Monday, March 14, 2016

SXSW: Tower Screening

"Just flat out brilliant work."
-  Ain't It Cool News

Ain't It Cool News: here.
Hollywood Reporter: here.
Austin Chronicle: here.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Bernie (5x7, Oil on Canvas)

Tower Documentary - Featured in Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones has just featured 'Tower' among the 25 films they are most excited to see during SXSW 2016.  Check it out: here.

Also, check out and the official facebook page.

Leader's Edge

 Link to Article: Here.

"What do they know that we don't?  The terminally ill in Grand Rapids live longer and better and for 44% less."

Tower Documentary - Premiere at SXSW

TOWER SXSW World Premiere Trailer from keith maitland on Vimeo.

After spending over a year creating animation for Tower, I am proud and excited to announce that we will be premiering it at SXSW.  The documentary tells the story of the mass shooting that occurred in 1966 on UT Campus by gunman Charles Whitman.

"Documentarian Keith Maitland uses first-person testimonies from witnesses to recreate Whitman's killing spree from various ground-level perspectives; he also uses rotoscoped animation to lend the entire proceedings a creepy, surreal feeling of distance as a normal Texas day turns into a waking nightmare."  - Rolling Stones.

Forbes - January Issue

Forbes - Portrait

Friday, August 08, 2014


My friend Timothy Palmer asked me to create a piece of artwork for his new single "Anytime."  So after playing it through several times and sketching out a few ideas, I began to think of William Turner's haunting, atmospheric landscapes with all that beautiful built up texture.  I thought it would be fun to mix it up a bit and create it using the latest tools in my toolbox:  an iPad, a Jot Touch stylus and Procreate.  I finished it up in photoshop.  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ballpoint Pen Sketch


I recently came across this in one of my older sketchbooks.

Portrait Drawing

Friday, October 14, 2011

Security Mentor

Security Mentor is a client I've been working with for some time now that has been developing a new training program.  Check out their website.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mercado - Vector Landscape


When a long time collector, Tracy G, contacted me again and said she had a new idea for a gift, I was excited!  I had created a portrait for her husband a couple years back of him with a fish and it turned out beautifully printed large on canvas.  This would not be a portrait though.

Her family had long visited a mercado in Laredo, Mexico for vacation and with the growing drug violence, had been forced to stop.  It was a family tradition and very disappointing to her parents, whom she shared a close bond with.  It occurred to her to take her memory of this special place and immortalize it in a timeless piece of art.  Something to serve as a reminder of those precious times they shared together. So she sent me a low-quality washed out photo of the market and asked if I could revitalize the bright colors, remove several elements and people, and capture that fun, summer time mood.  We then printed it 11x17 on stretched canvas.  How do you think it turned out?

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Abstract Wall Art - A new technique


I began experimenting with a new method for creating abstract wall art.  My goal was to focus on texture and I started with a pencil drawing of an abstracted flower.  I then scanned that into photoshop along with multiple hand painted oil textures.  

The textures were time consuming to make mostly because of drying time.  I would apply multiple thin washes of color over the canvases and then once those layers had dried, I would "scumble" or drag stiff dry paint over the surface with a palette knife or bristle brush, which catches on the crests of the texture beneath, leaving a broken texture or color.  I really love this effect because it adds richness and the colors mix optically, which really brings the surface to life.  

Once I brought all that into photoshop, I could begin to piece it together and overlay parts on top of the other.  I'm not quite feeling like this is done... what do you think?  Does it need a center of interest or does the texture and randomness keep you interested?

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Monday, May 02, 2011

Business Avatars

This illustration was one or two created for an article for CIO magazine.  The other will be posted when the article hits stands.  

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Coolest Costume Ever!!

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Jose Acosta made this costume for his son and promises to post the video on YouTube soon.

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