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End of Summer 2020 Portrait Giveaway

I think I’ve enjoyed some pretty good luck lately with portrait giveaways. I had a great experience with the last giveaway winner, which really left me with a positive feeling all around regarding this hobby. I’ve also done a couple of free portraits for healthcare/essential workers during the pandemic which were also very positive and encouraging projects. Experiences like these

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New Product and Game Review Site ‘Armdog Reviews’

It’s been quite a busy last month or so. The family and I finally made our long-delayed moved to Texas. It’s something that’s been in the works since late February, and we made the leap a couple of weeks ago. It was a bit of a trial though; the movers were late, ran out of room on their truck, and

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Finished Portraits from the April Giveaway

It’s taken me quite a while to actually get to the writing portion, but I’m finally sharing the portraits from the most recent giveaway. The original giveaway was back in April, which somehow feels like both an eternity ago and just last week. I guess pandemic life warps time in strange ways. Anyhow, according to the giveaway widget dashboard, this

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Dark Tower Villain Improvements

I haven’t discussed the series in a while, but if you came across this blog any time in early 2018, you were probably greeted with a barrage of posts about the Dark Tower. Even outside of this specific series, I’m a huge Stephen King fan, but the Dark Tower books are probably my favorite in the fantasy genre. As I’ve

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New Kids Book ‘Robot Family Adventures’

Apparently, the beginning of April is book publishing time! Last year, I released a book called Pencils and Process. That one took months to write, and was a 150ish page personal account of my experiences returning to art after having been away from it for a decade. This year, my April book release is a kids book called Robot Family

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Hardcover Book Giveaway and EBook Discount

It’s been almost five months since my book Pencils and Process came out. I’m proud to say that the book has slightly more than broken even, after accounting for costs like the ISBNs, ads, author copies, proofs, etc. (let’s just ignore that factoring in time/labor certainly puts me into the negative). I had just assumed the book would lose money,

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Publishing on Amazon’s KDP and IngramSpark

As you may have seen on the front page or my ongoing forum thread, I published a book recently! It’s something that I’ve vaguely wanted to do for a while, but never actually attempted until this year. Although I’ve written about the book’s content, I have not really discussed much of the actual publishing experience. While I was working on

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‘Pencils and Process’ Book is Out Now

It feels weird to say this, but I finished writing a book…and it’s actually published and available now! The book is called Pencils and Process, and it’s available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It may be coming to some other retailers like Books-a-Million too, but I’m not sure when. For the non-Amazon angle, I’m using Ingram as my distributor

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Starting 2019 with a Portrait Giveaway

What better way to start 2019 than with another portrait giveaway? Well, actually there are better ways…winning the lotto comes to mind. But, it would be fun to do another one of these custom drawing giveaways. This will be the fourth giveaway on this site, and the third that is exclusively for artwork. We’ve seen pretty solid engagement previously, and

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