Recently a client told me my signature on the illustration submitted was too understated. This has always been an issue for me. Other artists nearly dominate a piece of art with their signature and I tuck mine away. I [Read More]
What happens when a "Professional Nerd" gets invited to do a TEDx Talk?
Despite being remarkably nervous, the first speaker of an event, and numerous other pressures.... it actually turns out ok. In April 2016 I was invited to do a [Read More]
It's one of the most common character types to have in an RPG image, adventure or illustration next to a wizard. Just a guy with a sword isn't just a guy with a sword.
As artists when we get requests for [Read More]
In my on-going quest for XP, funded or not, I move forward with studies. I picked up the Kindle edition of Neil Fontaine's "How to Draw Awesome Figures" (Link to the left). Was it worth my $5 or $6? Mostly.
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The Quest for Experience
Adventuring Class: Artist
Over the course of a year, advance artistic skill to confidently return to the RPG, Fantasy and Sci-fi field at the ‘next level’ and in doing so, blaze a path of study for future [Read More]
"This will only take you a few minutes!" The dreaded words that your client will say to you as a freelance creative. More likely to be heard if you released an hourly rate you use as an estimate for client rates. [Read More]
Creativity is a fickle and fiery mistress. Artists and creatives are not able to set their alarm in the morning, head off to work, turn out amazing products for eight hours, then go home to talk about the day [Read More]
There are numerous accounts of artists throughout history and into the modern day that will say that nothing will improve an artist faster than drawing from life. James Gurney is a realist painter / illustrator and he paints from [Read More]
Some days are just all digital and that is the result of the modern day artist. The website needed some help with linking and navigation, some Ecommerce preparations for Gary Con, and now that the day is half over [Read More]
People should be able to find a connection to the arts they observe, I want to add a little in-road here to my work, process and current projects. I intend for these things to fall under the 'Art Blog' heading here [Read More]
Naked bodies everywhere, lazy afternoons of drinking, moody passions that overflow, and embracing the sweet life.
There are a number of ideas about what a working artist does with their day and what they do, I wish a number of them [Read More]
Learn the Jeff Miracola Technique
If you are an RPG and art nerd like me and don't know the name Jeff Miracola by now, you might be living under a rock. Jeff is an accomplished illustrator from companies such as WOTC, [Read More]
The Cavalier stands guard before a field of crimson. 11x14 Acrylic on stretched canvas. He awaits your call to the game room.
With this piece I tackled metal, reflective metals, and of course, cool armor.
Only one of it's kind available [Read More]
The Fairy Prince
Original Lloyd Metcalf acrylic painting on handmade wood panel 2x16x24
This painting was completed during the 2015 holidays as a reminder that spring is coming. The fairy looks tempted by her smooth talking "prince" while she sits at the [Read More]