We had a very sad event happen today. My wife’s grandfather passed away suddenly. While I was around the family I felt like there wasn’t anything I could say to make things better. As I drove home I thought well I couldn’t say enough but perhaps there was something else I could do to show my feelings. Since pictures are worth a thousand words I hope this portrait I painted on my iPad will suffice.
I was watching a video with a character named Francis and thought to myself “Wow! This guy is so animated I have to make him a cartoon.” This was the result of that endeavor. I thought I’d include various stages from the original sketch to the final piece to help show the process.
We needed some sketches of sea creatures and other nautical items for a project at work. Here are some of my favorites that I’ve done so far. I’m really glad I’m getting a chance to do this, because I’ve been inspired a lot lately by nautical designs in the sketches I was doing for fun. Now I have a professional outlet for that inspiration. It’s always exciting when your work and fun collide. The results are always awesome. I can’t wait to see what it all looks like finalized.
These are excerpts from a series of pieces that tell a story. In every piece I use a different tool to do the inking. Markers were used in the first to create big bold shapes. In the second piece I used a nib pen and created optical grays through the use of hatching. For the third piece I used a Windsor Newton series 7 brush. Then in the fourth and final piece I’m showing I used a dry brush technique. Each has its own feeling but they’re tied together by the story.
This is a maquette I made for the Open House art show at SCAD Atlanta. He’s the main character from a story I’ve had floating around in the form of notes and sketchbook pieces for a long time. This character was a lot of fun to make. I hope you all like this creepy old man who has a pension for collecting rats as much as I like him.
Part two of The Artist burning himself. How will he cool the raging heat that’s in his mouth? This animation is incredibly silly but I am really fond of this character’s action and his and the world’s design. I can’t wait to do more with this character.
This is an animation test I did with a character I created a while ago. I love his design and the life I was able to get out of him. He’s a fun character and I hope to do a lot more animations with him.
Some digital paintings of under sea life I did for fun. They’re loose and flowing. I focused on creating energy with diagonals, color, and organic flowing lines. For what they are I think results were good. I especially love the feeling that I got from the one I have dubbed “Electric Jellyfish”.