Sunday, September 27, 2009

Started serious work this week on the second of the Doom crew, Badger lord of the forest.
There's a couple of ideas that I haven't quite nailed down yet. The scarf and name, I got from my friend Josh "Badger" Atack. The initial idea for the doom crew characters came from a group of artists that I was friends with over on CA, with the eight major antagonists being very loosely based on them. I also like the idea of him having these big baroque, Steam-punkish power claws. The bomb is just an idea I'm toying with. It's kind of a cool visual element, but I'm not really sure how it jives with the character.
Until tomorrow then, take care and be good!
Your friend

Monday, September 21, 2009

Daily Life 009:Ultimate Alliance

This weekend Chet brought over Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. Soooo much fun. I found myself thinking about the wreckage we created on the city streets of Latveria, and the super laser awesome combo moves often today while I was at work.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Daily Life 008: Waiting

Amy had a meeting and a conference after work today, so Abby and I sat outside and waited for her. Part of the time we spent just hanging out, watching the cars and peoples go by, and drinking milk. The rest of the time we spent playing with toys out of her satchel. She's not really even talking yet, and still she seems more grown up every day...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Finished Abigail wallpaper.

I've decided that I need a name for the Sunday section of the blog, since I have one for the other three days. I like the way, on the other days of the week I can write "Daily Life: ..." and then the subtitle for the post. Sundays it always seems out of context. If any of you all have an idea for the name of this segment, let me know.So I finished the Abigail promo piece. It sort of evolved as it went, and I learned a ton about Photoshop working on it. I LOVE layer masks. There was a time when I didn't see the point of them, but one of the great things about layer masks is that you can effectively delete a portion of your drawing without actually losing it, so you can always go back, and re-edit it. Another awesome thing about layer masks is that using a gradient on them, you can fade part of one layer into another. It just opens so many design possibilities.
I was almost finished working on this, (had converted it to a jpg, and set it as my desktop so that I could consider it for awhile... viewing the image out of the context of the actual editing software often helps to define problem areas. I guess because you can't focus your attention on just one area, you only get the big picture.) and decided to repaint the face. I looked up some reference pictures, and got to work. I redefined the planes of her face and fixed a lot of the yellow tone in her skin (adding more purple and red to it) And totally redid her mouth (Reshaped the lips, defined the upper teeth, and added lower ones.) I also cut out one of her eyes and resized and repositioned it, because it was pretty big. Overall, I'm pretty happy with it all. I realize I should probably go back in and work on her sweater and shoes a little more, but I'm not really sure how big of a deal that is.
Well, that's it for today. Tomorrow's a new daily life, so until then take care and be good.
Your friend

Monday, September 7, 2009

DailyLife 007: Kicked Out

I got kicked out of the garage this weekend... After accidentally calling Theresa, Crystal. Twice.
Just to make sure that I understood just what was being asked of me, Crystal walked out to demonstrate EXACTLY how I should stand and also what expression I should carry. No standing meekly facing the corner for me.
No Sir!
Stand outside of the garage looking humbly in at the comfy chairs, the warm pipe and hot coffee. Listening to the laughter (product of stimulating and intelligent conversation) with out being able to join in. No Warioware on the Game Cube... Just tears and shame.
That's what I was supposed to do...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

More bass playin' goodness...

It's been a busy week. Working on a freelance gig, getting ready for Archon at the end of the month, and I spent a large chunk of today moving stuff around in the studio, to make room for stuff from the office, which is going to be the new babies room.
So all you get is this sketch. Like I said last week, the pose on the sheep dog character was just too close to the one that I'd already used on the Goat, so I changed that around a bit, and I think I'm also going to use an upright bass (Like the bassist for The Reverend Horton Head, pictured on the left) as well, to give him a little more character. So that's it for this week. I'll have more goodies for you next time.
Take care and be good.
Your friend,