Friday, August 27, 2010


Krang's younger brother.


Sunday, August 15, 2010


Goblins on the brain! Influenced by the late, great Marty Fledman.

Photoshop paints and pencil lines.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

IPA anyone?

This was a "food product" design for styles and concepts class. In light of all the bizarre beer labels out there, I thought it would be fun to design one of my own. I drew the heads with pencil and painted up the rest in Photoshop.

Anyone ever had trouble with desaturated images after posting them on Blogger? This came out a little better after making some tweaks, but it is still missing some of the vibrancy I had with the original image. Any suggestions?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ripped and Hairy

Well, the Captain's finally grown some hair and I recently finished grooming his massive pythons. I have to say, the fake bear hair that we're using is simply amazing. Here's some shots of how the pattern was made for cutting the hair. It comes in huge, expensive rolls that resemble a rectangular bear skin rug:

This will be similar to the viewer vantage point as he will stand over 8 feet tall:

As with many illustration methods, sometimes the stages in between start and finish aren't always the prettiest. The chest and arms here are no exception. Here's a couple shots of the arms before attaching hands and fur. The skinning was done by taking paper towels that had been submerged in dyed latex and wrapping them over the foam sculpture. The chest does look comically small compared to the arms at this point; however, the chest only serves as an armature because it will be entirely covered by his costume.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The plague of the high seas grows...

Ahhh, spring break is for the weak! The Captain is growing! Being a mix between a bear, Blackbeard, the Death Dealer and Conan the Barbarian, the captain has recently been deemed Captain "Bonebeard". As the story goes, his nickname was derived from his beheaded victim's bones, which remain buried in his unwashed beard. In the end, the Bonebeard sculpt will have his beard and a slick mustache as well.

Here are some detail shots from the final clay sculpt:

As you may've noticed, he's looking a tad gummy. Due to the impossible undercuts, the teeth have been made into removable plates for molding. Notice the token Arnold gap:

Here's a few shots of the head from the (extraordinarily heavy) molding process. The original sculpture is actually destroyed during the mold-making; obviously, you really can't grow too attached to it. On the other hand, the concrete mold retains all of the details as long as you know what your doing. Fortunately, Mr. Hazlerig is an expert mold-maker and the casting came out great:

The head was cast in a thick layer of dyed latex and then filled with soft foam. The end result is light and fairly durable, almost like a sponge coated in rubber. As you can see, there is a seam surrounding the face, separating highly detailed areas from the rest of the head. While a bear's face is actually covered in fur, I wanted some details like wrinkles and bags under the eyes to show through. So, the areas below the seam-line will be covered in fake fur, and the areas with detail will be covered in much less dense, punched fur. Punching the fur will be a test of will power for sure, as they can only be punched a few hairs at a time.

So, this week I've been building the body. The basic frame was a foam-cast, taxidermy bear armature. These casts are made for real bear hides and were ideal for the project. However a bear armature without fur resembles a large dog standing on it's hind legs. The fur that we're using is just about as realistic as it gets, but unfortunately our fake fur is about a tenth of the length of real bear fur. In order to become less dog-like, the sculpt just needed to get bigger and bigger to make up for the short fur.

Then, there was the issue of reassembling the armature into different poses. The captain couldn't just be standing there lifelessly. He will be holding a massive axe above his head for the final display, so I had to cut off the arms and add about a foot and a half of foam to spread the width of his shoulders. Of course, there's also the bulging muscle factor, or Conan-factor, and the width of the arms had to be extended as well:

Well, the foam carving should be finished soon and I'll post some more updates during the next few weeks. With only a little over a month to go it's crunch-time!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Monster in the Mud Puddle

Here's my final to a children's book project I've been working on. Colored pencil and acrylics on illustration board.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Monster in the Mud Puddle

This is a quick snapshot of my sketch for a painting I'll be finishing in the next two weeks for class. We're working on children's book concepts and it's a pretty fun project. Even though it's not my primary focus, I'd love to give children's book illustration a try before it's all over.

In my story, a boy named Preston Dupomp comes across a mud puddle with a pair of eyes starring back at him. Needless to say, this leads to some nightmares like the one pictured above. In the end, things are not always what they seem and the pair of eyes in the mud puddle is only a harmless frog.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Work in Progress: Pirate Bears in 3D!!!

First off, I have to say that I'm blown away by CCAD right now. I'm so thankful to have Mr. Hazlerig as my instructor; without him, none of this crazy project would've ever happened. Unfortunately, his web presence is just about nonexistent but I did find this great little blurb about him on James Gurney's Blog: link

Last semester I approached Mr. Hazlerig about a large scale sculpture project. Something that would involve a team of students building something huge for his dimensional illustration course. I really enjoy sculpting at any scale, however I prefer life-sized (or bigger) sculpture. In my opinion, it just has an overwhelming presence that the viewer can't deny.

So, I'd been trying to come up with an idea that would get a few other students involved and excited, but also the support from Mr. Hazlerig. Throughout Mr. Hazlerig's History of Illustration course it had always seemed that his ongoing favorite themes were bears and pirates. As bizarre as it sounds, pirate bears had suddenly made so much sense.

Now with 20 to 30 classmates lending a hand in the project, it has developed into something simply massive. We're in the midst of sculpting somewhere in the realm of ten life-sized, pirate, anthropomorphic-bears. We have people in charge of costuming, building weapons, sculpting, mold-making, the list goes on and on. I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to play a role in developing such a large-scale endeavor, and very thankful that I attend a school that will actually fund such an expensive project based on a 3-dimensional, illustrative idea. It's still very early on but there's so much enthusiasm and dedication pouring into the project that I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Here's a sneak peak at the rough sculpting stages of the Captain I've been working on:

We have yard upon yard of fake bear fur to cover these guys in, but there's still plenty of sculpting to do. My captain will also have a long braided black beard. The captain character is a based off of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian, the infamous Blackbeard the pirate, Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer, and (of course) a giant bear. I'll be posting more work in progress photos as the bears evolve. Here's a couple links to two of the other head sculptors that you should be sure to check out: Tyler Bolyard, Graham Erwin.

Hammond Piggins WIP

Wouldn't you be sad if you looked like a pig?

This is a work in progress, but I just wanted to give you all a glimpse of what I've been working on in the 3D illustration lab at school. He will be much nastier in the end!

The sculpture was made from Van Aken's Plastalina (oil based modeling clay). What you're viewing here is a cast of my sculpture in soft foam and latex. I'm primarily using thin acrylic washes for the paint job, but it may be time to break out the air brush soon. Mr. Piggins is only about a third of the way painted, and I'll post some updates later on down the road. Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Jack Black Cat

This was called the "famous person as an animal" project. I ran across this photo: link while searching for a good celebrity to morph into an animal and just felt the man had a very cheshire cat look about him.

I used some modified techniques I learned from Dave Groff, starting with a fairly tight value drawing and then adding thin washes of color. It's basically a grisaille painting. Acrylics and colored pencil on illustration board. 9" by 13.5".