Thursday, December 27, 2012

Super Zero

 This was my other other other final project this semester - to create a story; design a hero, love interest, sidekick, and villain; and have 2 concept sketches for the environments. It's called


Nonstopolis is a bustling city of skyscrapers, international trade, and a hotspot for rising talent. Phil Zipperman (or “Zero” to his friends) just spent his last couple of bucks on a plane ticket out of his parents’ home in Stumpville, Iowa to try and make it as a stand-up comedian in the big city. Zero soon gets a day job as a bank clerk and at night he tries out his act at the city clubs. Eventually, he meets a cute photojournalist named Stacey who works for the city newspaper and they start dating.

Life seems good, except that Nonstopolis turns out to be frequented by supernatural disasters and acts of super-villain terrorism, particularly from a group known as the Renegade United Masters of Peril and their leader “Dr. Mandroid”. Defending Nonstopolis from these threats is a costumed hero known as Captain Omega who always manages to triumph over the forces of evil, often at the expense of further destruction to the city, but always to the delight and relief of its citizens.

Zero soon finds himself caught in the constant crossfire between Captain Omega and every occurring disaster in the city. Every catastrophe seems to happen right wherever Zero goes. To make things more aggravating, Zero discovers his girlfriend is the one who shines the “Omega Beacon” in the sky – the token signal that calls Captain Omega whenever there is danger. When Zero finally gets the chance to talk to Omega, he learns that the hero is ignorant of any aspects of normalcy – he has no secret identity, no social skills, and no life outside of being a superhero.

Between juggling his job, his dreams, his girlfriend, their physical safety, and teaching a superhero the facts of life, Zero responds to his new life with a cynical outlook on how the population has managed to survive, how villains always end up losing, and how the existence of a comic book-esque metropolis is so self-contradictory and unrealistic.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Horned King

The HK is a badA warlord from the Prydain books. This is the fourth and final character I designed for my final project.

Here are all the characters together in height ratio:

***Also, I made a page for my Caricature side-business on Fixr:
Caricature Artist

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Fflewddur Fflam, a king-turned-bard with a magic lute. The third character I did from the Prydain books for my final.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


That's right - this is my 100th post since I started this blog almost a year ago. To commemorate, I'm slapping the following piece up here for you to see.

And the image viewing experience is not complete without this song that inspired it. Please listen to it while you view the picture. I promise, it will be worth it.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Here's Gurgi again, redone to look less weird, but still weird. Also from the Prydain books and second of 4 characters I had to do color designs for one of my finals

Friday, December 7, 2012


From the Prydain books. First of 4 characters I had to do color designs for one of my finals

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

And another sneak preview for something I'm cooking up while I'm still cooking up that last one. Would you believe they're about the same thing? Well, they're not.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Here's a sneak preview of what I'm cooking up this weekend:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ty Carter Contest

Err'body, Ty Carter is holding a contest on his blog, check it out here. He's a pretty sick artist and recent graduate from BYU.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Medusa still in progress

At the beginning of the semester, I started working on this and then got distracted and never finished it. So here's how far it's gotten, since I may not ever get around to finishing it all the way...


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My Thanksgiving Masterpieces

Stop. I know what you're thinking. "Masterpiece?"
I know. I know.
"Masterpiece" is an understatement.

I have returned to my roots and spent a good portion of this week exploring the instinctive tendencies hidden within my psyche. I have sought inspiration from the great masters - Caravaggio, Titian, Mondrian, Manson - to evoke my inner artist and awaken the creative within. I present to you my two latest and greatest works, a two-part diptych entitled: Et tu, Teurkeys?

Note the raw use of line and color - the distinctive expression of the vibrancy in detial, used violently to represent raw repression. I especially am proud of the raw symolism in creating a raw sense of vitality and physical majesty mixed with raw emotional undertones. Also, there is alot of blood.

"A clear presence, and an even clearer message. A delight for all ages," - New York Times reporter Samuel Patkins

"Not since Pollock's infatuation with crystal meth has there been this much chemistry in a work of art. Stunning!" - Life Magazine

"When I saw the first half, I asked, 'Hey, where's the cream filling?' and when I saw the second, I said, 'There it is. There it is," - Ted Turner

"I am seldom moved to tears, but when I saw Teurkeys... I haven't cried that hard since my son died of cancer," - Bill Burton

"Move over Warhol, you big dumb slut. There's a new artist in town," - a famous art critic.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Detail from a book cover I did - it's definitely my favorite part. The author made me change the eyes to red for the final version though.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


I love The Godfather, and as far as classic cinema goes, you can't beat it. It's devoid of all the flash and glitter special effects that fake-ify every other movie nowadays and feels both real and larger than life. Don Vito Corleone is one of my favorite characters period, and after watching the movie recently, I thought I'd do a Mike Mignola-style tribute to him.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Beauty and the Beast

Remember a couple weeks ago when I asked for some advice about the direction of a piece? Well this is how it turned out.

Friday, November 9, 2012

New Orangutan

Here's the finished Orangutan! My favorite suggestion was the lipstick so here you go:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Orangutan Contest

Contest time! Here's the challenge:
I turned this orangutan character in for a class assignment and my teacher says need to put something in his hand, something that will make him look like he just got caught doing something funny.

So what do I put in his hand? Leave a comment with a suggestion - the funniest one will get drawn into the picture!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Aaaall the pretty ghosts on a Saturday night

 Halloween is finally over and I feel like I didn't even get to enjoy it that much this year... But anyway, here's my sketch dump from the 2012 Halloween season. We'll see you next year All Hallows Eve

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pig Avengers Process

 This is the process I used to do the last piece of art for Giraffon's Pig Avengers game (you can get it in the App store for free). Here it is from start to finish:

Thursday, November 1, 2012


A sorceress-princess character I did for a class. Here are some facial expression studies of her as well: