Saturday, April 30, 2011


"Hollow" by Daniel's Window

I'm finally finished with this project. It's been sitting here on my hard drive waiting for the final few song mixes to be finished before I bothered finishing up the artwork. The duplication company Disc Makers requires both the audio and the artwork to be submitted simultaneously, so I had to sit on it for a while. Suffice it to say I am really pleased with the final product.

Each of the images is a single panel out of the complete booklet for the project. Since most people are buying .MP3's these days, the CD booklet is streamlined to show only the most important info and the rest is available online. This is also designed to be an eco friendly Digi-Pack which is packaging that has no plastic tray or booklet sleeve and instead is an all in one type package. It's pretty cool.

This artwork will also be published in the upcoming Hollow Project art book (title yet unknown) to be released in September/October. Details to come...

The CD will be available on iTunes, the band's website, amazon and more.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


*Watercolor, Gouache, Ink
*Rives BFK paper

This is the completed version of my earlier WIP (several posts ago). I started this image nearly a year ago and set it aside after about 2 hours of work. It wasn't until recently I decided to finish it. I was struggling with completely conceptualizing it when I began and wanted to sit with it before jumping full force into it. Suffice it to say that after many more paintings and drawings I was inspired to complete this one and I am very glad I did. It is one of my favorite paintings I've ever done and am thrilled with how it turned out.

Conceptually, my purpose for painting this one was to show that physical beauty is temporary at best. Our culture is constantly telling us how to look and often at the expense of our character. We are so focused on looking "right" that we begin to judge others based on our own insecurities. This painting is all about the eventual death of our physical beauty. We all grow old. We all get wrinkly. We all sag and most of us will get fat.

And that is perfectly ok.

If we spend all of our time obsessing about our physical appearance and forsake our inner being, the one we will never lose no matter how old we get, we are truly and unavoidably ugly. Hopefully you can see that in this work of mine.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bill the Dog

A dog named Bill.

This is a commission for a friend's fiance of her dog Bill. I used a limited palette of Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre and Payne's Grey. I wanted to retain a painterly feel for this one so I kept the lines light (2h pencil) and put the ink away.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

WIP - "Desire" Sketch Card

My newest sketch card - Desire. "She" is the embodiment of anything we desire, and as such appears differently to each and every one of us, including being either male or female. Here's a depiction of her in the female form with a large tattoo of a heart on her back, symbolic of one's heart's desire....

Friday, April 1, 2011

Haydenari of the Sin'Dorei

A World of Warcraft fan image. I wanted to do something "Mucha-esque" but without all the Nouveaux borders and what-not. I was also interested in using Naples Yellow for the hair as I had never used the paint before. I was pleased with the hair which I wanted to be a flat wash and only need the single application of the color to get the saturation I wanted. I also learned that it is an opaque watercolor (I'm glad I tested it on a scrap first....)

This image was also done on Arches new landscape watercolor block - a 4"x10" horizontal block designed with the outdoor painter in mind. Since I don't typically paint landscapes, I did my own thing with it.

Delirium and the Violet Fishy

Delirium has found a new friend... or perhaps a new pest...

Watercolor done on what I originally thought was watercolor paper, but turned out to be pastel paper. I really need to start paying closer attention to my materials...