20 December 2014

Queen Hazel

Okay, so I found this awesome design by my friend Melissa Manwill and just had to ask her if she'd let me build her in 3D.  I'm glad she said I could.

Here you can see I've started the face and blocking in the rest of the character.  She's coming along.  I'm happy to have gotten a bit of time to work on her today.

Obviously I have a long way to go with her, but she's coming along.  I'm excited to watch her progress.


19 December 2014

At Attention

Sorry I've been so 'MIA' lately.  I've been busy with lots of projects (a good problem for now).  Here's one that I just finished up.

I have a friend whose brother just got shipped out for another year with the Navy.  It's been hard on his wife and mother (as is the case for many military families--we're grateful for your sacrifices).  My buddy decided he wanted to commission a statuette of his brother in uniform as a Christmas present for his mother and sister-in-law.  He's going to be 3D printed by the folks at White Clouds.

I love how he turned out, and will be adding him to my reel.  As a side-note, yes I realize (altogether too late) that the hands are in the wrong position.  :-(  That's too bad.

02 December 2014

A New Brush

Hello all.  I wanted to create a brush today to get a really painterly look.  Here is a quick sample as well as a [DOWNLOAD] link.  I'll have to use it more later on.  I like the look I've been able to achieve with it so far.  Feel free to download it, and enjoy it!

Also great for sketching!  Just lower the opacity a touch, shrink the brush size down to a desirable size, and have at it!

25 November 2014

Speed Painting

Yesterday I hit about a 10 minute streak of "free-time" while at work, so I did a speed paint of the Christus.  The point of the exercise was to get as close as possible without using the color picker or starting with a traced outline or sketch of any kind.  I essentially just started painting.  I used the square charcoal brush found in the CS5, CS6, and CC 2015 versions of Photoshop.  I may try experimenting with other brushes to see if there’s one I like better, but that one was excellent.  Fun exercise.  I recommend it highly.

22 November 2014

Character Design Again

This is a design style that I was experimenting with at work yesterday.  I enjoyed stretching far out of my typical style to find this gem hiding in my pencil (actually, the original was within a ballpoint pen.  Oh well.)

Here's the original:

And here is a sketch I did of the orthographic views.  I think I'll actually streamline the side view a bit more to be cleaner, and may play with the mustache a bit, too.  I think I'll also tweak the beard shape so as to feel more consistent with the feeling I get from the side view--I like it better.

Anyhoo, that's all I've got for right now.  I'm planning on getting into more character design work, particularly in ZBrush.  I've been following a personal project that Dylan Ekren from Disney has been working on for presentation at CTN today.  I wish I could have been there.  That would have been beyond excellent!

At any rate, the moral of the story is to find inspiration and act on it :-)


09 November 2014

Character Designs

Sorry for dropping off the face of the planet.  I had to rescue the citizens of space sector 34.  Comet crisis.  Anyway, here is some art.

02 September 2014

Neon Lights

I've started working on the sign today.  I have a long way to go before I feel like I can say it's done, but I'll likely be moving on to other things in the meantime.  Eventually I'll be getting into tweaking colors and materials, but I would love your feedback on anything that you see that I could tweak to better match Renee's original design.  I totally love it, so I want to uphold the original's integrity the best that I can.  I hope you like it!  Cheers!

07 August 2014


I posted these a little while ago on my Instagram, but totally spaced it when I wanted to post them on here, so here we are!

17 July 2014


Just having some fun in the sketchbook.  Thought I'd update people on my sketch stuff.  Cheers!

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