Revisiting the Sural for Art Order's The Journal

As some of you might know, I was invited to contribute to an art book organized and published by Jon Schindehette of Art Order. The book features 78 artists in the main show, and 54 artists in the Salon section of the book, expressing aspects about their work without any boundaries or direction. The book was successfully Kickstarted in early June and has just wrapped up it's preorders.

Me and the other artists included in the book has been collaborating via Slack to show each other progress on our spreads. It's been incredibly inspiring seeing all of this come together. The spreads included in this book will be epic and I am extremely proud to be among this lineup! 

In brainstorming about what I wanted to focus on for my spread, I turned back to the project that's been on my mind for over five years. The Red Valley is still a place I visit often. When I started work on the project back in 2011, I was in a completely different place with my work. The way I handled design was different, the way I use materials was different and since then, I've grown in my own artistic voice and skill.


This project is not one I take lightly. I love the desert. It's always been a home to me and will continue to be a place that I am inspired by. The Red Valley is more than a bestiary, it's a place. So it's taken me a while to build up the skill and courage to approach it again. 

The Sural, concept from 2014.

The Sural, concept from 2014.

From my newsletter in 2014:

"The sural has been following me around for some time now. This creature was the first to emerge from the The Red Valley back in 2011 but it has been a constant work in progress. In my plans for Spring: Book One, the sural is our first encounter and leads us through the cold yet, sunbathed sand dunes that make up a large portion of the northern regions of the Ansari Desert. I've been doing lots of sketching of this creature; off and on across many sketchbooks. I tend to come back to the lanky build, wide feet and large, blunt head."

Here we are, two years later, and I am still refining this creature. No, I don't sketch the sural every day but I do think about it almost every day; mulling over designs and ideas in the back of my mind. This creature is important to me and to the story of The Red Valley. It's our first encounter and will set the tone of how the other inhabitants survive in such a place. The Journal was the perfect place to explore more and to see if I couldn't get closer to what I've been envisioning in my head for so long. 

The silhouette of the sural has gotten lankier. The head is more slender and the neck more swayed. I want this creature to feel odd, with strange proportions and a simple yet, memorable silhouette. This is one of the final drawings that was later painted in gouache for the book. You can see the full spread below.

This was an absolute joy to work on. I am thrilled with where the sural is headed now. I think I am just about there. If you're curious about more on The Red Valley, sit tight. I've got more updates planned through this newsletter in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for updates on The Journal via Art Order on Facebook.

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. 

Endeavor Vol. 1

Hey folks! For the last few months I've been hard at work laying out my new sketchbook. Last year I published Tea & Creatures and I'm very proud to say, that was a great success! This year I am publishing a new sketchbook similar to my first self published collections, Fishhooks and Fishhooks Vol. 2. Endeavor Vol. 1 covers more ground than Tea & Creatures did with sketches, drawings and scribbles in a wider variety of media like watercolor, marker, pencil, ink, and photoshop. The book has 100 pages of content, is perfect bound and will measure 6x9. I'm very excited about it. This is one of many volumes to come. I'm planning on running the Endeavor series for a while. Here's a sneak peek at the cover and some spreads:

After the preorders close, the print will debut at Spectrum Art Live in May and the rest will sell online, if there are any left. If you are interested in preordering the book, you can do so in myonline store. Anyway, more new work is on the way. I've got lots to get done before summer begins so stay tuned for more updates!