Thursday, January 29, 2009


Just a quick one during lunch...


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

pew pew pew

A few concept sketches for "science" guns...

Conceptual art can be great fun or just plain frustrating depending on how you go about it. Too often I find myself getting wrapped up/bogged down gathering research (visual, textual, etc) and I lose sight of the fact that "concept" is supposed to be simple and quick visual brainstorming.

Just go. It's not supposed to be perfect, nor is it going to work right away. It's trying things without your usual filters on, no matter how rough or impractical they may be.

Having said all that, I try to approach most concept work with the following mindset:
as long as you believe it could work, it can.


Saturday, January 24, 2009


Found: a great new painting app to use on my iPod touch called Brushes. (I've talked about the other painting program I've used, NetSketch, here.) So what's all the hullabaloo about?

One of the best things about Brushes is that it supports transparency, so basically it is much more true to mimicking the layering and building of color that occurs when using paint. The best I can describe it is "dynamic finger painting."

Here's a little portrait of Yoda I did to show how the transparency and layering can really help you build shapes and textures. It's also very intuitive if you use more of an add/subtract method of painting, much like using an eraser on a charcoal drawing to create highlights. 

The app features your standard tools: a color picker with sliders for tint and transparency... eyedropper tool and zoom in/out capabilities....

...three different styles/textures of brushes with variable size sliders...

... and a multiple "undo" feature, of course. *guilty look*

So that's Brushes in a virtual blog-based nutshell. Bottom line: great features, nice little interface, and gosh-darn it, it's fun. 


Thursday, January 22, 2009


Do you sometimes get the urge to draw Batgirl in meetings?

OMG. So do I. Let's get married.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

new year

So hey, it's 2009 now. 

I took a bit of a blogging hiatus over the holidays, but now that I've had time to properly survey the damage, clean up the bottles, and find my other shoe, I can safely say it's about time I started showing this blog some proper love again. And much like those tv infomercials you find yourself unable to turn away from despite it being 2am and needing to pee like a racehorse, there's more... There will be some bonus features popping up in the coming posts. I'm not even going to make you work for them. Because I'm just that nice.

Watch as I make things move before your very eyes! I'm learning Flash amongst other things, so I'll try to post some of these experiments with the sole purpose of making myself laugh.

With the help of friends, the internet, and the metal plate in my head, I've found and been exposed to some great little programs, devices, and apps that are great tools for creatively goofing off. My technology: let me show you it.

There's been some interest in how I go about making the stuff on this blog. I don't claim to know what I'm doing. Let's just get that out of the way right off. However, I'll gladly share my processes and experimentations as best I can with in-progress pics and completely-made-up-techniques-with-cool-sounding-but-blatantly-fake-names.

Sometimes I buy things that make me geek out (rapid speech, dilated pupils, strange sounds, and small dance movements). It could be a book, a game, a movie, or some music that sets me off creatively. And... if I think it's cool, shouldn't you too?

Links and things, silly stuff...that kind of thing. Like this or maybe even this.

So that's that. Let's go have some fun.