Friday, December 26, 2014

Echo... Echo...

Well, I think it's time to declare this blog officially dead. I'll leave it up as an archive, but it will no longer be updated. I've moved on to other venues -- as has most of the internet, I believe.

I've just started using Instagram, which I think will be the spiritual successor of the Sketch Garden. If interested in doodles and snapshots from my life, follow me on Instagram!

Friday, July 19, 2013

STATION ZERO final update

At last! It is time. The STATION ZERO opening reception is tonight, and I can reveal my full piece. (You can see this picture in more detail on Behance or DeviantArt.)

Details about the opening reception can be found here! It sounds like it's going to be a blast. Tin foil hats and a science fiction photo booth? You can't lose!

I'm so happy I got to participate in this show! Light Grey truly has the best show themes ever.

Friday, June 28, 2013

STATION ZERO update #3

My piece for STATION ZERO is just about finished! I say "just about," because I know I will inevitably discover little problems in the few remaining days before the submission deadline. I've learned that I need a few days of reflection time after I think I've finished a picture, to freshen my eyes and help me catch things.

Anyway, here's a little sneak peek of my basically-finished poster! It's come a loooong way from the sketch. I'm very pleased with it. I hope it makes people curious about the book (Picnic on Paradise by Joanna Russ), because I think it's definitely worth reading!

All 80+ STATION ZERO prints will be available in Light Grey Art Lab's online shop starting July 12, and the opening reception is on July 19. See you there, maybe?

Sunday, June 2, 2013

STATION ZERO update #2

Making slow progress on my piece for Light Grey Art Lab's STATION ZERO show -- but progress nonetheless!

Picnic on Paradise, as it turns out, is more of a wilderness survival story and character portrait than a pulpy sci-fi novel. I was actually surprised at how generally non-absurd it was -- I guess I was expecting something campy and dated that would be easy to make fun of. Instead, it was a stark, gritty, character-driven story firmly grounded in realism, with no frills, gimmicks, or laughable retro-futurist technology. The sci-fi elements are either understated or peripheral.

Maybe I was a little disappointed at first. I kind of had my heart set on drawing a green alien babe in a fishbowl helmet holding a little ray gun that looks like some kind of vintage kitchen appliance. But now that I've read the whole thing, I actually feel lucky to have received a book that I can respect rather than ridicule.

The story centers on, and is entirely driven by, a complex heroine named Alyx. A time-travel accident has flung her from her native ancient Greece into the distant future, where her natural survival skills make her extremely valuable. She is employed by the "Trans-Temporal Agency" to assist a group of ill-prepared tourists navigate escape a resort planet that has become the battleground of a commercial war.

Basically, imagine Xena in the future, trying her damnedest to protect people about as self-sufficient as the future-humans from WALL-E.

I had a hard time deciding what to draw for my cover redesign. All I knew for certain was I had to feature Alyx, who is amazing and badass. I ended up picking a scene that is never actually shown in the book, only referred to obliquely: the moment of Alyx's transference to the future.

Here's a little sneak peek at my sketch so far!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

STATION ZERO update #1

I have my book for STATION ZERO show!

This is going to be great. I can feel it.


Monday, May 13, 2013


I just received the glorious news that I will be one of the artists participating in the upcoming art exhibition STATION ZERO at the Light Grey Art Lab here in Minneapolis! I'm incredibly excited! The show opens July 19th.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Stealin' Suit

So, I've gotten really really bad with uploading sketches. I wish I had a scanner; it would make things to much easier! Well, here is a small update. 

My OC Blackbird has gotten herself a sweet new stealin' suit. You know, for stealin' in. I think that it shouldn't make her look quite as naked as I've drawn her here-- I just like the excuse to draw her insane gymnast's anatomy, I guess. Anyway, it's a skintight bodysuit (including mask) made of semi-sentient, uh, goo, sort of, that enhances her strength and senses. The "feathers" are made of the same substance, and they appear, disappear, and move of their own volition. The color should be pitch-black, not light gray-- but, again, I enjoy detailing her anatomy. No reference used on any of these poses.

There, that one doesn't look quite as indecent! All gussied up and ready for a night of rifling through other people's things and leaping from tall buildings (probably in that order).

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Walking in the Snow sketch

The sketch for a recent picture. Not too different from the final version, in this case. I decided to keep it loose.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Guest art for Earthsong

Here's a bit of news I'm pretty excited about: a piece of fanart I created is going to be featured on Earthsong's site to help fill the gap during a brief hiatus! For those of you who don't know, Earthsong is a fantasy webcomic. It is quite old and venerable in webcomic-years, and I've been reading it since junior high, so it is indescribably exciting and an honor to get to do some "official" guest art for it! So, keep an eye on the site in the next couple of weeks (and read the comic if you haven't yet!). I'll post my fanart in my DA gallery, too, once it goes up on

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Sketch That Started It

Almost all of my finished works start out as some kind of a sketch, whether digital or traditional, and I thought it might be fun to post the sketches that formed the basis of my most recently completed pictures. Some of them I improved on significantly, but sometimes they don't need much changing.