Art by Erika Taguchi-Newton

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Endless Summer

Whew! Just got back from GenCon and DragonCon. Such amazing times! Met up with old friends and made some new ones. I'm so giddy about winning Third Place at DragonCon for "Lost Selkie" and Best Space Scene for "Raygun Love".

Third place at Dragoncon!

I was able to finish a new painting for DragonCon last week:


Fall is almost here and Baby Jack will arrive soon. My show schedule will be limited and local, but they will be great fun.  PalmCon will be next (Sept 22nd) - last year was the first one and it was quite a turnout for a small comic convention. Then it'll be the mother of all indie craft events - StitchRock! (Oct 6th).

Friday, August 3, 2012

Long, Hot Summer

You know you've been neglecting your blog when your husband teases you about it. Well, I've been a little distracted, being knocked up and all!

So far this summer, I made it to HeroesCon (Charlotte, NC), Florida SuperCon (Miami), and Art Nouveau Events' Arts, Beats, Eats & Treats in North Palm Beach (which I'll be doing one more this Saturday night). In a couple of weeks I'll be off to GenCon in Indianapolis, then shortly after to DragonCon in Atlanta. Then I will sit home, get enormous, and wait for our baby boy to pop out :).

I'm doing a big push on finishing off several paintings before DragonCon. Here's the first one completed:

Soak - Final
(Prints available)

My step-by-step:

Soak: color comp

Soak: underpainting

Soak - close up

Soak - starting detail work

In June, I was commissioned by the very best comic book store in the universe - Tate's Comics in Lauderhill, Florida. If you are a geek like me, you have to make a pilgrimage!

Launch! - final

Preview of Tate's biz cards

Hope everyone is having a great summer. And staying cool!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Raygun Love

Happy Leap Day! To celebrate Leap Day, I'm taking a LEAP back into space (that's as clever as it gets here, folks...). Bear and Bird Gallery's open-to-all-artists show, Square Show 2, is next month. I played around with an idea, sketched it out, even got it fully pencilled on the board. But I wasn't excited about it so I erased the whole thing and pencilled a completely different idea. I'm glad I did because I had so much fun with this piece:

Raygun Love I

Preminary sketch:
Raygun Love Sketch

By sheer coincidence, next month's show at Zapow turned out to be a sci fi theme show! So I decided to take my painting and idea further and turn it into a faux pulp cover. I plan to do 2 more paintings for a series. Here's the first one:

Raygun Love cover design

Limited Editions giclees will be available at the gallery.

Prints will be available online at my store -

Monday, February 27, 2012

Year of the Dragon, Megacon, and Zapow!

It's been a few months since I've posted, I'm going to try to catch up...

I took a month off in Decemeber to spend time with family and friends. I did manage to do a Christmas card painting before my break. It is a third in my series of reindeer cards and I will have the cards for sale this Christmastime:

Donner and Vixen

End of last year, I got a great opportunity to get into a new gallery in downtown Asheville, North Carolina called Zapow!  I have prints and giclees hanging there, and sometimes an original piece sneaks in. If you are in the area, please check it out. And if you do go, eat at Early Girl for me!

The new year started off fierce! Completed a New Year painting like I did last year. This year is, of course, Year of the Dragon and was the theme for the monthly art show by always-awesome Art Nouveau Events. I didn't get the piece done in time but was able to do some of the finishing touches at the show. I feel very cumbersome when I paint in front of people. At one point I had the painting upside down and someone asked me why. I told him it was because I was too short to paint the upper-left part of the sky comfortably. He looked a little disappointed, I guess he was waiting for some profound answer. Here's the result:

Year of the Dragon (final)

Some progress shots:

WIP: Year of the Dragon

WIP: Year of the Dragon

Megacon was just a week ago and it was fantastic! I got to meet some great artists in the Artist Alley, the talent was incredible. I did a little fan art for the con:

Batgirl - Final

Now I'm getting ready for the next show which will be in Largo on March 18th. But before that I will be at this Sunday's Downtown Open Market in Boca.

Oh, and I've been much more active on Facebook. Please "like" me at