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16429 Lost Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA, 91387
United States


Drawing from the visual worlds of science and nature, the human figure, the grand tradition of American illustration, Japanese scroll paintings and woodblock prints, fantasy illustration, and great artists of Europe, Elliott’s work strikes the viewer at first with a powerful tableau and draws them in to experience the subtlety and beauty within. Beyond the pictorial impact of his work, themes personal to him such as body image, environmental preservation, and social and psychological repression weave themselves throughout his work.

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Sketches from "Girls and Flowers" workshop with the Gallery Girls!

Craig Elliott

Here are a couple of sketches of Gallery Girls  Jennifer Fabos Patton, and Russia Hardy from the even on June 1st at Gallery Godo!   

We had wonderful costumes for the models, great music to be inspired by and lots of amazing artists working- I think there were 40+people at this event!  

Thank you Jennifer for organizing the event, and thanks to all those who came out to listen to me babble on about art and draw!  


Originals and Commissions

Craig Elliott

CTN Commission $100I've added two new sections to my website!  Now you can buy my originals and commission me for sketches throughout the whole year, not just at conventions. 

I'll be updating my originals for sale often, so check back or email me if you're looking for something in particular. 

And if you're from out of town and heading to CTN this year, I'd be more than happy to do a comission for you now so you can pick it up then. 

More coming soon!

Gallery Nucleus Presents: Poster Peepshow: The Art of the Pin up

Craig Elliott

I'll be in this show along with many other amazing artists!  Olivia, Dean Yeagle, Bill Presing and Robh Ruppel to name a few. I would go even if I wasn't in the show.  

I'll be posting some stages of the creation the painting for this show. keep your eyes peeled. Here is a sketch to start you off:


Gallery Nucleus Presents:
Poster Peepshow: The Art of the Pin up

February 05, 2011 – February 28, 2011
Opening Reception: February 05, 2011(7 pm - 11 pm)

Alhambra, CA – The pin up girl is sweet, yet equally a seductress, flirty as well as sexy, naïve but secretly naughty.
She embodies sensuality, youth, fun, and pleasure. Men and women alike have admired her for nearly 100 years. The
pin up girl could be found on the covers and centerfolds of thousands of magazines, calendars, ad campaigns,
and even decorated WWII war crafts; thereby, pin up art has become an integral part of Americana.
“Poster Peepshow” celebrates the pin up girl by featuring original artwork by contemporary artists and
pays homage to pin up masters such as George Petty, Gil Elvgren, and Alberto Vargas. Over the past decade it has
become impossible to ignore the growing popularity to recapture the nostalgia of pin up glamour. We are pleased to
contribute to the culture’s growing appreciation through this exhibition. 

Nathan Cabrera
Marcelo Dadolce
Olivia De Berardinis
Craig Elliott
Jenny Gase-Baker
Keron Grant
Shane Glines
Oren Haskins
Lawrence Noble
Ryuichi Ogino
Bill Pressing
Rockin’ Jelly Bean
Robh Ruppel
Marguerite Sauvage
Jim Silke
Francis Vallejo
Barnaby Ward
Dean Yeagle

Rolf Armstrong
Al Buell
Art Frahm
Al Moore
K.O. Munson 

Olivia De Berardinis Book Signing: 6pm- 7pm
Free Live Figure Drawing featuring the Suicide Girls

Lenora Claire
Julie Newmar 

Grapefruit Moon Gallery
Suicide Girls
Sort This Out Cellars 


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Some drawings from Paris

Craig Elliott

Here are some drawings I did in Paris last month when I was there for my Gallery show at Galerie Maghen.  Most of these are from the Musee D'Orsay, as I spent 2 days there drawing, viewing art and having some wonderful meals at their restaurant.






These are both done in colored pencil, the grey paper drawing was done on Rives bfk and the orange one is on stonehenge watercolor paper with a orange green wash of watercolor. 

Icon6: A Labor of Line

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I will be having a couple paintings in the ICON 6 show at Gallery Nucleus this month. The opening reception is July 16th at 7pm.  Go to their website for a map and directions to the gallery.  if you have never been, it is a great gallery and bookstore/ art print store.  There really is nothing quite like it, and I think we need many more like it.  Maybe they should open more of them?  Hint, hint....

Drawing of the day for Stuart Ng...

Craig Elliott

Here is a nice little sketch I did for the supercool Stuart Ng a few months back. Stuart sells the most amazing collection of imported comics, art and illustration instruction books, and fine art books by all the best artists. 

They usually set up a little book store at both Comic-con and Wondercon here in California.  I'm not sure if he goes to other states but you can always browse his website for goodies. 


Stuart on the Left

I won a Spectrum Silver Medal!

Craig Elliott

Thanks to my friend Christian Alzmann, I found out yesterday that I had won a silver medal in the Olympics of fantasy art- the Spectrum Fantastic Art annual!  Spectrum has posted a video of the award announcements, and my painting was the first one announced by John Fleskes of Flesk Publishing (who is a super-great guy by the way!)  The winning piece was Never the Twain.  This is a painting first sketched in the fist few days after my brain surgery using my new re-found skills of sight. 

"Never the Twain"
-From time to time in human history taste for different body types changes, but all types remain. Never are all types happy together at one time. Only human social structure prevents this equality from happening. Members of one society are prevented from differing in their tastes by ridicule, the threat of abandonment by others in the group, guilt and many other modes of social manipulation. I find these aspects of society no longer serve us in any positive way.

 A 12.5" x 17.5" print is available for $45

 Thanks to Arnie and Cathy Fenner, and all the Judges for this honor. It is much appreciated, especially for illustrators such as myself who work primarily for movie and TV studios and have little chance for exposure of our work as individual artists. 


Craig Elliott

This isn't a post about how to walk down stairs, don't worry!  By stairstepping, I mean a way to see subforms on any shape.  This way of seeing forms is based of the simple shape of stairs, and when taken to a more sophisticated level resembles the ridges and steps in a shale rock face.  One of the artists who most clearly uses this idea is the american illustrator Dean Cornwell. His drawings show this very clearly, and he uses this in his paintings as well, but blends the simple geometry more to create a more finished realistic look.

The basic concept is to imagine a tubular or other basic solid and then carve steps into it that will be in shadow. This technique is great for all sorts of subjects such as trees, rock, buildings and the shapes on an animal or human.

Below are some of the basic steps of this technique as applied to a human figure:

Figures drawn, and basic outline of steps drawn in line

Steps filled in with shadow valueThe shadow areas are blended where the edges are softHighlights and smaller details are added