Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A joke is a very serious thing

It seems to be a good week for character designs while next week is shaping up to be a week of logo designs. Both are good in their own way I suppose. This shadowy gentleman is for my own personal abusement as he's my new D&D character. Yeah, so I'm a big geek. Don't look so surprised.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Duty is heavy as a mountain but Death is lighter than a feather

Alright, it's time I stop feeling sorry for myself and get back to business. This is Montaro. He's another Bathrobe Samurai character. A villain in fact. I don't really have a story for him yet but I can tell you that he's surprisingly nimble for a fat guy. And that's what's important, right? Right?
I'm pretty happy with this picture, especially his head and collar. Everything just meshed for me when I was working on this illustration.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

I gave my love a locket and then I broke her heart

I've had a really bad night so there won't be any pithy writing or deep insights into my art today. An in and out explanation only, I'm afraid. This is Egg! (occasionally known as "Matilda") She's a space angel egg thing I created on the back of an Eat 'n Park placemat. Like the Bathrobe Samurai people seemed to dig her so I ran her through Adobe Illustrator and did this little turn around. She'll probably have her own comic some day but right now she just shows up in sketches where she spouts off the wisdom of Lao Tzu.

Oh, the logo was designed with the help of the crew at Blambot. Thanks, guys!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars

Man, there's nothing like a 102 degree fever to make you feel nice and un-creative. Ugh. My soul-sucking malady aside, here is another t-shirt design. I've always liked black, white, and red together so I'm mostly happy with the way this turned out. The distressed look is always nice too, if it's pulled off properly. Don't ask me what the "S" stands for because I don't know. I just thought it looked good. Or it could be my subconscious ego sticking my initials in places they don't belong. But if Charles Xavier can get away with putting "X's" all over his house I can get away with putting an "S" on a t-shirt.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Illustration Friday - Reflection

I've been looking back on old sketchbooks lately and it's really helped to remind me where my earliest artistic inspirations came from. The earliest of the early came from a stack of comics my Uncle gave me when I was a kid, most of which were drawn by Jack Kirby. So for my first "real" Illustration Friday entry I decided to draw a portrait of the King of Comics. I don't know why I picked the bizarre color scheme I did but it might have something to do with wanting a more pop-art look than a normal portrait look. Or it could be because it was really late at night when I illustrated it. Either way: Hail to the King, baby.

To learn more about Jack "King" Kirby, follow the links below.

Friday, August 19, 2005

May you be in heaven a half-hour before the devil knows you're dead

Something that I always hear is that I should design t-shirts I think I will. Or try to anyway. I've found a handful of t-shirt companies that accept unsolicited submissions and it’s time to start sending out ye olde portfolio again. So every so often I’ll be posting the t-shirt submission ideas to see what works for you folks and what doesn’t. So let me know.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Once they were men. Now they are land crabs.

A man by the name of Jim Stafford started a neat little website called Bran where artists can "try out their illustration and design skills within the confines of a simple object." It's a fun exercise where you have to think outside the box but inside the Bran.

The site has some nicely designed Brans from artists of all kinds but the Bran above is my contribution. I'm honestly happy with the way he turned out. The colors and the design just really meshed for me, especially his hair and that flowery green bit around his eye. It was one of my early attempts at using a more muted color scheme and I'm pleased with the outcome.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied

Did you ever have one of those days where you just can't clear your head? Today is one of those days. Anyway, my nephew's first birthday is coming up this Saturday and I put together this little dog to serve as a "To/From" card for his gift. I'm not entirely sold on the color of his party hat but my chick friends assure me that it's cute.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

If I knew the way I'd go back home

Welcome to the first day of the rest of my blog. I've been kicking around the idea of starting one of these oh-so-mainstream online journals and apparently I've gathered the nerve to do so. It's not much to look at right now but I'm still picking through the code and "help" files trying to figure this mess out.

I've been out of artistic action for about six months due to an arm injury and now that the nerve damage nightmare is almost over, it's time I start getting my name out there again. Six months is a long time to be away.

So with that said...on to the artwork! The flying monkey above comes to you via my favorite mechanical pencil and Adobe Illustrator. It's nothing more than a practice piece but I had a stylistic epiphany while working on it and (for once) I'm really happy with something I've illustrated. I just wish all the detail in the house wasn't lost when the image gets reduced. Oh, well....