New Gallery Section — Basebook!

Since late 2011, I have been working with a great group of guys developing a social networking site focused on the niche realm of baseball fans.  Basebook!  I am the director of art and design, and as such, have been responsible for a good portion of the images on the site.

I thought that now would be as good a time as any to post some of those images in a new gallery dedicated to my work on Basebook.  I hope you enjoy!

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New Disney Princess and First Tattered Tale posted!

So, it has been a little bit since I posted here, but I have a few pics to provide as my penance… Merida, from the movie Brave.  I think here she looks a little older and more responsible, but still has the glint of rebelliousness in her.


And speaking of rebelliousness… here is the first of my new series, Tattered Tales.  In this I will be putting some classic tales into a new, slightly warped, reality.  The first to get the treatment is Aurora/Briar Rose, from the Sleeping Beauty story.  Hope you enjoy.


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The 3 Feet That Changed My Life

I’m going to take a bit of a break from my fantasy worlds and my frivolity, and be serious for just a moment.  With the current situation in Korea and all the rhetoric being thrown around, I thought I would give just a brief glimpse that I received in the Land of the Morning Calm.

Back in 2005, I was in the middle of my first tour of duty in Korea with the Air Force.  One of the few things I absolutely had to do while I was there was take a tour to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separated North Korea and South Korea.  It was an experience I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to do, and I had planned around my work schedule to make it happen.

I didn’t sleep well the night before we left.  Maybe I was over anxious, or maybe I was just used to the midnight schedule I had been working during our exercises the previous week.  Either way, at 7am when our bus pulled out, I was wide awake.  As the night retreated from the coming dawn, the land was still covered in a thick haze, which turned into snow the further north we traveled.  I could imagine the servicemen trudging through similar conditions during the war in 1950-53, coloring the snow with their blood.

The closer we came to the border, the more the reality of the situation dawned on me.  I saw rows of barbed wire fences and guard posts stretching across the landscape.  10 foot thick concrete barriers sat above the roads, ready to be dropped at a moment’s notice to act as obstacles for invading tanks.

The bus continued on with the tour until we reached the Joint Security Area.  Here we received a briefing regarding how to act as we entered the DMZ, and we signed a release stating that the tour “will entail entry into a hostile area and possibility of injury or death as a direct result of enemy action.”

All this was fine and good.  I had expected as much.  But nothing could prepare me for what would come when we actually reached Panmunjom, the truce village.  You may have seen pictures on TV or the web.  This is the area where North and South soldiers stand across from one another, their countries joined at this place by a couple of blue, nondescript buildings.

What you may not notice in the images is a long concrete slab that runs between the buildings at the exact halfway point of the long walls.  This is the Military Demarcation Line – a real, physical dividing line between these two countries.  To cross this barrier could literally mean death.

As part of the tour we went into one of the blue buildings and gathered around the table in the middle of the room.  I stood at the far end – three feet inside North Korean territory!  And though I knew that I could simply step onto the other side of the table with ease, I also knew that at that moment there were those in North Korea who would have given anything for the freedom to make that decision.  And that there were those, like the NK guards who watched us, who would do all they could to stop them.

Some might say that it was silly of me to feel the way I did in that room, after all I was only 3 feet over the line.  But that one moment, those 3 feet, had an impact on me that I can never forget.  I can never again take for granted the freedoms that I have.  I have been on the other side, I have seen the literal line in the sand, and I have felt the emptiness of freedom’s absence.

Freedom is not free.  There are those who have it and take it for granted.  There are those who yearn and hunger for it.  There are those who seek to take it away from others.  Some have paid the ultimate price, given their last full measure to uphold it.  Others continue to stand vigilant as sentinels on freedom’s last outpost.  For me, the cost was a $25 ticket to a plain blue building in the middle of the DMZ.

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New Additions to Princess Art Series

I seems I am always busy with different art projects these days, from my work on the BaseBook social network, to commission, etc.  But through it all I continue to come back to my Disney Princess series.

In an attempt to capture my own unique take on all the Disney Princesses, I started this series.  It has grown and the more it grows the more I am driven to complete the whole group.  So without further ado, here are the most recent princess pieces: Rapunzel, Mulan, and Snow White!


Full pictures will be added to the Disney Inspired portion of my Gallery.

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Attack of the Punk Rock Ninja Kitty

ImageIt doesn’t take much to get me to draw something.  A quick quip about whether such an image can be produced, or even the side comment, “I bet you could do that too.”

So when the idea to draw a puck rock ninja kitty was brought up, I of course pounced on it (pun completely, and utterly intended).

This was just a quick and dirty job, and I intend later to go back and add in a background that is fitting for a warrior of this feline’s stature.  But for now this will suffice and shall be added to my Gallery in the Fantasy, Fairy Tales and Superheroes section.  Enjoy!

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New Art and Product Endorsement

I have updated the flow of my gallery a little, and created a drop-down menu to divide my different artwork.

Additionally, I have uploaded a few new pieces to the Disney Inspired section.  These are drawings of a few of Disney’s leading ladies ( a sample below):Image

Each of these new pictures were drawn using pen and ink, with color using Copic Ciao Markers.  These things are great!  They are alcohol based, which allows for much easier and seamless blending of the colors.  They feel great in your hand while you use them, not bulky and unwieldy.  Very user-friendly, even for a novice marker user like me.

Now, there are many different brands of markers that are good as well (Prismacolor and Faber-Castell Pitt to name just a couple).  And yes, some are less expensive than the Copics.  However, I chose the Copics for the fact that they are refillable.  For about $10 I can get a refill ink that recharges my Ciao markers 13 times; so essentially I am getting 14 markers for the price of 1 or 2 of the other brand.

So, take a look at my new gallery set-up, check out the new images, and if you have an interest in learning to use art markers, my endorsement would have to go to Copic.

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Hop, hop, hop… Welcome to the Bandwagon!

So it appears I could hold out no longer on entering the mainstream of social media.  I have finally (after much encouragement from my wife) joined the ranks of the Twitter-verse.  The final tipping point had less to do with my desire to be among the multitude of Tweeters out there, and more to do with my desire to win a Stevie Ray Vaughn Signature Model Fender Stratocaster.  I know… I’m kinda shallow.

I have taken on the handle of @ArtistHubby… I think this is mainly for all of my wife’s followers who already know me as such from her feed 🙂

Regardless, I have given in.  Resistance, it seems, was futile.  Follow me there as well as here for updates on my projects.

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