Exciting news! I made it through Painting Drama 1, a composition and visual storytelling course mentored by
Chris Oatley through Oatley Academy.
It was a rare and valuable chance to absorb vast amounts of visual storytelling wizardry, which I hope will truly affect my art going forward. My brain is still processing it all.
Here are a couple of pieces (along with just a few development sketches) I did for the class. Hoping to share more soon:
I’m so thankful for such personalized guidance from the amazing Chris Oatley, and priceless interaction with classmates. Check out the work of my fellow PD students at the links below:
Sarah Mills —- Kira Slaght —- Magali Mebsout —- Andre Meister —- Zijian Yan —- Carolyn Arcobascio —- Garrett McGill —- Linda Lithén —- Sarah Ricketts —- Ryan James —- Lindsey Reimer —- Melissa Dow —- Lynne Yoshii —- Sara Burke —- Lisa Lindsay —- Ian Rosenthaler —- Casey Gustafson —- Kristen Schwartz —- Nick Jizba —- Brian Talbott —- Jeszika Lee —- Karlen Tam —- Cassandra Mazur —- Matt Gilson —- Dominick Carachilo
Inktober 2015 :). See all my ink drawings here.
Just making note of some projects that are finished and available to the masses :).
Norse Mythology poster, size 24″x18″ :
available for purchase here.
Nanny and Me – children’s book, written by Florence Ann Romano, illustrated by Sydni Kruger (yay!). Available for purchase on Amazon. Reviewed on Goodreads.
More to come :)
This is a poster commission I did for a folk band (
www.sassafrassmusic.com/ ). They sent it to buyers of their newest CD this month. It is a self-contained illustration of the world according to Norse mythology. The places and characters are all labeled in this image; I will be uploading a text-free version soon.
For a (most likely) better viewing experience, visit
To purchase prints, visit
This year I took on the inktober challenge (one ink drawing a day for each day in October, posted to
Instagram or other social media sites) along with artists around the world.
Take a look at
www.inktober.com to see what it’s all about, and check out my own gallery of fresh ink drawings :). Click here or see the Sketchbook tab.
Some of these are available as prints at
A sketch for the lion-hearted dads on Father’s Day :)
Progress on my digital painting assignment from
This character makes me think of a lion-tamer.. Some weird irony there :-P.
Preliminary drawings, color comps, and the painting by John Singer Sargent that I used for the assignment.
Steadily getting accustomed to illustrating for children’s books :). Here’s a glimpse:
Just as a reminder, the illustrations I’ve been posting are client work which I’m permitted to show as portfolio pieces. I’m not writing these stories myself.
Final painting – Color and final detail painted digitally in Photoshop
As you can see, this story involves a bear chase and (in case you’re worried) has a happy ending.
In short, I’m really excited about some children’s book illustration that I’ll be doing in the coming months :). Here’s a bit of personal work, a little owl character inspired by the stories in front of me, watercolor and ink:
FB page on Christmas Day, doodled after attending a candlelight service. Happy New Year to everyone :-D.