Nov 8, 2014

Web of Ly's

I was approached by Mr. Lawdon to illustrate the cover for his sci-fi novel; Web of Ly's.

Without any prior visual forms to his characters, it was my duty to bring them to life as Mr. Lawdon visioned them himself, and having rich material to begin with, it was my pleasure.

"When the young alien, Ly Myktass, discovers what his aunt’s company is really manufacturing, Ly knows he’s the only one who can stop her. What he doesn’t know is she’s backed by the most powerful man in the galaxy who will stop at nothing to silence Ly and gain control of every civilized planet.   
After fleeing an attempt on his life, Ly becomes an outlaw on his home planet, gets kidnapped by pirates, escapes, crash-lands in a poisonous marsh, is recruited into a rebellion, gets blamed for a hotel bombing, and is chased half way across hyperspace. And we haven't even gotten to the sohnagrabs! 

Can Ly clear his name? Will he return home in time to stop his aunt and save the galaxy? Will he even survive long enough to try?" 

Web of Ly's is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Oct 31, 2014

the Smurfs' Village


The latest game to go on my resume is a very big (and welcome) change; Beeline Interactive's The SMURFS' Village (SV)

SV is a very successful mobile game for iOS and Android that has been active for the past 4 years, releasing new content as often as every 3 weeks! And that is where my duties come in; I, along with my team, are responsible for creating new characters and items that the player can place in their village. Some items are static, some are animated, and some wander around the village. I personally prefer the animated ones as I have the power to breathe some life into these 2D images :)

Below are just a few examples out of a hundred that I have done so far that the player can add to their village:



Sep 21, 2014

Maximum Baby Carnage




















"Maximum Carnage" was a popular Spider-Man story arc in the 90's in volving Venom and Carnage, hence my title "Maximum Baby Carnage"

The marker sketch above was just a random doodle during some meetings, so I decided to take it a step further and completely paint it.

Feb 28, 2014

Window

Change of gears. Resetting the brain.

Feb 13, 2014

DC remix: Flash

With a name like Flash, the character should be flashy, with a hint of cocky attitude.
 
When starting this design, right off the bat I did not want a logo on his chest. I'm not a fan of chest logos, and I try to avoid them when possible. The ears, hands, and shoe treads are a different material of gold so that when he runs only those parts would leave a gold lightning streak behind.
 
The overall red/crimson is shinier than usual because, once again, he is flashy. 

Feb 2, 2014

DC remix: Aquaman

My version of Aquaman is very disconnected from the land. He spends most of his time under water in his kingdom of Atlantis, so that is why he has very pale skin.
 
He had his hand chopped off, so since he has the ability to control water, he has a liquid fist on himself now that he can telepathically mold into anything, as well as change the density of it.
 
Overall, no more pretty boy looks, instead, he has the "don't test me" appearance.

Nov 14, 2013

GZA

I had this idea of drawing all 9 members of Wu-Tang Clan in kung-fu superhero style for a while, but then when I heard that GZA was coming to do a show live nearby (100km away), I had to put that thought into reality. Even though I was currently swamped with work, I sacrificed some sleep to get this done.
 
End result: Went to the show, had an unforgettable time, and managed to hand this 11 x 17 poster off to the man himself.
 
"This is dope! Can I keep this?" -GZA
 
Glad it got the approval of a man that I think is the best lyricist of all time. Maybe one day I can design the cover for "Liquid Swords 2" :)

Oct 22, 2013

Limelight


6 foot wide custom canvas print commission, produced completely in Photoshop, over 20,000 pixels wide, all equal to 1 satisfied customer.

Sep 24, 2013

DC remix: Batman

Batman is supposed to be extremely intimidating in the dark, so I made his entire costume extremely black. I don't know why he always had a yellow belt, but I personally thought that looked bad and took away from his design purpose. Also, I made his eyes be hidden behind dark lenses, and the mouth opening have a scarier silhouette with teeth... Super scary! Since his design is very dark, I've also uploaded a WIP and outline versions so it's easier to see the detailed armor. (right)


Sep 20, 2013

RENOMii

I was commissioned by RENOMii to develop a character based on their CEO. This is the main image/pose, and there will be more.
 
I went a bit further on my cell shaded technique, trying to evolve it, and I'm really happy with the result, as is the client :) It was a pleasure developing this.

Aug 28, 2013

DC remix: Superman

No red undies! No red boots! No standard "S" logo on the chest!
 
I tried making his costume very modern and simplistic, but remain very close to the original design so it's still very much Superman. I also ditched the slick hair and pretty boy face. I designed him to look like a man who uses his fists, sharp cheek bones, iron jaw, and over-exaggerated biceps that mean business.

Aug 12, 2013

Source


An advanced cybernetic civilization wandering the space, looking for a new source of energy...
Extremely random, started out with a black canvas with a few white dots, and ended up with this.

Jul 31, 2013

DC remix: Green Lantern

Since Green Lantern has an alien ring that is the source of his power, I decided to step away from his "human made" looking costume, and have him "wear" something that couldn't be produced on Earth. So with this new outfit, I tried to make it look like a window to the live and moving galactic energy.
 
Also, I thought that it would've been pointless for him to just have a little mask over his eyes and the rest of the head showing. Ryan Reynolds was still recognizable when he had his mask on in the live action movie, so why risk it...

Jul 27, 2013

DC remix: Wonder Woman

First of many DC redesigns to come, the leading lady, the Amazon goddess, Wonder Woman.

I really love design, as you can tell by my site being filled with mostly concept art and not that many fancy illustrations. Enough people ask what my thought process is behind some of my designs, so here is what went through my head with this one...
 
Personally, I really dislike her costume. First off, I was going to go with a 3 color scheme instead of the original 4 (red, blue, white, and gold). I thought having the white with all the rest was unnecessarily too much, so it got the boot. Another element that had to go was the diaper with all the white stars, too busy, too distracting, it gets the boot. However, those stars are a part of the character, so I still had to sneak them in somehow, so I put in a subtle chain around her waist made up of stars, as well as the 2 large stars on her shoulders, kind of giving her a general/commander status since she is one of the main DC characters. So instead of a hooker-ish outfit, I gave her a fully clothed suit, minus the breastplate. The golden chestpiece is another one of her signatures so I kept it. Throughout the whole suit, there are slight hints of "W" elements, instead of having the cliché superhero logo on the chest. The bracelets got a size increase and a slight Greek design to it, since they were gifts from the Greek myth gods.
 
And yes, she fights crime in heels. Not all elements have to make sense, she has to look good as well... Besides... she can fly :)

Jul 9, 2013

Polara: Run Cycle

I wanted to play around with AfterEffects so I took the assets from Polara that I made last year, and put it together in a somewhat presentable clip. This marks the start of a new demo reel I will be making slowly throughout the year.


May 31, 2013

Igneous Art: A Penny for your Thoughts

As a warmup, I've been doing sketches of famous people, real quick and loose. Somewhere down the line, I got the idea to make these motivational quotes and present them in a new way. I've been posting them on my facebook public page entitled Igneous Art. The response has been great, so I keep doing these. I have a lot more on there, so if you have a facebook account, please head on over there and click the "Like" button. Thanks in advance :)
 

Feb 4, 2013

Marvel Mix 4

Another 3 redesigns. First up, Spider-Man. New thing I came up with was the 8 lenses on the mask, for obvious spider reasons. I thought that people wouldn't like it much, but I've already had this posted on Tumblr and DeviantArt, and the response has been amazing; seems like everyone likes the idea! Also I gave him Vibram shoes as I thought they would suit his agile personality. Next up, Phoenix. Nothing too fancy or clever here, just the bird logo is a bit 'interactive' with her physique. And last, Doctor Octopus. I was a bit cruel with his design, but I thought that he could've gone through some acident leaving him amputated, which drives him crazy, and because of that he builds the 4 tentacles.


I might take a break from Marvel, and do the same thing for DC characters. Anyone got a preferance? Suggestions? Joke of the day?

Jan 23, 2013

Talking Grandpa


I was comissioned by Schnark Labs to design this character, and illustrate 30+ images for a mobile app they produced for iOS. "Talking Grandpa" is now available for free at the iTunes store.

Jan 12, 2013

Marvel Mix 3

Another set of remixes. Gave Captain Marvel a 'window into the galaxy' type look, I like how that turned out. Wolverine is a midget scrapper, so he's super jacked, And psylocke doesn't use real katanas. Why would she when she can make 'em with just a thought? Wolverine and Psylocke costumes turned out pretty ... ordinary. Next set will be much better, I promise :)



Jan 7, 2013

Gelatinous Ghost

A quick creature I did after the Creature Forge challenge closed at cghub.com. I am still over there running byweekly 2D draw challenges.

It has no eyes and relies on touch only, hence the tentacles flying all over the place. The little thing touching the ground bottom left is the tongue, feeling out the ground. The creature itself comes off as being very dumb, and still I put in a giant brain in that noggen. Overall very quick "sketch", about an hour.

Tons more stuff being posted in the next few weeks, been very busy with the Wacom, just want to spread out the posts instead of bombarding.

Dec 27, 2012

Marvel mix 2

More Marvel with a bit of O.G. remix... I'm pumping out these concepts for fun instead of doing typical sketches. Any requests?

Dec 20, 2012

Lyssa

This design is 2 years overdue... Her name is Lyssa, and she is one of the boss characters from "Warriors: Legends of Troy". This is one of the images that made it into the actual game, out of many attempts to finalize her appearance. This particular drawing dates back to around spring 2009.
Funny storiy about the design process: Lyssa is the goddess of madness, so when I was designing her, I kept on drawing her body as very skinny and dried up, borderline dead flesh. Eventually a decision was made to have her be completely black as she is a nightmare in physical form. So i drew this image as a 3/4 view that went along with the model sheets I also made, and I really emphasised her beaing "dried up dead" :) So the model sheets and this image get sent off to the 3D department and a few weeks voila, my art director sends me the 3D model to look over... and i couldnt help but... smile. The dried up dead look was certainly there, well on most of her body. One thing that was different from my model sheets; Lyssa made a quick stop at the plastic surgeon's, and got a 5 cup size increase :)

Dec 13, 2012

RaptorCop

Earlier in the year I was commissioned to design this character, and illustrate the cover to its debut comic.
 
Enter: RaptorCop, a police officer that turns into a creature resembling a Utah Raptor / human hybrid.
 
So far, this cover is the only thing that has been published online. I'm looking forward to seeing the complete package announced at www.raptorcop.com.

The composition of the cover was completely me, so the little touch of the newspaper was a clever and fun way to kill boring space. :)

Dec 6, 2012

Marvel mix 1

Redesigning some Marvel characters with some O.G. flavor. Also trying a new way to colour outlined drawings... and I like it :) These are still essentially cell shaded characters; flat colour, 1 dark pass, 1 light pass, 1 bounce light, and outlines are brown set to multiply at 75%. Throw in a texture here and there and here you have 'em; Punisher, Green Goblin, and Lady Deathstrike.