Thursday, December 31, 2009

Place Cont'd

I received The Art of Princess and the Frog in the mail today (Christmas $!) and it's incredible. Virtually every piece of art in the book is digital (save for a little graphite here and there on character sketches), and that's okay. The stuff is so gorgeous, and a lot of the beauty in the simpler pieces has to do with how they manipulated the pieces to make them look like traditional media. They're just that good.
I am especially impressed with the backgrounds (which take up a good 80% of the book). So inspired, I wanted to make some digital speed-painting concept art too:

Ballroom/music room of Quent's mansion.

Deck of the Nautilus.

Also, doodle of Professor Layton. My little sister got "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box" for Christmas and is so kind as to let me borrow it : ).

Thursday, December 24, 2009

travel and sketches

I'm not sure what it is about these kinds of car rides, but I find them very inspiring.
All kinds of inspiring. Lately, there is something about the landscape. Actually, lately there is something about place. I've always preferred drawing people, but there's something about place that is mentally and spiritually soothing. Sometimes they take memories and wash them with imagination and form them into this picturesque, comfortable experience.
Some places are the opposite of that. But either way, they radiate something, and it's very something very perpetual and strong.

And some other sketchbook sketches.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Pattern 2:
Picture 4

I tried this with a fill on the shapes, but it lost a lot of detail and kind of just looked dumb. It's also holiday inspired!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sleds and Snowflakes

Pattern 1:
Picture 1
Hopefully the first of many!

It's so much easier to appreciate winter when it isn't really here.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Almost One Down...

A magazine spread for a project I'm working on under Karlisha Gray.

Picture 2

This way of working is new to me and I haven't quite got it down yet, but the project itself? Good one. I love PBS.

Monday, October 5, 2009


Yet another Painter thing. It's a program that invites food images... rich colors in a snap!

Monday, September 21, 2009


I don't even know. Painter again. I felt like drawing it.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Transpose Operator


There she be : ). The setting and tone of the comic is somewhat post-apocalyptic, and I tried to convey that. Painter does a good job of post-apocalyptic, even for the post-apocalyptically challenged. My favorite character (though this is a bit unfair, as he hasn't been introduced yet) is the dude on the right. He's pretty cool : D.
Check out the comic here!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

up and coming

The Next Adventure is almost at Chapter Three! Oh yeah! So this is the cover art...I guess it could be considered a pre-screening. I hate how bored I get with images if I take too long to get to finishing them.

no idea

Haven't posted in forever. Should probably actually make something.

He's thoroughly disappointed with my work ethic.

There are some drunk people outside that sound really upset about something...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Transpose Operator: work in progress

I feel kinda blech for not posting in awhile, so here's a digital painting I started yesterday. Lately I've been trying to figure out website coding garbage, and doing something like this in between bouts of frustration and hair pulling keeps my tiny bit of sanity in check.


The characters are from my friend Roxy's comic, which I will plug without shame : ) . It's a sci-fi fantasy story about a girl named Karin, who wakes up in one messed up hospital. It has creepy eye-mask people, which is reason enough to read it, as they are *creepy*.
I owe her at least a piece of fanart, so here's the start of that.

Poor Cleo (girl on the left). She looks like she's missing a leg : I .

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Have some winter for the summer

Here ya go.
Still working with Painter and trying out different things. So far, my favorite part is that you can save a little tool box of your chosen brushes. It speeds things up a lot as well as adds diversity in mark making. Not that you'd be able to tell it here : / .


Quent and Myranda, for reference. Been listening to a lot of classical music lately.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Painter practice


Poor anatomy, I know. It's just practicing using Corel Painter.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Gingers ftw


Just a sketch, but it's a good one of her.

other treasure

Illustration of Kip and Regina. This one is kinda special in that nearly all of the items around the room have some kind of symbolic significance to the story. Some things some people might be able to guess, a lot maybe not so much. Also, I have to note, none of the items (to my present knowledge) are the treasures Kip is looking for. These are a different kind of treasure : )

Kipling's room

Ugh. Color palette similarities between this and that last piece. Need to make something a little brighter next time.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

the Early Years

Another digital piece with Kipling and Regina, back at the beginning of their adventures together.

Kip and Regina, the Early Years


I've been doing some digital work lately, and a couple "Next Adventure" pieces came of it. First Natalie gets a proper illustration (kind of):

Red Skies

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

the good kind of bad guy

The Next Adventure's villain:
Or one of them, at least. Granted, he's not quite like this in the story (he's about 25 years older), but I've been working out his character. No, he is not abused and I don't even know if he's suffered any major tragedy. He is a sad individual though.
It's also recently occurred to me that he dislikes animals.

All right. I've had enough summer. Let it be winter again.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

and for good measure


A little friend for you.

A swine flu

My sister and I determined that this is what it probably looks like.


Saturday, June 13, 2009


Made a quick idea sketch:

I'm pretty torn by this. On the one hand, I really like it. Right now.
On the other, it might not make sense and looks sci-fi and like Star Trek : (.
I'm debating on doing an actual piece.

This story will probably always be my favorite.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009



She probably looks the most different to me, and I'm still uncertain.
Hurray for more peacelovehappiness shirts : P .

Saturday, June 6, 2009

under the name, not the house

Fugue's revised design:


His hair is different, though it still seems I'm just skirting a narrow path around his older self's hairstyle.
Aside from the fact that it is a redesign, I was happy to do this one because it was an opportunity to show off their uniforms in color.

Friday, June 5, 2009


Which might be his name. I like it right now.


I made up this character today; first design and a tiny bit of a story as well. I have one other character idea for this story sprout. I'll maybe talk a little about the story when I post that one.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Here he is

The world's next great composer.
I've decided that I'm going to rework "The Five Chapters of Quentin Amaretti". I think the story is worth it, and none of the previously posted/aired pages are invalid, it's just that there is going to be...more? Better. There's going to be better.

I figured out how to make the pressure-sensitivity on my tablet work halfway through this. Also, it seems I "figure out how to make the pressure-sensitivity work" at least once a year. It's getting ridiculous.

My sister let me drink out of her Spock glass. Yey : )

Sunday, May 31, 2009

the new Quentin

Though not really. Not even much of a redesign...

Picture 2

I was trying to push "twelve-year-old" a little more, and after some consultation I'm pretty happy with it.

I am immensely excited about this story (again) : D .