I love the Oregon Coast. I painted this on our recent trip to Pacific City. 8" x 10" on watercolor paper.
Another cover mock-up. I don’t have any actual Space Monkey stories. I just have covers.
Mocking up a title header for a Space Monkey cover.
Finished my insect warrior for this month’s Character Design Challenge. He started out as a Space Monkey alien that I'll probably reuse.
I made some scale replicas of the Moai statues from it’s a small world in Disneyland (one of my favorite attractions). I designed the papercraft template in Illustrator and printed it on card stock. As I assembled the pieces, I stuffed the inside with layers of shredded paper and wood glue. I textured the assembled models with acrylic modeling paste and then painted them with acrylics. I’m really happy with how they turned out.
We had the pleasure of taking an Alaska cruise earlier this month. Gouache 8" x 10" on watercolor paper.
I've been developing a character named Otto the Space Monkey. We're going to check in on his adventures from time to time.
I save (hoard) plastic milk caps to use for little paint mixing cups. To keep them from drying out while I’m doing a painting I store them in a sealable container with a wet sponge inside. They’ll keep for a few weeks this way.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a painting. With several long-term ongoing projects I sometimes need to do something smaller that I can finish in a few days. I'm really happy with how this one turned out.
Ha! This month’s Character Design Challenge theme is Space Pirates. A bit of a busman’s holiday for me.
It may be 4/20, but this isn’t what it looks like. It’s a homemade airbrush cleaning chamber. I gorilla-glued the neck of an olive oil bottle to a Trader Joe’s sauerkraut jar. Inside are pencil shavings and wadded up napkins for absorbing whatever is sprayed in. Why pay $20 for something when you can spend 100 hours making it yourself?
A vector drawing of the Black Star. The maquette I made really helped to flesh out the details.
Another Space Pirates character, the chief strategist of the Space Pirates crew. Conceptually, I want him to look like a highly-intelligent lizard alien. I haven’t settled on a name.
Refining my character design for Captain Greenbeard, the leader of the Space Pirates crew.
I tried a bit of a different style with this digital painting.
7” x 10” painted in gouache. I did an initial comp in Procreate on the iPad.