Friday, November 12, 2010


I'm no longer updating this blog. I am now using Facebook to post new works and sketches, so please feel free to pop over there and check stuff out! (There's a whole bunch of stuff there that is not here).

You can also purchase prints of my work, and other goodies, here:

Thanks for your interest!


Monday, May 10, 2010


I host Story Tellers, a book cover oriented bi-weekly art competition over on The idea is to take existing, and sometimes non existing books and illustrate a cover for them. It's a lot of fun to see the different takes on the same theme.

Last week we started Story Tellers 9, Conan the Cimmerian.

Little did I know that when I chose the subject, Frank Frazetta, the man whose artistic style defined Conan visually for generations, would pass away a week later to the day.

Frazetta influenced me, and thousands of other artists - I have fond, fond memories of spending hours pouring over his art books marveling at the primal strength of images. NO ONE has ever done a Conan image that can compare as far as I am concerned.

So, I'm extending STS 9 an extra week, and invite anyone and everyone to take part. Spread the word, come and share with us.

Let's make this something special.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Unfinished business

It's been a couple of days since my last update - still trying to catch up and get back on track.

Below are the Western Washington SCBWI Master Illustrator class assignments I did - both revisionings of current books. The class, taught by Tim Gillner and Peter Brown, was a blast and I learned a lot. A big thanks goes out to Jaime Temairik for coordinating the whole thing.


Entry for Art Order's Mutation Nation, which I did not submit for a couple of reasons - mostly because I felt that even though my inspiration pieces were a gorrilla, an eagle, and a brightly colored green/red/blue/yellow frog, I thought it ended up looking like a gryphon instead of some genetically modified monstrosity. Both unexpected and annoying.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

SCBWI WWA Master Class Assignment from Tim Gillner

So, the other day, I received in my email a pdf and assignment from Tim Gillner for the SCBWI Illustrator's Master Class - our mission, should we choose to accept it (like we'd refuse) was to select one of the five stories included in the pdf to design and illustrate a cover for. What fun!

I ended up choosing It Feels Like Snow by Nancy Cote because I related to the main character, Alice, who feels the impending snows in various places on her body - her big toe, her nose, her elbow. Having what I call "barometer back" I felt a certain sympathy for her ;)

So, this is the first stage - sketch out the characters and cover, and ship it off for crits. Will post whatever feedback I receive when it comes in!

Also, if you have not had a chance, or didn't know about it, stop over at and check out the bi-weekly activities they have there. Creature Planet(s), an activity centered on creature design, hosted by Mike Corriero is a lot of fun, and so is Story Tellers, an activity for cover art of various types hosted by yours' truly. This round we're doing a mock cover for the Hobbit!