Crescent Moon Moth Kickstarter

The Crescent Moon Moths are coming!! Today marks the launch of my second Make 100 Kickstarter. This year’s enamel pin is a companion to the Twilight Moth enamel pins from 2018’s campaign. These pins, like last year’s, are a limited edition run of 100. Last year’s campaign funded in under 8 hours and all 100 pins were claimed in 3 days.

Claim your Crescent Moon Moth Now!

I had quite a few requests this year for additional pins of other wonderful creatures. This has been something I’ve been pondering in the back of my head—there is an idea brewing—but there just wasn’t enough time to make that happen just yet. However, I did decide to add a little something extra to this campaign.

When all 100 of the Crescent Moon Moth are claimed, I will add a new reward tier for a Mini Moon Moth Badge. The badge is also a hard enamel pin, but it’s about half the size of the limited edition pins. These pins will be $10. Backers of the Crescent Moon Moths will also have access to these as an add-on to their pledge for the same amount.

Here’s a rundown of all the current stretch goals:

-- Stretch Goal 1: $900+ -- LOCKED!

All enamel pin backers will receive a Crescent Moon Moth Sticker.

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-- Stretch Goal 2: $1500 -- Mini Moon Moth Badge -- LOCKED!

When all 100 Crescent Moon Moth enamel pins are spoken for I will add a new reward tier for a special open edition pin, a Mini Moon Moth Badge. All backers will also have the option of adjusting their pledge to add-on this pin. This pin will be $10.

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-- Stretch Goal 3: $2000 -- Crescent Moon Moth Prints -- LOCKED!

All enamel pin backers will receive a Crescent Moon Moth print measuring 4 x 4 inches.

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There’s always the possibility I may add more stretch goals as the campaign progresses, we shall see what happens!

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Eligible Art for 2018

Here’s a selection of award eligible work for 2018, namely pieces that can be suggested for the Chesley Awards.

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"Perchance to Dream" -- Cover, Paperback, Long List Anthology Volume Four, Diabolical Plots, December 2018 | Media: Digital Painting

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“Forest Scouts” — Unpublished, Created for the Bird Whisperer Project, December 2018 | Media: Digital Painting

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“Last Light” — Unpublished, January 2018 | Media: Digital Painting

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“Spirit Keeper” — Unpublished, Created for the Bird Whisperer Project, March 2018 | Media: Digital Painting

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“Dragon’s Breath” — Unpublished, February 2018 | Media: Digital Painting

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"Maybe Tomorrow" -- Cover, ebook, Diabolical Plots Year Three, Diabolical Plots, June 2018 | Media: Digital Painting

Forest Scouts - Behind the Scenes

Forest Scouts is my latest painting for the Bird Whisperer Project. I knew from the moment I saw the reference photo for December’s bird, a stunning Stellar’s Jay, that he would become part of a fantasy world. I envision him and his little rider as part of a team of scouts that keep watch from the tree tops.

As you can see, I took my inspiration from the reference photo but it’s far from a copy. I always try to focus on capturing an essence instead of being exact. My goal is to transform what I see in the reference photo into my own vision. Here’s a process gif, showing the evolution from drawing to finished painting.

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My Brushes

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Digital painting can seem like magic, but in some ways it’s no different than any other painting medium. You have to do the work. These were the main brushes I used for this painting. I don’t tend to use many—you don’t need many. If I’m working on a watercolor or an acrylic painting, I use about the same number. These are brushes I use in all of my digital work.

All of my digital paintings begin with a drawing. I like to have the reference photo open in Photoshop alongside my canvas. Then I pick up my stylus and begin drawing with my Wacom Inutos.

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Here are 5 process shots I took from the GIF image above (you can click on the first one and scroll through them). Besides filling in the background with the paint-bucket tool, everything is painted by hand. The more detailed the painting, the more realistic I want it to be, the longer it takes. I like to block in basic colors and then I try to focus on the background first. When I need a break from that I start focusing on other parts.

There are usually parts of my drawing that I keep simplified, especially when it comes to bird feathers. I prefer to focus on these as I paint. Here’s a look at that with this month’s Stellar’s Jay.

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As you can see, it’s still not exact, just my own interpretation—an essence. Sometimes, I have to take a break from the most tedious parts so I don’t lose focus. More often than not, when I return to them I see something I missed or want to change.

I’m hoping in 2019 to begin recording my painting process—snippets of it at least. Then you can see paint in real time. Stay tuned!

Art for Olde Fae

For the last two years, Rachel Quinlan, friend, artist and founder of the Changeling Artist Collective has been developing a card game. Olde Fae may be based on the classic children’s game, Old Maid, but the artists of the collective have transformed it into something magical! Each artist chose a symbol and will come to no surprise I chose the Owl for my pair of fae. I decided I wanted my Owl fae to be more owl than humanoid. The result is a little creepy, which is in keeping with the nature of the fae.

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From Portrait Sketch to Card

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From Portrait Sketch to Card

The Kickstarter campaign for Olde Fae is nearing it’s 4th Stretch Goal! Don’t miss out! As of now, we do not have plans to run a second printing of the game. You can reserve your copy on Kickstarter here: http://kck.st/2D5W8u0