Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Posting some covers...

Some new, many old.

I have been working on a lot of advertising stuff lately, as well as being bombarded with a number of cover jobs sent to me after their due date and being told, "We need this yesterday."

Monday, November 15, 2010


I was cleaning out files and found the characters from Jorge's thesis he sent me a while back.

I haven't animated a quadruped yet, so should be pretty fun.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A quick post...

I just wanted to add a quick post showing a design I did yesterday. I have been doing a lot of promotional pieces and catalog work, and it was nice to get back to something a bit more artistic. The composition of the retail packaging is a bit different, but I really liked my concept's composition better so I thought I would post this one.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A zombie cover...

"This is the most gory book cover we have ever done." -Blackstone Audio

So I got to do a zombie cover... and they actually let me go wild. Covered in damage, this not so happy chap is gracing the cover of our new "Patient Zero" title. I listened to the book after and have to say that I really enjoyed it. There is a 50 minute swat-like team vs. zombie battle and it gets pretty intense. I have a lot more covers, but I have been so busy I have not had too much in the way of time to post.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Finally a fantasy title...

The BG photomanipulation for The River Kings' Road. This is actually the 2nd version I did because after doing the first my boss looked at it and said... "He wears chain mail, not plate."

Ah well, I like this version better. The composition is like that because of the spine and back of the book. I will edit in the full cover later.

I thought I would post this too because this is the first time that I have seen a photo using difference as a layer style that I liked. I was just playing with a photo for Jade.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A work update...

A couple shots of my covers in a catalog. I know... I know. Don't say it.

On this page I did The Devil knows how to ride, The Case of Jennie Brice, and the Golf title. Oh yeah... and Jacob's Room. I have also done the covers for Viper's Tangle and No Good Deed but the ones here are the old ones (not mine). I just finished Viper's Tangle on friday.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010


I haven't posted in a while. Work has kept me pretty busy in a mindless sort of way, although every so often I get some covers that I really enjoy. I have started working in Illustrator and am having fun with it. It can be a really good tool.

As for my life, I have been spending a lot of time getting past some things that I was not strong enough to get over. Time does make pain lessen, and at least it didn't break me this time. A year and a half in and although I doubt I will ever be over it, I think I am almost past it.. so that is nice. It just sucks that I have to take the long way around. Dancing helps. :P I have found that being away from Ringling has made me a much happier person and I am almost completely back to the plucky guy I was before that acursed place.

As for art, I will post some covers that I have done. I just finished my first traditionally painted book cover and it was approved depending on the approval of the author. I will post that if it gets approved. I think later tonight I will be able to post some covers if I can find them. I guess I will go look now.


The flash drive was sitting right in front of me. Smart Dan.

These two are done pretty much completely in illustrator.

Here are some covers done in photoshop, illustrator, indesign and grabbing tons of assets from shutterstock. My relationship with shutterstock is kind of love/hate right now because I am working on a fantasy cover, finished a version and found out that the knight wears chain mail and not plate... so I have to start over and can't find any good shots. Grrr. Arg.

I like the Amusing Ourselves cover... it was fun, but am starting to wonder why I keep getting books about Nazis and the World Wars. :\ The Rinehart book is a mystary. I think I have done about 15 covers this month, but these are my favorites. Support your local libraries. Check 'em out.

EDIT / UPDATE: The Shadow Hunter cover was just approved by the author, so I am able to show it. Took about 5 - 6 hours to paint it, the bear and boy vector is from a sketch while I was brainstorming the cover and I liked it so much I had to add it. I think I would have liked the cover much better if I had time to do the piece in oils (I don't think the clouds are very convincing), but I like how the mountains turned out in the watercolor. A Wreath for Rivera is the first in a series of old murder mystery novels that I am redoing the covers for the library version of the audio books.

I think one of the best parts of working with an audio book company is access to all the audio books that I can listen to... which is quite a lot.

I am taking a hiatus from shooting right now because after this last photoshoot I was in a rush to get back in town and forgot to reclose my gear bag... meaning that when I pulled it out of my car my 5d went flying. Lens is in two pieces, battery grip's catch is broken but the camera looks ok. Could have been a lot worse. I switched back to my non L series lens before heading back because it fits in the gear bag better... saving a $2000 lens and only damaging a $400 one.... so I guess I was lucky. Might as well show some from that shoot. Make it a more complete update.

I will see what I can do about posting some 3d updates too, but I will save that for later.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Happy mother's day...

Here is the card I did for mother's day. Hope you all had a good one.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Quick test..

I am going to try to embed a turnaround from Vimeo... bear with me.

***EDIT: DELETED VIDEO. It was too wide and overlapped the text on the right.***

Cool. Looks like it is working, but is way to wide. I might have to render out a separate blog-friendly version from now on. I am still dealing with problems with flickering in the lights and I need to add more edge loops to retain the hard detail for RfM, but I think it is looking better than it was.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What now?

So apparently I have taken to singing in my sleep.






EDIT: Well, I guess while I am here I should show what I am working on now... It is strange. This is the first character I have ever modeled from the feet up. I have an idea in my head for an imp character that I need in a photomanip/painting I am working on... and I since I needed to modify one of the feet I made a while back that is where I started. The rest of the character is just being continually extruded from the top.

I am not sure if I am going to work this way again, but it was fun to get lost in. The shapes are in the blocking stage, and I will be refining the edge loops quite a bit so they look pretty. I am just working on proportion of the major shapes right now.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

... Oh yeah...

I forgot about dusting off the files. I got an idea for a self portrait and wanted to try it out. I created the zbrush model in about a half hour, then brought it into photoshop for the rest (another 5 hours). I like this method of concepting and I think I will be doing it again in the near future.

I would love critiques about what people think could make it better/more believable... but until I get some, I am going to leave it as it stands and call it done.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I have so much work that I could be posting :\

I looked through an old hard drive and found some files that I was playing with during school that got lost in the madness that was thesis. I am dusting them off and will be posting them over the next little while. Here is a gun and a shot of the image I worked it from.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Back to Chibi...

A bit of progress shows Chibi Juggs closer to animation stage. I am almost ready to do normal map texture, but I still need to offset the eye holes in the mask for asymmetry. I am going to be dropping a quick rig in him to see where I need to fix things in the model first though. I also want to redo the eyes so the pupils are more to the scale of the painting.

EDIT: So I got the asymmetry in the mask and think that he is pretty much done. A little cleanup and a quick work on the UVs and I am going to stick a rig in the bad boy for some tests. Then off he goes in to Zbrush. I am going to look at the painting again, but I think the pec plates might be a little small.

EDIT EDIT: Helmet is in Zbrush and I starting to add damage and sharpen the forms. I am going to just keep overwriting this image for new details. Man, it has been so long since I have listened to the Manhattan Transfer. Fun fun!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New sculpt...

So I am having fun with Zbrush and have moved onto another model. I just did a base mesh in Maya, and am about to import it. I will update progress in this post. :\

EDIT: A bit of progress. Flat material, a bit of noise to get the look of stone and some sculpting of the model. I need to add eyes, a bit of detail in the wings and paint it, but I think it is close to being done. Oh yeah, this is intended as a still sculpture for 3d toy printing and is not going to be rigged for animation. That is why he is sitting in pose.

So I needed to tweak some things. The wings needed to be bigger and I wanted some more fat over the back feet, but I think this is working better than the last one. I found a new brush that works really well called "Damian Standard" which gets some nice sharpness to the lines. I am not sure if I like his eyes right now, but I will talk to the original artist before tweaking it again. I added a toy material to it so the detail could be better seen.


So I think this is a far as I will go with this one. For my first Zbrush model, it is nothing special, but I think it will work for my idea. Time to get it back into Maya for a stone texture and some dynamic fluid goodness.

... and yes... it does kinda look like a happy cow.

EDIT: So after spending 15-20 min painting a base noise texture on the model, I noticed a tutorial on Pixologic's site called "Noise". So apparently there is a noise feature built in... that you can layer... nice. :)

Oh yeah, I am also adding a screencap of the scene I am going to be testing fluids in. The gargoyles in it currently are going to be non renderable objects for more accurate fluid dynamics. I am deciding between modeling a background or just making a matte painting.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

So... here is the plan...

I am still going to work Chibi Juggs in Mudbox, but I also wanted to learn Zbrush... so I decided to start getting comfortable in the program. I have also wanted to learn more about fluids, so I decided to make a gargoyle scene in Maya, bring it into Zbrush for detailing, then bring it back into Maya to add water.

Here is the model that I am working on right now. It is based on a gargoyle found on the Notre dame cathedral.

Here is the Maya base mesh.

It is kinda tough because moving around inside Zbrush is completely different than in Maya, but the longer I work in it the easier it is getting. This reminds me of teaching myself Photoshop 15 years ago. I feel so awkward. :\

Monday, March 15, 2010

Misc. WIP...

I saw this character on and really wanted to see how he would move, so I started modeling him in. I am close to done with the blocking and need to work it a bit more before I take it into Mudbox for the details.

I really need to add the cape loops and start working the helmet, but I think he is going to be a hoot to animate.

Friday, March 12, 2010

And now for something completely different...

A shot of Evan with his guitar. I retouched it in an attempt to make it look like it was taken in the 70s with a film camera.

And... here are some animals.

Well, Here are some of the pictures from the zoo. I am going to try to start uploading work to this site at least every week.

"So there, bleh."

I really liked the situation in this one, but I am not too fond of the composition. It is two koalas snuggling in the wind. I call it the koalaball.

This is my favorite of all of the shots from the day. It looks like a cub, but it a full grown snow leopard.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Oh yeah,

I also brought with me my sketchbook (of course) and drew a giraffe and a chimp when sitting and taking a break from shooting.

AFK... Finally!

I haven't been out to the stables yet, so I have no new horse sketches... but since I have been rather depressed the past few... months... I decided to go to the zoo. I have some fun new pictures, so I decided to post a bunch here.

This here is a preview. :) Loads of adorable animals, and although it was too fast for me to catch on camera (as well as rather shy) I found out I have a new favorite animal called the serval. Complete awesomeness. I might go back and see if I can catch him when he is not so rowdy. In the meantime, here is a snow leopard.

As I warned... a little bit of adorable going on here. There was also a hippo playing with a ball, and I was amazed at the sheer size and power that it had moving through the water. Look for more images over the next few days.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

:) Blue

So one of the models on MM has an Arabian horse named Blue, and she is letting me come and sketch it. Awesome horse... and she trained it herself. It can rear up, and has a crazy bow. I am heading back out on Sunday so I hope to have a lot more horse sketches coming up.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Got my artstuffs out of storage, and am starting concepting again...

So Tony got a new mount on Saturday. Yes, it is a Rhino/Polar Bear. This is an initial concept for the head. More to come.