Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sir Rhinosworth

Digital, 2012

Toothless Studies

I thought I'd do some serious studies of one of my favorite dragons ever, Toothless.

I'm actually gearing up to do a serious Dragons painting featuring Toothless, and I want to know that I'm getting him right. He is still one of the hardest characters I've ever drawn, his final design has such subtlety and flawless appeal.

It feels like an uphill battle just trying to put my spin on an original design that I admire so much, and be satisfied with it. I think these came out alright.


Digital, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Odahviing Sketches

These were requested from a fellow artist on DeviantArt, after seeing the last piece I submitted with this character.  I think they came out pretty good!

The character is Odahviing, a dragon from a video game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

2B Graphite, COL-Erase pencil

Viking Penguin 2

Another penguin in a viking get-up, this was actually picked from the same page of doodles in my sketchbook, then cropped and painted in Photoshop.

Digital 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Preliminary Tattoo Design for a Co-Worker

It's the Jersey Devil.

What can I say, his description was an admirable way to show off his New Jersey pride!

COL-Erase on paper.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Vulture doodles!

Turkey vultures are some of my favorite birds.  There's something about their anatomy that really appeals to me, and it just begs to be cartoonified.  Kinda proud of these!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Gettin' back into Digital Painting!

Now that I have more time to myself than usual, it's high time that I start practicing my digital painting, and boost my skills.  Lately Pokemon has been a huge inspiration for me artistically, along with Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda in this case.  So here's the first of hopefully many more digital work!


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Korvus, Fiakra's Mascot

Here is a finalized version of Korvus, that I painted digitally from one of my previous sketches of him a few posts ago, that I accidentally deleted.  I thought this one had the most appealing character, and had a blast inking and painting it!

Hopefully in the near future we'll see Korvus on T-shirts, tour posters, and other merchandise.


Thursday, May 31, 2012

"The Adventures of Coconut the Courageous and Pumpkin:" A Few Moments from my SVA Thesis Film

These last few months have probably been one of the most emotionally draining, stressful, jubilant times in my life.  I was able to finish my 9 month old love child from hell, and graduate from The School of Visual Arts with some of the best friends I've ever made, and an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment.

  However, I did not want to leave that school without knowing that I created a legitimate, hand-drawn film inspired by all my favorite animated films.  I was not as open to using Flash or Toonboom, and I believed that I would achieve the best result if I stayed within my comfort zone, which was plain old pencil and paper.

It was certainly more work than I bargained for, and I learned the hard way of the dissonance that happens when you try to bring traditional and digital methods together and try to make them play nice.  I can't say for sure if and when I'll ever venture back into paper animation, it all depends on how much free time and inspiration my future holds i guess.

  After a long, relaxing break from most things animation related, I've decided to revisit my thesis, compile a few of what I believe to be my strongest moments from my "tradigitally" hand-drawn film, and post them.  I grabbed a few of my favorite key and breakdown drawings, and a few layouts from some of my favorite shots.  These are all final drawings, as I didn't give myself the legroom to go back and produce clean-up drawings or ink them.  The drawings were scanned directly into Photoshop and hand painted, to give a Xerox-ish, cel-like impression over my layouts.

I'll have more to come.