Monday, July 16, 2012

Samurai Color Sketch

I roughed in colors to get an idea the direction I am going in. The next step is to apply the colors more cleanly and confidently.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Samurai Inked Drawing

Finally finished inking the Samurai drawing. It is 11" x 51"

Poster Design Contest

I recently entered a poster design contest (or was forced to enter it) for a chance to win tickets to the Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks concert. The contest was run by the Plain Dealer. I got 2nd place and won 2 tickets (a $300 value) and my mother (whom, I entered the contest for) will get to meet one of the singers.

Anyways, here is my entry for the poster design contest. I am hoping the Plain Dealer publishes them in their paper. Will post if they do.

This was my first time trying to combine scanned texture into a digital piece. I like the result and will continue to do so in future work. The faces are marker drawings (which I allowed filled with a watercolor texture in PS). The blue background and paint splatters are watercolors, and the brown/yellow texture is paper that I stained with a tea bag.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Samurai Tight Sketch Completed

Completed the tight sketch phase of my Samurai Triptych. Next I need to trace it onto a bristol board, and ink it. I imagine that will be quite intensive. Below is a picture of each piece of the triptych (each will be 11 x 17", as well as a picture of the whole piece. I am also chipping away at a custom mego style figure, which I will post some pics of after he gets some pants.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Samurai Update 3

Its been a busy week with a lot going on for me. Combined with that, I also got slightly sidetracked playing Arkham City (which I bought about 3 months ago, but finally had a chance to play it and it was as awesome as I hoped). I really only play about 1 to 2 games a year. I used to play a lot more but I don't have the time anymore. Next on my list: Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Anyways, here is an update on the middle piece of the triptych I am working on. Almost there. This is going to be the most detailed piece I have ever done. The nice part is that it is getting me back into the swing of things. I need to build a lightbox soon because they are ridiculously expensive and much cheaper to make. So hopefully that goes well.

Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Samurai Update 2

Another update on the Samurai Triptych. I have most of the main figures done. I am also getting quicker at drawing the armor. Tomorrow I plan to be 2/3 done with the rough. Finish the other 1/3 by Monday. Build a lightbox. Transfer to bristol board. Ink. Scan. Color. Hopefully I finish this next week, but I know coloring it will be quite a task.

The next step will be drawing some of the more violent parts including a samurai being sliced in half "hot dog" style and another "hamburger" style.

I am also working on a new custom figure. Pretty happy with the progress on that so far. Will post pics this weekend.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Samurai Update 1

Sketched out the archers. Only like 100 samurais (what is the plural of samurai?) to go.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Samurai Thumbnail Sketch

This is a blown up, cleaned up, thumbnail sketch of a Samurai triptych I am planning out. I just wanted to draw a huge battle scene with Samurai. I liked the idea of doing a triptych because I prefer landscape/widescreen orientations and the triptych is new for me and extends the image quite far. My thumbnails probably only make sense to me, but I did try to add some color to sort out the chaos. The colors are completely arbitrary right now. They will likely change drastically. Not sure if I will try to be historically accurate or go crazy with the colors. I just need to take a ton of reference shots and I can begin the rough sketch phase. I intend for the final to be approximately 11" x 51".

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pokemon Fan Art

I completed this illustration a while ago and have just gotten to posting it. I have been super busy with teaching and figuring out future plans. Hopefully in a month, I will now what I am doing. Anyways, again, I don't do much "fan-art" but I just wanted to do a fun, stress-free drawing and nothing relieves stress more than Pokemon.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


My new year's resolution was to post more and maintain this blog better. It is still a goal of mine, but I am still super busy teaching and coaching, that if I do have spare time, it is usually used for sleeping and/or drawing. I did another cover for Damn Handsome and the Birthday suits, and I will post that as soon as I can.

The book is finalized and has been on sale for awhile. I am working on spreading the word on it. Any suggestions?

Here is a minor project I am chipping away at for fun. I was in 3rd or 4th grade when pokemon first came out. It is an extremely addictive game and one of my favorites. After finishing the book and scrambling to get all of my teaching plans figured out, I just wanted to do something fun. I decided to do some fan-art. I am normally against doing fan-art because it is somewhat un-original. So i tried to put my own spin on these characters, while trying not to deviate much from their original design. I am trying to draw them in my own style, whatever that may be. I also have plans to expand on this drawing (like a triptych x 10, where all of the drawings will combine to form a huge drawing) while I am tossing around ideas or have a creative block, or just want to have a little fun.

I am currently mulling over some ideas for what my next book will be. I am thinking this summer I am going to do a wordless book. I had the idea of doing a dinosaur book, just because who doesn't like drawing dinosaurs, but I think I want to do some surreal and different than what I have been doing. Maybe some sort of web-comic. I want to do a wordless book while I research my next written book (possibly an illustrated history for the Mothman or the Ghost and the Darkness). So we will see where it all goes.