Creatures of Flame

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Creatures of Flame

This is the artwork for my exclusive print for Phoenix Comicon 2016. We’ve had a brand new, exclusive piece of artwork available for this show each year since we first vended there in 2011.

I’m a kitty! Calico Cat Mask

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Calico Cat Mask

I think calico suits me! This is a new mask we just finished, one of the brand new resin cats all painted up in black, white, and orange. The calico cat mask is available via the Etsy store. I have blank cat masks available too.

I also made my design for this mask available in sets of Printable Cat Masks – Digital Download!

New “I Am A Dragon” Design

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I Am a Dragon Pinback Button, Magnet, or Keychain

When you want to proudly proclaim your allegiance to those grandest of scaled, fire-breathing beasts, here’s a button design just for you. It features a spiky black dragon spreading brown, leathery wings across a sea of flame, and the bold words, “I AM a DRAGON” across the front.

New Phoenix Design and Buttons

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Phoenix Pinback Button, Magnet, or Keychain

I designed this new phoenix originally for doing a silk painting project. While that didn’t completely work out, I loved how the design turned out and decided to use it for other things. The round shape naturally made it an excellent candidate for adding to my collection of buttons!

Tutorial: Making Latex Texture Stamps

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Tools: Sculpting (Texture Stamps)

This tutorial will demonstrate how to make a simple texture stamp out of rubber latex. In this case, I’m making a stamp from the lovely skin textures of two fruits, an orange and an avocado. You can pull textures from pretty much any non-porous surface.

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Arizona Fence Lizards

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Arizona Fence Lizards

If you live in the American southwest, you’re probably used to seeing all kinds of reptiles sunning themselves on fences. Just don’t startle the big ones – they’ve been known to cause property damage, if only accidentally! Come to think of it, I’d better check and make sure our insurance covers acts of big, lazy fence dragons…

In any case, this is our official exclusive for Phoenix Comicon 2013, which is coming up Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd – 26th. This year, they introduced guidelines for exclusives, so the quality (and rarity) of official exclusives will be even better this year than it has been in the past. We just got the prints done, a limited run of 100 copies, 11″ x 17″, each one signed and hand-numbered. If you happen to be at the show, drop by booth #697 to pick one up!

If you have a chance to get to Phoenix Comicon, I definitely recommend it! It is an amazing show, attracting some really great guests (they’re having an all-out Babylon 5-a-thon this year), and we’re ridiculously excited about it.

Spiny Desert Drake

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Spiny Desert Drake

Meet the spiny desert drake, the aptly named dragon native to the Arizona desert. This continues my trend of creating draconic species indigenous to the location of the convention where their print is being sold as an exclusive.

This beautiful fellow was sold only at Phoenix Comicon 2012. We had 100 11″ x 17″ copies, all signed and hand-numbered, and we sold every last one! It was great – he was very well received.

He’s patterned after a number of local desert dwellers. His spiky scales are reminiscent of horned toads, his patterning like that of many of our lizards and snakes. He perches lightly atop a saguaro cactus arm, like many hawks here do while hunting. He has the mischievous fearlessness of a coyote, and the curiosity and territorial instincts of a cactus wren.

Orange Blossom Drakeling

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Orange Blossom Drakeling

This tiny green drakeling is wonderfully camouflaged for skittering among the branches of orange trees and sipping on the sweet juice of the fruits.

This image was done as our exclusive for WonderCon 2012, in a series that included 50 signed and hand-numbered 11″ x 17″ prints. The idea was to feature in each exclusive a dragon indiginous to the area where the convention was being held. In this case, WonderCon took place in Anaheim, CA – currently home to a rather famous theme park. As you may or may not know, the whole area used to be covered in orange orchards – thus this little drakeling’s home. Not to worry, though… as the orange groves were cleared out, most of them moved on – but I hear a few of them still hang around to help clean up after tourists.

The Phoenix and the Dragon

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The Phoenix and the Dragon

This was the first time we ever did an exclusive for a convention, for Phoenix Comicon 2011. The prints were 11″ x 17″ and turned out beautifully! We made exactly 100 copies, all signed and hand-numbered. They were quite successful at the show!

The duality depicted by a phoenix and a dragon is most often seen in Asian artwork – the yin and yang, masculinity and femininity, light and dark. I really love the concept, but wanted to put my own spin on the art and use a western-style dragon and my own style of phoenix. The slightly muted color scheme gives it a slightly more antique feel, as well.