xenomorph

xenomorph

ripley and the xenomorph

I am continuing to work through spot illustrations using some of my favorite films and actors as subject matter. This is a diptych of one of my favorite science fiction films, Alien.

Detail of Ripley from image

It is Ripley and the Xenomorph, face-to-face. Ever since I saw this film, I have been a big Giger fan. His creations have spawned decades of copy cats, but none have lived up to his imagination and this creature that brought new meaning to the word monster.

I am always looking to collaborate on new and interesting projects, so contact me and let’s see how we can work together.

Cap

Cap

Captain America

This is the my last illustration to close out 2018. Captain America has always been one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe and he seemed like a good subject for the last sketch of this year.

Like all of these recent spot illustrations, it began as a pure vector illustration. Simplifying a complex image down to key areas to convey the intent of the source material within the vector program.

Once that stage is complete, I will then work with the base vector in a bitmap editor to paint the illustration. This is done with a set of unique brushes as well as channel operations to lighten, darken, and manipulate the image.

This illustration is closer to the mark and is the culmination of the year’s efforts to transpose my traditional painting skills to a digital realm. Although I like this image, my technique is evolving and I look forward to expanding my illustration repertoire in 2019.

I am always looking for interesting projects to work on so if you need some illustration work, please contact me.

wonder woman

wonder woman

Wonder Woman deflecting a hail of bullets

Over this past year I have focused much of my free time to traditional illustrations. My development projects are large-scale, enterprise-wide applications that offer loads of productive development but not as much creative freedom.

These side sketches and spot illustrations have allowed me to refine the transposition of my traditional painting background to the digital realm. There is still much to work through and nothing will beat the feel of paper and canvas for me, but the ability to work in both “mediums” is a necessary requirement for artists today.

The image of Wonder Woman is taken from a scene in the movie where she storms the German line, leading her band of troops to victory. I continue to enjoy this movie and feel it is the most successful DC-based comic movie since the Dark Knight trilogies.

The piece started out as a simple vector illustration and evolved through painting and channel operations in the bitmap editor. I will continue to work on these sketches in the new year. If you have an upcoming project and you need a partner, please contact me and let’s talk.

collaboration

collaboration

Collaboration with Hydro74

Hydro74 is one of the best illustrators working in the industry today. His skill with line work in Illustrator has no peer. This past week he posted an open collaboration on his instagram account. Being an admirer of his work I jumped at the chance to work on this fun project.

HIs themes for this project was based around one of his skull illustrations; and what goes great with skulls? Why Deadpool of course.

It is great to work together with other creative professionals on projects, both real and diversionary. I plan to do more of this in the coming months as these opportunities open up in the community.

rebel scum

rebel scum

I am continuing to work on these sketch portraits throughout the week. I find I am most productive on Friday evenings after a full work week and the family has gone to bed. I can experiment and focus on some new technique and themes, then awaken on a Saturday morning to finish some of these thoughts.

This image is from Empire Strikes Back and has Luke sitting in the cockpit of his X-Wing fighter. Empire is probably the best of all the Star Wars movies and probably in no small part to the marvelous direction of Irvin Kershner. George Lucas was great at directing the phenomenal action sequences of the original Star Wars film, but it was Kershner that directed the actors, like Mark Hamill, to bring out the lifeblood of these rebel scum.

I am happy with some of the progress I am making with these experiments and have been working on larger concepts to create paintings and illustrations that can help expand the current projects in queue. If you would like to work together, please contact me here.

the punisher

the punisher

Planet Pulp is an online gallery that highlights a pop-culture theme every month. As part of their “rogue’s gallery, we choose how we illustrate that theme every month which is then posted to the Planet Pulp website, twitter, and instagram.

This month’s theme is “bingeworthy Netflix shows”. Since I have just finished The Punisher, I chose to do a stylized poster of the show’s main character, Frank Castle, and his signature skull.

The top image is the finished piece. The second image, however, is the complete Frank Castle portrait I illustrated before designing the final poster. The illustration began in vector format, roughing out the character. Once I had the basics, I began painting the larger bitmap file. Once that asset was finished, it was all laid out in concert with the iconic skull to create the final poster.

Please feel free to contact me about working together on commissions or other projects.