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Luck’s Favors

You may have heard the expression "Luck favors the prepared." Perhaps my all-time favorite use of this is in the...

Substance Over Style – Improving Art

We all have flaws, whether we want to admit them or not. Some of us become very good and dancing around those holes in our skills or characters. We might even be fleet-footed enough to turn that dancing into something... Continue Reading →

14 Days to Awesome

As a part of my upbringing, I was formed to favor autodidactism, so it should come as no surprise that I recently discovered a new art-instruction resource on the internet and have been liberally applying my newfound knowledge. The videos... Continue Reading →

Art of Harlow – Page 3

Harlow's adventure continued when he took off from the castle across some landscape I borrowed from Scotland via Pinterest. Since the original background photo did not have a foreground, I took a separate¬†stock photo of some grass to form up... Continue Reading →

The Art of Harlow – Page 2

When it comes to shading and blending, I have since learned that the best Photoshop tools for variations in a single color are the blending brush and individually selected colors. That being said, the best way to make a flat... Continue Reading →

The Art of Harlow – Page 1

When I staggered blindly into the project of writing and illustrating a children's book with my brother, I did not have enough experience with the digital art platforms. No false modesty from me; I'm being serious. The idea of backgrounds... Continue Reading →

The Art of Harlow

In that long ago, far away haze which often shrouds the best ideas, the exact inception of the idea of Harlow's story has been lost. Perhaps it was my brother's idea, perhaps it was mine, but in all likelihood, it... Continue Reading →

Ants in my pants, an adventure in mountain photography

So I assemble the troops, strap on my trusty hiking boots, and go out begin the first phase of the photography project: catching horses. Photography, like creative writing, can seem nonlinear when put like that, doesn't it? In a rare... Continue Reading →

“Sketch” Series 12 – The Final Installment

My brother spent ten years writing an epic fantasy novel. I loved it. I did quite a bit of art for it over the years, and when he asked me for a series of sketches which could become a calendar,... Continue Reading →

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