The samurai were often as skilled in wielding the pen or brush as they were in wielding the sword…
I started drawing and painting at an early age and continued all the way through college. I received my Associates Degree in Studio Art from Reinhardt College (now Reinhardt University) and my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with a concentration in Drawing and Painting from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!!).
Throughout my ministry career I have been able to use my art training in various ways–everything from designing friends tattoos, to drawing children’s curriculum, to designing lobby murals for churches, to painting live onstage during sermons and worship services.
As a lifelong martial artist, fighters are definitely my favorite subject for portraits. I try to bring out the personality and humanity of the fighters I draw, rather than just the “tough-guy-making-a-fist” approach that people expect of anything related to MMA. For more on my approach, check out this article based on an interview I did over at IronForgesIron.com about my work.
Follow the links below to see my galleries:
- Martial Arts portrait gallery
- Pop Culture portrait gallery
- Trading card artwork gallery (coming soon!)
- Commissions and various other media gallery
- Teaching graphics gallery
The only way to describe this man’s abilities to draw is “he is a Red Belt in the art”
Brazilian Jiujitsu/MMA legend
It is an honor to be represented in such an artistic way. Your hand captures the true essence of Martial Artists. To be among them I am very appreciative!
Creator of Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu, American Kickboxing Academy
The way he drew me was very nice and really real! JM, God gave you a such great talent man. Thank you so much and you can draw me anytime man. The best thing is: You gave Your talent to the One who gave the talent to you–“The Creator.” Awesome!
ADCC World Champion 2011 absolute and -88kg
I also do private commission pieces in order to help fund Disciple Dojo. If you are interested in commissioning a piece, don’t hesitate to contact me via the contact page. Pricing varies depending on size, media, detail, composition and complexity. But since I absolutely detest pretentiousness among artists (which didn’t make me very popular in art school! Haha!) I can assure you that what I charge is quite reasonable compared to original custom artwork.
More Art of the Dojo products! (shirts, posters, stickers, mugs, etc.) All sales go directly to supporting Disciple Dojo so stock up!
And tell others about my work to help keep Disciple Dojo running!
Thanks for your support!