Movies!

October 30, 2010

I like to post my weird movies in October.

First up is a  delightful little piece called Sasquatch Survivor 2. I directed and acted (three characters) in this unique short film many moons ago when I lived in the Sierra Foothills of northern California. I wasn’t a film student or anything, I just started making movies with my 400 dollar video camera and minimal understanding of the filmmaking process. The digital FX were done using Hash Animation Master and photoshop.

There’s mystery, action, special FX, and a giant Sasquatch of course! So pop some corn, crack a beer and enjoy the arguably epic saga? Seriously though… I look back at this and I actually find it mighty impressive. Some of it works so well, you’d think I knew what I was doing.

Next up is a documentary I made back in 2005.  It started out as a writing assignment and morphed into… well, what it is.

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Goat Sketches

July 27, 2010

Goat

May 11, 2010

Some quick sketches.

For the cabin I referenced an artist named J.D. Harding.  It’s very much the type of cabin Adventure Goat lives in.

Self Published Art Book

March 31, 2010

Ha! Ha! Sorry, this puppy is no longer available… for now….. for top secret reasons.  Heh, yeah.  so….. that’s that.

WIP

March 25, 2010

Just a preview of something fun I am working on.

Far East

February 11, 2010

My final for another weekly Challenge. It’s a strange piece but I know it’s successful on a certain level because I laugh when I look at the speeding characters. Don’t ask what the giant vehicle in the back is. I’ll work on a name for it like: Maximum fun fun floaty joy joy palace.

I might play with an alternate color scheme for the larger vehicles and fix some of those tangents.

Hiding In Plain Sight

February 4, 2010

Here be a little piece I did for a challenge themed “Hiding In Plain Sight”. It needs some help but it’s still pretty cute.

Hibernating MulchMuck; Though rare, these strange beasts are rumored to reside in the Southern regions of Limestone.

Spectrum 17

February 3, 2010

One of my goals for the past year or so has been to submit work to the Spectrum art book. Lo and behold!… I finally did. I sent off two of my favorite pieces last month. Selected entrants for Spectrum 17 are to be notified by the end of February or sometime thereabouts.

It’s pretty exciting really. Regardless of the results, it feels good to follow up on a goal and put my art out there. You have to try right!

<<< No, not my art. That’s the cover to book 16.

Hell’s Belles

January 26, 2010

Retail work is a bit depressing but art is keeping my spirits aloft. Here’s a screen-shot of my progress for this weeks MyFX challenge. The given theme for this one is Hell’s Belles. I’m having fun so far.

First Work Of 2010

January 4, 2010

Here’s my entry for this weeks MyFX forum challenge. The set theme for this one is “It Came From Below”.

My entry didn’t quite jell with the challenge, but I really dig it. I started with a squid-like creature bursting from the ground, but ended up here. I had a lot of fun with the bits of crap breaking apart everywhere and the strange colors scheme. Heh Heh… personal joke really.


Cyborg Warfare Challenge

December 30, 2009

This week I joined in on another ImagineFX weekly challenge. For this one I’m taking the new ArtRage Studio for a spin and loving it.

Her’s my work in progress. I’m shooting for something subtle which is certainly a challenge with a title theme like Cyborg Warfare.

More Goat

December 21, 2009

Development on Adventuregoat continues. I’m pretty darn happy with his design so far- which is a huge deal since I’ve been struggling to resolve his look for quite some time. I also resolved a major story element that helped a few things click into place all nice and stuff.

There’s plenty more to do, so I’d better get back at it!

Stuff

December 4, 2009

I’ve been trying to keep up on sketching traditionally lately. I need some more absurd content for a book I have been producing. Sketching also makes me very happy. It’s like therapy or meditation. One week it’s cute little Adventuregoat, and the next it’s Creepy Hot Chicks Punching Rusty Robots. Hmmm… probably a little more therapy than meditation.

More Late Night Quick Sketches

November 22, 2009


More Late night sketching

November 10, 2009

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Some more character sketches using ArtRage

Halloween 09

November 8, 2009

Halloween was good fun! Lots of wine, laughs, and well… fangs of course.

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Late night sketching in Artrage2

November 6, 2009

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Ahh…. more creepy hot chicks. Yes, the girl on the right certainly has the stupidest top ever. I’ll see what I can do to class it up a bit.

The Show

October 19, 2009

It was exhausting & exciting! We had a great turnout and there were some great costumes!

Photos & video up over at the show site.

Show Flyers

September 15, 2009

FRONT_sml copyWell, the first batch of flyers for the art show came in! I must say, I’m mighty happy with them. I know I’m not a super graphic designer  but I do try my best. I started out in a much darker direction, and then ended up going sleek & streamlined.

The cover photo was taken by Michelle Darensbourg. Aside from cropping, there’s no photoshop involved, it’s her original image. Michelle will have plenty more photos in the show. The ones I’ve seen practically knocked me out. Super, ultra, mega sexy stuff- I must say.

First published art

August 26, 2009

Photo 396war-2swebAn image of mine somehow made its way into the August issue of ImagineFX (page 31). I have been joining in on the weekly challenges over on the IFX forums and won one of the rounds. I’ve just been using the challenges to push myself, so it’s a surprise to actually land in the magazine. It’s probably just me lucky charm.

The featured image is the only space, or spaceship art I’ve ever really done. It’s kinda funny really. Seriously though, I am proud of what I accomplished developing the image. I also had some amazing help from some talented folks over on the challenge forum. I highly recommend participating, it forces you to work fast and push yourself.

Save The Date!

July 21, 2009

I am putting together a group gallery show called NETHERWORLD. Mark October 16th & 17th down on your calender. More info is coming soon. I’m currently working on the show’s site/blog over at www.netherworldshow.wordpress.com

swankBeen working on plenty of fun, new stuff- but in Lou of posting any of it, I’m posting some really old comics. Here’s one from over ten years ago. It’s ridiculous and has no conclusion. I like it.

In other news, I’m pushing to have a swell book ready for the show. By ready, I mean that I’m hoping to have multiple copies available for sale. By book, I mean an art book/sketchbook. It will have both finished paintings as well as delightfully ridiculous sketches. I Just gotta keep bustin’ it out. Things are looking mighty promising so far… not a whole lot of time.

Adventure Goat

July 3, 2009

Adventure GoatI painted this mock comic cover for this weeks ImagineFX challenge themed “scarlet“. I almost sat this one out but I’m glad I followed through. Now I have an inspirational piece to motivate me. The Text & fonts are just temporary. I’ll certainly put more time into the title design further down the road.

I’ve also been doing lots of prep work for the actual comic. Character sketches and such. Stay tuned, Adventuregoat is on his way!

Tools of The Trade

June 21, 2009

AllTools2Ok, I’ve been meaning to put this post together for quite some time. I love seeing what other artists use, so here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ regarding some of my favorite traditional tools.

It’s good to be versatile but I don’t like to be bogged down by a tackle-box load of junk. I have a simple set of tools that I enjoy. I’m not going to talk about erasers or sharpeners here, just some of the junk that makes me all happy & stuff.

Col-Erase Sketches

Col-Erase Sketches

As you can see, there are no graphite pencils shown here. For pencils I use Prismacolor Col-erase. These work great for me since I’m not big on blending and such. I switch between Blue, Violet, Terra Cotta & Brown. The Blue & violet scan pretty well. And yes, the blue does scan. The Terra Cotta & Brown work well together if you start with the Terra Cotta, which is pretty light… then come back in with the Brown to punch up some lines and such. I don’t necessarily use these because they erase, I really like the line variation I can get- as well as the anti smudging qualities. Note: I don’t color my art with these. I sketch & draw.

Prismacolor Col-Erase

Prismacolor Col-Erase

Pitt Pen Sketches

Pitt Pen Sketches

I’ve been doing a lot of straight pen sketching lately. It’s really great practice since you have to commit to your lines. As for pens, I’ve tried a lot of pens. Currently I’m in love with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens. They are waterproof, lightfast & all that good stuff. But most of all, I enjoy sketching with them. There are several different tips, including a brush, but I only really use the S & F sizes.

PittPens

PittPens

The tips are shaped in such a way that you can tilt the pen a bit to vary your lines for some “Thick & Thin” action. To change things up a bit I also like to use an Itoya Doubleheader Calligraphy pen. This of course produces some nice, dark, chiseled shapes & varied lines. I really like the Itoya DH, but it’s not waterproof. Additionally I recommend trying the long, thin Stabilo pen shown. It just feels nice in your hand and produces thin, crisp lines. Oh, and let’s not forget the wonderful and versatile Sharpie. The sharpie is the only pen I am able to produce true thick & thin lines with. I don’t have the patience to use the Crow Quill pens that many comic artists use, but a good sharpie can do a pretty swell job.

Itoya Doubleheader Sketches

Itoya Doubleheader Sketches

The clipboard shown way up top is pretty handy. I have sketchbooks I use, but slapping some copy paper on a clipboard is freeing in some strange way. Some of my favorite sketches were done on cheap copy paper. It’s great to have your work contained, but sometimes sketchbooks can feel a little too precious. The whole idea of sketching is to study, loosen up, and explore. If you find yourself being overly cautious, I recommend buying a block of copy paper and a clipboard. Preferably the legal sized board (not letter). The extra length comes in handy- as you can prop the board with your lap or hip and the paper is still high enough to draw on without having to hunch over. You’ll see.

So, that’s it for right now. I hope some folks find this info helpful or interesting. The next Tools&Tips post will be about some of the books I find useful & inspiring.

MyFX Forum Challenge

June 12, 2009

alien2hsmlI joined in on this weeks challenge themed: Illegal Alien. I didn’t think I would come up with anything, but alas I did.

On the left is one I started but ran out of time. Meet Eddie Mugsworth, aka Gippy da’ Creep. Relatively well known in the theft rings for slipping out the back door with everybody’s goods. Best known for his troublesome infatuation with Female Earthlings. In fact, right now he’s supposed to be on look-out duty for Fiona!… Oh Gippy… Distracted yet again.

The bottom image I finished enough to enter. Meet Fiona… Intergalactic Diamond thief. Daughter of the legendary Albert Novik, aka Stealth McGrabby. Fiona may have just been caught with her hands in the cookie jar but she’s gotten out of far stickier situations. If there are police around, then there’s a shiny, high speed shuttle waiting to be hijacked.

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Adventuregoat Comic

June 10, 2009

It is time… It’s time for me to hunker down and do what I keep saying I want to do. It’s time for Adventuregoat! I have the beginning of the story pretty well mapped out. So what am I waiting for? Well, I haven’t exactly been sitting on the pot here. I’ve been searching for a simple character, a character that’s cute and easy to draw. This evening I sketched at my desk for a few hours and got the ball rolling. Also, earlier in the day I explained the basics of the story to Michelle and it flowed right out. It made sense… and explaining it even got me excited. It’s time!

Here are a few rough sketches. Nothing I’m too excited about, but progress none the less.Goat Sketches

Painting With Rage

May 31, 2009

RageScreenShot-smlNo, I’m not painting while furiously clenching my teeth and fists. I’m using ArtRage. RhhaaA!. ArtRage is a cheap, downloadable painting program for Mac & PC. I love it because it’s so basic, or should I say streamlined. There’s not a million ways to do one thing. You just paint & draw. If you already use Painter, ArtRage will probably drive you nuts, but it’s a great tool for folks like me that have always used Photoshop & never really cared to get into Painter.

Anyway, I’m not writing a review here. I’m just excited about the work I’m doing using ArtRage. In fact I’m developing a book & planning a show based on the stuff I just started making. More info on that later.