Thursday, December 11, 2008

Heaven and Hell project finals




here's the preliminary sketch:

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

comic project highlights

here are 3 of my favorite panels from the comic project

Saturday, December 06, 2008

the Son of Stone vs. a honker

just a quick environment sketch/fan art of the old Turok: Son of Stone comics my dad read when he was younger.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

you asked for it: marker tutorial

for a couple of years now people have been asking me to make a tutorial on how to use markers. they seem to like the stuff i do with them, and if you know what youre doing, they can make anyones sketchbook look AMAZING. it's like photoshop happened in your sketchbook! so anyway, i decided i'd make a quick tutorial on the basics. this tutorial is really quick and basic, but i think it gets a lot of the most important aspects out of the way. i think if you follow along/read what it says, you might have a different understanding of markers, and will hopefully be excited to go wild and experiment.

i use prismacolor markers, and faber castell pens. i developed my technique for coloring markers by, when i first got my hands on a set, trying to make what i was doing look like how frank frazetta painted. by doing this, i lost my fear of mixing colors, adding blobs and color spots, doing under paintings with base colors and building up new, blended colors, and doing washes. it gave me the confidence to put a collar on markers, and its been toms-best-friend ever since. i turned the wolf into the labrador retriever and i want you to meet him (figure THAT one out!)

i'd like to apologize in advance for the quick job i did with this, but i wanted to make something today. the result is a little sketchy and rough, but the ideas are still there, and i think it will do the job.

i promise to one day make a complete art tutorial covering every thing i know. with a big section on markers and digital (my 2 favorite mediums), with refined and beautiful pieces. i might be far from the best ever, but i have strong opinions and i know a little bit about what im talking about, but the hand is slower than the mind when it comes to developing. so hopefully i can make something we can all be proud of. but anyway, here's the pages in order:










if you found this helpful in any way id love to hear from you. also, if you have any questions about process, or would like more information on doing certain things and different techniques or you just need a little more clarity then dont hesitate to ask. chances are if im not making sense to you, im not making sense to a lot of people, and i could use your help to make this better for every body!

i love answerin' questions!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Werewolf (+scarier version)



Tried my hand at horror this afternoon. My friend Chase Toole pointed out to me how he's never seen a "good" werewolf design. He made his case, and for the most part, I agreed with him. So around lunch time I made it my mission to draw a werewolf that was a: scary, b: unique, c: disturbing. I left it for a while and came back and decided it needed to be scarier so i changed it up a little bit. I think it is scarier, and I believe almost everyone would agree, but I think it looses some of its character and uniqueness. The new scarier version seems more along the lines of something someone is just bound to draw eventually by throwing together "scary" parts. But, whatever. I think it's still unique, and I'm kinda proud of it. A bit fast, and the human anatomy was rushed like all get out and looks like butt, but I wanted to get my idea on paper as soon as possible

Monday, December 01, 2008

I'm also a poet


did this in first year in college as an inside joke. just found it again tonight. deep, huh?

work in progress


heres a picture im going to be working on for a while. i wont say much about it, except for that its based on eye witness descriptions.

heres a hair test: