Tuesday, July 16, 2013


New post time!  I've also got this one up on my facebook page.  I've submitted it for a critique from some industry peers.  I'll let you know how it goes  :)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

aerial acrobats

I love acrobats on silks.  I just think it's amazing to watch, so in tribute I'm working on a large vertical piece featuring these amazing artists.  But first, starting with a few exploratory sketches.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My process...abbreviated

I was asked recently about my process, and every artist does it differently, but this is how I come up with a character.  Most of the time, you have a style guide, sometimes even the work of a previous character designer to go off of.  Other times you  only have a sentence!  In this case, since this is a personal project, I like to come up with a little back story that helps me visualize and "get to know" my character.  In this case, Patches is a working clown and also a single dad of a very precocious little boy.
I almost always start off with heads and torsos.  I create a variety of head shapes (imagine two more sheets of these) then choose one that really speaks to me and pull the character out of it.  I do this by drawing over it and making more specific choices about the way he'll look, and in my mind, I'm deciding how his face will move, any characteristics that will make him unique.  Then I'll do further tweaks when I move the character to a full body.  Now all this takes place before expressions, turn-arounds, etc.  This is just the exploratory phase, but I hope you like it!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Been a while!

So here is some new stuff!  I've been really focusing in on my character work and have been getting some really great results.  So let us begin...