New Star Wars Fan Art

These are a few of the images I've been working on lately for the Star Wars Fan Awards 2018. I can only choose one, so I'm partial to the Boba Fett/Darth Maul piece right now... 

My influence is totally from Drew Struzan and Mark Raats with these. I've really fell in love with the gritty textures and bold linear elements in both pieces. I believe I'll be working this way for a bit... it's very fun. 

A bit on the process: I start with a digital sketch in Photoshop. That is very loose, little detail and some value. I then print that at 50% opacity (on 8.5x11) and do pencils and white gel pen over top. This gives me my base drawing. That drawing is then scanned back into Photoshop where I add layers of translucent color. That is then printed (on 11x17) and I use acrylics, colored pencils and white gel pens to work it to a finished product. 

What you see below are the results!


Bounties Poster Logo.jpg
FettMaul Final lorez.jpg

"Arrival" 20 years after "Farewell"

I painted the painting below in 1998, during a time when I was ready for adventure. It was a point in my life when the open road and a life full of experience called to me. I wanted to fly and be free and to leave behind the warmth of home and a golden world of childhood behind me. 


"Farewell" 1998 acrylic on canvas 18x24

"Farewell" 1998 acrylic on canvas 18x24

I was a young artist and a young man. At the time, it was a masterpiece for me. There's actually a golden city I managed to paint in the far background (my camera is horrible, I apologize)...

Time passes, and the painting passed from my hands and back, and a couple of years ago I hung it in my garage studio to inspire me to keep moving on the path I began to follow all those years ago. 

So... below is my current version of the story contained in the painting above. The character had many adventures. You'll see the wings remain, etched into the armor he picked up along his journeys. There are a lot of other details that let the viewer know he's been on a long journey. It's entitled "Arrival"...


"Arrival" 2018 digital 

Learn how I started working with a game company!

In January 2017, I was approached by a small start-up game company, Rusted Ogre Games. The purpose was to commission a piece of artwork for the cover of a game they were working on. They found my information through a mutual acquaintance, and contacted me after viewing my art on my site. I talked with the company regarding the design direction they envisioned, and began work on what was to be the cover. 

Long story short, they loved it and brought me on board to create the cards for a couple of the races. I loved the work, and the game sounded amazing. Soon enough, they bumped me up to complete the entire deck, and my position as Art Director was created.  Over the course of 6 months, I designed and created over 100 cards for the starter deck of the game "Dark Masts: A Dead Seas Card Game." 

While finishing the artwork for the game, it was successfully funded on Kickstarter. 

I maintained a working schedule that had me working most evenings after my kids went to bed and heavily on the weekends. There were moments of self doubt that come with every project, but -as an artist- you learn to just push on through and keep working on your art. At the end, I'm surprised at the amount of illustrations I was able to complete in that short of time. 

The game was just sent to the printer and will be on the shelves this spring. It will be very exciting to see the completed deck of cards and play with them. Seeing your art on something (especially something that people will have their hands on constantly) is a very impressive thing. 

Currently, we are working on a game set in the same game universe. It's a racing dice drafting game that takes place on the deck of a ship .  The art for it is currently being made and I will post links soon!

This summer Rusted Ogre Games will be attending a number of conventions, including Origins in Columbus. I will have my art for sale in their booth. 

Logo for Rusted Ogre Games. (I did the ogre sign)

Logo for Rusted Ogre Games. (I did the ogre sign)