stages of working on. I spend a few nights transferring sketches to canvas and mounted paper. I have already started working on some of them but I am really just taking my time with these pieces and creatively letting go and letting the pieces guide themselves to completion. I will share more about the processes and progress of many of these pieces in the next coming months.
- With those interested in finding out more about Amsterdam, I ask you please wait a bit longer. I am working on the update about the trip with photos, just taking my time with writing the update. I do hope to have something to share within the next few weeks.
- Be sure to friend me on Facebook and Twitter as I frequently post updates throughout the month.
Sep 10 -
Aug 10 -
GhostLines is turning into be a real joy to work on, as I have had the opportunity to really explore a more ‘expressionistic’ style of working. I am getting to a place where I am using less and less drawn lines and relying more and more on the brush work for the book. I have even simplified the coloring process to a limited palate and limited the rendering. The results have been very interesting and so far well received, I think this style of working maybe something that is explored further in other works, and elements brought over into some of my other comic projects in the future.
But now that I’m finished with my project deadlines I am able to turn my attention to the larger news, my upcoming vacation to Amsterdam. I have a fairly busy trip lined up museum, bookstores and site seeing opportunities. Look for an update to the travel section shortly after my return, as well as news of new and exciting paintings inspired from the trip.
Jul 10 -
July brings a lot of news and updates to the site as the Fine Art Section has been updated with several new pieces created over the last year. I don’t often highlight particular pieces during the updates however I do want to draw attention to Rattlesnake. This piece took about two years to create and is across two separate canvases bringing the final size to 36 by 96 inches. The direction of this piece went through several direction changes and shifts as I grew and experienced highs and lows during that two year period. Ultimately this piece is an exploration of a ‘continuous narrative,’ what I find fascinating is how the ‘story’ for the piece started out as ‘searching for and finding something.’ What I ended up with in many ways is a piece where the story and process are interconnected. Though my work is strongly rooted in narrative elements I wanted to take advantage of the dimensions and let the whole story unfold. There are still many other elements to this piece which are worth highlighting however I feel it’s best for you, the viewer, to take some time and enjoy this and the other new pieces in the fine art gallery.
- In comic news, GhostLines Issue 2 is being worked on as we speak, as there is going to be some significant developments to report next month. Yeah, it’s what you are thinking (but I can’t officially say anything) but the details will be released as soon as I can. Needless to say the whole GhostLines team is very excited!
- Last month I spoke about Leo Cosmos, and I wanted to take the opportunity to post the first story. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as the team did making it. Look for more exciting adventures in the future.
- Don’t fret fans of Danger Ace, while the story is on a bit of a hiatus, I have been given the go ahead to develop a series of covers in the theme of ‘lost stories of Danger Ace.’ So far I have 7 covers sketched out, and more cover ideas brewing. I am really excited to be working only on covers as it ends up being a great way for me to focus on creating stronger covers. I can share a work in progress screenshot of one of the covers now.
- In the midst of all of the other comic projects I am currently working on I am still working with CW Cooke on our top secret project. The biggest update I can give about the project is I have three scripts already in hand, I am halfway through issue one, and I did thumbnails for the entire issue two. I know I have been hinting at this project for some time, but I can 100% assure you that the reason why the art is taking this long is going to be apparent when you see it.
- Last by certainly not least I am working on thumbnails for the new Pirate Eye story as well, Joe Grahn and I have been going back and forth on coming up with the right story for Pirate Eye, with a lot of stops and starts we both feel this current story is the best yet. While I don’t have a lot of art to share I can give a small glimpse of the cover sketch, which I hope doesn’t give too much away but gets everyone interest perked.
- I have realized this month’s update has a lot of talk about thumbnails and I actually want to take some time and talk about thumbnails. Before I do I want to preface this entire conversation with a simple notion, “there is no right or wrong way to be creative.” With that being said I want it to be very clear that I am only sharing the way in which I create and offering it as food for thought.
I always read and heard how some comic creators swear by thumbnails and I was never one to really buy that mentality. I use to just scribble out an idea on a scrap of paper and see if it made sense then dive into the art and move on to the next page. That was until I was on a work trip about a year or so ago and I was able to get a script in hand before I jumped on the plane. Reading the script got me so excited to work on the project, but being on travel I did not have any of my supplies needed to work on the final art so I started creating thumbnails of the pages.
What happened next was an eye opening experience, I was looking at almost the entire book sketched out and it clicked. I began to start thinking about the way the pages drew the reader’s eye from one panel to another and the pacing the each scene and how that related to the entire story. I was figuring out light sources, and with the sketches being so small I was focused on gestural drawings of the characters and not getting caught up into the details of facial expressions but thinking more broadly.
By the time I got back from the trip I was ready to dive into the final art, and what I realized is the art was taking half of the time it typically would. I thought out so much already it was just minor fine tuning along the way.
The story did not work out in the end for various reasons but I was so excited to know that I was able to see what so many other creators had been saying for years, really focusing in on the pre-work makes the time working on the final art much more focused and you begin to work much more efficiently.
Another perk to this method is when you are juggling multiple projects, a full time job and a healthy social life you can keep your energy high, stay focused and know when you are able to work you’re making the most of your time.
- With the Fine Art update and the amount of comic work going on at the moment I want fans of my paintings to still know I have not given up painting, in fact I am working on 3 pieces now and working on sketches for a few others. While I may not have all of the time I hope for exploring new painting ideas I think the opportunity to focus on comics and put painting on the back burner for a month or so couldn’t have worked out better. It allows me time to take in and enjoy all of the good going on in my personal life right now, while being inspired for the next group of painting.
Jun 10 -
- A while back I spoke about finishing up the last two paintings I had yet to finish, take a break and focus on sketching and preparing for the new paintings I would be starting later this year. While working on ‘Rattlesnake’ I told myself I wanted to hold off on starting any new paintings or projects until it was finished, I did not want this piece to end up being a piece which never was completed, so I scribbled and sketched semi coherent ideas, letting concepts brew and simmer.
- After finishing ‘Rattlesnake’, I feel completely reenergized, so there will be no pausing to just focus on drawing and sketching but jumping headfirst into the next batch of ideas and explore the possibilities open before me.
- I want to introduce you to Leo Cosmos. It all started with a name and then a few months later I had a sketch, then a handful of random ideas for stories. A few weeks ago and Mark Bertolini contacted me about Digital Webbing Presents Anthology looking for new submissions. So Mark and I talked over some basic concepts and in a short while Mark delivered me a fantastic 8 page story. I tried a different approach and had a lot of fun tackling the pages, and then we brought in the incredibly talented E.T. Dollman to finish the project with his phenomenal lettering talents. We just submitting the project and while we are waiting their feedback, I am posting the cover for your enjoyment. Stay turned as we hope to share more stories and some more original art from Leo Cosmos.
- What’s that on the horizon? Is it a rare glimpse of new Pirate Eye art? I think so. Joe Grahn has delivered into my hands a single issue Pirate Eye story which is too good to be true. It’s got everything you could hope for from hardboiled pirate detective story.
- Last but certainly not least I am back on the extremely top secret project with C.W. Cooke. What I can share is that the first nine pages and a cover have been completed and submitted to the talented Michael Thomas to be lettered. Once the nine pages are lettered we will be shopping the project around to various publishers. While the submission is being taken care of I am back into the art for the rest of the first issue. And you will have to just trust me and take my word this is going to be a comic one everyone’s top ten list soon!
- Back to work for me, but I do want to let you all know that I will make more of an effort in the next coming weeks and months to use Facebook and Twitter to provide ‘real time’ updates as I make progress as comics and fine art pieces take shape.
May 10 -
- The biggest challenge as an artist is balancing the fine line of knowing when to walk away from a piece verses when you still have work to be done.
Apr 10 -
- Busy month, with a lot of updates, but first I want to have you notice the quick links to both my Facebook and Twitter accounts. How I interact with these accounts are still being worked out, but my website will continue to be the primary source for news, and images, but for those who join my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter will be the first to be notified of updates to the site, and any other special features that I may be offering in the future.
- April marked another big milestone the first chapter of Danger Ace World War What?
launched at the same time I finish the art for the second chapter. Working with Chad Bowers has been fantastic and the story has been such a trip. I want to give a big thank you to Chad and the rest of the Action Age Comics Crew for really being patient and supportive of me and really letting me having fun with making this a visually exciting series! Do please read and enjoy the first chapter and share the link with friends and family.
- Also in comic news, GhostLines Issue 1 is finished and Mark Bertolini has sent it off to a few publishers. Having read the first issue over and over again, I really can’t say enough about the killer script from Mark or Marco’s work on the letters, and with the positive feedback from people in the field, we really are excited to see what happens next. In the mean time, for fans interesting in showing their support, be sure to join our GhostLines Facebook Group. I want to highlight Mark Bertolini’s Long Gone which is being published! You join the Long Gone Facebook Group. Once again congratulations to Mark and the rest of the Long Gone Team!
- With the other projects finished, I am back into my top secret project with CW Cooke. I hate being this mysterious but we really want to make sure we get a good amount of work done before we share anything. I can’t give too much away but I can say that for those who know me this story is right up my alley.
- End of March, I made it down to the Freer Gallery in DC, and I was thoroughly impressed with the work on display. The museum itself is smaller then the other Smithsonian’s but it was such a treat. The museum is focused primarily on Middle and Far East Art, which was something I was somewhat familiar with, but after spending time there I now have a greater appreciation. Good news the works from the gallery has inspired a few ideas which are being sketched out and hopefully developed into larger works to be worked on later this year.
- In Fine Art news, second batch of postcards have come in, featuring images of new work some of which has yet to be posted on the site! I am really happy with the quality of these postcards, and the feedback I have been getting has been nothing but positive.
- Lastly, on the Fine Arts front I am down to my last 2 paintings to finish. Funny how these were the first two pieces started, and yet the last ones to be finished and the most challenging. But that is ok; often times working through the challenges yield the best results. I just know that these works really had me explore some new painting techniques which inspired new works, which resulted in learning something new to bring back to the original pieces. Fascinating how things work out like that, but the journey is worth it.
- My ultimate goal is to finish these two and then focus a few weeks to months on spending sometime with my sketchbook. I have been jumping from painting to painting for about eight months and I want to take some time to reflect, and think. I really am interesting in exploring some new themes and I feel it will be best to do so with the basics, a pencil and sketchbook. Don’t worry I am not planning on giving up painting entirely, I just will be focusing my energies on smaller paintings, while sketching and developing work for later this year.
Mar 10 -
- As positive developments continue to take place progress is being made on several paintings.
Feb 10 -
- Big update as I was finally able to update the Travel Section with the Rome / Prague story and photos from the trip.
- GhostLines Issue 1 and Danger Ace Part 1 are being lettered as we speak. I want to thank Mark Bertolini (GhostLines) and Thomas Chad Bowers (Danger Ace) for their support, incredible scripts and freedom to just go all out with the books. The next step for GhostLines is being shopped around to various publishers, however in the meantime Mark and I are already bouncing a handful of ideas back and forth about what our next collaboration will look like, we haven’t finalized anything but I can guarantee that it will involve a great script, and some fantastic artwork. Danger Ace is a different beast entirely, ActionAgeComics.com ( www.actionagecomics.com ) will be posting Danger Ace in installments, but we are pushing back the launch date a bit, but don’t worry Danger Ace fans, both Action Age Comics and I will be posting covers to some “lost never before seen tales of” Danger Ace! But I just want to once again thank Mark and Thomas for everything!
- I am still plugging away at several paintings.
- Those are not the only projects I am working on. I am currently starting another secret project. With the script for the first 8 pages in hand and the cover concept approved now I am starting the fun part, diving head first into the art. It might be a while before I am able to share the details of the story. CW Cooke, the writer, and I spoke and feel its best to get a decent lead in on the project before sharing too much, but I will share a pic of some of the original art, see below
Jan 10 -
- First off, there is a major update on the Fine Art Gallery. These pieces represent exploration of digital media, and mixed media on canvas & paper.
- Good news, these pieces aren’t everything from 2009. I hope to have another update in the spring, as I am working on several new pieces. Everything is slowly shaping up and each piece seems to spark several new ideas which are all being developed.
- Breaking news, Misteria, a short story I did a few months back finally got posted at 1089 Comics. The unique thing about this project is the story is broken up into three chapters, with each chapter having a different artistic creative team, and every Wednesday there is a new page being posted. It’s very interesting to see how all three groups handle a single story, but that it one of those rare opportunities where as an artist you can’t pass up. My work can be seen in the second chapter, so make sure you stop by check it out. Many thanks go to J.L. Reid for coming up with a wonderful script and getting this project off of the ground.
- With other comic news, GhostLines and Danger Ace are getting closer and closer to being wrapping up. I decided to take a few days off during the holidays, which was nice. But as of now I am finishing up coloring Danger Ace Chapter 1 and I am working on the last few pages of line art for GhostLines Issue 1. The artwork on both projects is asking me to flex different artistic muscles, which is so nice because even though I am approaching each project with different sensibilities I know that they both are honing my skills which means every page is getting better and better.
- As the end of 2009 brought a lot of great changes and opportunities I am eagerly looking forward to everything 2010 has to offer. I have a handful of ideas I hope to focus my attention towards in the coming year which is very exciting. I know that some of these ideas are going to bring about a few obstacles which are going be a lot of fun to tackle and eventually overcome, to me that’s one of the best things about venturing into new territory, you never know where things end up, or what you’re going learn along the way, either about yourself or life in general. So really in conclusion I keep thinking 2010 is going to be an interesting year.