Thursday, April 24, 2014

RBMC Hits 500 Posts!


I threw together a quick video the other night in celebration of the Rust Belt Monsters hitting their 500th post.  I really can't believe we have posted that much content, but why would Blogger lie?  I mean, really.

As far as the video, it was nice to open up After Effects again.  I just used a couple of standard tricks, toyed with some old settings, and once again grew frustrated with the "judder" that tends to happen.  Maybe its a frame rate thing.  Who knows?

Anyways, I know I've been a little neglectful of the blog lately.  I'll throw up a couple of inspirational type things that I've been enjoying lately.  Should have some new coming up soon too. Business is picking up.

-Ben

Monday, April 21, 2014

Free Comic Book Day Gallery Show Complete!


Boy was that a lot of work. All in all, I'm pretty happy with it.  I'm trying to change up my angles and add backgrounds in when I can.  There was an interview with Lauren Montgomery on the Sidebar Podcast where she mentioned making an effort to do those 2 things.  That's my plan.  Be more like Lauren.  You can scroll through the last few posts to see my work in progress shots, but I've included the original digital sketch and background below.

Till later,
-Ben




Friday, April 18, 2014

Marvel WIP Continued


Boy, I am really having trouble finishing this.  Looks like its going to be another one coming down to the wire.  Last step is adding a background.  After that, I might add some kind of graphic element .  Mostly to hide some of the mistakes.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Marvel Commission WIP


Still plugging away at my piece for Free Comic Book day in Cleveland.  Wanted to broaden my horizons and have more than one character in frame.  I have to admit, drawing anything Marvel is really outside of my wheelhouse, but I'm enjoying it.  I need to finish Sue Storm, add color, and render.  Not to mention get it printed, framed, and dropped off at the comic shop.  Ugh.  

I'll post more as I finish.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Inspiration: Neverending Nightmares

Boy have I fallen off the map.  As always, its usually a sign of me being extremely busy.  Well, the last few weeks have been no different.

So, in order to keep this Blog active, I've decided to post things I find on the internet that I find inspiring on the days that I'm not posting my own work.

Today's slice of inspiration is from Matt Gilgenback who is working on his Kickstarter funded indie game: Neverending Nightmare.  In the video above, Matt explains some of his design choices and visual enhancements to the newest build.  His bit about timing and enemy's entry and slowing it down to simulate the rubber banding effect found in some racing games was really interesting.  I need to make a point to watch more of his videos as I find them really interesting.

Enjoy.

-Ben

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Avatar


I needed to brush up on my Manga Studio and Photoshop skills for a couple of commissions so I thought I'd make a new Twitter Avatar.  It combines my sensibilities with my unique brand of narcissism ;-)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Birthday, Tim!


A quick portrait for fellow Rust Belt Monster, Tim Switalski, in celebration of his birthday.  He's a really great guy with amazing talent.  You'd do yourself a real favor by checking out his work.


Ballpoint pen on legal pad sketch, inked in Manga Studio, colored in photoshop.  WIP below.