Thursday, February 25, 2010


Hey everyone,

This is a "quick and dirty" image I made in about twenty minutes for an assignment in which we place images into lettering. Most of this image will actually be lost when placed in the letters. I will add the lettered version once I do it.
See ya!

Illustrations for Rick Court's Blog

Hey all,

My class in school was tasked with designing three images for Rick Court's blog, a new Dean at our school. To fully understand the images, reading his blog post about him is helpful. I will state the general aspects of each image so that they can be understood. In total, these images took about six hours to do.

The first image is based on a game that he and his friends played as kids, called Kingers. A chestnut was drilled through and attached to a string, and used to hit each others' chestnuts to see whose would break first. The one with a chestnut remaining won. Their game ended after a fire burned down the farm, and the chestnut tree was removed to make way for Mohawk College in Hamilton. Hence the fire on the string.

The next image is of a worker in a blast furnace, such as where Rick worked at Defasco in the summer as a student. The vibrant colors and dark areas really appealed to me and contrasted well I found.

The last image is of Rick's life after he joined the work force from school, becoming a banker for years. I felt that the clean, bright look to the image made it feel more of a transition for the better, in the work world.

Well, that's all I can think of. I hope you enjoyed my work. Please leave a comment if you do!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My upcoming Mac skin!

Hey all,

Sorry for not posting anything recently, last week(end) was a very busy one. I had a 4+ hour "billboard" painting to do and a 11+ hour Mac skin for school. I haven't even gotten my other homework done yet, personal life aside! It's very hectic.

I will also be going to the doctor's office soon, as my drawing wrist has been acting up lately (I had an accident a few years ago during work), so I'm hoping it's nothing serious.

Anyways, here is what I want to show you! I didn't add the die-lined version, with the cutout Apple symbol, but I can if anyone would like me to.

The character is based off of one of my actual characters on World of Warcraft. Her name is Doomreaver and she is a Death Knight.
For anyone who understands these terms, I am gearing her up for tanking, while my main specialization at the moment is DPS (damage per second). My tanking build is set up in the Frost trees, hence the cold colors and why the text has alot to do with cold.
This is what she currently looks like, although I took quite a few liberties on altering the armor for her.

I hope you like what I've done. Feel free to comment!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Twitter background design

Hey all,

For our portfolio class, we were tasked with making a new background for our Twitter accounts.

These are two versions I came up with. The first is pretty straight-forward, while the second I added in some multicolored almost gaseous flames.

Well, that's all for now! Comments welcome!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Illustration Friday: Adrift

Hey all!
It's been a few days since I last posted, with Valentines Day and then "Family Day", I've been pretty busy. I did happen to do this little piece today. It is the word of the week "Adrift" at Illustration Friday

I decided to go with the panoramic view to it, to show the vast amount of space our lone astronaut is drifting through.
Let me know what you think!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentines, isn't it grand?

Hey all,

Well, with Valentines Day looming just ahead of us, I decided to make a card for my girlfriend. If you know me at all, you know I can have a weird sense of humor. My girlfriend and I are very easy going and always joking with each other. We've also dealt with a lot, whether her problems, mine or ours as a couple, so there was no offense taken from the card. It is more of an "Ode to us". Infact, she loved it and laughed very much.

Anyways, here it is. It consists of the "outside" that I printed off first, then the "inside" of the card, which I just printed on the same paper reversed.... I know, so technical haha.

I added the fold line strictly for reference. This was done quickly in Adobe Illustrator.

Leave a comment! Night all!

Cereal Commercial Storyboards *Updated*

Here are the rough storyboards for my cereal commercial.

The scenes are as follows:
1. Our robot walks into a generator room which is being powered by the Power O's cereal, in turn powering up... a building, city or entire world?!
2. He decides that he will take a piece, only one piece. He's not a greedy robot, he just wants a little pick-me-up!
3. As soon as he does so, sirens start screaming and alert lights start flashing! He's gonna be in trouble!
4. He dashes out the door and down the hall!
5. No stairwells or exits down this hall, trapped! But wait... *SMASH* through the window!
6. We see he has actually jumped out of the fourth story window, and landed quite a distance away, but is unhurt. Notice the "NO TRESPASSERS" sign.

7. Police/security vehicles surround the robot, all lit up and full of sound, oh no!
8. Thinking quickly, the robot "eats" the Power O!
9. His low battery gauge quickly brightens and fills up to full!
10. He seems to be more full of energy than ever before! He even begins to glow as some of the vast energy can't be contained! He grins devilishly.
11. Leaping into the air on jets of pure energy, the robot flies from his would-be captors, his backwash sending their vehicles careening wildly!
12. A cutscene of the Power O's cereal is before the audience, with the words "Boost yourself" emblazoned on the screen.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Oops.. a forgotten art piece!

I just realized, while I've had this picture finished for a couple of weeks now, I have yet to post it! It only took about an hour to do during class one day. Anyways, without further ado, here it is!

Let me know what you think!

Illustration Friday: Muddy

Hey, sorry about the lack of updates, I've been busy updating various rooms throughout my house. I have mostly completed my "gaming room" downstairs; I had to lay a brand new laminate floor and my girlfriend was gracious enough to paint the walls. She has continued onto our bedroom now; I had the unfortunate opportunity of scraping/sanding the popcorn ceiling off, while she re-plastered the walls as the last owners wanted to be... artistic... by texturing the walls. Now she is painting the room, at our pull out couch in the living room is our temporary bed. It should only take another day or so until we're back to relative normality.

Anyways, I decided to sit down today and do my Illustration Friday submission for this week. The word is muddy.

It took me 2-3 hours to do. It was not as I had first envisioned, but it's decent. I might have another go at my first idea, when I get the chance.

Let me know what you think, comments and criticism welcome!

P.S. I know the gun looks off. It angles on the front portion on the gun in real-life, look up the M16a1 assault rifle. Nonetheless, I believe there is a little extra bend in it, from my drawing. UGH!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Illustration Friday: Focused

Illustration Friday's word of the week is focused.

Thus, my interpretation! It only took about an hour to do from concept to full. Hope you like! Leave some feedback.

Cereal Ad Assignment *Updated*

Hello again,
These are the steps to a cereal ad assignment for Leif's class.
As you can see, there were quite a few small changes to it from concept to final. Most notably were the guards.

Anyways, here is the starting concept. It was quickly jotted out on paper, then scanned into photoshop.

This is my quick colour composition. I just wanted to give a general feel of what it would look like. Again, done in photoshop.

This one is my final. Well, as much of a final as any artist... Of course we're never totally happy with our work, and there is always something to change. The biggest differences in this are the increased size and visibility of the cereal bowl, the changes in smoke and fire to plasma and efflux, the guards weapons, skull faces, pelvis' with spot lights and spiked shoulderguards. This was roughly a 4 hr job.

*UPDATE* I added text to my ad for better understanding. With the use of video gamer terms, this piece could be directed for use into that specific community.

Well, that is all I can think of for now. Enjoy!