Recent Posts

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sketch Exploration 5- Andrew R. Wright

Sketch Exploration 11- Edward Kinsella

Rides Magazine- Tin Salamunic

Hello Everyone. This is for the new issue of RIDES Magazine. Full Page illustration for the CARtoon! section of the publication: Car personifications of the Mazda Mellenia Falcon and Rolls Royce Phantom Menace.


KPHAT Productions- Peter Wonsowski

KPhat Productions contacted me to do some illustrations for their independent comedy, Living Will, to be used in their marketing. The film stars MTV & CKY's Ryan Dunn, and the trailer for this film, along with my art, can be found !

And coming soon to a theatre near you...

(click to enlarge if you dare!)

...from the awesome minds of Kphat Productions!

Star Wars 30th Anniversary Card Set- Doug Cowan

Below are some of my card drawings for Topps' The Empire Strikes Back 30th Anniversary card set. Each drawing roughly measures 2.5 x 4.5 inches.


Friday, July 2, 2010

Runner's World- Tin Salamunic

This is for the current issue of Runner's World Magazine. Out in Stores Now! It is part of a series called 'The Warmup' in which each issue focuses on different areas that runners need to keep in mind for their careers. Earlier editions focused on things such as traveling, breaking bad habits, prerun routines, and the flu/cold seasons.

Below are some of the sketches I originally submitted. The first sample was chosen, yet the sketch needed to be flipped and I was asked to add a few trophies in the guy up front and have the guy in the back trying to catch up to him.
The focus was on 'the competition' part, so I was encouraged to use dramatic angles. My color palette on the first sketch was inspired by the colors that were originally used in the design of the page layout.

I also had to change the clothing of the runners for the final illustration. The sleeveless shirts did not make the characters look like official runners, but more like army guys running through the mud! :)

The background shape also needed to be reduced as it was absorbing the figures waaaay to much within the layout of the page. When shooting the reference, I placed the camera on the floor and shot the reference in three different sections. Two images where I was trying to get my legs properly positioned (my upper body held on to two chairs on the sides so I could swing myself in the air in order to get the running motions with my feet), while the other image was shot only focusing on my upper body. The same process was used for each figure. I eventually paste all of my references together in photoshop. prior to moving on to the final.

The last two sketches had very different color palettes and varied greatly in perspective, one being more cartoony and dramatic, while the last one was more straight forward with more natural coloring.


Paranormal Romance for Scott Brundage

Not all holidays are endorsed by Hallmark. When it comes to tweens and, from what I can tell, moms, a new Twilight Saga movie premiere is bigger than Christmas, Hannukah and the 3rd coming of Jebus combined. So I did my part to commemorate it.

I looked up the imagery associated with the movies and got 99% steamy gazes and emo angst with dramatic lighting and stormy backgrounds. Why not throw a couple other classic paranormal romantics into the same ridiculous posing and lighting?

The pose and lighting were the most important to get down correctly. I stuck to one photo mainly, with one or two others to help with the overly shadowy parts.

From here, I just needed to find appropriate characters to switch in then light them the same way. I settled on the Munsters and Micheal Jackson's Thriller couple. The trickiest part was getting their likenesses in lighting they didn't pose in. Netflix screencaps help a lot for this.

Add some paint, and align everything in photoshop and we are all set.

You can see the animated version on here, where it is helping usher in their Paranormal Romance month.


Andrew WK Bobblehead- Peter Wonsowski

my good friend Clint at Aggronautix has been paying tribute and causing mayhem with his Throbblehead collectibles, and recently i got to work on the Andrew WK Throbblehead, on sale now on his tour and through Aggronautix! check out an article about it HERE on Limewire (with my illustration)! Andrew is a super sweet dude, was stoked with the work everyone did, and even signs his e-mails "love Andrew".

i even get my sketch on the packaging, with an artist credit, Thanks Clint & Andrew!


Star Wars Lithograph: Doug Cowan

"... The idea of a bounty hunter means someone who will never give up. Also, a bounty hunter has lots of experience. When you think of a bounty hunter you don't think of someone starting out in the business. That's why we made him look like he had been through hell."
-Irvin Kershner

Currently featured on the homepage, this artwork will be sold as a limited-edition lithograph at Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, from August 12-15. I'll post the process and final print details once they've been finalized.

The image shows bounty hunter Boba Fett and his ship, Slave I , shortly before the events of The Empire Strikes Back. He's tracked a fugitive to the desolate Outer Rim - essentially the ends of the Earth - and like the bounty hunters of the Wild West, he is looking to bring them in "dead or alive."

Although I was only able to select a single concept for the Star Wars Celebration V approval process, I did many preliminary sketches exploring potential themes. Some of the more colorful ones are shown below:
The following sketch and study led to the final Boba Fett artwork.