Saturday, November 22, 2014


Like I said, plenty more where the previous came from.

Athena's Owl - sketches

Several unfinished Cintiq studies of "Athena" and her owl. Several more besides these in the works, along with a grip of other illustrations that need tying down.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Beta Euthynus 5, plus sketches

Tone studies are killing me. Should have probably picked an easier environment to render other than the bridge of a spaceship. Part of the reason I'm doing these is to get the mind geared towards thinking about the lighting and environment when coming up with a composition; that and to try to vary from shot to shot the amount of space and distance being used. In short, to get away from close- and medium- and to feel comfortable with long-angle shots to convey the mood and acting. The challenge of having a somewhat detailed environment (which includes lighting) is to not shortchange it and to see it through to the end. Tends to make the work bottom heavy, since rendering the background's probably the last thing I get to before the tone work.

...Some sketches of our character during Happy Hour:

Sunday, November 02, 2014


Halloween ended up being rained out this year around these parts. Though a massive letdown for kids, hooligans, and hipsters alike, suited me just fine - the more atmosphere any day, the better. Anyhow, threw a quick color pass over this just to see if the tones were working out alright. That, and the fact that I don't have an actual color scheme for these characters and didn't want to bother with it.
(The initial tone pass. Had to adjust the overall opacity and lighten the tone slightly once the color was laid down. It pays to keep any tone layers (as well as color, linework, etc.) in their own separate Folders in Photoshop. Simplifies the task of making universal adjustments when needed.)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Beta Euthynus 4

Bit more comic panel approach to sell the idea of passage of time.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Beta Euthynus 3, plus sketches

Next installment. This suffered a few retakes, namely the girl's face and the gorgonopsid's general line of action in the chair. Redid the latter as a reverse S shape, which made it a little more pleasing to... well, my eye.

Some sketch pages from several months ago:
Literally the last page in the sketchbook.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beta Euthynus 2

Second page. Plenty of layers that were toyed with and thrown away in the making of these illustrations.

Beta Euthynus 1

Part of a series of cleaned and toned vignettes during the Halloween season. More to come. (The backlog of illustrations needing color is adding up.)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Color and Tone Studies

(Am finding whenever I do color pieces, any sort of dreams I have afterwards are way more involved and detailed, almost to the point of exhaustion whenever I wake up. Was it Picasso or Van Gogh that was said to have suffered from epilepsy, which in turn is speculated to have contributed to their unusual color palettes and shape choices. If that's an accurate portrayal, I can see the merit in the concept. And how disturbingly prescient Zamyatin was in We.)

Some color and tone studies from these past few weeks. First one's from a story that's been rattling around for awhile; second and third are more Halloween themed that I'll probably color over the next few weeks. Am sure I'll spot mistakes in the meantime, but I partially blame the Hitachino Nest for uninhibiting enough me to post these.

("...uninhibiting enough me..." No occifer, I'm not drunk.)