First off, I would like to apologize for not keeping up with my blogs on my website. I started this page with the intention that it would act as my main space to support my portfolio AND keep my followers up to date on what I am working on. So far only one of those things has happened and I need to get better about consistency. Again, I am sorry!
As for what I have been up to since last summer, things have been stressful and wonderful! Over fall and winter I got a wave of wonderful opportunities in which I got to create logos for small businesses, turn out dozens of hand drawn cards for Marvel and Upper Deck's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Marvel Legends lines, received several private commissions and nearly sold out of my entire Dragon Age Inquisition sketch sale. I also got to create art assets for another indie game and got featured in a documentary about game developers called Game Loading: Rise Of the Indies. On the side, I have been studying front end web design and expanding my knowledge on concept art practices in Photoshop and ZBrush. I will be venturing in to AutoDesk's MudBox as well. 3D is a scary endeavor, but I need to take that journey!
While all of this madness occurred, I was also traveling all over the Pacific Northwest to visit friends and start expanding my business focus on new and exciting opportunities in the realm of video game studio work. I am unclear at this time whether or not life will take me North to Seattle, but I am trying making that a reality. Portland is a wonderful town, but it hasn't grown to accommodate the entertainment industry in ways I wish it would.
Currently, I am working on several comic book projects and a slew of new concept art. I finally feel like I have more of a focus on what interests me and I am taking the proper steps to get my work off the ground and presented in the way it should be. I will announce those projects soon enough!
When I crafted this website, I knew there was a lot I needed to edit and tweak, so please stand by. I am going to be shifting things around on here over the next few months so you have more of a clear idea of what I am all about.
Thanks guys! More soon!
Well, another year of madness in San Diego has come and gone, and I had a wonderful time. This year I was very fortunate to be a volunteer with Portland's local comic book company ONI Press. We spent the week setting up a killer booth full of great titles like Scott Pilgrim, Sixth Gun, Letter 44, Princess Ugg, The Bunker, I was the Cat, Courtney Crumin and countless others. All throughout the week we were able to meet fans, showcase talent though various signings and get new people interested in the comics medium in general. It was incredible working along side the staff at Oni. You can tell everyone there believes in the work they are producing and generally loves comics and the community around it. Sales were up, energy was buzzing and the sense of pride and positivity was infectious.
As for the rest of the show, I got to see so many friends and scope out all of what the floor had to offer. There were so many great collectables, comics, apparel and information floating about that I had to constantly remind myself to stay focused on things. In addition to all of the displays and merchandise, the cosplay was out of this world. Below are a few shots of me with some incredible cosplayers and friends.
During the show, I was also able to meet media personalities like Guillermo Del Toro, Doug Jones, Seth Green, Clare Grant, Felicia Day, Jonathan Ross, and legendary fabricator Kirk Thatcher!
When I landed last Wednesday morning, I hit the ground running and didn't stop until I returned home the following Monday. During that week I worked really hard at the booth, got to meet some amazing people, picked up some swag, ate and drank my body weight in mexican food and cocktails, toured the media circus in the Gas Lamp district, got snuck into the VIP section of the Geek & Sundry party, stayed up late with my roommates having deep discussions, networked with several major video game and animation studios and learned a lot about the direction I'd like to head in life.
When you go to San Diego Comic Con, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the crowds and the hype, but there is something generally electric in the air. You are on the pulse of everything in the entertainment industry coming up, and you get to see the cycles of how things are made. A comic book plants a seed, a movie company grabs the idea, hires your favorite writers and comic/fabricators/concept artists to flush out the adaptation and soon enough, you see the full presentation being advertised on a mega screen with props and special effects surrounding you. No matter what area of interest you have in the world, there is a little bit of something for everyone at comic con. I came back home to Portland with a boat load of energy to continue working at my craft and create characters and stories that I believe in, even when I sometimes doubt myself. When you enter the big leagues, you are given a certain measure of power to create pieces of art that inspire others and their personal lives. It is your responsibility to use that power to reach out to audiences and continue paving the way for creative potential. This culture provides escapism from ugly real-world situations, body confidence to people looking for inner strength, teaching and finding a moral compass through superheroes and other characters, motor function skills, reading/writing skills and a general safe place that encourages a sense of belonging and inclusion.
I am proud to be a "geek" and I saw so many positive things happening this week that made me excited to be a part of the industry. It was truly a wonderful experience. Five years running with this circus. Let's hope I get to year six next summer!
Now, back to work. It's time to create amazing things!
Hello internet, and welcome to my brand new website!
This upgrade has been a very long time coming. For years I've been bouncing around from free blog to free blog, trying to figure out a site that represented me and my work in a polished way. FINALLY, I feel like I've lucked out and created something to be proud of (a huge thank you to my friend Martin who helped me immensely).
In order to show my work properly, I've made this my home base for operations and news on what I'm up to. I will continue to use Tumblr and my various social media platforms, but this the central hub on all things. I greatly look forward to having you all on board for the new work I'm producing in the coming years. For starters, Let me give you a run down on what I'm currently doing:
In comics, I am pleased to announced that I will be working with Bonnie Burton on a wonderful science fiction young adult graphic novel! We are still in the beginning stages of production, but rest assured, we are going to create something great. Bonnie is a veteran in the geek culture field, and has worked with a wide variety of companies including Revision3, Lucasarts, Espionage Cosmetics, Disney Interactive and more. She is currently writing content for CNet, co-host on Felicia Day's hit Romance Book Club podacast Vaginal Fantasy and the author of the Star Wars DIY craft book.
My next project is with Portland Based writer Leia Weathington on an upcoming issue of her LGBTQ friendly series The Legend Of Bold Riley with NW Press. Leia has created a rich story surrounding a feisty Princess set on forging her own path in a mythical world inspired by cultures from across the globe. The story she has planned for me to illustrate is going to be incredible.
I will also be working with a slew of other creators in upcoming comics projects. Joshua Williamson, writer of Ghosted, Nail biter, Captain Midnight and more will be serving me a short story script for his Monkey Brain series Masks & Mobsters. I will also be hard at work on issue 2 of Extra/Ordinary, a coming of age superhero comic with local writer Mikey Neilson from the Chronicles of the Nerds podcast. And finally, I am currently flushing out character designs for a possible story set in feudal Japan with writer Shawn Aldridge.
If you have followed me before, I am also excited to say that my short lived auto-bio web comic Grigsgaggleby WILL be returning!
*phew* That's a lot! Now on to other projects.
In a more illustrated context, I am also happy to announce that I will be working with my friend Holly Conrad on a very special collaboration. A lot of what we have planned is still in the beginning stages, but we are happy to say that this project will be full of beautiful creature designs! Holly is a very talented fabricator and created designer out of the Los Angeles area. She hosts a show on the Nerdist Network called Try This At Home, is a cast member on SyFy Channel's Heroes of Cosplay and has worked with clients like Guillermo Del Toro, Bioware and Cartoon Network on Robot Chicken. You can find a lot of her current updates and projects through her youtube Channel here: Commander Holly.
And finally, I will be working with my friend Lizzy Heckmaier on a secret social media/internet project that I'm really excited about. I am also working with a few friends in the Seattle area on some art assets for a few independent games.
If you've made it this far, THANK YOU!
As you can see, I will be very, VERY busy over the next few years working away on these projects. If you are new to my work, welcome to the party! All of the continued support gives me the ability to continue making the things I love and I appreciate any and all support. If you feel inclined, share this site, bookmark and help spread the word! I will be posting up sketches, process photos, convention appearances and many other goodies in the future.
Thanks for tuning in! More soon!
(My online store is under maintenance. That will go live soon enough!)
2016 Convention Schedule:
•Wizard World Portland
Portland Oregon, February 19th-21st. (Attendee)
• Emerald City Comic Con. Seattle Washington, April 7th-10th. (Professional)
• Phoenix Comic Con, Phoenix Arizona, June 2nd-5th (Attendee - Possibly Attending)
• San Diego Comic Con, San Diego California, July 20th-24th. (Possibly attending)
• PAX Prime, Seattle Washington, (Dates TBD)
• Rose City Comic Con, Portland Oregon, September 10th-11th. (Special Guest)