Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New concept Illustrations and Brushes

Here are some concept pieces done for a proposal of a fantasy card game. Also my brushes are now available for download on the about page of my website!

All images © Fourth Story Media

Sketches and Reference

A while back I was asked to do some concept illustrations for a fantasy card game which is always a fun thing to do.  One of my favorites was this very dedicated young warrior who wears living vine armor.  I immediately began working on sketches. I did a whole bunch of thumbnails and decided to explore these two.  One of him taking in the sunrise and the other of him hacking away at some practice dummies at night.

Both sketches were meant to show his determination, how in tune with the earth he is, and show of his fancy armor.  The client ended up picking the second, but asked that I get rid of the background and make the armor more orderly and with smaller strands.

Taking reference is key.  It's a simple process, and should be done wherever possible.  My setup consists of a $4 clamp light and a point and shoot camera with a timer on a tripod.  My costume for this piece was made up of a cotton sweater vest, a thermal shirt with the sleeves rolled up,  a red flannel shirt tied around my waist.  I hung a Jack Daniel's belt buckle from the collar of my shirt and I'm holding an old karate bow from when I was in second grade.  As you can see, it's just things I can find round the house.  Although not necessary, I try to match the value of the costume to what it needs to be in the piece.  I've recently started collecting things that could be used as reference down the road.  Halloween is an excellent excuse to do this.

Here's one of the compiled reference shots.

And here is the finished piece.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Character concepts

© Posthuman Studios 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Some Sketches

A good friend of mine, Peter Emmerich, recommended during my trip to Italy last summer that I start exploring ink as a sketching medium as it's faster, more powerful and requires much more attention to work with.  It's now one of my favorite training tools.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

some studies...

In school I used to think still lives were boring, not anymore...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Awesome news!

 Awesome News!
Be sure to look for "Space Mechanic" in Spectrum 17 this November! 
For years I've collected the Spectrum books and studied the amazing art within them.
To be featured next to my idols will be such a great honor.

Back online.

So after almost a year of experimenting with a different blog site, I've decided to switch back to my first, more straight forward and personal blog. Expect more posts to follow and I think it's safe to say, a little more frequently.