Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Goddess of The Woods: Character Design

I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend. In honor of this wonderful holiday my wife and I spent the entire 3-day weekend laboring. We started the last big push of a nearly 6 month renovation, paint and trim (door casing, baseboards, crown moulding, etc), which will take a few more weekends on top of this one. 

Anyway, on to the art! This is little woodland goddess that I designed and painted for a multiplayer slot game called, Goddess of The Woods. It was painted from start to finish in Adobe Photoshop.

All rights to this art belong to AGS: Cadillac Jack Games, an Apollo Global Management company.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Stallion of The Sky: Symbol Designs

You know those little pictures that fly past you on a slot machine reel? For anyone that isn't familiar, those are called "symbols". Each one has a specific purpose in the game, and each one has a value assigned to it. Like I said in the last post, I chose to use Mayan/Incan design language to help create a sense of time and place for the Stallion of the Sky slot game. 

For the bonus symbol (the symbol that might get you to the bonus or free spins screen) I looked at the designs of specific Mayan pottery that some say is proof of ancient aliens. I like the mysterious nature of those pieces, so I wanted to include that look. Do an image search for "Mayan Aliens".

For this mid-pay symbol I wanted a piece of magic pottery that spat a combination of electric arcs and flame, so I combined Mayan pottery with a spark plug. The blue flame in this still version was replaced in the final version with animated electric flame.  

Since I started working in this industry I've really enjoyed creating the letter art for the "Royals" in slot games. Although sometimes I start with a font, these were hand drawn from scratch and then painted digitally in Photoshop. I used some photo texture, but most of it was just painted.

All rights to this art belong to AGS: Cadillac Jack Games, an Apollo Global Management company.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Stallion of The Sky: Mayan Horse Statue

Okay, before anyone yells, "The Mayans didn't have horses!", I know. That's kind of the point. For the Stallion of the Sky slot game I wanted to create objects and environments that felt like they could have existed, but never actually did. To accomplish this I chose to place a "Pegasus" creature in an unrelated time/place in history, and then rigorously stick to the shape and design language of that culture.

Here is the first in a series of objects I designed for this game. This was first drawn by hand on paper, and then digitally painted and prepped for animation in Photoshop. I've been asked a few times already, so I'll go ahead and answer it here: no 3D software was used to create this painting, just good old fashioned perspective drawing and an understanding of light and shadow. Thanks for taking a look. More to come tomorrow.

All rights to this art belong to AGS: Cadillac Jack Games, an Apollo Global Management company.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Daily Sketch 4: Olympic Face 4

My wife requested Curling for today's Olympic Face, and this came up in the search: http://www.filmoria.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/CURLING_KING_1.jpg

The image is of an actor in the movie, Curling King. I know this isn't a picture from an actual  Olympic sporting event,  but the ridiculous intensity of it won me over.

Since it's Saturday I took a little bit of additional time on this one. Even though I decided to go with a cartoon on this, I still spent a lot of time making sure that I observed the structure of the forms, the folds in the clothing, and the way he and the other items connect with the ground plane.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Daily Sketch: Olympic Face 2-3

I didn't get to a scanner yesterday, but I did draw a bit. Also, it wasn't a great drawing day, but I figured I should keep posting these, warts and all, even if I'm not fond of them.

Yesterday: Unknown Olympic Diver. Original reference can be found here:

Today: Olympic Football (Soccer to you 'mericans) Player, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar,
looking none to happy about a call, "Kill the ref"!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stallion of The Sky: Pegasus Designs

Early in 2014 I did the concept art and some of the finished illustrations for the Stallion of The Sky slot machine game for Cadillac Jack Games. I was asked to create a Pegasus game with creatures that clearly appeared to be winged horses but looking like nothing that had ever been seen in slot games before.

After doing some research I chose to base the beasts off of Shire Horses. I gave them a combination of tiger and Okapi stripes, which I had not seen anywhere online or in any other media. Finally, I gave them exotic wings and fiery manes. I don't get to do a lot of creature design, so this was a ton of fun.

All rights to this art belong to AGS: Cadillac Jack Games, an Apollo Global Management company.

Daily Sketch: Olympic Face 1

I thought I would break up the game art posts with some daily sketches. I fell out of sketching on a daily basis a long time ago, and my skills have eroded. Like a lot of artists who fall out of the habit it's been a bit of a struggle to get back into it, but I always love it when I do. Don't ask why but I've wanted to do a series of sketches from photos of Olympic athletes during and after their events. Here's the first one in that series, and the first "daily sketch" I've done in way too long. Stick around and see how long I can keep it up. I may miss a day here and there posting these, but I plan to do at least one page of sketches every day until... well forever. Enjoy.

 Various sketches from a photo of Russia's Evgeniia Kolodko (do a search for "olympic face", and you'll find the original image).