Well, technically we were married by the wonderful Pastor John Jenks, but we did it at Roq La Rue Gallery surrounded by the wonderful "Lush Life" show. The ceremony was simple as it was beautiful and my lovely wife Heather was radiant. Surrounded by friends and family we couldn't have asked for a better day and a better place to have it. Here's to all the people that made our wedding come together and to many years of happiness and painting with my new bride.


    My recently finished painting "The Exiles" is now available as a limited edition print through publishing gurus A Paper Tiger. The prints measure 12.5 x 14 inches, are printed on archival paper with the latest in giclee technology and are all hand signed and numbered by me.

    The run is limited so head on over to www.apapertiger.com and pick yours up today!


    Well Hell finally froze over because I've updated my site. Most of the paintings I did in 2008 and a couple from earlier years have been added to their respective galleries. So get onto the galleries and hunt down those new pictures. I'll post up those missives I know you all love just as soon as Hell thaws back out and then freezes over a second time.


    I'll be showing a new piece in the upcoming "Movers and Shakers" show at the POVevolving gallery in lovely Chinatown, Los Angeles. The show, curated by Gino Joukar, will run from February 14th through March 8th, 2009 with an opening reception on the 14th from 7 -11 pm. The line up for this show is quite impressive and if you're in the area I would highly recommend getting down to see it in person. Also, I'm honored to be part of a limited edition print box set from POVelvolving. The set also has some impressive showers and the run is limited so start saving your nickles now!


    Well, tis that time of year again. That time of year when I spend every spare moment painting my ass off, trying desperately to finish up everything I need to in the face of encroaching deadlines... Oh shit, nevermind! That happens all the time! In any case I've got a show opening at Roq La Rue this coming Friday the 12th of September. As always the festivities will run from 6pm - 9pm so please, if you're in the area, stop in and say "hi". If you've not met me before I'll the the somewhat haunted looking individual casting furtive glances about, on the look out for angry art directors and gallery owners wondering where their art is at.

  • Roq La Rue Gallery http://www.roqlarue.com 2312 2nd Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 206-374-8977

    Roq La Rue is turning ten this year and as part of the celebration Kirsten Anderson, owner and curator, is holding a giant group show. It's promising to be quite the line up with a number of big name artists offering up pieces for inclusion. Needless to say I'm quite excited as I will also be part of the celebration and show. I'll not only have one of my own paintings hanging along side the greats but I'll also be attending the opening. The opening, on Friday, July 11th from 6pm-9pm, is free to attend and open to the public so if you're in the area and want to see a bunch of kick ass art... and me, stop on by. Roq La Rue 2312 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98121 Roq La Rue 10th Anniversary Opening: Friday, July 11th from 6pm-9pm

    Be there!


    I've taken my first step into a larger world... No not learning to channel and control the force, I'm talking about merchandising! I've hooked up with a great company out of Toronto (Canada) who make protective skins for your Macintosh computer and iAccessories. The company Gelaskins makes removable skins, fashionably appointed, for application onto your more precious gadgets. These skins are amazing! They go on easy, stick like glue but are completely removable and don't harm your toys at all. Even better you can now get them with my art on them. How cool is that?! Answer, very cool. So, get on the internet get over to www.gelaskins.com and help support my new friends from Toronto (Canada), they rool!


    I've got a new piece going up at Gallery 1988 in sunny Los Angeles. The show, "Toys", will run from April 1st through the 25th and as an added bonus the fine folk at 1988 are helping Hotwheels usher in their 40th year. Unfortunately this time around I won't be at the opening but my painting will and you all can talk to it all night in my stead.


    I'll be showing a new painting at the "Cabinet of Natural Curiosities" group show at Roq La Rue gallery come February. The line up for this show is pretty hot, with all the artists painting images containing, or all about animals of numerous type. Furthermore I, and a number of the other artists will be in attendance at the show opening, Friday, February 8th, from 6-9 pm so feel free to stop on by. For those of you interested in purchasing art, either mine or one of the other attending artists, please contact Kirsten Anderson at kirsten@roqlarue.com to be put on the gallery's preview list. From the gallery: Roq la Rue is pleased to present a huge group show entitled “A Cabinet Of Natural Curiosities”. We asked our artists to create works relating to animals. The mysterious links we have with animals are integral part of our psychological make up. As humans we treasure them, fetishize them, turn them into symbols, anthropomorphize them, and at the same time inflict terrible cruelty upon them. We allow horrific injustices in slaughterhouses to occur and decimate their habitats, yet offer our children stuffed animals for comfort and have whole stores devoted to pampering your pet. The way we relate to the other creatures living on the planet relates directly to the way we view ourselves. This show, while leaning more towards the fanciful rather than the political, offers up a wunderkammer like display of creatures, while addressing many of the issues raised above. Artists include: Femke Hiemstra, Travis Louie, Brian Despain, Amy Sol, Lisa Petrucci, Chris Ryniak, Chet Zar, Kozydan, Junko Mizumo, Liz McGrath, Kukula, Laura Plansker, Mark Frauenfelder, Christian Vanminnen, Mark Gleason, Nathan Ota, Catalina Estrada, Sarah Joncas, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, John Brophy, Anthony Pontius, Jeremy Bennet, Jim Woodring, Heiko Muller, Javier S. Ortega


    Brian will be showing new paintings at an upcoming Roq La Rue opening on November 9th 2007! Paintings by Ryan Heshka and Scott Musgrove will also be featured.

    Be there!


    Brian has a new oil painting ready to show the world! It will be included in Roq La Rue's Fresh Meat group show opening on June 9, 2006. Brian will be at the opening and looks forward to seeing you all there. Enjoy!.


    The “Triple Threat” Opening at Roq la Rue on March 10th went well. Ryan Heshka and Davey (Dave Wong) are great people as well as fine artists. Brian thoroughly enjoyed sharing his philosophy of art and gesturing wildly at everyone. The pieces will be up until April 8th for your viewing pleasure. There is also a link to an online gallery of the show at: http://www.roqlarue.com/showpages/TripleThreat/gallery.html Thanks to all at Roq la Rue for a real good time. Also, thanks to Andrew for coming such a long way to meet Brian. Brian is already back to work on more oil paintings and anything else he can conjure up.


    I know its been a very long time and we have a lot of catching up to do. Brian has been oil painting since our return from the Spectrum Exhibition in September. He has taken to it like a fish to water and the results are stunning. The first oil painting made an appearance at Lunar Boy gallery in August as part of the “Tales from a Tin Can” show. The Issue with Angels appeared in the “Bad Moon Rising” show at Roq la Rue, Seattle, WA in October and was the first Brian Despain oil painting sold. Since October, life has been all about communing with the oil paints: mastering color, creating palettes and experimenting. Brian still harbors love for the fantasy RPG so he took on a few cards for Magic The Gathering. (He is also DM of his own D&D adventure here at home.) Brian is part of the “Triple Threat” descending upon Roq la Rue on March 10th, 2006. Prepare yourself for Brian’s largest organic output in years! If you were moved by the painterly work of his digital paintings, wait until you see what he can do with a paint brush. Brian (and I) will be there for the opening so if you are able to come by, please do and say hello. And along with everything else, Brian is still working at Snowblind Studios in Bothell, WA. Their next title will be announced later in March. ***Pathetic attempt to gain sympathy and forgiveness for the neglect of imphead.com: With Brian so very busy being brilliant and productive, I was supposed to be responsible for keeping tabs on the web site. Due to some unfortunate injuries to my neck/elbow/wrist/shoulder my body has had very little tolerance for work at the computer, well any kind of work really, so under strict medical orders, I had to let the site lapse. I am slowly coming back to full strength and will make every effort to get things back up and running smoothly. I have been keeping up on print orders and hope that everyone has, at least, been satisfied with the quality of that service. I do appreciate any feedback (OK maybe not so much mean stuff, but I'll read it), so bring it on and help me make things cooler on the site.


    Unfortuantely, the life of a visual artist is not always as fascinating and exciting as that of a rock star. But fortunately with Mr. Despain at the wheel, you need not fear, excitement is always just around the corner. Uhm, maybe it's the next corner after you take this offramp. He's not the best navigator, so sometimes it's the scenic route, but at least he's always moving. Anyway, on with the update... On shelves in a store near you Brian's work graces the cover of Luc Besson's Arthur and the Minimoys, an adventure story for children. The book was first released in France and is now published in English by Harper Collins. The book hit stores on May 10, 2005. On September 6, 2005 the sequel, Arthur and the Forbidden City, hits stores with more cover art by the Big Imp. Brian's covers are outstanding. The print quality showcases the beautiful artwork; creating a window into a magical world. Luc Besson has a film in the works to span both books due out in 2006. Loot from work with Privateer Press Privateer Press releases Warmachine: Apotheosis in August. Artwork includes two interior pieces by Brian and other great works by Brian Snoddy, Brian "Chippy" Dugan, and Matt "Golly, I wish I had a cool name like, 'Brian'" Wilson. One of Brian's (Despain) interiors can be seen on the cover of Privateer Press's first issue of No Quarter Magazine on sale July 6, 2005. The Imp has been busy with Privateer, also doing the cover for Liber Mechanika, a new Iron Kingdoms RPG source book. Brian Despain, solo show at Lunar Boy Gallery We've saved the best news for last so hang onto your hats. Brian will be having his very first solo gallery show at Lunar Boy Gallery in beautiful Astoria, Oregon. The show opens Saturday August 13th and runs thru September 9th. So save yourself the trouble of making up some flimsy excuse and be there. The future of humanity depends on your presence! And Brian will be there if you want to meet the man behind the bots. He loves to talk about art and is very charming, so don't miss him. The reception is from 6 to 9 PM. Puncuality is crucial (well, at least it's nice), there will be a test, and you will be missed if you do not attend. The credit for getting this update written and loaded goes to a good friend and very talented artist Michael Gardner. He creates on paper and on skin (he did Brian's tattoo). If you are in the Seattle area and interested in getting quality, beautiful and creative tattoo work, he's your man at Painless Steel located at 1809 Broadway in Everett, WA. Call Painless Steel at 425-259-5110. Mike encourages me to stay on top of the site and even had a hand in writing this update. Since I hadn't done it myself, I invited him to help me out and get it started. Thank you, Mike.


    Well it's a brand new year! Things are finally settling down around here. We bought a house in November and moved in December. That should explain the huge gap in updates and news. Brian has been hard at work, as always, on one thing or another. He is doing some pieces for Privateer Press (operated by our good friend Matt Wilson). He is also working on some oil paintings... And don't forget the day job. Sony Online Entertainment has released Snowblind Studios' Return to Arms, the expansion to Champions of Norath for the PS2. Spectrum, up close and personal. The people behind the Fantasy art annual Spectrum, are putting together an exhibition of aproximately 250 works selected from the eleven editions of Spectrum. The exhibit is scheduled for September 7 to October 1, 2005 at The Museum of American Illustration in New York. The museum is located at The Society of Illustrators 128 East 63rd Street. Brian's Piscis Ex Machina has been selected for inclusion in the exhibition. We wil be there for the opening. This is an incredible opportunity for the artists and the people who appreciate their work to see a unique gathering of talent. If you will be in the area, we hope that you will check it out.


    Well, I'm learning that once a month is a bit ambitious and presumptuous about how interesting we are, so while it may not be every month, I will try to let you know when things get interesting. We've been busy buying a house so somethings have slipped to the back burner. Brian has been working hard on new projects for Wizards of the Coast over the past few months. He's also doing some new stuff for Privateer Press with our very good friend Matt Wilson. And as always, Brian is creating new original artwork for his own satisfaction and your pleasure. If I wasn't such a rotten assistant, you would already know that Brian will be at Table Top Games today, (that's right, today, I know , I know). He'll be there at 12:00 to sign cards and books and hang out. He'll also have prints, stickers and some very large shirts for sale.


    First, I have to apologize for missing the August update. I had promised at least one new item each month and I dropped the ball. Alright, let's move on to the new stuff. Brian has been hard at work since returning from Comic Con International 2004 in San Diego. He did well there and had a great time and was really glad to see everyone that was able to come by. He even ate sushi. (Brian doesn't go in much for the sea food in general, so this was a huge gastronomical adventure induced by spirits). Thanks to all of you who were able to attend and stop in Artist Alley to see Brian. Brian is so Fine! This news started in August and I'm actually glad that I get to tell it all at once, even though it makes me late with the update. Brian was approached by designer and Lunar Boy Gallery owner Troy Winterrowd about his art. Brian had never shown his work in a gallery and was excited about the opportunity. In the last week of August, Brian and I drove to Astoria, Oregon in a torrential downpour to meet Troy and his partner Jimmy Pickering at the gallery. Even though we feared for our lives on the winding, heavily wooded road into Astoria, we were able to occupy ourselves by looking for landmarks from the fabulous movie, "The Goonies" (set and filmed in Astoria). Even more exciting was our first look at the gallery. Nothing much was up yet, but it was beautiful and ready to house wonderful images and ideas. Brian signed the limited edition Giclee prints of the five robots ("Mr. Bubble's Birthday", "Blendboy 2000", "Piscis Ex Machina", "Icarus Fish", and "Paper Fish"). If you are interested in acquiring one of these gorgeous pieces, contact Troy Winterrowd by email or phone at Lunar Boy Gallery. Unfortunately, Brian had so much work waiting for him back home, we had to leave that same evening, driving in the same steady downpour, only then in the dark. Fast forward to September 18, 2004 and the Grand Opening of Lunar Boy Gallery. We traveled back to Astoria and even took some friends along for support and good company. The weather was a bit kinder this time and we didn't have to rush back that night. We arrived at the opening to a full house. It was great to see so many people interested in seeing what Troy and Jimmy had to offer. They have a great section of illustrated books at the front where I watched 2 young boys read a book together. People were milling all around obviously enjoying the variety in the work and comfort of the space. A large print of each robot is matted and framed on the partial wall at the center of the gallery. Brian had plenty of people to talk to all evening and we all had a great time. Greatest thanks and congratulations to Troy and Jimmy on a fantastic opening. If you are ever in the area, you really ought to check it out.

    T-SHIRTS JULY 10, 2004 This is no ordinary update. We have NEWS! The Imp Head Studio store is online and ready for business. There is a variety of prints available for purchase. What kind of business would we be without T-shirts? The boring no fun kind so we made T-shirts! The Imp Head translated well into apparel and we really hope you will wear them. 100% cotton in olive or black. The other news may not be of much interest to you, but I (Halima) got a job at a veterinary microbiology lab. Brian didn't fire me but I missed being a microbiologist so I went and got me a job. That will in no way hinder my commitment to Imp Head Studio and any of you who care what happens to us. I'm still taking care of business for the talent. We're pretty proud of what we've done here, but the true test is how well it works for you. So, bring on the feedback! Send it to alliha@imphead.com and we'll continue to do our best to make it all worth while. Thanks!


    This is no ordinary update. We have NEWS! The Imp Head Studio store is online and ready for business. There is a variety of prints available for purchase. What kind of business would we be without T-shirts? The boring no fun kind so we made T-shirts! The Imp Head translated well into apparel and we really hope you will wear them. 100% cotton in olive or black. The other news may not be of much interest to you, but I (Halima) got a job at a veterinary microbiology lab. Brian didn't fire me but I missed being a microbiologist so I went and got me a job. That will in no way hinder my commitment to Imp Head Studio and any of you who care what happens to us. I'm still taking care of business for the talent. We're pretty proud of what we've done here, but the true test is how well it works for you. So, bring on the feedback! Send it to alliha@imphead.com and we'll continue to do our best to make it all worth while. Thanks!


    Just under the wire, but I have a June update!! On June 12, 2004, Brian was at Table Top Games in Tacoma, WA signing cards and books with fellow Magic artists Anthony Waters, Mark Tedin, Brian Snoddy and Peter Venters. Table Top Games was having a barbecue with burgers and hot dogs and all the fixin’s. It was a great group of people and Table Top is a great gaming space with lots of room for miniatures games and table games. I was there just to hang out for the day. I also want to send best wishes to the Dark Minion. And a final thought: Please, I beg you, all you kids out there with your pants hanging on your thighs, pull up your pants! In other news, the Links page got a face lift and a number of new links were added. If you enjoy looking at great art bursting with imagination, cruise these pages and enjoy yourself completely. Reminder: Brian will be at Comic Con International 2004 in San Diego, CA July 22-25, 2004.


    First off let me introduce myself... I'm Brian's new business partner and will be taking over operations here at the studio so Brian can get back to doing what he loves doing most, art. (Not that he was spending all that much time updating this page anyway, but now we're just arguing semantics.) Since you're going to figure it out anyway, I'll just tell you, I'm also Brian's super cool wife. I am the new compulsive type A personality driving Imp Head Studio to new heights of greatness. Well, not exactly, Brian is the greatness, I'm more like a janitor. My role as part of Imp Head Studio is to do the stuff Brian's genius does not afford him the time to do for you. A huge part of my job is to keep imphead.com up to date and of continued interest to all of you. I want to reward your support for Brian's work with a fun and fascinating experience here. Besides, if I blow it, Brian will fire me and I'll have to be a microbiologist again. In short, we want you to keep coming back and to invite others to spend time with some beautiful inspiring artwork. If you have ideas about information or items you would like to see here send email to updates@imphead.com. I will respond to your comments and get your address on the mailing list. Then, you will be the first to know when something happens. My pledge and promise to you: Any information you provide to Imp Head Studio will be used STRICTLY to inform you of Imp Head Studio news. People are not for sharing. If at anytime you would like to be released from the Imp Head Realm, simply drop an email to the updates@imphead.com or to me at alliha@imphead.com. We are here for you and we want to remain here, so we don't intend to make you unhappy. Fair enough? Super! On with the fun. I could fall all over myself apologizing for the delay in updates, but would you really believe it at this point? There are infinitely more important things I need to tell you right now. Big News: Brian takes a silver in Spectrum 11! Well, it's not for the Olympics, but we're all pretty pleased here at the studio. The annual competition honoring Science-fiction and Fantasy artists culminates in the publication of Spectrum. It functions as the Fantasy Art "Who's who", judged by distinguished creative professionals in the industry. Brian earned a Silver Medal for "Piscis Ex Machina" in the Institutional Category (oddly appropriate for Brian). Spectrum 11 will be published by Underwood Books in October 2004. *Also of note, Brian's work is included in previous Spectrum collections numbered 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10, most of which are still available at local bookstores or from fine online establishments like Bud Plant. Exposed as a Master as well... Brian was honored by Ballistic Publishing as a Master of Humor for his piece "The Longest Ride". Selected works are published in a collection titled Expose. This competition is in it's second year and they are demonstrating their good taste by recognizing people doing great digital artwork. You can have one for your very own viewing pleasure from Ballistic Publishing. Brian will be with the Snowblind Studios team at E3 in Los Angeles May 11-14, 2004. This is a trade event and not open to the public, but if you will be there in a professional capacity, check out Snowblind Studios latest endeavor, "Champions, Return to Arms" at the Sony Online Entertainment booth. Brian will also be at Comic-Con International 2004 in San Diego July 22-25, 2004. This event is open to the public and those of you in the area should definitely stop by. Brian would love to see you! He will have plenty of prints available and it really is more fun to pick them up from the man himself. Imp Head Studio T-shirts are in production and will also be available. Who knows what else we will come up with by July?


    Well the long wait is over, the tenth annual edition of "Spectrum" is in bookstores now. Chock full of art from the industries leading science-fiction and fantasy illustrators Spectrum has been over the past ten years a difinitive watermark for the professionals in our field. If you've not bought previous editions this issue is a good place to start and if you have, Spectrum 10 is definitely worth adding to your collection.


    Well, it took a little over a year but I've finally found the time to update this site. Thanks to all who kept checking back in spite of the same droll bits of artwork staring them back time and again. This one's for you! Though I would like to attribute this update to a sudden and brilliant new scheduling plan, I must admit that I was somewhat forced into action by forces beyond my control. It seems that over the past year Imp Head Studio has garnered so much attention my previous web host didn't have the capacity to provide me with the needed bandwidth thus resulting in imphead.com shutting down for a couple of days, sending me scrambling to find a new provider. Hopefully imphead.com's new home is better suited to handle the huge increase in traffic and maybe all the new interest in the site will inspire me to pay more attention to the goings on here. As far as updates go, beyond the cosmetic shuffling and editing of old text I'm afraid I don't have much to offer. There is a new piece in the color portfolio and as always a piece bumped into the color archive. I'm working on putting together quite and extensive list of links for the links page and will be updating that in the coming days. The store is still under construction but as always I am selling prints of most of the work I do and will (and have) gladly deal through regular email channels. Thanks to all those that have already bought prints! In other news, I'm still working full time at Snowblind Studios and I'm still loving the place more and more every day. In fact we're just about finished with our latest title. The more daring of you can check out mine and my overly talented co-worker's efforts at the official game website http://www.championsofnorrath.com. The game will be available for the PlayStation 2 in February of 2004. Buy a copy and I promise to sign it. I've been hitting the online art forums pretty regularly, posting artwork and giving critiques when I have the time. For all you up and coming artist, (Or you already established artists looking for a place to waste time.) I would highly recommend any one of these artistic hot spots as a place to showcase your own works as well as get tips, tricks, and critiques, or just meet and greet like minded artists of all ages, professions, skills and nationality. Here they are in no particular order... Eatpoo- Though their name sounds more like a fecal-centric porn site this forum is, in actuality, a good mix of juvenile humor and art. In other words my kind of scene. Conceptart- A little more upscale and conservative Conceptart is still a great place for all levels of artist to show their work. CGtalk- The biggest and best place to showcase your digital artwork. Though they only deal in the digital realm this place is definitely the showroom for all things computer generated, be they 2D or 3D. The fine gents that run the place are also responsible for the brand new digital showcase book Exposé.


    Well, after three years living in Boston the wife and I finally packed up our things and headed West... All the way. We're currently living in the lovely state of Washington and we couldn't be happier. I've procured a new job with Snowblind Studios making games for the Play Station 2 and though it's taking up a lion's share of my creative juice and my time in general I'm pretty happy with the situation... But enough about my life, let's get on to the good stuff! I've put up five new pieces of art, two in color, two in black and white and one in the studies section (You'll have to figure out which ones they are on your own). To make room for the new art I've moved five pieces to the archives section as well. I've updated the about section with a brief bio and I'm making plans to change around the links section a little when I get some more spare time. All in all the updates list is going over like a hooker at Sunday mass, but I'll continue to send out emails to the three of you that DID sign up, (Oh, sorry mom, four.) Well kiddies, that's it for now but rest assured I've got about four more paintings in the hopper right now and there doesn't seem to be any end of ideas so keep checking back!


    Okay so it's been a little while since my last update but I've been a very busy boy. Between going on my honeymoon, to planning a move across the country and finding a new job I've had little time to dedicate to my own devices... But excuses aside I've finally gotten around to doing something with this site. I've put up two new pieces in the color section and moved a couple into the color archive section. I've also put up another new piece in the studies section. Here's something else I've been toying around with... My one big problem with artists' websites is that once I've seen the art I rarely go back and take another look and when I do, more often then not the site hasn't been updated. What I would really like is some way to find out when my favorite art sites have been updated. I've been noticing the same thing occurring on this site as well. Not to say that I don't have regular visitors, and to those stalwart characters I thank you immensely, but it's because of those one-timers that I'm putting together a update email list so that if you so desire you can be informed immediately of any changes happening over at Imp Head Studio. To sign up on the list just send a note to updates@imphead.com. And for all of you who are worried about your information falling into the wrong hands, I have absolutely no intention or desire to sell your name to any catalog, spam-site, or government faction. You can all rest easy with the knowledge that your email will be kept in the most secretive way possible.


    Since I started this web site I've had my fair share of interesting passersby. Everyone from Lucasfilms to NASA has traipsed through Imp Head, and everyday I'm finding more and different people stopping by. Most, I'm not sure how they got onto the site, be it through accident or intent is no matter, that they stopped by is good enough for me. Some came by accident, searching the vast reaches of cyberspace for one thing and finding themselves delivered into my clutches by a somewhat enigmatic search engine. Others arrived following slightly dusty links, uncovered on their journey through the uncharted maze of the World Wide Web, (granted most of those links are from sites that can be found in my own links section or are simply the results of the generosity of others.) And then there are the occasional few that, through no fault of my own, found their way to Imp Head because a previous viewer, deemed my site and it's content worthy of a second look. To show my appreciation I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to those people that not only enjoyed the Imp Head experience but enjoyed it so much they went that extra step to share it with the rest of the world in hopes that someone else would visit and go away somehow different. Here they are in no particular order: Christoffer Saar , Oldi , Paul Balchin , Kitty , Samantha , and Srinath Avadhanula and to the rest of ya, (If you're reading this, you're included.) Thanks for the patronage, I mean that.


    Here it is, albeit a couple weeks in, my first post of the new year. Work is steady and I'm proud to say that I've just completed or am about to complete a number of projects for various organizations and will be putting up some examples for you perusal as soon as I'm contractually able. In other news, I just recently sent my entry out to the fine folks at Spectrum Science Fiction and Fantasy Illustration Contest, (The winners of which are then collected into the annual Spectrum publication by Underwood Press.) With any luck I'll once again be rubbing elbows with the industry's best as they look askance and wonder who the idiot rubbing their elbows is. Also, to those who have been waiting so patiently for something new to look at, I will be making some additions to the various portfolios in the coming weeks as I've been drawing and painting like a mad man and the "needs to go on the web site" stack is getting a little out of hand... Which perfectly illustrates the irony of having a dynamic portfolio such as this. If I'm creating stuff to put on the web site then I'm usually strapped for time to do so. In the meantime here's a little sneak preview for those studious and or faithful enough to read through these posts.