Grumpy Gus

I recently had the opportunity to submit a character sketch for a potential critique from an agent. The goal of the project was to create an emotive character and place him (or her) into a story. I chose a character that my daughter and I came up with a while back called Grumpy Gus. Here's the finished illustration along with a painting process video and my initial sketches.

Character Design Using Shape Language

I took another quick class over at Skillshare. This one focused on using shape language for character design. The assignment was to pick one occupation and 2 key traits for the character then base the design off of a basic shape. I wanted to try and use 3 completely random things so I chose construction worker, 1970's Elvis and a portly rooster. This is the crazy result. The first image shows the basic shapes used. The second image is the resulting design.

LumberJack Illustration

Decided to check out the Skillshare website and found a class on character design and illustration taught by Adam Record. It was a great class! The assignment was to design and illustrate a lumber jack character. Here's what I created. This is a combination of photoshop and illustrator.

3d Illustration

Haven't posted anything in a while. Hoping to change that habit and drop more scans from my sketchbooks soon. In the meantime, I've enjoyed going back to my 3d illustration work and created this piggy bank for a recent spot I created for the agency I work for. It was modeled, textured, lit and rendered in Cinema 4d. A tiny bit of post work was done in Photoshop.

Warm Up Sketch

I'm starting a new illustration project featuring a dog for one of our clients at the ad agency I work for. Wanted to do a warm up sketch and thought I'd post the results. This is 100% photoshop.


Recent Commissioned Illustration

I was recently commissioned to create an illustration entitled "Forest Friends." I thought it might be interesting to see a progression from the initial character sketches to the final art. This piece was 100% digital. I did the initial sketches and the inking in Sketchbook Pro and the final painting in Photoshop.

Back to Posting...

I'm getting back to posting sketches and work-in-progress images. Did this quick sketch of a mountain gorilla this morning. It was created with a graphite wash pencil and water color on toned sketch paper. 


Just uploading another set of random sketches from my sketchbook.


I haven't updated the blog in a while due to a very hectic work schedule so I thought I'd take some time today and upload samples from my current sketchbook. These were all created with a Hi-tec C ink pen and a water brush for shading.