Equilibrium Lost
Yeah yeah, it’s been forever. I’ve been busy, ok? Here’s a sketch I put together on the first weekend in forever that I had free. Hope you like it!

Yeah yeah, it’s been forever. I’ve been busy, ok? Here’s a sketch I put together on the first weekend in forever that I had free. Hope you like it!

You're an extremely talented artist that could represent anything. Why do you choose to depict celebrities and iconic figures? I believe your artwork could have so much more merit and can contribute much more to society then just entertainment. You even have your symbol as the golden spiral, which I find rather smug for an artist who creates "fan art". I don't intend to offend, it just greatly bothers me to see such a talented artist create advertisement and I would like to know why.
Anonymous

samspratt:

Oh boy.

"Smug" is arbitrarily thinking that one entire genre of art is less than another. 

"Smug" is anonymous back-handed compliments that insult an entire group of artists while trying to police what I choose to make.

"Smug" is thinking that you bestow merit to art and decide its value or contribution to society — or that it needs to do that to begin with.

"Smug" is believing that advertisements are something that automatically lessens art when some of the best painters and works throughout art history, from Leonardo to Caravaggio to Rockwell and Leyendecker have worked in advertising for clients (churches included).

"Smug" is looking at my portfolio of hundreds of paintings over 3 years that cover dozens of genres, styles, subject matters, clients, and sits everywhere from the internet, to billboards, album covers, magazine covers, galleries, newspapers, movie posters, bus-sides, books, homes of friends, strangers, and celebrities, and still choosing to think that I am one thing — a thing that is just as valuable to me as everything I’m paid for professionally.

"Smug" is being a smug dicklet and throwing in “I don’t intend to offend” to cushion the smug dickletishness of it all.

"Smug" is not seeing a simplistic connection between realism in painting and the golden rule that is genre-irrelevant, but again insulting an entire group of artists while commenting on something you haven’t bothered to understand. 

But most of all, “Smug” is thinking that I, or any artist, owes you anything. We can make whatever we want, however we want to. I will keep making advertisements, I will keep making album covers, I will keep making posters for games and movies, I will keep making all that I’m hired to do and choose to take on, but I will also keep making fan art because despite the merit or value that you’ve decided it has — I want to — and that’s all the reason I need.

Take your soggy waffle compliments and fuck the fuck off. Viva la fan art.

This.

Power struggles seem to be omnipresent in every field of human endeavor, extending all the way up and down society. We assume that power has a certain reality. Apart from comic books, where Superman has the power to fly, the only power real human beings have is the power they think they have. You see that sometimes in the collapse of a society. Why did the Soviet Union fall? Because one day the Kremlin gave orders and the soldiers said no, and the whole thing fell apart. It’s a fundamental truth that I think Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. , hit on, that power depends on the obedience of the less powerful. A leader is powerful only when he says jump and people jump. He has no actual power to make them jump. It’s their belief that he has power. It’s an illusion, a shadow on the wall. And sometimes people stop jumping, and then the world changes.
George R.R. Martin (x)
Run And Gun art…

catalystgamelabs:

First reveal, I believe, of art for Run and Gun, the first core rules expansion for Shadowrun, Fifth Edition…image

Aww yeah. My most recent. Thanks for posting it, Catalystgames!

serenebranson:

I know Macklemore is reaching zenith exposure levels right now, and absolutely every individual is entitled to feel however they feel about something, but I’m getting really tired of seeing Same Love being dragged up and down my dash, and I’ll tell you why:

Same Love was…

My visit to GenCon in Indy. Casey, my sister, went with me. Got to meet with my awesome AD, Brent! Here’s my piece which made it on the back of the Crossfire Demo Box!

Old art dump. This is the stuff you won’t find on my website, and you’d have to dig pretty deep on my blog. All but the first one are oils and from more than two years ago. I seem to have a thing for people floating through the air, no?

Warpaint. The color version of my latest ‘badass fantasy women’ series.

Warpaint. The color version of my latest ‘badass fantasy women’ series.

Shadowrun 5th Edition artwork by yours truly.

Art dump.