I visited a shrine in Kamakura not too long ago. Nestled in the forested hills, the experience stuck with me when I made this.
I began the project on Procreate with rough sketches to get a good sense of desired composition and perspective. Once I was happy, I moved the project over to Photoshop to clarify shapes, add appropriate texture, properly light the scene.
Personal project done in March 2018. Just a bit of spontaneity after a picture of a gas mask wearing bear popped into my head.
End The Pretender
Character design work done for End The Pretender, a project in progress. I worked to bring out some clear visual distinctions for each character through facial expression, poses, and fashion choices. Variety was key early on, as I explored different possibilities with each individual based on some high level defining details.
The Shattered Plains
The Shattered Plains is largely inspired by Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series of novels, and the ongoing plight of one of its main characters; faced with war, death, and his own helplessness.
I wanted to challenge myself. This project did just that, allowing me to figure my way through sculpting, retopology, and PBR texturing. By the time that I was through with it, I had made a lot of mistakes, and sorted out a clearer workflow.
Along with the mistakes were some successes. I had started off the project with a simple sketch of what I wanted to do. Through many iterations, from creating rough shapes to swapping out different lighting set ups, I managed to come out the other end with a scene that's well in line with the original vision.
The Gun Butcher project began because I wanted to create a character that embodied furious brutality and radiated aggressiveness.
Running through simple silhouettes gave me a chance to run through different ideas and shapes quickly on the way to developing a strong foundation. I took the silhouettes I felt had the most potential and extracted variations from them. Strange features would emerge from their hiding places within the silhouettes. Carapace, multiple eyes, and the like. Ambiguous poses revealed the haughtily raised visage of a cackling demon, as well as the hunched back and elongated neck of a reptilian barbarian. Simple brush strokes brought out interesting costuming ideas, from a butcher's apron to a monk's sash.
I ultimately selected the sinewy butcher. A simple design in some ways, but I felt this simplicity was a strength. I named it Gun Butcher Karno, a fury of flesh and bone carrying twisted iron.
Adrift Not Alone
A client commissioned a painting to showcase in their apartment. I was more than happy to oblige- especially once they told me what they were after: a dire situation upon the high seas.
After some initial sketches, we were off to the races. The painting was printed out by a dedicated local print shop, and delivered to a happy client to pair with a bottle of Kraken Black Spiced Rum.
Never hurts to get some practice in. Whenever I can, I try to put some time into my sketchbook. In my mind, not every sketch is ready for the big screen, but here's a look at a few choice pages.