Saturday, December 28, 2013

More C. S. Lewis

Weston. Gouache on bristol board. 5x7.
Here's another piece I did for illustration class. I always picture Weston from C.S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet as Orson Wells.

In other news, I'm having a sale on comics at my Comic Books For Sale blog:

And of course, art is still half off.

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Friday, December 20, 2013


Here's a piece I did for illustration class I did last spring. I wanted to make illustrations for C.S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet. I did a few large pieces, but I haven't been able to get to a large scanner yet (they're 11x17). It's a gouache sketch I did of the protagonist, Ransom. He's based on a young Tolkien.
Ransom. Gouache on bristol board. 5x7,

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

ROTJ @ 30

Return of the Jedi is 30 today. I made another palette knife painting for it. Although The Empire Strikes Back would eventually become my favorite, I was too young when it first came out to have much of an impact. Jedi is the one that got me hooked.
Imperial Guard. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24.
after Richard Marquand and Co.
This is actually the third in what might be a series of paintings. The first was Boba Fett. The second one isn't from Jedi so I'll have it up shortly
Imperial Guard surface detail.
Imperial Guard surface detail.
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For commissions:

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Original Art For Sale

Here is the original cover art for Hailstone Mountain. It's for sale.
Hailstone Mountain. Oil on MDF, 18 x 27.
Normally, I would price a painting this size at $486. After painting it I found out that MDF isn't considered archival, which basically means it will last 100 years rather than 500 years (personally, I don't think MDF has been tested enough to know that it won't last as long as "archival" grounds). Anyway, all of that is to say that I've cut the price in half. So the final price is $243 $122 plus shipping.

Above is the raw photo of the painting. Below is the painting after Photoshop manipulation by me and added text by Phil Wade as it is seen on Amazon. There are some differences I should point out for any fans of the book:
I adjusted skin color a little. The shield is red and black instead of red and green (which I based on a viking shield). Clothing is a bit desaturated in the final piece. The ax at the far right isn't so orange. In the photo I was using it appeared as a rather bright copper color. The most significant difference is in Erling's face at center. I changed his hair color and manipulated his facial features for the final picture. 

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You can purchase the book Hailstone Mountain and other works by Lars Walker on Amazon.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

What I Did on My Spring Break

Boba Fett. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24.
after Irvin Kershner and Co.
I felt like cutting loose with a palette knife painting. Most of the oil paintings on the blog are done with water-mixable oils. For this one I used M. Graham oil paint.
Boba Fett surface detail.
Boba Fett surface detail. 
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hailstone Mountain

I painted the cover for an  e-book that was just released (I did not do the border and text, but I think that was all well done). You can buy the book on Amazon. It's only three bucks! I highly recommend Lars Walker's writings.
Here's the book description (and you don't need to have read the previous installments):

"In the latest entry in the saga of Erling Skjalgsson, the 11th Century Norwegian chieftain is struck by a deadly curse, and must journey north along with his friends in order to crush it at its source. Meanwhile Freydis, niece of the smith Lemming, is kidnapped by the servants of a mysterious, ancient cannibalistic race who dwell in secret in the mountains of the north. Once again the Irish priest Father Ailill narrates a tale of struggle, faith, endurance, and supernatural peril. Fans of H. Rider Haggard will delight in this "lost world" adventure."

If you have a Kindle buy it here!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Delving into Digital

Here's my first digital drawing (it's about time Mike). It was completely hand drawn in Photoshop using a Wacom Intuos4 tablet.
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Monday, January 21, 2013


"To Beowulf now the glory was given...." 
Oil on canvas, 20x30.
The third of three paintings I did last semester influenced by Beowulf.
$600 $300 plus shipping.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013


"Grendel this monster grim was called" Oil on canvas, 20x30.
The second of three paintings I did last semester inspired by Beowulf.
I probably should have mentioned last time that the titles are from Francis Burton Gummere's translation which is in public domain.
$600 $300 plus shipping.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013


"Lo! praise the prowess of people-kings
of spear-armed Danes, in days long sped...."
Oil on canvas, 20 x 30.
One of three paintings I did last semester inspired by Beowulf.
$600 $300 plus shipping.

Friday, January 4, 2013


Clyde. Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20. 
This was a gift for my wife. He was a special cat.