Apr 22, 2009

tit for tat...

...a little experimentation in photoshop. i wanted to paint digitally the way i use watercolors traditionally without having to scan in textures every time. i made a custom brush today while piddlin' in PS and plucked a sketch outta my pad, scanned it and messed around for little bit. really diggin' the texture so i'm anxious to see what else i can do with this.

Apr 19, 2009

pahn whitefoot...

...pahn stood impassively in the circle. though he had mastered the way of boulder, the path of water was still a mystery to him. this chicken ...this samurai... before him moved like water. water should break upon his boulder, but it simply flowed around him. pahn was intrigued. ever since cubhood, pahn whitefoot had studied the art of sumo and reveled in the simple joys of his life. but to see this glorious, masterful dance of sword and feather before him, he knew his joys were incomplete.

pahn spoke quietly "i would not leave my temple for all the bamboo of the sacred grove, but i will follow you if you will have me."

cluck considered this silent giant for a long moment. "i do not need a servant," he said at length, "but i would welcome a friend."

pahn bowed.

we need a montage...

...and so it begins. this is going to end up as a promotional poster for samurai cluck. more deets later, but expect refinements through the ink stage per usual.

i've got a samurai chicken, the ghost of his father, a kitjutsu fox ninja, a panda sumo and a venerable goat sensei. a pretty good start right?


Apr 11, 2009

the hound + the hare...

…few wizards ever actually survived an encounter with the hound & the hare. fewer still survived the first 5 minutes. anyone foolish enough to monologue was summarily gutted. or had his eyes gouged out by kunai. or chopped into pieces with a big sword. or beat up.

you get the idea.

Apr 7, 2009

the hare...

inks on the hare. flats too! prolly color the girls this weekend. maybe even a background.

probably not.

Apr 6, 2009

the hound…

who's the hound? no one special...just the only bounty hunter to track a man across 10 kingdoms and bring him back alive.

this was based on an art challenge idea rick had, but we got busy. then i reworked the idea and posed it to mike. he of course completed it, and i got busy. i'm an epic failure, i know.

as everyone may notice, my drawings are really loose and tend to change when i ink 'em. while i do ink a lot of my work digitally, i tend to draw just as loose with the wacom and aim for light, flowing curves as opposed to the more angular look of the penciled sketches i scan in. i frequently find myself drawing a line and liking it so much i'll change the drawing to incorporate it. after that, i bust out the polygonal lasso and 'flat' my work out. at that stage, i may start off picking gray tones to make everything work, but if it gets too complex i start tossing in anything.

anyways, i hope to have the hare up in relatively short order.


Apr 5, 2009

Apr 4, 2009

diddles and doodles

30 min red sonja doodle. i do these diddles periodically throughout the week - at lunch, before i start working on client stuff, or when i'm cooking dinner. some of em' are pencil, some are straight ink. this one started in pencil, but i broke my lead and didn't have a sharpener with me. so i got on it with my brush pen. 30 mins, no more. just enough time to clear the head and relax.