Monday, August 31, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Step 6: Work, Work, Work! (Part 7 of 10)

Don’t worry too much about finding a worthy opponent. If you’re good enough and famous enough, a nemesis will find you. While waiting for your opposition to arrive, defend citizens from lower grade criminals. It’s a great way to practice your crime fighting style and gain the respect and adoration of the public. Once you gain a rapport, two things are bound to happen: 1) the public will buy more of your merchandise and 2) meaner people will show up anxious for a tussle.

If your business is lagging, take a look at the crime rates in your area. Are they high enough to sustain a healthy superhero income? If not, try moving to where the action is. Let local law enforcement deal with the small fries, and seek bigger bait yourself. Gotham is taken, but there are hundreds of unclaimed American cities just like it.

Monday, August 17, 2009


Just another experiment using a scanned pencil sketch and a pastel brush in Photoshop. It was a happy accident, but I discovered that the dissolve option actually makes the brush look even more grainy and "pastel-y".

Friday, August 14, 2009


I decided to make a digital wallpaper design today. I wanted to experiment with mixing color visually*, and this is the result. Just a sketch from memory, but I like it. At least, I like the colors. And the texture. I'm kind of a texture freak if you hadn't noticed. Download if you wish!

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* Scott Franson's blog was the inspiration for my doing this. Go Scott!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


What's with me and drawing pictures of creatures taking pictures? Not really sure.

I had finished working on an illustration, and I had a few minutes left to post something on the blog. I thought I'd do something fluffy. (I've been experimenting with the Photoshop brush scattering option. Hence the desire for fluffiness.) Anyway, I remembered those sheep from Wallace and Gromit. Then I thought, "This needs to be the fastest, loosest drawing ever done in Photoshop!" And then it hit me: "PHOTOSHEEP!" And in approximately 3 minutes, a photography-loving ungulate was born.

And yes, sheep are ungulates.
Never thought this blog would be educational, did ya?

Monday, August 10, 2009

The King

I was working on an image for The Friend magazine today and had a little bit of an illustrator's block. So I busted out with this. I'm guessing there's some of my own creative frustration built into this guy. :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Monster #3

I'm back from a little vacation. It usually takes me a few days to get back in the groove, especially when I've hardly drawn at all. (I brought my sketchbook with me, along with the best of intentions, but I didn't make much time for drawing.) I've been backpacking in the Uintas, hanging out in the 'Slow, and having a great time with family and friends. I'll probably post some pictures from our adventures. In the meantime, I present Zorth, the coolest-named monster ever.