May the Fourth Be-With You, Be-Lated

Well, it is the 5th of May, and not the 4th… Anyways, onwards and forwards! A short post to show some current stuff, and there will be numerous other things to show soon as well. On Drawn and Divided (Patreon), the next sketch was finished last weekend, and I hope to add the watercolors to that this weekend, given the opportunity. A bridge in Spain is the victim of this painting. I’m also trying to decide which of the previous watercolors should be the next print… I might set up a poll for anyone interested! As well, seeing as Spring has arrived, I’m looking forward to taking my Moleskine back outside for sketching while walking the Teckel!

I’ll have a whole mess of commissions to show shortly, but for now these three Artist Proof cards (two are spoken for, Leia is on Ebay until Monday morning May 8th) are from Topps Entertainment’s Star Wars 40th Anniversary Trading Card set, just released this week. Leia, Han, and Luke are the three completed so far.

Please forgive the watermarks, but due to recent events my image posts will probably always have them from now on. They do not appear on the actual artwork… 🙂

New Rogue One Page

It’s Saturday! Housecleaning, laptop cleaning… le sigh. BUT, the weather is getting better so that also means walking the dog and sketching outside! 😀 It also means continuing my Drawn and Divided project. On deck is an absolutely ah-maz-ing bridge some friends of ours traveled over on their trip to Spain this year. Obviously I couldn’t do any on-site sketching, but they’ve given me permission to sketch from their photos, so I do invite you to stick around for that. That bridge is gorgeous. The whole country looks gorgeous. Before that however, I’ll be finishing the watercolor of the boat mast in Nyborg, Denmark. All those folds and pleats – I couldn’t not sketch that while there…

For now, there is a new page up for all the cards I did for Topps’ Rogue One series 2 trading card set. Please forgive the messy appearance…. 😶  Do let me know if there are any problems with the images. ♥

Have a fantastic weekend!

April Update

Rogue One series 2 Artist Proof card. One fine morning on Jakku, there was a Walker… 2.5 x 3.5 inches on official Topps series two cardstock.

New pieces – an 8 x 10 and a few new personal sketch/art cards! As well, an Artist Proof card on Ebay that finishes Saturday.

By the way, these PSCs are my way of trying to improve my skills – basic drawing techniques always need to be worked on, and my paint application skills are far from reliable. Doing watercolors and sketches for my Drawn and Divided project on Patreon, is really and truly helping me continue the learning process, and have a pretty good time while doing it.

So the personal cards are actually a series in their own right, from the beginning of Lord of the Rings, and from The Force Awakens on because last year marked my 10 year anniversary having sketch card be a part of my job (but I had no time to do anything about it.

If you enjoy looking at any of these (crossing my fingers that you do!) stick around, there should be a good deal more. This weekend I will also have the time to finish the next Drawn and Divided piece – the folded boat mast. Strengthen drawing skills, you must…! That’ll be on my Patreon. 🙂

Rogue One, For The Last Time

Rogue One series 2 Artist Proof card. One fine morning on Jakku, there was a Walker… 2.5 x 3.5 inches on official Topps series two cardstock.

This is one of very few available artist proof cards (of mine) from the Rogue One series 2 trading card set from Topps. There will be one, maybe two others that’ll be on Ebay when I get the chance to paint them, the other two are spoken for.

To my knowledge, there will not be any other Rogue One sets. I going to make a reasonably safe guess and say that there will instead be a Last Jedi set… 😀  …and I can’t wait! Can’t wait for the movie, as well.

Seeing as this is now ten years since sketch cards have become part of my job(s) (and actually it was last year, but I was too busy to do anything), I’m trying to do two series of art cards/sketch cards on my own card stock. This then permits me to paint any character or scene I wish without fear of non-approval.

All the Star Wars movies ( because – I love them) and all the Lord of the Rings movies (because – eye candy) and probably a few other licenses, just because they interest me. So if this is the kind of thing you like, stay tuned and I’ll be posting them as time allows!

And my Patreon is going quite nicely also! The latest travel sketch is not yet done, but I did post a graphite landscape of an area nearby, and a painting of the ancient lake (yes I know the entire planet is technically ancient, but apparently some truly ancient fossils have been found there) that is in the area there. More to follow on that!

For now, thank you for having stopped by, and please come back! Live long and prosper.

Art Theft!

IMPORTANT for all creators and people who purchase artwork!

Randy Martinez recently had his Star Wars Celebration art stolen from him which is, of course, devastating. There are a lot of scams out there, and many artists have had their work stolen from them (including myself) over the years. Making a living in this line of work is challenging, and dirtbags that lie and steal really don’t help.

I think Randy has gotten the Facebook site taken down, but of course it surely still continues in the murky waters of the internet. On behalf of Randy and all visual artist out there, please be sure to purchase artwork either directly from the artist themselves, OR from a link that particular artist provides. Purchasing T-Shirts, prints, etc, from third-party vendors is becoming more and more perilous for both buyers and sellers of legitimate art. Help us all by supporting your favorite creators directly or through the links those creators provide. Thank you for reading this, and feel free to share the knowledge! ♥

 

This week marks the beginning of something new. In shameless promotion of my Drawn and Divided project, I’ve gotten 10 prints from CatPrint to give away! I now have TWO prints to offer for FREE those amazing people who’d like to support my project on Patreon.

During the year, you will also get a collection of prints and useable postcards of already completed watercolors, and those in progress. The goal is 100 watercolors! There might be an acrylic piece in there too, but that remains to be seen.

This weekend I’ll be setting up a poll over there for your input, so be sure to check that out!

For as little as $1 a month, you will be supporting my on-going project Drawn and Divided. Consisting mostly of watercolors, but may well include other mediums depending on the subjects I’ll be sketching or painting, this project takes a look at the world by way of my travel sketches and on-site photos. What do you get out of it? Well, aside for the wonderful feeling of being part of a creative effort, you will also get free prints, or sets of postcard versions of the sketches… Even collections. I already have a series of 12 watercolors that, one by one with your help, will be shared with you. Please don’t be afraid, you can reject a month or even cancel if you change your mind, but levels start at just one dollar a month! Other levels include $3, $5, and $7, so there is something for everyone, and everyone will get something out of it.

Some of my horse related pieces might become part of the deal too, if anyone wishes it! As of today, I have two horse prints to start things going – to anyone pledging $1 a month, I’ll send you the set of two prints. This will let me reproduce the watercolors! Visit my Patreon to join in.

These are the two prints I’ll send you, and below them are two samples of the twelve (so far) watercolors.

One of two free prints for becoming a Patron! Gloss print, approximately 6 x 9 inches

One of the two current free gifts for becoming a Patron. Printed on card, approximately 8 x 11 iinches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two of the twelve current watercolors:

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