February – Looking Back and Leaning Forward

I’ve never been a big fan of the month of February, stuck in that no-man’s land between crystal midwinter and the greening of spring. I think that they probably just put Valentine’s Day in there as a distraction to give people something fun to do that involves chocolate. This year however there was quite a […]

Adventures in Dragon Making, Part 3

My first two experiences with these three-dimensional dragons was so much fun that I wanted to take the process another step forward. I was inspired while wandering a convention and seeing all of the wonderful costumes and props that were all around me, and since my experiences with Worbla began as specifically cosplay-related material it […]

Adventures in Dragon Making, Part 2

The results of my first attempt at sculpting dragons were encouraging enough and fun enough that I thought I’d have another go at it. My second foray into the world of dragon-making was based on this image, which I’d painted a while before: Incidentally, this image was originally inspired by a photo that was taken […]

Dragon Making, Part 1

Having done a number of cosplay-realted projects with a material called Worbla, I wanted to try making a straight sculpture with it. Worbla is a material that comes in sheets and when heated becomes sticky and plyable, like modeling clay, then becomes strong and hard when it cools down. Earlier in the year I had […]

The Art of Fae Nouveau (Part 6) – Look how far we’ve come

My interest in Art Nouveau and especially Mucha’s work goes back quite a long way, it was probably even there before I had a name that I could put to it. That love of organic shapes in a decorative application and a love of the skillful use of line. I think I first fell in […]

The Art of Fae Nouveau (Part 5) – I got the music in me

Music has always been a great source of inspiration for my art so it should come as no surprise that my musical interests would find their way into the ongoing Fae Nouveau project. I touched on that subject in Part 4 and this is very much a continuation of that thought. ICE QUEEN (2010) © Herb […]

The Art of Fae Nouveau (Part 4)

When thinking about the inspirations for the Fae Nouveau project one could say that there were two “categories” of models. The first, as had been detailed previously, was what one could call “The Friends & Family Plan” of people who I already knew and asked about their involvement. The second category was artists whose work […]

The Art of Fae Nouveau (Part 3)

This is the third installment to an ongoing series of posts detailing a project of mine called Fae Nouveau, a mix of three parts Mucha, two parts fairy art and one part fun with friends.     This image has a long and colorful history. It features good friend and frequent model Amy. The original modeled photo was taken for […]

The Art of Fae Nouveau (Part 2)

This is the second part of an ongoing series of posts detailing a project of mine called Fae Noveau, my own (potentially harmless?) cocktail of three parts Mucha, two parts fairy art and one part fun with friends. In this installment I’ll be going through the process of getting from concept to finished art on […]