Monday, November 21, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

More artwork in the sketch book. 11/11/2016

Russian Larper – Battle Mage

Russian Larper – Chaos Demon

RIP Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen was a poet who made music until the very end. His songs embraced death and they help us understand all that's possible in life.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Why do I feel like someone I love died today?  Why did all of the hope leave my heart?  I haven’t felt this bad since the Towers fell, am I over reacting?  How is this going to affect me? One of my daughters is part of the LGBT community; I know that she is in the cross-hairs.  My oldest daughter is very liberal and is friends with a huge part of many sub cultures that are going to be affected by this choice.  Both are young woman in this new Trump America, and my son is too young to understand the ramifications of what is coming in the future.  Are my nightmares of armies fighting in the streets for resources and the inevitable war with China, Russia, and North Korea soon to come true?  Being part of the poor how is this going to change my life? I’m so damn scared right now.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Manga Monday

Here’s some Manga art I completed over the weekend after taking a three hour Anime class. 
- Cheers!

Friday, October 21, 2016

More artwork created!

Emma - Clip Studio Paint
Angus Scrimm

Inktober Sketch - Nosferatu
Borg Person.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Adeptus Mechanicus. New Art Work.

The Cult Mechanicus, also known in ancient times before the Horus Heresy as the Cult Mechanicum, is the set of religious beliefs that serves as the philosophical foundation of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Although the worshippers of the Cult Mechanicus are members of the Imperium, they have their own version of worship that differs substantially in theology and ritualistic forms from the standard state religion known as the Imperial Cult that is dedicated to the God-Emperor of Mankind. The religion of the Cult Mechanicus values knowledge and the technology it creates above all else and views the final embrace of technology in the form of a purely mechanical existence as the ultimate destiny for Mankind's evolution.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Great Cthulhu

The Great Cthulhu - A gift for Tony LaChette  - Completed in Clip Studio Paint.

The Great Cthulhu

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Bride.

I dare not slumber where the night winds whistle. Lest her creeping-soul clutch this heart of thistle.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A few more sketches for you....

So now I’m working with my buddy Laurence, trying to improve my artwork and he pointed out a few things. First off he gave me a good number of pointers and helped me locate some problems with my technique that needs to be addressed.  So now I’m working on my anatomy and doing some figure drawings. I’m also trying to draw more from life; I will be posting some of this stuff for you to check out soon. I am still doing the “drawing a day” to keep in practice, so there will be more silly fantasy and science fiction pics coming your way.
Please check out the stuff below. – Cheers…

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Another fantasy speed sketch, Chaos Female.

Mr. Hyde speed sketch
The Phantom.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Pic Post: My latest Ink Practice - Sketch book fodder 2

I’m still working on my line work and sketch practice but I have broken the art wall that I have been hitting for some time now. Right now I’m trying to learn how to ink like Moebius, it’s quite daunting. He has been my favorite artists for the last 35 years ever since I started reading Heavy Metal. I have a long way to go before I feel comfortable with my artwork and going back to be a professional artist, but at least I’m drawing every day. Here are some more sketches, please enjoy.

Elf Female Magic user sketch.

Speed sketch; Sad Nick Cave

Speed Sketch - Mad Nick Cave
Warhammer Vampire Lord, screaming into the night.
Vampire Countess with Guards.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Death and Art... a dream.

I just woke up a few minutes ago and I just want to put this down on paper to keep it on my mind.
The dream started with my wife and I visiting a old Victorian house that a local artist owned, we were on some kind of tour of the place and the inside was amazing. The artist paintings were all over and were fantastic a mixture of pre-raphaelite paintings done in a kind of colorful cartoon like style.  They were all in gold gilded antique frames and I wanted to own all of them.  I met the artist and he was young, gay, man with the style of HP Lovecraft.  the dream seems to flash forward in the future and I return to the house. From what I was told the artist had killed himself and his old mother was selling off all of his things, I walked through the house and all of the belongings were being sold off except for the paintings.  The  Mother was destroying them with spray paint, erasing all of the images of her son from them.  One painting that I remembered, I picked up and saw that spray paint had destroyed it and I started to cry, I ran to the Mother and begged her to give me the rest of the paintings so that I could save them for the future and that I would protect them with my life.  I explained that I was poor but I would make sure that they got the proper attention that should have... she refused.  I then woke up. 

I really don't know what this means but now I just can't get the images of these paintings and that house out of my head.  What does death mean to an artist?  Why do we care?

So now I'm forced to do those paintings...
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