Monday, February 17, 2014

Crowd Funding for Artists!

Hey everyone! I listened to a Chris Oatley podcast today about a website called Patreon that's set up to help fans support artists. It's a phenomenal idea. It's a great way to show your support for artists who are trying to make a living doing what they love.

It's a lot like kickstarter, but instead of helping people achieve one large goal, it helps them to achieve smaller ones. As an artist it can be hard to find ways to make money and as a fan it can be hard to show the artists you admire your support without spending a ludicrous amount of money. On Patreon, you pledge to pay a certain amount once a month or every time the artist releases new content. If you don't want to pay more than a certain amount you can put a cap on your donations.

Artists have the option to post goals that they want to achieve and keep their Patreon patrons updated as they achieve those goals. The goals can be anything from wanting to remove ads on your site to buying new recording equipment for the band.

The artists also have the option to give rewards to their patrons. For example, when I set up my page I included rewards like monthly live streams, google hangout sessions, wallpapers, prints, etc.

It's awesome that there are opportunities to be and stay connected to artists and fans. Spread the word! Patreon is awesome!

Here's my patreon page.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Batgirl Redesign

Hey everyone! Project: Rooftop is doing a "Draw Batgirl" event right now and it's been the most fun of all the projects I've participated in so far. I did this while I was waiting to hear from clients today. Let me know what you think! Cheers!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Late Christmas

Hey there! So I completely forgot this past Christmas about a gift exchange deal that I signed up for. I got the most beautiful ORIGINAL painting in the mail from the gal I was supposed to have exchanged with and it made me sick with guilt. So today I attempted to rectify the situation by painting up this guy. It obviously isn't an acrylic painting, but I'm hoping she likes it and I hope you do to. Cheers!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Animated Short

Hi there! For anyone who's been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I've been working on a project called "Monomyth" for a few years now. Ordinarily I probably wouldn't stick to something for this long, but in this case it's a project that I really believe in. We've now decided to produce an animated short to introduce the world to one of the characters and hopefully generate some interest and a fan base.
I've been putting a team of artists together to help with the vis dev work, the matte painting, and the animation. Once we get a good team put together we'll launch a kickstarter campaign to fund it and hopefully have something to show for it in a year or so.
Anyway, here are a few sketches for some of the characters that will be in the short. I hope you enjoy them!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Cap and Bucky

Hey there everyone! I've been absolutely terrible at updating this thing so I'm going to be trying to make up for lost time over the next few days. We'll start out with an illustration I did yesterday of my favorite super hero and his faithful sidekick. My New Year's resolution is to be more like Captain America: stalwart, diligent, full of integrity and uncompromising when it comes to morals. Anyway, enjoy.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Inktober doodle.

Hey guys! I've been blessed enough the past little while to have plenty of work to keep me busy. Unfortunately, that means I don't have as much time to do my own stuff or just sit and doodle in my sketchbook. The past couple weeks have been extra crazy so it was a nice treat to be able to sit down tonight and bust out a drawing. I hope you like it.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

"Masters of Anatomy" Kickstarter

Hey there, everyone! Some of you may have heard of the "Masters of Anatomy" kickstarter campaign that went live a couple days ago. It's going to be a phenomenal book when it's done and I'm thrilled to pieces to announce that I'll be one of the artists featured in it. This is the kind of book that I fall all over myself to buy.

Lots of illustration students find themselves at a loss as to how to translate their knowledge of anatomy (or lack thereof in many cases) into a stylized or cartoony figure. The awesome thing about this book is that it takes the same six poses --3 male and 3 female-- and shows you how over 100 different artists interpret the ideal human figure in those poses in their individual style. It's going to be awesome!

I learned most of my basic anatomy from other artists growing up and I would have DEVOURED a book like this. It's a little on the pricey side, but I think it'll be worth the money. Check it out and snag a copy!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Toned Paper

Hey there, everyone! I realize it's been a really long time since I've posted anything and I apologize. I finally made the switch couple weeks ago to using toned paper and the difference it makes is astonishing to me. Having toned background allows you to add depth to drawings that's impossible with white paper. It's a little more expensive than the paper I'm used to, but it's completely worth it. I've found that I can't stop with just sketching something, I have to use the different colored col-erase pencils I've got to add colors and then I have to add highlights as well.

Here's a quick walk through of the process I usually go through:

First step is obviously a sketch. This is usually where I'd stop in my white sketch book.

 Then I'll add a little bit of color to the sketch in different areas to draw interest. The toned paper is nice because it helps unify your colors. That's especially nice when you're working with a very limited palette.

Then I'll add ink and whatever other finishing touches it needs. On this one I added a white halo to help the drawing pop a little more.

Here are a few other drawings I've done in the past little bit:

Friday, September 13, 2013

The importance of sketching and a work in progress.

Hey there everyone! I just wanted to touch on something I've been thinking about today. When I'm in the middle of a large(ish) project, (particularly a project that I didn't conceive myself), I tend to get burned out. A block wedges itself between me and my creativity. I think everyone has experienced this at one point or another and it can be insanely frustrating.

There have been times that I've sat down at my desk to get some work done and four hours later all I've managed to do is paint, delete, and repaint the same thing five hundred times. When that happens, it's easy to stand up, wipe your hands of the project for the day, and take a nap. The best way to avoid falling into that trap for me is to draw tons of junk.

A couple of days ago I had absolutely non motivation to work on the projects in my queue, so I decided to draw lady heads for a little bit. It was very liberating. As soon as I started sketching, that stupid wedge that gets lodged in my brain started to loosen and pull free. The more I draw, the more I loosened up and the more I was able to think creatively.

Once ideas started coming to me more freely I wanted to have some real fun. I can only draw pretty things for so long before I have to draw something weird or ugly so I started sketching some creature heads. By the time I'd drawn a few of these I felt more than ready to work on whatever I needed to that day.

I have a drawer in my desk dedicated to filled sketchbook pages and every once in a while I'll pull them out and use one as inspiration for an illustration. 

I'm going to be attending an event at the Cartoon Arts Museum in San Francisco next weekend and I wanted a new print to sell while I was there. I really liked the flaming monkey sketch I did the other day so last night I decided to do an illustration of him riding the warthog/rhinoceros dude that I also sketched that day. Here's the progress I've made on it so far. It still has a long way to go, but I like the way it's turning out so far.

Anyway, I just wanted to ramble a little bit about the benefits of drawing. I try to draw a little bit every day just to stay loose and keep the creative juices flowing. Cool things often come out as a result. Hope this was beneficial to at least some of you. Thanks a million. Cheers!

Friday, September 6, 2013

About "No"

I read a great blog post this morning written by artist Levan Jihanian listing ways to deal with an art director saying "No". He lists some great things to think about so I thought I'd pass the information along. Here's the link: 9 Things I've Learned About No

Happy reading!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Latest Video

I did this video for the "Be The Gold" campaign that's been started by mothers of children suffering from cancer. They're trying to raise awareness to combat childhood cancer which nobody can argue isn't a worthy goal. Check out their YouTube and Facebook pages!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Aurech Costume Exploration

I've been thinking for a while that Aurech needs a more interesting costume so today I decided to do a little exploration. I changed up his anatomy a little as well just to make his form easier to articulate in believable ways. I'd still like to add some straps and what not to it, but here's the basic outfit I came up with. One of the pointers I came away from CTNX with last year was that I ought to make my costuming reflect my characters more. This is still obviously very basic and simple, but I think it's headed in the right direction. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Cyclops Redesign

Did this for Project Rooftop's fan art friday. Never been a huge fan of Cyclops, but this was a lot of fun, nonetheless.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cup O' Doodle

Another cup o' doodle doodle. Too much fun

Cup O Doodle doodle

Hey there! Cup O Doodle is a fantastic blog and I'm fortunate enough to have been able to submit stuff. Here's the first.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monomyth Stuff

Hey there! Things have been a little crazy lately but I finally got a little bit of time to work on some personal stuff. Here's a concept idea for a character in the comic book as well as a rough sketch of one of the pages. I'm hoping to have enough pages put together for a pitch in the next couple of months so be on the lookout for more sketches and what not.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Harry Potter and Storm

Hi everyone! Here are a couple things I've done over the past week or so. I got a little itch to do some Harry Potter fan art and had a lot of fun drawing Voldemort. 

The other one is a submission for a Project: Rooftop redesign contest. I don't think I've ever had this much fun on one of their contests. I've never been a huge fan of the costumes that Storm has had over the years so it was fun to be able to put my own spin on her duds. Let me know what you think!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Ladies. And Goldilocks

Howdy, folks! Here are a few illustrations I conjured over the past few days. I've found that if I don't work on random personal projects off and on during the week I get burnt out quick on the freelance work I have going on. Not that I don't LOVE doing freelance, but there's something awesome about being able to just paint whatever you want for whatever reason you want. 

As you may have noticed, I've been really into drawing girls lately. It took me a long time to get used to it, but I've grown to love drawing women. I'm still working on being able to design female characters with as much diversity and interest as male characters, but it's been slowly, surely coming to me. I want to do a gallery show eventually about women and how I see them and their importance in art and as members of society in general. Anyway, just wanted to ramble for a little bit. I'm just coming to the end of an all-nighter so I hope this makes some sort of sense. Cheers!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

DareDevil Redesign

Here's my submission for Project Rooftop's fan art friday: a redesign of DareDevil. I've always been partial to the yellow and red costume and so I wanted to give it a little bit of an updated feel. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

As of Late

Here are a few things I've done in the past week or so. 

 This one is an experiment. I've been obsessing over Leyendecker again, so I wanted to try to do something in his deliberate, hatching-type style. It was very fun.

 This is a paint over I did on a photo of a sculpture by Troy Parson, one of the guys I share studio space with.

These two are summer time ladies. Summer has always been my favorite time of year and two of my favorite things about summer are baseball and water sports.