Saturday, October 12, 2013

TMNT: 2nd Season Poster

The second season of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kicked off today. I had the opportunity to work on this press piece for the launch of the second season. One day a co-worker showed me the poster had appeared on Nickelodeon's twitter feed.
These assignments are fun but we aren't always sure how they are intended to be used. I can't believe one season has already passed. Be sure to keep watching!

Here's an article that IGN produced covering season two's premier. There is even a sneak peak with Casey Jones.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Adventures of Miles and Doug

Not too long ago some good friends of ours welcomed a new member into their family: a baby boy titled by the name Miles. Miles father and I go back to the early days of high school and I couldn't be happier for him, his wonderful wife, and their two pugs.

This project was an absolute blast. My friend's sister, my wife, and I worked together to come up with a unique and special gift for their growing family. We were imagining adventures a little boy and his dog would have that is unique to my friend and his family. We knew one of their dogs, Doug the Pug, had to have quite an influential role in our designs. After we came up with the four themes for the canvases, I threw open my sketchbook. Here is a page from my sketchbook where I thumbnailed ideas for the fishing, Star Wars, biking, and the music designs.

When I had locked down my ideas the painting process began. I loved putting my paint brushes to work again and I really enjoyed doing this project traditionally. Thanks goes out to my wife for all the great pictures you took to document this gift. Please feel free to check out more of her work here. ~ ElahTree ~


The final paintings. I am truly blessed to know this family and am excited to see all the continued adventures of Miles and Doug the Pug.

Rest well Miles and Doug. Many more adventures await.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Man of Steel

For along time I have been a fan of Jerry Siegel's and Joe Shuster's big blue boyscout. My fan hood started by the amazement that a man (I know technically he's an alien) could be "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!" I watched all the old cartoons and even have a couple lunchboxes. Over the years my intrigue in the Man of Tomorrow has shifted to an appreciation of his integrity, character, and heart. Torn between what's right, what's wrong, and what is wise. Goodness and light trying to give hope amidst the darkness. The parallel's to my faith became more inspiring than this Kryptonian's powers. Although the power of flight would still be pretty awesome.

It's good to see Superman returning to the sliver screen.

What good is being a fan without some fan art?

This find came from Austin Madison's blog but I had to share.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Gift For A Good Friend

We are out of town this weekend to celebrate two good friends as the begin their lives together. Here's a peak at the gift I made for them. Today is the big day they become husband and wife. It's going to be a great wedding and we are looking forward to the trip and making new memories.

Thursday, April 11, 2013


I grew up playing baseball. I loved to play. I especially loved the snow cones, Gatorade, and/or ice cream after the games. I grew up when all the baseball movies came out too; Angels in the Outfield, Rookie of the Year, The Sandlot, Field of Dreams, and I have sisters so you bet I saw A League of Their Own.

As I got older I pursued other interests but my love for the game rounded a different base. I loved learning about the history of the game and about the players and the stories from a different day and age. Athletes who's motivation was to prove something as they played for the love of the game and not for the fame or monetary reward. One such player was Jackie Robinson. Once I learned who he was, I was hooked.

Here is a pencil on paper piece I did many years ago. I didn't plan this but I happened to find a frame to fit it the same week 42 hits theaters. All these years it finally has a frame and a part of his story will cinematically be told. Needless to say I am excited for 42.

"The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it." 
- Jackie Robinson

Monday, March 4, 2013

A Day at the Zoo

Great company, great weather, creatively inspirational subject material, and a great day to bring along the sketch book. Who doesn't love the zoo?

This little monkey was one of my favorites.
 He finally slowed down for a quick sketch.