The Toy Shoppe I work for carries this series of toys called "Ugly Dolls." The Ugly Doll company was hosting a contest for best holiday window display. The Manager of the Toy Shoppe asked me to arrange and design any props needed for this window display. Her themed idea was "What the Uglys want for Christmas." Since each of these dolls come with a description of their quirky personality, I then had to deduce what these individual characters would want. One enjoyed cd's, so I made him a pair of headphones. Another wanted a collar, another was "your greatest sidekick" So I made him a super hero cape. Yet another was terrified of water, so he received a poncho. All in all, it was a fun project.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
This assignment involved doing a spot illustration for a selected magazine (mine was a food magazine) that used a combination of sound words. My words were "Clink, Oink, and Wham!" This was completed in acrylics.
I had done a research project on the folklore and myths of the Inuit culture. Believe it or not, they had some really scary stories. This was my take on some of the creatures in these myths. All done in graphite.
These character and creature drawings accompany the digital painting "China's Flight." They were commissions for the author of a novel (publication pending.) All the same, they were quite fun to work on after reading his book. All done in graphite.
I have become increasingly more and more fascinated with horror game creature design, particularly the creatures from the series Silent Hill. As a result, I tried my own hand at answering the question "what is scary? what scares me?" All of the sketches below are done in graphite.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
A concept piece for commission. I was asked to do a series of concept sketches and a few digital works for a novel that may potentially be published. This was one of my first digital paintings, and I'm still quite fond of it.
I was given the assignment to re-design a band poster for a musical group we were randomly given. I was given "The High Violets" a "dream rock" indie sort of group. This was the design I came up with. Originally painted with Acrylic, touched up in Photoshop.
Here are the second and third pages to the Dadman. My intention was to make the end sort of ambiguous as to whether the Dadman is a device the boy uses in his dreams to get rid of his night terrors, or if the Dad actually becomes a super hero and dives into the dream realm. This was inked traditionally and colored digitally.
This is the banner design and the first page of a short comic as a 3 week serialized strip. We were given three heroes to combine into one character, and for me, the Dadman (a dad who turns into a superhero to fight off his son's nightmares with his magical electric guitar) was the result. Inked traditionally and colored digitally.