Fantasy Art

Sunday, July 23, 2017

100 Paintings in 12 Months

As some of you might remember, a few years ago I pledged to do 1000 paintings in one year. It was an ambitious undertaking, perhaps a little too ambitious but then you never know until you try do you? Anyways I only did 530 paintings.

This year I'm making a different pledge, one that is both less ambitious and more.

I want to paint 100 paintings in the next 12 months from August to August.

Less ambitious because it is a much smaller number, but more ambitious because I counted my signs last time and that meant several hundred paintings were pretty much a given as that was my day job. They were also almost all acrylic paintings last time.
This time most of them will be oil paint which is a little harder and takes longer. And my style is more realistic than before which also takes longer.

I will include re-paints and finishing previously unfinished work as a new painting since I have a few of those.

None of these paintings have any certainty of selling. Signs, as with any commission, were guaranteed sales, but I don't have or want commissions right now. Instead right now I'm interested in experimentation with new materials, styles, colors, textures and subjects. There will be fantasy art, octopuses, nude figures, portraits, costumes, still lifes, landscapes, and wildlife art.
There's a bunch of crazy ideas that I want to try, but have no idea if they will work or if anyone would like them.

I intend to offer all of this work at a very low price. Many of them will be $50.00. There are several reasons for this, but the chief reason is that I'm hoping to be able to afford to do so because I will be sufficiently pre-funded by way of Patreon.

Patreon is a website where you can pledge to support an artist or project that you like on a monthly basis. You can, and I encourage you to, pledge as little as a dollar a month.

Unlike Kickstarter there is no time limit on Patreon. nor is there necessarily a product to offer at the end.

The reward that I want to offer is to sell my art at a very affordable price in the faith that I will get enough ongoing support to make it feasible to keep doing so.

In the beginning this will mean that I am all but giving my work away for free, but I'm offering my trust that it will come back to me in time.

If you would like to help me with this concept please visit

Whatever you decide, you have been supportive and encouraging to me and my work for years and you have my thanks now and always.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Caravan Guard

Here's a quick gesture sketch of a caravan guard idly waiting for departure time.  There's hardly any danger in town, but he stands with habitual vigilance even at his most relaxed moments

After rotating the paper to the left a bit to get him standing upright I rework the sketch from memory and from anatomy books to get the musculature more correct.  There simply wasn't any time for this in the field, I'd have been treated with suspicion if I lingered too long staring at any one person.  In theory they couldn't arrest me and they might understand the harmlessness of an artist out sketching the scenery, but they could probably rough me up with legal impunity if I seemed like trouble so I don't risk it.

Looking ready for anything.  I could place this guy anywhere; at the top of a cliff, on the prow of a ship, receiving orders from the king in his palace.