Apr 11, 2008

Right on time!

Look at that! Here I am, not one week from my last point --completely within my allotted weekly timeslot for which to post--and we've got new stuff! That's awesome. Three new things. Totally rad, really.

Things have been going pretty well. I went to the Big Huge Games open house last night, which was neat. Even though I don't think I really want to work in the videogames industry, it was interesting to go and see how they work and all that. It seemed like a lot of fun, and I'm not going to outright rule out the profession as a whole. They had Fresca! Come on. Two kinds of Fresca and a pool table and a shower in the bathroom and all kinds of cool stuff.

On a secondary note, I might start doing some comic work as an assistant, which means I'd just be laying in flat colors, but it's a segue, I guess. Money is money is money. I'm going to meet about it today. Should be neat.

Ok, let's do this thing.

This first guy is the realization of one of the sketches in the previous post. This is a piece based on Kappas, from Japanese mythology. I already posted all about them last time, so I don't think I'll go into that any further. Anyway, this was done in Acrylic with some colored pencil, which looks like it's going to be my default way of working from now on. I guess this is about 8" x 18" or some such.

I'm ok with how it turned out. It's nothing special, really, but it's kind of pretty. I'd probably put around another hour or so into the fine details on this one if I had the time.

This next one is the realization of my Macbeth poster that I did for Sam Weber's last assignment in Fashion Illustration. This was a really fun assignment, and it's kind of a bummer that Sam only got five weeks to teach. He had some really interesting things to say. Also, his watercolor originals are brutal, even before he puts the final sheen on them digitally.

Well, this was also done in Acrylic with colored pencil. I know that his crown gets a little lost, but that's something I'm planning on adjusting at a later point. I'm happy with how it turned out. I think this is 9" x 14", which is pretty much my standard size for paintings.

I love Macbeth. I love Shakespeare in general. I don't have all that much to say about this poster.

This last piece was done for a short poem about a kid who was brought up poorly and clings to the tail of the Beast of the Apocalypse as it destroys the planet. It was a pretty neat little poem by Charles Simic. Here's the poem in it's entirety:

He held the Beast of the Apocalypse by its tail, the stupid kid! Oh beards on fire, our doom appeared sealed. The buildings were tottering; the computer screens were as dark as our grandmother's cupboards. We were too frightened to plead. Another century gone to hell - and for what? Just because some people don't know how to bring their children up!

Pretty cool stuff. So, this was done in Acrylic and colored digitally, which was a new thing for me. I liked it well enough. It certainly saved some time. I'll probably try it out in the future for stuff.

I have a couple of things to resolve before I can call this done. Specifically, the lower part of the tail needs some more definition and a little bit more of a highlight so it doesn't get lost when it all gets shrunk down.

So what's in line for next week? Well, I'm planning on doing a piece or two for my Concepts assignment, which is to apply a mythological creature to a modern societal problem. I've got a few good sketches, and at least two that I'm planning on taking to final. So there.

Shut up!


  1. your acrylic is turning out great

  2. awww dinosaur.... you caught me, but i do love that white queen by bruce timm. so hot

    anyways, i just wanted to let you know how much i hate you and that your kappa painting is just pure magic. ... ill see you around!

  3. nice. I like the Minotaur piece a lot.

  4. sam bosma there are so many words! other than that though, i love the kappa piece you claim is "ok". we share a love of azn things.