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Mentorship 2.0

Hey everyone! It's that time of year to talk about my mentorship again. After teaching 5 classes, some changes have been made. Pricing As you can see by the table, the prices have changed. If you sell products, even digital ones, most states require that you charge sales tax. That sales tax is then given to the state. In Washington, I am required to charge 9.6% sales tax on products I sell. I then have to give that 9.6% to the state, I don't get to keep it. If I don't charge people sales tax, I have to pay the […]



Fate Reforged

Archfiend of Depravity © Wizards of the Coast
Two of my illustrations from Fate Reforged were spoiled the other day, so here they are!
The first card is Archfiend of Depravity. This card was fun, but very tricky. The description called for a demon floating above a pile of dead bodies. Although I have to admit, painting the pile of dead bodies was pretty fun. Not because of the subject matter, but because it allowed me to paint things I don't normally paint, like feet.
It was a good challenge, but now I wonder if the government has me flagged […]



“For the Emperor and Sanguinius! Death! DEATH!”

Blood Angels © Games Workshop
Of course, as soon as I post something saying I have nothing new to post, something new comes out.
Several of my Blood Angels were spoiled when Games Workshop started taking pre-orders for the new Codex Blood Angels Sanguinary Guard Edition. It looks like it is out now, so go pick one up before they sell out!
Painting anything from Warhammer 40k is super exciting, so it was great to paint 7 Blood Angels for the new Codex. I also painted a little blank side view of a pauldron so that GW could swap in […]



Blast from the Past – 2006

I wanted to post the concepts I created for Crytek for the game Ryse: Son of Rome, but I was told I'm not allowed to show my work to anyone. Since I can't post any of my new art either, I figured I would continue from my Warhammer post and show some of my older paintings that have never been seen before.
Behold! Paintings from 2006! I would say "there can be only one," but then this would be a very short and boring post.
These were illustrations and concepts I did back in 2006 (I graduated in 2004) for Widescreen Games for […]



Wacom Companion – Screen Protectors

Photo from Amazon.com
Now that the Companion has been out for more than a year, companies have started making screen protectors for it. When I first purchased the Companion, there weren't any screen protectors available, so I had to risk scratching my screen. I'm always super careful with my things, so I went about 7 months with no problems.
I use the Companion as my only work machine, so I use it a lot. After 7 months my nib had worn down quite a bit, but I didn't notice how much it had worn down. It had worn down enough […]



More Hobbit Stuff

Bard the Bowman
I'm back!
I have a couple of new paintings I did for The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth by Kabam.
Like with the other paintings I did for Kabam (more here, and here), these were painted on a transparent background so that they could be dropped directly into the game. This time they requested full figures, so no sketchy legs!
I was actually working on these paintings while I was sitting in the hospital waiting for my wife to give birth to our son. We were in the hospital for 4 days, so I had plenty of time […]



GP San Antonio 2014

View from the hotel
Last weekend I attended GP San Antonio. This was the first GP I've been to since GP Albuquerque one year ago. I haven't been traveling lately because of the little guy and I probably won't be doing much more. I do plan on going to GP Vancouver in February since I can drive to it. I can tell you one thing, I don't miss flying.
This GP was special because I created a unique playmat for the event and I was able to visit my parents since they live in Texas. Of course that meant a […]



Mentees, not Manatees

Andres Esquivel - Week 2 (left), Week 4 (right)
Although manatees are awesome, and something I need to post about in the future, this post is all about my mentees!
Last week was the final week of my third Intro to Digital Painting class and the fourth week of the first Advanced Digital Painting class. I've been extremely happy with the progress everyone has made, so I just had to share a few of them. These first few are from the Intro to Digital Painting class. During week 2 I have everyone paint a black and white still life and on […]



GP San Antonio Playmat – Spirits of War

Spirits of War
Next month I'll be one of the guest artists for GP San Antonio from November 28-30th.
Steve Port contacted me and wanted to know if I would be interested in creating an original playmat illustration for the GP. They wanted something that was specific to the city of San Antonio, so of course the Alamo and the Riverwalk were the first to come to mind.
The illustration needed to look like it could fit within the world of Magic, but it couldn't look too much like Magic. The Riverwalk is a little too modern, so I didn't […]



Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath

Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath
This morning I checked my FB feed and saw that my Ob Nixilis card finally came out after waiting for more than a year! I've been waiting for a long time to show this painting, but I have some mixed feelings about it now that so much time has passed.
I guess the good thing about going back and looking at older paintings is that I can see what needs to be fixed. Sometimes I'll go back and fix older paintings before I make prints. My older Magic cards were pretty loose and painted […]