Friday, November 21, 2014

Baseball Talk

I'm giving a talk today at NJCO, Art and Baseball, what a perfect match.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Elizabeth Olsen Demo

This one was a trial, the skin tones were very cool and I took a little more time to sooth out the values, I was sweating a little with this one.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sketch 2

Sketch 2, this one went a little weird, more on that later, busy day on Saturday so amother no post, more on that later too.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Shaquile Sketch

Here is sketch 1 for a Shaquile Oneil portrait. Here we go again.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mr Kaku

The finished piece, very happy with this one.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kaku Sketch 4

My last sketch in the series, I'll post the finish tomorrow but if you feel like taking a guess onnwhich sketch was chosen, I'd be happy to hear from you.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sketch 3

 is a different take on the last sketch but I like to explore as many options as I can

Monday, November 10, 2014

Second Kaku sketch

My second sketch, trying to work with the theme of innovation.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Michio Kaku Sketch

This was my first concept sketch for a portrait of the great Michio Kaku, stay tuned for the next one.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Finished Book cover

So here it is, I very much enjoy the process from start to finish, I'm hoping there will be more in this series. Life feel so much better when I'm painting.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Color Comp

This is the final stage before going to finish, the black and white comps could be taken in so many different color combos, so it important to let the art director know what you're thinking so there are no surprises when the final art arrives.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Revised Sketch

This is a revised sketch based on the art directors comments, It's a much stronger version of sketch one.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sketch 4

Another take, these are the four I showed the art director, what happened next? come back tomorrow and I'll let you know.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sketch 3

Trying to present as many different options as I can whilst also trying to come up with images I want to paint.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sketch 2

Second sketch, I would have posted over the weekend but we were sans wifi, "whatever" I hear you cry.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sketch 1

Sketch one for a new book cover, I love this stuff.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


This was a commission I was more than happy to draw.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Death At Tammany Hall

Here is a finish on the book cover I posted sketches on recently, I'm going to start posting a slew of work I've been doing lately, I know, promises promises.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Willie Nelson Demo

So happy to be back in the class room, here is my first demo on the season. Gouache built up in transparent layers, in the final stages I am using thicker opaque gouache, fat over lean goes the saying.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sketch 4

This sketch is based on the Brooklyn Inn on Hoyt and Bergen, a grand old bar if ever there was one.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sketch 3

I really like the feel of this one, a good sense of old New York.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Finished Painting

The finished painting, I love doing these tight renderings, very satisfying.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Colour Comp

I always prefer to do a colour sketch before I start a painting, It lets the art director know in advance what to expect from the finished painting, it also helps me figure out the direction so I'm not second guessing myself all the way through.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tighter Sketch

Here is a tighter version of the first sketch, this was the idea they went with so I needed to make sure I knew what was going on for the final painting, tomorrow I'll post a quick color comp.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sketch 3

Three sketches to choose from, and the winner is.............

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sketch 2

Happy Sunday people, it's a wonderful day out there, from what I can see from my window as I work on more sketches.