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This past weekend, I had the privilege to participate in an art showing at Fort Thomas Coffee, along with my wife, and our talented roomy/adopted son Jason Heaton.  It was a major win for us on many levels.  1. As a family, our vision is to love the people of this City, and this was a very literal way for us to show them love. 2. We were able to bring together many circles of  friends and acquaintances in one place.  Relationships are essential for sustainable love to grow, after all.  And 3. It focussed our family on working together.  This, as any of you with family knows, is no small feat.  Our boys even had art in the show, so we invested in this thing together in a way that has truly drawn us closer.  Now, on to the art!

Permanent Press: Art by Daniel Armstrong

Permanent Press

I Love Lamp: Art by Daniel Armstrong

I Love Lamp

The Feather

The Feather

Here's to Hope: Art by Daniel Armstrong

Here’s to Hope

Into the Unknown: Art by Daniel Armstrong

Into the Unknown

Pauly: Art by Daniel Armstrong


Storyteller: Art by Daniel Armstrong


The Harvest: Art by Daniel Armstrong

The Harvest

Unlock: Art by Daniel Armstrong


All of these were done digitally using Photoshop and Corel Painter.


And, just for fun, here is a shot from the opening, taken by my friend Levi.


Love Stories Art Show

Love Stories Art Show


Over the past few months, my wife and I had the privilege of working with Josh Garrels (one of our favorite musicians.)  It was an amazing ride!  Enjoy!

Made with Adobe After effects, Corel Painter, Photoshop, Acrylic paint, Pencil, and love.  (about 300 hours)

This a piece from a children’s book project I worked on a couple months ago.

Paper Boy

Paper Boy

Corel Painter ~4 hours.

In our graphic novel storyline, umbrellas serve as a central character and a long running metaphor for larger concepts, and so they are as visually important as the characters themselves.  This is some work I am doing for the umbrellas that will populate this world.

Umbrella Designs

Umbrella Designs

Corel Painter 1 Hour

Gregory- by Daniel Armstrong

Gregory- by Daniel Armstrong

Corel Painter. 40 minutes.

Yoshi found it suddenly ironic as he watched his brother Malthus clear the Low-hoop with much fanfare from the crowd, that it was his younger brother out there on the field.  It was Malthus who resented his enrollment into the after school gymnastics program for “excessively exuberant youngsters” and vowed to become a ninja, while it was Yoshi who wanted nothing more than to compete professionally in the Jambe games.  Now, after all these years it was the younger Malthus who had become the “demigod of gymnastics” and Yoshi who had become the assassin.

Could Yoshi now play the role of Cain, or was there a different fate that waited the pair entirely?

“next year, I will be eligible again” the thought popped suddenly into his mind. “I know I could defeat him, then there would be no need to destroy my life along with his” the thoughts now popped up with the speed of the athlete on the field.

“28 miks ladies and gentlemen!” came the booming voice of the announcer. “This next jump could be something the world has never seen before”

“indeed” whispered Yoshi as his grip tightened around the weapon he had received during the intermission from the vendor at booth 67c. He squeezed together his round eyes to wick away the sweat with the fir that surrounded them.

“Around the turn, and he is up” an electric crackle from the loudspeaker was the only sound between the words of the ecstatic announcer. And there in the tangible hush of the moment between Malthus’ feet leaving the deck and passing cleanly over the bottom lip of the sizzling blue ring, Yoshi’s eyes betrayed him and turned before his trained hand.

Malthus’ fiery gaze met his mid air and for a moment the brothers froze in time as the movements of the world pushed on one millisecond at a time. Yoshi had made his decision…

Malthus the Great

Malthus the Great: Daniel Armstrong

This was a lot of fun for me.  It was definitely a challenge to blend the input from such different stories into one moment.  I hope you enjoyed it and are satisfied with how I rendered your ideas.  This one I did at a much higher resolution than usual, so I thought some close-ups might be in order. Corel Painter. 8hours.

Malthus details

Malthus details

Here is the idea.  I have done this little sketch below, and YOU will come up with the greater story.  Then I will illustrate it out by Friday.  I was very excited by the response I got for Reginald, but I thought it would be fun to expand it further, so that you can really influence the final image.

So, post your ideas as a comment by the end of Thursday, then I will mix and match them, and illustrate out the result.  The degree to which you use the sketch below is up to you- is he jumping or sitting? Is he angry or concentrating?  Is he the main character or is there something greater going on that he is reacting to?  It is up to YOU!  Have fun.

Submit your craziest story idea

Submit your craziest story idea

Corel Painter. 20 min.

This is a little preview of an upcoming project from Stringthink.