25 inspirations for the uninspired

We’ve all had those days whether you’re a writer, a composer, or an artist. You sit down. You got work to do. And nothing comes. The muse has left the building and you’re badly trying to summon her back. Well, my friend, fret not. What you need is a list.…

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Music to paint to

What music do you paint to? And does music help set the mood for your painting? Since I’m doing more fantasy pinup art, I like music that helps the setting. I have eclectic tastes. They range from pretty heavy to pretty deep. But a lot of my music totally fits…

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Sometimes our modeling sessions are random…

And sometimes our modeling sessions are planned. Allie and Roxy have both been with me since the beginning. They're both very different models. The funny thing is, neither of them started off as models. It just happened that way. I'm in fact the only person they model for. We're friends…

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When painting pinups, the magic happens…

When painting pinups, the magic happens in the initial sketch. Once you get good at sketching, everything else just falls in place. In the old days, artists took anatomy classes and dissected bodies. I won't go that far. However, I strongly recommend that you know bodies very well. I'm a…

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Did the Ancient Greeks see a mermaid? Brizo from Delos

How do legends start? They’re usually based on some kind of truth. Or what someone with a lot of charisma thought was the truth. On the Ancient Greek island of Delos, women would leave offerings to a beautiful nude female creature that they called Brizo. They’d leave her offerings in…

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How to deal with distractions

Distractions. Nowadays, it seems like we have more than we’ve ever had before. Before, we had the telephone and the television. And that was it. If nobody called and nothing was on TV, you got shit done. So much easier to have a creative mindset back then. Note that I…

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Why do people buy art?

Have you ever asked anyone why they bought art? I don't mean in a negative way, like "why the hell would you buy that?" I mean, ask them sincerely why they purchased that particular piece of art. You'll be surprised at the responses you'll get from art buyers. You pretty…

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Why Opium Tales?

I am a Romantic. No, not the cheesy 20th century definition. I fucking hate how they took something awesome like Romanticism and turned it into something pretty fucking stupid. I am a Romantic, 19th century definition. If you have no idea what I'm referring to, read the Wikipedia page on…

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What’s in a name? Sometimes, everything

Dammit. I open up one of my old tales and it's called A Pirate's Tale. Written before Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean series came out, one of the main characters was named Jack. So no. Not going to keep that name for obvious reasons. Everyone will think I copied them.…

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