After a year of traveling, planning and painting the final work is done! This was a commissioned oil painting for the U.S. National Park Service for Death Valley National Park (see previous posts for some of the process involved!). The primary use of the artwork is for the Death Valley National Park brochure, which will be … Continued
Here is my first shot at drawing a velociraptor, something I have been wanting to do for awhile. Of course I had to make it feathered as new discoveries have made the typical “Jurassic Park versions” of these creatures inaccurate. From Wikipedia: “In September 2007, researchers found quill knobs on the forearm of a Velociraptor found in … Continued
Congratulations to The Tender Fruit on making number 1 on the “Best Albums of 2014″ in the Indy Week! http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/the-triangles-25-best-albums-of-2014/Content?oid=4312194 Check out the full album here: http://thetenderfruit.bandcamp.com/album/the-darkness-comes The copperhead snake on the cover is one of my pen and ink creations. It has been amazing to help contribute art to such a beautiful album! I … Continued
I have created some science themed holiday cards on my Etsy shop that are available now! “Skeleton Rudolph” is the perfect card for any science lover in the family! Check it out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OXHIP
I recently finished an illustration to accompany an article in “Montana Outdoors” magazine and what a fun project! Painted in acrylic, the image shows how an elk decomposes over time. It was a challenge to fit in all of these scavengers and show every stage of decomposition in one painting. Read the online article here:http://fwp.mt.gov/mtoutdoors/pdf/2014/Decomposition.pdf
After implementing changes from a round of feedback from the park, here is the newest draft of the sketch. It is much more detailed and there is now a clear difference between the day and night sides. Now for the next step, starting the actual painting!
http://www.newsweek.com/rewriting-our-planets-histories-and-mysteries-biggest-bird-ever-flew-257620 A variety of news outlets have picked up the story originally published on July 7, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences authored by paleontologist Daniel Ksepka. It features a fossil discovery, which is thought to be one of the largest birds to ever have lived and since named Pelagornis sandersi. We started this project a … Continued
The Death Valley project has reached its first milestone! I thought I would share a description of my process to arrive at the first sketch, which has now been delivered to the park. When I flew out to Death Valley National Park this past March, along with giving me a guided tour, the staff gave me the … Continued
I had a wonderful time touring Death Valley National Park! It was a beautiful time of year to go (mid April) where it is not too hot yet and the wildflowers are out in their full glory. It is always amazing to go out into the desert, which is on the surface devoid of life, … Continued
OXHIP Studio was recently selected to create the new brochure art for Death Valley National Park! It was a tough selection process from a nationwide pool of talented artists and I feel very grateful to have been chosen. I will be flying out next week to tour the park, get feedback from park staff and photograph the … Continued
Passion for science runs in the family! My brother recently created a website to highlight the research his group does in carbon nanotube textiles at NC State University. I created the header artwork with his guidance and the help of a nanotube model. ...
I now have Valentine cards available for purchase on my Etsy site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/OXHIP! They feature a pen and ink illustration of everybody’s favorite little back yard critters, caught in a tender moment. A set of four is $9.
Here is a little challenge I gave to myself last week, a two-hour study of a Nandina plant. These bushes have color that just pops in the gray winter landscape. I love how the deep reds in the leaves fades to green, and the bright berries are great to put in wreaths and other holiday … Continued
I am excited to launch an Etsy store with OXHIP products! http://www.etsy.com/shop/OXHIP Out of all of the things I used to sell, these witty bumper stickers quickly became my most popular item. Here they are redesigned and available for purchase year round, back by popular demand. I will be populating the store in the coming months … Continued
This is a sketch of a Camptosaurus dinosaur, created while at Dinosaur National Monument. This dinosaur was featured in the mural featured on the homepage of this site, and I completed a study of its facial structure before the painting. Along with creating an accurate & believable representation of the animal, I also wanted … Continued