Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Eaglerock Monastery


Working on some sketches to capture the feeling of my favorite season of the year...

Monday, December 16, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Commission for the Redfords

Working on a Christmas card commission. I miss Japan now. It's been what, 3 years?

Zehi mitte kudasai!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Legend of Zelda: A Tribute

Dedicated to one of my favorite franchises of all time.

I am infinitely thankful to Shigeru Miyamoto for putting all of his heart, innovation, adventurous spirit and fun into his creation.



Thank you for following!

Monday, November 11, 2013

WIP - Tribute to The Legend of Zelda

One of my greatest influences in fantasy adventure is the Legend of Zelda series.  I just had to come up with something for an upcoming competition!




Myanmar

Sketch from a couple days ago -- I was trying to simplify the shapes and detail, but preserve the locations' realistic color.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Annapurna

After playing Uncharted 2, I've found I really like Annapurna.  Maybe I'll go there myself someday.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blending Modes Tutorial

As requested -- a detailed tutorial on using blending modes in Photoshop!

For more skilled artists who know about this stuff, there are some good tricks in here about removing undesired line work and artifacts using blending modes.



http://gjaldir.deviantart.com/art/Using-Blending-Modes-in-Photoshop-409001945

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Canyon Temple

Needed to practice my landscapes more -- it's amazing how out of touch your landscape skills get when you've been doing nothing but character art for a month!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Coast Temple

Studying Ireland helps!  I looked at photos of Strath Mor to get me inspired to do this study.  Learned a lot about how to set up realistic skies in 3D space.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

ZAP!

Here's the process to the latest card art done for Chromancer -- I think this is the sixth one I've done for them now.

When you do illustrations of threatening foes, think about the dynamic quality of the composition and the action pose of your subject -- are they communicating the danger and intensity behind the idea?



Monday, October 14, 2013

Cleft


Quick sketch between freelancing jobs.  It's a good composition idea, I might do something more with it later...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Kalas Marodin - Process

I don't usually start from gray scale, but it does help with plotting out a large open world in 3D space.  I used some overlay layers to start with the coloring, but changed back to my usual method and painted it in using the color selector.


Kalas Marodin


Environment Lighting Practice


Color sketches from imagination.  The last one used a bit of reference.

Friday, September 6, 2013

At my new home in Santa Monica!


Back in the saddle again after moving to my new apartment...gotta put some sketch time in!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Tutorial Time

Custom Traditional Media Brushes in Photoshop
How to create quality custom brushes that will lend an authentic traditional feel to your Photoshop paintings.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Beyond the Coastal Rift (refined)

Extremely violent currents in the ocean and jagged cliffs surrounding this ancient castle town make it near impossible to reach.  Only a secret hidden stair reaches the entrance, and it is watched by a loyal legion of tribal guardians who know a thing or two about traps...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Beyond the Coastal Rift

Extremely violent currents in the ocean and jagged cliffs surrounding this ancient castle town make it near impossible to reach.  Only a secret hidden stair reaches the entrance, and it is watched by a loyal legion of tribal guardians who know a thing or two about traps...


What originally started as a cloud study, ended up almost a full painting.  I may render this even further for a portfolio piece I'm so jazzed!

Island Practice


Island construction!  3 point perspective practice.

Now onto some more dragons, I think I get the point...

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Defending the Gates (Magic: the Gathering fan art)

When the prosperous city of Ravnica is under attack, they only send out its finest to defend the gates -- the Boros Legion.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Boros Legionnaire

My latest work in progress is inspired by the mythology of Magic: The Gathering.  Some of you may be interested in my process, so here it is:

VALUE THUMBS

COLOR THUMB

BLOCK IN

DETAIL

Much more work to be done, but I intend to make this awesome.