Sunday, December 30, 2007

Two Girls, a Monster, and a Hellokitty Backpack

Hey, look at me... I posted!!! The last two I did during the break with work's badass little cintiq.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Entering the digital world: Day 2

I'm getting some interest comments on my new digital works at
If you guys wanna check it out, it's under the finished artwork section.
Holy mother of Troy I love painter!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


My name is Dave Kang and I like skuntch.
Let us draw, let us draw, let us draw-
Happy Holiday, everybody!
Painter IX
Dec. 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

starting a new character

I lost the love robot I was going to post, because the file got corrupt when my junkpile laptop ran out of juice (lesson learned), so I decided I`m going to try and finish off a sculpt before the conference.

The concept is not mine. all the credit goes to Pushbak (leri greer) on that one.
I used to work with him on a halflife mod , and now he has a job working for Weta as a graphic designer. lucky bastard.

Dead Boss...

I also sketched these up over the weekend as Christamas gifts for the bosses this year. They are pretty quick - maybe an hour or so into each one. They are pretty goofy, but all framed up and stuff they presented well. They don't really look like the guys exactly - but hey, they're dead.

heyas,,,i thought i woudl thow up a couple more wow cards i did,,,im not really happy with these though...ailttle over a weaks worth of on and off noodling, the dagger card was actually the first one i did, so its the worst by i learned alot ffrom these cards though.. and good work everyone, the skuntch quality is getting better.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Wacom Cintiq 12XW Review

I was stoked to find out that NetDevil’s Art Director had ordered one of Wacom’s new Cintiq 12WX screen tablets when they where released to the states a couple of weeks ago. We received the art toy last week, and I was lucky enough to be able to take it home for the weekend and play around with it.

I was a little nervous about hooking it up to my home machine because I had discovered twice at the studio that the new Cintiq required some cumbersome set-up and installation. In fact, Peter had some troubles getting it set up to his lap top at first. He then passed it off to Jerry who promptly hooked it up to his work station and it caused some issues with his machine that where, as of Friday afternoon, still being resolved by NetDevil IT.

That being said, I guess I can start off by talking about my biggest gripe with the new Cintiq – that being set up. Now, because of what happened with Jerry’s machine at work, I was sure to set this thing up following the instructions carefully. I made my first attempt Friday evening when I got home. This night I was not able to get my computer to recognize the Cintiq as a second monitor. Therefore, I could not even get the monitors set-up. I gave up for the evening and decided to try again Saturday.

The next day when I tried to install I ran into the same problem. After running some steps which were not outlined in the instruction manual I was finally able to get the Cintiq’s drivers loaded and get to drawing. One last frustration, though, came in not being able to set the Cintiq up as the true secondary monitor – meaning that the whole time I had it hooked up to my machine, the Cintiq showed all of my desktop icons and start-bar, rendering my regular monitor pretty much useless for the two days I was using the new Cintiq. Now, I don’t know if this is the way it is with the new Cintiq or if my limited tech knowledge kept me from knowing how to properly finish the set-up to the degree I would have liked.

The bottom line is that I feel the set-up is a little too daunting. As an artist I consider myself to have a mid-level knowledge of the tech side of our digital world, perhaps slightly higher with the particular art tools such as the products from Wacom. I had considerable hurdles in set-up with the Cintiq 12XW which would almost make me question the purchase of one. I would hope that Wacom could make the set-up a bit simpler, keeping us art savvy/less technical folks in mind…

Once I had the Cintiq up and all of my stylus and button settings ready to go, however, I was in digital art heaven. The new Cintiq performs just as one who is familiar with the quality of other Wacom products would expect. I continued to be amazed at the crystal clean clarity of the smaller sized screen. This was proven not only by the amazing display of the drawings while I noodled in Photoshop, but since I was using the Cintiq as my main monitor, I was reading emails and the like on the smaller screen with no trouble at all.

I placed the spring-loaded nip (my nib of choice) into the stylus and took the tablet for a drive with Photoshop. The first thing, aside from the screen’s clarity, that stuck out to me was the smooth glide of the stylus on the screen. I believe the drawing feel gets better with every generation of Wacom’s tablets and the feel of this new toy surpasses the feel of my Cintiq 21UX. The next issue to address would be the smaller screen size. As first it seemed like it might be a little bit restraining. After drawing for about an hour, however, I started to realize that the smaller screen was giving me the very familiar sketchbook feel, which I really liked.

I found myself with the tablet tilted all the way down on the lean bar with my keyboard near for easy access. Even though I programmed the quick-buttons on the tablet, I still need to go back to the keyboard quite a bit as expected. For this reason it still felt a little impractical to set the Cintiq in my lap (or in more relaxed positions of the like) – however, I feel the benefit of the new smaller, lightweight design would be beneficial in a situation with a laptop on the go. All in all I feel I have not gotten to use it enough to judge this aspect conclusively yet, so stay tuned.

Another nifty feature that I didn’t really get to use because of the short time I had with the new tablet was the screen toggle button. This is the function that allows you to switch your curser – while still controlled by the stylus on the tablet – to your second monitor. I can see this becoming very useful in placing tool bars, color palettes, reference, etc. on the second monitor and utilizing the tablet’s full screen as a workspace. Again, I’d like to explore this feature more before I make a specific critique on it, but it has a lot of potential to be a very cool new feature.

When all was said and done and I was breaking down the Cintiq 12WX from my home computer, I was completely impressed with its performance and feel as an art tool. I think that the hour-or-so pain in the ass set up would be worth it for the sleek, convenient feel of a roughly Intuos sized Cintiq tablet, being that I could keep it set up for one particular machine. Bravo Wacom! ~Jim
*thank you Ray for the inspiration on the portrait drawings.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Nose Job

I have not had much time to sketch as of late. Tess had a denist appointment this morning so I had some time to doodle this goofy guy up while my boys were playing with the Xbox...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

cintique 12WX

We just got a new mini-cintique here at work. Awesome.
It's now on the top of my wish list, anyone feeling generous?
That is all.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Old (kind of) Life Drawing

I don't have some of the more recent ones available today, but here's a digital life drawing from back in September that's been sittin' round...
a tiniman, done in a few different laptop sessions

Sunday, December 9, 2007

More life drawing

Here are the results of thursday night. I'm slowly getting braver with my materials, this time around I decided to tempt fate and use a mechanical pencil.

Friday, December 7, 2007

well since everyone else is adding stuff-

big unz` (theres a little bit of Robs gun from Warmonger in there)


Some doodles done recently that i'm pretty happy with.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

another fruity pin-up

A pin-up for the ACES tradepaperback by AiT Planet Lar. WWI biplanes, ghost of Red Baron, British fighter pilot and American doughboy, German terrorist/assassin group called the Black Hand etc., etc. Fun material!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

UPDATE!!! Cintiq 12WX now available...

UPDATE: available now in the US for $999.00:

Save one for me:)

Our PNW rep says it'll be available mid December in the US for $995.00... we'll see(?)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

metro sketches

here's some bus drawings

Speaking of bands... Done last night for Soozilla's husband Pete's Steamboat outfit... The Amputators.

I'm more of a house music fan myself, but uh... When in Rome.



Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Clay Sketch

This goes along with the sketch in my last post. A few of the artists here at ND have been messing around with Sculpey for fun and inspiration. We have a table set up with some of the forming clay and some assorted tools. I have not really sculpted any thing in years, but was inspired by some quick sculpts that Nate and Kirk were doing. I have this particular sketch set as my desktop here at work, so I just decided to give his cartoony head a go inbetween work tasks... Fun stuff. I went home last night and dug my old stash of Sculpey out...

skuntch lives!......
heyas boys, thought i would throw up a paint i finished a couple of weeks ago,,,it is a card for the wow/upperdeck trading card game. its a voidwalker from wow (a warlocks deamon pet). i got another card started, ill throw the sketch up later.......hope the formatting and post works out (first blogger post).....anyways, keep up the skuntch yos.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

I'm going to try this again....

laziness, mental constipation prevent me from really making any serious technology based contributions to the glittering web of inforblation that is the Interweb.
gonna try to post some sketches soon.... jesus chromed out chrystler.

Monday, November 5, 2007

New Randomness

Logo designed for the Colorado & Wyoming LEGO User Group (of which I am now a member with my superior LEGO building skills - or not). Done in Illustrator. Yep, that's a small cow head made of LEGO. :)
Sketches of Jesus riding a giant spider. Inspired by Cole's tattoo idea.

My son drew a cyclops, I drew a cyclops...

Some strange looking cowboy heads...

And finally, some new ZOMBIES! Wooohooo! :B

Friday, November 2, 2007

More life drawing

Here's the latest o' the life drawings. It's been about 2 months since I went last, so it was good to get back into it. A cool thing about this model is that she's in training to be an olympic triathlete.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Boar-ish head

I'm supposed to draw a super cartoonish boar creature later today so I started by drawing a more realistic one to wrap my brain around it...:)

Monday, October 22, 2007

Ok... this goes straight to the top of my wish list...

Wacom announces a laptop sized version of the cintiq. It was only a matter of time...

Ok Wacom - now just release a price and a US release date please. Only available in Europe beginning November. Boooo.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Here's another never used pre-production image from last year. The Marooned piece was one of the first images I did for Space Siege over a year ago when there was talk of having planet side adventures in the game. Ultimately, we decided it was more manageable to have it all take place on one giant generation ship.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Lizard Hat

More cintique fun. The other day I started doodling and ended up with a guy wearing a helmet with a lizard adorned on top. The idea made me laugh so I decided to use it as a basis for some more digital painting practice. I'm not sure if I like the black and white version or the color version more right now.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Early Space Siege Character Sketches

I don't know about you - I love me some iterative art. I enjoy seeing process so I figured I'd share some very early sketches I did for an earlier project. None of these will be used in the final game however they did contribute to the later designs.

Mr. Packrat

I have not had too much to contribute lately, unfortunately. I need to get back on the ball. Here are some sketches I did for a friend one evening this week. He's a packrat. Obvious influence from Ratatouile - hey, Pixar does it right. :) These we're real quick and simple... Cheers!

Saturday, September 29, 2007


I was planning on doing some coffee shop drawin' today but couldn't get any drawing companions. Instead, I decided to head into work and play with the ol' cintique. This is what came out of the random subject generator today.

Edit: Love the new header Ray, looks great. I took your advice about the contrast thing and played with the levels a bit. Much better, when i made it originally it was in a dark office.