Thursday, May 19, 2011


This a design for an upcoming project. I haven't done a creature in sometime so thought I'd post it.



Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Brain behind your concepts

Many aspiring concept artist who I have spoken to seem to ask me about my techniques and what photoshop brushed I use. Though both technique and photoshop brushes are needed for digital creation the one ingredient that is crucial to creating a concept design is adding the description of what it is. Drawing or painting a great concept may not always be sufficient in illustrating what the concept is. You have to be able to verbalize or write a description of what that object is and its functionality, history or mythology etc. This is not always easy but it is probably one of the most important skills you must have as a concept artist.

Below is an example of a description attached with my concepts. This was done for Richard Garriots Tabula Rasa. These concepts and ideas and functionality and technology were to be the core ideas describing the Technology of the Elohs which were the ethereal alien beings at the center of this Epic story and game.

I did a lot of research and also filled in the blanks with my own ideas about their technology and how it works. Click the image to see a larger version and read the descriptions it's all geeked out.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Sword of Darrow novel now available

I just got my complimentary copies of "The Sword of Darrow" a children's novel which I did the cover and interior illustrations for. The book is now available at Amazon. This was a fun project and has about 11 BW tonal drawings/paintings and many smaller BW inked drawings as well. Here's a quick pic of the book and a link to the books on Amazon if anyone is interested in getting it. The story written by Alex and Hal Malchow is fantastic and and a pure pleasure for me to illustrate it.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Character designs

Here are some new character designs I did for a project. I think I mentioned this before but I really enjoy detailing costumes on the characters I design. Every item on that character should tell a story or have a history to it that gives us a better idea of the character. Be it a piece of jewelry or a tear in the clothing, these small details can give so much personality to the character.



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