Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A uick drawing video!

30 minutes squeezed into 145 seconds. This is my process, I always work general to specific start with the biggest broadest shapes and just get something down on the page then react to it. From the start I could tell the proportions weren't right so I had to cut back on the left cheek a couple times and slide the edge of the mouth to the right. Getting some hatching in there allows me to get a better feeling by getting more accurate weight. If you just outline the eyeballs you are missing some of the weight the eye has and throwing your drawing off.
I am really happy with the final result after the rocky start.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


I really like this one, just the right style and polish for me. From a picture by the talented and lovely Natalie Malan.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Straight on

From the sketchbook.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015


@jeffersonhayman is my favorite photographer on instagram. Stunning portrait work. This is his beautiful daughter @harperthenoodle
I was so glad the drawing turned out as well as I hoped. It's much easier with great reference.

Friday, October 16, 2015


Did this one recently for the Weekly Standard. I love how it turned out( especially with about a day and a half to get it done).

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Art Drop Day

Any of my friends in the northern Utah area keep an eye out for this #ArtDropDay piece I plan on leaving somewhere tomorrow afternoon. Sorry you'll probably have to keep an eye on my Instagram or Twitter to get the clue immediately.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


The latest illustration has a little different style. I've been pushing to let my line work stand out more. I had a feeling the fully rendered style I have been using had a really overworked feeling to it. I think the lines keep it more fresh and overall it is faster. Below you can see a lineup showing the steps to get there. First a rough with pencil and paper, then i move to digital making that really light and tracing over it while adding a rough digital drawing fleshing out much of the detail. Then a second pass again tracing the last but with clean finish lines, then the color work.

Monday, August 10, 2015


I really enjoy drawing in my toned paper sketchbook. Just to have the ability to go in 2 value directions with the pencil gives you a lot more interest.

Monday, August 03, 2015


Thanks very much to the kind comments from the stalwarts still sticking it out in the Blogger world. 

I wanted to work on getting my style a little less overworked. I also wanted to keep the line work. Here is the product, hopefully I can keep developing the look but I was really pleased with the final image, enough that I may further develop the character and story.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Peter and the Wolf

Here's my latest illustration. Hope there's still some viewers out there, I still think Blogger is the best of the social media outlets and it saddens me how it's slowed down(from my perspective).
Anywho, here is a digital painting of the classic Peter and the Wolf tale sans orchestra. Posed my little boy again, it feels a little overworked as far as the rendering, I think my next task will probably be spending some time trying to develop a less intensive rendering style.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

little girl

Came across this beautiful little image at

Friday, July 03, 2015


I love my little boy.

Thursday, June 11, 2015


My try at the world of fantasy. I thought I might need a pointy hat to sell him as a wizard. Does feel a bit biblical without but I prefer the composition without so I gave him a sword an pipe to compensate.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Younger boy and the jungle

While my older son is out at sea, the younger is in the deep jungle. Sure it’s dangerous but he’s 2 years old and knows how to handle himself.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Young boy and the sea

My boy, out hunting giant squid.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Edge of the woods

Here's a new one. I focus down on faces and characters so much I wanted to concentrate and develop a fuller environment. Kind of a test to see if I could. Surprisingly, I think it turned out pretty well. There was a time when I couldn't do trees and those types of things because I would try to approach it too literally. The key is painting the idea of the foliage not specific leaves etc.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dr. Funke

Here's the finished painting. I'm trying to develop my style to something polished but still retaining some of the loose crosshatching of my drawings. This worked out here, if you look close you can see a lot of sketching lines.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015


Got the kids to model for a recent cover for the Friend magazine.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Listening in

I was looking at some beautiful digital paintings and got a hankering to really see how far I could push the rendering. This is the result. I had to include a closeup on the face because I spent so long working in up it would be sad to not be seen.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thursday, October 09, 2014


Just finished this painting. I'm very pleased with it, probably heavily because of the subject. My favorite kids. This is nice and big and will probably hang in our dinning room.

24"x 36" Oil on Board

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mr. Ben Folds

Saw a Ben Folds concert recently. He puts on a great show. I thought I would do a digital painting of him. A little different technique here put I was pretty happy with the look. A soft painting with some hatching work over top.

Monday, September 08, 2014


So you've probably seen the pictures where the artist has kids do a drawing then he renders then out. After I finished this one up my 3 year old decided to do the opposite and finish up one of my drawings. I think it's great.

Friday, August 22, 2014

and Color

I've got plans to post a video of the color process I used for this.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tone painting video

A tone painting of a drawing of mine. This is about a half hour compressed down to a couple minutes. I've been trying to post a couple videos of things people want like the finish shading on a drawing and current color method for digital painting but they're still not working out so maybe this will be of interest while you continue to wait. Sorry.

I put the drawing on it's own layer set to multiply, on the base layer I use the paint bucket to apply this greenish brown tone. Then on a layer in between those two I do my painting.
Always follow the general to specific rule. I start out with broad brush strokes defining the overall values then work down to more specifics. First adding darks and when those are getting close I add some lights. Most of the painting is done with the base tone, a 70% dark value then a 30% light value. Only toward the end I will start to use the colors within this range. And at the very end, real bright and darks values to pop specific limited spots.

Hope that helps.

Monday, August 18, 2014


A little something I did for The New Era magazine.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Finally, a process video

At long last, after many requests I've finally found the initiative to post a process video. Its rough but here it is. 

This shows about 12 minutes of drawing compressed down to 90 seconds. Done in Photoshop but the principle is no different then working in my sketchbook.

The most important rule is to start out as general as possible. I start with a really rough circle just to lay out a starting shape/size. The circle becomes obsolete in no time but it served it's purpose. Then it's the big shapes, in this case the face and the hair. Next a quick center line and a nose, mouth and eye line. From there building it in with short geometric lines always following the general to specific rule. I do all this work with lighter lines and a softer touch so they are easy to remove as more solid lines are placed (particularly when working on paper).

People like my crosshatching finish work but this is the most important step to the drawing, getting the structure correct. Feeling confident with your foundation allows you to be bold with your polish work.
Hope that helps. Feel free to ask any questions and look out for more steps soon.