I’m Back!

Has it really been an entire month since I last updated this blog? Boy have I been slacking off!

What have I been doing, you ask?

I have been reading a lot of comic books and various books about the comic book industry and it’s roller coaster of a history. I also went camping for a while and spent a lot of time taking photos.

I have to admit that since I’ve purchased a camera I have been neglecting my duties to draw and paint (and occasionally sculpt but that’s not my forte). I’ve also been neglecting to update my portfolio and my blog. It’s more work than most people realize. There’s a lot of annoying back end stuff that I have to do behind the scenes when adding new work to my website (and having to deal with SEO on all of my posts is pretty annoying). But anyways…

So if you didn’t know, I have a Flickr page where you can see my photography. I will be adding many glorious photos in the next couple of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.

Here’s a little taste of what’s on my Flickr:



Thanks for stopping by! (or not?)


Tiny Painting for Sale


If you follow my Facebook page then you may already know about this but The Art Order has the remaining tiny paintings from the Tiny Painting show from Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2014 for sale in their online store. 

My painting, Psychotropic Cavern (from this blog post) is for sale in the Art Order store. You can go directly to my painting by clicking here.

Psychotropic Cavern

Don’t miss out on owning an original painting by yours truly, John VanHouten!

"Would You Be My Girl?"

New Art Added to My Portfolio 6-2-14

I have neglected keeping my portfolio updated. Today I added three pieces I created in 2013. There’s more to come.


Milk and CookiesYou have seen “Milk and Cookies” in a previous post. It’s now officially added to my portfolio.


"Would You Be My Girl?"

This is a painting I made for my mother for her birthday last year. She isn’t going to get any more original art until she frames this haha. I was experimenting with Holbein’s acrylic/gouache hybrid line of paint: Acryla Gouache. It’s great paint. The title “Would You Be My Girl?” is something I feel this guy would say and it’s also from The Police song “Be My Girl”.


Flying Whales

This is one of my favorite pieces of art that I have created. It’s one of the biggest and most detailed drawings I have ever attempted. I prefer working small. This piece was in the 28th Annual West Michigan Regional (Art) Competition at LowellArts!.


Of course all of this artwork is for sale except “Would You Be My Girl?” (because I made it for my mother, duh). Contact me if you’d like to purchase art. “Milk and Cookies” and “Flying Whales” are both already framed.


Graduation and a new camera!

If you follow me on my official Facebook page then you also know that I recently graduated from KCAD with an Illustration degree! If you don’t follow me on Facebook and you didn’t know that then maybe you should stay in the loop (the graduation photo below was taken by my pal Simon Lee).


And what better way to celebrate graduating than purchasing a new camera? Actually I could think of a few better ways but I digress. A new camera means experimenting and making up reasons to use the aforementioned new camera. Today I photographed some lilacs (obviously seen in the photos below).



Stay cool out there in that heat! It’s about time that Michigan weather realized what season it is.

Psychotropic Cavern

Tiny Painting: Psychotropic Cavern

Psychotropic Cavern

This image appears larger than the actual painting (unless you are viewing on a smart phone).

Here’s a tiny 3″ x 3″ painting that I’m calling “Psychotropic Cavern”. It’s acryla gouche and colored pencil on board. I created it for Jon Schindehette‘s tiny painting show at SFAL. If you go to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, be sure to see his tiny painting show featuring over 200 tiny science fiction/fantasy pieces (and buy mine)! It certainly looks like a neon black light poster but sadly it doesn’t look that great under a black light. I’m now inspired to try to make a black light illustration now.

2013 Collage

Looking Back On 2013

2013 Collage

2013 Highlights

2014 is here and I’m anxious to accomplish many things this year. It’s hard to believe that my blog has now been around for a year (Although technically the first post was on January 10, 2013). I somehow found something to talk about each month! When I first started my blog I had no idea how long it took to create a good post. Some posts take several hours to write, revise (and revise again many times), add photos, and much more. I certainly appreciate the work that blog writers put into their posts, now that I know how much effort is required to post meaningful content.

In this post we are looking back on 2013 at some highlighted posts.

The Monoprice tablet unboxing and review:

Some notable painting process posts:

Some art:

Art book reviews:


I hope you have a happy new year and stick to your new year resolutions (unless your resolution is something awful like drowning 100 kittens; then I don’t hope you stick to your new year resolutions).

I’m still alive!

It’s been quite a while since I last updated my website! One of the reasons for this is that I’m still a little undecided as to whether I’m going to keep my current website, or move to a different one. I have to jump through many hoops (not literally) to get my artwork on my website and have it look acceptable. The color profiles on the images disappear and I have to make odd adjustments to the artwork so they look okay on certain computers (on other computers such as mine they look very different). It’s a big hassle. I’m figuring some things out and hopefully I won’t have to worry about loss of color and quality anymore.

In other news, I am going to have access to a scanner again (I really should buy one soon) and I will be scanning some art soon. Also, I’ve been studying perspective and reading a lot of graphic novels lately (And I’m brainstorming some ideas for an original graphic novel of my own). Stay tuned for more art/updates!

Welcome To My Art Blog!

The beginning of artEverything has a beginning. This is the beginning of my art blog and portfolio.

I’m John VanHouten and I have a lot of things I would like to talk about with you in the future. Art is a huge part of my life and I can’t think of anything that I would rather spend my time thinking about or doing. If you are here it means that you are either interested in art or you are at least a bit curious about it. Be on the lookout for interviews, reviews, inspiration and more! While you’re here you can check out my portfolio too. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below or contact me directly. I look forward to sharing with you and talking with you.

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