Google+ Followers

Monday, September 7, 2015

Force Friday Star Wars Art Jam: Kylo Ren

 Awesome Art Jam poster Created by RickWilliamson

Mel Milton and Myself

Over the shoulder view of a work in progress

Last week I was invited by the awesome Mel Milton to a Star Wars Art jam celebrating Force Friday and the release of all the new merchandise for the up coming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Rick Williamson, who was putting on the Art Jam, wanted to showcase digital painting so myself and a bunch of other amazing artists packed up our computers, tablets and Cintiq monitors and set up shop at the Reclaim Events Center.

There were a ton of people that stopped by to watch us all work. It's always fun to engage with the public because most of my days are spent working at my studio isolated. Using digital painting tools every day I forget that most people haven't seen digital art being produced. A lot of the spectators didn't know that Photoshop could be used for painting and a most of them had never seen a cintiq monitor before. So it was a real treat and a lot of fun to answer questions and show them how I digitally paint.

For my painting I wanted to paint a character that I had never painted before and with the upcoming Salt Lake Comic Con coming up I thought it would be good to try and get a new print finished to sale at my booth.  I chose the mysterious Kylo Ren  for my subject. Here's a step by step of my start to finish of the Illustration.

In conclusion, I had so much fun at the art jam and made a bunch of new friends can't wait to do the next one!

Rough Sketch

Line Art

Value Painting

Color Glazes

Lightsaber Effects


Snow and motion blurring

Textures and overlays

Final adjustments

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin
When it comes to celebrities I’m the last one to care about all the gossip and mess that surrounds Hollywood. However, every now and again there comes a time when a truly gifted actors life is ended and the world is at a loss.

Last year on August 11, 2014 we lost an amazing actor… Robin Williams. Williams had a long fruitful career. He was respected, admired and loved by millions of people through out the world. He was so diverse in all that he did. He could make you laugh. He could make you cry. Head could take you to places you never imagined and inspire you to be more than just mediocre.

Despite his tragic death his legacy lives on. I love to experience his movies with my kids. It’s fun to watch them develop the same love and admiration for his films that I have. One of our personal favorites is Steven Spielberg’s Hook. In that movie at the end Peter says to the notorious Captain Hook, “To live… to live would be an awfully big adventure!” 

It’s sad to think of the sever depression that he was experiencing behind closed doors. And evermore heartbreaking that he felt that taking his own life was the answer to escape his metal battles. I wish that he could have taken Peter Pans words to heart. Last year we truly lost a great artist. I hope that he has found the peace that he so desperately sought.

Robin Williams July 21st 1951- August 11th 2014

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Daily Sketch: Lion

Today's Sketch Dailies topic was Mufasa from Disney's The Lion King.  Rather than rehash Disney's fantastic design I thought it would be fun to a study/mild caricature of a lion with similar coloring to Mufasa. It's not super tight but it was fun to use some large brushes and lay down some Pixels. This panting took around 30 minutes in Photoshop and was painted on a Wacom Cintiq 24 HD.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Illustration Friday: That's "Nature" For Ya!

This week's Illustration Friday topic is "Nature". While I was trying to think of an idea for the painting several different possiblitlies came across my mind; like someone taking a walk in the forest, or some kids gathered around a campfire telling ghost stories, or even Poison Ivy from Batman surrounded by plants and shrubs. 

All of those ideas seemed like the obvious route then this one hit me...

 I was on the phone speaking with a client and I randomly drew this quick sketch of two birds perched on a tree with a hawk in the background swooping in on them. Almost immediately this joke popped in to my mind; "The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese." Boom, now I had an idea to run with... The circle of life and a little karma mixed in. 

Here we have Thomas (green bird ) getting his worm snatched away by Nathaniel (red bird) who is unaware of his impending doom. 

Down below is the original sketch drawn on copy paper with a blue mechanical pencil and the rest was painted digitally in Photoshop CS6 on a Wacom 24 HD Cintiq. 

Have a great week everyone!
 Original Sketch
 Value Block-In
 Color Ruff
Final Painting

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sir Lancelot!

Today's post is kind of inspired by two different sketch/ illustration challenges. The Illustration Friday topic for this week is "Treasure" and one of the Sketch Dailies topics earlier this week was "Lancelot". So I thought it'd be fun to combine the two subjects in to one Illustration.

Here we have Sir Lancelot posing with his fresh kill, admiring his trusty sword and contemplating the  riches and treasures awaiting him for his gallantry in defeating the dragon.

*note I still need to add some color to this painting. I'll update the blog once its finished.

*If you want to be kept up on an almost daily basis come follow me on Instagram or Tumblr.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sleeping Beauty Coloring Book Fun!

A few years ago when I was studying Illustration at UVU we were given a really fun in class assignment by one of my favorite professors Ryan Wood. The assignment was to take a coloring page from a coloring book or online somewhere and create a digital painting from it. 

I needed a little break from client work to recharge my batteries so I thought it would be fun to revisit Ryan's old assignment. My subject for this exercise is none other than Sleeping beauty. I found the image on a generic Disney coloring page google search. 

The great part about this process is that I can skip right to the painting because the line work and composition are essentially done. As with most of my digital work I start off with a value underpainting and "glaze" color over the top. All in all this painting took just a few hours. It's great practice when you are looking for something to paint or draw. Alright now back to work! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ink Sketch Process: Baymax and Hiro

Those of you that follow me on social media Sites like Facebook and Instagram know that for the past few weeks I've been experimenting with ink on toned paper. A few of you have asked about my process for creating these sketches so I thought a blog post was in order.
My materials are outlined in the above photo and I will proceed to give a step by step process down below.

Today's subject is Baymax and his pal Hiro. I loved Big Hero Six and Have been wanting to draw these two guys for a while now. This was the perfect opportunity to do so. If you haven't seen the movie yet you need too its a lot of fun! Okay back to the tutorial...
First: I start off with a loose pencil sketch with a Black Prismacolor Col-Erase pencil on a smooth heavy weight toned gray paper. I really like these types of pencils because they typically don't smear all that much and they don't get all shinny like graphite can after you work it to much. 

Second: I grab my trusty Copic Markers and start to lay in some of the values. For this type of sketch I use the warm gray set but any gray markers will work fine.
 Third: Using my Pentel pocket Brush Pen and begin to ink the sketch. For the the larger black areas I grab a large flat wash brush and some Higgins black ink. I used to only use a brush pen for this step and it would take forever. However using the larger brush cuts the time by over 75%.
 Once the inks are laid down I load up an old "clean" toothbrush with some black ink and using a old credit card I flick the ink and spatter it all over the drawing. This helps to give the drawing more texture. It's a little nerve wrecking to do this to a perfectly good drawing but the effect is well worth it. 
 Fourth: After the pervious step I have to let the inks dry. Sometimes to speed up this process I'll use a blowdryer to quickly dry the inks. Once the inks are completely dry I use I white prismacolor pencil and lay in some highlights in a cross hatching pattern working across the form. 
Then using a #6 round brush and a little  titanium white acrylic paint I paint directly over the white pencil to help create some gradients and subtle transitions. After the acrylics are dry I'll use a white gel pen to add in some more highlights and the smaller details. now that all the highlights are laid in I'll load my brush up with some watered down white acrylic paint and then I'll spatter it all over the drawing just like I did with the black inks to add more texture and a little variance. After the paint dries I add in the old John Hancock signature and the sketch is done. 

I've included several drawings in which Ive applied a similar process. I'd love to see your drawings  using this same or a similar process. Feel free to email me or tag  me in your social media posts. Also if you have any comments sound off down below! Now get out there and draw! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Five Day Art Challenge on Facebook

Earlier this week I was challenged by my friend Jason Millward and amazing sculptor to post three pieces of art a day for five days on my Facebook account. All of these paintings are already posted on the blog but I wanted to share with all of you the paintings I chose for the challenge. Some are better than others but they all have a special meaning to me. Have a great Saturday everyone!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Illustration Friday: Nefarious

Sorry I've been away from the old blog for sometime now. I've been so focused on finishing up school that I have failed to post on the blog regularly.

For those of you that know me or follow me on social media sites like Tumblr and Instagram know that I post up a new sketches daily. That's great and all but aside from being super busy I haven't had a lot of time to post up more completed personal work. So, to rectify this I have decided to participate in the the Illustration Friday weekly challenge. Each week a new word or topic is chosen and the artists have one week to come up with something. This weeks work to illustrate is "Nefarious".

Here we have Little Don Vito Cannoli sitting in his study contemplating his next move against his arch-rival Don Tony Ravioli. This was painted in Photoshop CS6 using a Wacom Cintiq 24 hd.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Marc Davis Tribute

Rough sketch
Background block-in 
Background Color
Main Character Painting
Final Painting 

How's it going everyone?! I'm doing great as usual! For this weeks painting I'm once again pulling inspiration from Illustration Friday's Weekly topic. This week's IF theme was "Novelty". While trying to figure out what to paint I did a lot of research and watched a bunch of old Ed Sullivan Show episodes. They all had these great acts with some kind of gimmick. This got me thinking... One of my all time favorite novelty acts was the Country Bear Jamboree at Disneyland. The characters were designed by Disney veteran animator Marc Davis. So I decided to paint a tribute piece to Mr. Davis and create my own Country Bear novelty act. So here we have Lynyrd "Rascal" Bearenthall the 4th and his amazing unicycle cat juggling routine!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Who needs a Radio!?

How's going everyone? I've been really good! I just finished another Salt Lake Comic Con  and have been super busy working with amazing clients and creating a ton of artwork! 

The new school year has started and I am finally in my last semester! For this final semester I needed one upper division art class so that I finally graduate. The opportunity arose to take an independent study digital painting class with Jim Madsen. If you don't know Jim's work follow the link and prepare to have your mind blown! He is an amazing artist and in the two short weeks I have been in his class I have learned a ton! 

For Jim's class, using the Illustration Friday topic, we are going to be producing one painting per week. This weeks topic was radio. I know some of you are thinking how does this painting relate to the topic. Well, I didn't want to simply illustrate a radio in the truest sense so I thought hey why not paint a singing mariachi riding a donkey on a road trip to San Diego. You know, using his "old school" radio.

As with most of my work it starts with the exploratory phase of drawing and sketching.  This is my favorite part of the process because it allows me to try out a bunch of ideas quickly with out any real consequences. Some ideas work and others don't. This was the ruff thumbnail sketch that I settled on.

Now that I have my Idea I tighten up my character sketch. I should note that I'm working 100% digital on this painting sketch and all. I use Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq 24HD. I try to use the stock photoshop brushes as much as possible but, I love these pencil brushes from Frenden for sketching. They have a great texture and natural feel to them.

Next I quickly block in the background. I'm working in black and white first so I can get the values correct. I'll add color later. 

Now that the background is roughed in I turn that layer off and block in my two main characters. For this phase I take the value painting almost to a finished state. I want this value painting be pretty tight so I spend quite a bit of time working on the values and textures. This helps late on with the color glazing part of the painting. 

So the main characters and the backgrounds are ruffed in now comes the color part. If you spend your time getting the values right you can almost use any color pallet and it will work fine. I usually never work this saturated with my colors but, seeing as this is a desert scene I thought it would be a excellent opportunity to pay tribute to one of my favorite cartoons The Roadrunner and  Wile E.. Coyote! I decided that some intensive research is in order. So I watched a few episodes and looked up some reference and decided to go with a pastel color pallet for the background. Using new layer I set it to color and glaze over my value painting. I'm working pretty loose on the background leaving the edges soft. I also let the colors overlap to allow some blending. Once I'm happy with the colors I move on to painting the main characters. 

Using a method similar to the background, I use color, multiply and normal layers to glaze in the color and refine the illustration. This part takes a little longer but this is where the painting really comes together. Most artists will tell you that the most fun part of painting is the little details. I'm am no different. A lot of time has been wasted zoomed in painting stuff that no one but me will ever see, but hey thats the fun part. Right?

After the color is all done I add some subtle texture overlays and do a little color correction to help harmonize the painting. Overall I was happy with the illustration but, I thought something was missing from the painting so I decided to add a little desert bird to the scene to fill up some of the negative space and add a little more humor to the scene. As you can see the donkey is really happy to be on the long trip with his companions. 

Thanks for making through my last painting with me. Have a great weekend!