Illuxcon 2011 Wrap Up

Illuxcon 4 has finally passed and what an awesome convention it was. As always I was completely humbled by the amazing artwork I saw there, and of course also by all the feedback I received on my work. The good news though is it did give me much clarity on where my work needs to go and what level I am at. I feel like my work is right on the precipice and I just need to find a way to push it to the next level. Even Michael Hayes used the analogy of leveling up when talking about my work and he was amazingly helpful. I definitely got a lot of notes from him.

The feedback I got on my work all around was amazing though especially from the artists who I had met last year like Dan Dos Santos, Steve Prescott, Allen Williams, Justin Gerard, Donato, Mark Zug, Chris Moeller, Jeremy McHugh, Marc Scheff (who I really owe a lot to) and so many others. There feedback was truly invaluable.

I also had the pleasure of getting to meet some amazing artists who I did not get the chance to before. I had the pleasure of having some great conversations with Travis Lewis and got to watch him work which was amazing. As well as watching Alan Pollack paint at his booth (as can bee seen in the pic).

Another great person I got to talk to was Cynthia Sheppard (image at the top). Her feedback on my work and my portfolio was so helpful. She was definitely a big highlight of the convention this year. And I was fortunate enough to get one of her artist print magic cards. Which of course went right into the deck.

Also I had the pleasure to again meet up with Jon Schindehette and have him look over my work, which went really well. His critique was very insightful and from what I gather from him I am at least on the right track.

On the last day of the con I did get to do something truly awesome. I got to hang out with Chris Moeller at his booth and play some magic with him. I played my new vampire deck and my blue/white against his all Moeller deck. It was so much fun, I can not wait to do it again next year. 

Lastly I just want to say how awesome Jeanne and Pat are for holding Illuxcon. Everything was fantastic and it was a real pleasure to see them again. Especially watching Jeanne snipe everyone with her camera.

So here is looking forward to Illuxcon 5 2012.

Illuxcon 2011 + NYCC Wrap Up

With NY Comic Con done it is now Illuxcon that is on its way.

First though I should wrap up my trip to NYCC. It was really fantastic got to meet some great artists like Bobby Chiu, David Mack, Michelle Dickens, and Ebas. Even made some contacts with comic companies that will hopefully flesh out into full comic gigs. And the best part is a friend of mine  got an interview with DC while there. I am so excited over that.

But now that all of that is done it is time for me to leave for Illuxcon in a few hours. It should be amazing I have a portfolio review lined up with Jon Schindehette, I will be getting many magic cards signed, and will get the pleasure to see Pat and Jeannie Wilshire again as that is always a highlight.

But now I must finish preparing for my departure but expect lots of awesome pictures and hopefully some good news.

PS if you happen to be there and want to play some magic hit me up. I shall have my decks with me and would love to get down on a game.

2010 The Year in Review

2010 has been quite an interesting year, hell it has been an amazing year. I was very fortunate to start getting some really nice jobs, got into ImagineFX (although you won't see me in there till next year), and I won one of the Illuxcon scholarships. It has truly been an amazing year.

In fact I remember talking with a friend of mine Mike Burns about how 2010 was our year. See he as well as my other friend J. S. Choi have all started to get some great jobs this year, things for all of us have really picked up. And if you are not familiar with their work please make sure to check them out.

It feels like our careers are really taking off. Now I am eagerly looking forward to 2011. I have some really cool gigs coming up that I can not wait to share with you guys, and I also have some really awesome personal projects and samples that will be done soon. Also expect the third installment of my pin-up series to be posted soon. It is finished I just have to actually post it.

Hopefully 2011 can be just as exciting as 2010. So cheers to a great new year to you and yours.


Illuxcon Wrap Up

Illuxcon was the coolest event ever. I got so much stuff, met so many great artists, and saw lots of awesome presentations, had 34 magic cards signed and bought 10 art books.

I uploaded some pictures one is of myself, J. S Choi, Mike Burns, Brandon, and first ever Illie award winner Mark Zug. Who by the way can rock a guitar. They had a jam night there and it was awesome.

The next has me, J. S. Choi, Mark Nelson and Jon Schindehette. Apparently there was caution, for groping was occurring. But seriously though Mark was great I ended up doing an art book trade with him which was awesome. And Jon was a great guy he looked through my work and gave me some really positive feedback. Hopefully I will be working for him at some point (knocks on wood).

Another picture is of Greg Hildebrandt working on a painting of Smaug. A really cool thing had happened when I had the chance to talk to him. I asked him if he could sign some of my magic cards and he did cause he is a really cool guy. Then I gave him some of my postcards in return. And when he looked at my work he told me it was beautiful and asked ME if I would sign them for him. That was such a magnificent experience it was a huge highlight of the convention.

There are a million other stories of awesome that happened that weekend but I will not bore you with the details. I most definitely plan on going back next year. So on a final note.

Jeannie and Pat are amazing and I thank them and those who donated art to the scholarship so much. It is an experience I will treasure forever.


Currently I am sitting in my hotel room just waiting to head over to Illuxcon. It is going to be intense so much stuff to do. I am so excited.

I am sure I will have tons of new pictures and new stuff to share soon but until then I shall share my excitement.....



I just got some awesome news. I won an all expenses paid scholarship to go to Illuxcon this year. I am so excited about it. For those of you who don't know Illuxcon is a convention for fantasy illustration. So many great artists will be there like; Justin Sweet, Daren Bader, Dan Dos Santos, and even Donato. And that is just a very small amount.

I got in on the submission of my The End of a Legend piece.

If you want to know more about Illuxcon check it out here. Illuxcon 2010

I am so excited for this it is a great honor, I am very thankful to have been chosen.