Monday, November 24, 2008

New link - Paul Lasaine

Marcelo Vignali introduced this gent and his work to me via his blog. Paul, thanks for sharing artwork as well as some technical info! I'll be a frequent viewer.

Friday, November 14, 2008


A friend of my wife contacted me with a need to create some artwork for an opening-night event.
The Twilight movie will be released on the 21st of Nov. The shirt was done for a local, midnight party. More info at

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Quick concept for a client. Sketched it on charcoal paper, then quickly inked directly over it with a #4 brush. Nice to have a pencil in hand. Tactility is a wonderful thing.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kayak & Kolob Reservoir

After a recent trip to CA, I raced home and took my wife to a nearby man-made lake that lies on the northern slopes of Zion National Park. I had hoped for one campsite in particular, and we got it!
Just in time, in fact, to see the surrounding thunderstorms part their gloomy curtains for a polychromatic spectacle of wonders.
I plan on taking the easel next time.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


My uncle recently gave me a 3-man kayak. My friend Joe and I took most of our kids and his wife to an alpine reservoir to try it out. There's an island in the middle of the lake that's large enough to camp on. A cluster of boulders drapes from the shoreline into the water, forming pools and crevices for crawdads to enjoy, and trout carcasses collect there. I'm sure the local gull population loves it.
I didn't have a pole, but we did catch some fish. Hold on to your stomach, if fish skulls disturb you.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Crazy Boy Scouts...I love these guys!

I'm heading off to camp next week, and our troop needed a Class-B uniform, or in other words, a t-shirt that they could beat the living seams out of, thus keeping their regular uniforms (with all of the regalia) intact.

One scout suggested a new troop name that I thought was hilarious. Technically, they're supposed to come up with the design themselves, but I'm out of time. I banged this design out this evening, and we'll print it up on Monday morning.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sovereign Amphibian

Once again, I created the poster art for the LaVerkin Community Theatre (Theater?).
I wanted to do something reminiscent of a childrens' book that conveyed a sense of simplicity and whimsy.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Eagle, Hawk, Falcon

A few weeks ago, I spent two days at a BSA Camporee. I had the pleasure of grabbing a front-row seat while Master Falconer Martin Tyner presented a Harris Hawk, Prairie Falcon, and Golden Eagle to the group. It was summarily mind-blowing to be within, literally, a few feet of each of these gorgeous animals. The eagle, as you might guess, can generate quite a wind with just a few flaps of its large wings. Strong bird!
I snapped a hundred shots or so and remembered how much I have missed sketching from live models in the last few months. Lucky boy that I am, my sketchbook and pencils were handy.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Pirates, Pizza

This guy was part of a series of pirate character concepts I developed for a pirate-themed restaurant in St. George, UT. I haven't seen the sign over the door yet, but there is an ad in the phone book, so I suppose I will not be undermining the big reveal, should it ever actually happen.
I was able to design the interior as well as the logo, so I'm looking forward to the big event.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Rumplestiltskin - Theatre Poster

I had REALLY wanted to illustrate this one, but did not have the time. Thank goodness for digital cameras and image editing tools.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Fair(l)y Rough

This is a rough I did for a character design last year. I was shooting for a cute, doe-eyed young girl.
Figured I'd lighten up the somber mood from the last two posts.

Fred Harrison - a Great Man, a Great Friend

Fred passed away over a week ago. He and I were discussing the formation of a creative services agency or consortium during the last two months. We were both excited about it. He had a beautiful portfolio and was at once affable, sensitive to others, brilliant , gentle in demeanor, aggressively creative, and loved living.

Complications that arose months after a valve surgery contributed heavily to his demise. It was sudden and unexpected, as he was relatively young (mid-50's), and a fitness and martial arts buff.
His dear wife let me know the devastating news over week ago. I was unable to attend his funeral, as it had already transpired.

I'm trying to put a benefit auction together for his family, so, if you have any bright ideas, let me know. I'll be putting design/illustration/photo services on the block, as part of a group of creatives in the area.

The post title is a link to his website, where you may download a copy of his portfolio.

Fred, I'll miss you brother. We'll see each other soon enough, but I can wait. Hope you understand. ;)

Charleton Heston

This is my small tribute to a great artist and a great man.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sharks Walking Around the Studio

I had a request to create a character for a local martial arts studio. Among other programs, there is a decently sized group of guys that train in mixed martial arts, or MMA. The owner was looking for an anthropomorphized shark with MMA gloves and some board shorts. I had an enjoyable challenge and was pleased with the direction I had chosen. Here are two sketches that were part of the development process.

(Earlier, I vented about client direction that I disagreed with. I elected to remove that portion of the post, and I'll try to be more positive in the future!)

Friday, February 08, 2008

comp for catalog cover

I was asked to do some art for a manufacturer's sales catalog cover.
This is one of the initial comps I did.
Creature hand holding a crystal ball...just mind-blowing, I know.
I sketched the hand and ball with a colored pencil, then dropped in color in Photoshop.
The flame in the background is from a photo I shot on a campout. I love being a Scoutmaster and putting campfire photography on the clock!