Monday, August 16, 2010

Bakugan Ability Cards

After my work on the environment concepts, they had me help out my buddy Kyle Steed with Ability Card art. Kyle had painted the cards with a wicked cool style that Spin Master loved so much, they wanted all the cards to look like his! Problem is, Kyle's only one man, and he had what seemed like hundreds more Ability Cards to go. So they had a few more of us help him out and try to emulate his style. It wasn't an easy task, but we managed to pump them all out. Kyle's Ability Card art had really pushed the enthusiasm for both Spin Master and FLS, as they are some of the most impressive pieces of art in the game.

There are many many more of these, and maybe I can get Kyle to share some, as his quality and skill on these cards greatly exceed mine! Even now he's still working on more Ability Cards and each new piece looks better every time! The guy's super talented. I'm very glad to be be able to work with such a talented team :)

(Let me add that some of these are NOT the final versions used in the game, as not all of them were to Spin Master's liking on the first try. So other artists may have adjusted certain things on them, or they didn't get used at all. These are all pieces I either did all myself or worked upon from a rougher stage that Kyle passed to me.)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Get your Baku-on with some Bakugan

I did environment concepts for the game Bakugan Dimensions last year. I found them today and thought I'd post them since the game's been released and I don't have anything else to share currently. These were put together with photoshop, with a few of the props having been rendered in 3D and turned into clip art which could be placed anywhere. So yeah, a lot of this was a design process where I reused a lot of bits and pieces from already finished art. Oh, and any of the foliage / most of the ground (grass, concrete, etc) was done by my co-worker, Jonathan Stroh who is a freakin' AMAZING artist! He and I both worked on the environment concepts, but his are way better.. haha

Monday, August 9, 2010

Forgotten page

I thought I was missing a page yesterday.. here it is.

Not that spectacular. Some Bale Rage and UGUUUUUUU~

OH! I ordered some artbooks from Brand Studio Press and they came in the mail today!

I got Francisco Herrera's Sketchbox #4
The only one missing now from my collection is #1... Really should have bought it while I had the chance during it's second printing :( I can only hope there will be a third. Anyway, Sketchbox #4 was a highly anticipated book for me, as I'm a big fan of Herrera's work. If you haven't seen any of his art, I highly recommend doing so. He has such a unique style and attention to facial expressions that his characters easily come to life right before your eyes. I also enjoy his use of line weights, as it helps the characters jump off the page. If you're a fan of exaggerated cartoony characters and comic books, Francisco Herrera is not one to look past.

The second book I got was J. Scott Campbell's Blue Beauties. Many may be familiar with Campbell's art through comic books. To be honest, I haven't run into a lot of comics he's worked on, but I've seen a lot of his work, and I must say they've helped me in finding my own voice in art. This book is made up of a lot of his Comic book covers, so again, if you're a fan of comic books, and you're new to the name, be sure to check out J. Scott Cambell.

Lastly, the third book I received was Terry Dodson's Bomb Shells. Terry Dodson is an artist I wasn't familiar with, but upon looking at the samples of his book, decided it was in my best interest to buy it, and it does not disappoint. Dodson's book is compiled of a variety of pin-up girls, and wacky cartoon characters. It actually upsets me that I hadn't heard of him sooner, but I'm glad to have acknowledged another fine artist. Dodson's work is definitely on my list of inspirations. Again, highly recommended you check out his art!

So yeah! not much art to show from me, but hopefully you'll check out and become fans of the artists I've mentioned above. If you like their art, support them by buying their books!

And in non-art news, I got my haircut today. It's pretty short, so I'm hoping it won't be as uncomfortable when my head gets sweaty, as it was with my bushy pile of almost-fro. Then again, Seattle has decided it's done with it's 2 weeks of summer and is now giving us fall. Seriously, I should not be wearing a sweater in August!

Anyway, that's all I have to say for today. Until next time! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sketchbook stuff

I just started a new sketchbook. Here's some pages over the week.. Been trying to design a character and keep her appearance consistent.. too bad I'm still not settled on an appearance I wanna go with yet!

I've also been busy with a lot of great stuff at work that I REALLY wanna show.. but there's something somewhere in the contract about me not giving away details to secret projects, etc.. SO YEAH. I HAVE been doing art, just not a lot I can post here.. So you'll have to settle for some meh sketchbook stuff.

Also, I feel really awkward about saying stuff in here.. which is funny, because I used to be a frequent Live Journal user, so I always had crap to say. Maybe if I post more, I'll get myself adjusted to this and things will stop being so awkward. Yeah.. Anyway, until next time. Possibly next week when I have more sketches, OR if I have something I feel I need to share.