Artist Alley Debut
This past weekend I set up shop at my first Artist Alley ever at a local convention, SciFi Valley. It was alot of fun and a good learning experience—everyone, attendees and other vendors, were really nice, supportive, and helpful. I even brought some blocks with me and offered them as “print-on-demand” options, which I printed right then and there in printing demonstrations. 
By far the most popular image was "Release the Quacken!", and the original painting for "Under the Lilies" found a nice home. 
I’ve added a new page to my tumblr listing my scheduled convention/show dates, which will be updated as I sign up for more cons.

Artist Alley Debut

This past weekend I set up shop at my first Artist Alley ever at a local convention, SciFi Valley. It was alot of fun and a good learning experience—everyone, attendees and other vendors, were really nice, supportive, and helpful. I even brought some blocks with me and offered them as “print-on-demand” options, which I printed right then and there in printing demonstrations.

By far the most popular image was "Release the Quacken!", and the original painting for "Under the Lilies" found a nice home.

I’ve added a new page to my tumblr listing my scheduled convention/show dates, which will be updated as I sign up for more cons.

Traces of Specters
Sorry the art has been slow lately—I’ve been traveling, doing prepwork for my first con artist alley booth, and the block print I was previously working on did not turn out as I had liked. :( But, as proof that I am still busy carving, here’s a traced draft of an upcoming print I’m carving into clear-cut linoleum, an illustration of the Brothers’ Grimm fairytale “Godfather Death.” At 12” x 12”, this is the largest print I’ve attempted to date—here’s hoping the final print lives up to this lineart.
It took awhile just to trace it in pencil—now I gotta trace it about two more times, color some thumbnails to figure out how to render it, and actually carve it. An artist is rarely idle, even when quiet on the internet.

Traces of Specters

Sorry the art has been slow lately—I’ve been traveling, doing prepwork for my first con artist alley booth, and the block print I was previously working on did not turn out as I had liked. :( But, as proof that I am still busy carving, here’s a traced draft of an upcoming print I’m carving into clear-cut linoleum, an illustration of the Brothers’ Grimm fairytale “Godfather Death.” At 12” x 12”, this is the largest print I’ve attempted to date—here’s hoping the final print lives up to this lineart.

It took awhile just to trace it in pencil—now I gotta trace it about two more times, color some thumbnails to figure out how to render it, and actually carve it. An artist is rarely idle, even when quiet on the internet.

Dubbing the Spoon
Today, after hand-printing more of my St. Martha and the Tarasque prints, which is by far the most strenuous to print by hand (so far), I have decided my trusty wooden printing spoon has earned its name. May Pawprinter serve me for many years to come. 
(I also figured marking it/naming it would make it less likely to walk off in group/convention settings)

Dubbing the Spoon

Today, after hand-printing more of my St. Martha and the Tarasque prints, which is by far the most strenuous to print by hand (so far), I have decided my trusty wooden printing spoon has earned its name. May Pawprinter serve me for many years to come.

(I also figured marking it/naming it would make it less likely to walk off in group/convention settings)

Handwriting Meme
I was tagged by a good friend of mine, eachainn , for the handwriting meme, and I thought I’d share some of my awful writer’s handwriting. 
I was actually voted worst handwriting in grade school several times, and people predicted I would be a writer or a doctor. There was even a case in college where I had to transcribe a written final exam cause the professor couldn’t read it. This kind of awful handwriting comes in handy, though, when transcribing rough drafts, since sometimes I can’t even read it myself and either have to refresh or reimagine what it is I wrote, which is a good writing exercise. 
For those who can’t read the questions and want to try:
Who tagged you
Name
URL
Blog title
Favorite color
Significant other
Something in caps
Favorite band
Favorite number
Favorite drink
Tag people

Handwriting Meme

I was tagged by a good friend of mine, eachainn , for the handwriting meme, and I thought I’d share some of my awful writer’s handwriting. 

I was actually voted worst handwriting in grade school several times, and people predicted I would be a writer or a doctor. There was even a case in college where I had to transcribe a written final exam cause the professor couldn’t read it. This kind of awful handwriting comes in handy, though, when transcribing rough drafts, since sometimes I can’t even read it myself and either have to refresh or reimagine what it is I wrote, which is a good writing exercise. 

For those who can’t read the questions and want to try:

Who tagged you

  1. Name
  2. URL
  3. Blog title
  4. Favorite color
  5. Significant other
  6. Something in caps
  7. Favorite band
  8. Favorite number
  9. Favorite drink
  10. Tag people
King of the Kaiju Block Print
I saw Godzilla with my folks, and by far the monsters had the better story of the movie. 
With this piece I wanted to experiment with abstraction and minimalism—something normally out of my comfort zone. As an result, Godzilla is more noticeable the farther away/smaller the image is.

King of the Kaiju Block Print

I saw Godzilla with my folks, and by far the monsters had the better story of the movie. 

With this piece I wanted to experiment with abstraction and minimalism—something normally out of my comfort zone. As an result, Godzilla is more noticeable the farther away/smaller the image is.

Charge! Block print
I just had to revisit my little Jingle Bell and her fairy companion—a noble steed charging into battle, her owl-faced fairy rider with her saber drawn. 
It’s interesting to compare this print to the previous Christmas one, cause even though it’s only been a few months, so much has changed—both in my block-printing skills (this block is actually half the size of the other one, but with just as much detail) and in Belle’s appearance, since I aged her in the above print to her current age.


^^ Christmas 2013

^^ May 2014

Charge! Block print

I just had to revisit my little Jingle Bell and her fairy companion—a noble steed charging into battle, her owl-faced fairy rider with her saber drawn.

It’s interesting to compare this print to the previous Christmas one, cause even though it’s only been a few months, so much has changed—both in my block-printing skills (this block is actually half the size of the other one, but with just as much detail) and in Belle’s appearance, since I aged her in the above print to her current age.

^^ Christmas 2013

^^ May 2014

Cerberus Puppy Block Print
I’ve had this rendition of a the mythical cerberus—the three-headed hell hound from Greek mythology—rattling around my brain for a while. Rather than go for the typical, straight-up intimidating tradition, I decided to try an unexpectedly cute approach—even monsters are adorable when they’re puppies! :D
I have a story idea behind this particular interpretation as well, inspired partially by the inugami of Japanese folklore—hence the undead heads aspect. It might actually fit into the Dragon Prince universe, so I’ll wait for it to be revealed in story…

Cerberus Puppy Block Print

I’ve had this rendition of a the mythical cerberus—the three-headed hell hound from Greek mythology—rattling around my brain for a while. Rather than go for the typical, straight-up intimidating tradition, I decided to try an unexpectedly cute approach—even monsters are adorable when they’re puppies! :D

I have a story idea behind this particular interpretation as well, inspired partially by the inugami of Japanese folklore—hence the undead heads aspect. It might actually fit into the Dragon Prince universe, so I’ll wait for it to be revealed in story…

Sci-Fi Selfie Block Print—Sci-Fi in the Valley Con Exclusive
This is what happens when I play too much Mass Effect and watch too many Pleistocene documentaries in a short span of time—aliens taking selfies with baby mammoths.
I’ll be offering this particular print as a “Print-on-demand” option, and an exclusive themed image, at the 2014 Sci-Fi Valley Con in Altoona, PA. If you want this print and a printmaking demonstration, then stop by my booth at the Artist Alley!

Sci-Fi Selfie Block Print—Sci-Fi in the Valley Con Exclusive

This is what happens when I play too much Mass Effect and watch too many Pleistocene documentaries in a short span of time—aliens taking selfies with baby mammoths.

I’ll be offering this particular print as a “Print-on-demand” option, and an exclusive themed image, at the 2014 Sci-Fi Valley Con in Altoona, PA. If you want this print and a printmaking demonstration, then stop by my booth at the Artist Alley!

"Feathered Family" Block Print
This print was a test to see if I could get rendered tone in the softer speedy carve like how I got in the mounted linoleum block for St. Martha and the Tarasque, and I am pleased with the results. 
Also, I wanted to draw a ridiculously fuzzy baby hippogriff. Instead of the traditional horse/griffin hybrid, I decided to make the mama a Pegasus so everyone in the family could have wings. :)

"Feathered Family" Block Print

This print was a test to see if I could get rendered tone in the softer speedy carve like how I got in the mounted linoleum block for St. Martha and the Tarasque, and I am pleased with the results.

Also, I wanted to draw a ridiculously fuzzy baby hippogriff. Instead of the traditional horse/griffin hybrid, I decided to make the mama a Pegasus so everyone in the family could have wings. :)

Chickens and Princesses

Alongside carving block prints like a fiend for upcoming shows/conventions, I was commissioned by a family friend to illustrate two short stories written by his granddaughters—ages 6 and 9 respectively—as birthday presents. It was a fun project to work on, and it gave me the chance to practice a simpler style for children’s illustration while tinkering around with patterns and textures. 

I also appreciated the project cause I know that at that age, if a professional artist (or at least an artist of greater skill) had illustrated one of my little stories, I would have been like a chinchilla with coffee on cloud nine.

Sorry, commissions and requests are currently closed—this was a special circumstance.