Monday, November 14, 2011

Drinky Birds

Illustration on Prohibition. Doves represent the extremist religious groups and the drinking birds the alcohol supporters. Did this one for Sketchbook class. I'm really happy with how it came out.

Wendy O' Williams

Final project for Jay's class. Preferring inks lately.

Octagon House

Watercolor study.

African Violet

Monday, October 31, 2011

Reporter - Beginners Guide to Urban Exploring

Article for the Reporter. Came out pretty good though one person said that it could have been 'grittier' and I could see it going in that direction as well. I suppose what I was going for was some lighter/airier colors since these people are beginners and not veteran (gritty) explorers. Overall I like this one a lot. (The cropping is strange because the illustration ran in the upper left hand corner of the article.)

Spider Cook

Rejected concept for an editorial illustration about starting a new business. Turned out pretty interesting despite the disconnect. It could however definitely be about becoming a chef or spiders with interesting characteristics (ones that mate in mid air, how they catch their food, etc...).

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bell Jar

Project about creating the feeling associated with a secret society. The concept here is supposed to illustrate an inviting, warm environment that the outside viewer, in their cold and rainy world, desires to become part of. Took about 8 hours with concept and execution. Watercolors and Acrylic on Bristol board.

Nature Studies

Studies for Sketchbook class. I was particularly loving mushrooms this week. Sketches in graphite.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Gummy Bears

Gummy Bear article about mixing drinks. Haven't used Photoshop in while so I was pretty pleased about how this turned out.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Reporter: Game as a Product vs. Game as a Service

Article from the Reporter dealing with games that offer micro-transactions and downloadable content vs. quality games that endure the test of time.

All Night

Owl Boxer. I really like how this came out. 'All Night' because owls are out hunting at night...looking for prey.

Finicky B/W

Illustration for Sketchbook class. I actually prefer the way it looks in black and white to my colored version. The plan is to take it into Photoshop and add color.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Skeleton studies for Sketchbook I. The one on the left is from another artist's drawing and the one on the right is from life.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Reporter Illustrations

Single Sex Ed

Video Games and Innovation
Illustrations done at the end of the year for the Reporter at RIT. The Single Sex Education piece is one of the favorite illustrations I've done so far.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Arkane and Ancient Sketches

Sketches for comic series I want to create called The Riftmaster. These character sketches are for the main character Arkane the current Riftmaster and the Ancient of Creation, one of the raw powers of the Universe. I hope to use the series to create a set of character designs for my Fantasy and Character Design portfolios.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Snail Princess

Snail Princess doodles (note the wasp queen below). This may go on to be a children's book idea.

 Ink and brush
Hotpress Bristol board

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fun at the Beach, Art Everywhere

Went up to Sodus to go the lake and have some food. While sitting around the fire I decided to do my best to sketch one of the girls sitting there and an eye. It was a good time.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Zoo Cage Painting - Seneca Park Zoo

Cage for turtles that I painted with fellow artist Shin Wakabayashi. The whole project took about 18 hours with two people working on the painting. I hope the turtles enjoy their new home :)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Portrait Practice

Self portrait and collaboration portrait of a caveman. First is done in oil paints and the second is done with a graphite removal technique and hatching. Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Character Sketches

Character ideas for a children's book about Japanese mythology. I'll probably start this project up again either this summer or next year.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Desert and Dialogue

Poster I did for the President's Office at RIT. Practice for Vector Art and Graphic Design.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Finally finished dimensional Kappas...look at them wrestle!

Monday, May 2, 2011


Experimenting with dry brush and inking. I'll probably be doing more portraits like this to get the technique down. The permanency of ink is what attracts me because I feel like if you can screw up easily you will try harder. The face is a little wonky but I love how the shirt came out.

Reporter Comic - Chester

Chester                                                                 by Amber Gartung


Illustration for the Reporter on the FBI busting online gambling. Enjoy :)

Friday, April 29, 2011


Ithaca Falls

Ithaca falls and a cartoon of some fashion images I found. The guy had a weird expression so I figured there had to be a reason...snails.

[Current Goals]
- Start doing landscapes on location
- paint more
- sketch everyday

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Finished Landscape

Finally done with this one. Mixed media project where we insert a figure into a landscape (I painted the landscape on location). Went a lot better than I thought it would.

Acrylic (layout)
Digital (Figure and landscape edits)
Water color paper 140lb
Roughly 10 hours