This blog...

...was initially for pieces done on a computer, but has since become a free-for-all. Here you'll find process work (digital and otherwise), sketch pages and studies, sometimes with commentary.

You can see the rest of my work here.

Remember kids : if you can't make pretty designs, at least make pretty lines!


Friday, November 30, 2007

Zombie Head

Very loose pencil sketch underneath.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Goat Girl RMX

This piece is a remix of Vinod Rams' "The Faun."

Here's the lineart...

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Andrew Trabbold and I both decided to do a color study of this piece by Rick Berry. Blot, blot, blot!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

dumb ol' turtle

Happy The Turtle is a happy...turtle. Anyhow, I'm through with today. Needed some Photofun (TM) to help my brain ease down.

Speed Gurl

g'mornin'thishere'sagurlIdonedrawed...whereza coffee?!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Morning blot

Warmup time! Eventually I'll apply this color-sampling technique to line drawings. There's something liberating about working on a single layer as opposed to the 80 bazillion adjustment layers I'm used to fiddling with.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Photofun cntd.

I tried to be all Ashley Wood and bust out the halftone screen on this color study. Was so stupidly easy. Copy-merge the colored stuff into a new file, grayscale it, crank the levels until only the darkest, shadowy bits remain, ligthen those shadows, then convert to bitmap. Paste halftone back into original color file and set to "multiply." Combine this effect with a squared-off directional brush and -- hey presto -- instant indie-comic-I-couldn't-be-bothered-to-finish.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Study : Lucy Pinder

I'm not so hot when it comes to doing paintery work, so this is my first "training wheel" attempt at a quickie-style color digital piece without first working in grayscale. Found this random image of the the lovely Lucy Pinder (British glamor girl who shows up at lot in the "men's interest" section of the magazine stand), and just color picked/dabbed. Likeness, proportions and posture are off. I'm more interested in how colors behave/mix, and where shadows and highlights wind up. My hope is that I do enough of these kinds of exercises, some good stuff will stick.
I have a thing for brunettes.

Cowboy Witch - Color (Part 2)

Okay, pared back the glazing to fit Kurt's line art. Think it works a little better. More basic. /// On a coincidental note, I recently stumbled upon books 1 & 2 of a manga called Kurohime, chronicling the adventures of a gunslinger witch who fires magical creature-bullets from these chiseled hand cannons with samurai sword hilts. Katakura Masanori's got a dynamic, humorous style that has loads of character. appeal.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Cowboy Witch : Color (Part 1)

A little explanation : Some years back I turned down a bizarre commission request for a "half-cowboy, half-witch" on the grounds that it was too ridiculous to depict well. My brother Kurt took the challenge and came away with this illustration, which I then colored well past the cell-shaded treatment it probably deserved. It contains a "tartan" texture from Mayang's Texture Libary as well as a fuzzed-out sky. There's no strong light source, and the motion blur is overkill, not to mention irrational since her hair is blowing in the opposite direction. I realize all this now, but oh well -- hope you like anyway it, Kurt! Er, and you too, nameless commission person...

Original [by Kurt Richards] :

P.S. -- I'm determined to get this right tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Scuba gurl

Pinchy, pinchy!!!

a little buggie I pinched off before leaving work...inspired by this neat photo gallery...


Thanks to my homie-in-arms Joshua James Shaw for passing along a sweet brush preset that inspired me to create this digital-only sketch blog. No Cintiq action yet, so this is strictly "caveman wacom."

Let's get this shit rolling.