Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Anthology Project

My friends Joy Ang and Nick Thornborrow decided to put together a comics anthology and they titled it The Anthology Project. Also, it's now finished!

It's currently available for preorders and it becomes available for sale on April 3rd!

Also if you're in Calgary in specific or Alberta in general or have an unlimited travel budget you are invited to join us for the release party! It's on April 3rd at Fashion Central in downtown Calgary, from 7pm to 11pm! At least 5 of the artists involved (including me) will be there and I'm pretty sure there will also be booze. 

More info at theanthologyproject.com! It's great!


Friday, March 19, 2010

Out of the Silent Planet alien designs

Earlier in the semester I read the first book in C. S. Lewis' Space Trilogy titled Out of the Silent Planet. It's an awesome book and I can't wait to read the other two. I wanted to come up with designs for the 3 alien races featured in the book and this is what I came up with. 

You can read the basic descriptions on wikipedia here


sorn


hross


pfifltriggi


I just wanted to establish the primary forms and anatomy of what these creatures might look like. The descriptions are really cool, but in some cases I was a little bit intimidated because there are a few things that just don't sound cool. For example, the seroni (plural of sorn) are described as having droopy noses, and that is really uncool, so I tried to come up with a nose that could reasonably be described as, at the very least, LOOKING droopy, but still had a neat and not-dorky look.

These are just sketches of me trying to get my initial concepts out of my head and on paper. I'm planning on setting some time aside to go in and dig a lot deeper and develop them a lot more. 

Canadian History Project: Superman


Here's something I finished yesterday for a class project about Canadian history. I chose Superman because he's great and was also co-created by Canadian-born illustrator Joe Shuster!

I was inspired by 2 things:

1. This commercial they used to play all the time when I was a kid
2. I didn't want to draw something boring

It's a play on this early ultra-American Superman cover

Saturday, March 13, 2010

TOMRHODESART.COM is now up!

With the help of my code-wizard friend Dave I've finally gotten my new website up and finished! Check it out at tomrhodesart.com 

I don't think there's anything on there that hasn't been uploaded here first. It's really just a simple, official portfolio where I'll upload finished works and whatever sketches embarrass me the least. Sometime I'll be able to send to potential employers. The blog is gonna stay active, though. I'm going to upload sketches and updates and other less-finished works here (as well as the finished stuff)

Oh yeah, and more work and sketches coming soon!