Art & Cookies

Wacom Cintiq 27QHD

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27QHD...look at the size of that thing!
I just spent the last six weeks creating concepts for WotC, three of which were done on-site. During my final week I was able to work on a new 27QHD. I was able to clock 40 hours of testing on the 27QHD, so I feel pretty confident with my review.
I've never actually had the opportunity to work on a large Cintiq like this; the only Cintiq I've worked on is the Companion. I also tried the Huion GT-220, but we all know how that went. It has been over a year and they still […]

Art & Cookies Kickstarter

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A couple of years ago I mentioned that I was in the process of writing a book about the art industry and my career. I've been working on it off and on whenever I have some extra time and I finished most of it earlier this year. I tend to find things to add as the years pass, but I think for now it is pretty much finished.
The book actually started out as a compilation of my blog posts regarding various aspects of the art industry, like pay, working with clients, what the schedule of a freelancer looks like, […]

New Site! Kinda…

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If you hadn't noticed already, I have a new site! Well, kinda. This is actually my old store that I've been using for awhile now but I decided to merge my portfolio, blog, and store into one site.
Before all three sites used to be separate in addition to a separate site for my Enliighten page, so it felt a little weird to jump between four different sites while browsing through my content.

Sort by set!
The other good thing about this new site is that it is responsive, so it works better on mobile devices. Sorting images in galleries is pretty nice […]

Battle for Zendikar

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Quarantine Field - Battle for Zendikar
Back in July of last year our son was born. Anyone with a kid knows how hard it is to work full-time when you have a new baby in the house. Over the first 8 days I had a combined total of 8 hours of sleep. When I did get some sleep, I was waking up every 2-5 minutes because every sound made me think "OMG is my son ok?"
Right after he was born I received my Origins commission, which included the description for Fiery Impulse, Consul's Lieutenant, and Hangarback Walker. Those weren't […]

My Patreon is here!

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I did it! I launched my Patreon! If you want monthly video tutorials and/or paintovers, please consider backing my Patreon. If this is successful, I hope to start creating more personal art. I'm really excited to see where this leads and hopefully I will be able to help a much larger audience. Thanks!

Patreon for your face!

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My Patreon face!
Hey everyone! Some of you may have heard that I am planning on creating a Patreon. I want to offer some cheaper alternatives to my current mentorship program, so I think Patreon will be a great platform.
I would like to offer some milestone goals, but I can't do that if I am only offering mentorship slots. I have to limit the number of mentees I have, otherwise I might not have enough time to do all of the paintovers each month if this thing suddenly blows up. If there are a limited number of slots, then […]


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Fiery Impulse - MtG Origins
It has been a long time since my last post. We just recently moved and with my work schedule and helping raise mini Daarken, things have been pretty busy.
Origins was a special set for me. I was lucky enough to be on the concept push for Origins, so I helped design the look and feel of the set.
If you have seen the other cards that have been previewed, you will know that architecture, vehicles, and elaborately designs props and weapons play a huge part in this set. Those are also all things that I […]

Hunter Tutorial

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Last month I came out with a new video tutorial about the process I go through when designing characters for a client. I haven't done very many character design tutorials and I've been playing Bloodborne a lot lately, so I wanted to create something that was inspired by Bloodborne.
You can purchase it from Gumroad. Here is a little info about the tutorial.
Price - $7.99 buy, $2.99 rent
Length - 199 min.
Format - MP4 2560×1600
Bonus Material – Brushes (link) and JPG of final painting
Language – English, full commentary (English subtitles)
Software – Photoshop CC 2014
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Forbidden Stars


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Two years ago I started a painting for the game Forbidden Stars by Fantasy Flight Games. Of course at the time I had no idea it would take two years before it was announced. I had actually given up on this, thinking that the project probably died and my painting would never be seen by the public.
Similar to my other Warhammer paintings for Fantasy Flight Games, this one has part of the background that is cut out to allow the box design to show through. Doing this looks weird when there is no context, […]

DokiWear Art Glove Update


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I just received some new DokiWear gloves and they are pretty nice. You might notice that they look different from the original pair I reviewed. I liked the grey ones before, but I think I like the black ones more.
They also changed the way they fit. The original pair I had was just a sample, and in my review I had mentioned that they were a little loose and I couldn't see how they would work well as a compression glove. The new pair I received, also a medium, fits much better.
I […]