Monday, October 17, 2011

MUSE FEST Preview!

Here is a sample of what I will be selling at MuseFest!

I will not be selling my hand.

This weekend, you should make sure to come to MuseFest! It is going to be good.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stock Certificate

This was an enjoyable project commissioned by Kevin Gardner of Carolina Ethanol. A stock certificate is a document reflecting legal ownership of a specific number of stock shares in a corporation. (thanks to
I incorporated images that relate to Carolina Ethanol's history, purpose, and methods. The border tile image is of Sargassum, a kind of floating seaweed, which is what Mr. Gardner is researching to make ethanol from.
The buildings are on a street in Charleston, SC, which is where the Sargassum is being cultivated in pools, and will be cultivated off the coast in the future; and where the business will move when the research progresses far enough. For the most part, the other imagery is marine-themed: the seaweed will eventually be grown in the sea.
Veremos Terra ("We will see land") ...well, Mr. Gardner told me something like this: Christopher Columbus had been sailing for a long time and he declared he had faith that the journey would end someday, that they would see land. At least that's what's in my memory. I'll edit this if I get a better explanation. For Carolina Ethanol, it's referring to the idea that we are on a treacherous journey in a fallen world, and we have faith that someday, our ship will be guided by the hand of God to a Promised Land.

The empty circle at the bottom will hold the seal of Carolina Ethanol, embossed by hand. Photo of the real thing signed & stamped forthcoming.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011


More portraits from Portrait Drawing Monday Sessions at Space 157 (our studio on E Main St)

Medium: Prismacolor pencils on colored paper or matboard.

Three for now. More later.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Commission: Heirloom Tomatoes

Here is a drawing of some juicy heirloom tomatoes that a friend commissioned as a wedding gift for his wife. By the time I was done, I was having to invent most of the biggest tomato due to rotting. Prismacolor pencil on toned paper.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday Night Portrait Sessions

In August 2009, Friday Arts Project (mostly Stephen Crotts and I, and two to four other regulars at other times) began meeting in a dark room with one light shining on a friend or family member or practical stranger to practice drawing the human face. A few months after we started, we had enough work to put together a show, and we called it Countenance One. I have literally dozens of portraits from drawing one almost every week for the past year and a half. Here is the most recent portrait:

I might post others from time to time.
I usually draw with Prismacolor pencils on a medium-value matboard or paper, usually a chromatic gray or something between brown and another color. (Brownish pink, for example) All the drawings were made in 2 hours or a little less.

After doing enough of these drawings I've noticed that I'm about twice as fast as I was when we started practicing. I used to not even get both eyes in, much less something indicating the shoulder, values, much development of the hair. I'd say this has been a pretty valuable weekly exercise for me.