Skull Man Progress 3

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Starting to work in some color/form now… I think I’ve decided to go with a little bit more of a painterly style, but with a very restricted color palette.



Skull Man Progress 2

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The line work is finally just about done! It’s been a while since I did anything so textural, so doing his guy’s hair and beard was pretty fun. The next step will be the smoke, then color… I’m still not sure how I want to color it. Either something flat and stark, or maybe more painterly… I’ll figure it out as I go.


This guy’s got one helluvah jaw.

Skull Man Progress

Just about half way through inking that sketch from yesterday. After I get his neck and shoulders done, I still have to adjust the lines of his face a bit more, then his hair and beard, and then finish up the smoke lines.


That blue line down the middle of his face is a just a ruler marker that I’m using to keep my center line straight.

Skull Man

Something I worked up real quick in between work today. I was going in a very different direction when I started sketching, but I like how it’s turning out. I think I may ink him tomorrow!


I always try to give myself at least a day in between sketching and inking… After a few hours away, it’s a lot easier to pick out all those mistakes that were hard to see with my nose glued to the screen.

Color Sketching

I took a few days off for the Holidays and I’ve been using some of my spare time to work on digital painting. Here’s one that I was working on a couple days ago. There are no high or low lights in it yet, so she has a very flat, dead tone. I was just messing around with using a single layer and keeping to the sketch without relying too much on it.


So I added to that mural a bit…

Over the summer I was practicing on the wall next to my house. It was a LOT harder than I had anticipated. The wall sucked up the paint and was so uneven it was tough to cover (that, and it was SUPER hot out). What should have been a quick paint ended up taking me days! I had to change the design up a bit to work and it turned out like this


But I was never happy with it….. so I finally got fed up and added a little to spruce it up a bit lol


Yah, that’s an octopus on her face. (the chicken approved.)

Inspiration: Lackadaisy

I love to read webcomics, and there are a few that I’ve been following for quite a long time. Many of them have very nice art… a whole lot more have not so nice art, but the story makes up for it. One in particular though, goes leaps and bounds above the others in terms of quality. I’ve been watching this artist/author for years now and I’m always amazed at the quality of her work, both the art and story! The artist is Tracy J. Butler and her (free!) webcomic Lackadaisy is a great read. I loved it so much I had to buy the first book when it was published (WOAH look at those prices now that it’s on back order!!). Here are just a couple images  of the awesome work she does:



And here’s actual work from the comic:



Her penciling skills are off the chart, and she puts them to full use with such amazing illustrations.

WIP Skin Tones

It’s been years since I did any real painterly painting, which is awful, and I’ve never done any digital painting so I decided it’s time to remedy that. I’ve been playing around with brushes and color palettes, and practicing skin tones: adding reds, blues, greens to the high and low lights… It’s tough to keep them from looking dead lol

Here’s one of the faces I was working on earlier. I’ve just barely worked in the base colors. The form of the rest of the face is sill pretty off, but I spent most of my time on the nose, trying to get the shape and color to work together.

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Inspirations… stagnation

These past few weeks have been all about the art going up around The Bay area for Festival Anonymous and I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few of the artists and watch them work. It’s been pretty inspiring! Tomorrow I’ll have a photo to post of a little tweaking I did on the mural I did this summer… lol… and I’m also starting a new digital painting project. I’ve been pretty comfortable with my technique lately and I can’t help but feel like it’s gotten a little too stagnant. So it’s time to change it up and try something totally new! For inspiration I’ve been browsing through art by Jason Chan and Charlie Bowater. Two totally amazing digital artists.

Festival Anonymous (let’s try this again…..)

Right, so I posted this already, but WordPress decided to back date it for whatever reason… so it didn’t show up anywhere it needed to. SO here I am posting it again. Sorry about that… I’ll have something new and interesting for tomorrow, promise!


It seemed pretty fitting to post this after talking about how inspired I’ve been by the Huichol. Here’s the proof!

I posted this image and a brief explanation of the process once before when I was first starting up this blog, and while I talked about how I created the logo, I didn’t really explain what it was all about.

Festival Anonymous is all about bringing Urban Arts to the Banderas Bay area; Music, dance, murals, graffiti, all of it! There’s already an amazing line up of artists and musicians coming in to the area, either for weekend “pop up” events or the main event, the actual Festival, on January 26-27. Many of them are well known, world wide artists that I’m dying to actually meet and watch them as they work. It’s one thing to see an artist’s work, but Anonymous is all about bringing the process right to the audience!

Here are just a few of the artists that have been confirmed:



(Wall @ Wonderwalls Wollongong)



(Collaboration with Aryz in Mexico City for All City Canvas)



Sergio Navajas


That’s only a few of the huge line up of artists involved, too. You see why I’m so excited about this? Well here’s the part were you come in.

This whole project is non-profit and it’s donations of talent, supplies, walls and $$ that are making it happen. Their Indiegogo campaign is in full gear and even if you can’t make it to the live events go spread the love! Like, share, write about it, talk about it, and donate! Donations come with swag (and good karma) if that helps =)

Support the Arts and support this project!

I didn’t even touch on the music and dance part of this event too… For more information on everything you should check out either their Facebook page,, or contact the organizers directly!