Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fun Faces

Some fun face sketches from photo reference. Yes, that's BB King on the left. I am going to see him in Boulder this coming April and am stoked! Been playing a couple of simple BB licks on the guitar - over and over - I'm sure my wife wants to punch me...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

First cintique Art

little demon I made playing around with new Cintique. Digging the new draw on screen action.

Floating castle rough paint

[EDIT:3/9/09] The eternal n00b here,
Finally got back around to editing this, and fixing it up (sorry never got ta take you up on that tut, Nate! >< life has been insane! so shall do that next time i can catch a skuntch.) So I went and got some ref and listened to the little voices in my head (& msn)...and we have this.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Old Man

Here's today's doodle.  I started out wanting to make his mouth creepy, although I didn't really follow through, so it ended up about halfway there.  3 hours start to finish, no reference again because i'm lazy.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Here's ol' frankie.  I was thematically inspired by the ones that Jim and Samson posted, although mine went a different route.  Maybe next time I'll try something a little more exaggerated and stylized.  Somewhere around 7 or 8 hours.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

woot, thought i would throw up a quickie i finished off today, couple hrs over 2 skunthces

Sunday, November 9, 2008


a 3 hr sketch from tonight- i'm gonna keep posting 'til someone tells me to shut up :P

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

More mud

I've been playing with the new mudbox demo, it's awesome so far.  here's a first pass on an angry head.  I have some texture work in progress, but i'll save that for another post.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Painting A Night...Water Color

Ah speedpainting.... The goal is to do one of these a night. To be truthful some cheating has been going down, so as opposed to one hour per painting, it's been 2 or 3 over several nights. I tend to work on 3 or 4 at the same time so I don't get bored focusing on the same image. I'm working from picture on my computer monitor I took with my digital camera at various locations, except the one of Art Blakey, that's from a cd cover. Or, I'll do a color version of a sketchbook drawing. The important thing is to at the very least smear stuff around on paper while half dozing off at 10pm...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Maxx

so I finalyl finished this- The low needs optimization, but I digres :P

I combo-ed with kedhrin who made an environment for some scene setups.
the results ended up being pretty cool.

>More images<

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Supes & Iron Man

A few more sketches of some comic book icons. Superman got a little too "Hayden Christiansen" and whiny, but I like how the Iron Man came out. - Armando

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Conan the Barbarian

A quick sketch I did for some customer of the Comic Book store I frequent. More ink thrown down on top of some lead.

Red Sonja

Yeah.....she got a little manly on me. BUT I did this in about 40 minutes.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Green Lantern.

This is a quick sketch of one of my favorite comic book heroes. I roughed it out with some lead and finished it up with some pen and ink. - Armando

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


My sketchbook and I have been distant lately... I am trying to change that... for now, here is a monster that stubbed his toe. Awww...

Friday, August 29, 2008


Hi all, here's a thing I just finished. Zombies and Cowboys! I included a version with temp lettering just to give an indication of layout. I won't be handling that stuff in the end. Anyway thanks or looking -Ray

Also here's a time lapse video of my chaotic process of painting if you're interested:)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Here are a bunch of environment thumbnails. It seemed like I kept making the same environment over and over with the custom brush technique so I wanted to step back to the basics and make a bunch of simple b+w environment thumbnails that were different from each other. I feel it was a good experiment, I got diversity in the images, and I think i may have refined my understanding of light and form just a little bit more.

Friday, August 8, 2008

as long as I'm on this jag....

waiting around Penn Station, NYC for my next train

person on bus...japanese oni?

having life studies next to monster ideas is always fun. And, the demon got drawn over a horrible scribble some drunk local made in my book. (me)

been awhile.....

ahoy, here's a bit from my current sketchbook.... Figure drawing on public transit is a rough and tumble world, bumpy roads, and... People keep moving around, and whatnot. Wah, wah, wah.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


though i would throw up a post, with a couple dodles. the bum is Foul 'Oren from the prachett books(head of the beggers guikd). did it sloppy drunk and will only work on it drunk, (bit of method 3d as it were) sort of my tribute to prechett. and a quick mech head thing froma buddies concept, should be cool when i make the insides, and then normal it all. ill get some skuntch drawings up soon, been thinking about getting a sketch book thread started on ca to motivate and get some crits. e very ones been killing it lately. good work everyone.

Friday, August 1, 2008

IMC Final

It's been a while but I've been busy:) Here's the final barring any tweaks...

The illustration is from a design brief for a book called Green by Jay Lake that is due to be published soon by Tor books. Dan Dos Santos has the honor of illustrating the real cover and it's a beauty. I'm fortunate enough to have had some great input from Dan, Scott Fischer, Greg Manchess, Donato, Boris and Julie, and the rest of the IMC alumni of 2008. Thanks all! I could not have progressed as far as I did without your help and encouragement!

Medium: Digital and Oil on Panel

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Mudbox WIP

I'm a little hesitant to post this, as I seem to have taken over the blog lately, but what the hell- Here's my latest mudbox doodle. Done over a few hours at a coffee shop. I'm thinking I will take this one a bit further into texture and detail than the last skull. I may end up doing some hair stuff in max as well if i stay motivated enough by this one.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Mudbox Skully

HaHA Samson! My turn to hog the blog.

Here's a lunchtime mudbox doodle. I should have looked at some skull reference before i started, but i didn't really plan this one out.

Also, a quick beauty render.