Sunday, December 26, 2010

Photos from the Southwest

So unfortunately the trip has come to an early end, but we made it about two and a half months out in the Southwest, climbing, hiking, and adventuring every day so I have no complaints at all. The top two photos were taken at a mountain top near Prescott, Arizona, it was an amazing view.

I have so many landscape pictures that I cant wait to put down on canvas now. the land is so flat in the southwest and you can see for so many miles that pretty much everywhere I went, it felt like there was inspiration for painting. One of my favorite photos I took during the trip was the one below. It was just before sunset on our last day, and the colors in the sky were amazing. They shifted from purple blues to orange to yellow. It is close to a full 360 view of the place we were camping at. I can't wait to head out west again.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Roxy's Rockin' Ribs!

I've just about finished the character on this one, just have to add a wee bit more color and do the lettering. The person commissioning it decided "I Farted" wasn't going on the bib, sorry Dave, I tried. I changed the head shape a bit too, making it a little wider and goofy looking, and put one of the paws up holding the rib.
Also today starts the four day countdown to my rock climbing road trip across the country! I am bringing a bunch of canvases and doing paintings in some sweet places hopefully too. We will be heading to Kentucky first, then out to the east coast. After that we head south and west, stopping to climb in Tennessee, Texas, Arizona, and some other places. Then finally getting to california and staying there for a couple of months before we head back. So I might not be able to update as much, but hopefully I will have some nice new paintings to put up here. Weee.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Roxy's Rockin' BBQ Rub

A dog that really likes BBQ. Any Ideas for what should be on his bib? Dave I know you can think of something funny.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


With all the free time I've had before I leave on my trip, I've been able to get out and do some plein air painting again. This one was done a few weeks ago about a half an hour south of Columbus. The wheat fields were all turning golden orange and they were spread out for miles and miles, it was quite the sight.

Then a few days ago I wanted to mess around with adding a bunch of texture to a similar painting. There aren't quite storms like this in ohio, but it was fun to make it up. The texture worked out alright, but I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to do the storm clouds yet so some of it feels out of place I think. Next time I will start with the composition in mind when adding the texture.
I also did a few smaller 5" x 5" paintings, and I think I am going to try and bring a bunch on my trip so I can do quick paintings all across the country.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Triclops

Yes, I am looking into being a professional pumpkin carver

Monday, October 11, 2010

Boo! more pumpkins

One of these I actually carved, can you guess which one?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Happy October!

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Sheep!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Boy has it been awhile.

So it's been quite some time since I've put anything on here, mostly because I have been taking an extended vacation up here in the Adirondacks. I have been rock climbing quite a bit, and I actually started another blog of all the stuff I'm doing with that, you can find that here.

But I havn't stopped making art while I've been up here. I've mostly been sketching and doodling things from the clouds, which are always amazing up here. Yesterday though, I got out with my travel easel to a lake about half an hour north of Long Lake.
I did a little painting on a 5 x 7 canvas, it was a fun way to try and get back into the flow of painting. I tried to put down the paint as fast as possible, thinking not as much about all the little details, but just getting the idea of the lake down. I have more of these little canvases so hopefully I'll have another post in a little less time than it took to get this one here.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Howdy there real world

So school is done. Forever. Graduation was last saturday and I still don't think it's hit me quite yet. Still, I suppose it's time for me to put on my grownup pants and start making it on my own. And after graduating with a major in illustration, what's my first job? I've been glassblowing about six hours a day all week, and were working for about another month. I'm on a team of four people all making different sized glasses. I havn't been able to count exactly how many we are making a day, but if I had to guess I'd say its around 100 or so. It's definitely fun though, its hot and a lot of work, but fun. And every friday we get time to make whatever we want, so hopefully I'll be able to make a couple more fun pieces before I leave CCAD forever.

I'm still doodling here and there though, and I think I want to do some more colored pencil still life work like my peppers on tinfoil piece. Its been awhile since I've done anything like that and I think it's well overdue to try again. Anywho, this is a little golden lab puppy who found his way into a big delicious bag of food.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More glass stuff

Here are some things I did in glass blowing this year. The roses are some of my favorite things to make, because they take such little time to make once you practice a bunch, and they come out real nice. I did some reduction on the  green one so its actually green, gold, and white. That one was the hardest to make but definitely the coolest looking I think. 

Also I updated my website the other day with a bunch more of my glass blowing and ceramics stuff, as well as some Illustration work. Check it out here yo.

Friday, May 7, 2010

More Ceramics

Some nice pictures a friend of mine took for me of a couple of my better ceramics pieces I did this semester. I still have a couple more things waiting to get out of the kiln so there's still a wee bit of good possibilities for updates soon. And today is my last class...     Forever! wow, four years done, but it still feels like freshman year for some reason. 

Monday, May 3, 2010

Silly Glass

So this is one of my favorite glass pieces I made this semester. I did it by first blowing just the top and bottom pieces of the glass, then making a long piece for the center. Then I took the long piece and cut it at various angles then glued it all back together. It took awhile but I think it was worth it.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Kitty Ceramics

So this is by far my favorite piece I have ever made in ceramics, I bet you can guess why.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Almost done

I cant believe it's been over a month since I've posted. But don't worry, I'm still alive, and even more exciting, I'll be graduating in just a few short weeks. I have been busy doing some fun things in my ceramics class lately, and glass blowing too, but due to lack of camera those fun things will have to wait to get posted. Until then it's more sketches for you, this is how the life of a butterfly goes.. from happy caterpillar, to sleepy cocoon, to high flyin' risk taker.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Wee Lil Landscapes

So these are just a few of the plethora of wee landscapes I have been cranking out in my painting class. They are all either 2 1/2" by 3" or 3" square, the small size has let me be able to try all sorts of variations. I just got back from a rock climbing trip in kentucky and alabama, which was an amazing time, but it also set off a whole new bunch of ideas for these things. Just as I was getting bored of making them I am ready to start again. Also I just started on two of their large counterparts, much larger, the one is about 2 feet by 6 feet and the other is pretty close to that. They are all going to be on sale at the spring art sale here at CCAD, which is steadily approaching I believe, a month away maybe? So if you enjoy them you can nab one there.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Micah's EP Cover

So I finished up that cover for my friends EP. It's decently silly so I like it, you should be able to find it on I-tunes in a few days or weeks or so. Check his music out here.

Friday, March 12, 2010


I feel like I havn't posted in a while, so heres some kids blowin' bubbles, eatin ice cream, starin at stuff.. doin whatever it is that kids do.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


This semester I'm only actually taking one real illustration class, so what am I wasting the rest of my time with? Well this is a big part of it, ceramics class way too fun. Today I did my first raku firing, which makes the top blueish looking bottle. The photo doesn't do justice to how metallic it actually looks though, it actually looks like blue metal which blows my mind. Unfortunately its decently toxic so I cant use it on the plates and bowls I've been making lately, but there's plenty of time left I suppose for more silly vases and such. These are just a few of the ones I have managed to lug back home so far, I have at least 25 or 30 ceramic pieces done.  So I'll keep updating my ceramic work as the semester rolls along, because it's quickly becoming one of my more favorite classes. weee

Thursday, February 25, 2010

CD Art

I did a quick design for a friends CD which is coming out on I-tunes soon. Im decently pumped for how the final could look with some fancy graphic line work versus the big splatter. His name is Micah an he is an amazing singer so you should totally check his stuff out here. Be sure to check out the song Thinking if you do, it's real good.. and Wasted, those are my two favorites. Check it out now cause he's gonna be famous someday so you can say you heard him first.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Wee little dinosaur

So I've been hankerin to draw some dinosaurs for the past few days, and I finally stopped glassblowing long enough to get this little triceratops down. It wants to be friends with the prehistoric lady bug.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

T-Shirt Design

A t-shirt design for my local rock climbing gym, Vertical Adventures. I did two other designs for them but this one is the most silly so it's my favorite. It's for their youth climbing team, but it might get used for just a t-shirt they'll sell too. I sure hope they go with this one though cause who wouldn't want a shirt that has butterflies, sharks, mountain goats, tigers, n geckos all in one.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentines Day

Grab your Evee's, Merrills, n Pikachus this valentines and let them know their loved too.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Kids are silly.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Children's book WIP

So there's no sketch a day again. So I feel like I pretty much failed at that, but this time it's cause I've been working on my children's book pages so at least I have a decent excuse. anywho I finished up a couple of the previous pages and now I've been working on this one. Im pretty excited about how the environment is forming so far. I have had this style of landscape as an idea for a while now but this is the first time I've actually used it. As I keep on working on my book I am enjoying it more and more, so hopefully I will have the motivation to crank this thing out. Well, time to glass blow some sweet cups. have a safe night.

Monday, February 8, 2010


He's sleepy. And no this isn't the continuation from the bunny, I'm waiting with that to build some anticipation.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sketch a day #3

So if your counting days, even the least clever of people can tell this wasn't quite an every day thing so far. I got caught up in ceramics, and glass blowing and got bored with the silly characters i was doing. So I went back to my roots, cute things make me much happier. And I already have my sketch idea for tomorrow, it's going to be a continuation of this thing. You'll see...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sketch a day #2

The fun police frown upon the overzealous eating of ice cream.

Monday, February 1, 2010

First official sketch a day

Do aliens exist? who knows, but if they do I sure hope they look like this and enjoy shiny bright things.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

A New Idea

So this semester is shaping up to be not too rough in the homework department, thanks in part to a healthy dose of fine art classes which are mostly work in class type deals. So I'm taking it upon myself to start a semester long project, which for you basically means tons of silly characters and cute things. For the past few days I have been doing these weird characters started from just a few basic shapes, so this is what it's all starting with. I'll probably keep going with these for a while because their fun to me, but who knows where this sketch a day thing will end up... more than likely with some sort of pokemon designs. Anywho, these are the first two I've done.