Tuesday, December 3, 2013


This is the first of part 4 in my dream/nightmare series.  The idea is a complete loss of power - the epitome of abandoned helplessness.  I used FW acrylic ink and watercolor pencil.  

Sunday, December 1, 2013


This is the first of Part 3 of my Dream/Nightmare series.  The idea was of being trapped in a confined space and having no option of escape from the things facing you.
I used FW acrylic ink and watercolor pencils for the skin.

Friday, November 15, 2013


This is the first in part two of my dream/nightmare series, titled Surreal.  The idea behind it was an escape to a more peaceful, beautiful, surreal world where very little was concrete or binding.  
I used FW acrylic ink over a tight pencil sketch, and used a blend of watercolor pencil and ink wash for the skin.  

Friday, November 8, 2013


This is an 11x14" piece about the beauty industry and its preoccupation with numbers.  Most beauty companies target either the persons weight or how young they look.  Whether it's the ticking of a clock or the markings on a measuring tape, many women feel in one way or another trapped by numbers at times.  This piece is meant to reflect that.

Lionel Messi

This is an 8x10" painting of Lionel Messi done in FW acrylic ink.  It was done for a friend of mine, who is a fan.  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


This piece is the companion to Seclusion.  It is heavily based on pattern.  In this instance I was experimenting with watercolor pencils for the flesh tones.  The final is a mix of the pencils and ink washes mixed with them and, especially in the case of the bottom hand, washed over them.  
The idea I was trying to communicate with this piece is the concept of companionship, or rather the absence of loneliness, as it is meant to contrast its companion piece, Seclusion.  This idea is emphasized with more saturated colors, more light, the opening of a closed gate into something new, and the emergence of life (birds).  

Monday, September 2, 2013


This is the first painting of a series titled Dreams/Nightmares.  The idea behind it is that everyones base fears and pleasures are expressed via the subconscious.  I have interviewed several people as to what types of dreams and nightmares they tend to have, and then boiled down those dreams into two words:  one word that expresses a basic want, and one word that expresses a basic fear.  The pieces are companions to each other, and when possible I will use the person interviewed as a model for the painting.  This persons nightmare word was Seclusion.  I'm working on the dream word for this person now, and it should be posted within the next few days.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Austen Rivers

This is an 8.5"x11" piece in acrylic ink on watercolor paper.
My little brother, David, had a birthday recently and I painted this for him as a birthday present.

Saturday, August 17, 2013


This is a 4th of July themed piece I did a couple of months ago.  I used watercolor for the sky and the rest is FW acrylic ink.

Easter Egg Hunt

This is a piece done for some friends of mine
Micron pen and watercolor on Fabriano sketchbook paper

Rappaccini's Daughter

This is a collage piece I did a while ago inspired by the short story Rappaccini's Daughter.  Done with FW acrylic ink and watercolor on watercolor paper.

Sunday, August 11, 2013


The below images are actually a rough draft for my final for Expressive Typography.  The final is centered around the idea of mythology, and originally the illustration were going to replace several of the letters in the word mythology.  The word would be typed over and over, and the illustrations would indicate the mythology of different cultures.  My teacher loves graphic and simple solutions though, so we ended up taking the project in another direction (simple black and white icons inside of the letter O instead of illustrations), but I still really like this version.
Most of the illustrations fit into my little 6"x9" sketchbook, and are done with a ballpoint pen.  The symmetrical illustrations such as the elephant I drew half of and then mirrored in photoshop to create a full, perfectly symmetrical illustration.  

A Midsummer Night's Dream

This project was for my Image and Idea class.  
The assignment was to pick a movie or play and create a new poster for it.

Statue Series

This is my final project for my Illustrative Storytelling class.  The assignment was to pick a subject and create 6 illustrations that show the passage of time.  The statues are painted from different angles and with changes in lighting, and there is also the addition of butterflies, which increase in number as the series goes on.
This project was done with FW acrylic inks on BFK reeves watercolor paper.  The sizes for these images vary, but most of them are about 10"x15"

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Fairy Woodland

This is an oil on canvas painting that I did for my nude body class.  The assignment was to incorporate 2 figures with 2 separate light sources and integrate them into one complete painting.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Expressive Type Midterm

This is a piece from my expressive type class.  I've been working with scripted letters for a while now, but this one came out particularly well.  The medium was originally HB pencil, although the below version is gone over in Illustrator.

The Girl and the Snake

This is a painting that I did for my Nude Body midterm.  Oil on canvass.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Illustrative Storytelling Midterms

These four illustrations are my midterm pieces for the Illustrative Storytelling class that I am currently taking with Jeff Smith.  They are mostly FW ink applied via brush, but there are some elements of watercolor and digital involved as well.  They are based on the short stories The Killers, Royal Jelly, The Visitor, and A Good Man Is Hard To Find.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ink and Watercolor

The following are from my Illustrative storytelling class.  For the most part they are pen and ink, watercolor, or brush and ink, but micron is used a fair amount and in a few cases some digital color.  
They are either paintings based on film stills or comps for our midterm (post coming soon), which is an illustration for each of the four short stories Royal Jelly, The Visitor, A Good Man is Hard to Find, and The Killers.