Friday, November 16, 2018

Power Painting

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Quick Art Tips

Your Tools (tips and tricks)

Raise your ruler- Rulers can smudge ink and pencil across your paper. To prevent this, put one or two pieces of masking tape on the back of your ruler.

Warm and Cool Colors- Always remember that warm colors (red, orange, yellow, etc…) always appear to be in the front of your composition. Cool colors (blue, blue green, violet) appear to be in the distance or background.

Homemade Light Table on a budget- On a sunny day, place your subject and the paper you are transferring it to on a window, then trace!

Pencil Holder- Take an old dried up marker or Sharpie and pull the back off with pliers. Then insert your pencil and wrap with masking tape.

Xacto Knives- When finished with your knife, unscrew the blade and turn it around. Insert it back into the holder (backwards) and tighten. This will save you from cutting yourself.

India Ink- Some brands are being watered down, so leave your bottle open overnight to thicken it up.

Hand lettering- Design your text on a computer, print out then trace.

Texture for Painting- Tie a rope or twine around a paint roller. Use a toothbrush to splatter or make stars in the sky. Sponges or crumpled up paper works great! Add salt to watercolors to create tie-die effects.

Water for Painting- Always use two glasses of water while painting; one to clean brushes in, and one to use for clean water.

Blending Graphite and Pastels- If you find you are out of blenders to smear and smooth your drawings, use a Q-tip or tissue paper, or better yet, tightly roll up a piece of paper.

Use poster putty or blue tack instead of kneaded erasers.

Blending Colored Pencils- Paint on baby oil with a brush (for practicing, not so great for archival pieces you want to keep).

Art Boxes- To store supplies for on the go activity, pick up a cheap tackle box or dollar store tool box.

White left for Watercolor- For clouds, snow and other white areas in your painting, use a white colored pencil. These pencils are waxy, and the watercolor can easily be wiped from the area.

Tape down your paper for colored pencils or watercolor to prevent your paper from buckling.

Protect your Brushes- Take a butterfly clip to the side of your water container and let your brushes dry on the outside. This keeps the tips of the brushes from being bent after setting in the water.

Reshape damaged Brushes- Wet you brush then run it across a bar of soap until it returns to its original shape. Let the brush sit overnight.

Dip watercolor pencils in water for more defined lines.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Homemade Craft Paint for Kids

Let’s Get Crafty 
 1 cup salt 
 1 cup flour 
 1 cup water 
 a few drops of food coloring

Monday, April 02, 2018

Libby Art

Libby Art * 521 California
Avenue * 
Libby, Montana

(406) 293-1787 *

It's been awhile since I've posted anything here. I have been so busy with life. I have a boy named Luke that just turned two and I opened an art store in Libby about six months ago. I am blessed. I am still working on my comic book ideas. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Facebook Page Launched

Please stop by and hit the "LIKE" button!

A Prayer for My Book
Work produced by faith, labor prompted by love, and endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. To become imitators of the Lord with joy and to became a model to all the believers.

We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.

1 Thessalonians 1:3,6-7

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Character Sketches

Character sketches. I want to start building photoshop files adding inks digitally.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The Beginning

Intro video for "My Walk" Facebook page.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Facebook Page!

Check out my NEW Facebook page for "My Walk". Make sure you click "Like"!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Character Sketches for "My Walk"

Monday, October 05, 2015

The Grace I Did Not Deserve

The year was 1994. I dropped out of art school to better serve my wife. She was into witchcraft and I was a Christian. A luke warm Christian. I respected her religion, she hated mine. My heart was broken when she cheated on me and took her ex-husband back. Out the door I went with my backpack, a few clothes and my Bible. I knew I would need that. Denver can be a hot and barren place. In the heart of the city are tall buildings, but on the outskirts it is a flat concrete desert. And a small town boy like me should have never survived with all the twisted people around who were broken users. I started to walk, feeling so lost. My relationship with friends and family were broken to make a woman happy... a woman I lost to another. As my stomach growled, I thought about diving into a dumpster behind a Pizza Hut. That night, in a park next to a swing set, it rained on me. The next day, I walked for hours until I came upon the art school that I had quit.

I went inside, with my backpack, clothes and Bible. I made my way to the library, were I used to work as student help. My former boss saw me and started running towards me. "John, where have you been? The financial aid office has been looking for you". It turned out that the school had started a new program for students who dropped out before their final quarter, months before they graduated. I received housing, my job at the library and my last quarter tuition paid in full. Just for walking in the door. Was that not Jesus? That was not by my power. I received a huge gift of grace. I was lifted off of the streets, a broken man, and gently placed back into my dreams. I was an artist again. This gift I did not deserve. And not too shortly after, I drifted into the world again... and away from the Lord. This gift that I look back at and thought it was so large, was just a taste of what God wants for me. How much he wants to give. Decades later, when I came to Christ, was born again and baptized, I realized what a small gift that was that I did not deserve. Small because my salvation was greater. Jesus was spit on and yelled at. For me. He was beaten and made fun of. For me. He bled and was broken. For me. Nails through His feet and hands. For Me.

Then He died. And he saved me. This small gift of grace in Denver, Colorado, I did not deserve. Yet he did so much more than that. He didn't stop at saving me in a moment. He saved my eternity.

Working on Character sheets, plot and story.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Roughing Out My AshCan

 Inside Back Cover

Back Cover

 Front Cover

Inside Front Cover

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Testimonial part 2

Jeremiah 29: 11-13
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Today I would like to share with you my testimonial.

I hear stories of people coming to Christ, and it all seems so spontaneous. Everything happens so fast, and everything just seems to click. But for some of us, it’s a much longer process. I struggled for years. I was involved in broken relationships. It was frustrating to know that no matter how hard I tried, it just didn’t work. That’s because I tried to be in control. I was selfish. Being an artist, I desperately clung onto photography, paintings and other creativity that was very unGodly. When I came to Jesus, asked him to forgive me and be my savior, I still held onto the broken relationships and my passion for my art. I wanted to give him everything, except these two areas in my life. My walk with the Lord became stunted. But then the Lord was working on Amber, and I feel he sent her my way. The Holy Spirit tugged on my heart to submit and obey. And I did. I approached my relationship with Amber the way God was telling me to. When I listened, the rewards were great. I went from a one bedroom apartment wrapped in my loneliness and my dark and depressing artwork to a full and happy life with an amazing wife and three children. I feel loved and needed. The broken relationship has been replaced by a woman who is equally yoked to me. By obeying God’s will, I had a wedding day that was very blessed. All the worries went away as everything fell into place. I feel the Lord sent his best baker for our cake and we were blessed by all the amazing help we got that day from friends and family. The artwork I was unwilling to walk away from has been replaced by more Godly works. God has put on my heart to work on a Christian comic book. And my most recent act of obedience was my baptism Christmas Eve. God has blessed me, and I feel the need to share this with others. I am so very lucky to have the opportunity to invite others to church on Sundays, to have those moments to share my time and empathy to friends who do not go to church, and to have a positive influence on loved ones at home. The Lord is doing works in me I cannot put into words. But every day, I see more beauty in the world. Because of Jesus Christ, I have hope and love in my life. 

 I started to tape my story to the basement wall. It helps me to see the direction of the plot and how the pages fit into each issue. I have solid ideas for at least four issues, but it will more than likely become six.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Sketches, Roughs and Scripts.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


First I would like to announce that I have gotten married on September 6th. I have prayed over the last two years for God to change my heart. I felt I kept taking one step forward, and several steps backwards. I was going to church, Bible study and praying. But there were parts of me that I just would not submit to the Lord. Two things, to be specific. Relationships and my art were ungodly parts of my life. I was living with a broken lady and trying to be a photographer (shooting mostly scantily clad women) while working on my comic book full of drugs, rape, love triangles, witchcraft, gods, goddesses, Saint Lucifer, vampires and zombies. Sounds horrible, I know. Then I met Amber. This woman loves the Lord. She has three beautiful little girls and I fell in love with them all. But things were still hard, and I felt this black cloud hanging over me. I started going to Amber’s church, and continued to pray to God to change my heart (I knew that’s where the problem was).

I proposed to Amber on her birthday. I felt God was pushing me to do this, as well as filling my head with ideas for a Christian comic book. I submitted to the Lord, and decided I wanted to do this the right way. I wanted a solid marriage and a happy life. First thing I did was to move out of Amber’s house (staying with a friend from church) until the wedding. Amber and I went to marriage counselling with our pastor. I cannot begin to explain the fruit of our struggles. We honored God, he has honored our wedding and marriage. Before all of this, Amber and I struggled with bills and finances. Some how, the wedding got paid for along with all of the bills. It was amazing. I have given up my photography because I know it was lustful (if not sexual, just the need to create more and more). I am focused on Jesus first and foremost, the Amber and the kids, followed by my comic book. For the first time in my life, I feel truly happy.

(rough draft for cover to issue 1)

 “Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.” Hosea 10:12

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Researching Villains For My Story

Thought that the Nephilim would fit nicely...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Quick Character Sketch

Saturday, June 14, 2014

World Building

I am so excited! I have been getting more story ideas and I am very proud of the Master Page Template I created in Photoshop for my book. "The DC Comics Guide to DIGITALLY DRAWING Comics" by Freddie E Williams II has been a very useful tool. In Chapter 6 he talks about setting up your Master Page. What is so amazing about this is how he maps out the process step by step. Not only do you set up guide lines for your comic pages, but he also walks you through setting up all the layers for sketch ideas, scripts, references and your comic panels 1 through 5. Now comes the work of completely designing ALL of my characters, creating reusable paths (logos and costume/ clothing designs, buildings, etc...) and finishing the story boards so I can start working on pencils then digitally inking pages.

Note: the Master Page Template only took me 4 or 5 times before I got it right. Practice makes perfect.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Battle Plan

Daily sketching and Bible Study Write “My Walk” Character sketches/ photography Learn Photoshop and Tablet Finish 12 pages of “My Walk” Get cretique from Comicon 2015 Compleat comic book/ paintings Build web site (Square Space) Grants Start Teaching Art Classes Re-work ALL social media to fit Christian Mission Statement Pay Pal Donate Button Video Podcasts and all marketing production ready Table at Comicon 2016 with printed books and paintings, prints, ash cans and cds.
© and ™ !!!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Comicon 2014 Bonus

Emerald City Comicon Video Blog

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Getting My Focus Focused....

Looks like my first days off since Seattle will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. I’ll be working on getting all my computer files and folders set up to focus on one comic book (instead of 20 million other things...).