The Lissa: In Van Locken’s Witch

Another Book, another necklace give-away!  This one of a kind necklace will be available as a give-away as part of the Blurb Blitz Tour for Van Locken’s Witch.  I’m sure you have heard of it before as it was featured during the Halloween Countdown. The tour will go to February 24th through March 14th.  Follow the rules of the…

Tis the Season: Sugar Cookies

It was all planned out down to the tiniest detail.  What I had planned for this December was to do a series of artwork based on a song.  Alas, time laughed in my direction and I was left scrambling for new quick ideas.  Hopefully next year I’ll get my butt in gear and follow through, but…

The Process: The Making of “Vision of Ragnarok”

A few weeks ago I touched upon the process of an old worn down church scene I used for a book trailer I made for the “Spirit of the Rebellion“.   The process for creating a trailer was an interesting endeavor , which took careful planning and patience.  In a future post I’ll focus on…

“Demeter’s Harvest”- Thanksgiving Inspired.

As the leaves turn to a warm color palette, and the fall breeze sneaks by, the autumn bounty is ready to be harvested just before the winter .  It is a time of thanks and appreciation.  This day means different things for everyone.  A day most cultures observe at one point, it’s a celebration of…

The Process: The Making of “Broken Mist”

It is interesting how inspiration can come from various points of interest.  A quote, a picture, textures, maybe even a book.  Sometimes it even comes from things you dislike.  When it comes down to it, every form of creativity has it’s roots.  When the desire to get about into writing clawed at my mother like…

Rorschach in Design: When One Thing Leads To Another – Part Two

After my butterfly design pattern exploits, I decided to experiment with an idea of improvising.  A design ad lib of sorts, starting from free thinking and random curves.  One of my attempts was this: I immediately saw the potential of this one. Not just the form but the texture reminded me of a certain animal….

Rorschach in Design: When One Thing Leads To Another – Part One

As a kid I’m sure many of you lounged on the grass, sun beating on your cheeks, gentle breezes rustling through your hair looking upward as clouds dance by your view.  It isn’t long before those clouds start to take shape, a bunny perhaps, maybe a turtle?  It doesn’t take much for our minds to…

Countdown To Halloween: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

You can’t have Halloween without its spooky tales, urban legends, and creepy lore. Out of the tales none is more classic than the headless Hessian ghost of a quaint eerie town of Sleepy Hollow. The short story was one of 34 essays written by Washington Irving in 1820. It has since garnered several adaptions including…

Countdown to Halloween: 7 Days To Go!

Another week down, another to go. My, how this month is skipping by. Halloween is all about the dead. Either they are are being honored or they have risen up to run amok.    If haunted houses are not aplenty in your area then tip-toeing past gravestones is the sure adventure on All Hallow’s Eve….

Countdown to Halloween: 14 Days To Go!

Another week and only 14 days to go.    Nothing says Halloween like a good old witch.  Pale green skin, exaggerated nose accessorized by a hairy wort, pointy brimmed hat, completed with a cackle.  Nothing short of a caricature, I assure you. I once was directed  to a book titled, “Juniper” by Monica Furlong by an acquaintance…

Countdown to Halloween: 21 Days To Go!

Welcome to the third post and second installment of “Countdown to Halloween” with 21 days to go.  The first installment I delved into spiders, the creepy crawlies of Halloween, and did a graphic art piece that strung twisted vines to form a spider. As you know every week my artwork will focus a bit on the Halloween Spirit, and I…

Countdown to Halloween: 28 Days To Go!

Creeping crawlers and intricate webs, spiders have been mascots of Halloween for years.  Insects in general can be rather frighting under the right circumstances, but why the spider?  Why is the spider on every Halloween decor,  every cupcake, and a glimpse on every haunted spectacle one can find?  Is it their intricate homes?  Does their…