Upcoming Exhibits and Conventions:

•April 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I will be one of the Main Showcase Exhibitors at IX 2017.

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…And my creature concept art will be on display at the Ars Necronomica Exhibition in Providence this Summer.Necronomicon_Providence_Banner

Update: Hunting for Agents

•January 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Astromythos, Era of Stars, is written, edited, and ready for proper submission to agents. Guild members, publicists, and fans have read excerpts, and I’ve received tremendous responses! I am working on the illustrations day and night (50-70 pieces). These will accompany the text when finished (hopefully by the time I find the right agent).

I will be in ILLUXCon’s Main Showcase this year in Pennsylvania, and was a Guest of Honor with Wendy Froud, Sheryl Henson, and Holly Black at FaerieCon this past November in Baltimore. And as for freelance work, I’ve just finished working on creature designs for an upcoming Lovecraftian sci-fi film.

Upcoming Shows and Release Dates

•June 29, 2015 • 2 Comments

My new work will be displayed in the Ars Necronomica show at the Providence Necronomicon in August. I also have a booth as a guest artist at FaerieCon East in the Fall, where I will be teaching a workshop or two.

As for Astromythos, I am currently writing the final myth. I plan to finish this and the epilogue by the end of the year. After the artwork is complete, I plan to find a publisher.

My Inking and Painting Process

•October 27, 2014 • Comments Off on My Inking and Painting Process

I recently finished a page template illustration for Halcyon Down: Book One by Royce Redelsperger. The following is a step-by-step description of my process:

The book required a template for its pages, inside of which a different illustration for each story would be placed. So I started with a preliminary sketch inspired by classical greek and byzantine art. After drawing the borders on smooth bristol vellum paper, I hired a model and took some photo reference shots for the figures.

Border Decoration Sketch

Once the sketch was approved I finished the drawing, scanned it, and printed it out on 12″ x 19″ archival canson paper with an inkjet printer:

Page Template  Final SketchI then cut a 13″ x 20″ slab of 1/2 inch MDF (medium density fiber) board and lightly sanded the surface down. Over the board, I brushed some acrylic matte medium. I quickly pressed the printed drawing onto the board and smoothed it down with a brayer:

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After the substrate thoroughly dried, I inked the borders with a 005 micron pigma pen. I used ink washes to finish the figures and the old man’s head in the center with a #4 princeton round watercolor brush. The final piece was scanned at 400 dpi:

Page Template Illustration


When it comes to oil painting, I work with a similar but longer process…

1. Several tiny thumbnail sketches (this is the thumbnail I chose):

Fickle Genie Sketch

2. Thumbnail is scanned, enlarged, and printed out on cheap printer paper to be transferred onto bristol vellum.

3. The back of the thumbnail printout is covered with graphite, flipped, placed on top of the vellum paper, then transferred.

4. The final drawing usually looks like this:Fickle Genie Drawing

5. Drawing is scanned, enlarged, and printed out on archival paper

6. Drawing is fixed to lightly sanded MDF board with acrylic matte medium, then smoothed down with a brayer

7. Once the drawing is dry and secured to the board, it is sealed with three coats of matte medium (For gilded pieces, this is typically where I leaf the first layer of gold. I also apply shell gold now, before painting with the oils. It is water-based)

8. The paint is applied in a series of thin glazes (oil paint mixed with walnut alkyd medium) so that the drawing shows through

9. The second layer of leaf is applied at this point if the painting requires gilding

10. The final few touches are painted opaquely. When they dry, the final painting is sealed with damar varnish spray:

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Famous Illustrators Joining University Of New Haven Faculty « CBS Connecticut

•September 11, 2014 • Comments Off on Famous Illustrators Joining University Of New Haven Faculty « CBS Connecticut

Famous Illustrators Joining University Of New Haven Faculty « CBS Connecticut.

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Demonstration for the Middletown Art Guild

•April 22, 2014 • Comments Off on Demonstration for the Middletown Art Guild

Last week I gave a demonstration about gilding and mythological storytelling to the Art Guild of Middletown, CT.

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After I finished my demo on raised and flat gilding I shared my illustrations and some of the myths for Book Two of Astromythos with the Guild.

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Hartford Courant Article: Fantastical World of Jon Sideriadis

•August 8, 2013 • Comments Off on Hartford Courant Article: Fantastical World of Jon Sideriadis

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Link to article:  http://www.courant.com/entertainment/arts/hc-artweek-0808-20130805,0,6682285.story

 
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