Concept Art Illustration Design

Tripp from AARCS

February 12th, 2014

Did another portrait for the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS, http://aarcs.ca/), so here’s Tripp!

Interesting looking character this one, though I’m afraid he’s no longer available for adoption, as it seems he found a home right before I finished, which is excellent/I’m glad to hear.

So, consider this picture just a friendly encouragement to support your local shelters (especially if it’s AARCS, they do great work ;)  ) and to remember that older animals, like Tripp, need and deserve homes too.

Have a wonderful day! :)

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Let’s try this again…

February 8th, 2014

So, been an interesting and incredibly busy year already. Some very cool and big things in the works, though I’ll leave the details that for when there’s something to show. In the mean time, I’m going to be revamping the site and getting reviews and various information up. Hopefully, before the end of February, but, we’ll see how it goes.

Be well everyone :)

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Adopt the very cute Penny!

December 26th, 2013

Recently did a portrait of Penny for the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS: http://aarcs.ca)

Here is her story:
I was surrendered by my previous owner and lived outside with lot’s of brothers and sisters was tied up most of my life. I did not have much interaction with people during this time so I am very shy but I have made huge progress. The first few weeks of my foster care, I was afraid of venturing out of my kennel but now I quite enjoy the company of other dogs and people. I’m now very curious and love to follow the other dogs and people around the house and yard. My favorite spot in the house is lying on my bed and watching everything that’s going on around me. You are more than welcome to talk to me I have a good temperament but still shy of people that come close into my space. I will take gently a treat from your hand, and come to you when my name is called. I am house trained indoors and love being outside, good on my leash however need my distance. Be patient with me I’m still a little nervous and untrusting but believe me I have come a long way I have been told!

I would love to find my furever home, I’m looking for a small family or single person who has lots of time, patience and understanding as well someone who would be dedicated to my confidence building. Someone who can give me the love to trust all in due time, I know I’m worth every penny of it!

Penny would do very well if there was another dog(s) with a yard or acreage as she has always been among other dogs for company. Not too sure about being in a family with small children as she is very nervous if approached too quickly. Penny is playful outside yet relaxed in the house laying on her bed chewing on a bone.

Details on how to adopt her can be found here: http://aarcs.ca/portfolio-item/a19116681/

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Hate in the Winter/Christmas season

December 6th, 2013

There’s only one thing I hate about the Winter/Christmas season, and that’s the ridiculous cultural conflicts that seem to reoccur every year surrounding it. I’ve probably seen over a dozen articles/posts/comments in relation to that in the last week.

There’s always some small, but vocal minority, that seems to consider Christmas a personal assault on their world/life, as if the celebration is an oppressive force to be battled. I’ve seen, as an example, NeoPagans and Animists (who have their own celebration during the solstice) talk about how offensive it is to even receive a friendly phrase or invitation to events… Which seems completely mature and in the spirit of peace, interconnectedness and harmony, right?

And then there’s the vocal minority of Christians who seem to always somehow believe their religion and events are under constant assault. And berate and sometimes flat out lie about occurrences in an attempt to undermine other groups or religions. Who demand exemptions from basic logistics and processes or else it’s a matter of oppression… Which seems completely mature and in the spirit of forgiveness, acceptance and unity, right?

On a day like today, where a man died still believing in a message of mutual respect and reconciliation after having lived under tangible and brutal oppression for the vast majority of his life, it grates on my nerves even more.

I’m not remotely Christian, but I will still say Merry Christmas to those who are. I’m not Pagan/etc, either, but I’ll still wish them a wonderful Yule/Solstice. And I will accept all greetings/phrases/etc, openly and in the manner they were intended. I will still help my wife put up a tree and decorate it, because she is. I will still participate as needed and try to enjoy the atmosphere the season creates. Why? The short version is, “I’m not a self centered jerk”. The long version, is that I understand that being accepting and supportive of someone else’s spiritual beliefs does not somehow take away from mine, or from me as a person. All it does is give respect, kindness and acceptance to them, all of which are an infinite resource. It’s sharing something with those I love or care for, or simply acknowledging the personhood of strangers. There’s no harm or negative compromise in any of that.

Equality means living in balance with all it’s people, regardless of if jingle bells gets stuck in my head or certain phrases continually evoke the image of a happy ham in my mind.

Be well, and whatever your customs, I wish you the best in them :)

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Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo – Gaming Event

April 25th, 2012

So, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to do some art to help him promote the traditional gaming event at the Calgary Expo this year (http://www.calgaryexpo.com/gaming/). Sounded like fun and being part of the expo, even in a small way, gives me the warm fuzzies so I agreed. The pieces ended up being rushed, honestly, as everything* that could possibly go wrong during the time period, did… But, I think they turned out pretty decently. Hoping those at the expo enjoy it, as that’s the important part.

Finished just this morning after another all nighter, you should be able to see this as a giant poster at the gaming area itself, a dragon who may be hoarding the myriad of prizes up for grabs at the event:

Calgary Expo Dragon

And created for posters/handbills which you may have already seen around the city, a Warhammer 40K: Grey Knight Terminator, firing wildly at something larger than himself that appears to be breathing fire *cough*:

Calgary Expo Grey Knight

If you’re at the Expo, it’ll be worth checking out, the event will be in the main convention hall (it’s marked on their map). Whether you’re into competing in the events(as they have all sorts of ones and for every genre and universe I’ve ever heard of), or just because you’d like to be a spectator and watch the gladiatorial bloodsport of the mighty geeks. (Link again: http://www.calgaryexpo.com/gaming/)

See you there, I’ll be the one fussing about everything I could have done better with the art ;)

* Everything is hopefully taking a break from adding additional things for now, but included: dog dying, sudden deadline changes and doubling of workload, grandmother dying, car breaking down, girlfriend having mysterious illness which led to multiple emergency room visits, sudden pre-emptive concerns of legal issues which required a complete change of concept, my having an entirely unrelated mysterious illness, computer crashes, and, as always, terminal insomnia ;)

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Just an update

March 24th, 2012

Well, that update streak didn’t last too long…

Been more than a little crazy the last while, everything from the car breaking down to “suddenly, deadlines!” Just woke up from a 15 hour sleep streak of recovery… Remember folks, something as simple as not putting your events on a schedule can cause pain and lack of sleep for others.

All during this as well, my very well loved Granny Wyn was in hospital. Her status seemed to change almost daily. One moment near the brink, the next recovering and chatting away to the amazement of the doctor. She was a tough and amazing old lady, and I know many people say that about their grannies, but I truly believe it. I have her Cape Town to Cairo dirt rally trophies upstairs(won via a station wagon) and a father named after and conceived at, the Temple of Angkor Watt, Cambodia, to prove it to. Not to mention the legacy of trips to the Kalahari Desert to search for a lost city.

She passed away, peacefully I’m told, around midnight of March 15th. She was 98 years old, even in hospital she was still teaching herself new things. That she didn’t live to reach a 100 still seems a rather strange and surprising thing. I will miss her greatly.

I’ll get back to posting art, some of my own is even going to see the light of day, as well as have some news about the Calgary Expo soonish. Have a good one, all.

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Mech Monday: RobotJox

February 6th, 2012

RobotJox by Robert Simons

RobotJox by Robert Simons

And to catch up fully, here’s RobotJox by Robert Simons (Falarsimons). Interesting design here, a nice mix between more organic forms and the traditional synthetic ones. I also have a tendency to enjoy reverse jointed legs, they seem to give a much more preadtory feel. Not sure about the overall balance of the design, but nice colouring and forms.

The rest of his gallery has a lot of interesting little twists like this, worth checking out.

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Space Sunday: Rawkets

February 6th, 2012

Ended up busy with work and half-dead with illness yesterday, so only posting now, but hopefully that’s made up by how excellent this piece is!

Rawkets by Reid Southen

Rawkets by Reid Southen

This is Rawkets by Reid Southen (Rahll). I’ve been following Reid for a number of years now, and his pieces constantly continue to increase in quality. This piece is one of my favorites from him. The composition is good, the designs are excellent and the level of detail, especially in the smoke and explosions is incredible. I also love all the little additions Reid puts into his piecies, like all the falling debris/guy, etc, since it lets my eye roam around exploring and finding interesting things.

Looking forward to see what he produces in the coming year.

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Mech Monday: Hobgoblin

January 31st, 2012

Hobgoblin by Alexander Iglesias

Hobgoblin by Alexander Iglesias

It’s Mech Monday (almost Tuesday, oops) again and time for another giant robot, this time from Alexander Iglesias (flyingdebris). This one is interesting for a lot of reasons. First off, I love the design, it seems both hulking and agile at the same time, very predatory. The amount of detail is impressive and I have a fondness for 3 barrel weapons, one of which features prominently in this design. It’s a bit hard to read in parts, but still, great overall impression. Interesting as well, is that it’s a departure from the style usually seen with Battletech designs, seems to be a move to modernise, perhaps?

Anyway, here’s hoping your week started off well.

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Space Sunday: Front Lines

January 30th, 2012

Another (hopefully) weekly feature now, Space Sundays. And what better way to start, than an epic space battle filled with missiles, plasma bolts and explosions.

Front Lines by Phoenix-06

Front Lines by Phoenix-06

The above piece is by Adam Burn (a.k.a. Phoenix-06), not a lot to say on it, other than it tickles particular parts of my brain and reminds me to a degree of one of my favorite games of all time, Homeworld. Interestingly enough, this piece is one of a number that are being posted on his account in relation to a new MMO space RTS called Novus Aeterno by Taitale Studios. I’m enjoying their ship designs a fair amount already and sounds like there’s going to be a lot of customization possible. Something to keep an eye on, certainly.

Check out his dA page here: http://phoenix-06.deviantart.com/

And you can follow along with the game developments on their twitter, here: http://twitter.com/novusaeterno

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