Saturday, June 26, 2010


This is a light reconnaissance mech with it's service mechanic.  Inspired by contemporary tanks and construction equipment.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

"Free Comic Book Day" Sketch Cards - 2010

Here are some sketch cards (baseball card size) I did as a donation for a local comic book store's celebration of this year's  "Free Comic Book Day."  From left to right: Storm, Thor, Rogue, and Wolverine. I was on a Marvel (my childhood favorite) kick.  A Col-Erase Blue and black Verithin were used.

Storm is © 2010 MARVEL COMICS.
Thor is © 2010 MARVEL COMICS.
Rogue is © 2010 MARVEL COMICS.
Wolverine is © 2010 MARVEL COMICS.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Space Slurp

Usually I blow up my rough pencils (8 1/2" x 11" or so) to 11" x 17" and do clean line work before I scan and color them, but as a test I scanned the original pencils (this time done with a 0.3mm and 0.5mm HB mechanical pencil) as a base for this CG illo. 

While working on this I was listening to an to an interesting audio book called "The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why it Endures".   (The author's previous book on genetics and the origin of man called "Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors" was interesting as well.) Good stuff. :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Brain Candy

Happy week after Halloween. :)
I'm alive, unlike this Victorian-zombie-princess enjoying a picnic with a bit of brain.(har, har.)
I like the washed out sepia tones, but think I'm probably going to color this drawing.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

"Free Comic Book Day" Sketch Cards

I did the first three of these (baseball size) sketch cards as a donation for a local comic book store's celebration of "Free Comic Book Day."  From left to right: Hellboy, Chun Li, Wonder Woman, and Manji (From Hiroaki Samura's "Blade of the Immortal").  I used a regular #2 HB pencil, 2mm HB Staedtler Mars technico, a black Verithin, and white gouache.  Here are some cards Vinod Rams did for the same event.   I'm diggin' on his Hellboy, Abe Sapien, and Kusanagi (from "Ghost in the Shell").

I took a liking to the little bristol card format so I promptly went out and bought myself a pack of them (with the accompanying clear plastic slip cases). Hence the Manji sketch.  According to the guy at the art store these "artist trading cards" are all the rage for people to sketch and trade.  Now if I could only coerce Hiroaki Samura to trade cards. :)

Hellboy is © 2009 Mike Mignola.

Chun Li is © 2009 CAPCOM CO., LTD.

Wonder Woman is © 2009 DC COMICS.

Manji is © 2009  Hiroaki Samura.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Gen. John Gibraltar

This is my entry for the first mini challenge of Dominance War IV. The challenge was to create a war General and make a portrait of him/her.  Mine is the seasoned, Patton style, two star General John Gibraltar (Buckminster076 is my forum name and CGHUB is my forum team). The design on the center chest patch is the logo of team CGHUB that we had to incorporate into the image. We were also required to post works-in-progress in a thread before submitting the final, which helps me get more out of each stage of development.  This definitely was a fun little exercise.

I'm continuing to play with graphite rendering, in addition to clean line work, and streamlining the process.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Pencil Test (WIP)

Playing with graphite rendering and the unlimited power of the kneaded eraser. (Updated 2/9/09)