Brothers Grimm

UPDATE: Bear and Bird Gallery had a great show a little while back and I had a ton of fun doing some pieces for it. A huge thank you to everyone who bought my pieces! You are too kind. You can still see artwork from all of the amazing artists who contributed by clicking here.

Here is a closer look at some of the pieces I did.

Seven Ravens
Ink and Watercolor

The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
Ink and Watercolor

I also made a thumbnail beat board for the entire story of Hansel and Gretel!

Hansel and Gretel
Ink and Watercolor

The process of making this piece was an awesome experience. After a few failed attempts I ended up getting a huge piece of plywood, soaking the paper overnight, pressing the paper against the board with a roller and getting a little out of hand with a staple gun. I was done taking chances.

The inking stage.
(note the few thousand staples)

I have been lucky enough to work on a couple beat boards for movies and shows but never an entire story. Kind of intimidating. I just stayed as close to the text as possible and only added a few subtle background elements.

Finished color.
(the plywood ended up being a great workspace!)

At around 28" wide I think this is the largest piece of art I've ever made. Yet somehow I still managed to turn it in to a ton of little pieces! Good times.


  1. Dude. That beat board looks SO AWESOME. I want one.

  2. Wow, so amazing. Love that last photo, makes it real. You rocked it dude.

  3. Ahoy! These are so amazing! Love your illos and style. :) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and saying hi. I'm looking forward to following yours.

  4. They all look so fantastic!

  5. really cool art piece, Aurian!! So great to see it told in story beats and also to see the color palette of the entire film!!

  6. this is absolutely beautiful. I'm sure you felt amazing after this.. :) Truly inspirational. :)