Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of the most commonly asked art-related questions. Feel free to contact me if you do not see the answer to your question here.
What programs/tools do you use?
Please keep in mind that I share the tools that I use to give a better look into my process. If you are new to digital art, please try some of the more accessible options like Gimp (free), Clip Studio Paint (affordable, non-subscription options), or the Procreate App (last I knew it was around $10, one-time payment). These are all fantastic alternatives to Adobe products. I do not have any experience with alternative drawing tablets, so I do not want to make any recommendations. Please research before investing, especially if you are on a tight budget.
That said, the tools I use are Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq 27QHD. As evidence that you do not need the most expensive tools for digital art, I originally learned to paint digitally using an Intuos2 9x12 tablet that cost somewhere around $100-150. I painted over half of the artwork you see here with it, and it lasted me over 10 years! I also have started painting and doing line art for my Patrons in Procreate on my iPad Pro with the Apple pencil.
How long does it take you to finish a painting?
I usually work on several paintings at once, and I don't keep track of hours so it's hard to say how long each painting takes. It took me about a week to finish Sunset, which is 12x18 inches, and relatively simple as far as detail goes. Ultramarine took over a year, painting on and off, so it is very hard to know exactly how many hours that one took. Also, Ultramarine is much larger at 20x30 inches, and has a lot more detail. I have had a harder time being able to paint due to chronic health issues, so that also affects how long it takes me to finish paintings.
Did you go to school for art?
I took some art classes in high school and majored in art in college. I've taken a wide variety of classes from basic drawing to pottery. My favorite class was photography, developing my own black and white photos in a dark room. I had some great teachers that really encouraged me in my artistic journey, and it was a good learning experience. A few years after I left school I came across digital art and taught myself how to paint digitally.
Do you take commissions?
Sorry, not at this time.
Is your art available for licensing?
It depends on what the products and terms are. Please feel free to contact me and we can discuss licensing options and terms. If you feel like my work fits your project or business I am happy to review proposals.
What conventions do you attend?
Currently Megacon is the only convention that I attend. If you are in the Orlando area in the Spring please stop by and say hi!