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When I originally painted this it was in sketch form and small resolution so I've been meaning to enhance it and make it print ready. This artwork was based on the 'Goad Gear' t-shirt line I was planning on making with a good friend of mine. I was using whimsical characters as mascots for promotional type artwork. If you'd like to see more of these I can enhance the others. From detailed drawings and paintings to cartoons; that's how I roll. Ha! 🙂

I have always enjoyed doing whimsical art ever since I saw the artwork for Earthworm Jim. I would love to have a series of whimsical works in a restaurant chain like Red Robin, they always have a cool collection of whimsical works.

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I recently painted some photo stand ins that were displayed at Yankton's Riverboat Days, they were promoting the upcoming Harvest Halloween Festival. Here's the artwork and a couple of photos that people took.

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'The Illusion of Freedom'
This is a very symbolic piece I painted recently, it symbolizes the things we believe that will grant us freedom are usually the things that keep us rooted and away from it.

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Losing a pet is a difficult thing. You spend 12-18 years with a furry little person that accepts you for who you are and is happy to just be in your presence. They become family and when they're gone, you definitely feel the void.
I was recently commissioned to paint for a family that lost their girl Allie. They wanted something that symbolized she's waiting for them.

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A while back they were installing a security wall in the local courthouse and Lori asked me to draw something on the sheetrock. The idea was to have everyone sign around the drawing before they put the wood/marble on it. To my surprise the sketch I did ended up being a conversation piece to where people in the surrounding buildings kept dropping by to look at it. The construction workers didn't want to damage it so they built a protective layer around it so it would still be there if the wall was ever torn down.
I told Lori if I had known it was going to be this popular I would've done something better than a charcoal sketch. I ended up doing a more refined version, prints were made and Lori gave one to each judge she worked with as a parting gift since her law clerkship was over.

If you'd like to purchase one of these I have added it to my personal store here:
https://stevegoadart.com/artstore/Joy-of-the-Righteous-Art-Print-p109392822

The neat part is this print is connected with the courthouse in HISTORIC DEADWOOD, SD and to some amazing people in the judicial system.

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Here's another symbolic piece I'm working on. Sometimes the things we believe will give us freedom are the very things that keep us rooted and away from it.

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'Woman of Faith'
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I had almost given up on a lot of my older whimsical artwork because I wasn't sure where they would fit in. Just days after I was debating on taking a lot of these down and placing them in the vault, one of my distributors wanted to give them a chance at sales here in the US and over seas. That's the neat thing about art, you can pretty much paint anything and someone is going to like it. Be on the look out: you just might run into one of these somewhere out there. 🙂

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I've been working on a female version of spiritual armor because there are many women of faith out there. This design is subject to change but I like the direction. 🙂

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Eagle Study
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Hit that <3 if you want to see this made into a print. :)

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I'm thinking about taking my study sketches and making them into art prints. What do you think?
Hmm...new series emerging maybe? The 'Study Sheet' series. 🙂

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'Exploring South Dakota'
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'Victory'

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Something I started sketching today, I really like it when the idea just flows naturally. I think when artists struggle with what to paint it's important to step back and focus on what is a part of you. This isn't just fantasy art, it's symbolism at it's core. If we focus on what is important to us and use it as fuel to create then our chances of painting something we're pleased with are pretty high.

Technical note:
Those of you working with any digital paint program try not to get too overwhelmed with type of brush you use when sketching. Just to give you an idea 95% of this rough sketch was done with one brush. If you're using ArtRage I left my brush detail open if you'd like to try it. Simply adjust the opacity if you want to add more paint. I like this setting because it's great to sketch and build with it. The more you build you'll notice it starts to create textures on it's own. Once you're at a pretty solid stage in your painting, then you can start using different brushes and effects to bring it home.

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'Fought The Good Fight'

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Some walks in this life have to be done alone.

Big Sky Series - 'Key of David'
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The fact that his reflection isn't identical is deliberate. We're born into this world upside down, it is only when you receive the truth and get flipped right side up is when your true identity is revealed.

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Sometimes you just need a simple reference and your imagination to create a piece. For this one I used a body-Kun doll for artists to help with the pose, the rest is from the book of Revelation.

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I took a break from social media and art for a couple of months, I tend to do this when I just need to clear my head. I wanted to add something new to the 'Big Sky' series and came up with this.
Murphy's is a bit of a nod to a dalmatian we used to have. 🙂

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Made some new fans recently, I never get tired of hearing the response from the recipients! I've heard and seen many people that get emotional once they've received a painting I did specifically for them. While they do appreciate the artwork it's more than that, it's the meaning behind it. Symbolism is important to many, from the poorest to the richest. It's why art is an important part of our lives. Sure, the colors and technique play a part somewhat but the meaning behind it is what makes any piece of art priceless.

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A little sneak peek of something I'm working on, still rough on the edges while I work out the details. There might be a spoiler in that top right corner thumbnail. 🙂 This one is based on the book of Revelations when the bottomless pit is unlocked.

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Painting something whimsical is a refreshing change of pace.
I used watercolor brushes in ArtRage to create this pet portrait of Bella. It's fun to color outside of the lines sometimes. 🙂

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"The Adversary"
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I like to paint from the imagination because I can create places that no one has ever been or seen. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Something in the works, I'm also trying a different color palette with this one. I'm thinking the title "The Adversary" would be fitting. It's still pretty early so I'm sure stuff will change. 🙂

You're probably getting tired of seeing this guy but this isn't just fantasy art, it's a part of my life. It means something and that my friends is worth spending time on.

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'Stand on the Rock'

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'Shield of Faith'

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There are times in this life when we try and describe beauty, other times we can capture it on film or with a photo. Then there are the ones who can reproduce it with their very own hands. I never take this for granted, nor will I ever pass on the opportunity to paint what I find beautiful.

What is beauty though? I believe if you come to the realization that whatever you're looking at that nothing needs to be added, altered, or removed then you have captured the true essence of beauty.

I wanted to start doing more paintings that involve a better sense of light and shadows. I picked my best friend, my lovely wife, to paint as a practice run.

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Scratching that Super Hero itch with a Green Lantern piece.

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Just a little snapshot of my progress, it's always fun to start adding the little details. It forces me to think about a lot of things like what would the elements and decay do to something this scale. I'm fairly certain it would attract a ton of buzzards too. 🙂

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I'm starting to add the finishing touches on this. Probably a few more layers and tweaks but it's getting close. I try and add new work to each series I have, care to take a guess on which one this belongs in? 🙂

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