Tuesday, August 4, 2020


Hi Everyone,

Here is another drawing from back in June. There was a character design challenge featuring dinosaurs. Apparently, I learned about it three days before the due date so I spent the next two days pumping out something just to keep myself busy during the pandemic. I saw a couple really rad Sci-fi mecha dinosaurs and decided to try on of my own. I was inspired in particular by Keith Thompson's weird organic mech hybrid designs and have been watching a lot of Horizon Zero Dawn play-throughs.
The idea for this design is that the best dinosaurs are kept past expiration date through advanced tech and ethically questionable means.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Zbrush Class with ASIFA-South

Hi everyone,

I stated on my Zbrush courses from ASIFA-South featuring 3D artist Arash Salehi as my mentor. For my first project, I created a creature based on my concepts using Zbrush for the 3D mesh. In the past, I used Maya for most of my base mesh, but this course allowed me to process everything inside the software itself. Zbrush is very powerful when it comes to organic modeling, something that I found difficult using Maya. There are still some proportion issues to iron out with my 3D sculpt, but overall, I think it captured the essence from my concept.

The creature design is for a personal game project where the player encounters various creatures in an underwater world. Each "boss" is representative of different stages of grief and the methods you use to manage your encounters can affect gameplay. Perhaps you can even become the master of these beasts.

For this project, I started with the first creature the, Tide Ripper, a symbol for Anger, the first step of the Kubler-Ross grief cycle model. While the Tide Ripper has menacing sloping features punctuated with jagged armored shapes, the tiny vestigial arms create a sense of pity. The original design is supposed to be a representation of impotent rage that stems from being helpless or powerless.

Thorn Theater Panorama Art

Thorn Theater Production create a play for Easter 2020 and they contacted me for animated background art for their digital LED walls. I created a panorama for the scene where Jesus walked from the city to the sea where he performed miracles such as multiplying bread and turning water to wine. I created different time of days, and separated the environment into different layers for parallax animation.


City View Day

City View Sunset

Hills Day

Hills Sunset

Sea View Day

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Sam the Strudel Sloth- Character Creation Contest

Sam the Strudel Sloth was created for the Character Creation Contest group on Facebook. The theme is a parade featuring all the inhabitants of Candy Land.

"Sam the Strudel Sloth loves parades but he is always late. He has trouble sleeping the night before from all the excitement. With the help of his friend, Biscuit the Butterfly, and its powdery magic, Sam easily drifts off to a land of sweet dreams so that he can wake up just in time for the parade."

C.O.R.E New Units- The Tyr-Rex

The Tyr-Rex is an epic monster formed from machine and flesh. This beast has taken the form of the king of prehistoric terrestrial reptiles, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The mechanical giant has been infused with Xenosathem Crystals that formed in the caves where the CORE are now sheltered and has acquired new terrifying powers. Beyond the menacing chainsaw teeth hooked in its jaws, the monster can temporarily harvest the energy from the crystals growing in its back and unleash a beam of condensed radiation at its targets.

The design of the Tyr-Rex was inspired by my love of Zoids and Godzilla. I might go back to add more crystal protruding from the tail and other orifices to play up the idea that the crystals have really taken hold of this machine.

Sketch, still trying to figure out shapes and machination for joints.

Black and white sketch

Added colors and the crystals

Tyr-Rex does a rawr :D

C.O.R.E New Units- Welder Drone

The Welder drone is a mechanized unit with worm like qualities. It was described to me as a creature with a maw made of many teeth. The worm from Tremor, and the shape shifting mechanized parts from transformers were very influential to this design. Drawing the reticulated plates in perspective were a challenge, but adding the metal texture once done was very satisfying.




Finished card design

C.O.R.E New Units- Menial Bot Version 2

Today we have, as Bryan Steele calls them, murder-bots from the Samaria wastelands. The CORE were mechanized helpers created by the United Worlds before the apocalyptic event and has since evolved to be self sufficient by hunting for biomatter to fuel its reserves. The back bone of the CORE faction are the menial bots who fight in the front lines as scouts to locate potential targets ripe for the harvesting.

I started with a sketch similar to the power-loader that Ellen Ripley used in Alien as reference and build on top of that. The Borderlands bots also had some influence in the design.

Monday, September 30, 2019

K3 new units: Ocelatl

For the Ocelatl, I was tasked to design a stone jaguar sentinel for the Kukulkani warriors to employ in their glorious wars to harvest life energy from foes. I used stone textures seen in the Mayan temples as well as the macuahuitl weapons for inspiration. I also looked at some transformers just to see how the plates covering the mechanical creature would articulate.

Friday, September 27, 2019

K3 New Units: Chac Xib and the Technomantic Apprentice

Chac Xib and Technomantic Apprentice

Next up, some sci fi magic characters from the K3 roster. I thought it would be neat if the High Technician is depicted diassembling some weird contraption like a K3 scepter. The Apprentice is armed with a pole arm to defend their master. It was really find illustrating all the crazy pieces of metal that adorn their armor and helmets.

New K3 Units: The Sun & Moon Warrior

Sun & Moon Warrior

First up on the new K3 unit list are the Sun & Moon Warrior. They are opposites to each other, the Sun warrior emphasizes offensive capablities where as the Moon Warrior is more agile.I used more jagged shapes and radial designs for the Sun warrior, while the Moon warrior has spirals and curves with a few meandering patterns. Personally I liked the Moon warrior with that weird moon shape coming out back in the sketches,  but the game designers I worked with went with the one you see with colors.

The images below shows some of the references I used while coming up with the characters. My art director usually give me a set of images that I then process along with the written texts. I also crossreference the characters with an excel master file containing the character stats so I get an idea of what they are able to do.

New Kukulkani Units

Found some old artwork I did for the Dark Age miniature line. I was tasked to create some concept pieces for new upcoming characters. Here is a line up of the units. I will post up break downs for each unit later.