Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tree Silhouettes

Playing with Silhouettes in order to build up my shape library. I have a sketchbook that I keep just for silhuoettes.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Quick paint demo 7-17-14

Today's quick paint demo combined sketching with shapes (fractal painting) and direct painting. I think I'll take this one to finish. The amount of time at this point is about 45 minutes or less.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Quick Sketch Demo 7-14-14

I asked the class today to tell me what they wanted me to paint. River boat on a river, and a swamp. I had them tell me where to set the vantage point, where the focal point should, direction of movement, direction of light, etc. This is what I blocked in based on their suggestions. I'll take this farther for them on Wednesday.

Rocket Raccoon Process Page

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Quick Sketch Demo 7-09-14

Demo 7-09-14 I used 5 values as basic shapes to create depth. I then developed the form based on where I chose the light to be. Next I added a bit of color. I usually develop paintings this way - shape, then form, then color, and then detail. This first three stages take about 30 minutes in real time paint - it takes longer when I have to talk :)

Monday, July 07, 2014

Process Illustration 03

This is an illustration that was a challenge. Corel Painter challenged me to do a digital plein-air painting. So, I brought out a shadow box, my computer, wacom tablet and a couple chairs into the landscape and had a bit of fun. Read more about it here.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Captain America sketch and color WIP

Being July 4th weekend, I thought I would do an image of the Captain. Not sure I'll finish it.

Process for Treasure

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Friday, July 04, 2014

Thursday, July 03, 2014


This book should be available soon. This is the cover art for PJ Colando's book Stashes. It's a wrap-around cover, however, I'm just posting the front image for now.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Coffee Break

Joe sneaks out often for a coffee break at work and things happen on his job that result in promotions and events that he had nothing to do with because everyone covers for him. It becomes a game among much of the office staff - how fast can they fast-track Joe into upper management. There is one problem however, another emploee wants to spoil the game.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

A Wink And A Nod

On July 10th, 1941, the Jaegersfontein set sail from San Francisco. Among the passengers on board the Dutch ship were one hundred and twenty young men and women bound for China. They traveled as missionaries, salesman, poets, even circus performers. They were all part of a secret air force recruited from the ranks of the military to fight the Japanese, even though the United States was not yet at war with Japan. Roosevelt never signed an executive order for this action - it was done with a wink and a nod. They were called the American Volunteer Group - The AVG

Monday, June 30, 2014


Isaac Gafnee, and his father, George, have been abandoned by mom. George steps down as pastor of the local church because he feels he can’t continue in his position, having a failed marriage. Isaac, eleven, has a hard time with all of the changes. Soon, an even bigger change comes. A large meteor, followed by a smaller one, lands in the lake by their home. This event is the epicenter of an epic battle that is about to begin. Not between aliens and mankind as Professor Klein believes, but between the forces of good and evil. The Guardians enlist Isaac and his father’s help to combat the forces of darkness.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Commoner

In the seaside kingdom of Umbria, a six year old boy, Jonah, is left by his sailor father in the care of a silversmith and his wife. Peter, the smith, teaches Jonah the trade and by the age of fifteen, Jonah is a talented young apprentice. Painfully shy, he watches people from reflections in window glass or mirrors. One day the princess Eleanore and her entourage give the silversmith a royal commission for her father’s coming birthday. Jonah is smitten by the beauty of the princess. Determined to profess his love but too shy to speak it, he decides to make a silver flute and express what he feels through music. He does so from the rooftop of his master’s house every night. When he plays, the entire kingdom stops to listen, including the princess, who falls in love with him. When the king finds out he is furious. He devises a trial of three tasks that the apprentice must complete to prove his worth and earn the princess’ hand while he secretly plots to see that the flute player fails.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Goodfellow and Faust

Dylan runs away to join the circus. The Goodfellow and Faust Circus is not at all what it seems to be. It’s members are made up of immortal magical beings left behind when ‘The Great Rift’ happened thousands of years earlier, creating the human world we know and a dimension of magic which is their former home. A shadow of their former magical selves, they travel the world in search of other rift survivors and encourage them to join their troupe. Together they all search for a way to leave this earthly plane and return to the magical plane that left them behind.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


During the Golden Age of Hollywood a “fixer” was someone on the movie studio payroll that took care of the messes caused by movie employees, especially the stars. They did it by bribing law enforcement, paying off families, making people disappear, or guaranteeing fall-guys life time employment after serving slap-on- the-wrist sentences. A murder takes place in a studio controlled whore house that will rock L.A. to its very foundations, that is if the truth ever gets out. Follow the story of a transplanted Chicago cop, turned L.A. Private Eye, as he navigates a tempest of vice, suicide, organized crime, murder and corruption to solve a case and save an innocent girl from the “Hollywood Dream Machine.”

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Commission

Detective Nathaniel Judge investigates a series of murders and stumbles accross a group of bad looking characters discussing their work at what appears to be their annual meeting (The Commission). Unbeknownst to him, there is a super-natural element to this group. Angels and demons, the saved and the lost, battle it out in this tale of intrigue and spiritual warfare.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Print at Inprint

Hello all, A new illustration of mine is now available at This is a giclees print on watercolor paper. The illustration is a development cover illustration for a story with the working title of The Pinkertons. Purchase the print here.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Poison Kitchen

A World War Two thriller involving one of the few news media outlets that opposed Hitler's rise to power in Germany. The Munich Post warned the public for twelve years before that day in 1933. Hitler referred to the Post as the Poison Kitchen and shut them down when he gained complete control.

Friday, June 20, 2014

New Website

Hello all, I've been really busy of late and haven't been updating this blog. One of the reasons is because I've been re-doing my website. Check out the new site here.

Thursday, January 16, 2014