Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Patterns

Another benefit of making so many patterns is that there's always some art for the holidays. Here's a collection of Halloween patterns. I've posted the last one before, but I'll post it again.
There's a Halloween pattern for today in the works; if it's finished by the end of today I'll add it.





EDIT: And one more:


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Full Page of sketches

There's a little bit of life drawing in this one (pets, person and coffee shop), some characters I made up, Aziraphale (Good Omens) in the upper left, Sansa Stark somewhere in the middle, Finch further down (Person of Interest, but let's not talk about that show ever), Zuko in the lower right and the Target dog, just for fun.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Mice Activities

A gift piece for some very very kind people.
I'd also like to direct your attention to that border. As usual, I masked the border off with tape. Unlike usual, when I took the tape off, it turned out perfectly clean, straight, and without weird bleeding. I used regular old artist's tape and didn't really do anything different that I know of, otherwise I'd be talking about it because do I ever want the official secret of clean watercolor borders.
Excited things, guys.

watercolor, gouache and ink on 190 lb cold press paper

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cozy Inside

I finished another piece in the urban winter series! There are a couple posts with process here and here. This one was kind of a challenge. I think I changed color palettes a few times while working on it in attempt to find the right...mood? Atmosphere, maybe.

watercolor, ink and gouache on 300 lb rough press

After working on a painting, nothing helps wind down like sketching whatever. My cat likes sketchbooks almost as much as I do.


This time she was just covering up this drawing I made of her. She's pretty modest.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Autumn Festive

This sketchpage is nearly all characters of mine, though I did do some drawing at the Basilica (lower right) and there's a cat near the top that was a life study. I don't remember whose cat that is. Kind of worrisome.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Small Animal Friends

I made some small paintings for a pattern. Every once and awhile, I decide it would be really fun to paint icons with paint for a pattern instead of working digitally. I enjoy it so much more, but it also takes twice as long.




gouache and watercolor on 180 lb rough press paper

Friday, October 14, 2011

Minneapolis progress

I did some more work on those pieces while Hercule Poirot solved some rich peoples' murders last night.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Minneapolis deadlines

I'm working on a few city-related projects whose deadlines are fast approaching. Last night I pulled out the paints and ink and a few pieces and sat down to work. Computers are wonderful things, and they are excellent tools for making art. Still, after a few minutes into actually painting, with actual paint, I can't help but feel one medium is superior to another.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fall Watercolor Studies

I did a watercolor demo for my friend Adam's class and here are the primary remainders. As I was biking to the class I noticed how crazy amazing my neighborhood is looking these days. The fall foliage always seems very short-lived, but it's worth appreciating.


watercolor on 180 lb rough press

Sunday, October 2, 2011


I haven't made a thing in Corel Painter in awhile! I drew this on there really quick just to make sure I still like that program.