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FinishingTouch.jpg
Image: FinishingTouch.jpg   534x789 161968 bytes 2011.12.28

Finishing Touch

Here is the 2011 holiday card we painted for a pair of friends, marking this the sixth year we've had the pleasure! :]\r\n\r\nIt's safe to post now, since all of the mailed out cards should have reached their destinations!\r\n\r\nYou can see cards from the previous years under the "More Info" link!

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Wizard.jpg
Image: Wizard.jpg   934x648 224537 bytes 2011.12.25

Wizard

This was a holiday gift for a pair of friends, a painting of their husky Wizard. Since they've now shredded it's papery exoskeleton, I figure it's safe to post!\r\n\r\nHappy Holidays everyone! May your day be merry, your drinks be spiked, and the new year treat you well!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n(8.5x11 acrylic on wood)

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HeresLookingAtYou.jpg
Image: HeresLookingAtYou.jpg   452x650 150877 bytes 2011.12.20

Here's Looking At You

"Too much of a good thing is wonderful."\r\n~Mae West

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Salute.jpg
Image: Salute.jpg   448x650 145512 bytes 2011.12.17

Salute

"Avere la Botte Piena e la Moglie Ubriaca!"

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Dragonborn.jpg
Image: Dragonborn.jpg   1166x885 452944 bytes 2011.12.10

Dragonborn

Okay, I admit it. Between a lot of sketching and a lot of painting, there's been a lot of Skyrim. ;]

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Murderous.jpg
Image: Murderous.jpg   613x776 209514 bytes 2011.10.25

Murderous

Gaily I lived as ease and nature taught,\r\nAnd spent my little life without a thought,\r\nAnd am amazed that Death, that tyrant grim,\r\nShould think of me, who never thought of him.\r\n~René Francois Regnier

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Juniper.jpg
Image: Juniper.jpg   900x725 294698 bytes 2011.10.19

Juniper

I painted this as a surprise gift for two friends, as a thanks for having me over last week, and also to help replace some of the art they lost in the Binghamton floods last September!\r\n\r\n\r\n8x10 Acrylic on Wood

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GoodFortuneBadge.jpg
Image: GoodFortuneBadge.jpg   500x379 123603 bytes 2011.08.15

Good Fortune Badge

During a dinner at RMFC this weekend, I received a remarkably convention-appropriate fortune in my fortune cookie. Last night I had to paint myself a quick badge to make good use of it. ;]

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HogwartsBadges.jpg
Image: HogwartsBadges.jpg   917x825 385233 bytes 2011.07.03

Hogwarts Badges

These are the free Hogwarts badges I painted before AnthroCon, for the six folks who's names I drew randomly from the contest's submissions! :]\r\nAnd oddly enough, yet again no Gryffindors were chosen. Entries were largely either Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw!\r\n\r\n(More information on the free badge give-a-way [which has now long since ended,] can be found under that More Info button.)

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AvianPostalStrike.jpg
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Avian Postal Strike

Here's an example of one of the original sketches I'll have for sale at my Dealer's Table this weekend at AnthroCon! :]

AztecCoffee.jpg
Image: AztecCoffee.jpg   604x769 173726 bytes 2011.06.16

Aztec Coffee

A caffeinated jaguar for a label of coffee liquor, which you can find at EuroFurence from Cougar's Liquors. :]

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One-out-of-Five.jpg
Image: One-out-of-Five.jpg   608x800 227942 bytes 2011.06.10

One out of Five

All God's children are not beautiful. Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable.\r\n~Fran Lebowitz

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Halfdome.jpg
Image: Halfdome.jpg   610x850 241184 bytes 2011.01.09

Halfdome

I started painting this back in 2009 and it gave me weeks worth of trouble trying to make it look halfway decent. Frustrated, and contemplating burning it in the desert, I stuffed it into the dark recesses of a closet for a year.\r\nIt would resurface every four or five months, and with much gnashing of teeth and words to make a sailor blush, I would attempt to throw a few more paint strokes at it--until I'd again get frustrated and hide it somewhere new. Today, I found it again (under the air conditioner) and figured I'd do the two or three or twelve things to at least make it "whole," though it is not exactly what "I was going for."\r\n\r\nIt's nice to consider it finished and have it off my mind for 2011! ;]

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WizardandGypsy2.jpg
Image: WizardandGypsy2.jpg   700x799 159492 bytes 2011.01.02

Wizard and Gypsy

This was a Christmas gift I made for two of the Sofawolf Press fellows earlier in December, which has their two huskies, Wizard and Gypsy, doing Sofawolfy things. :]

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UndertheAurora.jpg
Image: UndertheAurora.jpg   618x844 235018 bytes 2010.12.30

Under the Aurora

Here's this year's card design for a pair of good friends, which I did some weeks ago. I suspect all the cards have made their perilous journey through the postal system by now! :]

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SwimmingHole.jpg
Image: SwimmingHole.jpg   758x522 171714 bytes 2010.12.04

Swimming Hole

Another little piece for FurtherConfusion. I started it a few weeks ago, set it aside, and finally had the time to finish it the other day. :]

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SouthernCrossing.jpg
Image: SouthernCrossing.jpg   1200x765 373102 bytes 2010.12.02

Southern Crossing

This painting was quite the challenge, but I'm pretty happy how it came out. :]\r\nI don't think I've spent so many hours painting a single piece since college, somewhere close to ninety hours in the end.\r\nIt's about 11x17 inches and is mostly painted with acrylics.\r\n\r\n\r\nIt's the cover for FurtherConfusion's convention book next January, following their down under theme of "Southern Crossing."\r\nI drew a lot of inspiration for it from my own experiences camping three weeks in the Outback with friends and family a few years ago. :]\r\n\r\nFrom left to right, we've got Diego (dingo), Jack (red kangaroo), a quoll and feral goat up on the truck, a wombat, emu, Diego's mum, an echidna, a numbat in the foreground, a Tasmanian devil and another quoll.

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IsolationPlay-BrutalGame.jpg
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Isolation Play - Brutal Game

This is one of the interior illustrations for Kyell Gold's newest book Isolation Play. I did 11 interior illustrations for the book (plus the cover.) The interiors will be printed in greyscale, but I figured I'd still paint them since I like that kind of thing. ;]

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IsolationPlay-Cover.jpg
Image: IsolationPlay-Cover.jpg   1099x824 399756 bytes 2010.11.27

Isolation Play - Cover

Here is the cover to Kyell Gold's long awaited sequel to his book "Out of Position" -- "Isolation Play". I painted the cover a month or so ago, along with 11 interior illustrations and 5 inked chapter heads. \r\n\r\nBook jacket blurb:\r\nDevlin Miski thought coming out on national TV would be the hardest part about being a gay football player. But it's when his press conference is over that the trouble really starts. The athletic tiger and his boyfriend Lee, a fox with a tongue as quick as his wit, still won't get many breaks in their fight for understanding. They'll need to deal with a stubborn reporter determined to get a story any way he can, furious parents, and hostile teammates--not to mention each other.\r\nAll's fair in love and war--and this is both.

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Boomerang2.jpg
Image: Boomerang2.jpg   700x473 156953 bytes 2010.11.16

Boomerang

Nothin' special, just a small dingo dude I painted a little ago for FurtherConfusion.\r\nIt crops down to 2x4 for their badge purposes. :]

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Small-LegendoftheRainbowSerpent.jpg
Image: Small-LegendoftheRainbowSerpent.jpg   641x850 294750 bytes 2010.10.28

Legend of the Rainbow Serpent

Art for FurtherConfusion's sponsor/patron print. With their theme of "Southern Crossing," one of the first things that came to my mind was the Rainbow Serpent legends. There are countless variations to the creation myths, and here's another:\r\n\r\nA long time ago, in the Dreamtime...\r\n\r\nBefore there were men or animals, plants or any other thing, there was the Rainbow Serpent. She was the mother of us all. She moved around in the darkness before there was the sun and the moon in the sky, and her heavy, winding body created the mountain ranges and deep channels. Where she thrashed her tail, great rifts appeared, and there were great hallows where her body had lain sleeping...\r\n\r\n(You an read the rest under either the [Comment] or [More Info] button there.)

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Blotch-SmokeSignals-pg7.jpg
Image: Blotch-SmokeSignals-pg7.jpg   551x833 263362 bytes 2010.10.03

Smoke Signals PG 7

Here's the next batch from "Smoke Signals," the comic I made for the 24-hour comic challenge yesterday, essentially 24 pages in 24 hours, starting midnight on Oct. 2nd.\r\n\r\nI got pretty far before sleep got the better of me, with about 16 pages finished and the rest laid out and drawn. I'll put the next batch up sometime next week or so, then probably try to finish a page here or there between other stuff, so I can finish it and get it all online eventually.\r\n\r\n(Pages are painted in watercolor, about 5x7, text added digitally afterward The comic ends up silly despite it's melodrama, but it probably gets an R rating for all the violence and head-bashing.)\r\n\r\n\r\nDefinitely was a challenge and a lot of fun! It certainly got my art muscles limbered up. :]

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Blotch-SmokeSignals-pg6.jpg
Image: Blotch-SmokeSignals-pg6.jpg   551x833 256631 bytes 2010.10.03

Smoke Signals PG 6

Here's the next batch from "Smoke Signals," the comic I made for the 24-hour comic challenge yesterday, essentially 24 pages in 24 hours, starting midnight on Oct. 2nd.\r\n\r\nI got pretty far before sleep got the better of me, with about 16 pages finished and the rest laid out and drawn. I'll put the next batch up sometime next week or so, then probably try to finish a page here or there between other stuff, so I can finish it and get it all online eventually.\r\n\r\n(Pages are painted in watercolor, about 5x7, text added digitally afterward The comic ends up silly despite it's melodrama, but it probably gets an R rating for all the violence and head-bashing.)\r\n\r\n\r\nDefinitely was a challenge and a lot of fun! It certainly got my art muscles limbered up. :]

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Blotch-SmokeSignals-pg5.jpg
Image: Blotch-SmokeSignals-pg5.jpg   551x833 260214 bytes 2010.10.03

Smoke Signals PG 5

Here's the next batch from "Smoke Signals," the comic I made for the 24-hour comic challenge yesterday, essentially 24 pages in 24 hours, starting midnight on Oct. 2nd.\r\n\r\nI got pretty far before sleep got the better of me, with about 16 pages finished and the rest laid out and drawn. I'll put the next batch up sometime next week or so, then probably try to finish a page here or there between other stuff, so I can finish it and get it all online eventually.\r\n\r\n(Pages are painted in watercolor, about 5x7, text added digitally afterward The comic ends up silly despite it's melodrama, but it probably gets an R rating for all the violence and head-bashing.)\r\n\r\n\r\nDefinitely was a challenge and a lot of fun! It certainly got my art muscles limbered up. :]

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Blotch-SmokeSignals-pg4.jpg
Image: Blotch-SmokeSignals-pg4.jpg   551x833 261939 bytes 2010.10.03

Smoke Signals PG 4

Here's the next batch from "Smoke Signals," the comic I made for the 24-hour comic challenge yesterday, essentially 24 pages in 24 hours, starting midnight on Oct. 2nd.\r\n\r\nI got pretty far before sleep got the better of me, with about 16 pages finished and the rest laid out and drawn. I'll put the next batch up sometime next week or so. After that, I'll try to finish a page here or there between other stuff so I can finish it and get the whole comic online eventually.\r\n\r\n(Pages are painted in watercolor, about 5x7, text added digitally afterward. The comic ends up silly despite it's melodrama, but it probably gets a PG13/R rating for all the violence and head-bashing.)\r\n\r\n\r\nDefinitely was a challenge and a lot of fun! It certainly got my art muscles limbered up. :]

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Blotch-SmokeSignals-pg3.jpg
Image: Blotch-SmokeSignals-pg3.jpg   551x833 248106 bytes 2010.10.03

Smoke Signals PG 3

24 Hour Comic Challenge--still going strong!\r\n\r\nHere's the first three pages, which I finished around 5am this morning. Working now on the 14th page...\r\n\r\n\r\nThe 24 Hour Comic Challenge is pretty much what it sounds like--make a 24 page comic from scratch in 24 hours, without any prior planning or writing. This years competition started Oct. 2nd at midnight.\r\n\r\nDespite it's melodrama and I suppose an R rating for violence, this comic is really rather silly. ;]\r\nIt's watercolor and ink, pages are about 9x6, and the text is added digitally.

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Blotch-SmokeSignals-pg2.jpg
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Smoke Signals PG 2

24 Hour Comic Challenge--still going strong!\r\n\r\nHere's the first three pages, which I finished around 5am this morning. Working now on the 14th page...\r\n\r\n\r\nThe 24 Hour Comic Challenge is pretty much what it sounds like--make a 24 page comic from scratch in 24 hours, without any prior planning or writing. This years competition started Oct. 2nd at midnight.\r\n\r\nDespite it's melodrama and I suppose an R rating for violence, this comic is really rather silly. ;]\r\nIt's watercolor and ink, pages are about 9x6, and the text is added digitally.

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Blotch-SmokeSignals-pg1.jpg
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Smoke Signals PG 1

24 Hour Comic Challenge--still going strong!\r\n\r\nHere's the first three pages, which I finished around 5am this morning. Working now on the 14th page...\r\n\r\nThe 24 Hour Comic Challenge is pretty much what it sounds like--make a 24 page comic from scratch in 24 hours, without any prior planning or writing. This years competition started Oct. 2nd at midnight.\r\n\r\nDespite it's melodrama and I suppose an R rating for violence, this comic is really rather silly. ;]\r\nIt's watercolor and ink, pages are about 9x6, and the text is added digitally.

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1-10-2010-Nordguard-AcrossThinIce-pg11.jpg
Image: 1-10-2010-Nordguard-AcrossThinIce-pg11.jpg   716x950 353681 bytes 2010.10.03

Across Thin Ice: Page 11

Here is Page 11 from Across Thin Ice\r\n\r\nAcross Thin Ice, first of three Nordguard graphic novels, will be 100 or so pages of turn-of-the-20th-century arctic adventure, printed in full color from Sofawolf Press, a PG13 rating for bloody violence. It'll be out next year!\r\n\r\nIf you want to see a bunch more art, pages and concept stuff, click that [More Info] button!\r\n\r\nAlso, on Twitter, @Nordguard!\r\n\r\nwww.NORDGUARD.com

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AppleJackandCatGut.jpg
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Applejack and Catgut

While sorting through a few things in preparation for the print sale, I unearthed this from early August.\r\n\r\nI painted it as a joke, in about thirty minutes, for use as a duel badge for visiting Rocky Mountain FurCon. I couldn't attend the convention, but still wanted to drop by for a few minutes and say hi to some folks, so I figured I'd go incognito and with the theme. Since the convention's theme was the Old West, thus were born the fictitious Applejack and Catgut, out to steal booze and shoot things. And we did.

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