smug smugglers WIP

smuggler figures

smuggler silhouettes

I really want to push my portfolio to include more sci-fi and feel more varied (also why I’ve been lately trying to do some more cartooning) so started sketching some faces, silhouettes and clothing ideas one day. I picked out these two guys to take forward and had to sit on this a bit longer than usual to figure out what’s next.  They aren’t finished but got a little stuck here for a while.

Things feel like they’re flowing again so they should now be finished soon and I think I’m going to add a frame around the guys to work on a little materials indication of leather/metal/whatnot and to have a decorative element to the piece without adding much to the background. :D

dark creature designs

dark_realm_v7logoThese are some concepts from a creature design class I also took last winter, this one with the amazingly talented Jerad Marantz (here is his ArtStation and please go check it out if you aren’t familiar – he’s crazy prolific and works on the coolest projects).

Anywho, for the latter half of our 10-week class, Jerad had us concentrate on creating SCARY characters for a dark planet, which for me and a few others was pretty new. I loved drawing animals as a kid, but I never, ever tried drawings something creepy.  As you may have noticed (unless you’re blind), my schtick generally is pretty girls.  So, the reference gathering began. Naked mole rats, bugs, gross things that live underwater…yum, yum.

Jerad is a really solid critic, so I was really happy with my results following his workflow.  I just want you to know you can start out with some really crappy sketches. Like, I think I used this paper to check if that blue pen is still working…BUT you can see the formation of a couple of my designs right here, in all their crappy glory.

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Not that I showed those in class.  Here’s the first set of ideation:

dark realm 1-72 dark realm 2-72Getting more finalized….the idea is that two are herbivores, two are carnivores and two are humanoid, so only moving forward with one of each.

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Some last adjustments happened on the line work and then added value. I turned the “herbivore’s” head (because does anyone NOT eat meat on this planet?!) for a little more variation in the poses, otherwise, they’d all have posed, turned heads. It’s noteworthy to mention that things look good in threes….yes, I’m talking about the boobs.dark_realm_v5_value72The rest is all color, shadows and an indication of environment. Thanks for taking a look!

ice lair environment

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This past winter, I took a fun environment design class at Gnomon with Jason Louie (http://jlouiedesign.blogspot.com/) and had an assignment to practice environments using a photo-bashing technique to start, though obviously this has subsequently been painted over a lot. I was kind of skeptical and without direction at first, but this piece especially just snapped in place for me and had a lot of happy accidents. My only real reservation is it wasn’t created with a lot of story in mind from the onset, but I think once it was finished it and some ice-climbing characters added that has an okay potential for some creative imagining….

Here’s an earlier version so you can see some process:

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Medusa book cover commission: Constance Burris

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Long overdue post! I did this illustration late last year for a wonderful client, author Constance Burris, for her book Medusa, which you can check out here on Amazon: ow.ly/EeXXn. It was a super fun project and we had a great time working together.

You may remember this image from a couple years back! I should post it as a draw-this-again meme. Before I had photo-bashed a bunch of snakes into hair, and now I took the time to redraw all of them, which surprisingly was less tediously horrible than I thought it would be (all those scales ahhhhhh).

Best of luck to Constance with the book and with her work! <3

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16th-century sci-fi

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Here are the last sketches I posted all colored in. :)

So…little backstory…the White Queen-sort of figure is a bit of an antagonist (but certainly not the main bad guy in the story) and has a smoldering past with the dude with the glowing blue laser filigreed gun thingy slung over his back…a smoldering past that burnt the shit out of them both.  But now it’s been at least a decade since the ANGST. So it’s just nice and awkward.  Also, she IS a queen.

The other dude gets along with everyone, so really, he’s pretty set.

character design sketches

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Sketches from an unfinished universe I created in college about the divided kingdoms of North and South Baring, which I used to create these characters for class now about ten years later. It was serendipitous! I found these old papers and descriptions of people and I had an assignment to design some 16th century science fiction characters that it was perfect for.

I am finishing up coloring them, so this is just a preview…