Monday, March 16, 2015

Dinosaur Bones! Part 2

I shot a photo a while back of me working on this piece and showed it off on the blog. And, while I can't show you the final version yet, I can at least show you how the piece is coming along.

The final version is an alternate cover for a friend's book he's doing and, until he actually solicits the issue, I feel better about not letting the cat out of the bag.

But, I didn't think it would hurt too much to show off the background for the cover.

I can't wait to show off the finished piece. Hopefully I can post it soon.

Until then, have a great day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sports Illustrated Kids - March

 This week I've started the newest round of illustrations for Sports Illustrated Kids so I figured it was about time for March's "What's The Call" illustrations!

This month I did pieces for baseball, football, and golf. Here are the scenarios for this month:

Baseball: Louisville Lightning catcher Omar Clayton jumps up to throw out a Jacksonville Sunshine's pinch runner who is attempting to steal second base and makes contact with the home plate umpire. Clayton drops the balls and the runner reaches second base. The Sunshine think their runner is safe, while the Lightning argue he must go back to first base because of umpire interference. You're the official. What's the call?

Football: During a third quarter kickoff, Heyward Hikers Bart Fuller boots the football toward Pasadena Pilots Sal Parrish, who waits for the ball near his own end zone. The ball lands just shy of the Pilots goal line and rolls to a stop at about the four-yard line. Instead of picking up the ball and returning it, Parrish puts one foot on the sideline and fields it. The Pilots look for a flag on the play as they believe the kickoff is out of bounds because Parrish's foot was on the sideline. The Hikers object. You're the referee. Is the ball out of bounds? 

Golf: Lynette Cordoza fails to get her first shot out of the bunker during a golf tournament. In frustration, she takes an extra swing and makes contact with the sand. Her swing doesn't affect the ball, however her opponents say she should be penalized for hitting the sand. You're the official. Does Cardoza incur a penalty for her extra swing?

I learned a few new things myself this month so let me know how you do. These illustrations are in the magazine this month so, if you want the answers, run out and grab yourself a copy!

Have a great day and I'll see you all soon!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Morning Coffee

 Here is another piece I did of Nicole Baylor from OilCan Drive. I didn't do this one for any reason other than I wanted to do it. And sometimes that makes for the best art.

I recently started drinking coffee about a month ago as a substitute for Diet Coke. So far it's gone really well and I didn't realize all the things that drinking soda was doing to me until I stopped. So, I figured maybe someone else in the OCD band might enjoy a morning cup of Joe!

Of course, I don't look nearly as good as Nicole does as I am sipping my coffee but what can you do?

This is the "safe for work" edited version. If you'd like to check out the original piece, in all of its unedited glory, you can see it HERE.

Happy Monday everyone! Drink some coffee to celebrate!

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Here is a piece of Nicole that I did for the newest OilCan Drive book that I've been working on.

Over the last few weeks things have gone slowly on the new book and I honestly don't know if I'll get it done in time for the next Denver Comic Con. But, I'll keep plugging away at it and we'll see what happens.

Even if I don't get it done in time for print by the con, at the very least, I'll be further along with it than I would be if I didn't work on it at all.

That counts as a win, right?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy March!

 Happy March everyone!

I hope you all have a great month and I'll talk to you soon!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ink Wash Lily Monochromatic Painting

 It has been a while since I've touched this piece. In fact, I hadn't touched it since last July! So, I figured, with a little extra time on my hands, that it was about time I fixed that.

I had already done a gray wash on the background of this piece using both brush and the top of one of my ink stoppers to create the "Kirby dots." So this week I tackled the figure and added some gray wash tones to her figure before I lay down a layer of transparent watercolor.

Because I liked the stark grays of this phase I scanned it into the computer and messed around with it a bit in Photoshop. I laid over the original black and white line and added a layer of color over the whole piece. I really like the way it turned into a nice monochromatic painting.

I am tempted to stop here and let the piece stand as is but I know I'd still really like to go back and add some colors onto the piece to see where it will go from here.

Hopefully it won't take me another six months to get to the next phase. I can't make any promises but we'll see how it goes. For now enjoy the piece as it looks and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

OCD 3D Henry Sculpt

Thanks to 3D artist Robert Bowen I now have my very own little sculpture of Henry, the bass playing ape from OilCan Drive.

Using ZBrush and 3DS Max Robert sculpted Henry in the computer while I looked over his shoulder and offered tweaks and suggestions. After a few meetings Henry was done and Robert uploaded the file to Shapeways. A few days later and a little Henry arrived in my mailbox.

There is also a bass guitar sculpt that Robert did and that should show up any day now. It was delayed due to a complication in some of the tuning pegs on the headstock but we've fixed those, resubmitted the file, and the bass is now on it's way to me in the mail.

All I have to do now is build a base structure for Henry and we'll have something new and cool to show off at the next convention we do to promote OilCan Drive.

Thanks go out to Robert for doing such a great job on something I would find almost impossible to do myself. He did a great job and, rumor has it, he'll be working on a Lily sculpt next. With how great Henry looks I can't wait to see how a 3D Lily will look.

Enjoy the sculpt and I'll be sure to post a few more pictures once the bass arrives and we get the base done.

Have a great day. See you all soon!