Saturday, February 4, 2012

Ready at Dawn here I come!

So I worked on that mmo for a long time, the one called Wildstar I mentioned in an earlier post.  I learned a lot from working there but I was not happy with how things were.  When I started it was pretty awesome as a first job and lots of things were super amazing but towards the end it had changed so much I couldn’t really enjoy the small things anymore.  I was becoming very burnt out on dealing with everything.  It just wasn't a culture for me and wasn't the game for me.  After all I don't play traditional mmo's anyways.  I don't see the appeal to them as games.  Not to say they are bad games, just preference in the end.  I still think the game looks awesome and Cory Loftis's style is so amazing that it deserves its own big budget movie and I bet in like 6 years from now we'll see one too. But as for places I could be going to I couldn't be happier.  It was a bit of a surprise to me but some of the best news I’ve had in a long time, a really long time.  I worked really hard and didn’t give up. I learned a ton just taking a test and when I finally had my interview I was nervous and very excited to see anything I could.  You can soak up so much information from people around you, I just wanted to talk and ask so many questions but I tried to hold myself back a bit.  I’m extremely impressed with what I saw and can't wait to do whatever I can to contribute to it.  I am working as a "Design Technical Artist".  I love that my title has both “design” and “artist” in its name, my two passions in one title.  I really do feel this is a good place for me to learn, grow, and help out.  I have a lot of respect for the people there and always have.  I feel really nervous and lucky to get the chance to finally work with these people.  So wish me luck in my new endeavors!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

working on a pedestal for some art

Art always looks better looking like a toy, like on a pedestal.  so here is a pedestal i'm doing for some art.  not sure how i'll texture it but i'm doing some League of Legends inspired work.  yeah i play that game now...

Friday, January 13, 2012

I feel like I should mention this...

so for about 3 years I worked passionately on this game called Wildstar by carbine studios.  I was an artist as well as a designer there.  I added a lot of assets to the game, even some game features, as well as a couple of tools.  there are a lot of talented people there and it's an amazing looking game.  Not a fan of that type of mmo myself but if it's your cup of tea feel free to check it out.

if you'd like to see what it looks like, here is the site.

(this is an awesome picture from the concept guys showing off the style.)

the style of art is after cory loftis's work.  the guy is amazing and one of the most talented people i've ever met.  he can show you how to paint something in 5 minutes that would take you 5 months to learn.  he works at disney now working on motion pictures so congrats to him for scoring a dream job.  if you'd like to check out his personal work head on over to his blog.  I highly suggest you do.

I have some of my work backed up from working on wildstar but I don't think I can post it online so if you want to see it you'd probably have to ask me :/
update to the hair. this is working a lot better so far than the old way.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


just real quick i need to explain that i am working on art and design still.  so the twins have been worked on since i last posted but i just want to finish them up more.  i've been super busy with moving, finding work, tests, sick dogs, etc...  but i will get on top of things, hopefully soon.

Be my penguin?

Well there aren't words to describe how i feel right now.  but i remade this last frame of a comic for someone special hoping that somehow it makes an impact on them.  it's a comic that always reminded me of her and i wanted to do something special for it one day and i wanted to wait for the right time.  although not sure if this was my opportune moment though.  now it might all be too late but whatever i'm just rambling and this is an art blog so lets talk art.

i have no traditional art here so i had to call in a lot of favors super late at night looking for whatever i could get my hands on.  i had some water colors, black spray paint, drawing paper, colored prismas, and some tape.  so i wanted to try and reproduce the last frame of this comic.

i thought first of using water color for the colors and stenciling out the black areas for the spray paint.  so i did a quick grid drawing and cut out the stencils.  then traced a second one to paint and well... the paper didn't take to kindly to water color.

so it was so crinkled up i couldn't lay it flat.  meaning there is no way the stencils would even work.  did i mention i didn't even have a paint brush?  well i had one that was for painting houses but that made things a little difficult...  so i said screw it i'm going to take my chances and just spray paint a page and hope for the best.

this was the first attempt and i didn't have any glue or anything else so i just taped down what i could and laid flat the other pieces.  it actually worked out better than i thought and those misty areas where the paper wasn't perfectly flat i actually liked.  kind of a happy accident.  although what is not a happy accident is i forgot the girls mouth on the right...  so i had to cut a page just for the mouth.

so that big page with the hole in it is the page for the mouth.  you can see the black pieces on the cardboard that i used for the stenciling and the white cutout from remnants of the stencil.

that's it cut out with her mouth there, and look! there is a yellow spot from paint i spilled... i need more room to work.  after all of this i just started coloring and well... pretty self explanatory

the paint made it difficult to color but i still did the best i could.  i hope she likes it and i hope that she remembers it. it was like 4 years ago after all. 

Oh well, i guess i should say Merry Christmas everyone.  i hope everyone is happy.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

been awhile but i am working...

so it's been awhile, i needed a new computer, i needed a wacom, i had to work late, and lots of other drama involving my life but that's no excuse to stop working.

so here is the latest WIP. there is still a lot to do...