Monday, March 06, 2017


Sometimes when you read, there is a passage that sticks with you, just resonates and sort of speak to get it, and in my case I sort of see it, it is there visually for me. 

For me, when I read, I take visual notes of things to possibly draw,  as I a rereading The HOBBIT again, I came to this part of the book:

" he saw all round him a sea of dark green, ruffled here and there by the breeze; and there were everywhere hundreds of butterflies. "

When I read this again, I immediately sketched out this image:

That very brief passage was for me the perfect amount of description to let my mind go to work. It had all the information needed to move from rough sketch to a more detailed image.

So from the initial rough, I went on to a colour image. The following pictures show the progress to the final piece.........

From here, I will in all honesty move on to doing a full on oil of this image.

This piece is done in Gouache on a piece 9 X 12 Strathmore 400 Series toned paper.

Monday, February 27, 2017


Well, it is no secret that my favourite medium to use is the stoic and oft forgotten pencil.......the workhorse of what we do. I almost hardly ever pick one up for anything other than to layout a painting or do a rough much anymore, but the other day decided I want to do a pencil piece, so I scrapped everything I had on the table and went to just draw. Draw for the simple pleasure of it.

I grabbed a sheet of 14 X 17 Strathmore 300 Series Bristol a 2B pencil my little pocket knife, a brass bullet sharpener ( for fine line sharpening ) and a kneaded erasure, and I just sat down, closed my eyes and started to draw, and this is what came out...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Sorry I have been a bit remiss...........actually a lot and absent lately on the blogspot, but that isn't to say I haven't been busy.

Most recently I had entered the Infected By Art annual contest this year and was actually juried  in. So one of my pieces will be included in IBA 5, along with a host of other amazing and talented artists. Thanks to the judges.

I will definitely be back sooner and with a lot more to say, tips and such as well as more images, again I am sorry for the neglect of the blog, but that will not happen again, I intend to update if nothing else weekly with images, how to's and other bits and pieces


Tuesday, April 14, 2015


A few months ago I go an email asking me if I wanted to be in the FXpose` section of ImagineFX Magazine..........uh, YES!!  So, now it is April, and the May issue is out and I am in the magazines Traditional Section of the is an honour to be here!!! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Just relaxing the other day and doing a fun little pencil piece..........just to do a pencil piece

Friday, February 13, 2015

BYTE ....... me

Here is a nice piece on me by Joseph Knoop from BALL STATE UNIVERSITY's BYTE, a geek society organization.

Monday, January 12, 2015

NEW YEAR............ NEW STUFF

Hey.......yes I am still around, and here are a few of the pencils I have been playing with since the first of the year.......

2015....the art has begun:




( this is actually a prelim for a painting as well )