Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Well, earlier I posted some quick roughs of the ghouls for this Arabian themed project I'm working on.  Here they are again with some more development.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sushinobi: A 5 Ninja Star Restaurant

So this is just a fun concept I had in my head for a little while which I decided to base my "theme park" project on.  It got pushed towards the more fantastical, when originally, it was going to be slightly exaggerated but still within the confines of reality.  Spent too much time on my rough sketches and other projects because I felt ahead, but sadly it ended up not having the amount of finish I would like.  I'll redo it later, in a style more like what I did for the characters/staff.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Canadian History Project

These two illustrations were part of a project for my Information Illustration class.  There's a portrait of J.B. Tyrrell, the man who discovered the first Albertosaurus fossil in Alberta and the namesake of the Royal Tyrrell Museum.  The other is a spot of an Albertosaurus' fossilized skull.


Desert environment and quick designs of ghouls, which originate from Arabian folklore.  Infused elements of trap-door spiders and camel spiders, and think I may push that even further.

Figure Drawings

*Nudity Warning

Just some figures, being drawn.  

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Character Roughs

Some rough stuff.  Just playing around, really.  Arabic warrior/inventor with robotic augmentation.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Now, for a little something different.

So, my friends are designing a fashion magazine and they needed an opening illustration and a few spots for a series of articles.  Anyways, they thought to ask me to give it a shot, since they were waiting for permission to use illustrations from another illustrator.  They wanted something loose, expressive and to have it look like fashion illustration and also relate to the articles.  This was the result, and I don't think they'll be using it, but it was an interesting experiment.

Here's my attempt at creating a loose, pretty, fashion-illustration-like, editorial illustration. The right side was supposed to bleed over, and it would've been a 2 page spread with the text/type/copy on the right side.  


Here's the rendered version of the Elasmotherium.  Yeah, I accidentally labelled it as Coelodonta in an earlier post.  Good thing it's just a class project and I caught it before it was due.  Doing the hair was a good study, although I still could shade this a bit more.  It was fun.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monster Mash-Ups!

Rough concept sketches in Photoshop of this idea I had of combining the concept behind The Deadliest Warrior with monsters. Specifically Hollywood/Universal Monsters and/or monsters than can create more of themselves; zombies, vampires, werewolves, mummies (by mummifying other people), etc. The idea could be that these monsters have converted almost all of humankind and are now at war with each other, so each type of monster would be populating the most powerful countries in the world. Anyways the idea still needs tweaking, so therefore the concepts will change as well, so these are just really rough.

Frankenstein's Monster as a Boxer/Street Fighter.

Viking/Barbarian Werewolf.

Ghost Samurai.

Mummy Ninja.

Gill-Man/Creature From Black Lagoon Gladiator.


One of my goals is to get better at environments. It is probably one of my weakest areas, although architecture and environments are something that I'm really interested in personally. Here is some process for some of the environments I have been working on. I haven't scanned the sketches, but I think that the concept was better represented by my quick sketches so I may put them up eventually.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

For Ages 6 and Up

For the last part of this art-dump, it's a page from a children's book project. The story was something that I just came up with, with classic adventure stories in mind. At first I was thinking of allegories and morals to base the story from, but I started to just think of my childhood and stories like The Time Warp Trio, Where the Wild Things Are and Alice in Wonderland; stories where kids would just get whisked away to a magical land and the whole basis of the story was the adventure and the goal is to get home.

I titled the story The Other Side of the Night and it was about this boy who gets lured into another world (one filled with adventure and whimsy of course) through a series of unusual events. The scan turned out a bit blurry...

Acrylic on Masonite.


This is what I've loved working on the most lately. Clean, simple illustrations of megafauna for Information Illustration. Oh my god, it's been satisfying my craving for rendering. I've been wanting to do more serious and clean drawings, and while I enjoy painting and stylizing as well, I've been itching to do more serious and realistic art (or at least a style that combines realism with a clean graphic quality). I've been spending more time than I should on this project in particular, just because I also am fascinated by animals in general, and even more so by some of the crazy prehistoric species with really distinct or unique anatomy.

There's the finished (though I may touch them up) renders of the Paraceratherium and the White Rhinoceros, as well as the line drawings of the ground sloths and three toed sloth. I've also included a rough layout of how the pages will kind of look. I need to rearrange some type, and finish rendering the Coelodonta (it's not done, that's why it looks bad) and possibly add some more spot drawings like the skulls to highlight interesting facts about each species.

Crooked Critters

It's been a long time since I've posted, and it's mostly due to me not wanting to scan things (partially due to being busy and not wanting to waste time scanning, and partially due to my lack of access to a functional scanner, so I must rely on the ones at school, which suck). I've mostly been working on things here and there, some extremely sub-par work, and others where I've been really conflicted in the direction I should be taking.

I'll make a few separate posts for some of the latest stuff I've been doing. This "Crooked Critter" project was a quick in-class assignment in which we had to create an anthropomorphic animal that was some sort of criminal (or just really sketchy). Instead of creating just one and refining it, I went to town and just sketched up a whole bunch of different ones instead. I never really draw animal-people, mostly because it's kind of a niche-genre in itself and not really my thing, but I have to admit I had fun with this! I do love drawing animals and people, so maybe I'll start delving into it some more.