Dead Bird Brewing's Titan Series

Recently I had the chance to collaborate with The excellent Wisconsin based brewery, Dead Bird Brewing. Their upcoming beer series Titans, imagines four new beers as monsters with characteristics inspired by the individual beer flavors. Reserve orders will be available for this poster at www.deadbirdbrewing.com. this November.

 

Skin Walker Ranch part 2!

For the second installment of Astonishing Legends Skin Walker Ranch episode, I tackled the half wolf, half man skin walker creature. In continuation of the mixed media approach to the first wolf illustration, I used india ink wash, and the Pentel brush pen but instead of the dry brush texture used previously, I tried Kyle Webster's halftone brushes.

A variant with a more human snout channeling the great Wolfman  

A variant with a more human snout channeling the great Wolfman

 

Skin Walkers Ranch illustration process

Astonishing Legends has a new podcast episode centering on supernatural sightings at Skin Walkers Ranch. ( Listen to it here) One of the cooler creatures to be seen multiple times on the ranch grounds was a huge wolf, described as blue eyed, gigantic and unaffected by gunfire. Because this was a quick turnaround, I focused on traditional media with more expressive line then stitched everything together digitally. 

The first image shows the wolf riddled with bullet holes. The second image describes the first sighting of the beast from the interior of a car. In the end the second idea was chosen to better show the scale of the animal.

The first image shows the wolf riddled with bullet holes. The second image describes the first sighting of the beast from the interior of a car. In the end the second idea was chosen to better show the scale of the animal.

When inking the wolf fur and car interior, I used a fresh Pentel brush pen for the contours and hard edges and a dry, almost empty Pentel to explore shading on the wolf and interior texture.

When inking the wolf fur and car interior, I used a fresh Pentel brush pen for the contours and hard edges and a dry, almost empty Pentel to explore shading on the wolf and interior texture.

For the background I used India ink to do a quick wash with the intention of this information being secondary and set back in space

For the background I used India ink to do a quick wash with the intention of this information being secondary and set back in space

Digital coloring with special attention paid to the wolf's described bright blue eyes.

Digital coloring with special attention paid to the wolf's described bright blue eyes.

Myths and Legends!

Here is a poster for the excellent podcast Myths and Legends. Because this podcast delves into a new character each week, the poster needed to showcase a group of legends which are commonly talked about. To listen to these podcasts and eventually buy this poster, visit Myths and Legends here.

Astonishing Legends!

Recently I was lucky enough to contribute to one of my favorite podcasts, Astonishing Legends! Below is an editorial piece centering around the harrowing tale of a young boy's struggle with the supernatural.

Portrait warmup

In between freelance projects I like to dig into the toolbox and fiddle around with forgotten media. Today I settled on color pencils and tried a self portrait. As an added change of pace, I kept away from chromatic colors and tried layering primary and secondary hues.. 

The Leo constellation

Recently I was asked to do a Leo illustration for an editorial piece. Here He is in all his surly glory

With the phases of the moon as an alternate

With the phases of the moon as an alternate

Character Design

Lately I've found myself working on big expansive black and white projects so this quick character design was a nice (colorful) change of pace

Little Red Riding Hood in Progress

 I've been pouring over the great Bernie Wrightson and his phenomenal Frankenstein illustrations. Here is my take on a fairy tale (in process) inspired by the creative size contrast shown in Mr. Wrightson's Frankenstein characters.

Batman, Gargoyles and Rain!

When I look at my heroes in the comic book industry, Arthur Adams and Mike Mignola spring to mind. This is the most recent study of Batman after pouring over their work.