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Apr 10 '14
Thyme for Courage.  brush and ink, colored ink, gold paint, watercolor, photoshop.
Recently picked up some gold paint!
(thyme also contains an antiseptic that is still used as the active ingredient in listerine.)

Thyme for Courage.  brush and ink, colored ink, gold paint, watercolor, photoshop.

Recently picked up some gold paint!

(thyme also contains an antiseptic that is still used as the active ingredient in listerine.)

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Mar 29 '14
Poppies for the Dead. ballpoint pen, marker, photoshop color.
March is time for me to do self-indulgent drawings and it’s nearly over!  Here’s a drawing of Dhio.

Poppies for the Dead. ballpoint pen, marker, photoshop color.

March is time for me to do self-indulgent drawings and it’s nearly over!  Here’s a drawing of Dhio.

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Mar 4 '14
Lil’ Red and Friend. photoshop.
One of my goals for this year is to become a better designer!  I want to become smarter about using shape and color.
You can buy Lil’ Red and the wolf as earrings or a necklace over at Hey Chickadee!  I received samples and they both came out really beautifully!  While I’m here, both Johnny Wander and I have collections at the site.

Lil’ Red and Friend. photoshop.

One of my goals for this year is to become a better designer!  I want to become smarter about using shape and color.

You can buy Lil’ Red and the wolf as earrings or a necklace over at Hey Chickadee!  I received samples and they both came out really beautifully!  While I’m here, both Johnny Wander and I have collections at the site.

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Jan 25 '14
Merchant Goblin. pencil, photoshop.
Goblin Week!  It’s Goblin Week 2014!  This fella’s the spiritual successor to my Rooster Goblin from last year.  I really like drawing weird pack animals! 
Goblin Week has one more day!  Draw some goblins!

Merchant Goblin. pencil, photoshop.

Goblin Week!  It’s Goblin Week 2014!  This fella’s the spiritual successor to my Rooster Goblin from last year.  I really like drawing weird pack animals! 

Goblin Week has one more day!  Draw some goblins!

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Nov 4 '13
North, Kaia, Dhio.  photoshop.
I drew this over the weekend as an experiment to see how quickly I could draw and ink something digitally.  The pencils and inks for this were done in maybe 2 hours, which is amazingly fast for me since I tend to agonize over stuff!
Some UNNAMED PALS have been buggin’ me to draw Dhio not being decapitated or mutilated or in otherwise unhappy situations.  The colors and texture were partially based off The Unicorn in Captivity, which my buddy Chelsea and I saw this past week.

North, Kaia, Dhio.  photoshop.

I drew this over the weekend as an experiment to see how quickly I could draw and ink something digitally.  The pencils and inks for this were done in maybe 2 hours, which is amazingly fast for me since I tend to agonize over stuff!

Some UNNAMED PALS have been buggin’ me to draw Dhio not being decapitated or mutilated or in otherwise unhappy situations.  The colors and texture were partially based off The Unicorn in Captivity, which my buddy Chelsea and I saw this past week.

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Nov 1 '13
Terezi’s Never Ending Story.  photoshop.
I was asked to do an illustration for the upcoming Homestuck 2014 calendar AND THEN I GOT TO DRAW TEREZI AND PYRALSPITE!  The calendar will be for sale soon over at the What Pumpkin site!

Terezi’s Never Ending Story.  photoshop.

I was asked to do an illustration for the upcoming Homestuck 2014 calendar AND THEN I GOT TO DRAW TEREZI AND PYRALSPITE!  The calendar will be for sale soon over at the What Pumpkin site!

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Oct 4 '13
Forged Iron process gif (6 color print).  For the Arcana show at Telegraph Art Gallery. (final illustration)
The Arcana show at Telegraph Gallery is opening tonight!  If you’re in the Charlottesville, VA area, you can buy this illustration as a 18x24” screened print!  They’ll also be available at the Telegraph/SEIBEI table at NYCC!  I will also be present there!!
Aaaa, I saw photos of final prints the other day and they look SO SO RAD!

Forged Iron process gif (6 color print).  For the Arcana show at Telegraph Art Gallery. (final illustration)

The Arcana show at Telegraph Gallery is opening tonight!  If you’re in the Charlottesville, VA area, you can buy this illustration as a 18x24” screened print!  They’ll also be available at the Telegraph/SEIBEI table at NYCC!  I will also be present there!!

Aaaa, I saw photos of final prints the other day and they look SO SO RAD!

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Jul 19 '13

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Summer Sale Illustration composition breakdown. (process giffinal illustration)

I received several questions about the weird black lines that appeared during the process gif posted earlier.  The gif probably moved too quickly to figure out what they correlated to, so I broke the composition down into a series of gifs.

Every aspect of the illustration was intentionally built to form a shape or line to draw the eye to the center top of the frame.  You put them together and it draws your eye directly to the volleyball!

I was largely thinking about Kali Ciesemier's articles about composition and informal subdivision (check them out if you haven’t already!).  I was never formally trained as an illustrator and in a lot of ways I feel like I’m mostly trying to emulate things I like and make what feels right to me, ha ha.

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Jul 19 '13
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Summer Sale Illustration Process gif.(final illustration)
This was one of the rare instances I did an illustration 100% digitally and it wound up being fairly involved.  I thought some people might dig how this thing was built!
The palette was largely based on this photo; I wanted something with a poppy saturated rainbow of color depth.
(Yikes, sorry for the multiple posts, guys! I couldn’t get the gif small enough to actually animate on the dash. :/ )

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Summer Sale Illustration Process gif.(final illustration)

This was one of the rare instances I did an illustration 100% digitally and it wound up being fairly involved.  I thought some people might dig how this thing was built!

The palette was largely based on this photo; I wanted something with a poppy saturated rainbow of color depth.

(Yikes, sorry for the multiple posts, guys! I couldn’t get the gif small enough to actually animate on the dash. :/ )

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Jul 16 '13
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Steam Sale Postcard.  photoshop.
Valve got a buncha artists to do trading cards for this year’s Steam Summer Sale, and I got to do one!  A big thank-you to the lovely folks at Valve who I had the pleasure of workin’ with.  Thank you guys for asking me to draw burly men playing beach volleyball in various states of undress, it was so much fun.
The Summer Sale is still running til the 22nd and you can get my trading card on Steam ‘til then!

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Steam Sale Postcard.  photoshop.

Valve got a buncha artists to do trading cards for this year’s Steam Summer Sale, and I got to do one!  A big thank-you to the lovely folks at Valve who I had the pleasure of workin’ with.  Thank you guys for asking me to draw burly men playing beach volleyball in various states of undress, it was so much fun.

The Summer Sale is still running til the 22nd and you can get my trading card on Steam ‘til then!

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Jul 1 '13
And the girl took the long, sharp hairpin that the man had given herAnd she cut the great black dog’s throat, from sternum to jawAnd at the first prick of the hairpin, the dog went stiff and silentAnd fell, still as deathAnd from the hole in the dog’s throat emerged the manHis hair and skin and eyes still as black as the dog’sAnd his throat cut as the dog’s wasFrom sternum to jaw

And the girl took the long, sharp hairpin that the man had given her
And she cut the great black dog’s throat, from sternum to jaw
And at the first prick of the hairpin, the dog went stiff and silent
And fell, still as death
And from the hole in the dog’s throat emerged the man
His hair and skin and eyes still as black as the dog’s
And his throat cut as the dog’s was
From sternum to jaw

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Apr 30 '13
there was a great shadow in the wood.  ballpoint pen, pencil, photoshop.
Drew this while traveling!  Also: hello everyone, I have returned from traveling!  I hope you had a good time while I was away.
I had a small procedure done on my dominant hand last week so I can’t do a whole lot in the way of drawing or typing.  Please excuse me if I’m absent from the internet for a little bit!

there was a great shadow in the wood.  ballpoint pen, pencil, photoshop.

Drew this while traveling!  Also: hello everyone, I have returned from traveling!  I hope you had a good time while I was away.

I had a small procedure done on my dominant hand last week so I can’t do a whole lot in the way of drawing or typing.  Please excuse me if I’m absent from the internet for a little bit!

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Apr 21 '13
2 Kawaii 4 U process gif. (final illustration, as print, as tee)

Still in Japan for a few more days,  but I put this together right before I left so I’m gonna post it now for you guys!
Here’s the Kawaii design, from initial concept to sketch, color mockup, and finished design.  I’m really glad it resonated with people!  The number of people who stated a desire to get it as a tattoo was astounding (which I’m cool with by the way, please send me photos if you get it done!)  Anyway, thanks guys!

2 Kawaii 4 U process gif. (final illustration, as print, as tee)

Still in Japan for a few more days, but I put this together right before I left so I’m gonna post it now for you guys!

Here’s the Kawaii design, from initial concept to sketch, color mockup, and finished design.  I’m really glad it resonated with people!  The number of people who stated a desire to get it as a tattoo was astounding (which I’m cool with by the way, please send me photos if you get it done!)  Anyway, thanks guys!

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Apr 10 '13
north, dhio, kaia.  photoshop.
The young god, the old god, and the mortal monster man who the two gods liked enough to make immortal so they could be together forever.  Ha ha ha, so many people have asked me lately when I’m gonna do a comic about these guys.  The answer is: ????? the future ?????  I’m really thankful they resonate with people, though!
Hey so I’m going to be out of the country from the 12th to the 24th of April, so this blog is going to be fairly quiet until then.  Ananth will continue updating over at Johnny Wander in my absence and I’ll hopefully be able to update dumb photos over at my twitter whenever there’s free wifi access.  Take care, guys!

north, dhio, kaia.  photoshop.

The young god, the old god, and the mortal monster man who the two gods liked enough to make immortal so they could be together forever.  Ha ha ha, so many people have asked me lately when I’m gonna do a comic about these guys.  The answer is: ????? the future ?????  I’m really thankful they resonate with people, though!

Hey so I’m going to be out of the country from the 12th to the 24th of April, so this blog is going to be fairly quiet until then.  Ananth will continue updating over at Johnny Wander in my absence and I’ll hopefully be able to update dumb photos over at my twitter whenever there’s free wifi access.  Take care, guys!

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Apr 3 '13
Three of Swords process gif. (final illustration.)
Here’s a process gif of the Dhio tarot card from yesterday!  I’ve been really trying to/meaning to delve into better design in my illustrations.  If you are also interested in those things, Kali Ciesemier (kalidraws) has some great articles on her blog about composition and subdivision!

Three of Swords process gif. (final illustration.)

Here’s a process gif of the Dhio tarot card from yesterday!  I’ve been really trying to/meaning to delve into better design in my illustrations.  If you are also interested in those things, Kali Ciesemier (kalidraws) has some great articles on her blog about composition and subdivision!

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