Category Archives: Film

Matte Painting from “The Loch”

First of all, if you haven’t already voted on last week’s post, make sure that you do; voting ends tomorrow at midnight.

A few years ago I worked on a trailer pitch for “The Loch” by Pennyfarthing Press, under director Ryan Woodward. It was a blast to do matte paintings and work on environmental design with them. Here is one of the final products (at 1200 pixels wide for now, because I don’t know the policy on posting full size studio work done for hire; the actual size is around 5000 pixels wide).

CLICK ON THIS IMAGE to see it at 1200 pixels wide:


Crop of the bridge:


Crop of the house where Ness, the main character, would live:


The piece is done on about 120 separate layers, as it was supposed to be a pan-in shot, so as the camera zoomed in the different layers would spread apart.

Thieves (All Six Parts) and Desktop Downloads UPDATED 09/20/12

NEW: All parts posted. Scroll down for Part 6.


Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:


Part 6:


I put this six-part video series together in 2009, wasn’t sure what I’d do with it, and forgot about it until recently. Hope you enjoy it:)

When I finished the film I deleted the high-res video files (who knew there’d be such a thing as internet HD?) because they were so large, but below you’ll find some ways to see the painting in full detail.

If you would like to share the images please link to this post. Please do not link to the images directly. Thank you.

A medium-res version of the full painting with options for prints:

Detail Crop 800 x 600:

1024 x 768:

1280 x 1024:


Life The Universe and Everything – Pursuit of Truth Presentation

Dear Readers,

At this up and coming Life The Universe and Everything Conference, I will be giving my presentation “Storytelling and The Pursuit of Truth” on Friday, February 12 from 4-5 PM.  Details on location and room number to follow.

We will be discussing the nature of narrative in pictures, novels, and narrative and how the foundation of all good writing begins with a thorough understanding of Truth.  Examples will be discussed from authors such as Victor Hugo, Madeline L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, and many other.  Artist’s we will be looking at are Michaelangelo, Carl Bloch, Brad Holland, and Marshall Arisman.

Thank you to all who have provided input on the lecture since last November.  If any reading this attended and have additional insight on what you learned and about what you would like to learn more in regards to Truth and Storytelling, please don’t hesitate to email me with your questions.

I will also be giving time for Q&A after the session.  I’ll look forward to seeing you there!