Saturday, October 27, 2007

Dragon Warrior

My take on an 8 bit game done as part of an drawing challenge with a group of fellow artists.
Dragon Warrior was the first RPG I played on the NES and was always a favorite childhood game of mine. Although the original Japanese version (Dragon Quest) was visually designed by Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball Z) I was introduced to the Dragon Warrior world by the visualization of Katsuya Terada and Shuji Imai (Who also drew the "Howard and Nester" comic strip) through their illustrations in the pages of Nintendo Power. I though it was cool that I rediscovered these artists as I got older and liked them just as much, if not more.
Dragon Warrior is © 1989 Enix corporation.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Pirate lass

My take on a pirate done as part of an drawing challenge with a group of fellow artists.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Great view

This post was done in much the same way as the last. I'm trying to find a nice balance between the color/shading and line. I want chiaroscuro, but not so much that it overpowers the line, I love line. This character is the sister of the last post and hangs out with more of the frog guys. Was listening to an audio book version of "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Update: Made some fixes to this pic, thanks to Paul, Vinod, and Nick for the feedback.

Monday, July 30, 2007

A spitfire and healer

With this drawing I scanned the line work, cleaned it up, printed it out, and painted on the printout with water colors and gouache. That painted version was used in various layers in the final color piece. You can hardly see the paint in there, but it was fun to use mixed media. I think I'll play with it more in the future.
These are two playful characters I designed for a story of mine. She has a headstrong, spitfire personality and the frog guy is a chill healer and sage of sorts.
Let's see, on the auditory front, while painting this I was listening to the audio book version of "Fiasco" by Thomas E. Ricks, an interesting account of the conflict in Iraq.

Monday, July 16, 2007

"You see this?"

Another cafe' sketch playing with subtle color shifts. Was listening to an audio book about Abraham Lincoln.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Standin' Onna Stoop

This sketch was drawn in a cafe'. Experimenting with slight color shifts and minimal rendering. While coloring this I was listening to the BBC documentary "Power Of Art" and came away with the knowledge that Caravaggio was rather thuggish.

Saturday, June 2, 2007


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