Thursday, November 19, 2009


Yet another Holiday painting. Tonights doodle.

Holiday Elf

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Word around the campfire is that they are releasing yet another film about those wacky super sparkling vampire-like people.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Fighting Lion

A digital lion study from this weekend

Monday, October 26, 2009

Female 3D Study

A recent Female Anatomy study created in the third dimension using only Maya. I really enjoyed creating the hair.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

drawing and giveaway

For those of you who are not aware, my wife has a fantastic baking blog where she is far more popular with her baking and writing, than I am with my art on this blog.

However, this week the two blogs have collided as she is giving away a framed and signed 8 x 10 print of my Frankie painting. Head on over to her blog to find out the details

Below is a doodle from my sketch book that was the start of the Frankie painting.

I got some good feed back from my Cousin Joe this past week on adjusting the background of my Sisters Who Spook painting, and thought I would post the revision as well. Enjoy.

Oh, also my sister in law Pam is giving a signed and framed 5x7 print of this as well if you are interested you should hop on over for a chance to win.

Friday, October 09, 2009


Halloween is fast approaching. So here yet again is another holiday themed painting for your approval and consideration. It is the Frankenstein Monster, in case  you weren't able to tell.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sisters Who Spook

It would seem I am getting into the Halloween spirit. I had a lot of fun painting up these lovely sister witches.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Figure Drawing Friday

This weeks effort at the Friday life drawing session at work.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More fun with watercolor


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Trailer Faery

Still having a lot of fun with the new water color set. Hope ya'll digs.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fun with Water Color

Today on my lunch hour I took a little venture to the art store and picked up a small portable set of water color paints. On top of that I picked up this little water color brush that holds water in the handle, you squeeze it and water comes out the brush end. This may be old technology to some of you but to me it was pretty darned cool. So portable! Needless to say I am pretty excited about it. This is my first little painting/doodle with the new set.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

sketch book

Busy busy long day. Here is a sketch.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Sketchy Monster

Todays sketch book offering.

Monday, September 07, 2009


My In Laws rolled in to town yesterday from out of state. While visiting with them a made a doodle of my father in law Milton. I had a spare moment today amidst the Labor day festivities so I sloppily added some color to it.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Festival Sketch

A sketch while listening to a story teller at the Timpanogos Story Telling Festival today. I hope you don't mind that I only drew one of his legs and one of his arms. They are there, you just can't see them because they are lined up perfectly behind their counter parts.

Friday, September 04, 2009


Pen and ink artist trading card. With a bit'o colored pencil for good measure.

Anybody want to trade some art?

The Lion

This evening's digital painting, it's s'posed to be a lion.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Old Lady Sketch

Sketching every day is not the problem with posting every day. It is being willing to show sketches that I am not very excited about.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Muffin Bottom

Sorry to disappoint the Durante with yet another sketch post. I am thinking I will post something everyday and see how long it lasts. I,ve been inspired to post daily art by Mel Milton's Blog.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Jerry Jeritol

A recent pen and ink art card. 3d work coming soon.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Underwear Beasty

Pen and Ink. What is cooler than a furry monster with horns, wings, and underwear???

Monday, August 17, 2009

Wee Space Man

Small pen and ink drawing done today. Happy Monday.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Google Doodle

A sketch doodle I made today from some random dude's image off the internetz. Added some marker to it just for funz.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Brown Sketch Book

This is a random sketch I made today in my brown paper sketch book. I have a lot of fun with this under used sketch book that I purchased from Art Media for $1. I like to use black ink pens, and high light with a white gel pen.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Six Arm Fez

Who doesn't like to draw six armed snake men who wear a fez? Not me!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wolverine Quick Paint

Hey ya'll. Took a few minutes this evening to make a digital quick sketch of everybody's favorite Canadian.

This was just meant as a quick doodle, but I think I may return to it for some refining and polish.

If only we all had Logan's universal health care we could run around town all willy nilly slicing each others limbs off with our adamantium blades, with out any fear of a trip to the E.R.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Sketch Book

A doodle in my sketch book from a couple of days ago. Trying to make sketch posts a more daily type experience on this blog of mine.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Flying Salmon

I've always wanted to paint a salmon flying over some fruit trees. I can now check that one off my bucket list.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Space Hippy

I am thinking about adding some color to this drawing and posting it on the Avalanche Art Blog, where the theme at the moment is "Space Man".

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Getting ready to move has been keeping me really busy this past week. Today was no exception with lots and lots of running around town. I made sure I had an hour to sit down and draw in photo shop before I conked out tonight. This lovely lady is a scan of a drawing I made in church a while back. I decided to make it into a wrinkle drawing practice.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

On To Something New

I am excited to announce that early last week I accepted an intern position at Avalanche Studios in Salt lake City where I will be working on video games for Disney.

In approximately 8 days we will be loading a moving van and driving to our new home in American Fork, Utah.

I've been busy planning, packing, and saying goodbye to all my friends in Portland. I am really going to miss P-town, after living here for the past several years it has really grown on me and I consider it home.

On to the next adventure!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Wippy WIP

In my spare time I have been working on a female model and I thought I would make some renders to show my progress on my blog. Eventually she will be fully clothed and posed. I have decided on this project to only use Maya for the modeling and detail as a way to practice techniques in good edge flow modeling. Still a lot of refinement to go.

I'm glad I took the time to make some renders as it has pointed me to some areas that really need some refinement in the modeling. I've set the body modeling on hold while I've been working on some of the clothing that she will be wearing. I should have an update on that pretty soon here. If anybody might be interested in seeing any of the wire frames I would be happy to post some as well.

Friday, May 29, 2009


Last night I was finally able to attend one of the PAGDIG (Portland Game Developer Interest Group) meetings here in Portland. This one happened to be held at my alma mater the Art Institute of Portland.

A Gentleman by the name of Corvus Elrod (Man Bytes Blog) was speaking, and I of course had my sketch book in hand as I listened to his presentation and life experience regarding the ins and outs of networking. A large focus of his speaking was aimed at blogging and the networking available through that medium. His, being a story teller I can easily see how blogging would be an effective method of displaying his talents. Of course this rings double true for us in the visual arts as well.

So when I got home last night I decided to make some art to blog. So here is my representation of Elrod from last night. I was playing again with the method of using color pencil and swiping it with an alcohol swab to get some nice texture and blending. This time I swiped it a couple of times, once after the initial black pencil drawing, and again after the color block in. I then grabbed some white liquid tempura and painted in some highlights and brightened it up. Finishing it off with a black ink pen.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Monkey Boy

An art card I made last night. Trying to experiment a little with a technique I saw a while back on a gnomon DVD. I started with a blank card and a black color pencil and scribbled about till some forms started to appear.

I thought maybe some crazy alien nutso beastly thing would start to come about. But nope, just Monkey Boy. After I got some forms sketched in I took some alcohol swabs and smeared the pencil all over, then touched up with eraser, color pencil, more black pencil, and some ink.

Monday, March 23, 2009


Recent update on the octopus.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Octo WIP progress

Haven't posted in a few so I thought this would be a good little update to keep things fresh.

This Octopus WIP has been sitting on the back burner for a while, been uber busy with work lately. During some spare time over the past couple of days I added a toss away rig to the tentacles and posed him up a little bit. The tentacles still need tweaking and cleaning up and they are probably about twice as long as I would have preferred them. When things slow down I will finish texturing and posing him.

Monday, March 02, 2009

All Done

Got a little busy. But I submitted in time. Good fun, good practice. I went through and deleted all the progress posts. Kind of redundant I think. You can go HERE to check out all the entry's from the 3dTotal forum, including my entry.

Monday, February 23, 2009

General thumbnails

A few quick little thumbnail sketches to get me started on my model. I probably should do more of these but I am eager to get started as there is only a little less than a week left in the competition. I am leaning towards #1... or 2 or 7. What do you think?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Speed Sculpt

Once again it is time for the Dominance War. They are having a mini challenge this year before the main event. The theme is "War General Portraits" I just found out about it this morning. Tomorrow I plan on working on the concept for my 3D General's portrait.

With this and the epic portion of the Dominance war fast approaching there should be many frequent blog posts to come.

To warm up today I made a speed sculpt using one of the three required base meshes for the competition. This is not the direction I plan on going with the challenge, just a mindless sculpt to get myself ready for it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Goofy Face

A digital sketch today made for fun. Started from a Bic pen doodle that was in the margin of some paper sitting on my art desk. I'm posting it in an effort to keep things fresh on the blog.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cowboy Western

Yesterday was a fun day. A good friend of mine is taking a film class through the city and one of his class assignments was to shoot a television show for cable access. He decided that it would be fun to film a cooking program starring my wife (he is a big fan of her baked sweets, as am I) So they came over with all of their video equipment and we spent the day shooting a cooking show. It was a blast!

During the shoot I busted out the pencils and markers and made this art card.