Friday, July 15, 2011

Convention season is here!

Hey all, just a quick mention of the shows I'll be attending these next few months!

San Diego Comic Con (July 20-24)

I'll be showing once again in San Diego with Daren Bader at 4914, next door to the mind blowing Allen Williams. Anyone attending should stop in and say hello, we'll be there all weekend with originals, books, DVDs and prints. Now that my prep is finished and the materials are enroute, I can say without hesitation that I'm really looking forward to a weekend of seeing old friends, buying amazing new art books, and soaking up some concentrated inspiration :D

Worldcon (Reno NV, Aug 17-21)

Boris is this year's Artist Guest of Honor at Worldcon, so the whole family is heading out. I'm already scheduled for a whole slate of programs about art and the illustration business, along with portfolio reviews along side Boris, Lou Anders (Pyr Books), John Schindehette (Wizards of the Coast), and others. Actually, there's a ton of cool art programming going on, check out John Picacio's blog for more info.

Dragon Con (Atlanta GA, Sept 2-5)

It was my pleasure this year to participate as one of the art show jurors, so I'll be out as a guest taking part in the art show events as well as some other programing. I know for sure I'll be doing a presentation on promotion and job hunting for freelancers as well as a big group panel about the Tarot set that we have coming out next year. I've never been to a Dragon Con but *everyone* has been telling me I need to go and I'm very excited to finally check it out.

Illuxcon (Altoona PA, Nov 3-6)

Wrapping up 2011 close to home at my favorite of all conventions: Illuxcon. A quiet, pleasant weekend of art overstimulation and inspiration with some of the most amazing people you'll ever meet. How can it get better than that?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Zombie prom date

That's not really the title for this book, but that was the only thing I could think of as I was painting it. For a collection of zombie YA stories. In preparing for this, I learned about the massive popularity of Bieber hair with boys in middle and high school

oil on illustration board

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Another from the vault

Here's another old piece that's been under wraps. This was commissioned for Warhammer 40k about 2 years ago (or more?) and never saw print

oil on illustration board

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Hope Summers

So I've been moving all the past week into a new house which also means a sweet new studio. Right now it's a pile of boxes, but in time... more on that later though. The reason I'm posting is because, in the process of sorting and properly storing some old paintings, I came across this little piece. Though I can't remember exactly when it was done, I want to say about a year or so ago. It wasn't for any specific project, just that I had some me time and felt like doing some simple X-Men portraits and decided to kick it off with a relatively newer character: Hope Summers. I seem to remember having started a Wolverine as a follow-up before a wave of new deadlines and convention season hit me with the one-two and, in the end, this was the only one I actually finished. Why I didn't show it at the time I don't really know other that I probably meant to and just forgot. Which reminds me, I have some other pieces waiting to go online. Maybe once I get my SDCC prep finished.

Anyhow, it's pretty simple and straight forward, but I like it. Maybe once things calm down a bit I can get back into these. I've always wanted to do a proper Nightcrawler...

11x17, oil on illustration board