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My Patreon is here!

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!

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 […]



Origins

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

Hunter
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
Subtitles
After […]



Forbidden Stars

Forbidden Stars © Games Workshop
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

DokiWear CG Art Glove - Black
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 […]



Litup LP3 – Review

Litup LP3
This is the light box I wish I had back in school. The light box I used back at the Academy of Art University was small and about as thick as a brick. The Litup LP3 is extremely thin and has an active area of 16.93x12.2. Plus you have to admit, it looks pretty slick.
As always, you can watch the video review instead of reading the wall of text.
The LP3 light box is just that, it is a light box that is used for tracing drawings. I'm sure photographers and graphic designers have other uses for it, […]



Dragons of Tarkir

Kolaghan's Command - Dragons of Tarkir © Wizards of the Coast
At PAX East, Wizards of the Coast previewed some of my paintings from Dragons of Tarkir, although I think the entire set has been released online by now.
I only have three cards in Dragons of Tarkir. I actually had to opt out of the second wave of commissions because the deadline was going to be a little too close to the birth of our son. This was the first time I declined Magic work, so I was a little afraid that they might forget about me and not […]



New Tutorials & Mentorship

Working with Layers - For Beginners
After speaking with some of my students, I have come up with some new tutorials and additions to the online mentorship.
Video Tutorials
I've been doing video tutorials for many years now, but lately I haven't been able to produce very many tutorials due to my schedule. Creating a tutorial of an entire illustration takes weeks, sometimes months to produce. Plus I usually don't have the extra time to create personal paintings.
I have decided to start creating some shorter tutorials that are geared more toward beginners. Watching professionals create an entire illustration is […]



GP Vancouver 2015

Vancouver Convention Center
Over the weekend we attended GP Vancouver. This was my first Canadian GP and only the second time I've been to Canada (I think). The first time was for my sister's wedding in Winnipeg. I hate flying and my wife doesn't like boats, so luckily we were able to drive to Vancouver.
You know you are in Canada when it is 34 degrees outside and people are wearing shorts and t-shirts. I remember one time during GP Albuquerque it was snowing outside and Rob Alexander was walking around in a t-shirt. Crazy!
We were only in Vancouver […]