So I’m gonna be an exhibitor at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in Kansas City, April 21-23, 2017!!! It’s gonna be my first show as an exhibitor, so I’m really excited and nervous. My buddy Luke Schroder (awwweeesome tattoo artist) and I will be sharing a booth, so if you’re in the area or at the […]
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Holy Moses I haven’t updated this blog in a long time. Not much to say really, just busy with the day job and trying to find my way in this great big mess called life. Cliche, cliche, blah blah woe is me. Anyhow, here’s some art from the past few months! Got any questions about […]
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Man, hard to believe it’s been almost two years since I got involved with Draw or Die. This month’s challenge is art directed by the amazing Ross Tran. RossDraws, for the YouTube uninitiated. If you’ve never seen his videos, get thee hence and bask in the glory. The theme was “redesign a mermaid,” so I […]
Read more "Space Mermaids! – Ascension 23 (With process GIF!)"
Here’s a concept I did for my story. The inspiration for this came one afternoon when I was walking down the street from my office and saw a culvert that was sticking out of some brick near the road. A tree had grown over it, and the roots were sticking out and wrapping around the […]
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Here be a little piece I did a month or so ago in some downtime. No real story behind it, other than I absolutely love the climax of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I wanted to do something that would show a Death Eater menace without actually painting a bunch of Death Eaters. I kind of regret now that I went with the main three characters, so I may go back and rework a version of this with Ginny, Luna, and Neville, but it is what it is 🙂
I had fun with it anyway.
As far as process goes, I’ve been relying heavily on grayscale-to-color over the last few months. I got some great advice on the subject while I was at Spectrum this year, so I’ve been trying to implement it. My man Mike Thompson also dropped a GREAT video on the use of Photoshop gradient maps, so I’ve been incorporating that as well. Here’s the link to the vid if you wanna check it out.
Hope you enjoy!
Read more "The Order of the Phoenix"
Hi all! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. I’ve had a few NDA projects I’m in the midst of, so there’s honestly not much I can show on the art front lately. BUT! The last day or two have seen a little down-time, so I was going through some work to try and update my portfolio over at http://www.thatsummersguy.com. While doing so I came across a pic I started back in 2011 called Dragon Isle. I always loved the idea behind this, but never felt like I pulled it off properly.
So I threw on the headphones, grabbed up my trusty stylus, and went a’paintin’!
I’ve probably redone this pic at least once per year since the original iteration (which was fucking horrible lol), and I’ll probably continue to piddle with it here and there, but this is the first time I feel I’ve gotten it near the point of completion. I’m really considering working in the concept of this into my larger storyline in the book I’m writing. I might actually get it done some time around 2058.
Anyway, hope you enjoy!
P.S. Yes, I totally photo bashed in the Taj Mahal back there.
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This month’s Draw or Die Ascension challenge is overseen by none other than Alex Konstad, quite the purveyor of unusual dragons. This month’s assignment was to draw yourself with your dragon. Simple as that. This one was an interesting departure for me, as I was trying out a new technique I picked up at Spectrum […]
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Here’s a pic I did a week or so ago of my characters Pyk and Cassidy exploring some old and overgrown skyscraper ruins. There wasn’t really any point to this, as it actually started out as an environment piece that got a little out of hand. I decided I’d try a little spaceship design as […]
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Well, this was a seriously fun one. We’re having a Spawn challenge over at Draw or Die this month, so I leapt at the chance to paint one of my favorite characters from the roaring ’90s. I feel I lost control of it at some point, and my values and texturing got a little out of […]
Read more "Spawn – Ascension 20"
Here’s TK-211, my last pre-Spectrum piece. The idea behind this was to portray a post-Return of the Jedi stormtrooper. A guy who witnessed the Death Star exploding over Endor and had a crisis of faith in his Empire. So he winds up as a mercenary on Tatooine, hunting bounties in the ruins of Jabba’s palace. Also […]
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Hi all, feels like I haven’t posted any art in forever. So here’s something to remedy that while some other stuff I’m doing is under NDA! I struggled a lot on this one, primarily with adding color to a grayscale painting. Sometimes it just clicks, sometimes you have to grab it by the horns and […]
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Playing around stylistically with more of a comic-book feel for this. I used a mix of 3D, photo bash, and straight painting to get the look I was trying for. I feel like I’m still pretty slow, so I’m trying to find a way I can pull off my story as a graphic novel that […]
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