The Art of the Sketch


The idea is the foundation of all great art, but how to get a good one? First I think big by determining what universal themes I want to address, then I look at the details. It is the same with illustration and concept design – getting to the core of a concept then breaking it down into specifics. I create simple icons inspired by words from a story or scene then cross reference and overlay them to produce new images. Beginning as thumbnails they evolve into loose sketches.

I love the tactile quality of a pencil moving against the surface of paper. It connects my mind with the world of image potentiality. Many of my early sketches are indiscernible scribbles and smudged lines yet slowly they declare their secrets. This is usually enough information for me to get started on final art.



Every so often I will put a sketch through a process of collage, or scan it into the computer to flesh it out more, but the initial idea is born from those primal marks on paper. My ideas flow out onto notecards, scraps of tissue or on the back side of used printing paper. I know that artists throughout time have loved the freedom associated with the sketch whatever material it is drawn on. It is fascinating how some roughly hewn lines can imbue a sense of wonder, explain an idea or tell a story with such vitality. This is one ancient and timeless technology that is not going away. In the 80s and 90s we used FAX machines to send our sketches to the client. Sometimes that tech became part of the sketch!

Online Classes Have Launched

Matisse. Hard/soft pastels on Strathmore Drawing Paper. Click on the image to watch the video creation. See the final art HERE. 


I just starting teaching my online classes via ZOOM!

The courses range from graphite/charcoal techniques to painting techniques with an emphasis on experimentation. A class dedicated to conceptual art will be offered, as well illustration and concept design classes for film and games.

The courses are for artists with medium to advanced skills who want to experiment with materials and take their talent to the next level. 

Artist As Brand®, the go to class (ten years running) for artist entrepreneurs is going through a makeover with a new website and updated course material.
There will also be a class called, Beyond High School- Career Clarity and Sustainability which will help HS students get a handle on their career choices and whether to go to college or take some other path. This class has been beta tested with great result!


Know Thyself- Wisdom from the Temple of Delphi is a heart opening course that reveals your life's purpose. It was launched today with students as far away as India! Perfect for these times of introspection.

See the offerings HERE. They are up and running so see what resonates with you and join the fun.


The Art of Ideas

“A good idea is just an idea until you make it real.” -Dee Arisman The idea is the foundation of all great art… but how to get to a good one? Sketching is one way. It has been my experience … Continue reading

Celebrating Eve

Eve Villa Neuhart, SX70 Polaroid, early 2000’s. Eve Villa Neuhart is my stepdaughter. It is her birthday today and so wanted to celebrate her as an art spirit that inspired and helped me with many of my artworks as … Continue reading

Earth Day Print 2019

In honor of Earth Day 2019, I will print up a limited edition of my sold out, Fountainhead print. I am printing only the orders for this special edition, no extras. This special will be available for 24 hours only. … Continue reading

Model Pageantry VIII

Model- Ashley Hackett for, “Chakra Goddess” (detail). From the moment I met her it was clear Ashley would make a great model. Conceptually, I wanted to explore some eastern indian sculptural qualities I felt she would be perfect for. “Chakra Goddess” … Continue reading