I love samurai’s and feudal Japan. I was really inspired to create a digital painting with lots of atmosphere that also tells an action packed story. I won’t lie, I’m really proud of this one! Creating this piece helped me streamline a new process that takes advantage of both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
One of the best projects I ever worked on was the Zeos Avatar Creation App. I collaborated with a team of super talented developers and designed an app that let students create their own fully customizable super hero avatar. I spent weeks creating hundreds of interchangeable assets. When all was said and done, there were millions of possible asset/character combinations!
While working for Pearson Education, I had the opportunity to illustrate a series of comics that helped teach kids effective test taking strategies. The stories took place at a superhero academy where the protagonists were working toward becoming real superheros.
Comics are a lot of fun to draw and can be an incredibly effective medium for both storytelling and technical instruction.
The card game “Desperados” was the first project I worked on with the awesome folks at Gryphon Games. The game has a unique partnership mechanic that pits two teams of gun slinging cowboys against one another in a battle to steal each other’s gold! The original edition (which was titled “Digging” back in 1990) was starting look a little dated on the shelf. I was asked to re-imagine the card art and class-up the package design and rule book. The final product was released in a convenient travel sized tin box.
I really enjoyed making the art for this game! The boss man at Gryphon gave me free range to create a colorful assortment of characters to populate the Desperado cards.
As an illustrator I find creating new characters to be the most enjoyable part of my job. Like most artists, I draw inspiration from my life and experiences. This character was inspired by my good friend Jeemin Kim.
Flash animation was my first love. It’s a real shame the software doesn’t get much attention nowadays. Regardless, I’ve used Flash for countless projects over the years and I always enjoyed creating character animation. This is a quick voice over test I created while practicing some new Flash animation techniques.
As a child of the 80’s, sidescroller video games are practically imprinted into my DNA. In 2012 I collaborated with a team of game programmers and instructional designers to create a series of math games for Pearson education. I created character designs, animations sprites and environmental designs for 8 different math games.
The examples shown here give a unique look at one of the number line games I worked on. There were two separate skins created for the game and I built assets for both. Which do you prefer?
I mostly work as a digital artist, my tools of choice being the Wacom Cintiq and Photoshop. However, every now and again I’ve been known to bust out a brush pen and lay ink to paper. This ink series features the crusty bones of five famous prehistoric beasts. I colored the ink drawing digitally using Photoshop.
You have to wear a lot of different hats when you work in the art industry. I’ve done everything from designing minimalist websites to illustrating ornate digital paintings, to animating singing dancing characters. Sometimes the job requires all types of little knick-knacks you can never predict. You gotta be versatile and think outside the box!
The samurai you see admiring the geisha in this piece has popped up in many of my works. I call him Hiro. I honestly don’t know what his story is, but I often feel compelled to draw him. Whenever I make an illustration that he shows up in, its like I get to see a little snippet of his adventures. Where will he show up next?
The business world is a savage place that drives many people off the edge of sanity. The first digital painting shown here is meant to depict the feeling of losing ones mind to the pressures of the corporate world.
The second piece was created while contemplating “samsara” - the never ending cycle of birth, life and death.
The final piece is a statement about privilege and the illusion of equality.
Japanese folklore has a ton of supernatural creatures that are unlike anything imagined in western mythology. One of these creatures is known as “Oni”, a hideous, gigantic ogre-like creature with wild hair and demon horns. I was inspired to make an original print featuring one of these creatures, and I thought it would be pretty cool to have him guarding a pagoda. After drawing up my initial sketch I used Illustrator to flesh out the shapes and then painted in the detail using Photoshop.