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.
UPDATE: Added the lovely Miss Wellows to accompany Grimstead.
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!
It’s been too long! Geez, every time I think I’m getting back into the Dustlander groove, I get extremely busy.
This set of characters, from my Steampunks idea, represents the last of my backlog of work (at least I think so!). I drew this close to a year ago, but it definitely holds up. I’m particularly proud of the larger automaton, cleverly named Ado, because I tried to just smother him with detail. The girl, meanwhile, might need a redesign or two, or I might drop her altogether. I’m not even sure of her name… but I hope you appreciate the close-up of her I added.
Mornin’. There’s one week of summer left here in Utah, and it’s bumming me out.
On a slightly more positive note, you visitors to the site might have seen the new banner to your right (or on the very bottom on mobile). That’s right–my original pitch from a year ago is taking form! The series, a(n unofficial) realistic adaptation of Minecraft, will be called Survival Mode, and the first book will be called The Spawning Years.
I don’t want to spoil too much, but I have to get you interested, now don’t I? Very well. Clockwise from the top-left, this character roster features a villager, a zombie, a bearded Steve, Steve, Alex, and an armored Alex. I’m quite proud of these designs and this new style I’ve worked out, but I’ll have to warn you that not all of these characters even appear in the first book. Our protagonist (who remains nameless for the first book), is, after all, stranded in the wilderness after spontaneously “spawning”. However, each of these fine folk will be introduced in time; I just hope I can do the Minecraft mythos some justice, with all the thought I’ve put into this.
To know if I did any good, well, I’ll need your help! Chapter I is available here or on Tapastic–er, sorry, Tapas. Enjoy!