One of these friends is Benji Haselhurst. I can't say enough good things about his work, and he's been a huge source of inspiration and guidance for me. Whenever one of us begins or finishes something, one always contacts the other to discuss and gain a second opinion, and he's one of the few friends I have that I can trust with such conversations. Of course, this is often one-sided as he is far more proactive about his work. Plus, he's just plain better at it than I am.
"Future Days," watercolor on synthetic paper, 2008
Benji's work represents the facet of modern art I find most appealing - highly imaginative visual work using intriguing conceptual approaches with varying media with the eye and draftsmanship of an illustrator. The piece shown, "Future Days," isn't even his most recent.
Unfortunately, I don't think he has a lot of his stuff online (EDIT: here are his flickr account and his blog).
When his new series is completed and if he ever gets them photographed, I will be sure to post them here. If you'd rather see them in person, they'll be up at the Warphouse on Friday, November 20th at around 7-10 pm here in town.