Monday, February 24, 2014

Sketches for my Show

I need your help: here are some sketches for characters I've been working on for my BFA show. I want your reactions to them - leave a comment, send me a message, email me, etc. about 2 things:

1. What costumes, designs, hair, any details that you like or don't like (ie what is appealing?)
2. What you think works with the context that I've written on each character, and/or any suggestions you might have to better fit that context

Here's the context for these:
The characters are reboot designs of an old fantasy video game called "Secret of Mana." Here's the original game art (and yeah, that's pretty much all of it). I wanted to redesign the characters in a science-fiction setting but still keep some of the fantasy feel to it. The 3 main characters are a boy, a girl, and a "sprite" child; here are there descriptions from the SNES game that I want to visualize

Boy: All physical ability, no magic, specializes with the sword. In the game, he comes from a small village, is somewhat timid and unsure of himself, and doesn't say much. He's resistant to his adventure at first but eventually accepts it, more out of a sense of duty than anything else.

Girl: Some physical ability, uses healing/defensive magic, specializes in martial-arts combat. She's the daughter of a nobleman in a large kingdom and is very talkative, but she's also hot-tempered and often lashes out recklessly.

Sprite: Low physical ability, uses offensive magic constantly. The comic-relief character who is somewhat unaware of emotional tension around him. Has an untamed, wild feel to him. Likes to play jokes and trick people. In this science-fiction version, he uses advanced technology instead of magic

Friday, February 21, 2014

Caricatures at Brick Oven

During the past year I've done caricatures of employees over at a local pizza restaurant. Their management likes to put them in frames and keep em up on a wall near the entrance. Here are a couple I did this week:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Golden Pixie Award

Last year I spent a good chunk of time working on a website for Fruit Friends; I was hired out by a company in Chicago called Zocalo Group.

The website's design and animation was submitted for a Pixie Award and was announced this January as one of the Gold winners:
(Scroll to the very bottom of the page)

"Vibrant colors and well drawn BG elements made the site fun. the characters are cleanly visualized and the fun settings will appeal to the product's demographics.  I like how the 'action' often flows down as you scroll the page."

Here are some screen captures from the work I did for the site

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Lupus Fundraiser

Got hired to do some caricatures at a fundraiser for Lupus treatment. Even though it felt like a super high-brow event, the people I got to draw were some of the nicest I've ever met

Thursday, February 6, 2014


Fun sketch of a female pilot. It wasn't supposed to be Amelia, but whatever.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Blackbeard Daily Sketching

Started participating in a Twitter trend called Sketch_Dailies where they have a different theme up every day to draw for fun. The first one I jumped in on was Blackbeard

Saturday, February 1, 2014