Okotto, Nago, Beautiful and Strong.

Nago was beautiful and strong. 


This month I had the absolute pleasure to exhibit alongside nine other artists at a Miyazaki Tribute show! It was hosted by Chris Koehler and Joe Ching at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco. 

Of course, how do you choose a Miyazaki world to depict? I have a few favorites but when there are giant boars to paint, I'm going to head there first. I decided I'd illustrate Nago from Princess Mononoke in his peaceful form, before he lost himself. I produced two original pieces in the creation of this illustration; a pencil and a painting.

The pencils I use tend to be on the softer side and don't do well with lots of painting over top, especially on a painting this detailed. So instead, once the pencil is finished, I scan it in and reprint it as a giclee print on hot press watercolor paper. This way, I can preserve my pencil work underneath the gouache. 

I tend to layer quite a bit with gouache, staining and building up values slowly. Overall, this piece took about 3-4 days to complete. I am still breaking into the world of gouache but I am quite happy with how this turned out.  

The final image measures 9x12 and is gouache on hot press watercolor paper. This piece will be on display at Sketchpad gallery for the remainder of the month. To inquire about seeing the show, contact Sketchpad on Facebook. 

Special thanks to Chris Koehler and Joe Ching at Sketchpad Gallery, Luke Harrington and Craig Drake for organizing the show and the other artists who contributed such beautiful and inspired work. It was an absolute pleasure to work with all of you. 

Huge thanks to the fans and patrons who came out in terrible weather to see our work! You all rock and are the reason stuff like this happens. 

Read a feature on The Verge about the opening and to see other works from the other amazing artists in the show! Stay tuned for more updates and for a first look into designing the radish spirits for the show! 

DrawDinovember!

It's that time of year again! November is here and that means it's time to draw dinosaurs. Last year I started up the hashtag and some really amazing artists joined in on the fun. If you'd like to join in drawing dinosaurs, check out the flier below. Be sure to spread the word and follow us on twitter! @DrawDinovember


LCAD Creature Design Student Work

It's been a whirlwind of a summer. As fall rolls around, things are leveling out a bit. As you might know, I have been teaching an online creature design course with LCAD, Game Art department. It's been a lovely experience. My first class with LCAD this last Spring was a great group. A lot of the students improved quite a bit with drawing animals and working on their concepts. It was very encouraging and rewarding to see such a great group of concepts at the end of the course. I wanted to showcase a few that I received in my inbox below. I've listed each student's name and website below in case you'd like to check out more of their work. Please click on the images below to view larger. 

Leostrix by James Bear : http://www.jamesbearart.com/

Brachyurilla by Ian Joseph Diaz: http://ijsdiaz.blogspot.com/

Damien the Manticore by Kial Fukuda : http://kialfukuda.blogspot.com/

The Mexican Chupacabra by Megan Tompkins : https://www.artstation.com/artist/megantompkins

Striped Cuttleshark by Nicholas Williams : https://www.artstation.com/artist/nickwilliams

The Faux Phoenix by Donna Vu : http://www.donnavu-portfolio.blogspot.com/ 

More updates again soon. 

Spectrum Art Live 2015

Next week I will be exhibiting at Spectrum Art Live in Kansas City Missouri. I adore this show. It's like a retreat for me to see friends, old and new, and be inspired.

If you're in the area, I highly recommend you go see the show. I will have my own booth this year but my usual booth mate, Michael Manomivibul, will be right next door at booth #313. Be sure to drop by and say hello. I will have both Endeavor Vol. 1 & 2 for sale, as well as a few prints and original drawings. 

Endeavor Vol. 2

I wanted to throw up a quick post about Endeavor Vol. 2! The book is shaping up nicely and I am still in the process of formatting pages. I'm looking to open preorders for the book by mid-May.

The preordered books will come with a free print and there will also be an option to bundle Vol. 2 with Vol. 1! Keep an eye out for more updates. Subscribers to my email list will receive notification first about when preorders are open. If you're like to subscribe, you can do so here

Spectrum 22

Quick update! I am ecstatic to announce that three of my pieces have been accepted into Spectrum 22! I've entered every year since my junior year in college and this will be my second time in the annual.

“The Magician of the Mountain of Death” by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme

“The Magician of the Mountain of Death” by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme

Needless to say I am honored to be included. Not to mention three of of my favorite pieces made it in! You can see them below: 

I'm very much looking forward to seeing the whole book. It's always a joy to see the works included and every year it gets better and better. Special thanks to John Fleskes, Cathy & Arnie Fenner and of course the judges, who had the impossible task of choosing the works included this year.