Black Dog That Isn't

The Alphabeastiary has posted the digital coloring of the Hellhound image I did the other day for their Letter H! Glad to finally have contributed to that most awesome of blog challenges. It's a hoot, and they have some supremely talented folks doodling away at it every couple weeks.

I started on an image for the Catoblepas back on Letter C, but never did get around to finishing the watercolors in the meantime. But I will! Soon!

For now, this entry is brought to you by the Letter H, the Numbers 42, 12, and 86^5, and the Color Chartreuse.

Emergence Art Show: Opens March 12th

Including work by Lisa and myself. Initially, it was the Talespinning paintings, but now it's hedgehogs. Lisa's is monsters.

If you can make it to Baltimore between the opening and closing, go take a gander. And when you're in B'more, eat brunch, lunch, or dinner at Woodberry Kitchen in Hampden. It's hands down the best food I've ever eaten. And I've done my share of diner chow to haute cuisine. This is comfort food, farm-to-table. And mind bogglingly awesome.



Working this large moleskine sketch up for The Alphabeastiary Challenge's newest topic - H. Gonna color it tomorrow.


New Work

The final (pending minor tweaks... whendoIstopworkingonit?) Elephants General. Definitely the longest span of time I've left between starting and finishing a piece. Six months of downtime when I didn't touch it at all, though it was hanging in a show for two months back in June.

I feel like I needed the interwoven practice I got between when I set this aside and a week ago when I finished the watercolor part, in order to really do it properly. The scan didn't turn out fantastically, so when I have some money, I'm going to get it properly done by a fine art imaging studio. And because of that, it was 6 hours of digital work on top of the painting to bring the vibrancy and colors somewhat back to life. It seems to be my usual way of working, though I keep fighting the intermarriage of watercolor with digital overlay... despite being a huge fan of Justin Gerard's work in that very mode.

The model for our green-skinned potentate is the superb Natalie Paquette. The elephants belong only to themselves and nature photographers everywhere. The hands are mine, my mate's, and probably someone else's, too. ...So. Many. Hands.

The Elephants General


The Horror! The Beastliness!

This is some big news: I'm finally able to sell prints of the Evolutionary Diversion paintings I did for 826DC's Museum of Unnatural History! So if you've been wanting a Warty Koala of your very own, or maybe you know someone special who'd enjoy the company of the Andean Rotor Penguin, then now it's possible. See the Etsy Store for prints. Further works from the 826DC Catalog of Evolutionary Diversions by Lisa Grabenstetter, Katie Schuler, and Oliver Uberti.

Spooky Hare

Andean Rotor Penguin

Insatiable Squid

Speigal's Hooved Marmoset

Warty, or Snaggle-tooth Koala

I think everyone needs nature's mutants.