Jul 5, 2014

July sketch challenge - 1

I'm doing a sketch-a-day challenge for this month with a bunch of coworkers. I started out doing random sketchbook doodles but lost motivation quickly. Doing daily personal art has always been hard for me and I'm realizing that having some sort of parameters really helps me stay engaged. It allows me to bypass the dreaded blank page.

Anyways, I'll be doing a series of character busts, starting with this guy.





May 12, 2013

One Year Later...

And I find myself at Riot Games, making art with some of the most talented people around. It's been an extremely exciting, inspiring, and humbling year for me. I love where I'm at but I still have a lot to improve. So yeah, here's a nice big chunk o' work to look at.





In collaboration with Volta Studios

In collaboration with Paul Kwon



In collaboration with Bo Lu, Chengwei Pan, and Wes Kiel



You can expect updates more frequently now, I've got a bunch of personal stuff in the works :)

May 4, 2012

The Next Step

Welp, I'm graduating soon. I can't wait to get out into the world and into the industry. It's very exciting to move forward from here.

In the meantime, my website is up and running. You can check out my portfolio there.



Apr 21, 2012

The end is near..


Here's a Two Towers study I did a while back... Definitely want to get around doing more of this kind of thing, there's a lot to learn here.

Graduation, my senior show, and all of that final stuff is just around the corner. I will be continuing to shut myself in and work as hard as I can until then. I have a lot to show after that point. If it ever comes.

Jan 19, 2012

The 'Smith




Explorations for a peculiar game idea starring a lone Blacksmith. I need to design his hammer..

Nov 3, 2011

Mid-Semester Dump!








I love dumps. All kinds. This kind, that kind, the cake kind... You've never had dump cake? Highly recommended, it is delicious (seriously, http://forrked.com/dump-cake).

Yeah, just a smattering of work I've done recently. The last two are WIP shots from my Game of Thrones thesis, which is coming along slow and steady; just wish I could dedicate more time to it. Thanks for viewing, cheers!

Oct 18, 2011

Tauntauns


Do tauntauns drink space martinis? We may never know. But we do know that they occasionally leave Hoth, dress up in ridiculous robes, stand on their hind legs and hang out with Admiral Ackbar.

Sep 22, 2011

Eddard Stark


A preview of my senior thesis. I painted this right after I finished the novel.

Aug 16, 2011

The Marmot King + process

This is my entry for Laguna College's Dressed 2 Kill contest. http://www.lagunacollege.edu/dressedtokill/index.php

The goal of the competition was basically to design a masked character. My inspiration came a few weeks ago when I came across this picture while proving to my girlfriend that a "marmot" is in fact a real animal and therefore a real word. If you just look at his snout as a standalone head, you will shit bricks.


This is my original sketch. Instead of copying from the photo, although a great mask in itself, I wanted to turn it into something a little more innocent and charming. You can see that I am using the marmot's nose as the "face" which I was really excited about.


This is my first iteration. It has some redeeming qualities but it just wasn't turning out how I'd have liked. It's all around too goofy, and I wasn't thrilled about the colors I was using.


If I would have stuck with that one it probably would have turned out alright in its own way, but instead I just decided to start from scratch. I have a hard time working on something if I'm not excited about it, and this sketch gave me much more of that feeling than the previous one. Since it is a mask after all, the character's real head is sitting behind the teeth.


Mysterious, noble, wild, dangerous, animal? man? This guy had the feel and character that I was looking for. I started in black and white because it's easier for me to understand the lighting, and it allows me to think solely about the color when I add it later.


And here's the final. I basically painted this all in one sitting, and it was rough, but I'm fairly certain that I submitted it in time (roughly 30 seconds before the deadline).


This is the story that accompanied it:


"The great Marmot of the West has not been seen for many years. Some 
say that it returned to the earth to be with its ancient companions once 
more. Others paint a much more disturbing picture... They say there is something 
new that roams, neither animal nor man, but somewhere in between. His great head
is fashioned from the snout of the creature, with horns larger than any sheep or elk. 
They advise to keep hearty company when traveling these woods... the new 
Marmot King is much more viscious than his predecessor."

Thanks for reading. Fingers crossed for the contest!

May 9, 2011

Acrylic Ponderer



This is about my fourth traditional (acrylic) painting this semester. It takes a lot of patience when compared to digital, but man, I learned a ton. There are many, many lessons to be learned from mixing colors. Thanks for looking. Below are the pencils, and an inked version that I did for another project.






May 4, 2011

Castle Crasher's re-design



Hopefully I'll continue this project into the summer. The gist is a live action castle crashers film with a bit of grit and a bit Scott Pilgrim flash. Thanks for looking!

Apr 2, 2011

Acrylic Treeface

This is my first non-digital painting in many years. It's true that there is much to be learned from working with real paints. Excuse the blemishes, the varnish did not agree with the scanner.

Mar 13, 2011

Lava Spraying Robut




In the spirit of kickin things up a notch around here, I present to you an emotionless machine that spews lava onto anything that moves. I've been looking at a lot of Mr Jack's stuff recently and tried to channel some of that awesomeness. Stick around for more!

Mar 10, 2011

Tree + large hole

Still a work in progress, I could definitely could clean it up a lot more. This is one of the first times that I've gotten all render happy in the little nooks and crannies and actually had a good time doing it. I hope that starts to happen more. Thanks for looking!

Mar 5, 2011

IN THE FUTURE...


...all soldiers will be beefy beyond belieef

Feb 22, 2011

Aboriginal Ashitakas, leggy princesses, and Kurt Russell








Here's some stuff from my current Princess Mononoke re-design project, and a sketch of the man himself, Kurt Russell.