There was some talk several months back about beginning a series of illustrations that highlighted some of the novel experiences that come with viewing the world through a very specific filter. When one dedicates themselves to a passionate love of all things nerdy, they tend to begin perceiving their world in a very different manner than others do. While these experiences may be very specific and subject to personal preference, the world as seen from a nerd’s perspective is a profoundly different place. My new Tumblr blog seeks to illustrate just a few of these moments. Ladies, gentlemen, other humanoid lifeforms and cybernetic beings, I proudly present the beginning to what I hope to be a long and illustrious to-do….
The Nerd Confessional
I am currently working on a number of new projects!!! Firstly though, I am proud to announce that my submission piece for the Monsters & Dames 2013 artbook has been accepted!!! Meaning I will once again have a piece published in the limited edition book for sale ONLY at Emerald City Comic Con 2013!!!
Next!!! After my work on the Femme Robocop piece for Adam Jay’s Super Hero Photography. I have been asked to work on a top secret project for him involving some pretty cool characters. I haven’t too many details to share at the moment, but here’s a couple of drawings!!!
Next, I have completed the first in a more refined version of my upcoming blog postings entitled “Nerd Confessional” where those little nerdy thoughts that crop up in your head, end up on my drawing board as humorous anecdotes. Like this gem:
Finally, I have been working on a number of commissions and other pieces SIMULTANEOUSLY. Trying out a number of techniques and diciplines. Here’s a brief glimpse of what’s to come! Stay tuned for updates!
While at NYCC last month, I tracked down a cosplayer/photographer team I have been following for a bit. Adam Jay and his Superhero photography piqued my interest after I saw a few phenomenal photo sets of the equally awesome costumes by cosplayer Freddie Nova (who coincidentally is from my home town!) While checking out their setup at NYCC booth, I watched them do a live painting/photoshoot of Freddie for the Venom/Symbiote costume. It was very cool! I Also had an opportunity to show my appreciation for Freddie’s cosplay by presenting her with a Copic marker drawing of one of her other costumes, Lady Death.
After returning home to Portland, I continued following their ongoing projects, the latest of which involves constructing a Femme Robocop costume. I love Robocop, especially classic Robocop, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a crack at helping out with a little magic of my own. Hopefully they will be able to put this to good use in reaching their goal to get this made! If you’d like to follow the project and donate a bit yourself (as you should) Here’s the link! http://www.indiegogo.com/femrobocop
Once again, I have submitted a piece for consideration in the Emerald City Comic Con 2013 “Monsters & Dames” art book. There are no guarantees that it will make it in, but I surely hope it does! It was an excellent experience being part of last year’s art book, and I hope to be among the talented artists whose art makes an appearance this year.
The concept behind this one was simple. I just wanted a dynamic image depicting the “dame” in a less vulnerable, less sexualized form. I wanted to depict her, instead, in a more powerful way. What better way than to make her a part cyborg, ass-whooping fighter!? The idea of setting it in this world where there were cigar-smoking gorillas in the audience just made it all the more fun to draw. I actually plan to take this concept into the execution of a 24 page comic. The story is already in development, so stay tuned if you enjoy the concept
This one took a while to finish, but here it is! This will be available on my Etsy store next week as a high quality print!
Blizzard Entertainment has always been one of my favorite companies in all of nerddom. The opening cinematic to original World of Warcraft is what actually inspired me to get into game art, and illustration. It gives me goosebumps every time I watch it, even to this day. One of my favorite races supposed to be scurrying about the world of Azeroth are the Pandarens, so one could imagine the boyish “SQUEEEE!!!” escaping my lips the day I learned that the next expansion to WoW was going to feature them. They have since released this stunning cinematic in preparation for the September 25th release date. Upon seeing it, there was a singular moment that I decided that I MUST capture in an illustration for my upcoming Rose City Comic Con appearance here in Portland! Here are some photos of the pencils in progress.
I am going to be lightboxing it up for the inks and then later adding digital colors for the print. The originals will also be for sale at my table at Rose City! If you’re planning to attend, be sure to visit me at table A45!!!
I was recently hired to work on a story for Heroes of the North written by Yann Brouillette. You may remember me doing a series of chibis for them not long ago. The story follows the character Black Terror as he deviates from his usual dark and gritty surroundings and he falls “down the rabbit hole” into a world of bright colors, talking hearts, and weapon-shaped environment. I won’t spoil the plot of the story, you will just have to wait until it and a number of other stories set in the Heroes of the North world are released exclusively in the upcoming Omnibus #2!
For now, here’s a cover illustration I created for the story!
Just an inked Thor piece. Catching up on work, and this was on my to-do list.
A while back, I did a series of Chibis with Heroes of the North. They were so well-received, that they inspired one of their writers to write a script involving The Black Terror (a hero from the series) wandering through a psychadellic world of strange weapon-like terrain and full of strange chibi versions of various characters as well. The comic isn’t due out until Next month some time and will be included in a compilation book of several other comics from the series. For now, I can simply show some of the inked pages that I worked on.
While this is somewhat outside of the style of work I am used to doing, It was a fun project and should lead to some decent exposure, and hopefully…more comics work!