Forest Monster Illustration

I get a lot of questions about my process for illustration. I prefer to draw everything out on paper first in either colored pencil, graphite, or ballpoint pen. I then scan it into my computer and enhance shadows, colors, and highlights. Here is an example of an illustration I just finished:

Forest Monster final illustration.

Forest Monster final illustration.

Forest Monster original sketch. Colored Pencil.

Forest Monster original sketch. Colored Pencil.

A Busy Year

I spent this last week planning out my projects for 2014 and I wanted to share them with everyone. I have a tendency to take on way too many projects at once which causes delays and the feeling that nothing is getting accomplished but this year I am focussing on four big projects.


I have already begun filming my next short film which is inspired by the film makers Michel Gondry and Tim Burton. It is about a man that builds a cardboard spaceship and goes to a distant planet. Right now I am having an excellent stop-motion puppet maker named Richard Whillock create a monster from some of my sketches that will fight the main character. I'm hoping to release this black and white sci-fi adventure right before Halloween. It is being produced by Heavy Signal. 


I am just wrapping up a series of 40 poems for my first children's book. After they are completed I will begin illustrating each poem and expect to publish them in June. They will be a bit absurd and centered around invention, mischief, and imagination from a child's perspective. [More details soon]


I am producing and scoring director Joe Batt's next film The Last Foxhole as well as helping in the design of set pieces being built right now. Production should start in early 2014. [More details soon]


I spent the last few months tracking most of my next album. I hope to finish this by December of 2014. It includes two songs that have been floating around in live shows for the last fourteen years, "Princess Pennyway" and "In the End" as well as a Beach Boys cover of "Don't Talk Put Your Head on My Shoulder." The album will have a more upbeat feel and even includes my first ukulele song.

That is all for now. I'm excited to share these new projects with everyone! Keep checking this site for updates throughout the year.

"Everything In Temporary" Album Cover

This is the album artwork I created for my album, “Everything In Temporary.”



Overall- the illustrated imagery relates to pieces within the songs on the album.  The man is sitting in a boat with a map texture behind him because he is on a journey.  “Everything In Temporary” is about a man who is dealing with lost love while he is trapped in a coma. Every song is either an altered memory of moments with his love, or imagined dream-sequences while trying to find her. I like the idea of someone with wings that isn’t using them as if he has lost his ability to remember how to fly.  In one of the songs, “The Stars” the main character imagines he can fly and takes off in his dream.  In “The Sea” a man walks into the ocean to let the waves take him under. The solemn expression on his face sets the tone for this album.

The man in the boat was illustrated using ballpoint pen (for some reason, my favorite choice for illustration) and the boat was created in photoshop.  The waves were created using different Photoshop brushes with a few variations in color. The opacity levels in the foreground were dropped down to 50-75%.

I found a book of sample wallpaper textures from 20 years ago and scanned in the beige, striped pattern.  Directly behind him was a scanned piece of thick paper I drug through the ground, crumpled, and folded up, and spilt coffee onto in order to create a treasure map-like texture.  Old blueprints from a stock photo were layered over both the wings and the upper right hand corner.