Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Fresh Start

 Hi Everyone,

For a long time now I've been considering ending this blog, and I feel the time has come.  With tumblr, facebook, pinterest, and twitter, there are now so many more platforms for sharing my work, my original use for this space now seems redundant.  This was my first blog, I learned a lot from it, and I'll be applying that knowledge moving forward.  I'm starting fresh with a new blog that will also serve as a newsletter, so you can stay up to date on my events and projects.  Please do subscribe to the mailing list!

The new blog will be here:

You can also visit my main site for links to all my social media and everything else.


It's been a great run!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Comic Book Sketch Covers

 Last weekend I set up a table at the MSP Comic Con for the first time.  It was my first time setting up at a large Comic Convention, and I was really excited to be there!  I don't often do fan art, but a friend encouraged me to give it a go, so I went crazy doing some on comic book blank variant covers. I still have some left that are waiting to go to a good home, they're all up on ebay now, here:


Harley Quinn

Amidala, Evaan, & Princess Leia

Evaan & Princess Leia


My Little Pony Comic Book Sketch Cover

Princess Leia random sketch

Spider-Gwen from comic book cover


Supergirl sketch

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer 2014 Update

Hi Everyone!  Guess what, I've been busy, busy, busy as usual!  Here's an update on the exciting projects I've worked on recently!

I illustrated another children's book, and it's out now ! You can buy Trouble in Ippy-Tippy Town as an ebook or in print!  Isn't that exciting?

My Many Hats, Sketchbook #1 a collection of my personal sketches plus an exclusive comic is for sale (Limited to 100 Signed & Numbered Copies) snag one now before they're gone!  You can purchase a copy through, or from my Etsy site Subarashii.  There's lots of fun random drawings- even a few sketches of my most popular Subarashii characters Penguin & Peep!

As I mentioned in my last post, most of my blogging energy has been going to my other blog: Novel Characters  Through the blog I was able to connect with Best-Selling Author Deeanne Gist and work on a project featuring characters from her two latest books: It Happened at the Fair & Fair Play

I was so excited to discover that Deeanne had a piece of my artwork printed in Fair Play where she mentions the video adventure we worked on together.  You can now view the adventure on youtube & the mobile site:

 I've started a Drawing Night in Eau Claire, WI so if you're in the area come join us!  It's once a month at The Local Store, usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  Checkout the facebook page for all the latest info: Eau Claire Artists Drawing Night on Facebook

More photos are online at the The Local Store's Site:May 22nd Drawing Night Photos

In between all these big projects, keeping up with all the social networking sites has certainly kept me preoccupied!  If you're missing updates from me, you can follow me on:

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Thanks for visiting me on here, and don't forget to have fun with art!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Projects in the new year...

Humm.. looks like I was a little lax in posting last year! 2013 Was a busy year with a lot of changes.  I got to work on a lot of fun projects, and going forward now in 2014, I expect to be working on even more!  Sometimes I find myself feeling I like haven't accomplished very much, those are the times when I need to go back and think about what I have done.  Here's a few of the projects I didn't get the chance to post much about:

Novel Characters Blog

I've been putting most of my blogging energy into the new blog I started last March.  
It is a book review site, complete with character art!  These images are from my latest post.


Interactive Animated Adventure for Deeanne Gist

 A Romp through the 1893 World's Fair.

This was one of the most fun projects I worked on last year.  Soon to be available for online viewing, you can sign up to be notified when it's released, here:

As more information about it is released, I'll be able to share more.

I even did a little subtle promotion for the trailer while I was at Comic Con San Diego last year!  I got to wear the main character Della's outfit.  I also featured some of the production stills in the art show!

 Logo Designs

I did several logo designs last year, including this one for a good friend!

 Fan Art 

I had a Soulfire tribute piece in the Aspen Comics section of the Comic Con souvenir book!

I also had a piece in the Street Fighter Tribute gallery show in San Diego. The event was organized by a good friend. 

Penguin & Peep

I created several new pieces featuring a couple of my favorite characters Penguin & Peep!  Prints are available in my etsy shop:

So, I've had a busy and fruitful year.  There's still a few projects I worked on that I didn't mention here, I'll be posting on them in the future.  In the meantime, if I become lax in posting again, check out my facebook page:
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Me-Chan's Search

I'm so excited to share with you, "Me-Chan's Search" which I've been working on since last year!  It's finally finished and up on youtube!  The project was done specifically for children who experienced the 2011 tsunami in Japan, and is currently only in the Japanese language.  The story is about a little lamb who's surveying the aftermath of the tsunami.  Nothing is left except for one large heart shaped rock.  This rock reminds us that even if everything else is washed away, God's big love will remain.

The project was done with a combination of Autodesk Maya for the basic animation, and Toon Boom for the clean-up.  With the exception of one scene I cleaned up, my part was mostly working on the basic character animation in Maya.  Unlike most Maya projects, we chose to not inbetween the scenes, giving the animation a different feel closer to stop-motion in style.