Sunday, March 30, 2014


IF (Illustration Friday) 3/28/14, the topic was Sizzle.  This was a tough topic initially, and I had a hard time coming up with an idea.  Most of the ideas I had were too bold, or would have been both frustrating and laborious.  After sketching out ideas, one came to me.  I had just completed a video game with vampires, and it occurred to me that vampire's skin "sizzle" when they are exposed to sunlight.  So I took some photo reference of my hand and used a light source in my house.  I spent quite a bit of time on this piece, and really enjoyed the smoke effect (I literally had to tear myself away from the piece at one point because I just kept playing with it).  The piece is entirely digital done in Painter.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Red Bull

IF (Illustration Friday) 3/21/14, the topic was Red.  This was an incredibly broad topic which in contrast to the previous week seemed a bit difficult at first, but then ideas began to pour in...too many in fact.  I draw a lot of my inspiration from film, and animation which are what initially brought me to pursue art as a career in the first place.  This piece takes me back to my childhood, and is inspired by the original 'Red Bull', from the classic animated film "The Last Unicorn" (which itself is based upon the book by Peter S. Beagle).  The piece is entirely digital, done in Painter.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

When the Bat is away....

IF (Illustration Friday) 3/14/14, the topic was Gone Fishing.  This topic was hard, in part I believe because it was more than a single word making the work itself more...specified and less open to interpretation.  I had very few ideas, and most of them revolved around an old man sitting in a boat in the middle of a lake.  It didn't set in motion very many ideas, but one did finally come.  I decided to get as creative as I could, and used the backdrop of Gotham with the Batsignal in the air spelling out "Gone Fishing" in the shape of Batman's insignia.  I thought it was clever enough for me to enjoy, and it was simple and graphic.  The piece is entirely digital done mostly in Painter, with the exception of some fine tuning in Photoshop, and the actual bat emblem I did in pen by hand before scanning it in and overlaying onto the piece.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Flame Alchemist

IF (Illustration Friday) 3/7/14, the topic was Spark.  The idea I had for this topic came pretty quickly, but the illustration itself took some time.  I would have liked to have dedicated more time to this one, but I'm pretty pleased with the results.  The subject for this one is based off the an anime series, and the character in question can create fire by snapping his fingers.  I wanted to try and capture the look and style of the series, but as usually my style seems to have melded into it which is nice.  The entire piece is digital and it was done in Painter.

Thursday, March 6, 2014


IF (Illustration Friday) 2/28/14, the topic was Voice.  I had a hard time with this one, and I'm not entirely sure I'm satisfied with the outcome either.  As usually at the 11th hour, I came up with so many good ideas for this topic (curse you brain)!!  The subject I decided to do was one of The Gentlemen from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Hush.  In the episode all the residents of Sunnydale lost their ability to speak, having their voices taken from them by The Gentlemen which were trapped in a small wooden box.  The climax of the episode takes place in a clocktower (hence the clockface in the background).  The piece is entirely digital done in Painter.