Monday, September 08, 2014

Caricature for character design class

I'm teaching a character design class at BYU now. The first assignment is on caricature, which I think I've talked about on this blog as great exercise for character designers. I don't consider myself a strong caricature artist but I really love it anyway.

Based on this guy, here: http://earthsworld.com/mars/2012/120526_fun_center/120526_fun_center_0028.jpg
I think my guy ended up a bit more squarish than this guy feels but I wanted to communicate how solid his face and neck feel.

In other news, Schoolism is having a sale on Self-taught classes, here's the flyer:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Boo Bird

I used to go with some friends to draw at Barnes and Noble once a week. We had a reunion tonight, where I drew this. I started with inking a drawing and added color later. Using real ink is always a scary prospect, because you have to make decisions with the lines and live with them (at least until you scan and fix them later).

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Citadel

A demonstration I did for the surface design lesson in my upcoming Schoolism class. This class has been so much fun to prepare!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Announcements

Some of you may have noticed that my Schoolism class has changed names from "Advanced Lighting" to "Fundamentals of Lighting." (If you don't know about the class and want to learn more about it, look here)

It's still an advanced class: in fact it's the same as the old class in every way, but I felt like the name change was necessary because I'm working on a second class that will be offered later this year at Schoolism. This class will be called "Lighting for Story and Concept Art" and you can see more info on it here.

I see these two classes as being companions to each other; they essentially contain all the knowledge I draw upon when painting my concepts and illustrations. If you're wanting to take both classes I'd recommend taking "Fundamentals of Lighting" first, because that talks about the technical aspects of light and surface, while "Lighting for Story and Concept Art" focuses on using that technical knowledge of light sources and surface to tell stories and communicate ideas.
I painted this image in a demonstration for the lecture on value from the new class. I'll have more work to post from this class in the weeks and months to come, so stay tuned!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Disney Infinity 2.0

This is what I've been working on. I'm not sure when or if I'll be cleared to show concept work, but I figure it's safe to show stuff they've posted online. I contributed concept for Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Schoolism Spring sale

Spring sale for my class and the other Schoolism teachers! Also, they used my art on the flyer, which I wholeheartedly approve of.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Cowgirl

Trying to emulate an artist I really like. 5 brownie points to the person who guesses correctly (Avalanche concept artists excluded. No brownie points for you!)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Trying stuff with color

A watercolor pencil doodle I did during a meeting
Something from a morning exercise at work. The drawing was from reference but the lighting and colors are made up.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Emperor Mollusk

Cover art for a European print of Emperor Mollusk vs. The Sinister Brain by A. Lee Martinez.
I originally wanted to him in an exoskeleton suit like he wears in the book with a much less empowered true body, but that idea died. Still, I can show my explorations for that here. I like the pure melodrama of the right design.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

This time with Peter

I decided to add Peter into the scene. I think it helps.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Too many irons in the fire

I've been working on a bunch of different things, and I can't seem to finish anything. One of these days I'm going to have a lot of new art to show, but for now you'll have to settle for cropped previews.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Water Troll

This is a really off-balance drawing, but I am starting to get more comfortable with these watercolor pencils.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Inktober Sort of Died

Partially because I got busier, and partially because I discovered some really cool Watercolor Pencils.




My watercolor pad is really small, so I didn't have room for much more than a head or so per page.








Monday, October 21, 2013

Peter

Just something for fun. Many thanks to Ben Simonsen, Jason Kim, and Matt Armstrong for the great last-minute feedback.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Trying out ArtRage

My review is this: if they exposed the controls to the brushes a tiny bit more, this would be a seriously cool painting program. As it is, it's barely more than a neat, but frustrating, toy.