Archive for ‘illustration’

14 Aug 2010

Girls’ Adventure!

Here’s something a bit different that I’ve been meaning to finish for quite some time now. It’s sort of a bastard son of the covers of the 50s & 60s men’s “sweat magazines” and girls’ romance comics. Mostly those magazines were produced by men and usually it’s pretty easy to tell…

The illustration is a mixture of 3D and whole lot of Photoshop. I didn’t actually model anything so I guess this is what you would call “Poser art”. I textured the icky tentacles though. I like icky things.

Quite frankly this piece would have taken a whole lot less if I had just painted the damn thing. I had fun though, and I like the real-but-not-quite feel that the piece has, as if I had used puppets or miniature models. I don’t think I could achieved the the same look for the tentacles by painting either.

Girls' Adventure

And here’s a detail for a better look at the lover boy and just for the hell of it.

Girl's Adventure - Details

17 May 2010

mechanic Behemoth

Here’s a giant robot setting the city ablaze, kaiju style. For the CTT at Unit 16, after Scott’s sketches.

Mechanic Behemoth

I may have gone a little crazy with the glows but what the hell, it was fun. Here’s my sketch for the next in the activity:

Dungeon Fighting Man

13 Apr 2010

Hoodlum

I’ve been reading 100 Bullets lately, so here’s a hood to go with the theme.

Hoodlum

What an awesome series – great writing, great art.

4 Mar 2010

Psycho Psychic

Random stuff for CTT at U16 again. First one’s after Josh Hall’s sketch.

Psycho Psychic Skank

19 Jan 2010

Pinhead

The ultimate sadomasochist. For the Movie Tag Team at U16.

Pinhead

Gabba gabba hey.

6 Jan 2010

Cell Phone Shark

I did this illustration awhile back. The idea of the campaign (that it was for) was to visually incorporate different animals’ defense mechanisms on cell phones. My animal was a shark. With the brief I got an image that illustrated the concept and which to me seemed like a stock image that someone else had done. So i was a little hesitant as to how to approach the assignment since I didn’t want to rip off or copy someone else’s work.

Well, with a little research it turned out that the image was actually a montage of two different images and it had probably been done at the ad agency that hired me, so I was free to do whatever I wanted with it. So, off to sketching I was.

First I googled a bunch of reference images of cell phones and sharks and drew a few quick sketches to get a grasp of how they looked and how I could mix them up.

First sketches

Since the image would be a single character on a basically blank background, the shape and design of the cell phone shark would have to be interesting enough to hold the image and composition together. So I started thinking in shapes.

Sketching shape and selected sketches More sketches (that I didn't like)

Above you can see the sketches that I thought were worthy of finalizing marked. They’re far from perfect but I now knew what I wanted and where I would take the final sketches. There were two different ideas: One for the traditional cell phone model (which was much like the image in the brief) and another one for the shell fish model. I finalized sketches for both:

Final Sketches

The first one was pretty much a cleaned up and refined version of the thumbnail. The second was a combination of two different sketches. I wanted both of the sketches to have a sort of a fake fish eye perspective. I added the mockup type, and sent the sketches to the client.

They went for the second one. The final had to be all vectors which was a challenge since I usually work with raster images – and the final would have to have a painterly, retro quality to it. So, after some emails back and forth with the client and tweaking things, I finished the piece:

Cell Phone Shark Final

Some extra space added around the edges for cropping and bleed.

22 Dec 2009

Happy Holidays!

I’m finally on holiday, hoorah.

Happy Holidays!

20 Dec 2009

Phone Stalker

Hi, I’m back. After a month of slacking and a another one being crazy busy with a new day job, I think it’s about time to get back to regular updates.

So for starters here’s a little something I did for the Character Tag Team activity at Unit 16 again. After CamdenLikesGreen’s hedgehog sketch.

Phone Stalker

13 Nov 2009

American Werewolf

A quicky after the movie “An American Werewolf in London” for the Movie Tag Team at U16.

An American Werewolf

16 Oct 2009

Huntress

Another fairly quick image done for the CTT activity at Unit 16. I did another sketch before this one but it kind of turned into shit, so I had another go. This is based on Audzilla’s sketch.

Huntress

6 Sep 2009
2 Sep 2009

Frank

For the Movie Tag Team activity at Unit 16. The theme was Frank from Once Upon a Time in the West as portrayed by Henry Fonda.

I played a bit with the thought of “What if Harmonica had instead been called… Banjo?”

frank, After the Final Duel

Another addition to the list of things I never thought I’d draw…