Friday, October 31, 2014

Bullet time!

..some of my co-workers and I posed for this 'bullet time' capture yesterday at work (I'm on the far right)


Friday, October 17, 2014

Killer Instinct - Season 2 has launched!

Killer Instinct - Season 2 has launched! -- this is one of the games that I'm working on (Art Director)

Here's a link to purchase this (Xbox One)
Purchase KI: Season 2

Here is a link to the official forums:
Killer Instinct - Forums

Here is a link to our Launch video/trailer!
Season 2 Launch trailer (You Tube/IGN)

I recently created a web site that is dedicated/focused on my Professional work -- resume, images, videos and more.. check it out when you can!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Figure drawing - sketches

figure sketches (practice) - art is a constant journey to learn, study.. get better. I'm working on daily sketching from reference, to practice my figure drawing skills.

These were 3-5 min sketches.. I then compare my proportions and form to the actual reference..and using Red lines -- i mark the differences of where I'm 'off model' -- I then re-sketch the same pose to see if I can improve. I have been doing this over and over on various poses and I'm starting to see improvement.

As artists, we have to keep in skills sharp from hands on practice and observation.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New digital abstract

'Automatic memory of useless concepts'

40 minute sketch/exploration

software: Painter 15

Aliens are among us..

'Aliens are among us..'

digital abstract painting -- spent about 30 min on this while watching college football on Saturday..

software: Corel Painter 15

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Surface and Shape

'Surface and shape'

Digital abstract art -- created using Painter 15

..taking a short break from representational art and having fun creating these abstracts! I plan on then creating traditional paintings from these (in acrylic)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Killer Instinct: Combo Breaker Pack of the games that I'm working on (Art Director) is now out. I also worked on designing this box cover (concept art/layout).. Cool to see it in physical form!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Maya character - Killer Instinct: Season 2 (in action)

This is one of the characters (Maya) that I helped create/design for Killer Instinct: Season 2 -- we revealed the concept art for her a few months ago, and this is a teaser/trailer that shows her in-game as part of season 2.

Here is a link to an article from

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lunch-time sketching

3 quick sketches done at lunch -- for practice

(30 min total for all 3)

..done using Art Rage

Digital>Traditional process

Lately, I've been exploring a process of using my digital art to 'ideate' for the purpose of turning these into traditional paintings. I have done this for landscapes and now I'm working on a series of abstracts that combine figurative elements.

A few nights ago, I couldn't sleep.. got up at 11:30pm and worked on a digital painting/idea (in the attached image) until 2am. Over the weekend, I started on the traditional painting - here is a 'sneak peek' below that shows the early process.. at this point, I've only spent 30 minutes on this -- doing a quick Acrylic wash/under painting. More updates to come!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

landscape study (digital)

quick 40 minute study done on the airplane (from a recent business trip) -- done using Art Rage and a Surface Pro 3

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watercolor study

40 minute watercolor sketch for study/practice..

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Monday, July 14, 2014

'Abstract doodles'

Here are 2 quick sketches (abstract doodles) -- or what I like to call, 'Art Therapy' :)

..doing some exploration of Verve Painter -- messing around with tools, settings, etc

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Killer Instinct character - Maya!

Today we announced another new character, Maya! (I was responsible for early concept art and art direction for this character)

Here is a link to the article on IGN:

Killer Instinct - interview on TJ Combo

One of the projects that I'm working on (Art Direction) is Killer Instinct.. We (Microsoft Games) are working with the developer, Iron Galaxy, for Season 2.. this is a great interview that discusses the creation of TJ Combo

Gamespot interview -- TJ Combo

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Landscape study -- video capture

I captured video of this painting.. to show the process

The original artwork took 70 min to complete -- but this video is sped up at 500% and shows the entire process in 12 min

Here is a link to watch it on YouTube.. or you can view the video below:

Verve Painter - landscape study #2

Here is another landscape study that I did -- using Verve Painter

For this one.. I wanted to experiment with style a bit and went looser and more abstract with my brushwork.

Here is a link to a video capture that I did for this -- showing my process. (the original painting took 70 min to complete.. this video is sped up %500 and plays for 12 min)

Landscape study #2 (Verve Painter software)

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Landscape study

This is another study I did -- using the software, Verve Painter (really liking this software!)

Here is a link to a 'time lapse .gif animation' showing the process:
Time lapse animation - process

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New website -- dedicated to my Fine Art

I finally have a web-site that is dedicated/focused on my 'Fine Art'! You can visit the site at the link below.. (Art for sale -- coming soon!)

Spread the word -- and feel free to share this post!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Interview/Article -- published in Plein Air Magazine!

I was recently interviewed and the article was published in the July issue of Plein Air Magazine -- I was featured in the Artist Profile section.. regarding my artwork and techniques (digital and traditional) I am very honored to be published in this magazine -- now I can cross that off of my bucket list!

Here is the article (Click on the images to read each page from the magazine):

Monday, June 2, 2014

Verve Painter - process/time lapse of my recent study

From my previous posting about this software, here is a 'time lapse video' showing various stages of progress to create the final digital painting

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If you want to download this software, here is a link (it's FREE! ..and did I mention that it's AWESOME ):

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Verve Painter -- first painting (digital still life study)

This was a study (my first actual painting using Verve Painter). My goal here was to learn the software and use a traditional painting as a study/reference. I chose this painting by Carol Marine, (whom I admire as an artist -- check out her work!) -- I purchased this painting from her and it sits on my desk next to me -- so I thought, "why not study this artwork?" My goal was not to perfectly copy it.. but rather learn the software and control the paint -- along with studying how she applied her brush strokes. It was a fun exercise -- and I LOVE the software!.. it does an amazing job on mimicking the 'digital impasto' look that I am drawn to for my traditional paintings and I can't wait to experiment more with this!


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

'Sammamish Park'

'Sammamish Park'

9x12 plein air painting -- oil on canvas panel (mostly done using a palette knife)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Yosemite #1

Yosemite #1

digital landscape painting/study -- done using Art Rage

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

'On the tracks'

'On the tracks' - in Cullinen, South Africa

digital landscape painting - done using Art Rage

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

17 mile drive - Monterrey, CA

17 mile drive, Monterrey, CA area -- always loved this rock formation.. I remember visiting it when I first moved to California

here is a map link to the location:

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cannon Beach - Oregon

Cannon Beach - Oregon

landscape study for a virtual plein air group that I'm part of

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

'Washington Square Park (SF)'

'Washington Square Park (SF)' 

digital landscape painting - done using ArtRage

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fisherman's Wharf (SF)

digital landscape painting -- done using ArtRage

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

WIP - Fall #1 (update 2)

..what I've been doing lately-- is using my digital art paintings as 'studies' (and reference art) for creating the traditional paintings on canvas. Here you can see a Fall painting that I created using Art Rage and I'm in the process of creating that on canvas, using Oil Pastels.

Not only does this give me a prior working knowledge of the subject matter, but I've already worked out the color/composition and I'm familiar with the brush strokes and other details.

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WIP - Fall #1 (update 1)

working in my studio on this rainy Seattle day.. here is very early progress (sketching phase) of a painting I'm going to work on using oil pastels -- more to come!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

'Self portrait with orange baseball hat'

Here is an update on an older painting I did -- i wanted to return to this and fix some issues with color, etc.. and also wanted to add a background color/texture to it (old one was pure white background)

I'm happier with this one turned out.. :)

Digital Art -- done using Art Rage/Photoshop

'Self Portrait with orange baseball hat' 

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Recently, I was in the mood to work on some character related art (portraits, etc) -- and take a small break from landscapes (which have been my sole focus the past 6-8 months)

This was a piece that I created a few years ago.. but always bothered me and I wanted to someday return to working on. So, I resurrected this and spent a few days reworking areas -- with re-painting certain areas to adjusted contrast/saturation/hue of various areas (background, face, etc)

I also decided to make the beard/shirt area read as a solid, dark graphic..

Here is the new artwork:

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Digital landscapes

Here is a collection of some of my digital paintings (Landscapes) -- from the past few years. I was recently contacted by the editor of Plein Air Magazine to do an interview on my work (both traditional and digital) -- very cool! 

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Traditional works (oils) -- past 6 months

About 6 months ago, I started really focusing my time & efforts on Landscape painting - I just love being outdoors and capturing the light/color and atmosphere of a scene.. Here are some of my Oil paintings during this time..

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Friday, January 10, 2014

"Ecola Creek (Cannon Beach, OR)"

'Ecola Creek (Cannon Beach, OR)' -- oils and oil pastels on 8x10 canvas 

2 hr study -- experimenting with using oil pastels/mixed media

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Cannon Beach #2

'Cannon Beach #2'

Digital Plein Air painting (done on location using a Surface Pro with Art Rage software)

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