Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Queens little gods Speed painting

I promised a speed painting and intended to spend an hour at the most on this but end up on it for a couple more. Strange piece developed as just a character design and turned into something else.


Friday, October 24, 2008

It's been months

Hello there wanderers,

Just wanted to say hello since I've been rather quiet :). Actually a buddy of mine was bitching that I hadn't posted in ages so I thought I would shut him up with a small update.

I'm doing well just working on a video game project at Ignition Florida. Things are going good we have a very young but strong team and we are pushing forward. Can't show any art right now but hopefully soon. All I can say is hold on to your hats its going to be quite a ride.

I haven't had time to do anything other then work related art but here are a few Matte paintings I did for Fantasy Flight sudios new TV series Midnight Chronicles before joining Ignition. I've worked with thier game comany for years on many projects so it was fun to contribute to their TV series, I wish them much success with it.

I've updated the environment concept gallery and digital painting galleries with a few pieces.
See you all next time, I'll start some speed painting soon and post them.


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Off to Florida

Hello all,

Well it seems like once again Florida the place I grew up is where I will be moving to next month. I will be working as Visual director at Ignition USA a video game company originally based in the UK but now having studios in Florida and Japan. I am extremely excited to take on this new venture. I'm a little sad because I am leaving LA and have made some good friends here but hey I'll be back for E3 shows and GDC etc.

The project I will be working on has the potential to be ground breaking and it will be up to me and the team to make it look beautiful that's easier said then done but that's the challenge of it all.

My feelings about being in LA for 4 years is mixed on the one hand it's a great city plenty of work and filled to the brim with talent. However on the other hand I find that many artist concept artist jump from one gig to the next without blinking which is fine to a degree. The number of concept artist working in the film industry is not so big, Hollywood uses the same creature guys for practically every creature heavy project out there and at some point you begin to notice this within the designs themselves. It's a bit hard if your just getting started to break into. In the end it is definitely who you know but more so who knows you and what you have done for them lately it's also a matter of being at the right place and time.

I also feel everyone wants to push their own ideas and sometimes in the melee talented and creative people get shuffled in the crowd and go un-noticed and basically buried under a sea of corporate bullshit and managed by higher ups who have no clue how to harness such talent. I see why many people get discouraged and leave LA, but maybe those are the people who cant tough it , perhaps that's the case. For me though I'm no spring chicken and now is the time I must give it all I have as far as art. I hope to return to LA at some point and it's an amazing place and like anywhere it has its good and bad points.

I believe though you can be in a basement in an igloo the middle of Siberia and still produced the most inspiring art and be as creative as possible, you don't have to be in LA.

Well enough of my ranting here are some new works,

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Happy New Year

So it's a New Year, 2007 was an amazing year, and very special for me and my wife because Logan are son was born in 2007 and he's been my driving force.

In 2007 I also started working for Gentle Giant Studios in Burbank California as lead concept artist working on a number of game, film,and commercial projects. If you are a client and want to work with me on a project please contact me through the contact link at the top of this page.

At Gentle Giant Studio I am surrounded by some of the most skilled practical and digital sculptors in the industry. I am very grateful to all the folks there who welcomed me with open arms, and I'm looking forward to this great opportunity. You can check out there website here where you can see some of there work and a list of projects they have worked on.

Here is one of the first paintings of 2008 titled "The Lost Breed" its a rough color painting done with Gouache and watercolors on masonite, it was nice to take a break from digital painting for a little and do something for fun.

Here is a digital piece done in 2007 for White Wolf publishing titled "Winter Masques"


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