Monday, April 28, 2014

Cleveland Scene Magazine

This weekend, Me and the Rust Belt Monsters attended the "Best Of Cleveland" event thrown by Scene Magazine.  This is our second year in a row and I was as honored to have received it as I was the first time.  Hopefully this puts a bit of a target on our back.  Nothing motivates quite like someone trying to take your place.  What with half the group having babies in the last year, its easy to get complacent.  With a lot of hard work and planning, I wan't to become more driven.  We'll see how that goes.

-Ben Hale

Friday, April 25, 2014

Rust Belt Monster 16-bit WIP

Free Comic Book day is coming up and we are gearing up for something new to hand out.  We've got some alternate versions of our logo printed out and here is mine (may do some more tweaking).  You know, for all of the digital art and public painting I do, I really never experimented with pixel art.  There was something strangely therapeutic about it.  Don't get me wrong, I don't think I could animate like that, but I'm happy with the aesthetic.

Below is a quick lunchtime sketch of Zelda Rubenstein.  Poltergeist started swirling through my head and she popped in there.  Strange how few pictures of her character there are on Google.  Strange and wrong.

Till later.


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.


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,

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.



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.