Monthly Archives: March 2007

Tough Teddy

He’s a pretty macho guy, isn’t he?

This is a small piece I finished today. It is a 4″x6″ mixed-media painting on paper.

I am putting this painting up for sale, if anyone is interested. The price is $175. Just drop me an e-mail to make an inquiry (my address can be found in my profile).

Here’s a quick look at the making of this painting:

Scanners, Part 1: Buying Tips

Scanners, Part 1: Buying Tips

Even if one never picks up a tablet or draws one stroke on the computer, a commercial artist will still need to know how to turn paint into pixels. In an industry that is becoming increasingly dependent on e-mail and websites, learning how to digitize artwork can be a great asset for an illustrator.

So, to start things off, here’s a few things to consider when you go to buy your new scanner. Don’t be confused by all numbers and the features. Just keep a few things in mind, and you will end up with the right tool for the job.

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Coming Soon…

Hello everyone. This blog went on hiatus for a couple weeks, but I’m now gearing up to post more articles, videos, and tutorials.

I’ve got some stuff almost ready to post, but I thought I would give you a taste of what is to come until then…

  • Scanning Tips. I’ll help you decide what scanner to buy, tell you what settings to use when scanning artwork, and show you how to stitch together large paintings in Photoshop.
  • Question and Answer. I’ll answer a reader’s question about brush settings and explain things like opacity, flow, and jitter.
  • New Video. In an attempt to mix it up a little and step away from my computer for a bit, I’m going to try posting a video of me sketching with REAL pencil and paper. Hopefully, this will be a precursor to more traditional painting and drawing demos.

Stay tuned for these and more in the next few weeks on If you have specific topics or questions you would like me to cover, drop me an email at

I’m Back

I just returned from a two week vacation, and now I’m trying to get back into blogging mode. This is a little sketch of my new kitten, Patrick. My other cat Sally isn’t enjoying him so much.