Thursday, October 31, 2013

"They all float down here."

Repost from the Rust Belt Monster Blog:

Stephen King's "It" was on TV last night.  I had originally seen the first half of the movie when I was about 12 years old at family friends house.  Leaving at the half way point, I was stuck not knowing how the story ended.  At that point in the movie, most of the characters were roughly the same age as me which really helped with my fascination with it.  Sadly, this was way before you could just go out and rent the DVD.  So I went to the local book store and bought a paperback copy of the book.  Holy crap was that a lot of words.  Not to mention way scarier.  

I'm not the fastest reader and didn't get even as far as I had seen in the movie.  A couple years later I would strike up conversation with a friend who had the whole thing recorded on VHS.  I cannot express the extreme amount of closure that I received from watching it.

I had a few extra minutes at lunch and thought I would sketch out the above picture.  I tried not to mimic Tim Curry's version of the character, but still keep some of the touchstones.  Happy Halloween everyone.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice
Just a quick Halloween sketch at lunch yesterday.   Halloween is on the horizon and I'm really surprised I've haven't done more sketches.  I also can't believe its been so long since I've seen Beetlejuice.  Might do a quick ink job on this tonight if I get time.  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Shining" Pencil and Inks

Shining pencils
Its been a while since I've cracked open Manga Studio and even longer since I've participated in an art show.  Following up my post featuring my "Shining" piece for the Creep Show, I thought I'd show some work in Progress.  Once I started coloring the piece, I mirrored it to discover that the one eye was sinking down his face.  Probably the biggest perk to working digitally is being able to easily correct these problems.

I've really come around to using Manga Studio for both sketching and inking.  That's a big step for me because I was pretty confident that I would be using Sketchbook pro exclusively for drawing.  I'm pretty happy with the results so far.  I just need to find some tutorials on the program.  Maybe then I can unleash its full potential.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Catching Up

Jack Nicholson from The Shining
Where the hell have I been?  Oddly enough, the fewer the posts, the busier I am.  Maybe that does make sense, actually.  Either way, sorry I'm been away so long.

Me and the Rust Belt Monster Collective had our first Gallery Showing at Bay Arts.  It was a real eye opener to the possibility of future shows.  This was right after our mural drawing at Ingenuity Fest and the cram to get pieces done for the show.

Hopefully the schedule will be slowing down here in a bit and I can get to work on some personal projects.  I did, however get to work on the above piece for the Creep Show gallery showing in Cleveland on October 19th.  I've had Jack Nicholson in The Shining on the brain and wanted to do something in that area.  I'm pretty happy with the results, even though it ended up printing darker than I would like.  I guess that's the breaks.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Offscreen Icons in Construct 2

A quick work in progress for a Pixel Art offscreen indicator.
I was sitting at the barber shop last week and decided to do some doodling on the iPad.  Having a couple of pixel art programs on the device, I decided to take a shot at some icons to appear onscreen to alert the player when a civilian is in danger.  I'm happy with this first pass, even though it could use some work.  Right now I'm thinking about icons for, injured, falling, and in danger.  I'll probably switch up the colors too.  

There is a pretty good tutorial on setting up the off screen indicators over on Scirra's website.  The ending math gets a bit confusing, but I'm sure I can follow it.  Once I have it implemented, I really need to post another video.  Its been a few months since I've put any new content on Youtube and that's something I really wanted to do more of.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Halloween Is In The Air

The train keeps coming as rooms are being painted and new art is being created.  Yes, I know that rhymed.  The official announcement for the Rust Belt Monsters' invasion of Bay Arts is officially up on the site and we could not be more excited. With that excitement comes a good deal of nervousness and general stress, but "excitement" is still way ahead in the race.  My evenings consist mostly of house work followed by varying amounts of work on pieces for the Bay Arts show.  I've had Halloween on the brain, which is probably evident by the above paintings.  They are still in progress, but I thought I would share what I have so far here.  

You can see all of the information on the October 11th reception for our show here: BayArts News Letter.