Friday, September 7, 2012

Henrick Vanger turn arounds + preview

Henrick Vanger, played by Christopher Plummer. After Rooney Mara, I thought it best to swing in the opposite direction and work on someone who is very much not a young woman.

Martin Vanger (played by Stellan Skarsgard) is next. It is hard trying to get across how creepy he is in this movie.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lisbeth Salander turn arounds

I'm pretty excited for this one. A little bit of a different departure from what I have been working on, based on some comments I received at Comic-Con.

Here are some head turn arounds for the character Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. This is the first of a few characters I'm working on. I tried to capture Rooney Mara, but still make it able to be animated. I hope you enjoy.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

2012 Life Drawing

No matter how much time I allot myself to make (and remake....and remake) my portfolio, it always takes longer than I anticipate.

That said, here's a page of life drawings that, overall, I'm pretty pleased with.

Friday, June 29, 2012

2001: A Space Odyssey WIP

I meant to finish this one tonight, but you know how self imposed deadlines often go. :/

Plenty more to finish, then correct as well.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Art dump!

Some stuff I have been working on. Almost done with the portrait, the hands are continuous studying, the Victorian home was painted on a cloudy day, so that combined with not enough plein air training means I'm not happy with it but posting anyway, and the last was Balboa Park which I think is more successful.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Bridgeman hand studies

Some hand studies from George Bridgeman.

Went on an awesome ride with my Dad yesterday up to Temecula and back. Plenty of twisties to go around and some more straight roads as well. Talked to a couple of Harley riders who came all the way from Burbank. It was a great day.

Friday, April 27, 2012


I have been slacking in posts, but there's plenty more to show. These are some thumbnails I did some time back - the top is for a Sleepy Hollow scenario, the middle is for a busted drug deal, and the bottom is for a castle involving a staircase. This is the very preliminary stage of visual development, where it's more about finding the most interesting shapes. To be honest, these were harder to do...I might take a few of these and make some gouache comps out of them.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Lips and ears

I am pooped.

I spent a lot of time this week riding my Triumph Bonneville. Riding (or, learning to ride) a motorcycle isn't that far off from art - you must keep at it to get good. Unfortunately, that means I didn't get as much drawing and painting time in as I know I should have.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Gas station

Gouache study of an old gas station at the Vista Steam Engine Museum.

What a whirlwind week.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Light week

Not the most inspired week, but more things I gotta learn.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Sketches from The Empire Strikes Back

Here are some little sketches done from The Empire Strikes Back. I'll be painting these in gouache here pretty soon. It was a fun exercise in shape design, since everything is so tiny. (Helps that I love the movie too!)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Life Drawings

Almost missed this week.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Anatomy Studies

I don't even want to think about how much erasing that first drawing required.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Quick post for this week

A quick post for today: a life study that's probably around 6 hours in with many more to go.

Today I saw two amazing shows: Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum, and the Syd Mead: Progressions exhibit at Forest Lawn. (which I had never been to and was amazing in itself! Couldn't find MJ though...)

Seeing so many masters of their craft was very humbling and inspiring. It was the perfect way to kick off the weekend.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Craig Mullins studies

Studies done in gouache of one my favorite artists, Craig Mullins. ( He's kind of amazing.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Head drawings

Some recent head drawings. While there's problems I recognize in all three, I also know I could not have done these drawings a year ago. Progress...

Friday, January 20, 2012


Here's the painting I did for my Dad for Christmas. A café racer with her Triumph Thruxton by the Ace Cafe.

I'll also include the drawing.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Boring reference...

...produces boring paintings.

An obvious lesson, but one I apparently needed repeated.

I did like the comps done for it though.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Some Watercolors

Three recent watercolors done for some family for Christmas. It felt like being back in George Zebot's watercolor class. Sometimes I miss those days.

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena." - Theodore Roosevelt