Wednesday, December 26, 2007

L5R - The Emerald and Jade Champions

I've been meaning to post these for a while. The were fore Legend of Five Rings and they were loads of fun. I'm working on some new ones right now. Hopefully they'll come at as well as I think these did. Here's two of my favs.

Painter IX + Photopshop CS3

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Art or Porn?

I decided to check out the profile of one of the most talented and my favorite painters today, Jeremy Lipking, only to be shocked by two black bars soiling this work of art. If you click the link to this page you can read the message that was sent to him due to the nude paintings. It's sad and appalling! They called his images inappropriate, and can (in their eyes) be compared to pornography. I don't think I need to point out all the porn stars and amateur porn stars, strippers and just girls who want to show of the good for some attention. They say that there are people as young as 14 on myspace and that jeremy's content is inappropriate for them? Give me a break, the amount of smut on myspace is immeasurable and if anything it could use a little culture! This is a dispute that's gone on for centuries, but I would have expected people to come to their senses and realize that these paintings aren't done for any sexual reason whatsoever! How many nudes do you find in religious paintings? Go through an art book and you'll find a countless number of paintings that are religious that contain nudity,most of which were commissioned by a church.

I think this is something that needs to be addressed now. Myspace is a community of interesting, talented and (i think for the most part) pretty open minded people, and the idea that you can't share your art uncensored when it's done in a tasteful manner is shocking! I'd love to hear what you have to say about this and hopefully we can find a way to work this thing out.

Mike Capprotti

Jeremy Lipkings Censored Painting

Friday, December 7, 2007

Random Sketch

A sketch for something I'm messing with right now. A little different for me, but it came pretty naturally. And it was a lot of fun to do. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

L5R Trailer

So I just saw the Legend of Five Rings trailer and they used all the illustrations I did! Pretty cool.

The first two illustrations I did start with "It is a time of greatness" and then the one right after that. The other two I did show up later, but there's no text to tell you where it is. Enjoy!

Here are the cards I did. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


I have a total infatuation with the sky, it's many moods, colors, textures, values. Whenever I'm in my car, I pay more attention to the sky than the road... wait, that doesn't sound very safe! Anyway I really need to start doing more sky and cloud studies. This one was loosely referenced. Basically I opened a picture, glanced at it once or twice and got carried away with the sketch. I really nead to do some more in depth studies from actual reference. Anyway, hope you enjoy!


Got tired of the ole moleskine stlye blog. Especially since I haven't posted anything from my moleskine in forever. But what eva! Something new, something simple.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Photoshop WIP

Here's that WIP I was telling you about. Finally got it to work. I hope to do more like this. Let me know whatcha think.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Joao Paulo Alvares Ruas

When I first started this blog, I wasn't sure if I wanted to post "art related" things like links to artists websites, or articles about whatever. At first I just treated it as a way to showcase my art specifically, but honestly... there is just too much amazing art out on the internets just waiting to be discovered. And I feel it's my duty as a fellow artist to share things that inspire me. Maybe it will give you some insight into the things that make me tick, or why I draw or paint the way I do. Or if you see a random drawing one day that looks like I didn't even draw it, you can look at a previous post and go... "Waaaaait a minute, he was just looking at Jon Fosters site recently!" And it all becomes clear! Anyway like I said I hope these type of posts inspire you (if anyone is actually reading this :-P ).

Joao Paulo Alvares Ruas is such a talented artist from Brazil. The combinations of influences that fuel his art create a style that is like no other. There is no doubt that after looking through his work you will have to pick up your sketchbook (at least I hope). His website is in my links section... twice (by accident, but hey... he deserves it). Here's a pretty sweet article I found on him today. Enjoy!

Joao Paulo Alvares Ruas

KickStand Kids

So the Kickstand Kids (a.k.a. Rico Renzi and Chris Brunner) have started a blog. This dynamic duo is responsible for such Comic Book Masterpieces like Batman: LOTDK "Rough Justice" and The Ride #4: Language Barrier. This is definitely one blog to subscribe to. These two guys really compliment each other well art wise. Check them out.

Kickstand Kids

Head Study

Here's a quick study I did the other day. I'm a huge fan of artists like Travis Schlat, Kate Lehman and Jacob Collins. They were the inspiration for this one. It was a really fun and quick study, bout a half hour. I'll be posting a Video WIP when I finally get the damn video to save right. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!

It's too bad it's $1700.00 :-( 12 inches of beauty!

Wacom Cintiq 12WX

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Character Design Academy

Man oh man why the HELL do I not live in Cali!!!??? Here's an amazing school with amazing teachers, it's call the Character Design Academy. With teachers like Kevin Chen, Khang Le, Charlie Wen and Anthony Francisco, you really can't lose. Five minutes with these guys and you're immediately inspired (I'd Imagine). Check out their site, and posts on forums. You won't regret it.

Character Design Website

Their Blog Thread

And last but not least, CGTalk


Dark Wizard Revis

I liked this original idea, but the finish was pretty weak. Really it was just a glorified sketch! But I went back into it and I'm pretty happy with the outcome. Let me know what ya think!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Another Portfolio Piece

Hope ya digs!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Blind Sorcery

Just working on some stuff for my portfolio. This was a LOT of fun. I've been having a blast in photoshop. I think i might start using it to paint more often.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Speed Paint Self Portrait

Bout ten minutes and as few brush strokes as possible. This was a fun quick sketch.


Friday, October 12, 2007

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Speed Paint

Did a quick speed paint of a beautiful Waterfall/Jungle scene. I hope to do a lot more like this in the future. Bout an hour. Photoshop CS3

Monday, September 17, 2007

Oh yea...

Forgot this one.

Speedpaint. Bout an hour. Randomness.

Sketches and stuff

Here's an update on the caricatures. Right now these are in my sketchbook, but they'll be blown up and finished later.

This was supposed to be some old wiseman looking guy... it ended up just looking exactly like me, with a slightly longer goatie.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


I'll be doing some caricatures of these guys soon. These were sketches of there faces to get familiar with their features.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Why doesn't blogger automatically put your new link at the BOTTOM of you list!!?? I just don't get it. Anyway, couple new links over there. Go through those things, they're ALL HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! All people who inspire the shit outta me (as if you didn't already know that). Enjoy!

Thursday, September 6, 2007


Just some sketches.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

New AGOT Card Art

Just got some cards back from FFG. I did three, but the other two sucked horribly. Because I spent most of my time making this one as "bad-ass" as I could :-P Hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Some new Digi's

It's definitely been a while. I'm such a slacker. The weird thing about blogs is you're never sure if anyone is even looking. But that shouldn't stop me from posting, so I'm going to try and improve on that. Here are some recent digital sketches I did. Each one more random than the last, but they were all good fun. Playing with texture and technique... always a good time. :-P Enjoy.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

If you haven't already heard, we lost a great on Sunday. Mike Wieringo was a guy with TONS of talent, TONS of imagination and a great sense of humor! If you're a comic book fan you would probably remember him best for his work on his own book Tellos or his run (or runs) on Fantastic Four. He kept the industry fresh, and his stylized, almost children's book style made us all wanna stop drawing impossibly ripped body builder type super heroes and start drawing some wide eyed, smiling characters without over rendering everything. He made it look easy, and if you're an artist you know that simple is anything but easy! We're gonna miss you so much Mike, it's hard to imagine the industry or the world without you.

Mike Capprotti

Please check out his website...
Mike Wieringo

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

New Sketchiness

Making fun of some " cool guy" who walked into my work the other day... he's cool!

Messing with some more inking.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Self Portrait

Started messing with a self portrait on my "break" :-)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New Sketches

Couple of sketches. The ink ones were silly super quick ones done on a marker test page. They were pretty fun, done straight with ink. Nothing special but fun.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Koni Waves Pin Up

Here's a pin up I did for the comic book Koni Waves.

Koni Waves

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Some Recent Sketches

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Self Portrait

Yea... That's how big I am!!! SO WHAT OF IT!!!!????

Wednesday, July 4, 2007


Here's a lame sketch I did of supes. Started it at Wizard World Philly, finished it at home.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

AGOT Iron Throne Promo Card

I got some pretty cool news today. My art director sent out an email letting me know that there is now an Artist's Bio page on the "A Game of Thrones" website. While my bio is not up yet, I found some interesting news in the previous post. The illustration I did for the Iron Throne card will be used for their promo card for Gen Con Indy. This is the second card I illustrated that will be used as a Promo Card, and I really am honored! Hope you enjoy it!

The Official Site

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Here are some sketches, some old... some new... some great... some poo!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

It starts...

So after procrastinating for eva eva, I finally decided to create a blog. Hopefully having this blog will force me to be more productive since I tend to waste time when I should be drawing. So here we go...
Just a couple of random images.