Saturday, December 19, 2009

snow day!

Friday, December 18, 2009

printmaking artist's statement

I have always liked rocks. I liked rocks even before I liked drawing. These drawings are about rocks. More simply, these drawings are about the formal relationship of one line to another. Rocks embody that most basic formal pairing. Rocks have bleached sides and dark. Broken edges and whole. Weathered and earthen. The ways to describe a rock with line are endless, and so I draw rocks, because I like making lines.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

recent acquisition

Bought this safco drafting desk from a MICA alum on craigslist. I've been looking for a desk like this for about a year, and now I finally have one! 2280 square inches of working surface with 50 degrees of tilt capability. Believe it or not this table was easier to transport than my safco flat files. It may weigh over 200 pounds, but it disassembles into manageable pieces with only a screwdriver. It had an adhesive mat over the top which I removed (thank you goo-gone) to reveal the flawless original melamine drawing surface. The tilt-crank was also missing a key part that made the top wobble when tilted, but for under four dollars I fabricated a replacement with steel angles and bolts from the hardware store. It is perfect now.

I am resurfacing my old desk with polyurethane to use as a workbench.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

untitled 7

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Printmaking Seminar.

This one is my favorite. See if you can spot the pile of rocks.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Junior Printmaking Seminar.

Three prints of 8 from the body of work I created this semester in Junior Printmaking Seminar. The final 5 and my artist statement to come as I scan them.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

still finals.

check back later  :(

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

tis the season

Forgive thine enemies.

Monday, December 7, 2009


third state. almost done.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009


I missed a day. I was in the Big Apple touring the Society of Illustrator's permanent collection and the MoMA. It is also finals, which means everyone is behaving like this:

No art for you now, but there will be plenty next week. For now you can have my schedule for the spring:

MON// Concepts II 9-3
TUES// Advanced Illusionism 4-10
WED// Off yay!
THURS// Fantasy Art 9-3 Literature and Remembering 4-6:45
FRI// Nietzsche in His Time and Ours 1-3:45

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Conversations Among Rocks. State I

The first state of my most recent and final etching. There are eight or so other plates in this body of work, and I will be posting their images in the following week.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tail in the Sky.

This is a drawing I began in Illusionism class and intend to complete because I really like it so far. I may take this one to completion or carry over the design to a larger paper. Either way, some clouds that are poofier and rocks that are rockier and some spot color for the dragon will make this an exciting drawing.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Unreal Tournament GOTY

Final cover design for concepts. In 1999 Epic Games blew the competition out of the water.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sir Gawain and the Orange Dragon

New drawing for illustrated book.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

ASMD shock combo

Here's my version of an ASMD shock combo from the 1999 game of the year Unreal Tournament, which I am redesigning the cover of for concepts class. This explosion is just a piece of the design--I'll have the final version Tuesday.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Break.

No new stuff until the buildings open up again on Sunday and I have access to a scanner.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


They're still here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sir Gawain.

He needs a little refinement, but this is Sir Gawain as he appears on the intro page of my illustrated book.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


some sketchbook fun with cut paper.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009


Second state of a smallish plate, about six inches high.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


My sketchbook is called Orange Rectangle Blue Square because I painted such shapes on the front for identification purposes. At art school, black moleskin sketchbooks don't exactly stand out.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Finals are Coming.

they're here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bringing the War Home.

These are my most recent concept illustrations for an article in Pyschotherapy Networker about combat PTSD. I used this assignment as an opportunity to experiment with laser xeroxing to get a gritty texture.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Orange Rectangle, Blue Square 2

More sketchbook. It's like my brain. . .

Sunday, November 15, 2009

illustrated book

Line etching vignette for the preface of my illustrated book. still working on the type design. Now with type. Wording is still in draft stage, but I think it reads fairly well at this point.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Found Expressionism 4

Golden Sun over a Field of Snow.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Orange Rectangle, Blue Square.

A spread from my current sketchbook.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


you grok?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fire Starters.

This week's illusionism class was about density gradients and occlusion of detail. We drew from our imagination using what we learned to create a field of objects. I drew trees...being lit on fire by really big alien robot creatures.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More Printmaking W.I.P.

first states from two recent plates. For this body of work I start fairly abstractly, sketching with a scribe directly on my plate. I develop forms as the composition calls for them.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Printmaking W.I.P.'s

Two works in progress from Junior Printmaking Seminar.  Drypoint.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

New York Print Fair.

Spent the day in NYC looking at all the awesome prints being shown. My favorite print of the day however was at the opening reception of ONE EVERY DAY, a show curated by printeresting. Kim Rugg was showing the print which I have poorly reproduced below. It's a front page from the New York Times from which she has cut out every individual letter, character and space on the page and rearranged them by hand according to her own bizarre design. Even the pictures are sliced into tiny squares. Truly impressive.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Illustrated Book.

Some sketches from my illustrated book project. Everything up until now has been preliminary work, and the next six weeks will be spent taking several spread to finish.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Found Expressionism 2

Fire Down the Row-House. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Three Monoliths.

Most recent illusionism assignment---using brightness constancy and diminishing returns to create the illusion of distance.  Oil on panel, 8"x6"  Feels really good to be working with oil paint again--been two years since I touched the stuff.