Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The BP Disaster

I am not a political or editorial cartoonist by trade. But the BP Gulf disaster is an issue that I think everyone should be outraged over... Eventually if will affect everyone on this planet whether we want to think about it or not. And the attitude that BP has displayed in trying to protect its profits first, its public image second, and the environment last is disgusting. But I am not going to preach about it here. I just encourage everyone to educate themselves on the issue and make a difference when and where they can.

This image came to me after hearing about the Gulf oil leakage and has stuck in my mind ever since. So for the sake of sanity I finally took the time to get it on paper.

*In order to keep my "Political & Editorial" art separate from my "Fantasy Illustration" I have created a new blog dedicated to the cartoons. So if you are into that sort of thing stop by The Cartoon Grill .

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mutation Nation!

Presenting my entry for ArtOrder's latest challenge - "Mutation Nation".

The challenge was to create and illustrate a creature that would fit into WOTC Gamma World, a post-apocalyptic world rife with mutation. My concept is a cephalopod humanoid called a "Cephalok Sewer Wraith". The Cephaloks are an air breathing race of intelligent creatures who leech moisture from other living things via their tentacles. These "water vampires" dwell in dark, humid areas like abandoned city sewers.

More than anything else I learned a lot doing this piece and wish I had time to go back and do it all over again. But hey, its all about the next piece, right?

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Redcap

One of my favorite bits of folklore is the "Redcap" of England & Ireland. Described as a "border goblin" these malevolent creatures like to murder travelers and dip their caps in their victim's blood. They wear heavy iron shoes and carry large iron pikes but are supposed to be pretty quick on their feet despite the encumbrance.
This piece is also another study for me in line drawing and an excuse to render something that is both educational and wicked at the same time.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Flying Thing...

2010 has gotten off to a busy start. My job as a Motion Designer has (thankfully) kept me pretty damn busy. But that doesn't mean I haven't been drawing. On the contrary I can't seem to stop... which is a good thing... I think.
I also attempted to connect with some folks in the RPG publishing industry and began work for a start-up online magazine that provides material for a variety of tabletop games. But as of now it looks like they are not moving forward with their publication. So once again, I am looking for a publisher.
In order to make the most of my time while I look for "publishers in need" I am concentrating on adding interior line drawings to my portfolio. So this thing is just a taste of things to come...

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Morrigan

This piece was a "Character of the Week" for Concept Art.
The assignment was a depiction of "The Morrigan" - a Celtic goddess of war and death. The Celtic gods and goddesses of myth form the foundation for the "Sidhe" or "fairies" of Irish folklore. So my concept was a figure that combines fey features with the "perfect" form and figure of a divine entity.
Crows are her signature creature and I added the skulls to impart a necromantic spirit to the piece.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Diakonos Demon

Another "Creature of the Week" for Concept Art.
This one was a request for "Merlin's familiar" and suggested that we reference the legends which mention that Merlin may have had a father from Hell (literally). "Diakonos" is a Greek word that means "servant" and my concept was a variation on the common "imp".

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Satyr Slayer... a Slayer of Satyrs

There's this great site called Concept Art. If you have any interest in concept art or illustration you really should check it out. They have these weekly "contests" where an assigned concept is given and you have one week to turn around a finished piece. It's a great motivator and a great way to work amongst other artists. The assignment for this piece was a "Satyr Slayer" and my concept was a large predator that uses its hollow horns to mimic the Satyr's pan pipes as a lure.