Monday, September 26, 2016

Halloween is coming..

Feeling a little spooked out

Friday, September 09, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Eat there", they said..

Hyborian Age diner. Conan should be showing up any minute now.


Custom shape tool in PS is great for quick compositions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More figure studies

Some work from school. Charcoal, oil on gessoed paper.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


I'm a big fan of that rough, unfinished look. I imagined the above as sort of a conjured warrior in a constant state of flux, never satisfied to be still. Contrasted with, well, bright passages of color. Mixed media, photoshop.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Porcupine social

Or, perhaps an Echidna, as my brother dutifully pointed out.. Although he's a little large for an Echidna.

Barnyard Bliss

Concepts for a farming game that got canned.. Sigh.
I was shooting for that classic, old Warner Bros vibe. I also borrowed heavily from the art style in Home on the Range (Disney).
Pencil and photoshop.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tropical construction

  Here are some of the many game assets I created for a free-to-play tropical island game, My Tribe, during my time at Big Fish circa 2010. Fun times. The science center in the middle is my favorite. Click to watch it on the big screen.

Basically, you have to keep upgrading your huts to give the players something to do. (Hence the ongoing renovations). The little fish on the bottom one tells you its a storage warehouse for food. Let me tell ya, those glutenous little villagers cannot get ENOUGH!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Newd rawings

I stopped figure drawing for aages.. It took a lot of crappy drawings to arrive at this point; I finally feel like I'm getting back in the swing of it.  Looking at them now, I just realized they're all facing the same direction, hehe.
charcoal, 18 x 24

Monday, October 22, 2012

Rust bucket 3000

Yeaaaaah, I like robots.. theyre great.
Nice to get away from the digital stuff and bust out the gesso, brushes and real paint!!
Ink and acrylic on masonite, summer of 2012.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Updates?? What updates?

I must apologize to my loyal friends that stop by here from time to time for the lack of updates and any tumbleweeds that roll by.. Times have been busy and I can't show anything I've been working on. The fact I'm too lazy to do anything on the side lately doesnt help either!

Anyways, heres some logo work I did on the side for the good guys at Anthill Films. They're local, talented and quickly rising to the top in the world of Mountain biking films.
The films concept is basically this:
At the head of the trail you have never ridden, a friend turns with a knowing look and says… “Just follow me!” We’ve all heard it and depending on who says it makes a pretty big difference for what lies ahead. Whether it’s a good idea or not we almost always drop in. Now, riding alone is great. But let’s face it, we all ride harder, go faster, take more risks and have more fun when we ride with our friends. Follow Me.. coming Spring 2010

Heres a page of roughs I did to figure out which direction to go. We all liked the speech bubble concept so we went with it.

Peep the demo Reel!

Anthill Films Demo Reel from Anthill Films on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hola Bonita

I just love those glowing foreheads..
Sketchbook and photoshop

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

speedpaint - landscape

Big UP to David Levy for his knowledge and generosity with photoshop custom brushes.. I watched his gnomon workshop dvd and a lot of the brushes he creates and his tips on painting process came in pretty handy. The palette knife can be a tricky beast, but i can tell once you master it you can speed up your work a lot! Hope you like it.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Late night..

Looks like a full moon outside.. maybe that explains this sudden surge of inspiration.
This is still a WIP. His proportions are a little messed up, I still need to finish his hands and tweak away.. Heavily influenced by one Justin Sweet.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Burlesque Life Drawing

A nice change from the regular routine, this time around our models were clad in 30's burlesque attire.. and included a dance or two in between sessions. Thanks to everyone at Dr. Sketchy's Vancouver who made it happen

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Doodles Annonymous - Take 1

Time to fight those pesky demons again..
reach out and touch faith..
My apologies for the lack of posting.. I've been working as a concept artist at Nexon for the past 3 months and its kept me quite busy. I managed to scrounge up some old doodles that for some reason, never saw the light of day. All done in PS.
Happy New Year everybody!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Robots and Monsters!

Hello All,
Tonight is the night for all you robot and monster lovers out there!
It's a group show and I've got some pieces on display. You can find all the info above.
If youre in town I'd love it if you could swing by!.. and if you're not don't fret -I hope to post a few photos afterwards.
(flyer design by peter ricq)


Friday, September 26, 2008

Cornwell Studies

If I had a beard I'd probably grow one just like Skipper Steve up top..
These sketches are copied from some paintings and studies by Dean Cornwell: A true American badass. He trained under giants like Frank Brangwyn who, in my opinion, was one of the best hands down. Apparently there was a time when it was hard to tell a Cornwell from a Brangwyn painting because his ability was just that good. Unfortunately its hard to find much material on this guy even though he was one of the premier illustrators of the 20th century. Dean Cornwell: Dean of Illustrators seems to be the best all round book on him, however its out of print and tres expensive.. Anyone interested in selling me a copy??

Monday, September 15, 2008

Moody Environment Number 1

Thought I'd take a break from the characters and focus on some BG's.. I was striving for those uber cool outlandish sci-fi concepts your man Sparth effortlessly cranks out. I feel the walls could still use a bit o texture to them. Any crits, comments or tips are welcome! Thank you to the good souls posting on Flickr for the sunset photo...

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Heres a few robot concepts I've been working on in my spare time..
I added some text to one version to enter it in a cover art show my friend organized a few weeks ago. Some healthy influence from Ashley Wood but wonky enough i can still call my own. And yep, you guessed it, all with no backgrounds because I'm unoriginal and quite lazy these days..
The bottom ones are basically recycled / mirrored images of the 1st one. Duplicated, flipped and multiplied in PS to create some interesting shapes then painted over top of..

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Miscellaneous character concepts

Mercenary, Pilot, space captain and sheik 3000. Heres a couple sketches i did for my portfolio. I've been gearing a lot of my recent stuff more towards the concept design field. Coming from an animation background, I feel it takes quite a bit of re-training of the brain to think and draw differently..

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Football hooligan Step by step..

A lot of my friends ask how i work in Photoshop and there really is no easy answer.. I guess the best way is just to show them.
I've decided to post a rough step by step of one of my favourite pieces.. I managed to save a few versions as it was coming along, and as you can see some images show noticeable progressions.. and others not so much! This is something that worked for me at the time, I've sinced built and experimented with different way of working and approaches.
  • I had no idea what i wanted at this stage and it literally all started with a scribble. The basic masses and shadow are blocked in 1st with the dark brown and afterwards i started to use other tones.. about 4? the red and purple reflected light was an after thought.
  • I paint/erase around the edge of the head to define the silhouette better. I continue blending colors in the face and slowly begin to find the form, keeping in mind the dominant light source from above.
  • Some more minor tweaking around the head, and more blending. Yikes! He's lookin scary, I try and pull it back a bit.
  • Chiseling out the shape of the figure with different background colors, i'm really enjoying it at this stage and thrashing around a lot.
  • Almost there! Things are really unifying and you can see I'm playing around with different ideas for a tattoo. I was thinking psychotic UK football supporter and trying to sell that with the union jack, not sure where to put it either.
  • BOO-YA! Complete. Used a photo for the tatti (I'm a big fan of the west coast native art) and pictures of my hands as well.
Heres some of the various refs i used. Ol Brendan gleeson had a pretty intense expression and i tried to get that same feeling in the face. I think he helped.
I really should use reference more often, as its such an invaluable tool, but i only tend to do so when i'm really stumped on something. Hope this was helpful!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Gauge room, Apartment, warehouse

perspectives off on gauge handles.. oh well.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Heres a little something i did for a video game that got canceled recently.. the movie that its based off (which i'm not quite at liberty to say yet) is still scheduled to come out this year. I was given a basic 3-D model to use as reference and embellished the rest of the details.
Pencil sketch colored in PS

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Well, you axed for it! I was messing around with some textures, overlay, painting and erasing and all around general color noodling and came up with this... Its going to get transfered on canvas, stretched and framed where it will finally end up as a mixed media piece as part of an art show i'm having this friday!! (49 Powell st 7pm-11pm for those of you in the area)
ciao for now

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

28th Century Druid

This piece is a bit of a tribute to all those early French Sci-Fi pioneers.. Moebius, Mezieres etc. I had a lot of fun doing it, its a bit of an escape from my usual style. It started with a line drawing I did at about 3 or 4 am one night, scanned it and started to color it a few days later.. Still have to finish it and put in some sort of background though. Hmmmm...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

More Black and White

Female assasin of some sort.. Elektra's cousin? Or maybe just a lady that likes the tight clothes. hmm.. Sketchbook and PS.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Ink Study

I decided to sharpen my inking techniques and what better way than to study from one of the masters: John Buscema. Probably the quintessential Marvel guy, he's responsible for loads of work in the early marvel days and has worked on all the major characters.. just look him up online and youre bound to find some solid gold! He's well noted for his renditions of Conan, maybe thats why i enjoy his stuff so much, i really dont know..
I used a brush pen called Pentel pocket brush on this piece and it seems to work quite well. It has its own ink cartridge so theres no need to keep dipping. I'm still tempted to give the sable brush a shot though.. theres nothing like the real thing.
Anyways I'm by no means trying to pass this off as my own, its merely a study and I'd like to give proper credit where its due. Hope you like it.