Kamis, 28 Februari 2013

Something Udderly Fishy

Alien Species.

What do you say to an agency that asks you to illustrate a UFO flown by a fish? And if that wasn't cool enough they also requested a cow boxing a fish into submission. Who are these cornball cartoonish illos for? The Canadian Fish and Game Department.

The themes reflect alien species of fish encroaching on the native species, farm lands and how they can effect local fish habitats all communicated in a fun way via a simple Flash animation. I'm not doing the Flash work, that'll be handled by the agency who hired me to illustrate these goofy visual assets.

Bull Trout Character.

My animated gif shows some of the movement that will bring these characters to life on screen. I suppose if they are Canadian the fish might be saying

"I'll kick your ärse Cow. Come back and I'll give you a fin sandwich, eh?"

Brook Trout Character.

Yeah so I flipped the fish, re-colored him, modified the shape of his head ever so subtly and voila, new art. What? All's fair in love and vectors baby.

So what might this fish be saying?

"Hey hoser, take me to your leader, eh?"

The Brawling Bovine.

In this corner is my lame animated gif weighing in at exactly 152 KB. This image doesn't do this heifer justice. His head is modular and I provided a library of images so as they can make him jab and punch and get a MOOve on!

Underwater environment.

This is the background for the alien species animation. These will be displayed on large plasma screens in their final form.

Detail of Scene.

Close the door your letting all the water out.

Pleasant Meadow and Spring.

This is the background for the cow boxing the fish. I suppose if they are fighting a discouraging word was heard, eh?

Rough Cut Animations
View a rough cut of "Fish -vs- Cow" here.
View a rough cut of "Invasive Species" here.

Minggu, 24 Februari 2013

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Jumat, 22 Februari 2013

Please Ask Permission

SirGrimm86 (Flickr User), another fan of my "Tribal Tattoo" artwork.

Seems like every three or four months someone takes my artwork and gets it permanently applied to their body. The last time this happened was in October of 2008.

This same modus operandi has been going on now for the last few years. It makes me wonder how many I don't find out about? Normally other people spot it and let me know, but last night while checking web traffic I came across this latest one.

My Original Artwork.

I certainly don't mind people wanting to make a life time commitment to my art like this, that much is very flattering of course and I'm glad they like my work. I'd just rather people ask permission first, and acknowledge that I own the artwork and need to grant them permission to use it before they use it.

Imperial Toy, LLC ripped off my "Tribal Tattoo Face" artwork.

I'm not a jerk, and have only denied someone permission once and that only was due to the fact that I had a copyright lawsuit in progress with a toy company at the time they had asked. (I won that case BTW)

The bat appears within the "Sims 2" universe.

I suppose one could argue that my bat tattoo has now "Jumped the Shark" seeing as it's being ripped off and used to skin people in the virtual world that is "Sims 2." This of course brings up all kinds of interesting copyright issues in and of itself.

Or, maybe I could take a cue and start selling tribal tattoo undies in my Zazzle.com store? Hmmm.

The Bat Signal.

I have to admit, I think tattoos look cool. But I also think they look better on young bodies. I can't argue with the image above at all, but will my art look so good on a 70 year old canvas with sublimated liver spots, and a wrinkled texture running through it?

In any regard, if you're a person looking for a cool tribal tattoo and have Googled your way to this post, then take the time to shoot me an email (See side bar at top right) and ask permission to use my art first.


Rabu, 20 Februari 2013

I'll Crumble 4 Ya!

"Regal Garden" pattern texturized.

It's been almost three years since my texture book was published. But I've continued to grow my own personal archive of cool textures none the less.

The other day I was getting ready to put on an old "Bad Design Kills" t-shirt and noticed the white ink on the skull had started crumbling creating a very cool texture.

"Heavy Crackling" texture.

I call these moments of "Creative Curiousity" and when they arise I try not to ignore them but rather act upon them.

So I took the shirt and scanned it in and created an authentic looking visual resource you can use on any type of illustrative or design project. So enjoy this freebie texture provided by the second law of thermal dynamics.

Source File Specifications.
The "Heavy Crackling" texture download Includes the following:

- Layered Grayscale PSD File (Hi-Res, 12x10 inches @ 800 dpi)
- Bitmap Dithered Tiff Image (Hi-Res, 12x10 inches @ 300 dpi)

Download "Heavy Crackling" Texture. (File Size: 76.6MB)

Selasa, 19 Februari 2013

Senin, 18 Februari 2013

Drugstore Cowboy

The crown jewel of Washington State.

Some of my fondest memories growing up in Washington State were the annual trips to San Juan Island our family would make. Part of the fun was the two hour ferry boat ride to get there. Our friends owned a resort for many years called "Lonesome Cove Resort" and we'd stay in a beach side cabin and I'd spend the days exploring the many tide pools, throwing rocks off the cliff, fishing for Ling and Rock Cod (Ugly fish BTW), catching small crabs or clamming.

The "Wild Goose" a former WWII mine sweeper.

In the summer of 1977 we once again headed for San Juan Island, I was 11 years old and as the ferry boat was coming into Friday Harbor my dad pointed towards the marina and said "See that big one? That's John Wayne's Yacht." Almost every summer we'd see the "Wild Goose" cruising around the island waters, it was a WWII mine sweeper that the "Duke" had converted.

The ferry docked and our car exited. Before making our way to our friends house we stopped at the local drug store to pick up a few things. Me and my mom went inside to buy a few items then we stood in line to check out.

I heard someone come up behind us so I turned to look and there he was John Wayne. He loomed above me, wearing a captains hat and smiled down at me saying "Hello there." I smiled back and said "Hi." then quickly turned around and tugged at my moms shirt saying "It's John Wayne!"

My mom turned around, and the normal adult movie star groveling pursued for the next several minutes. It was a very brief but very memorable moment for me.

Illustrating an American Icon

The iconic John "Duke" Wayne. (Click Image to View Larger)

So when I was approached to work on this iconic illustration on behalf of Wayne Enterprises I was so eager to do it I actually told the agency I'd do it for free. (Talk about groveling) Thankfully the agency didn't take me up on my offer.

That initial excitement was closely followed by fear. You know those doubting thoughts that creep in when you approach a project that intimidates you. My mind kept asking "What if my illustration sucks?" I then imagined John Wayne looking at what ever I came up with and saying in his classic drawl "Son, that drawing looks like a horses ass!"

But then I remembered a cool John Wayne quote I had read years before.

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway."

Good advice.

Since we were working with Wayne Enterprises, I suggested it would be best if they could provide me with archive photos I could use for reference. They agreed and I worked from the images provided to create my art. Wayne Enterprises not the agency had final approval of the artwork.

This style involves a lot of drawing and re-drawing, and with each revision I bake the image down, removing unnecessary detail and simplify the shapes to arrive at my final iconic image. The entire process took roughly three months to complete going back and forth with one revision after another.

It could have taken a mere week but such is the process when you deal with a committee. That said, I'm very happy with the final results.

Second branded image.

When it was all said and done I created two branded images for Wayne Enterprises. This art will be made available to those who purchase license agreements to use the John Wayne image.

Raw hide?

The agency that hired me to do this on behalf of Wayne Enterprises was doing so because they were hired to design the new Beef Jerky packaging the Wayne Estates was selling and didn't have any approved artwork they could use to brand it with. I found this usage a bit humorous myself but when it was all said and done (Mainly due to the economy I suspect) Wayne Enterprises pulled the plug on this venture.

In any regard the whole project was a blast, and it brought back a lot of fun memories for me personally. I am so thankful for all the cool projects I get to work on. Giddy up!

Jumat, 15 Februari 2013

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