Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sludgies Final

After a little blending and cleaning up im calling it finished. I could never really nail down the color in this piece in a way I was happy with so I settled for a slight greenish tint to help set the mood and left it at that.  I love the story behind this piece.These little "Sludgies" living in the shadow of the huge nuclear plant, living their secretive lives.  Drawn out by the sight of this mysterious energy source, stolen from the power plant by this renegade kid.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sludgies Digital

Doing a finished version of a previous sketch. Experimenting with laying in values before i move into the coloring stage. 
 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rock Bottom

The Lorax, feeling a bit down in the dumps. I couldnt decided whether to make this a graphic or a more loose, painterly piece. I settled on kind of a rough look. I think it just suited my mood at the time. I Think this would work best as a pen and ink drawing though.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Chameleon

This guy started as pencil, then his lines were inked and he was colored in photoshop. The background was a trial of patience. Why does this look over-saturated when I post it to my blog but nowhere else? These are technical issues I'm still ironing out!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Zombie Flesh

This guy started on paper as a pen and ink sketch. Outlined and colored him in photoshop. I'm aware his hand looks like a mitten. The hand is implied! I think he has good character.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sketchbook Page

Just a page from my sketchbook that I rather liked.

Sludgies

I'm going to start posting stuff from my sketchbook. I don't have a scanner so I have to take photos of them which means the quality isn't exactly what I would like. Some I will color in photoshop, some I will just post as unfinished sketches. Here is the first.

Decided to do a digital work up of this sketch, here is my initial rework with basic tones laid in.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Swimming Lessons

Wanted to do a cute penguin comic because everybody loves penguins! Tried some new techniques for water.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Serpent

Had this guy sketched out, decided to take it a step further and ink and color him digitally. Just a simple character, quick piece (2.5 hours). Experimented a bit with photo textures in the background. I like his personality, he might pop back up in a comic or something later on.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bass Kid



Had been sketching all night and decided to go to bed. After about ten minutes I thought of this guy and had to sketch him down quickly so I would remember . After a few different iterations this is what that idea turned into. Trying to incorporate secondary light sources. Hands are always challenging but I'm currently pleased with how this guys hands look. Ive been trying to draw more humans.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Day Job

I love retro games and its always fun to turn there for subject matter. This started as a sketchy cartoon but turned into  more of a polished one. Although not as polished as it could be.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Radaghast

I used to love doing portraits. I had gotten away from them for a while so I decided it was a good time to try one again. This is my version of Radaghast the Brown, from the Lord of the Rings novels. Blending clean and loose styles together somewhat. I just have a lot of fun when I do portraits.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Planet Eater

Felt like a more graphic piece today. A Humanoid and his pet looking back on their home planet as it is devoured. Space is fun to draw.


Friday, November 8, 2013

Cavemen

Its been a productive week. Working on my characters. Its nice to spend a few hours on a piece like this. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dead Computer

Another quick one. Working loose is so much more fun than trying to be tight and seamless with every line. It allows the line to do things you hadn't planned for. It gives the piece an energy that is closer to a traditional work. I find I go through phases of working in different styles. Entering a sketchy phase I suppose.

Mosquito Bender


I was sick of being precise and meticulous with my lines. Decided to do a sketchy loose comic.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Pal Yeti #2

This is a rework of one of the first pieces I had done after purchasing my tablet. The differences in approach and execution are interesting. Its that time of year again, snow is on its way here in New Hampshire. More experimenting, learning new things with each piece, finding what works for me and what doesn't.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Little Pirate

More experimenting with the pen tool. I wanted to make this piece about swooping, graceful lines. Starting to get the hang of it. So much more efficient than my old method of making "clean lines". Definitely  a cleaner more professional look but the line loses a bit of that hand drawn character. Not much beats the look of a nice crisp line though. More to come!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mounatins in Autumn

Been doing a lot of hiking in my beautiful home state of New Hampshire this fall. This is my tribute of sorts. I wanted to do a simple, clean, graphic piece, inspired by the foliage and the scenery. Experimented with the Pen Tool and I'm pleased with the results. Its nice to start and finish a piece in the same day for a change!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Night of the Living Compost


I wanted to do a humorous twist on a classic vintage horror poster.  Zombie fruits and veggies were what I decided to go with. Asparagus, Broccoli, Banana, Apple, and a Carrot! These guys were fun to draw! Experimented slightly with overlayed textures but didn't want to over do it.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Rat Trap

 
 This was an idea I had kicking around for a while but it kept getting put on the back burner for other things. I have been consciously trying to develop more humorous pieces. Whenever I start to take myself too seriously I like to draw cartoons, preferably of rats in neck braces.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wrong Profession

Just a cartoon, I felt like doing something funny (attempting to be funny) I tried to make it as clean and smooth as possible. I enjoy doing humorous pieces and I need to incorporate it more into my art.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bird Suitors

A few colorful birds hoping to impress! I worked hard at giving each bird character and a unique personality. I think I succeeded in that.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fungal Bloom


I have been working on this piece for the past few weeks and finally finished it. The amount of detail was a challenge but the results are well worth it. I group this piece together with "The Pearl". Both have a sense of wonder about them and a lot of bright organic elements. They also both involve an "offering" of some sort. My favorite part of this whole piece might be the inch worms!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sprouts


I wanted to experiment with unconventional dimensions and repetition. There are three seasons here, working up from the bottom there is winter, autumn, then summer. The idea being that the sprouts near the bottom are climbing the tree to escape the advancing winter.




Friday, June 28, 2013

Overgrown Barn



This was an ink and watercolor of an old barn that I had done a few years ago. I found it kicking around in my portfolio and have always liked it for its looseness and haphazard line so I thought I would post it here. I should remember to work like this more often.

The Pearl



This was a concept that I had reworked a couple different times but felt it never reached its potential. I had tried it in a couple of different media but finally settled on digital. I think I finally did the idea justice!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Owl Birthday


Made this poster for my girlfriends birthday, she likes owls. There was text on the banners but, that's personal! Had a lot of fun doing this. I've been gravitating lately towards clean, graphic style images with bold line and color.

The Corruption Spreads


This was an entry for a contest on DeviantArt. The challenge was to create the ugliest mutant/monster/undead creature possible in an attempt to illustrate the dangers of smoking. Personally that sounded really fun so I came up with my "Mutant CEO" concept.

Airship

 

The fiercest pirate to ever sail the seven skies!  The airship is a cross between an ancient Greek war galley, a blimp, and a hot hair balloon I guess. Mostly wind propelled, but with oars for when you need to slog through those really thick cumulus clouds.

Bad Day


A frog in the rain, not having the best of days. Trying for a more simplistic, graphic/illustrated approach rather than a painterly approach. I like the clean lines and bold color. I think there is some potential here and I plan to continue experimenting with a similar style.

Taxi Please



"Taxi Please" This was a really basic sketch I had absent-mindedly scrawled in my sketchbook. I decided to redraw the line and color it in PS. Started with bold fat lines then carved them out to give them variation. I like the finished look and think that it gives it a nice "illustrated" quality.

You Must Train



My entry for Illustration Friday. The word of the week was "Train." I was really inspired by traditional pen and ink illustrations and felt that I needed a break from my tablet. I love working with watercolor although I wish I was much better at it.

Unintentional escape


This was a sketch that was sitting in my book that I liked and decided to color. I don't know what the story is with this one but there must be something.

Lone Rider, Best Friends , Block Party

 



This was a series of song illustrations done for a group out of Connecticut that unfortunately never made it into print. Part of me is glad they didn't, although the ideas are strong I think they could have been executed a bit better.

Lava Golem


 
I wanted to paint some fire, and try a foreshortened pose


Catfishin'


 Trying to create a sense of depth in this one was a challenge.

Job Interview


Came up with this concept while anticipating a job interview.

Giantsmoot


Sometimes the guardians of the forest must gather.

Walk in the Snow




Just a couple friends out for a midnight stroll!

Alien Flower



I called this "Alien Flower" I was going for a loose sketchy approach with my  tablet . Playing around with a limited pallet as well.

First Post!

This is the inaugural post of my blog! This will be a place where I can share my art and other creative pursuits with the interweb. I plan to post all if not most of my finished pieces here as well as the works of other artists and creatives who inspire me. That's all for now I guess. Thanks for visiting my Blog!