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13th Reality Book 1 – Jacket Design

Going to put these in the portfolio/gallery section soon, along with a few other things.




Have some news of three good things happening with Corel Corporation.

The first is that the following two pieces will be included in the Corel Painter X13 Gallery:




The other two news items I’ll post when the time comes.

Have a ssswwwweellll weekend.

Faerietank – Semi-Final Painting

For new readers just tuning in: You are invited to participate in this painting! It’s a faerie tank—like a fish tank, but with faeries instead. You don’t need any more information to start. Just look it over, gather thoughts, and comment below. To see where this project began, click here.



(Click above for larger view)







There she is!

(You should notice some major color correction as I bought myself a monitor calibration device this week. 🙂 )

As a thank you for participating, I want to make it so that everyone who contributed in any way can receive a print of the painting (including by commenting in this semi-final post).

To you I will make available a small-sized print which you can purchase for only as much as it costs to make it (shouldn’t be more than $4).

Then, I think I will do a 20% discount on everything else for you as well (normally my prints cost anywhere from $30 to $250).

So, if you’re thinking you might buy one, even if you’re not sure yet, make sure to leave a comment of any kind.

Now, we have just a few questions that need answering:

First of all, the title “Faerietank” was mostly just a working title, and I think we could use more grace. I’m thinking of changing it to “Aqua Faeries”, what do you think? Secondly, I invite you to leave whatever thoughts about the painting you have.

Here are talking point guidelines:


• Which do you prefer, “Faerietank”, or “Aqua Faeries”?

• What do you think overall, is it finished?

• Are there any parts of the painting that still need attention?

• What would you think if you walked into your friend’s house and found this on the wall—would you stop to look at it?

• Anything else?


Well, after we hear back from everyone, all that’s left is to let it sit for a bit and then come back for final tweaks.

Thank you all so much for participating! I really mean it when I say that I am impressed with how artistically intelligent everyone is. It’s made it a wonderful experience.

Maybe you should all become painters yourselves…

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.

Review: The Worm Ouroboros

The Worm OuroborosThe Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The literary quality of this book is superb, and the mythopoeic nature is paramount. However, the book lost my interest somewhere in Chapter 4.

The book is about the onset of a war between Demons and Witches. It has received praise from literary masters J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and it was on their recommendation that I began my study of it.

I was a little wary of reading a book that describes demons as heroes, and for me this intuitive thought has accreted into a general dislike for the underlying philosophy.

In Chapter 4, as the witches are plotting a sinister attack on the demons using dark magic my stomach began feeling queasy. I don’t mind seeing evil in a story––it does exist. Yet I hate it when an author engages me in the evil itself.

It confused me at first to feel this way about the story as the works of the authors mentioned above never left me feeling like that at all. While I thought about it, I remembered that another of my favorite authors, George MacDonald, had similar scenes of conjurations of dark magic in “The Light Princess,” yet those didn’t leave me feeling the same way at all.

I felt it unnecessary to continue. After a little more research I discovered that C.S. Lewis praised the sinister nature of the story, while J.R.R. Tolkien felt it to be rather rebarbative.

Three stars for its masterful handling of the Victorian literary style.

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