•June 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

And here’s another piece, designed as a short series of roughly chronological journal excerpts from a stranded Victorian space explorer.  Some fun creature design happened here and I quite like some of the finished drawings and sketches.



Wender Gurtleby, Accidental Wizard.

•June 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

A character blatantly stolen from my friend Chris, from a D&D game I ran.  I loved the concept and here is a character design spread for him.  I am quite sure that’s not his original name though, I couldn’t remember so I made it up.


Wiz and Bird

Revisited Sketches, Character Sheets and the Like

•June 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Revisited Sketches, Character Sheets and the Like.

Revisited Sketches, Character Sheets and the Like

•June 21, 2013 • 2 Comments

Some of you know and some probably suspect I am a big nerd.  I’ve talked a lot with friends who are artists and nerdy types about how the gaming hobbies they engage in help them to grind out some solid art, and make a lot of strong sketch work.  I was going through some old sketchbooks, character sheets from pe n and paper games, and some scans from the same and decided I might do well to revisit some of these characters.  Some of them are just strong sketches I should digitally color for practice, others I might just get to work on a redraw and see where it takes me.  So here are a few of my favorite pieces, lumps and all, that either lived on a character sheet or populated my home-brewed gaming worlds.  Which ones should I work on?  I will be going through more old work as I find it, so keep an eye out!


Mr. Gyp Thugs Petriel Mal Guide DrucillaBoom-Doom

End of Hibernation.

•June 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Sorry all, it has been entirely too long since I added anything new here. After a long hiatus wherein I frantically sorted other life things out and worked a day job while taking a breather from art on demand, I am back. And I am making art things happen. As promised, here is a .pdf of my thesis work.

I plan to make a lot of art happen in the near future. Meanwhile I am going to put up a ton of work that has languished in obscurity while I have been away. PLease note all characters, images and concepts within this work are created and owned by myself and Owen Bruce Mckenzie. You are free to share but not to reprint or use commercially.

Holy Moly, Thesis Complesis.

•May 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Well, it wasn’t easy to get this much done this quickly but in the last two weeks I presented my thesis work for my panel.  It ended up being a twenty six page book, with one illustration per page with a couple of exceptions.  I am proud of the work, some of it will be up shortly, time allowing.  I learned so much about working under pressure (more importantly, producing under pressure), digital painting, InDesign layout, text editing… wow, what a crazy project.  

It’s this big narrative I’ve been playing around with for something like ten or fifteen years with friends, involving Gilded Age (Victorian American) character archetypes (and fun variations) involved in a complex, oddball and darkly humorous war of ideals.  There was just so much to include that ultimately I ended up editing my content down to the most key ideas and characters, attempting to give an idea of what was going on without really telling too much of the story.  I hope to eventually serialize the narrative, gradually introducing my characters through a slowly unfolding story and giving them all time to breathe and develop, and to spare my readers the confusion of an overwhelming number of ideas and characters involved.  

I’ll be posting some pictures soonish.  In the meantime, I have finished all the heavy lifting of art school, passing thesis in good shape, having had a good presentation and defense, and earning a high pass (and entry into the best in show) for my thesis paper.  Next semester, if not this summer, I hope to start an internship and then knock out one more studio elective and an art history class.  I will be catching up on some much-needed rest, spending some time with the family, dorking out with buddies… I also am strongly considering contributing content to a lot of art blogs this summer as I look for work in the arts.  

More soon, and more regularly now that the craziness is done.


Portfolio Site

•March 22, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Hey all, I have added James Cavoretto Illustration to the links section of my Illustration blog, which has some of my fancy, non-monstery work that I made at PNCA.  Check it out when you have a moment.

In other news, thesis continues to roll along and I am excited to be working with a tablet from home, it makes my life much easier.  I need to finish all my art two weeks early to go to print.  Wish me luck!

In other other news, I guess I’m getting married after school to my longtime lady.  I hear that’s good too.