Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stroll through the Woods

I was surfing the net looking at awesome art and getting inspired, and I came across One Pixel Brush .  While I definitely dig a lot of the stuff in their portfolio, I was extra excited to see that they shared some of their Photoshop brushes in their tutorials section.  I played around with a set and found several awesome brushes to add to my shitty set (and replace a bunch of the shittiest ones with).

It started as some random strokes with different brushes, then I saw something (I think a tree silhouetted in front of a glow, or something like that) so I kept going.

In the end, I found a guy strolling through the woods - or did he find me?

Monday, November 17, 2014


Initially, I wanted to sketch up a small environment to build in 3D.  Something easy enough to do on my own, at a nice pace, and eventually finish.

What I ended up with was 3 rough paintings of monster houses.  Now I'm not sure if I'll finish these paintings as their own thing, or if I'll just do one and figure out how to build it in 3D.

Or both, I don't know.

Frankenstein's Castle.  I thought maybe it'd be cool to have this castle built in the clouds, where it can harness the power of lightning for the mad genius's experiments:

Dracula's Castle.  Maybe Count Dracula is lonely, love just out of his reach, his survival depending on drinking anyone who gets close to him:

The Black Lodge.  What's it like outside the walls of the Black Lodge?  It feels like purgatory, or even hell to me, a place of isolation:

Saturday, September 20, 2014


I've been doing a ton of drawing that I won't be able to show for a long time.  I wanted to show something, so I did this painting to practice some of the techniques I've learned lately, and for a change of pace.

It started life as a bunch of colorful blobs, and eventually the idea of a bunch of strange figures walking to some sort of temple.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Been a while...

I haven't posted much lately. I guess I haven't had much personal stuff to toss out there. I've been doing some new and challenging stuff at work, which has kept me scrambling to keep up with expectations I can't quite yet meet. I'm working on it tho, it'll get there. :P

I did recently pick up a used 35mm camera. A Canon FTb. My wife found it on a garage sale site. I met the original owner (this camera came out in '71!) who told me he got the camera while stationed in Japan. This thing is in great shape and I love it.

We also adopted a new cat, which is probably much bigger news. She's pretty awesome, and cute as shit. Loves to bite ankles.

Here's Margaret the kitten, cuz who doesn't love cat pics...

...and some other pics I took with the camera using Fuji Superia 400 film.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Paranormal Teen Romance

My buddy asked me to create this image for his band.  I've worked with him for several years and he usually has a pretty good idea of what he wants to see in these images, this one was no exception: Creature from the Black Lagoon is at the drive-in with his ghostly girlfriend, a mogwai is on the screen in front of a "Mission Accomplished" splash screen.

It's hard to mess up direction like that :)

I tried to give this a classic feel, mainly in the color and composition.  It made sense to me given the subject matter.

Process: thumbnail, 3D rough, value render, color rough, final (notice I had to expand the image a bit before going final :P )

For anyone interested in the band: PTR Facebook Page