Monday, December 28, 2009

"Study for "Quest for the Elephant King-The Descent "

Happy Holidays everyone! I'm in NY with my family for x-mas and New Years. Since I don't have access to my usual supplies I'm working up a fully rendered study digitally of the second painting in the " Quest for the Elephant King" series. Thought I'd try something new with rendering a full grisalle digitally and then painting it in oil's.We will see how that works but in the meantime I've gotta put a few more passes on this thing before I can go to color...back to work!

EDIT:refined line version .thanks to Frank Lin and Monico Chavez for the advice.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Life Drawing

Thought I'd post one of the few life Drawings I did as a demo in the LIfe Drawing class I taught this semester.Didn't draw with my students as much as I would've wanted to but I'm looking forward to teaching it again in the Spring.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

study for "Quest for the Elephant King -continued"

One of many color studies I'm doing for the final painting. Getting closer.....

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Observational Sketch

Did this one when I was at the horse racing track with my Dad ( I let him handle the gambling part while I shot reference ) . Managed to take over 350 photos. So lots of new pieces in the works !

Monday, December 7, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Observational Sketch

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sketchbook paintings

Decided over the break to do some experimenting in my moleskine sketchbook. Because its made up of watercolor paper, you can use mediums like acrylics , gouache and (of course ) watercolors in it. With these little studies , I wanted to combine my pen an ink style with my opaque painting style. Not sure if its anything , but I'm glad I tried something different.Lastly, any thoughts are welcome . More to come soon.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hey! You Look Familiar !

Hey everybody , I hope your thanksgivings all went off without a hitch .This November , I was lucky enough to have my name in two magazines this month American Artist Magazine and the Artist's Magazine ! For American Arist Magazine , my old school The Academy of Art University put out an add and featured the work of Claudia Rilling , Heather Burton and myself. And for the Artists Magazine , my name was included in the Finalists category for their Annual Art Competition. This is the same competition that I had talked about back in July.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

"study for "Quest for the Elephant King"

Here is a rough comp of all of the studies put together. I'll be posting more refinements soon.Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Observational Sketch

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Observational Sketch

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"Win/Place/Show VIII"-oil on canvas

Ok. I'm Done with this for now. Knowing how I am I'll be picking at this of the next couple of weeks. But for now this is taking a back seat to the new pieces I just started. Enjoy.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

"study for "Quest for the Elephant King and Win/Place/Show VII "

Im back on track with this painting as well. Going to do one more figure study then go to the colour sketches and finally the final....

Besides some final spot glazing and adding a border, Im done with this one..

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Win/Place/Show VII and Observational Sketch

Still working this one up. almost done

Fell off the wagon a bit on these but im back....

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Win/ PLACE/ SHOW VII -24x30 oil on canvas-in progess

I have officially begun paintings for my new body of work entitled "Win/Place/Show" which is a documentation of the ritualistic and religious subtext that underlies the horse-racing culture of my hometown racing tracks of Belmont and Aqueduct. I've been working on this project on and off for about a year and change so Im very excited to finally start putting together the final paintings. More to come very soon....

Friday, October 23, 2009

Study for WIN/ PLACE/ SHOW VI -5x7 oil on panel

at the Studio Gallery show "Tiny"
November 4th - December 23rd
reception: Sun, November 8th, 2-6 pm

Study for WIN/ PLACE/ SHOW V -5x7 oil on panel

at the Studio Galleryshow "Tiny"
November 4th - December 23rd
reception: Sun, November 8th, 2-6 pm

Thursday, October 22, 2009

study for WIN/ PLACE/ SHOW IV -5x7 oil on panel

at the Studio Gallery show "Tiny"
November 4th - December 23rd
reception: Sun, November 8th, 2-6 pm

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Study for WIN/ PLACE/ SHOW IV -5x7 oil on panel in progress

i think this is needs one last sitting....Thanks Jamie and Tyler for the input

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Observational Sketch

Been busy with teaching and some illustration stuff so I haven't been able to get to my scanner......which is 20 inches across from me....oh well, least I'm doing the drawings ! Enjoy everyone.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

WIN- PLACE - SHOW I -12x16 oil on panel

think im done with this , any feedback welcomed

Friday, October 2, 2009

Kansas City Star

I just found out that my friends and myself who showed with me in the Blue Gallery Portrait Invitational were part of a write up in the Kansas City Star! Congrads Dan and Sola !!And major thanks to Kelly Kuhn for putting together such a great show!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

WIN/ PLACE/ SHOW I -12x16 oil on panel-in progess

this one is almost done ....bout two more sittings left

WIN / PLACE/ SHOW II- 14x18 oil on panel

trying to merge some influences for this new series. Gonna see what more im gonna do with this ......

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Napa II- 5x7 oil on canvas

Monday, September 21, 2009

Observational Sketch

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Observational Sketch

Monday, September 14, 2009


I recently found out that my good friends Tyler,Manar, Johannes and myself got featured on the blog of the Senior Art Director of Dungeons and Dragon JON SCHINDEHETTE! MAJOR THANKS to the talented Jason Pruett for bringing up our work to his attention and thanks to the invincible Tyler Jacobson and the indestructible Chris Rahn for bringing it to my attention !!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

working no some new stuff in my little moleskine, trying to combine influences...oh and don't worry , the other stuff is being finished as well..

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Observational Sketch

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Observational Sketch

Over the weekend I decided that I needed to start drawing finished things on a regular basis. For a while I did these observational drawings in undergrad and had continued to do them every so often in grad school but eventually stopped . But since I have used the observational drawing as an assignment in a College Life Drawing class that I am teaching , I feel the need to restart the practice (plus I'll only get better) . These things demand a lot of concentration and editing since thy are just straight pen and ink with no underdrawing. Funny thing is for a time I though my old undergrad teacher Alberto Rey was the only person who did them. But after some looking, I came to find there are a ton of artists that do them , one of my favorite being bad ass Illustrator Tin Salamunic. Anyways more to come soon !

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Blue Gallery Pics

Here are some pics from my show at the Blue Gallery in Kansas City . Major thanks to Kelly Kuhn for allowing me to participate and my friend and awesome painter Dan Ochoa for telling me about it!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Portrait Invitational at the Blue Gallery

For those of you in the Kansas City Area , myself and my very talented friends Sola Sawyer and Daniel Ochoa have pieces in a Portrait Invitational Exhibitions at the Blue Gallery ! While I won't be making the show I am extremly excited to be showing with artists such as Joseph Lorusso and Alyssa Monks as well as many other awesome artist at the show .

oh and also I couldn't resist to tell all that Sola , Dan ,and I got featured on the advertisement for the exhibition which is awesome

Friday, August 14, 2009

study for "Quest for the Elephant King II -continued"

I think im done with this guy for now . Moving on to the next character

i like this head better

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Clothing study for "Quest for the Elephant King II -continued"

Getting closer...

Oh and on the advice of Monico I also titled the comp for the first painting of the series. I threw two versions of the tilt , one more etreme than the other but wasn't sure the direction I should go . Any takers?

Clothing study for "Quest for the Elephant King II "

In my attempt to get a hang of digital painting I did a clothing study of one of the characters in the next painting ill be doing . I'm getting there.....

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Rough Thumb- The Descent

After being happy with the first value sketch/composition idea and after completing the first of two trips for my move to buffalo ,I started another picture. My plan is to get reference in one shot and paint both of them at the same time. While this is the beginning of the idea, I like where it is going and decided to post it . More revisions to come !