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Month of Love: Forbidden Fruit Posted on 01 Mar 2015


Forbidden Orchard oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

Forbidden Orchard - 5X7" oil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper


It's the final, bittersweet week of Month of Love before we all return to our usual loveless programming... But on the bright side - it's only 6 months until Month of Fear.

Forbidden Orchard oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

The pencil underdrawing (left) and ink/watercolor underpainting (right).


The theme this week was Forbidden Fruit; I thought non-monogamy fit the bill. Our peculiar societal conventions dictate that when one finds oneself in the midst of a vast orchard, one must take only one apple...

Forbidden Orchard oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

The oil painting in progress.


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Month of Love: Love is All Around Posted on 19 Feb 2015


a dog and a duck
It's Week 3 over at Month of Love! This week's theme is "Love is All Around" - we were encouraged to get out into the world and find a real life love story to illustrate, but since a) it's cooooold and b) there is no love in Maine, I stayed inside and drew a portrait of my dog and her lost love, Pato.

For a long time, my dog Tiki was completely inseparable from her stuffed yellow duck (the one she was allowed to pick out herself from the rack at the pet store). I haven't seen them hanging out much in recent months, though... I often wonder what it is that drove a wedge between them, and whether either of them misses the closeness they once shared.


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Month of Love: Diamonds Posted on 09 Feb 2015


tiny oil painting
Now that February is here again, it's time for Month of Love (the weekly art challenge masterminded by Kristina Carroll). This week's theme is "diamonds."

Casting around for inspiration on the theme, I came across an article on the Koh-I-Noor diamond; once the largest diamond in the world, it was gradually chiseled down to an eighth of its original size by various owners who wished to improve upon it.

tiny oil painting

Thumbnail concept (left) and 8x10" pencil underdrawing (right).



I originally wanted to make a piece that showed a flaw as a source of power - a crack in the surface allowing access to a well of glowing light. As I started sketching, though, my character's expression turned less tranquil, and the theme shifted. I think now it's a piece about inspiration - the frustration of digging through dirt and rubble in search of the hidden idea that will be a diamond.

Be sure to check out the new Month of Love blog for more art - there's an insane roster of artists participating in the challenges this time around, and new pieces are appearing daily.


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Every Day Original: Sunset Ride Posted on 16 Jan 2015


tiny oil painting

5x7", oil and acrylic ink on paper.


Here's my latest tiny oil painting, Sunset Ride, currently up for sale at Every Day Original.

tiny oil painting

Snapshots from the process: pencil/white charoal, acrylic ink, and oil glazes.


This piece was based on one of my earlier (and even tinier) drawings; sometimes a concept just needs to be revisited in color. I thought some sunset hues would fit the theme nicely.

tiny oil painting


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One Fantastic Week Posted on 14 Jan 2015


one fantastic week header

Is that... could it be...??


If you're an illustrator, and you haven't heard of One Fantastic Week, you're probably missing out in the worst possible way. Peter Mohrbacher and Samuel Flegal have taken on the monumental task of putting together a weekly web show/podcast in which they talk illustration and the freelance lifestyle with various visiting artists from the fantasy/scifi community. Artists including, as of this week's show, myself! I've been watching the show for ages; the dulcet tones of Sam, Pete, and their ever-rotating cast of Special Guests have kept me company through many a lonely marathon drawing session, but I never dared to dream (even in the darkest depths of my black little heart) that I'd get to be One Of Them someday. So if you're wondering why MY week has been fantastic - wish fulfillment!

My generous hosts allowed me talk at great length about my process, my tragical life story, and my various bleak worldviews; you can check out the full video at the One Fantastic Week website or download the podcast version on iTunes.

(Sidenote: If you like the show as much as I do, consider kicking $1 to its creators over at Patreon to help keep it going!)


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