Thursday, June 26, 2014


I just finished the last two illustrations for the first book of the ongoing Wandering Koala eSerial at I can't believe it's done! I still need to create a cover and color one or two more illustrations before I publish it in print and eBook format as Wandering Koala Digest 4, but the blog parts are finished and scheduled. And after the first part of the story is finished, they'll be a few days of bonuses, so be sure to check back for those.

So what's next? The next book in the series, of course, although I think I'll go back to the Picture Prose format I used in The Caveman Conspiracy, because I really like it and think it will work best for what's coming next. I'm not sure if I'll have it ready to go when the bonuses run out, but I'll try.

So, have you been following the story? What did you think? Leave a comment and let me know.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Before & After - A Great Kick

 On the left the original hand drawn artwork inked with a Japanese Brush Pen for the ongoing eSerial at

On the right the finished illustration colored in Corel Painter.

I think they both turned out spectacularly well. What do you think?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Concept Art: A highly stylized town

In my never ending quest to find "my" style, I find myself wandering back to previous attempts and combining two or more of them. The above illustration is an example. While it's not "there" yet, it is moving in an interesting direction.

What do you think?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Before and After

Just thought I'd post a quick before and after coloring for a page from the latest installment in the Wandering Koala eSerial. This almost makes me want to color the whole thing...

Friday, May 9, 2014

Character Design: An Odd Couple

For my ongoing eSerial I needed a rich couple that stood out intentionally. So I drew from my love of things Roaring 20s and came up with these two characters. The woman has a Jay Leno chin, but it adds character. They were inked with a Japanese brush pen and Sharpies.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Art Philosophy - The Power of Black and White Shapes

Shape is one of the basic Elements of Art. Line is little more than an elongated shape. It's amazing how one can place a few shapes together and create a powerful and emotionally stirring image, especially when one is limited to only two colors -- black and white.

The illustration above is from an upcoming page in the ongoing Wandering Koala eSerial. When I finished drawing this with a Japanese brush pen and a Sharpie marker, I was amazed at how well the emotion was conveyed without color. Color is a very powerful element and by far the most effective to convey emotion. I wasn't sure the black & white shapes would be sufficient, but they were. The zoomed in composition helped to turn the hair and facial features into shapes so the design dominated which also helped greatly.

What do you think?