Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New sketchbook

Spine+cover. Book is made from Arches WC paper, 150lb cold press I believe. I bought the paper a while back, memory's fuzzy. The endpapers are made from a nice shiny metallic crushed brass/gold leaf looking paper I found in town months back.

 The pages were sewn individually and by hand with hand-waxed embroidery thread to form the single biggest book block I have yet attempted.

 The covers and spine are made from vegetable tanned cow hide, carved and riveted to some chromium tanned hide. In all this book uses 18 brass rivets and one brass buckle that combines with a hand cut/punched strap closure. The raised bit in the center of the front cover is built up with Kneadtite and painted with EcoFlow Cova Color.

Definatley the coolest book I've yet made. Technically the proof-of-concept for another book that should be finished shortly.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Sketch update

Hey all! I'll post some finished paintings soon, but I wanted to drop by with some sketches first :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

And some snakes, too!

Chimera by *LivHathaway on deviantART

For an indie card game. There's only a working title right now, I'll update again when there's a real name/when you can buy it/when there's more art :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

lesser meadow drake

Normally when you think dragons, you'd be forgiven if huge beasts with giant, sky-darkening wings came to mind. But what about the other ends of that evolutionary branch? Surely for every charismatic monster there must be a number of second cousins that scurry through brush and bramble. And so today, we spotlight this little fellow- far distant from the likes of Smaug, terror of punitive mammals and large insects alike. I like to think maybe it's got a the ability to breathe totally useless sparks- possibly a threat display or a courtship behavior, but utterly useless in combat.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

fat flightless gargoyle

I've always felt the life of a gargoyle would be uncomfortable at best.

Think about it. There you are confined to a rooftop all day, encased in stone, probably enduring remarks about how ugly you are from thankless humans from sun up to sun down. Then the moon comes up and you burst out of your rocky hide only to protect the very same thankless humans you heard snarking at you earlier. You're there because you're bound to be there, no choice or recompense involved. And when it rains?

When was the last time you threw up for an entire english rainstorm? Poor guys.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

lion turtle

A somewhat less traditional take on the idea of a lion turtle. I'm not sure why, but monolithic turtle beasts have always been able to grab my imagination.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Toothy monster

Today was marked by a talk by Chris Ryniak. What about that doesnt make you wanna draw something with big flat teeth?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Another WIP, an update

Hello all! Just dropping by with a teaser from a work in progress.

Color versions soon to come :)

Also on the radar, if you're not allready aware of Jon Schindehette's blog ArtOrder, I suggest you make your way over there! He's currently taking applications for a mentee, that is, someone to mentor.  Mr. Schindehette is a multifaceted creative professional who also just so happens to be art director for Wizards of the Coast.

Happy Fall everyone!

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the conflict between the East and West up till not symbolized and summarized via a ghastly Ouroboros. How I wish it would become just a snake, or even a petulant wyrm.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bracer wip 2

So yeah, quick update, figured the photos I snapped last night were shoddy at best. Cleaned up the edgework a bit just now, the way leather reacts to time, water and wear is incredible. I can allready tell this will influence how I paint.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WiP- Ouroboros Bracer

So! here's the newest project. I've been seeking a way to de-stress away from the computer and I think armor making might be it. Plus, I've been wanting a suit of armor for..uh..ever...aaand I can use it for reference, woo! So yeah, this armor set will be Ouroboros and sunburst themed. Cant wait to start with the dye. At any rate, the semester draws to a close, two new portfolio pieces have sprung up (catch them at my deviantart or my website ), and may 3rd is fast approaching. Happy spring/summer transition everyone!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


made a simple object so I can just texture like crazy. Did a simple house earlier as well, I'll try and post that later.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Events on the horizon

What a full week! Irene Gallo and Greg Manchess came down to Sarasota to judge the Best of Ringling competition, and give talks on this friday. I was there from 10am till about 7pm, aside from a break from roughly 11:30 to 1:00 when I ran out and grabbed some grub. In retrospect, my submissions to the show were not the best- I didnt put them in my portfolio, they shouldn't have been submitted to the show. I did learn a lesson though! Several, in fact. I think I will also make an effort to keep a physical portfolio on hand for events like this. In all, I feel like the winds are in my sails and the eyes on my ship are painted wide open.

I'll upload some new paintings and stuff soon, but for right now, check out this test piece of leather armor I made! Gonna make me some reference, yessir :)