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Rose Colour Study

New Work — November 2019

A little colour study. I wanted to draw something with pastoral linens, since they crumple and fold in really blocky, interesting ways.

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Lamplighter Sketch

New Work — November 2019

A new lamplighter sketch that I started this a few months ago and dusted off and reworked over the last few nights. I spent so much time growing up trying to forcibly define a drawing style, and now I feel like I can’t really break away from it. Thinking back, I was desperate for a style so that I could draw faster, more reliably, more consistently, and now I feel like I spend so much extra energy fighting against the techniques I’ve gradually developed that I am not saving any time or any effort at all.

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Arcana Arcana 0-XXI

New Work — August 2019

Here’s the second image from the Arcana Arcana illustration series I’ve been working on in my spare time.

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Arcana Arcana III-XXI

New Work — July 2019

I’ve been working on a new personal illustration series based on the Major Arcana cards in the Rider-Waite tarot deck.

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Lamplighters – Part 1

New Work — May 2019

There are a couple ideas in illustration I always come back to. I’ve been using the title Lamplighter for a variety of different illustrations since I think around 2010.

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