Merovingian accepted to international art competition

I entered an international art competition called the Art Olympia, a contest for new and emerging artists. The contest accepts artwork from all over the world, then all art will be judged in Tokyo, Japan. Yesterday I received a notice that my drawing Merovingian was accepted as one of 80 pieces of art from the United States that will compete in Japan! 2,838 artists from around the world entered the competition and 414 artists entered in the United States. Artists in the US submitted 737 pieces of art for consideration. Merovingian is one of 80 works of art accepted from the United States to compete in Japan. On June 10, 14 jurors from New York, Paris and Tokyo will choose the prize winners. I’m very honored that my drawing was accepted in the competition.




Merovingian is a departure from the symmetrical mandala format. It’s an experiment in pure mechanical form inspired by nineteenth century lithographs of mining and industrial machinery and printing presses. Depicted in this drawing are wheels, pulleys, gears, bearings and axles, electric motors and cam shafts and a variety of mechanical forms assembled in a random collage. The design for this drawing was spontaneous improvisation. In this type of design, I draw a basic outline and add each detail in a way that strengthens the contrast and focuses the form into a logical assemblage. The overall goal is to create a structure whose individual parts appear to have a functional purpose. The arrangement of the mechanical forms should also fit together to provide form and contrast.

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Merovingian8x10Details of Merovingian:







Vessel of the Quancing Grig

Vessel of the Quancing Grig is meant to be an enhancement and expansion of the ideas I explored in Craft. The new design is more streamlined and compact but is an almost identical copy of the central cockpit theme in “Craft”. The fine pitched background shading was an experiment to add contrast to the image. For this drawing I used a .25 mm Rapidograph pen and black India ink. The initial design was created using a pencil, compass, ruler and protractor. This drawing is a recent re-design of the original drawing “Craft”. This drawing is available in 8×10, 11×14, and 16×20 archival quality prints. The 16×20 print has the same dimensions as the original drawing, just printed on slightly larger paper.

Trivia question: Do you know what science fiction TV show the name of this drawing comes from?

Vessel 8x10Here are some close-up views with more detail:

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The machinery and technology of spacecraft and aeronautics are fascinating and provide imagery that I enjoy blending together into a symmetrical structure. Propulsion and navigation systems, gauges, instruments, riveted bulkheads, landing gear: these are all parts of a space vessel which is partially transparent to expose it’s interior. In the center is the cockpit and pressure hatches leading to the interior of the craft.

Craft is an early 14 X 17 pen and ink drawing, drawn using a .25 mm Rapidograph pen and black India ink. The initial design was created using a pencil, compass, ruler and protractor. After creating an initial drawing concept in pencil, I drew all of the detail with ink. All shapes are drawn completely freehand.

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Craft 8x104

Here are some close-ups of the drawing so you can study some of the detail.

Craft 1


Craft 2


Craft 3


Craft 4