Process

Learn all about my process for making art.

The Burdens of Triumph

I want to paint more book covers. I’ve had the chance to paint several of them during my freelance career thus far, but I want to push my work more in that direction. I love being able to take my

The Burdens of Triumph

I want to paint more book covers. I’ve had the chance to paint several of them during my freelance career thus far, but I want to push my work more in that direction. I love being able to take my

Process for Our Grasp of Heaven

Wanted to show off some of the steps for my new painting, Our Grasp of Heaven, that I posted yesterday. Top left you can see my initial block-in. I played a lot with the colors early on to hit a

Process for Our Grasp of Heaven

Wanted to show off some of the steps for my new painting, Our Grasp of Heaven, that I posted yesterday. Top left you can see my initial block-in. I played a lot with the colors early on to hit a

How to Start a Painting

A good start is always better than a mediocre finish. By learning to start well, you’re setting yourself up for making much better paintings down the road. You can render something till the end of the time, but if it

How to Start a Painting

A good start is always better than a mediocre finish. By learning to start well, you’re setting yourself up for making much better paintings down the road. You can render something till the end of the time, but if it

Love the Process

Nearly everyone loves to look at a good painting. Very few actually enjoy the process of making one. As artists, our love of the craft should be focused more on the process than the end result. I love making pretty

Love the Process

Nearly everyone loves to look at a good painting. Very few actually enjoy the process of making one. As artists, our love of the craft should be focused more on the process than the end result. I love making pretty

Livestreamin’!

It’s time for some livestreaming! Starting in just 10 minutes or so I’ll be working on this piece for a few hours (starting at noon EST on June 25, for the record). Come on by and watch a little painting.

Livestreamin’!

It’s time for some livestreaming! Starting in just 10 minutes or so I’ll be working on this piece for a few hours (starting at noon EST on June 25, for the record). Come on by and watch a little painting.

Painting “The Iron Wolf Barbarians”

This is my latest piece that I did for Jon Schindehette to be published. I did my usual three different sketches for him. He picked the second sketch, but I must confess I was kinda hoping for the first one

Painting “The Iron Wolf Barbarians”

This is my latest piece that I did for Jon Schindehette to be published. I did my usual three different sketches for him. He picked the second sketch, but I must confess I was kinda hoping for the first one

Studying the masters

I am not the greatest artist to ever live. But that’s pretty obvious. There are countless artists—both dead and otherwise—who are far greater than me. Perhaps one of the best ways to get better at art is to steal all

Studying the masters

I am not the greatest artist to ever live. But that’s pretty obvious. There are countless artists—both dead and otherwise—who are far greater than me. Perhaps one of the best ways to get better at art is to steal all

The Forgotten Temple

For nearly the past year I’ve had the great pleasure of working with AEG on their popular and 15-year-running card game, Legend of the Five Rings. I’ve done a whole pile of cards for them at this point, but they’ve

The Forgotten Temple

For nearly the past year I’ve had the great pleasure of working with AEG on their popular and 15-year-running card game, Legend of the Five Rings. I’ve done a whole pile of cards for them at this point, but they’ve

Painting “Sages of Ioun”

Here’s another piece I did with Jon Schindehette on D&D. It’s a 1/3 pager for Dragon magazine. This piece definitely presented some unique challenges. The dimensions are extremely vertical, which is not something I’m entirely used to doing. Look through

Painting “Sages of Ioun”

Here’s another piece I did with Jon Schindehette on D&D. It’s a 1/3 pager for Dragon magazine. This piece definitely presented some unique challenges. The dimensions are extremely vertical, which is not something I’m entirely used to doing. Look through

Painting “Strange Gods”

Though this piece was just published, it was actually the first commission I ever received from Jon Schindehette of Wizards of the Coast. It’s a vertical 1/3 page format, which is a fairly tricky one to work in. Since it’s

Painting “Strange Gods”

Though this piece was just published, it was actually the first commission I ever received from Jon Schindehette of Wizards of the Coast. It’s a vertical 1/3 page format, which is a fairly tricky one to work in. Since it’s

Painting “As Darkness Rises”

Also known as “Diyun”, this was my first cover for Dungeon magazine. It’s also, in a way, my first piece working with Art Director Extraordinaire Jon Schindehette (we were working on a few pieces at the same time). Jon was

Painting “As Darkness Rises”

Also known as “Diyun”, this was my first cover for Dungeon magazine. It’s also, in a way, my first piece working with Art Director Extraordinaire Jon Schindehette (we were working on a few pieces at the same time). Jon was

Painting “The End of Sorrow”

I began this piece a bit differently than most of my work. I had done a speedpaint over a year ago that I liked the general concept of. It was rough, amateurish, and certainly had no place in a portfolio.

Painting “The End of Sorrow”

I began this piece a bit differently than most of my work. I had done a speedpaint over a year ago that I liked the general concept of. It was rough, amateurish, and certainly had no place in a portfolio.

Painting “The Trials of Devotion”

I’m currently finishing production of the free video tutorial of this piece. It’ll be around an hour long, and should contain some good information for anybody curious about painting environments (though most of the principles apply to any kind of

Painting “The Trials of Devotion”

I’m currently finishing production of the free video tutorial of this piece. It’ll be around an hour long, and should contain some good information for anybody curious about painting environments (though most of the principles apply to any kind of

Painting “The Hook Horror”

This is my selected thumbnail. Jon was kind enough to pull out my thumbnails to comment on them. Though I strayed from the original brief (quite a bit), he seemed open to a slightly different approach. Here I took my

Painting “The Hook Horror”

This is my selected thumbnail. Jon was kind enough to pull out my thumbnails to comment on them. Though I strayed from the original brief (quite a bit), he seemed open to a slightly different approach. Here I took my

Painting “Blind Faith”

I began this piece differently than I have with pretty much any of my other environments. I actually did a line drawing! And not just loose scribbles, either. I did a tight pencil drawing in my sketchbook, then scanned and

Painting “Blind Faith”

I began this piece differently than I have with pretty much any of my other environments. I actually did a line drawing! And not just loose scribbles, either. I did a tight pencil drawing in my sketchbook, then scanned and

Painting “Where Once We Met the Giants”

On the top left you can see my original thumbnail for this piece. Done in my sketchbook with a ballpoint pen, it’s on a page with many less successful compositions. This one stood out because of the interesting viewpoint and

Painting “Where Once We Met the Giants”

On the top left you can see my original thumbnail for this piece. Done in my sketchbook with a ballpoint pen, it’s on a page with many less successful compositions. This one stood out because of the interesting viewpoint and