What medium do you use?
For the most part my works are made with pen and acrylic ink, although I do often incorporate other mediums. The work section of this site will specify what mediums were used in each piece. I usually work on hot press watercolor or vellum surface bristol paper, which I’ll mount to wood panel for a rigid surface if I plan on using wet media. The exact materials I most often use are as follows:
Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Ink
Golden High-Flow Acrylics
Copic Multiliner Pens
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens
Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Pens
Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
How do you make the white mandalas in the sky?
I always draw them out on a separate piece of paper first, using a compass, protractor, and ruler for a symmetrical design. I then use white transfer paper to lightly transfer the design onto the paintings, using scrap paper to mask out any areas I don’t want the mandala to go over. Finally I go over the light transfer lines with a white gel pen.
How do you make your lines so straight?
Lots of practice! I do use a ruler, but usually not for the final inked lines. I make very light guide lines in pencil with the ruler, then follow these when making the final lines in pen. This ensures the lines are mostly straight, but they still keep the character and energy of hand-drawn lines that ruler-drawn lines tend to lack.
Can you make me a custom work of art?
I'm actually taking a break from commissioned work at the moment. You can check back for updates here.
Can I get a tattoo of your work?
Sure! I just have a few conditions if you decide to get my work tattooed:
Have it done by reputable artist with a solid portfolio.
Credit me if you share the tattoo online, and please ensure your artist does as well.
Consider making a purchase from my shop or making a donation of $10-$20 here. My art is my livelihood, and if you like it enough to have it on your body forever I’d appreciate it if you could make a contribution!
Please send me a photo if you can, I’d love to see the outcome!
Do you do tattoo designs?
I’m happy to make a custom drawing for you (when my commissions are open), and you’d have my permission to get it tattooed, but I'll be honest that this is not my area of expertise. Tattooing is a very different media than pen or paint, and a trained tattoo artist will know much better than I what will work translated into tattoo ink on a three-dimensional body part. I’ll do my best to create something that will work on skin, but be aware that your tattoo artist may need to make some modifications to the design to create a good tattoo. I will not design sleeves or other large, body-part-specific tattoos.
You can learn more about commissioning a custom piece here.
Can you design my t-shirt/logo/etc?
I’m taking a break from custom work at the moment, but feel free to get in touch if you want to get a head start on potential future projects. Preference is given to projects that can be done in traditional media, and to companies in the climbing or outdoor industries. You can learn more about commissioning a design for commercial purposes here.
Do you license your designs?
I do! You can learn more here.
Can I use one of your pieces for non-commercial purposes?
Please get in touch with how you plan to use my work. I generally don’t mind others using my work for personal use, but depending on the situation I may ask for a small art usage fee or a donation.