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,

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


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.

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


...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.

Feb 11, 2011

Step into the Light

Some silhouettes of a "future soldier" that I did for class. I took one of my faves and rendered him out just a bit.

Jan 24, 2011

Master Copies

These are some master copies that I did last semester. Thank you Leyendecker, Rubens, and Rembrandt for teaching me your ways.