Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cheeks Wolverine Take 2

About a year ago I started a model based on an awesome Sketch by Sean (cheeks) Galloway. His work has such a style and easy gestural look to it that blows me away. At the time, I was just trying to relearn Zbrush and wasn't too concerned with making a clean model since I didn't think anyone would see it. Like 3/4 of my models I quit before finishing it, always wanting to come back to it. Well, a week ago I got an email from Sean saying he saw it and that was the kick in the ass I needed to get working on it again.
I did a lot of rework to the mesh, mostly edgeflow stuff and cleaning up Tris and N-Gons. I made minor proportion changes and basically rebuilt his shoulder/armpit. I'm still planning on doing some more work - textures mostly. I want to get this"game-ready", maybe even throw him in the game engine at work if I can con an animator into doing some setup.
Anyway, huge thanks to Cheeks for giving me the push I needed.
Your work rocks dude!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

MUA2 Shipped

The latest game I worked on just shipped. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Spent 2 years working on this one, doing environmental art and a bit of cleanup on some characters. We had a really kick ass art team and I'm really proud of the way the game looks.
So buy it!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Kraven... no not "the Hunter"

This is a bit of a cheat, posting an oldish piece - I'll try making up for it soon.
So for a while I've been doing quick drawings from SuicideGirls (don't pretend - you know it) trying to do one a week and spending about an hour or two on them. I'm doing better at updating them than I am this blog. For some reason pretty girls liking my stuff makes me want to keep it up. A while ago I got the urge to go farther on one and decided to paint it. I chose an awesome photo of the beautiful Kraven, and she kindly gave me permission to post it.

At the time I was talking to a friend about how I paint so, I also took screenshots at 15 min intervals. Being able to fix a drawing so easily in PShop is such a cheat, and I love it.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Emo queen

A friend of mine did a drawing of some emo dude, so I just blatantly ripped it off when I got stuck trying to think of something to draw tonight.
God I hate emo-kitties.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

GA ComicCon 09 had it's second ComicCon contest just finish. The deadline was actually extended a week but since I went away that week it didn't help me. I entered both the 2D and 3D ones. It was fun and I recorded the whole process of them, so at some point I'll render the videos and put them up somewhere.

I did Usagi Yojimbo for the 3d, I had to rush this one a lot and am not very happy with it. I didn't have time to do a good rig so this is a terrible hack job. The model actually looks better with just the diffuse on fullbright, nice and cartoony.

And Thor done in the style from Sandman: Season of Mists

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Vacation Sketches

Spent 6 days in Amsterdam for vacation after we wrapped up MUA2 and I took along my sketchbook. Didn't do as much drawing as I hoped, but got more than I expected.

When I got to my hotel I found out I needed to wait a while before checking in, so I walked around for a few hours and got lost. I think this was near the Amstel area.

The next day I ate lunch outside near Centraal Station. It was the largest building I saw in Amsterdam

Ate dinner at Butterfly Thai Cafe, and managed to sketch a few people while they werent looking. Strange place, they were playing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues Videos right behind me the whole time.

Artis Zoo. Haven't Drawn animals from life in about 6 years and it shows.

There was an awesome skeleton of something called Reuzenhert

At the hotel bar after getting drenched in a crazy rainstorm.

Before going into the Rijksmuseum I grabbed lunch, again outside. Drawing people as they walked by was a neat exercise. I only took a second or two glance at them, then tried to sketch them from memory, checking details as they walked closer. An older couple were eating next to me trying not to look obvious while looking over my shoulder.

I tried to do the same thing at Vondelpaark, but this was a failure. Most people were moving too quickly, and wearing the dullest outfits.

These were terrible drawings.

On the plane back I read the Kingmaker/Kingbreaker series (what do you call a trilogy with only two books anyway?) I sketched out a quick design for a cover. I haven't played with book illustrations in years. It was always what I wanted to do with art during school, feel the urge to do some more.

Terrible wolverine sketch done on the plane. I blame turbulance, not the fact that I didn't plan out the drawing at all.

Sitting in DC airport for 7 hours waiting for a connecting flight I wanted to do some more people watching/sketching. But there was a cute girl sitting right across from me and I felt weird looking around with her right there. So I did this while listening to Becoming by NIN

Oh and I got a tattoo while I was there too.