Friday, December 29, 2006

Corporal X-Ray!

This drawing was inspired by a character from an image I came across by Brian Bolland. I have been a fan of Mr. Bolland's work ever since I was 10 and read Camelot 3000. I love the oraganic feel of the wrinkles and folds he puts in his art. If you are unfamiliar with him I highly recommend checking out his stuff.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

An Entire World of...

Some concept work that has no other home.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Panel #1220

Umm...yeah. Happy Holidays.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Falling into...?

Yet another freakish attempt to improve my "computer" art skillz. In this one I tried to duplicate an image from the Art of Episode III book, I added a little flourish to personalize it. I don't know why I bother, it seems like such a waste of time and I'd rather improve with a brush and pen anyway. Though I do like the color possiblities available in Photoshop and some of the masking effects are quite cool. Still...

Friday, December 01, 2006

Solution #1945 & Harry Houdini

Just some things I've been thinking about lately.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Two Great Masters!

I hope you all had a great holiday! I celebrated these two dead people by making pictures of them.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Fear the Hand of Darth Vader!

Yet another excursion into the inky realms of Darth Vader. The motioins are still real chopy, but I'm working on slowing down and geting some more solid looking movements from the puppet.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Darth Vader Speaks! (not really)

I did this animation with the Meadcom Real Action Heroes 12" Darth Vader "puppet" (okay so really it's a toy but I'm trying to sound "official" here). He comes with an assortment of hands for multiple gestures and with as many articulation points as he seems to have he is very conducive for stop-motion. I'm having a blast messing around with him in iStopMotion and can't wait to add things like a background, sounds and lightsaber effects!

Monday, November 20, 2006

More Altered Photos!

I know I said that I would move onto something else but I can't stop messing around with this new discovery. It is a sick fascination with self berratement. Why can't I do the techniques this computer program does so easily? Am I truly that untalented? Have I wasted my time trying to learn the finer arts? Should I just give into the machine? I'd like to say NO!, however what part of my life isn't ruled over by some kind of machine? Even the clock is a machine that keeps me up to speed with the rest of humanity. Lately though I am growing disheartened with such a connection, especially as it is so unfulfilling. What does it matter if I'm "on time" with the rest of the planet. Why isn't the rest of the planet on time with me? All this from a couple of photographs and a computer that's smarter than me? Oh well hope you check in again soon (maybe I'll really have gone crazy by then, now won't that be entertaining?).

Sunday, November 19, 2006

A Binary Sunset: Redux

Just some more Photo-swipes. I really wish I could do by hand all the fancy functions this computer program can do. Sometimes compared to a machine I feel so ineffectual.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Tricks, Though Flashy, Still Fail To Satisfy!

So I went and learned this fancy function in Photoshop (let's hear it for aliteration everbody!). I practiced with it a bunch and here are some of my favorite results. I plan to keep trying, but am finding that I enter dangerous territory. The ease at which Photoshop renders certain things has made me very dubious of getting attached artistically to anything I produce with it. It would be far better to learn the actual techniques of rendering images by hand than by modifying them mathematically. However what a euphoric release to manipulate an image and alter it to suit my athstetic!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Again an Attempted Apptitude!

Yeah well, I'm trying. But honestly I think I'll go back to the "old fashioned' ways. the Wacom just doesn't respond to my particular brand of rendering and I'm too old (and lazy) to put more effort into perfecting my digital chops. Next time there will be (hopefully) something more appealing to look at.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Horror, the horror!

All these "experiments" were done on Photshop CS. I am very angry with all of them as they are deformities brought to life by my ineptitudes with the Wacom tablet. Truly I should not have tried to play GAWD, for now I must take responsibility for these monstrous creations. Which means bathing and other grooming that I'd rather not go into, but they are all skin-crawling tasks to say the least. I hope you all take this as a warning to let Nature take care of itself!

Friday, November 10, 2006

He's NO Threat!

This here's my first attempt at "sketching" with Photoshop CS. The vast world of digital rendering has nothing to fear from me but fear itself. And maybe my 24 inch pythons! Seriously folks, though in other manifestations I may claim to dislike the rapid overtaking of the artist's craft with technical and mechanical wonders, I am somewhat amazed at the ease by which one can achieve a set upon goal in this, the 21st Century Age of Compooters! By no means is this particular rendering what I set out to create, however with practice and continued learning of the mathematical mania that is "digital art" I may just be able to advance above the level "shite" and be forever remembered as "crap"!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Laughing Skull!

Enjoy the lunancy!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Samuryan Slash!

"The demonmachine was unprepared for the skill and speed of his stroke. Mere calculations were not enough to decipher the magnitude of the human spirit which, as fast as thought, struck true and to the point. With a soft release of breath the samuryan resheathed his deadly blade and walked on. Leaving behind the ruined circuits and parts of the demonmachine to rust in the dew and rain."

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Travel Log!

"And so I found myself a lookin at another one of the strangest sights I'd see on my long trip about the polyverse. Now it weren't as weird as the flying slugs of Ventis VIII, but it was still pretty dern weird."

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Indefinable Finite!

Here's another offering of the Space Rail's current passenger. Next maybe I'll actually draw the Space Rail itself. Luck through out the polyverse to all us Hobo's. Huzzah!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Another Photo-reference sketch!

Since I posted my Favaorite super-villian yesterday, I'd thought I'd continue with my favorite super-hero today. Or at least the person who his likeness was based on. Any guesses?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

My Favorite Super-Villian!

This is a sketch from photo-reference I've done of the inspiration for my favorite super-villian. I'll be surprised if you can tell whom it is and and you'll get super GEEK points if you can guess the name of the super-villian who resembles him.

Below is my first attempt at an avatar created in Photoshop CS. It is for my profile on If you haven't checked out this site then you are missing out on some really fun stuff! go there right now, don't bother reading the rest of this...GO..NOW! (Ha! I caught you reading didn't I?)

Monday, October 16, 2006

Comet Hoppin'

Just a quick sketch today. Expect more...and you just may get it. Huzzah and don't burn yer beans!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Comin' Round the Bend, Again.

Here are the remaining initial concept designs for the Hobo and Space Rail stuff. Plus the addition of that ever popular conundrum, Noop Noop!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Space Rail Comics: Comin' Round the Bend!

Here's an image I made quite some time ago, but still haven't lost interest in the subject. I've recently started (again) a series of comic strips about this character and his fantastic frolics in the Imaginary realm of Outer Space. I hope I can keep the momentum going this time. (Your support and interest might help.) Anyway, check back in on the Hobo's progress. Huzzah! and don't let the lemons make you sour.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

I think this one pretty much speaks for itself. Long Live the Geek!

Friday, October 06, 2006

D&D Buddies! Here is a sketch I did last evening while playing the nostalgic game of my youth. OH, the hours I used to (and still do) spend tromping through dungeons and combating vile creatures of fantastical nature. Yes indeed I am a geek, but I ask you are not we all geeky about something? And who the hell cares about being "serious" anyway? I'd rather have fun and enjoy myself and I happen to like sitting around with people and sharing imaginative stories that involve a slight random challenge. Plus I really like rolling dice and I stink at gambling so this way I'm much safer and the money I "lose" is not so painful to let go of. Anyway, cheers to my D&D buddies for putting up with me and for letting me give away their guilty secrets. Huzzah!

And also a brush drawing I did on another favorite past time of mine. The woods of my youth are ingrained in my membrane! Enjoy the Weekend fellow primates.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Manifesto of a Crazy Naked Ape!

My responsibility as an organism on this planet is simple and straightforward. It is only preconditioning by societal representatives encountered in my youth that has made it so confusing to discover my true purpose as an interdependant organism. It is from an understanding of this purpose, like a well spring, that I draw both nurishment and inspiration. The world and its inhabitants must be accepted in all their myriad forms and formulations. The ocean refuses no river. Yet within the miasma of conciousness there are so many premutations to accept that oft times I am like a spider casting webs in a hurricane.
Still I have made for myself this sense of purpose and long forgotten responsibility; Yggdrassil, the World Tree, once supreme in a cultural context of universal identification, has, thankfully for me, become the prominent idea to which I attend. The vision of my raison d'etre centers upon the tending and furtherance of this great biological complex. Trees are the most important structure this planet has cultivated. Without them we have no atmosphere. Without them we have no multitude of life. With them we have all that we have. Even machines. Perhaps some far off ancestor misunderstood the capacity of our responsiblity to these massive producers of what we breath? Perhaps they thought more highly of their own accomplishments and not enough of the complete organization of life on this globe. I have no answer to the past, nor do I seek to form one. I know only that I do what I can to allow this earth to continue to produce life, whatever form it may take, far after I and my species are but the remembrances of dust-mites. It is to the tree that I owe my utter devotion and existence. I hope that in some small way I can live the remainder of my life not making their job harder than I already have. Huzzah!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Here is a little prelim drawing I did for my favorite organization. One day I may turn this into a button/patch/tattoo. Leave comments...please.

The Majestic Tiger, greatest beast that roams our globe today! Source of poems, paintings, paranoia. Yes a killer, but so are humans (if you eat anything you've taken a life, plant or otherwise, think about it). Never tamed, perhaps only tempered, yet still terrifying. These awesome creatures are like unto GODS! Masters of their domain until the Monster Machine took power over the human consciousness. If I could spend the rest of my life drawing them I would know a measure of happiness.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

The Science of Anarchy II !

After revisiting the drawing from yesterday I attempted to improve upon it and ink it up. So here's a sort of repeat (not that anyone cares 'cause nobody leaves any feedback anyway!).
I must say though that this character intrigues me and I would very much like to write up a little story about him, but who knows if that's ever gonna happen?
Romani Ite Domum, Carpe Diem and Huzzah!

Friday, September 29, 2006

The Science of Anarchy

Today a concept sketch I did a while ago for a movie my friend was working on. Sadly I am woefully behind on any of the storyboard work he commissioned from me (sorry Josh). Doing concept work was pretty fun and I hope to do more someday, even though this sketch isn't as good as I would like it to be.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

A double picture day, Hurray! This is a logo I may be using for the indicia of my mini comic. Let me know what you think. Really I'm interested.


A feindish creation built as the ultimate martial opponent for our hero to overcome. Can he do it? Is he strong enough? Will all those years of video game training finally see fruition? So many questions and yet not very many answers. Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Samuryan Vs. The TechnoToy-ShogunDemonWarriors

A little break from the line drawings ('cause I'm totally discouraged by my efforts). This one is a remembrance of my childhood fantasies inspired by some of the toys of my youth.

Monday, September 25, 2006

"...but important above all else was the vast deposit of shells and bones, which in places nearly choked the passage..."

Another attempt at line drawing for the book "At the Mountains of Madness". Although not as succesfull as I had hoped, I am learning more about the technique. Though any feedback would be appreciated.

Friday, September 22, 2006

"...our contemplated base on the shore of McMurdo Sound at the foot of the volcano Erebus..."

Today I begin a most ambitious project. I am currently re-reading "At the Mountains of Madness" written by H. P. Lovecraft, and have decided to illustrate some of the passages from the book. This project should give ample practice in two studies I have much need to master; Light and Shadow and Line Quality. This image is taken from a photograph. I used two small Faber-Castell pens over a pencil sketch, but soon I hope to use crow quills, just like the Masters of Old. Huzzah!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Line Divine.

My intial attraction to art came from a few different places and one of those was the illustrations in antiquated books I read as a child. The line drawings of old have such power over me and I long to be as skilled in their production as the artists I grew up admiring. The ability to carve shadow from light and surround a subject in gradiated brilliance is one I have long respected. With that in mind I attempted to duplicate the style and present to you these paltry reproductions of far greater work. Harrie Wood and Orson Lowell were the originators of these images and any interested should look to them for wonderful examples of the mastery of line.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Monster Machines!
One of my biggest concerns about myself is that I am becoming more and more entangled in the inescapable reliance upon machines to sustain a daily living. There does not a day go by that I do not, in some form or other, turn on, use or manipulate an electronic device. Even now, at this very moment I am engaging in their use. Being a "dependant organism" I understand the attachments I must make in order to survive. The aquistion of food, warmth, and shelter being primary for that purpose. And though I accept and acknowledge the great efforts of other naked apes (perhaps crazy, though I'll leave you to decide) in "bettering" our organisms position on this planet I often lament the skills and traditions I have forgotten through my reliance on machines. I have no solution aside from attempting to limit said reliance. However being both crazy and some what of a pessimist I do not forsee ever entirely being able to. This image was inspired by these feelings and by Jack Kirby, a great designer of mad machines, Huzzah!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Dreams, Dreamers and Dreaming things.

Everysince reading Carlos Castenedas' "the Art of Dreaming" I have been trying to train myself to be a more lucid dreamer. Attempting some of the techniques explained in the book as well as other various "mythical" practises I've discovered in reading a plethora of antique portfolios I have yet to pass into the realm of controled dreaming. The only thing I have been able to muster is a sense of self and reliance while dreaming. I am no longer cast willy nilly about by the nocturnal chemical ocean of my mind. However I still feel the presence of a larger obstacle looming over my night visions. Recently this little fellow visited me and though I feel I handled the encounter with every appropriate action so as to not upset either it or the balance of my dream training, I still find myself impelled to recreate this visitor visually. I haven't quite captured it here, but this is as close as I have come thus far. I return you now to your dreams and remind you to remember the power you possess in your own hands.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Me Kabuki!!

Well this weekend saw the end of many prodigious projects and the beginning of phase TWO of my master plan for TOTAL RECAPITULATION!! Today I present a birthday gift I prepared for a freind of mine. Brush pen and colored pencil was the medium originale. May you all cavort wildly in these last dog day's of summer. OUT.