Friday, July 5, 2013

On art and design. Also featuring unfinished sketches from work.

Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated. - Auguste Rodin 
I've had followers on instagram ask me what artists or books I look at before I start to work. Questions such as these fascinate and also frustrate me. I do not know how to answer the question adequately. Or at least, it feels that way.
Also, I have a difficult time recognizing the value or style of the work I produce. It's all very utilitarian to me. I just create based on what I observe and my own taste. As far as taste is concerned, it so happens that I have a fondness for the aesthetic of illustration between the nineteen fifties and seventies. That's not to say that I want to copy the artists of that era. What I observe of that era is a sense of playfulness and spontaneity. That's what I admire. There might be certain aesthetic attributes that cross over, but it truly and honestly is very subconscious.
Sure, I have all of the "Art of" books that most everyone else who works in the same industry has. That said, I do not rely on them as a resource for the craft. Rather, I own them in celebration of my contemporaries hard work and first rate craftsmanship. For as many illustrations and character designs that I create, I spend most of my artistic time outside of work, studying. I do not mean looking at tutorials, but rather observing the world and jotting it down with quick strokes of the pen. There are tons and tons of drawings and notes in my studio. It's just what I do to better understand myself and this world. That's really what art is to me. A means of understanding and gaining knowledge. There's nothing more beautiful and astounding than nature, and nature provides everything an artist needs to make first rate art.

Style comes from problem solving, and all art making is problem solving. No one artist problem solves the same way, allowing for uniqueness within the drawing, painting, or whatever medium one chooses to work in. There are certain technical aspects that an artist should know, but their decision making during the crafting of a piece is relative to the individual. Thats what I LOVE to see. It's fun to share that work with others and say, "This is how I see things!" It's even more fun to ask another artist, "How do you see things?" Social media sites such as instragram and twitter, have allowed artists to communicate and showcase their vision in a way that has never existed before. It's fantastic! Lets not subdue our own creative visions for the sake of making a cool drawing. Art is created with an extraordinary amount of risk.

That we artists may learn and know such things about nature so well, that we're able to copy it onto a sheet of paper and at the same time express oneself within that copy, is amazing.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Break Time Drawing #1

I usually create one or two drawings during the work day. It's meant as a way of taking a break from the daily grind. I try not to spend too much time on them. Usually it's only a few minutes. A lot of the time this will help inform the illustration work I'm doing for the company. Here's one from today. The drawing may not be that great, and sure there are some errors. Still, its a good way to exercise the creativity.
 Also, about a month ago the Blue Mammoth team decided to play the game League of Legends during our lunch breaks. The game was a wee bit too intense for me. I played one round and decided to sit out on the rest. That being said, that didn't stop me from doing a quick sketch, poking fun at the teams intensity playing the game. It's all in good fun. ;-) I apologize if you cannot read my handwriting.


Hello! It's been awhile.

I create A LOT of drawings while I'm at work. Most go unfinished because...well...I enjoy the energy and gesture of the drawing rather than a polished look. I've never been too good at cleaning and "beautifying" a drawing. I'm more of a sketch artist than a clean up artist. With that said, I thought I'd share some of my random doodles with you all. Some drawings may completely suck, but I'm totally OK with sharing them. You might also find some random Unbroken Skies drawings sprinkled throughout these new posts. Unbroken Skies is the personal comic/film animatic that I'm working and struggling on. I'm going to post these work drawings as often as I can. If anyone is interested in prints, just shoot me an email. Thinking of putting these into a sketchbook completion. All in due time I suppose.

Cheers everyone, and I hope you enjoy!


Friday, March 8, 2013

Bad Wolf

A little anthropomorphic action to start out the weekend.

Cheers everyone!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pinup Studies

So, I've finally decided to leap into the illustration tradition of pinup art, which is both fun and intimidating. It would seem, that each illustrator has their own unique approach to a pinup illustration, creating a multitude of flavors within this "genre" of illustration. All you have to do is open a Playboy magazine from the 1960's to witness the pinup pluralism. It's interesting for me to see how each individual artist has made their stamp by way of problem solving through the pinup. I started asking myself, if push came to shove, how would I approach a pinup? Cool thing, my friend Bernardo Franca (who is an amazing artist by the way) asked for such an illustration! Now I get to find my voice within the pinup world, and I couldn't be more excited.

Here are a few facial studies. :-)

By the way, here's Bernardo's blog.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cold Blooded Warriors

It feels like I'm developing more projects than I have time for. To me though, that's a good thing. I often find that it's better to work and develop multiple projects rather than to have just the one. It keeps ones eye sharp and helps inform the other projects one is working on in many ways. It's not an excuse to explore different styles. Honestly, I've never had much interest in that, or I should say, I don't enjoy letting a style become the directive for a project. These stories or ideas just pop up in my head and I draw them. Its really as simple as that. Such as this drawing series I'm developing for fun called "Cold Blooded Warriors". The idea came about at work, while I was taking a break between assignments. These two drawings are a work in progress, but hopefully I'll have them finished soon.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Journey to the West

A quick sketch of Monkey from "Journey to the West". I'm considering doing a small side comic with this character.

Speaking of comic, I've picked "Unbroken Skies" back up now that I've finally settled in from my move to Atlanta, Georgia. I'm hoping to have much more content on "Unbroken Skies" available plus a finished comic by the end of the year. I'll have a much bigger post on the matter hopefully soon. Time to get those comic and storyboard engines started!

Uzumaki Naruto

It would seem that all of the artists I follow on instagram and twitter have been posting the most amazing artwork these past couple of days. The best I could come up with this week is a Naruto drawing. :-P

Honestly, it's extremely rare for me to draw any type of fanboy illustration for myself. That being said, I just couldn't help myself after watching the latest trailer for "Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Storm 3". The game looks sooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Work Warm Up Sketches

A couple of sketches from my warm up routine at work.

I'm going to try and make Tuesday and Thursday my typical days for posting art.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Snouts the Tapir

A little brand mascot I made up last week at work, during the downtime between projects.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Here's a beagle fighter pilot!

Curse you Flash!!!!!

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Adobe Flash. Most times I'm totally cool with the program. That being said, there are those times where the program gets the best of me. Sometimes I just have to sketch to vent my frustration.
This drawing was created in Flash and was prompted by an intense tug of war between me and the program.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Two Posts In One Day???...WOWIE!!!!

Often times at work, I'll take quick breaks from the projects I'm working on to do some personal drawings, whatever they may be. Real stream of conscious type stuff. I'll either search for an interesting reference to draw from on Google, or I'll just scribble something down. There's no agenda other than to make art. These drawings can unfold into editorial-type illustrations, cartoons or the beginnings of a short story. I like to do this so that my eyes stay fresh. It always helps to step away from a project for a moment, do something completely different and then come back to the previous project anew. You'll see things you never never knew....aaaaand I just referenced Disney's Pocahontas. Anyways, in doing these break time illustrated ruminations, I started thinking of ways to share these images. I'm a big fan of editorial illustrations and I thought it might be fun to have a blog that I could treat almost like a magazine! I am working on a sketchbook, so the book/magazine idea is stirring around in my brain. Here are a couple of break time drawings to kick things off!


So...I've finally decided to belly flop back into the blog-o-sphere.

Thought I'd let Bilbo welcome everyone to the new blog! I'm aiming for regular weekly posting. Keep checking back for updates! :-)