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I know I've shared versions of this before, but I did a scan of the work today so you could see the final product (my cellphone pics didn't do the work justice).  I'm really happy with the way this turned out.  It scares my wife every time she sees it, but even she thinks it looks pretty good.  For this piece, I call RoboCharmer (the original is called Little Charmer), I chose to work with acrylic to start.  I never went to art school so much of my learning came from bits and pieces I've picked up off the internet.  The article that got me started painting was about the process that Mark Teague uses to make his wonderful paintings for his books (if you don't know Teague's work, he is now best known for his illustrations in the How do Dinosaurs... books).  That is where I learned that I needed to start with a toned underpainting which is a process I've used for almost all of my work.  I usually use burnt umber for its warming quality.
Sometimes I fall in lo…

The blur that was January

This past month has seemed like a blur.  It was just after Christmas that I decided to set up my webpage and give my blog some new life.  I convinced Em that I should also get a Wacom Cintiq monitor, but immediately after pulling the trigger we had severe buyers remorse.  Don't get me wrong, I'd love a Cintiq, but at the cost of 2000, it made us feel like running for the hills and trying to get second jobs to cover expenses.  So instead I got a Wacom Intuos, which felt surprisingly easier to use than other, cheaper tablets I had tried.  I finally got my feet wet digital painting and it has been so exciting to try out and work through images in ways I hadn't been able to before.  I felt that I was able to marry my technological design expertise with my creativity as an artist.  Although I have a new love for digital painting I don't plan on giving up using inks and brushes anytime soon.  I'm just so thrilled to be able to work on these projects and share my work.  I…

It feels good to finish

This weekend has been so prolific. It feels so good to finish a piece. Thanks for checking out my work. 

Today's Monster

I've been working on this for a couple of hours painting, thought I'd share some progress shots.  I feel like I am starting to get a flow going with the my intuos.  I think I'm doing pretty well having only been working with digital painting for a month!  Hopefully, I'll have a fully finished piece soon!

Phase 2

Fairy Dogmother Final

Hey Everybody.  I've been working diligently tonight on this painting.  I decided to take Will Terry's advise and work in vertical rather than horizontal to get more pinterest views.  I hope everyone enjoys.

Drunk uncle was just on SNL

Meeting sketches

New Rough Fairy Dogmother Here is a digital piece I am working on.  You can see the original sketch below.

Under painting

I'm working on another painting.  I'm calling these fine monsters and plan on selling prints of them on etsy and maybe a website.  Once again, Em said it was creepy. To view my other work, please visit

And so it begins...

So I'm starting a new Fine Monsters print.  I've been sitting on this one for a while now, but I thought I'd get started.  I've decided to work in acrylics this time instead of gouache to see how that goes.  wish me luck!

Invisible toothpaste

Trusty meeting companions

Morning sketches

Inking the night away

'Twas a good night of inking and Downton.