Thursday, December 30, 2010

yeti yoyo

A hint of things to come...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Owl sketch in photoshop, just playing around with shapes.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

baboon 2: the coloring

He looks untrustworthy to me.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


These are what my drawings look like before I clean them up/apply color. Filthy!

Sometimes I'll flip through my reference books and pick an animal to draw, as an exercise in playing with shape and style. Stay tuned for color on this little guy!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Here's an illustration I just finished for my office's holiday party invitation.

I actually had fun working on this, and think it turned out ok (talk to me in a week). Since there weren't any real restrictions on this, I figured it might be a good opportunity to play around and experiment. I've been wanting to test out using textures, so I started slow with a stock paper texture. It really added a neat effect to the overall image once I was done with the final drawing. I think as long as you don't overplay/rely too much on textures, they can be a great tool. Maybe I'll try my hand at creating some custom textures in photoshop some time.

A little color comp to figure out placement and silhouette. I wasn't sure of the hues at this point so it looks like the rooster is either underwater or in a doomsday volcano's ash cloud.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Sketching in Flash..

I'm currently reading J.M. Barrie's unabridged Peter Pan, having realized after doodling this, that I've never actually read the book. Strange, but true. The storytelling voice Barrie uses to address the child listener is full of tangents and stream of consciousness. It's similar to how a kid may tell a story, but with the slyness of knowing what will happen next.

So far, I've learned that the crocodile that hunts Captain Hook is actually female, and that all the pirate dialog is playfully violent. Smee, for instance, has a cutlass named Johnny Corkscrew, so named because he likes to twist it in a victim's guts after he's stabbed them. Delightful.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Epic Win

A little shaman/witchdoctor guy inspired by EpicWin.

So what have I been getting a kick out of lately?
This great little app called EpicWin, which combines To Do list/task management with the fun and ridiculousness of a fantasy RPG. Right up my alley. I've always been a checklist gal, and garner a good amount of satisfaction from crossing things off lists in the name of productivity. With EpicWin, it's just that, but with added, gorgeously designed incentive. The graphics for the app are a treat to behold, and the interface slick and easy to use. When you complete tasks, you earn gold, and eventually discover loot. All things befitting of a warrior gone a-questing. The loot you can earn is hilarious and offbeat, from "Helmet of Questionable Appeal" to "Flask of Soured Cat's Milk".

The team that put this little gem together started up a development blog for user input and newly added features, as the app continues to grow. Give the app a try, your chores will never be the same again.

You start out choosing one of the five characters to battle your way through quests (i.e. laundry, take out the trash, call your mom for heaven's sake). Behold, my little shambling undead minion, Knuckleduster.

An example of the loot you earn from completed quests. Tasty.

I can't wait to go home and do my laundry.

Friday, September 17, 2010

peter pan & pirates

Warmup sketch that turned into a mischievous Peter Pan concept. Might play around with this more...

The other day I discovered something I have been waiting for for a long, long time. A classic Lucasarts game has been made available as an app for the iPhone/iPod. I have a lasting love for the games that Lucasarts put out in the early 90s, in the days before it was all Star Wars all the time. The games were witty, interactive, fun, and had a consistently high level of quality poured into them. The games took a bit of inventiveness to figure them out, but there was freedom to try anything and players weren't restricted to an exact order of doing things either.The graphics and environment art always had a twisted charm, whether it was Route 66, a pirate shantytown, a roadside convenience store, or another planet (I remember desperately wanting to work for the company :D).

If you missed out on these games you can get a good refresher here.

Splash screen for Monkey Island 2. The image alone sells it.

The control options work well on the small screen, aside from the occasional blind tapping. The background art gets a crisp update for the app, but remains true to it's roots. The tombstone reads: "Marco Largo LeGrande, hell on sea or sand. The good news, he's dead. The bad news, he bred."

Ah, the good ol' inventory. Where you can construct sentences like: "Use wood polish on peg leg."

Buy the app now for just .99 cents. It's worth the doubloons.

Monday, September 6, 2010


Hey readers, sorry for the hiatus.

Here are some riffraff doodles I've done in the past week. I'm working on some bigger blog posts to come so stay tuned.

Monday, August 2, 2010


Newsflash: people actually read this thing.

The folks over at ImagineFX magazine featured my blog in their "Events/blogs to follow" section this month. It was quite a surprise to be casually flipping through the latest issue and see my name. Especially in the vicinity of illustrator Scott Campbell and concept artist Paul Richards whose works I both enjoy immensely. Thanks, ImagineFX and to anyone who may have put in a kind word. It rocks my socks.

Friday, July 30, 2010


A few weeks ago I visited the New England Aquarium and managed to fit in a little bit of life drawing before they closed the doors for the day. It's been a while since I've been able to do some good observational sketching so I'm a little rusty, but it's definitely one of my favorite things to do. Also the comments you get from aquarium visitors and tourists are pretty entertaining. I plan on revisiting for some longer sessions in the coming weeks so expect more posts!

Monday, July 12, 2010


I photoshop photography for a cooking company. I also like comics. And drawing on my lunch break.

Friday, July 9, 2010


Sooo... I tried out a brush and inks. And I had a lot of fun!

I tend to get really uptight inking things, and with this guy I did a super rough drawing in pencil and left most of the detail for the brush to determine. Instead of trying to nervously adhere to a tight pencil drawing I was left just making the rest up as I went and getting to play around. It started out as a yeti and and sort of ended up a yeti/djinn/demon thing. Hope you like it!

Friday, June 25, 2010

red panda

It's catch up week here at the blog, so here's a drawing I did for a friend's birthday recently.

I think I'll petition to put him in the TMNT 'verse.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Presto bloggo!

Friday, June 4, 2010

gorilla grodd

A quickie of Gorilla Grodd... or just an excuse to draw a gorilla.

To my buddies going to Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC this weekend, have fun and knock 'em dead!

Friday, May 28, 2010

venetia toco

A pinup done for my friends Christian Sager's and Andrew Sides' marine fantasy webcomic Border Crossings! You'd be wise to check it out.

I've had the pleasure of seeing this comic evolve into the whizbang adventure it is today, and I really enjoy the world-building and characters it has to offer. Here's Venetia and her badass dreadlocks battling a thresher shark.

Friday, May 21, 2010

right hand of doom

Just a quick one this week, folks. More next time!

Everyone's favorite beast of the apocalypse, Hellboy.

Friday, May 14, 2010


My little tribute to the late artist Frank Frazetta, who passed away this week.

His work helped introduce to me the worlds of fantasy and scifi when I was young and boy am I glad of it. He was a master of his craft, and will be missed.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Little sketch from this morning while I was waiting for my coffee to brew...

Friday, April 30, 2010


Cornelius from Planet of the Apes.

Another of my favorite movies growing up. It blew my 8 year old mind inside out and I loved the special effects makeup.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Care to play a few rounds of Marvel vs. Capcom 2, sugar?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

taco night

A little something I sketched up during lunch today. Musta been hungry...

Friday, April 16, 2010

no eyes

Hey remember these guys?

I'm about 3/4 of the way through coloring them, but figured I'd post an in-progress pic.

Monday, April 5, 2010

black canary redux

Hey ohhh. My entry for Project Rooftop’s Black Canary re-design. Regardless of outcome, I definitely aim to enter future contests for practice. I hope they do a villain one sometime because I would be all over that.

To be fair, my only familiarity with this character is from the Justice League cartoons I marathon binge from time to time while I’m drawing, so I started there. Black Canary has this great tough looking silhouette that goes hand in hand with her bare-fisted, no holds barred fighting style. The general elements of her costume consist of a black half jacket, tunic, and fishnets. I love strong broad shoulders in female superheroes, and Canary’s half jacket is a great feature for framing/emphasizing that. The short cut of the tunic has a nice hourglass shape and also puts the focus on those gams of hers.

For my swing at this, I went for something that might be worn in a wresting match/ring as Black Canary is more of a practical fighter. It’s also a nod to her mentorship by boxing great, Wildcat. The design might be too conservative overall... oh well. One noticeable thing about Black Canary’s costume is that it lacks any real connection to, well… “canary-ness.” I don’t really have a problem with it since I don’t see her as the type of superhero to sport a big brazen logo/emblem. I think it would just seem like commercial advertising or Nascar. I gave her a semi-cape-let for her shoulders that mimics feather shapes, and also on the bottom of the tunic. I was never a fan of the black fishnets (how 80's!), but I did want to incorporate tights or hose (no giggling, now) into the design somehow. The tights fade into a pair of boxing boots with free access to the laces. You want those boots snug when fighting baddies. Lastly, I stuck to her black/blue color palette for the most part but put in a smidge of yellow on the shoulders, inspired by red-winged black birds. So there you have it, I laid out all of that horrible nerdery in plain sight. I warned you.

Friday, March 26, 2010

black canary

Would you look at those gams! *wolf whistle*

My entry-in-progress for Project Rooftop's latest competition. I played it pretty basic on the overall concept, sticking to the key shape/silhouette of her existing costume, but I have a few more things to add later on to help spice it up. I'm holding off on final colors until I've done a few color comps to test what works, since color can have a lot of sway on rebooting a design. As Tim Gunn would say, "Make it work."

Friday, March 19, 2010


To be fair, I did the sketch for this here kelpie in the midst of a four day rain storm here in New England.
So even though it's unseasonably nice weather now, it was not always so.

As a side note, belated Happy St. Patrick's Day. Be wary of stray little ponies who are also suspiciously wet all the time.