Water Deer, 2014

ink, watercolor, digital

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EDIT: This piece is now available as a gallery-quality archival print in my new INPRINT shop, starting at only $25.  For signed editions including a personalized original sketch just for you, email me at with the size you’d like and your mailing address; limited signed editions for the first 15 queries for $10+ the print cost.  

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For people in the Boston area: I’ll be showing selected new works along with dozens of other amazingly talented designers, artists, sculptors, and jewelry makers on June 1st at the South Boston Open Studios in the Distillery building.  If you’re in the area, RSVP here.  Amazing work, by many multi-faceted artists, it’ll take you hours to check everything out.  And, if it’s you’re thing, I’ll have veeerrryyy limited edition signed prints (of the pieces above and more) for sale at $20-40, plus one-of-a-kind sketchbook pieces I’ll be working on during the open house event for free, if yer one of those lucky folks that drop by in person.  Don’t miss it, y'all, it’s gonna be great.

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Vulpes Vulpes, 2014  / graphite and digital 


End of the year sale!  Today I’m releasing hand-signed prints of Vulpes Vulpes in a limited edition of 20 (size 8"x12", $30) in my shop for the first time.  Get yours here.  Also available unsigned in various sizes on INPRNT.  And guess what? THIS WEEKEND, ALL PRINTS IN MY INPRNT SHOP ARE 25% OFF!  So right now, you can grab one for less than $20. Pretty cool, Inprnt.

So long, 2014.  Can’t wait for what the new year is gearing up to bring!  Hope everyone has a fantastic New Year’s celebration with plenty of glitter and doom, mild regrets and boundless idealism.  If you see me, say hi.  I’ll be the sober, pregnant rhinoceros napping in the corner.

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Detail of a large-ish piece I started late last year and never finished.  I was all gung-ho about it and then I got Photoshop and fell into that rabbit hole.  She taunts me from the corner of my studio, insisting that I finish her.  I may have to completely rework it digitally if not traditionally, but I hate to leave things hanging, and she’s got her eyes set on me.

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Another peek at what I’m working on today. #wip #workinprogress #process #drawing #painting #watercolor #illustration #ink #linework #gouache #snake #feathers #art #artofig #instaart #pen #micron #cosmos #pegasus #constellation #lightgreyartlab #LGAL #wahm #caivail

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Today I apparently decided to break out and try every single ‘novelty’ brush in Ps on this Inside Llewyn Davis illustration.  Simultaneously overworked  and unfinishable!  It reminds me of stuff I used to paint in art school.  Seeing as that was seven years ago, likely not a great sign.  But I’m teaching myself Photoshop here, dammit.  Mistakes must be made.  And if your worst mistakes look like the album cover for a pretty bitchin’ alternative rock band circa '94, not too shabby.

Hey hey! Wanted to give a heads up to folks that I have 4 slots open for commissions in April and May. Serious inquiries only, doods. Email Detail from a piece from last fall, Blue Egret (full piece and signed prints for sale at
#art #illustration #commission #drawing #ink #digital #painting #watercolor #caivail

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LIMITED EDITION PRINT SALE: Help me support the desperately needed humanitarian efforts in Nepal. For the month of May, 50% of all sales of my print “Spark” will be donated to Oxfam America’s relief fund in Nepal. These 8x11" archival giclee prints are available for $30 (plus shipping, US only), hand signed by me, in my shop at (link on profile). Orders will be filled and shipped at the end of the month. Donations will be made as sales are cleared. I chose Oxfam America because they are an established secular charitable organization with a high rating of donated funds and transparency. Right now they are focusing on getting clean water and sanitation facilities to the thousands of people in temporary encampments who have lost their homes. Let’s help this beautiful country and its people in whatever small ways we can - check out the Oxfam website if you’d rather donate directly. I’ll post the full image later on today, but it’s already up in the shop! Comment below if you have any questions, and thanks! #artfornepal #nepal #supportnepal #donate #oxfam #art #artofig #artistsofig #instaart #drawing #painting #illustration #ink #digital #watercolor #BigCartel #artforacause #caivail

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More sweet action shots (ie tedious dot placement, haha) of this piece in progress for the #Guts show at #lightgreyartlab coming up soon. Sneaky peeks! #art #illustration #drawing #linework #dotwork #stippling #pen #ink #inking #wip #workinprogress #process #hyperlapse #sneakpeek #micron #lightgreyart #caivail

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Nighttime inking to Earth in the precious fleeting moments that the little babydude sleeps. Progress on my piece for #lightgreyartlab ‘s GUTS show coming up. #wip #workinprogress #guts #linework #dotwork #stippling #ink #inking #micron #pen #art #illustration #drawing #earth #therakehell #maternityleavemyass #caivail

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