Monthly Archives: April 2007


This is a Photoshop texture experiment that turned into a sketch that turned into a final painting.

Gosh, I wish that happened every day.

This is my Illustration Friday submission for the week. It’s kinda based on the YA novel The Giver, so I thought it was appropriate. Comments and critiques are welcome.

Cool Books, Recommended By YOU Books

What kinds of resources are your fellow readers using? Well, thanks to my Amazon Associates account, I have a little bit of a clue. Through Amazon Associates, when anyone clicks on one of the links on my site and buys a product, I receive a commission. I receive a report every month, part of which includes which products were bought.

Sure, this list includes some random things like music CD’s and novels, but because of the nature of this site, many of my readers are buying some pretty interesting art books. Some of these items I have never heard of, but upon looking at their description seem really interesting. So, don’t take my word for it — take a clue from your friends and peers…

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Not Your Typical Round Brush

Brush Settings

Reader Dan recently emailed me with this:

[I] think it would be a great idea to share some of your discoveries in the realm of brushes. I have been experimenting since I got my Wacom but still would love to hear what you have to say about things like opacity, flow, jitter…

So, in this tutorial, I’m going to give you a tour of the brush palette and some other simple brush settings. Working with just the standard round brush, I’ll show you how a few little tweaks can help get a more natural feel in your digital artwork.

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This week marks the 5-month anniversary of my first post here at In that short time, this site has grown steadily in both readers and content, and I am very pleased with how it is going. Many of you have written comments and emails, which I’m very grateful for.

In honor of the occasion, here is a special post where I review the best of what has been covered so far, give you a tour of some special features on the website, and let you know how YOU can help the site live on for months to come…

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New Look! has just received a facelift. I’ve tried to make things a bit more organized and a little prettier. If you find any broken links or anything, let me know. I hope you like it better… See ya later!

Scanners, Part 3: Putting the Pieces Together

Scanners, Part 3: Putting the Pieces Together

If you are going through the process of digitizing your traditional paintings, you have undoubtedly noticed that not all of your artwork fits onto the standard 8.5″x11.7″ glass of your flatbed scanner. Have no fear! With a few minor Photoshop tips, stitching together your large paintings doesn’t have to be such a hassle.

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