Sunday, September 22, 2013

Red Wind skyport

   Saw a great concept artist Sparth playing with a curious little painting program called hexels by Hex-Ray Studios. thought I would pick it up and try it out as it seemed to hit a sort of pixel art style that i like .What started out as a village and a waterfall grew quite a bit and i spent a few too many hours on this but it was a fun exercise .Sort of felt like building in minecraft once i got the hang of it .

   This is a skyport located at the edge of the sprawling red wind plateau.its a vital conduit for the farms of the plains people and link to the sprawling empire cities to the east .

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Aug 31 2013 life drawing

 used some green and white water colors on brown paper .I did some proportion scaling in photoshop .

same image desaturated .

Monday, August 26, 2013

Substrata Work

my art work submissions for the project 

Far to the North, an ancient Titan formed by a powerful energy lives beneath the world's substrata.  Having the knowledge of the darkness that lies in the hearts of beings it wanted to protect itself from potential attacks and selfish exploitation.  So, it twisted the woods above into a gnarled fortress of iron-like trees blocking out the sun and created a brutal gauntlet for any would-be adventurer or plundering army seeking its power. There it lived, secure, for thousands of years until one year, just off the Southern coast, a ship found itself crashed on the edge of the dark forest in the viridian waters of the untouched cove there.  Instead of advancing the harsh forest on to eradicate the unwelcome guests in fear, the Titan chose to leave them to struggle and die against the harsh, narrow strip of land that existed outside the twisted woods, judging the people too insignificant to be a threat.  Surely they could not survive for long.  To the creature's surprise the people proved resilient and carved out a life at the woods edge and were grateful for its shelter and meager bounty.  They felt the energy contained within the earth that he provided and began to worship it in their own small, humble ways.  The creature had never seen mankind show such love, appreciation and community before now and it grew fond and curious of the village.  As it began to spend more and more time observing them, it found that it welcomed the company they provided.  The Substrata creature began to care for them as its own, from a safe hidden distance, and would later come forth in a brazen move to pluck a chosen soul for salvation.  A salvation, as it would turn out, for all of them, for in the Eastern dry plains an army was building and preparing to decimate the forest and destroy the power it protects.

 The Substrata creature came to know a particular teenage girl from the village more than any, the inquisitive daughter of a herbalist.  While soft and kind, she was also adventurous and more brave than most.  She would venture deep into the forest, despite its perils, to study the plants and animals without fear.  This was the ancient being's kingdom and though he was angered at her intrusion at first, he quickly realized she was no threat and he was fascinated by her uniqueness.  Though he loved and protected the villagers he always did so quietly from a distance.  However, the young girl became ill beyond medicine's reach due to curiosity gone wrong experimenting with plants in his forest one day.   As the girl lay dying in her mother's arms at the forest's edge, a dark stag with horns of swirling smoke emerged boldy from the woods and stood looking down at them.  Though he spoke no words, the townspeople heard his message to the mother as the smoke wound its way to their ears on the wind in a whisper, "I can save your daughter from death but she must become a creature of the forest and never remember you as mother.  She will become the forest's greatest guardian and your savior.  Decide now, quickly."  Wanting nothing more than for her daughter to live the mother laid her daughter's limp body over the stag's back, kissed her gently goodbye and let the Stag take her girl deep into the woods.   He took her deeper into the forest than any man had ever tread, deep, until they reached a massive stone altar at the forest's very core.  The girl's metamorphosis took an excruciating number of days as her human soul and the Dark Stag's spirit energy bound together as one.  When the transition was complete she had no memory of her former life and was left with a body that was a union of her human skin and the plant elements she loved and studied.  She had truly become one with the forest.  Known now as the Osteodess, or "Bone Witch", she is the pupil of the Dark Stag.  Using the forest's dark magic she walks the woods looking for anyone wishing to harm the mighty being below.  One of the Bone Witch's greatest spells is a sort of necromancy.  She summons the long dead creatures from the forest floor and can create armies of skeletons to come to her aid.  The more her knowledge and power of magic grows the deeper she can dig into the earth for her soldiers and bring massive creatures from the past to life.

The Dark Stag is the physical form of the Substrata in the world.  He came to be when the Substrata realized she was dying and he knew he had to save her so he animated into a recently dead stag from nearby.  He is teacher of the dark arts and the wisdom of the dark forest to the Osteodess (Bone Witch) and, her protector as she grows in strength.  They are bound to each other and side by side they are the guardians of the forest.

Little is known of their origin but, they are a savage race of giant creatures that have been grafted with machines by some unthinkable evil oppressor.  Drunk with their unnatural power they march, destroy and pillage under the orders of their unknown master from deep in the arid East mountains.  They have now amassed at the edge of the forest, preparing to destroy it and all that lives there without mercy.

 Dark stag sketchbook studies

 Dark stag sketchbook studies

 bone witch sketchbook studies

 bone witch sketchbook studies

 scourge troll sketchbook studies

Sunday, August 25, 2013


did this to send off to a robot art show .8"x10" done in inks and acrylics .

Moleskin Sketches

back at life drawing !

rusty !oh well :) Having fun playing with mediums.

like Planes...

......but maybe like a buddy movie? V-22 Osprey and Humvee


not sure why but i love drawing houses:) ink and Copic markers in my sketchbook

Dog of war

ink and  playing with watercolor in my 5"x8 " sketchbook 


ink and watercolor in my 5"x8"inch sketchbook

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Arcane Legends

I saw this go live on the site so thought I would post .I did some contract work last month for Space Time Studios on a game called Arcane Legends .

some design WIP stuff

Udder Destruction

 I recently did some icons for an Iphone game called Udder Destruction made by my Friends over at Retired astronaut collective.

Friday, March 29, 2013


One awesome thing about  new jobs is new office mates which mean talking shop and learning about someone else's artist tool box.I was totally unaware of shapes in Photoshop until yesterday .This is something that Sparth has talked quite a bit about and something i had completely missed.

I did this speed painting over lunch + a "smoke break" at 4 .This is not the first giant walker placed in the french country side I have painted  . probably not my last :) see here

I broke out a few steps so you can see the simplicity of the shapes and you can pretty easily ID them in the final but as a quick composition tool it works pretty slick .

New Job!

I now work here ! new project coming soon  and I'm very excited to be working on it! I will keep you posted on details when i can

Friday, March 1, 2013

TMNT exploring continued...

I took my last round of line work and redid it very thin lined with some thicker lines to separate objects .I want to experiment with some cleaner styles.I will take a break from it and com back and see if i like it .

the lines i started with ..

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Brick Tank WIP

Personal Project .

The white Knights of Mars ! Join today!!!

I really just wanted  to do a semi futuristic Mega tank nicknamed "The Brick Tank "so here's the first roughs .I did a lot of figuring out on this one to the point that i could see through the paper:)
  you can see that I explored little bits off  to the sides knowing that i would be retracing it all after .

  I inked the original but kinda didn't like how it looked .the lines were too fat and kind of killed some of the energy soooo.....

*note the giant cat hair 

I light boxed over the inks !I left it as pencils and just cleaned it up in Photoshop .it gave me the chance to fix a few things .Some of its pretty organic but i like that.

This a rough color /value pass .this could change quite a bit once i dig into it .