Thursday, August 25, 2011
From Top to Bottom:
1. Pollutopia Ark - Pollutopia, water colour, 2011
3. Concept Sketch 1
4. Concept Sketch 2
5. Emma's Owl, water colour, 2011
Pollutopia Ark - Pollutopia,
I wasn't sure what to call this one so I just decided to leave it as 'Pollutopia'. Part of the on-going series, I'm trying to develop the kind of scenes you will see in Pollutopia and I'm still working on colour-schemes. These characters are all related being that they were all born on the same page of my sketch pad. Bacchus makes a little appearance in the top right corner and I didn't add too much colour to him to separate him from the rest. He is the observer. I don't have names for any of the rest of them except the Pollutopian Floating Mine which is the Earth-like orb in the botton-right corner with tentacles sticking out.
I made this for my sister's birthday. She mentioned she likes owls so this was my best shot in one attempt. Hadn't used water colour for a while but I enjoyed it a lot and I have begun making more.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
This is my first real sculpture and I made it to commemorate my father-in-law who recently passed away. He had actually commissioned this piece about a year ago after seeing the above concept sketch and suggested with a few changes it would make a nice sculpture. I wanted to document the process to show the family how the sculpture came to be. I couldn't find the sketch that he made over my design but it looked more like what I created than the original concept. Mark was a huge loss to our family and he will be missed. I like the idea that this flame will stand as a reminder of the light that he brought into our family and the lives of many others.
Last year around this time there were a bunch of June-bugs flying around. I found a couple wings and brought them home facinated by the rich green colors. I guess it is that time of year again and a couple days ago I heard this loud buzzing sound coming from my studio. I found this guy clumsily flying around banging into the walls over and over. It had gotten into some cob-web and was having trouble. I snapped a couple shots and got the above video then attempted to catch it with a couple BK cups. At first I had no trouble catching it in the cups but when I released it over the gate the stupid thing flew immediately back in. It bumped into my dog Giblets a couple times and he seemed amazingly ok with its presence (usually he would try to eat anything like that or at least stomp out it's existence). I caught and released it two more times before it finally got the message it wasn't supposed to be hanging around. I had considered creating a June-bug logo for Studio Tapu so I am taking this encounter as some kind of mystical June-bug sign or blessing for Studio Tapu!
Most of these images were taken at a reserve in Omaha around mid-August. There were many little critters running/hoping/flying around and some I had never seen in real life before (including the praying mantis and the creepy spider). We are looking at upgrading cameras so that I can get more out of images like these.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
This series of images should give some insight into how I might construct a specific vector image using various resources to pull it all together. Inspired by a really old illustration I saw of the Grim Reaper sitting on a gravestone with an hourglass in his hand. The client wanted a unique design that was very dark with a contemporary look that still seemed authentic to motorcyclists.
A couple more Dagon concepts. Still trying to figure out where to go with this project (Illustrating Lovecraft's Dagon short story) as I want to create an accurate rendering of the story while really letting loose with my own style. The man is the protagonist from the story, a sailor from back in the day. I want his beard to resemble the island and possibly the creatures. The monster is a more loose rendering of the creature from the story. I want it to be at the same time alien, hideous and almost human but still something that could live in the ocean.
While flicking through some of my wife's science books I discovered the outline of this image and felt compelled to fill in some of the circles with Pollutopian colors. I think it was a biology book and I forget what the diagram was actually of. Because I am still developing the color scheme for Pollutopia, it was nice to create a very simple painting with the main colors I have been using all together.