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2023 Year in Review

Alright, I'm notoriously bad at grasping the passage of time, but instead of being bewildered that 2023 just ended, I'm a tad surprised that I almost titled this post "2024 Year in Review". I think that's the first time I've thought more time had passed, rather than less. Either way, growing up in the 80s and 90s, thinking ahead to anything past the year 2000 always seemed like the future. I mean, yes, literally it was, but I mean some kind of sci-fi, flying cars, robots, teleportation, and computer brain implants utopia kind of future. I suppose there are plenty of things

January 5th, 2024|0 Comments

Inktober 2023 Wrap Up

As of November 16, 2023, I finally finished Inktober 2023...only two weeks behind schedule this year. I found this year to be much more challenging, and I think it's because I've been doing Inktober 52 all year long for the first time. I can't quite classify it as burnout, but definitely a strain on the creative faculties. I struggled with ideas for many of the prompts this year, but in the end, I always managed to come up with something that met my general, self-imposed guidelines: it has to feature Plunger Monkey or something from his universe (the PMDverse?),

November 17th, 2023|0 Comments

Lee’s Dragons: Elephant Dragon

It's September, which means it's time, once again, for this: For my wife's annual birthday dragon 2023, I kind of knew what I wanted to do well ahead of time. Given that the whole concept of these illustrations is that there's a planet basically terraformed by dragons, that eventually evolve and speciate to occupy all the different biotic zones, I try to think of an environment first, then figure out what would live there. Right now, everything is heavily influenced by life and ecology on earth, but I hope to deviate from that eventually. With these illustrations, I'm

September 16th, 2023|0 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day 2023!

I hate the cliche about how fast any given year is whipping by, but, somehow it's already Mother's Day 2023. I haven't processed January yet. Unfortunately, the space-time continuum seems to be unaffected by my concept of time, and it continues to march on. For now... Anymonkeys, Happy Mother's Day to all the moms in my life! While I think it's important to stop and appreciate all the people that make a difference in our lives more than once a year, it's still good to have one day set aside to force us to remember to do so (see my

May 15th, 2023|0 Comments

Gallery Update: New Revery Concept Art!

Hey look! A new blog post! And a new little logo title thingamabob! But mostly: NEW REVERY CONCEPT ART! It's been a minute, but I finally, randomly, decided to produce a piece of concept art for the story that I will eventually get off my butt and tell. There's a lot of work to be done, more world building, updating and editing the existing story and thumbnails, and then actually drawing the thing, but a step forward is a step closer. This is the first piece of concept art I have done for Revery in a very long

March 9th, 2023|0 Comments

Commission Reveal: The Warlock Series

Okay, it's finally time to reveal the latest series of commissioned work. Back around October-ish 2022, author L.S. Gagnon-The Patron Saint of My Art-reached out to me once again about illustrating some new book covers for her. I've done her covers for The Witch Series and The Little Witch Series, as well as four story illustrations from The Witch Series. This time, she has a new series of books in the works (some of which are out already), the first cover of which I had illustrated a few years ago (someone else did a few of the follow ups).

January 31st, 2023|0 Comments

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