News: Currently taking commissions for original and commercial works of art.
Archived Nov 11 -
- Big news this month is the release of my children’s book, Sammy! Sammy tells the story of a child, who has some OCD tendencies, and we follow Sammy’s day to day life dealing with the world around him. You can order your copy of Sammy here.
- I also want to direct your attention to a newly completed painting titled Wayward Lyons, this piece measure 19 x 14 inches and is a pencil drawing painting digitally. The image has been uploaded to the 2011 Fine Art Gallery and prints of Wayward Lyons are available here.
- Lastly I wanted to share two new covers for Leo Cosmos. These two covers are not for any specific story but just a fun way for me to creatively stretch my legs and explore the character more. I hope to create more covers in the vein of “Lost Adventures of Leo Cosmos” where we can get a glimpse of what sorts of stories and tales Leo gets into. Maybe there will be an opportunity to create a comic book, but for the time being I love focusing on these energetic covers.
Oct 11 -
- This month has been pretty busy, with most of my creative energy focusing on finishing up Dannemora Issue 2, I am about halfway through the issue and the art and so far it is turning out even better than the first issue!
- I did stumble upon something very interesting while working on the art for this issue; I began adding details to some of the panels and drawing many of the backgrounds digitally with some fairly good results, and this lead me to create more and more of the line art digitally.
- While I cannot say that I will completely give up drawing with pen and paper, I think there are certain benefits to each medium and approach, and ultimately the goal is to come up with exciting ways to enhance my story telling abilities while still enjoying the work put into every page.
- The switch to drawing digitally has not been an easy one, I still find myself struggling with some panels, while others still flow with ease, I do know that I am pretty close to a place where the distinction between hand and digital drawings is null and void. As a story teller, this is the perfect place to be as I can interchange both mediums to suit the project or image and allow for much more versatility in moving forward.
- I have also been working on Pirate Eye, while this project has been in the works for some time the art has been shaping up nicely, I am finding that drawing this book digitally has many advantages as I am able to cram a lot of detail into every panel. Filling the backgrounds with many pirates all of which I hope flesh out this unique world and hopefully open the possibilities for other stories to be told in the future.
Sep 11 -
- After a summer of building a home with my wife it was back to creating art.
Aug 11 -
- 8-19-2011. The beginning of a beautiful life.
Jul 11 -
- Moving in to the new place is going great! I am still toying with how to best set up the studio, but it and the rest of the house is working out very well. I will post some photos once everything has found its place.
- I wanted to share a great interview with Mark Bertolini, he talks about Ghost Lines, Fubar 2 and another project he and I are going to be working on in the future. Be sure to read the interview here.
- I did want to update everyone about a new short project. Last month, CW Cooke and Mark Bertolini wanted to work together and co-write a project and after a flurry of emails between the three of us we landed on a very cool story. While I am working on the art for the 10 page story, we are optimistic that we have found a publisher for the story and other stories to come in the future. We are still keeping details under wraps I can tell you the title; Creatures of Habit, AZ and a preview panel, hope you enjoy and look for more updates on this project soon.
Jun 11 -
- I recently purchased a home! I ended up closing at the end of May and I have been working with Sarah and my Parents to get the place ready to move in; though it has been hard work, it has been a lot of fun and I cannot thank Sarah and my Parents enough for all of their support through the entire process. On a selfish note I am really excited to set up the studio and jump back into painting and creating comics!
- In addition to the house, my Dad and I were able to make some significant update to the website, mostly around organizing but the end result has been stellar!
Specifically we organized the Fine Art Section. Now you can browse paintings grouped by year. Organizing the paintings this way will allow me the opportunity to update the website with new paintings, as they are finished with much more ease. Be sure to stop by and take an opportunity to look over some older paintings and see some of the new pieces created this year.
- We were also able to organize the Comic Section. Over the last 2 years I have been getting more and more involved with various comic projects and the decision was made to come up with a better way to not only organize but allow for you the viewer to browse all of the work that I have been creating.
- In other comic news I wanted to let you know that some of the work I did with Bobby "B" Smith of Im A Geek Entertainment was psoted on his blog, specifically the short story Space Slugs, and the cover I did for the upcoming Graphic Novel Slaughterhouse. I can't thank Bobby enough for all his support with both projects. I posted the cover to Slaughterhouse and Space Slugs on my website as well. I am excited to share that Bobby and I are going to be collaborating on a story so look for art and updates latter this year.
- So while I have been busy getting the house ready, we still were able to get a lot of updates done to the website, now back to work for me, but look for updates and hopefully some new art next month!
May 11 -
- Major updates in the Store Section with several new pieces available as prints through Society 6, take a moment and order a print today!
- Mark Bertolini emailed me to be apart of two really great opportunities, the first was a short story focusing on Captain Stone of Breakneck! Mark explained to me that the idea is really an opportunity to flesh out a lot of the secondary characters of the Breakneck universe and tell short stories focusing on their perspective of the events from the main series. I finished up my story and will be starting the cover shortly, I don’t know the specifics but I have been told the book should be available during convention season!
- The second opportunity Mark presented me with was a 6 page story for the upcoming FUBAR 2 Anthology, titled Unit 731. It was the first time in a good long while that I did a black and white story, I was really unsure how it would turn out, but having finished the story I was pleasantly happy with the outcome, as was Mark. The best part of this project was the learning opportunity to just focus on shades to express depth within a panel and not get caught up in color. While I still consider I have a lot more to learn, I think this story ended up helping me improve my skills.
- Bobby “B” Smith of I’m A Geek Entertainment provided me with a sci fi script for a 3 page story for his upcoming anthology book. At the moment I am currently penciling and inking the pages, I hope to finish the project within the next week or so, but stay tuned as I hear more about the release date of the book I plan on posting the information here.
- For the newly titled Dark Ravine, Mark Cooper’s and my short horror story, Mark was able to get me the fully finished script the other day and I plan on putting some time aside to focus on getting the thumbnails for the story worked on. We are still keeping the whole concept under wraps but that’s ok, it will only make the whole story much more terrifying once you read it, that is if you dare!
- Lastly I am back into the art for Dannemora Issue 2. I started right before April ended and though I don’t have a lot to share at the moment, what is done I think really builds upon what I was doing within Issue 1.
- On the Fine Arts front, I had an opportunity to check out the Picasso Exhibit at the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts, the show included over a hundred pieces from the Picasso Museum in Paris. As a whole it was a great show for a Picasso fan, and as for the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts, having never been there I was completely surprised by the permanent collection, specifically the African, Middle Eastern, Indian and Eastern Art on display. I enjoy the “breath of fresh air vibe” that the art from these cultures is for me creatively. I cant help but think about growing up in Okinawa, my family and I spent a lot of time absorbing as much of the Culture of Japan and Okinawa that we could, and with that came exposure to many Japanese Woodblock Prints. I loved the art when I saw it but now that appreciation is being incorporated into my work more and more. I can already tell that the sketches and concepts I am exploring with these cultures art in mind is doing nothing but strengthening my work as a whole. And I am curious to see myself where my art will end up with their influence, and yet I can help but thinking how fitting it is that I bring this topic up after seeing the Picasso Exhibit, as he felt the same way.
Apr 11 -
- With all of the work being done in March and the early part of April I am finally at a place to be able to share finished comic pieces.
- Here are the first two covers of 4 covers for Darker. Darker is Written by Joseph Pias, Mark Bertolini, Penciled by Dan Rice, Inks by Derrick Antonio, Colors by Levi Walton, and Covers by yours truly! The story follows Russell Decker is a lifetime loser, a lowlife gambler and hustler who operates out of the Las Vegas strip, until a high stakes poker game changes his life and soul forever. Keep checking the site as more details about the book will be made available.
- I present to you the cover to Dannemora Issue 1, written by CW Cooke, Letters by ET Dollman and Art by me. Once the first issue has been lettered I will be posting the first few pages one the site so look for updates in the next few weeks.
- I had an opportunity to create a cover for Slaughterhouse by Bobby “B” Smith of I’m A Geek Entertainment, though details are yet to be released Bobby was very supportive of posting the cover, but be sure to check out I’m A Geek Entertainment for more information, on this story and others from Bobby “B” Smith.
- Comics have not monopolized my entire time as of late, I have been making good progress with a few digital paintings, and a few larger paintings. The biggest challenge is really carving out the time needed, as comics are such a different creative beast, with scripts and a clearer direction it is easier to sit down and pick up where one leaves off, where paintings often come from a different place, a different mind set where the ideas aren’t always as easy to just turn on and pick up where one leaves off.
- But these ideas still come and when there is the time and opportunity to paint I still dive in, but when I can’t, I still flesh out and explore the ideas in my sketchbook. Much like last month where I had an opportunity to travel to Boston for work and was able to visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, I was not in a position to start or work on a new painting but I did end up with a few more sketches of what I hope will be powerful images to work up in the next coming weeks/months.
Mar 11 -
- New directions, new ideas, new exploration.
Feb 11 -
- Major news as GhostLines is featured in Previews on page 261! A huge accomplishment for the GhostLines Team; a listing in Previews means comic stores across the world can now place orders for our book. I am working with Beyond Comics of Gaithersburg MD to make sure they have plenty of books ordered for those in the DC Metro Area to stop by and get their very own copy of GhostLines Issue 1. Lastly I want to say what a fantastic experience it was to work with Mark Bertolini and ET Dollman, and thank Creators Edge Press for their show of support.
- I recently updated the Store Section here on my websites, now I have categorized the Store Section into 3 areas, Comic Books, Prints, and Fine Art Books. Comic Books will feature links to purchase comics I worked on. Prints includes links for selected pieces available in various sizes on either high quality paper or on canvas. Fine Art Books will include a link to where you can purchase my art book Decade 99-09. Look for more updates in the Store, as new comics, posters and art books will be made available.
- Updates to the Travel Section with my trip to Amsterdam, be sure to stop by and read all about it. I also included a few photos from my trip too!
- In comic news I just finished Dannemora Issue 1! This project has been a long time in the works, while I am still not able to share many specific details about the project yet I can tell you that Issue 1 is finished, the thumbnails for 2 of the remaining 3 issues are completed and the writer CW Cooke has done nothing but challenge me to become a better artist with this project at every turn; for which I’m thankful. Once we get the fully lettered issue back, our next step will be to start shopping the book around to various publishers. We have had some interest from a few publishers but we are going to see what our other options are before we make any final decision.
- I have had to put a few other comic projects on hold as I finished up Dannemora, all of which I will be jumping back into and hopefully be able to share more art in the coming weeks and months.
- Lately there have been a few opportunities to connect with other comic creators and some interesting projects might be on the horizon for me. One project in particular had me create two roller derby posters. I just received the go ahead based on the sketches and should have the final art done by the end of the month. Look for the final poster designs and links to the event soon!
On the Fine Art front, I am still working on several paintings. With the whirlwind of comic work happening over the last few weeks/months, I have had to shuffle around some paintings to accommodate the new work and deadlines; resulting in less time to actually paint but this offered me a unique opportunity to spend more time sketching.
This focus back on sketching has caused me to really expand my visual vocabulary resulting in more narrative elements incorporated into my work. I am learning how better to channel my ideas into fleshed out concepts which, I hope, not only make me a better artist but help me connect more with you the viewer.
- For me personally as an artist I think it is important to be in some way reinventing your work; sometimes external influences play a part, sometimes its internal influences but there always is a level of change that directly results in growth as an artist.
- Working on paper does not mean I am moving towards giving up canvases entirely, in fact I have few I am still finishing up, but I am enjoying the ability to combine mixed mediums on paper, especially paint over dry mediums covered with spray fixative. In some cases the finished drawings on paper end up being scanned to be painted digitally. Often the direction I want to take a piece dictates if it ends up being painted with either traditional or digital mediums.
Jan 11 -
After months of hard work GhostLines has officially been released!
All four issues can be found at Drive Thru Comics, by clicking the image/s below, and links in the Store Comics Books Section.
- Make sure you get your copy today!
- Still making great progress with the first issue of Dannemora, I am down to the last 5 pages! I can’t thank CW Cooke for all of the support allowing me time off to finish other projects and really pace myself and take time with the art for Dannemora. I don’t want to sound like I am making excuses for the time it has taken me to work on this project, I have been really exploring adding more and more to each page to help enhance the story and add depth to the universe we are creating. The best example of this is typically CW scripts a page at 4 to 5 panels, and I am finding at the end of each page I end up with 8 to 12 panels per page! It’s really exciting for me because I usually have shied away from larger panel counts per page but this story allows me to add a lot of detail which will pay off later and build up the feeling of claustrophobia and helplessness that the story calls for. Once the first issue is finished CW Cooke and I will begin to market the book to a few publishers and soon after into the hands of the fans.
- Due to connections at Creators Edge Press, and Mark Bertolini, I have a chance to work with Mark Cooper on a short story for a horror anthology. Though still in the early stages of development; it’s going to be a unique twist on the horror genre. So stay tuned for more, if you dare!
- Speaking of Mark Bertolini, we aren’t done working together yet. In fact we have been bouncing ideas back and forth and we are going to be working on an original graphic novel, hopefully coming out next year. All I can share is the title.
- Last but certainly not least Pirate Eye fans, I am still working on thumbnails for the Pirate Eye! This is going to be another project that will end up taking a while, however I want to make sure I am giving the fans the very best; mostly because I love to draw pirates but because pirate fans aren’t opposed to making you ‘walk the plank’ if you don’t give them the very best! So to spare this ‘landlovers’ life I present to you another glimpse at the thumbnails for Pirate Eye: Mark of the Black Widow.
- In Fine Arts news, wanting to be more proactive to get my work out to the public I opened up an account on Society6, for print on demand services. This allows for my work to be available as either a Gallery quality Giclée print on 100% cotton rag archival paper or a Fine Art Canvas Print museum wrapped on wooden stretchers. I plan on making several Fine Art Pieces and Comic Pieces available in the gallery throughout the year, and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to local animal shelters and military family organizations.
- The first available piece is titled In Tow, and can be purchased by clicking the image or links in the Store Posters Section.