I’ve been drawing a lot. I’ve got a month until my application deadline and that’s about as stressful as you’d expect. Lucky for you, it means I have more material to throw on here whenever I feel like I need a pick-me-up. It’s nice to see your work displayed this way, y’know? (Why else would I still be updating this website?)
I get most of my ideas from music. Each of these characters popped into my head at one point or another while listening to some of my favorite tunes. First is Guy Sorenson, AKA Flyguy, inspired by Hans Zimmer’s wondrous work on Man of Steel. Then, upon another listen of The Poppy Family’s “Where Evil Grows” (featured in the Sonic movie) I thought of the reclusive and troubled Mister Grimstead. Anything Ironwood-related is largely informed by Brandon Flowers’ “Diggin’ Up the Heart”, so that’s how we get Christie Henderson. Reflector, I don’t remember where she comes from.
It’s been fun to do these little illustrations between projects. More on the way.
Gosh, it’s been a while since I made a new post, hasn’t it? I hope you appreciate the site’s makeover, as well as my updated style. I’ve been studying animation at BYU for the past year and a half, and I’m preparing a portfolio to apply to the program in June. It’s pretty small and very competitive, so that’s gonna be my first priority in the coming months. I hope all two of you understand.
In college, perfectionism isn’t really on the table. I remember spending 20, 30, 40 or more hours on some of the comics and commissions–you know, the ones with the thick linework, bad posture, wacky filters, and blurry edges. They do have nostalgic value to me, but now I see that all that “perfecting” was really only making my art worse. Ironically, it’s a lot easier to get it right on the first try. I feel like I’ve come a long way, and have even further to go.
I’ve got a few things in the pipeline, so feel free to check every once in a while. I’m happy to have you.
Happy Friday! I’ve been teasing the reveal of some new characters on social media, and, well, here they are. They’re still a little rough around the edges, but I just couldn’t wait to share them with you.
Ironwood is an animated series I want to produce someday. If you’re a longtime reader, you might recognize a couple of these guys from concept art that I have worked on since mid-2015. Well, you can ignore all that now. I’ve revised the character designs and settled on a style that I feel is distinct, appealing, and simple enough for animation.
Here’s the main cast: Christie, Ted, Tommy, Vincent, Indigo, Liberty, and Guzman. These seven characters are caught up in a thrilling drama set in the town of Ironwood, Nevada. I hope to tell a realistic story that audiences can relate to, while exploring themes of hope and redemption. There’ll be plenty of action too!
More on this project as it develops!
Hiya readers! Tonight I’m posting the art on here much earlier than on social media. Only the true Dustlander fans are reading this right now.
This is a brand-new piece of art commissioned by a gal I knew in high school! It’s been fun and challenging to draw. You might think the design (a Gundam head on a human body) is a little strange, but it’s really grown on me as I’ve worked on it. It kinda reminds me of a BIONICLE mask!
Shoutout to the folks at Adobe who helped me recover this piece after Adobe Sketch glitched and deleted it about 20 hours in. I feel like I owe you guys!
Hi! It’s me again. I’ve been working on a number of different pieces as well as a bunch of coursework here at BYU. College is hard, but I feel I’m adjusting pretty well–and finding more time to draw to boot!
In between classes, I found the time to whip up these commissions for my good friends Parker and Jack (AKA the2parker and Electric Skyfish). I had a lot of fun on these, trying to make them are simple and clean as possible. I also tested out a new style here–a combination of leaky fountain pen and watercolor brushes that just screams “minimalism”. This will probably be my go-to format for commissions from now on, since it’s less time-consuming than my more refined black lineart and blocks of color.
In case you’re interested, these are $20 apiece and take only a day or two! It’s a steal of a deal. Just message me on social media or email me at email@example.com with the details and a picture of yourself.
Hey hey hey, it’s another commission after who knows how long! Well, not really… this one’s on the house.
I can explain. My family went to Nauvoo, Illinois this summer. If you didn’t know, Nauvoo is full of historical sites important to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, AKA the LDS Church, AKA the Mormon Church. I expected to be bored there, but instead I found myself quite entertained by Nauvoo’s Young Performing Missionaries, volunteers who put on all sorts of shows and paegants detailing the town’s history. They’re all so talented and full of energy, so Nauvoo is basically Mormon Disneyland! Needless to say, I had quite the spiritual experience there.
I also had the chance to see these five YPMs again after they got back from their summer-long mission! They graciously allowed me to sketch them, and I think I captured their likenesses pretty well. Remember, commissions are open, and these rougher ones don’t take too long, so hit me up!
“Am I even a good man?”
“I’ve always thought you were a good man.”
Hey everyone. I’ve graduated from high school, so I finally have enough time to post a brand new time-lapse video!
The art is nothing special–just a new version of the Dustlander Productions logo–but the music this time is really something! It’s “Adept”, a song hot off Caleb’s new EP, “Fives“, which is full of really unique, mellow electronic music. Give it a listen!
Check it out, everyone. I’ve had a couple of designs for Vincent Cannon (the protagonist of Ironwood) for a while now, and here they are.
The top-left version might be what he will look like in the Ironwood animated series (which isn’t real, but, y’know, there’s always hope). It was fun coloring Vincent in this relatively simple fashion, which I understand is necessary for this kind of animation. The three other designs are a little prettier, if only because I threw some paint on them in Adobe Sketch (rather than just doing blocks of color). You also get to see Vincent in various stages of undress–take that how you will.
These somewhat finalized Ironwood character designs take a while, but I hope to post more of them in the future… maybe even a full-body Vincent at some point!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is my favorite game. To commemorate the first anniversary of its release, I cut together some footage to the tune of “Back Then”, an amazing song by Julian Smith (AKA B Story). Thus I do not own any of the content in this video. But I hope you like it!
EDIT: I’ve discontinued the Zelda Explained channel and put the video on the main Dustlander channel, just for consistency’s sake. I may still upload some Zelda content in the future, but give it time!