Friday, July 4, 2014

Update Finally...

Hello anyone who still follows my blog. From moving into a new house to some very interesting physical therapy to ridiculous demands from my "pay the bills" job, it's been quite a wild year so far. What have I been up too?
First off I'm participating in the upcoming "Dream Arcade" show for Light Gray Art Lab.
I'm very excited about my piece for the show, and it has probably been the MOST I have ever worked on a gallery piece before! Here are a few early concept sketches of the main character. I'll be posting more progress and concept stuff soon.
The main character started out as a bully type character. I wanted him to be scruffy, maybe a little gross, and definitely a brute.
These were the three heads I ended up liking the most. I cleaned up and refined the sketches. However I think the one on the top left was the direction I wanted to go from the very beginning.
This is the one and only drawing of the body I did. It really clicked and call me lazy, but I didn't do any other designs after I drew this one.
I've been working on a Wacom tablet and Cintiq a lot more recently. It's opened up a new "style" for me which is always exciting. More to come on that later. Secondly I've been working crazy hard on several board/card games that will hopefully become successful Kickstarter campaigns soonish! Here is a sneek peek at some of the progress...
Main character from a tile based strategy board game about color.

A screen shot of a few cards from the fire army for an element based strategy game .
Lastly...and maybe the most fun, is on a recent trip back home I found all my old sketchbooks from around age 11(ish)-18. I'll be posting plenty of those along with "how they would look now" drawings. That's all for now. Back to work.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Strongar Furystone: The Pale Wielder!...

The ROLEMODELS exhibit is open and live now at Light Gray Art Lab. There is some killer art in the show and I was lucky enough to be allowed to participate.

My mighty warrior is Strongar Furystone; The Pale Wielder!
"Battle scared, bandaged, betrayed but never beaten; Stongar grips his battle worn blades, tightens the belts of the remains of his frayed, sweat soaked armor, and trudges ever onward toward the next great battle. Every conflict a game, every victory a lesson, every defeat becomes fuel; pausing occasionally to share a rousing tale, Strongar is too soon thrown back into the fight for survival. He also likes cats."

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A little side note; the image I posted here varies a bit from the piece in the show. I waited a little too late to get my piece done and also had some extremely painful skin treatment done right at the end of the deadline that really hindered my speed. I had to send in what I was able to get done without putting on the final tweaks. The piece for the show is still awesome, it's just less bloody, slobbery and weapony than this image.

Head on over th Light Gray Art Lab to purchase the amazing game/card deck and prints here.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Light Grey Art Lab: "Role Models"...

Hello all! I'm in an amazing show coming in a few weeks at Light Grey Art Lab. There are some crazy talented people in it. Check out the write up here.
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Here's a glimpse of my mighty hero Strongar Furystone tearing up some fools! RM_Strongar_Final_RGBsm

If you're in the neighborhood on October 25th I'll see you there.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Some Process Stuff...

Like my last post, here is another piece for a pretty fun personal project I'm messing around with. No details right now but I thought I would show a little process work. Start to finish.

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First off my initial sketch. There were other sketches of course, but this was the look I decided on. I wanted this demonic kind of character, but done in a way where it is just standing there gazing at you creepily. Next my color study done in Photoshop with a Cintiq. I do my color studies pretty loosely, but they do act as a guide for my final work in Illustrator. I wanted the piece to really feel lit from the flames.

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After further picking my work apart, I realized I super hated the pose. It just wasn't right. I did a corrective sketch in PShop and printed it out so I could draw a new sketch by hand. I prefer drawing by hand. Old school. Here I added more skulls and some skeletal elements to the uniform. I love the tiny knee-high boots.

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At the same time I was working on the border and card info (yeah...it's for a card game type thing). Using the old sketch I plotted out how I wanted the image to interact with the card border and did the final border and type in Illustrator.

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Lastly, I take all the elements into Illustrator and begin my tedious process of digital painting with vectors. A lot of my fellow artists call me nuts for this techique, but it's actually very close to how I used to paint traditionally and I love cut paper stuff...call it a happy medium for me. The image on the left shows the wireframe mode of my Illustrator file. My final piece is on the right.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

So Many Projects...

Working on a ton of personal projects right now. Here is an image from one of them. It's a quick color study for one of 24 pieces of art for a game I'm working on. I'm quite a way from finishing the project, but I'm getting eager to show some work from it. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hand drawn type...

Took a fun hand drawn type class at Light Grey Art Lab with the talented Andres Guzman. Here were a few of my favorite pieces I walked away with.

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