Richard started sending out online promotions a few years ago. Choosing from his artists’ works, he and his team put together collections of a same topic. Although there are plenty of illustrations to pick from, some of us like to occasionally produce a new piece.
About two years ago, one such topic was ‘Fables’. I started working on an interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood. Unfortunately, the amount of work at the time didn’t allow me to finish it before the promotion went out. In fact, the amount of work the last two years has not allowed me much. Until very recently, I was juggling full time freelancing and part time teaching. Honestly, it wasn’t a graceful juggle. So for two years I sat over this piece. I opened it between projects and added something to it. Then another project came in, or midterms approached, or whatever. You know how the story goes.
A few weeks ago, teaching came to a halt. It was leaving me with little time and energy to freelance and I felt like I was neglecting my projects. Nonetheless, it was an extremely difficult decision. I taught at SCAD for a little under five years. Guiding talent of that caliber was an exceedingly fulfilling experience. Needless to say, I swell with pride for my former students.
Back to the subject at hand. For two years, I occasionally opened this pieces and built on what I had left the previous time. It must have been that practice that lead to a very messy sketch and an even messier composition.

The sketch never really felt done but it needed to end already! So, as it was, carving something out of this was the next step.

Even with base colors, this thing didn’t read well. I added some details to help…

… then some shadows.

… then some highlights.

In the end, Jen recommended I added some bokeh (photographic blur) to enhance the depth. Her idea was definitely what the piece needed to read better.

Lesson? Don’t sit on a personal piece for two years if you have a scattered brain. This thing may still not read well, but it’s finally done, dammit!


A few months ago, Bryce Carlson and Chris Rosa of BOOM! Studios contacted me about a couple of covers for their upcoming comic Next Testament. Not only would those be my first ever comic covers, but the story comes from none other than Clive Barker!

The story is about a god as beautiful as it is cruel. It is an excellent rendition of an incredibly superior being whose machinations we cannot even begin to understand. The visual called for a lot of color and although my work does not lack it, the heavy lines can often hold vibrance back. To avoid that from happening, I decided to take back the lines a bit by painting the whole thing in one layer over my original lines instead of my usual process of leaving the lines on top of the drawing.

Since the whole thing was done in a layer, I decided to take pics of as many stages as I could. These were the resulting images.



I just found out Legacy Lost and The Activist got into Spectrum 20! I’ve been trying to get into that book for years now so this is a really happy day. Congrats and thanks to art directors Irene Gallo of Tor and Marta Scetta of Work Style Magazine! And big thanks to the very generous Spectrum jury.