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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show book Kickstarter campaign!

Craig Elliott

I'm part of another Kickstarter! My friend Greg Preston will be doing a photo book of artists at Spectrum live to be published by Flesk! 

The new Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show book Kickstarter campaign is now live:

John Fleskes, president and publisher of Flesk Publications, teams up with renowned portrait photographer Greg Preston to produce a special book created on the showroom floor of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, held May 9-11th in Kansas City, Missouri. Sessions: Spectrum Fantastic Art Portraits will feature the art, a brief bio, and a portrait created by Greg Preston of at least 50 of the creators behind today's best contemporary fantastic art.

Artists to be included in the project to date include: Allen Williams, Annie Stegg, Bill Carman, Camilla d'Errico, Cory Godbey, Craig Elliott, Dan dos Santos, Daren Bader, David Palumbo, Donato Giancola, Edward Howard, Frank Cho, George Pratt, Greg Spalenka, Iain McCaig, Jackson Robinson, J. Anthony Kosar, John Picacio, Justin Gerard, Justin Sweet, Mark Chiarello, Mark Schultz, Omar Rayyan, Paul Bonner, Rebecca Yanovskaya, Steve Rude, Terry Dodson, The Shiflett Brothers, Tim Bruckner, Virginie Ropars and Wayne Barlow.

Society of Illustrators GOLD medal!

Craig Elliott

GOLD medal!  

Thank you to the Society of Illustrators West for this amazing honor! 

In march there will be an exhibit at Center Stage Gallery in Burbank. It is set for March 7 - 30, 2014. 

A fun double honor as I have been involved with CTN-X and CTN (the group that runs CSG Gallery) from the beginning and worked with Tina Price at Disney, back in the day.  

Thanks also to the amazing judges:Alina Chau, Donato Giancola, James Gurney, Iain McCaig, Bill Perkins, Will Terry, Will Weston, William Wray, and Dean Yeagle.

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Phoenix Goddess #2

Craig Elliott

Second version of the Phoenix Goddess I posted earlier for Applibot Japan.  

This was painted in photoshop- I really like how fast this one came together and how it looks like she is painted in oils. :P 


Signup NOW! For New Online Art Classes at Gnomon!

Craig Elliott

I will be teaching 4 online classes this term at Gnomon. Two of the classes are all new this term:
Visual Development 
Imaginative Landscapes

The images below contain a description of the class, you may find all 4 classes at the Gnomon online Entertainment Design page:

Visual Development

Visual Development

Imaginative Landscapes

Imaginative Landscapes

Photoshop for Concept design

Photoshop for Concept design

Advanced Digital Painting

Advanced Digital Painting

The Artist Within Vol. 2

Craig Elliott

Greg Preston's "The Artist Within, Volume 2" is nearing completion, and I am proud to be one of the artists along with some people I have worked with, John Musker, John Lasseter, Chris Sanders, Glen Keane, and Alex Nino. 

My teacher from Art Center is also in there, Harry Carmean.
These aren't the final shots that will be in the book, by the way. They are even better than these! 

Moleskine Project #3

Craig Elliott

A new painting in oils on a pair of Moleskine sketchbook pages for a show in San Francisco December 5th.  I will probably paint this much larger soon.  
Come to the opening or stop by the gallery in December! 


Need an Art Deco frame? Make one!

Craig Elliott

Final steps of making the Art Deco Frame:

1. the frame gets clamped to the workbench, and the outer and inner edges are routed to round them off, one side at a time. 

2. I made 2 little wings of oak from 1/4 round moulding by sanding off the corners to make each one round, then they are glued on.

3. The final frame stained and with the portrait of Carlye Pollack.


1. Gluing up the blocks from bit of scrap oak and even some oak from old pallets. 

2. The blank blocks of oak cut to size and ready to go. 

3. The routing inside for the painting, and slots cut for the biscuits that hold the corners together.

4. The main part of the frame glued together with a test fit of the painting.

Foreshortening challenge~

Craig Elliott

Perspective challenge sketch!

4 x 6 inches, in watercolor and pencil on rag paper.
This was for a perspective life drawing challenge on the Pinupexpo facebook page run by Paul Grisar~