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bad dreams good nightmares

Updated: 2018-03-21T14:59:21.734-07:00


Moving this blog to Tumblr


I am trying to slowly move this blog over to Tumblr - I feel it's an easier and quicker way to give updates. I hope you continue to follow me there. I'm not shutting down the blog completely yet, but hopefully I can consolidate everything on tumblr soon. Thank you-S.

Here it is:



Goblin concepts for Jon Lewis's Grey Griffins Project.



Some of my first art done for Jon Lewis's Grey Griffin project. This should be a cover for one of the short stories :



made a quick animated GIF of a 2 session life painting. When this one dries I'll make proper scans of these studies and post em.


Alla Prima June 2013


3 hour Alla Prima Life Painting. Oil on linen - 7" x 7 " ....I think.
Been some time since I got to do this. Hope I can keep this a regular thing.

character concepts


some old stylized character designs done a while back



Here's a cover I did a while back, that I can finally show. For Philip Reeve's GOBLINS, published by Scholastic. When I come up for air, I'll try to post some sketches  for this. Take care-S.



creature head with process GIF


creature fun


Just having some fun with creature design- 

return to life drawing


It's been over a year since I attended life drawing. I hope to make this a regular thing- at least once a month. This session mostly consisted of short poses ranging from 1 min - a 20 min at the end. I felt a little rusty but mid class I started to warm up. Then I got really tired....cause I'm getting old.

Thanks for checking in -S.

W.I.P. ?


I worked up this piece to try to bulk up the more "adult-fantasy" side of my portfolio. It's sort of a W.I.P. but I'm starting to lose interest in the piece, so I may abandon it for now. We'll see....

Coffee Doodle 1.21.2013




acrylic, graphite, and digital post

original sketchbook page



ballpoint pen sketch -

Storm Entry


Hope everyone who got hit with Sandy managed okay and is doing well now.Just going to post a few random things that have been sitting around the HD. I tend to get either too busy or distracted (or lazy) and forget to post all the little doodles and scribblings I do on a daily basis. These don't include all the other traditional media scribbles I tend to do ...and am too lazy to scan. I'll try to be better about this in 2013. Gotta get it together's Sunday sketch sessionjust a quickieThis next batch of sketches were done using ProCreate- my favorite sketching app for the iPad. Going to look into getting  a pressure-sensitive stylus soon. Did this interior b/w art for ABDO / Magic Wagon Pub. using ProCreate as well.These are some screenshots when I was tinkering with 3D a bit more. I haven't had a chance to pursue it lately, but I'm itching to get back into it...learn more and improve. It's pretty fun. Top image is Sculptris while the others are Zbrush.Lastly, every now and then I get a moment to tinker with some noise making. Feel free to DL at will if you like : well everyone- S.[...]

Neglected blog


Been tough finding time to update - but here's a quick one just to keep things new in here :

Here's a cover I did for the Adventures in Extreme Reading Series, by Jan Fields published by ABDO/ Magic Wagon Publishing.

Thanks! -S.

new World of Warcraft TCG card art


Just saw this card was released for Blizzard's World of Warcraft TCG. Nothing like a magical hammer right to the bread-basket. Uhhhh


Adventures in Extreme Reading : Book #2


This is the second book in the new series by Jan Fields, and published by ABDO / Magic Wagon.
I had hoped to do a mini-interview with Jan for this post, but time has been quite limited. Hopefully next cover post I can get it done. Thanks for checking folks -S.

From the Archives -a Hobbit


I was digging through the HD this evening and came across this image which I believe may be over 2 years old now. Quarto / Quintet Publishing had asked me to do an instructional for their book, so I have some of the steps saved. At the time they had planned for the instructional to coincide with the new Peter Jackson The Hobbit movies , but with all the director switches and  delays the book was completed much earlier.

Nothing too fancy here - I think I was definitely influenced by the skin tones of Haddon Sundblom , while creating this little guy.
Okay - hopefully next post I'll have something a bit more recent. Thanks for checking in -S.



a recent enviro  - hope ya like!

Enviro Studies


Was looking through old stuff on the HD and found some enviro studies  / classwork I did about a year ago.  I took an environment class with James Paick , who along with being a terrific artist was also a great teacher. These were done through the CGMW - and I do hope to take more classes. It's not cheap, but totally worth it from my experience.

Environments, and perspective have always been a weak spot of mine, but I did find improvements since this class. Just need to keep working on it.

let's dance



I started a tumblr - which will likely mirror what I post on my blog, but I may repost older work there to serve as an all-purpose place to host images. Here's the link :

I also update my Store with some originals. If there are any prints that you don't see listed in the store, please feel free to email me and I will likely be able to get it done.

For some images here are some two Young Adult book covers:

Following the Sword of Light cover, here is book #2: Lance of Truth by Katherine Roberts:

Also here is the first wraparound cover for a new series I am doing for ABDO / Magic Wagon
titled "Adventures in Extreme Reading: Hack Attack ". I'm only through Book 1 but I am really liking this series so far:



I realize it's been quiet here - NDA's have been cramping my blogging.  I did grab a moment to try out the free 3d program Sculptris. I have never done 3D before and I didn't even bother with any tutorials - just started pulling and pushing. I have to admit - I kind of loved it. I hope to continue with Sculptris and eventually head into Zbrush.  This stuff is too fun.

The paint job was done in Photoshop CS3 which doesn't take advantage of the 3D paint abilities of CS5.  Time to upgrade I think!