Archive for January, 2008

27 Jan 2008

Dopamine

I did this for U16’s CTT activity after Nicholas Liaw’s sketch. Here’s what he says about the character:

Psychologist Dr. Alice Anderson has always been empathic, able to perceive the slightest changes in her patients. However, a terrible accident caused her to lose the ability to feel emotion. Instead, she gained the ability to modulate the neurotransmitters of other people; the control over emotion, pleasure, pain, and even death itself.

Here’s she is, instilling guilt without feeling any.

Talk to the hand!
25 Jan 2008

Conqueror

I hope his armor is rust-proof.

Conqueror

Another sketch in Manga Studio that got out of hand. It was just supposed to be a character concept initially.

17 Jan 2008

LSO Calendar 2008 – Part 2

Continued from Part 1. So, here are the illustrations for the latter half of the year.

July: Holiday fun for the whole family. A look of terror on daddy’s face was deemed inappropriate (I suspected it would be), but it would’ve been funnier.

LSO Calendar: July

August: Picnic lunch during the harvest.

LSO Calendar: August

September: The apples are ripe for picking. The dude’s putting the moves on the girl while the bull is putting the moves on the apples.

LSO Calendar: September

October: New feed for the piglets.

LSO Calendar: October

November: The hunting season. In the first sketch the hunter with his rifle was in the foreground while the moose was anxiously hiding behind a tree in the midground. But the nasty school shooting incident that happened here in Finland had happened just before I got started with this gig (and on my birthday of all days). So I had to pretty much redo the sketch, with the gun out of sight, the moose relaxed in the foreground and the hunter in the background (well, midground really). The first sketch sucked anyway, so I didn’t mind.

LSO Calendar: November

December: Christmas elf visiting the farm animals. Ham is the traditional Christmas dish in Finland, so this just might be the last meal for the pigs.

LSO Calendar:December
14 Jan 2008

Intermission: Redhead with Blue Gloves

The rest of the calendar images are coming up shortly, but in the mean time here’s something else. I haven’t gotten any drawing done since the holidays – save for some doodles in my sketchbook – so I’m glad to be finally doing it again.

This is just another photo referenced speedpaint of a naked girl – a redhead this time. I painted it in ArtRage 2 and really wasn’t sure if it would amount to anything, as it was technically a venture into the unknown for me. But what do you know, I think it turned out quite swell and was a lot of fun to do.

Redhead with Blue Gloves
6 Jan 2008

LSO Calendar 2008 – Part 1

Happy new year, folks! I’m a few days late for that, but, hey, the year is still young. And what’s a better way to start the new year than with a couple of big posts with images for the whole year?

So, this is the first batch of the images I did for LSO Foods’ calendar for the year 2008. LSO Foods is a major meat producer in Finland, producing both pork and beef. The calendar itself was produced for the actual meat producers i.e. the farmers that grow the animals. Hence the style of images was slightly romantic, but couldn’t get too cheesy or sweet considering the business is about raising and killing animals for food, and everyone viewing the calendar is well aware of that.

I got a short brief for each month (from the folks at ad agency Oivallus, who did the calendar design), and was then let loose to sketch. Every image had to include the colors of the corporate identity – a certain strong red and blue – which meant that the other colors used had to be fairly saturated and strong too, for the color schemes to appear harmonious and work.

January: Price Boar. Initially, the two men of the house looked more alike.

LSO Calendar: January

February: Laskiainen. On Shrove Tuesday, it’s a tradition in Finland to do just what the kids are doing in the image – in addition to eating a certain type of bun with whipped cream.

LSO Calendar: February

March: Piglets and promoting a new web service, which I’m clearly not promoting here, hahah. There’s a logo on the screen on the final image.

LSO Calendar: March

April: Unloading piglets. New, excited piglets arriving to the piggery. I used Google Sketchup for the background, which was a good call since I had to do it several times over and that way I didn’t have to worry about the perspective as much.

LSO Calendar: April

May: Spring pastures. Letting the cows loose on spring pastures, as well as doing the spring sowing.

LSO Calendar: May

June: Juhannus. Celebrating the Midsummer in Finland includes everyone escaping to their summer cottages, raising the Finnish flag, eating loads of sausages, drinking too much, bathing in a sauna & doing skinny dipping, drunkenly pissing over the side of a rowboat or trying to swim across a river too wide and drowning. Makes me swell with pride and patriotism.

LSO Calendar: June

I’ll be posting the second batch in the near future, so stay tuned for that.