Monday, October 14, 2019

Rework of an Old Painting. War Angel --> Rota: Valkyrie of Sleet

Recently I've been going through my old Hard Drives and organizing old art files. While I've lost many files to various crashes over the years, I'm occasionally surprised by something I find. However a lot of that old art makes me cringe! I keep wanting to fix things, of course that would get crazy time consuming. Some artists rework old art to great success, and some lose the charm of their old work, I don't know where any attempts to revise, improve, or rework any of my old art falls, but the temptation at times is too strong.

Especially when it comes to work I did for my card game Dungeoneer I made almost 20 years ago. The reason is some of that had such a tight deadline I was doing 2 or 3 cards a day, when I should have been spending at least 2-3 days per card or more.

This was a character called War Angel during production, the card ended up being called Frost Bound Celestial. I reworked it, gave her some appropriate clothes for the weather, and tweaked some other things. She also fits in nicely with the Norse Mythology themed project I've been working on. She could be Rota: Valkyrie of Sleet.

Comparison New and Old

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Last Unicorn

Seeing The Last Unicorn in the theater as a kid I really liked the art style and story. It was a real alternative to the stuff Disney was putting out. Rankin and Bass had such great style to their animations. Someone recently told me some of those who worked on it went on to start Studio Ghibli. Is that true?
I've been reading the book with my daughters, and made some fan art for them. This was done in Procreate on a tablet.

Monday, August 26, 2019


This is a sketch of Gudrun the Valkyrie, sometimes known as Kreimhildr.
It was drawn using Procreate, a drawing and painting app, on an iPad Pro.

Here is a video of the process. You can see a little diversion where I experimented with a 3d model, before going back to the original freehand sketch.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Floki Discovers Iceland

Floki Discovers Iceland
In his dragon longship.

Limited edition prints available at my Store

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Deviant Art

I've had a DeviantArt account since 2009, but haven't done much with it until recently. I've been using it lately as it has a lot of stock photography and some of it is useful in a pinch. Also you can find PhotoShop brushes and vector shapes and a variety of other handy art references. In addition it provides interesting data when you post art; you can see who has favorited the art and what else they've favorited to give you some insight into who likes what you're posting.

It has become a place where I post drawing experiments. Some experiments include these mixed-media drawings I've been doing for fun with pen & inks coloring them with watercolors, colored pencil, and finishing them digitally. Here are some examples.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Midnight RPG Cover

This cover won a silver Ennies award at GenCon 2003,
and was in Spectrum #10 The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Trail to the Secret Waterfall

There is a trail we occasionally hike that leads to a hidden waterfall deep in the woods. The trail is strewn with huge boulders. The waterfall is a bit further down, it is a massive moss covered rock that water trickles down, or pours down during rainy season. The trail is mostly shaded with dappled lighting.