Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
This is a water colour and ink sketch I did based on a photo from a Save Darfur brochure. The image was just a child against a white background. I thought is was simple and powerful. I tried to capture the child expression as best I could. In the end my image looks angrier than the photo which has the child looking more confused and hurt. I'm not quite sure which is more appropriate.
Monday, December 17, 2007
I sketched this at work the other day and took about another three days on my off time to colour him. Not keen on the gradient background but I thought I'd show you anyway a few more changes to make but I'm happy with his posture and expression. A little back story so you'll understand why a Zombie would be so excited and shouting Oh...My...Gawd!!! is that his BFF (best friend forever) (I find that funny because both characters can't die so they literally might be best friends forever) SexBot Dot 3545 tells him that she and the professor are an item and he just can't believe it. So he shout out to the world "What Happened"... I mean Oh...My...Gawd!!!
These are a couple of conceptual sketches for two more characters from space quest you won't see them on stage one is the talented musician Tim Cranwill and the Other you have already seen. This is the first sketch of Randy apostles space quest avatar 'The Brain' you can actually see him holding a pen with his tail in this one.
I have had a lot of fun doing these. So much fun you may see a Space Quest animation in the future. Maybe...
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Actress: Yanin Gillespie
After repairing the Professor's transport shuttle for a quick escape from a horde of DreelNar Slaggs, Talya was offered a position on the SpaceQuest team. Believing her wicked moves and natural gift for violence had finally paid off Talya accepted, and moved onto the meteoroid. Only to find out later she had been hired to keep the Treloid infested rock from falling apart.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Actor Cory Wojcik
Buff is the resident warrior ape on the SpaceQuest team. Armed only with his traditional warrior ape sword, a raging libido and poop; Buff helps defend the meteoroid while dealing with being the last of his kind, and the most frightening entity in all the galaxy 'Evolution'.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Actress: Chantel Marostica
Created by an old colleague of the Professor. She has 17 360 programs, and is 1126 years old. Her primary function as a sex robot, is to well... you know, with her master. The Professor, being her master reprogrammed her, to serve the entire SpaceQuest fleet. Being programmed to service one human, and re-programmed to service many, can really mess with a girls circuitry. Being as old and used as she is, Dot's programs, have taken on a life of there own, and have made her one very... unique... robot.
Actor: Davide Montebruno
George Smith, Professor Laureate of the Science: Earning this esteemed title at the age of 32 Professor Smith proceeded with his Nobel Prize winning concept for a self sustaining SpaceQuest agency based on a meteorite hurtling through space. With the mandate to "Seek out and neutralize threats to Earth originating from across the galaxy" Professor Smith assembled a crack team of agents. Regrettably the entire team, including Professor Smith himself were killed some few years later by a mysterious villain known as the 'Black Hand'. Undeterred by his recent demise Professor Smith rebuilt his body from computer and machine components, and reformed a new and better equipped SpaceQuest team, to boldly blast off into a galaxy of mystery! Or something close enough to it.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Actor: Scott Cranwill
Though Little is Known about Milk's origins, his reputation is wide spread across the Galaxies. After being abandoned as a child on the hostile planet Turmaline. Milk was discovered years later living on his own and completely self sufficient. Having developed an advanced mining system, Milk not only amassed a fortune enslaving the native species who toiled in his vapour mines, but also caught the eye of the infamous Black Hand. Recognizing Milk's keen mind, and cunning tactics as useful tools in his plans for universal domination, Black Hand took young Milk on as an apprentice. It is during this time Milk earned the title of "Evil Genius", traveling the span of the universe, and overseeing many of the Black Hand's most secret operations. For reasons unknown, their partnership would come to an abrupt end sometime later, with Milk being left for dead, abandoned yet again on an uncharted planet in the outer rim. It is there that Professor George Smith found him, and after nursing him back to health, recruiting him as a member of the SpaceQuest team.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Actor: Peter Nadolny
A.K.A. Wellington J. Farnsworth Spookingdorf III
Spook is a deathly mess of teeth, sinew and bones who cannot be killed. he is a Zombie of intellect, trying to sate his never ending hunger for flesh, marrow and braaaaaaiiins... Used as the team shield while on assignment, Spook dutifully soldiers for right, justice, humanity (Unless he is really really hungry). The only weakness this devouring monster has is the heart he wears on his sleeve. No, not the one he keeps there as a snack, but the metaphorical one that gets stomped so easily. You can tear of his limbs, stomp on his face, and zap him with a thousand ray guns, but the only tear you will see come from his eye will be one caused by his poor, breaking heart.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I'm finally blogging again. I want you all to know I have not been idle in the time I have not been blogging. I have done some stuff that is inches away from being posted. I also have to get photo's of the Sheleighleys I made. they actually turned out quite well. I have been drawing quite a lot lately and my sketch book is filling out so I will be scanning and posting some of those to. Apologies to all who have been checking and been unrewarded with new art.
Here is a sketch I did and scanned some time ago, I coloured it over lunch today so I could post something.
Post soon. I promise.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
This is a conceptual sketch I did of Beth's Halloween costume. In the end Beth would not wear such a short skirt. Too bad in my opinion. I've been having fun colouring things in illustrator lately. this one took a while because I did the character and then did the background, meaning I had no idea what the background would be while I was drawing the character. I spent even longer deciding what to put in the basket. In the end I decided a checkered kerchief would be the best. More drawings to come.
Today Beth and I went to a friend of hers from work. His name is Ryan and he makes all sorts of crafts out of leather. Beth and I went to learn how to make masks out of leather. It was great not only was Ryan a cool guy but we had a great time working on the masks mine I drew up on the bus ride, Beth had drawn up a couple of idea's a couple of days previous. Here are some pics of the masks we did. Beth's reminds me of leaves and fire. Mine is kind of angry looking and has these looping lamb ears that hook behind my own ears. I'm very proud of what I made. I'm excited to find some time to hang out with ryan again and learn how to dye the masks.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
It has been a while since I last posted. As per usual I have stuff on the go but no real good stuff to post. So I drew this up at lunch. Yesterday Soya my cat climbed into the fridge while no one was paying attention. Good thing Beth changed her mind about what she wanted for breakfast. Close call. So I drew up my interpretation of how things might have gone if we had not opened the fridge.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I was doing a sketch of my Halloween costume the other night and while the paint was drying on that sketch I found and old piece of illustration board. So I found a picture of a half naked women and started to do a watercolour of her. It is far from my best work, but I wanted to think about it less and just do it. the colours are bit strong but I'm not used to using good quality paints, I used to have a graumbacher puck set but Beth recently gave me a bunch of Windsor and Newton tube watercolours. Next painting I think I will concern myself with taking a bit more time and working a bit more effectively with colour. I am far from unhappy with this piece. Not that it looks great but it was fun, and I like having fun.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
This is a conceptual image of my Halloween costume this year. Sir Bartholomew Cottonbottom the Seventh. Famous Jungle Explorer. Thanks for the idea Dad. I did this up quick tonight and I painted another picture of a girl for no other reason than that I wanted to, but it is a little too big to scan, so I'll have to take a photo of that.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Here is a self portrait I did over lunch yesterday.
It's a bit rough but I am glad to see some progress in my all digital sketching style. Using layers to do under-sketches and refining the drawing on another layer then colorizing. It was good fun. I just joined an illustration forum and I needed and avatar so it was a good reason to do a self portrait. I like using photoshop but I must admit I am become a big illustrator fan, can't wait to attempt some flash animation work.
Oh! Thanks to anybody who comes and checks out my blog. I have developed into a bit of a recluse since I started school. I thought that I would re-emerge into the world with a vengeance after school was done. This has not been the case however, as I become a better artist and illustrator, I actually feel compelled to stay in and draw more, or go out and draw more. So just for the record, for all you guys I just never see anymore. I'm around and I'll be in touch again. Right now life is just crazy though. I'm expecting it to calm down after July.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
As I sit here watching Hellboy "Blood and Iron" I feel I must post some more Satyr pictures. These are not the final product. The final product will be done digitally but since I had the original drawings sitting around I thought I'd have a go at ink washes. I think I should have taken them a bit darker in areas, but I was working with bad paper and it was buckling. I still had a lot of fun. Can't wait to work on the final. If you have an opinion please let me know which one you like best.
Goodness, I feel like there is so much to draw and such little time. So many idea's I am fighting competitively these days which I enjoy very much. However I have some creative endeavours that I look forward to attending to once I have sated my appetite for combat.
Still more stuff on the way, GDC button swap is coming up got some sketches going and a good illustration to go on my button. Also some colorized pieces that I have drawn and one that I have been working on for some time. Can't wait to finish and post it.
I'm going to try and do some more sketchcasts I like those, keep me on my toes and drawing guys with pompadours. Good-times.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Beth and I are getting married.
So I have been asked to illustrate characters for the wine labels. I accidentally did the first one a couple of months ago you may remember it if you check this out fairly often. It is under the title Fancy Free. It is this illustration of a naked lady springing through the air in the buff. I like the image because it feels expressive and fun. I tried to capture that in my drawing of a satyr. I wanted the labels to have kind of a Greek mythology flavor. So I thought satyr's chasing naked women around and wine went hand in hand. I was quite pleased with my finished sketch. However my lady Beth remarked she would like more face and less penis. So I guess it is back to the drawing board. Here is my first attempt so you can judge which you like better when I do the final.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
I was recently asked to do an illustration for my rugby team The Saracens. Every year they hold a banquet where they give out the Willy Awards, which are t-shirts given as prizes to the individuals who manage to do the most embarrassing things throughout the season.
For the last couple of years I have done the illustrations for these shirts. They are always a depiction of Willy a non fictional Character who's antics the awards I would guess are based on.
In the past there have been pictures of Willy as an Oscar trophy, a Willy version of the Golden Boy, Also I have done versions with Willy Sticking his head between his legs and sniffing his own A$$. It is a vile looking as it sounds...Maybe more.
I missed last year but was approached to do it again this year. So this time I decided to take the approach of Willy as a 1940's Pin Up. The kind you would see on the side of a WWII Bomber.
Here are some of the sketches I did to work out positioning and the stylization of Willy.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
This is a sketch I did on a site called Sketchcast you can get there by going to www.sketchcast.com. It allows you to record your sketch, with audio if you so choose and then post it to the site. Cool thing is it spits out a url that allows you to post the sketchcast to other blogs and sites. Super Awesome!
So here is my very first attempt at using it. It has a limited and basic interfaces but it is cool if you have 5 min to mess around.
I suggest anyone who loves doodling should check this out.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
My sister is performing in a improvisational space opera "Space Quest"
Beth and I have offered to help out with a back drop. While drawing out ideas for a space bar I came up with these little characters that get juiced for their narcotic blood. I call them Glerks. The comedy in this is that they are just precious and cute, but then they get dropped into a horrendous blender that blends them for consumption. That may seem horrible. but the truly funny thing about it all is that Glerks are actually fiendesh canniballsitic predators that crave all forms of flesh. So if you don't eat them. They will eat you.
I'm sorry I have not posted more but I have been working on a project that will not be finished for some time and I do not want to post stuff for it until I am close to finishing.
I aml going to try and post a little more often.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Beth and I went out to Cafe 22 tonight and had some dinner. Beth had a calzone and I had an Italian antipasto, very tasty.
I'm trying to take my sketchbook as many places as I can these days. There is just so much to draw and so little time. I decided to bring my sketchbook to Cafe 22 tonight, this is a quick sketch of Beth in low light. I like it because it is looser than most of my sketches and gives me confidence that I am relaxing a bit more with my drawing, which is a good thing.
Two Saturday's ago I was drawing with my almost two year old niece Kacey. She is very talented for her age, within 1.5 hours we managed to do 16 pages of sketches. She is way faster than I am. About on quarter of the time she would stop drawing on the paper and graffiti my arms and stomach, not to mention remind me on the occasion that I do indeed have nipples. I know many of you out there doubt this, but I do indeed have nipples.
One of the images that Kasey drew most often, was a series of circles when she had finished drawing these she would look up at me and say "Baby"
One of these babies was drawn on my arm and caught my attention, so when I went home I immediately did this sketch inspired by the baby scribble on my arm.
Beth, Heather, Linda and I went to Lower Fort Garry the other day.
I got some nice sketches out of it, one of a cool broken down York Boat, a corner of the fort, and Heather lounging in the grass. It was a wonderful day and Linda prepared a wonderful, not to mention healthy picnic.
Thanks for the great day guys.
These two sketches are just random things I draw sometimes, 90% of the time my sketches start with me drawing a circle. it is just a comfortable shape for me, go figure.
They really have no meaning the one of the boy is just a young boy smoking and giving you the up yours gesture.
There is historical meaning behind this gesture. British archers during the war with France would have there index and middle fingers cut off if they were captured, so a fitting gesture of scorn would be to display them to there enemies from a distance. I think this gesture is cooler than the middle finger and more North Americans should give it a go.
Also I think we should all use the word "Wanker" more.
The frogs are frogs. You can quote me on that.
These are the only sketches I got down this folk fest. Last year I did a ton with fellow artist Jason Botkin. I should post those. Remind me OK. OK!
The one of the camp was simply the central camp in field 1B it was cool and had a Welsh flag up. I like the Welsh dragon it is almost as cool as the Scottish lion.
The sketch of the bug, was inspired by this brilliant green bug that kept landing on me, I would try and colour it but I really don't think I could capture the brilliant colours of green and purple that nature deemed fit to bestow on the little guy.
Unfortunately that is it as far as sketches, I spent too much time drinking, playing the pipes, getting engaged and helping out with the pirate ship. Which in hind site I should have spent more time sketching. But alas that is the way the cookie crumbles. Next year I intend to do a few more... Maybe.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
This is a character I sketched up yesterday unlike my Hulk drawing I decided to take some more time and do something I liked. I named him Bastille he is a hairy French pirate. I have not decided on a first name for him yet. Maybe Patrique or something. It will just be for background purposes as he will always be referred to as Bastille. the one drawback to doodling is my quick change in direction I started drawing Bastille with a serious expression on his face but finished with him dancing a jig. I would of liked to have put a joyful or drunk expression on his face. Maybe both.
That's about it for now I will be scanning some sketches I did of Lower Fort Garry. I had a lot of fun live sketching the other day, I would like to do it more.
My only suggestion to anyone who reads this blog is, read more Will Eisner graphic novels he has written and drawn some very interesting stories.
This is a great concept, sharing artwork the world over. A taste of everybodies talent for the sake of art and enjoyment, no competition. Don't get me wrong I love competition. However sometimes it is nice to share with people in a relaxed comfortable environment. I think that is what Sketchtravel is all about.
Check out the website and promotional video, even some of the sketches that have been drawn.
Boy, I wish somebody I knew would get something like this going, perhaps on a smaller scale.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Just f––cking around today with painting an image without a base drawing. Started to get imapatient and so here is a whatever digital painting. I always wanted to do a picture of the Hulk called the Incredible Hrabok based on my friend Mike Hrabok. The color of his skin is the only liberty I took with this painting, he really lifts tanks.