Jun 21, 2017

A Couple of Elves

Who says elves aren't in season this time of year? We're half way to Christmas already!

Jun 14, 2017

RETAILiation Comic Book #1, Pt. 1

As previously chronicled, after college I revisited my RETAILiation characters, this time in comic book form. It was never completely finished, so you'll see pages in various stages of the process, from totally rough to cleaned-up backgrounds to finished black and whites. With over a decade of retail experience myself, I have a lot of stories left to tell in this world. Perhaps some day I shall return to this well, but until then I am happy to share this taste with you.

For the first time ever, I present to you RETAILiation, Issue 1, Pages 1-7...

Jun 8, 2017

Noah's Ark

Awhile back, I was playing around with the idea of expanding my old Academy of Art illustration into a short story of some sort. The illustration (posted below and at this link) was based on the Biblical tale of Noah and his animal-filled Ark. I liked the idea that all the animals we consider extinct were just left behind when the floods came.

Then I realized that I had subconsciously lifted the idea from the Fantasia 2000 sequence with Donald Duck. So that was that.

But here are some new character design explorations:
And here's the original illustration from school way back in 2011:

May 31, 2017

RETAILiation Preview Comic

This post and a few more upcoming posts required some cobweb dusting. Back in grad school at The Academy of Art University, I developed RETAILiation, the story of three friends who all work retail jobs at the mall and the misadventures they have. Having a decade of retail experience myself, there was a lot of story content to draw from! For school, I developed the story as if it were a traditionally animated television show, and ended up with some character designs and a storyboard sequence (see original Post here). For me, it was barely scratching the surface.

After graduation I really wanted to continue the story of these three and the rich supporting cast I had developed in my head. So I attempted a comic book!

Well, first I tested the waters with a short, seven-page "preview comic". None of it was ever cleaned up, but I think it's still pretty clear what's going on. Enjoy!

Up next: the First Issue...

May 26, 2017

The Wizard of Cute

Gave the classic movie The Wizard of Oz my cute treatment awhile back. Here's a post of it:

If you like cute things, you should check out my book!

Or follow me on...

Twitter: @Casemanartist

...and now even Instagram as Casemanartist!

May 20, 2017

Naomi of Avalor

I was sketching awhile back and, since I'm currently storyboarding on Disney's #1 hit show Elena of Avalor, this sketch of Naomi came out of me.
Orange Col-Erase pencil and Copic pen inking.
A very cool show to be a part of. I've been working on the second season, which will start airing later this year. Be sure to stay tuned for more posts about that down the road.

May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Celebration

A very happy Mother's Day to all the lovely mothers out there on the interwebs!

May 10, 2017

Beer, Trucks, and Rednecks

Just got back from Georgia; nothing but beer, trucks, and rednecks! *
(*Just kidding! But if you're into those things, and have three friends, feel free to use this image to paste your own heads on the bodies and enjoy a personalized celebration of YOU!)

May 3, 2017

Superman v. Batman

Are you a Superman or a Batman?

Just some old digital sketches from the Archives (2015, in fact). Thought I'd post in an attempt to put more content on the ol' Blog.

Apr 13, 2017

Smurfs: The Lost Village Promo Poster Breakdown

If you're like me, you always love a good process breakdown, where an artist takes a piece they did and takes you through the creation process step-by-step. If you're not like me, feel free to skip this post.

I wanted to create a fun faux-poster to help promote my first feature film credit, Smurfs: The Lost Village. Something that I could use across my various social media platforms. Step one was to envision what that might look like--first in my head, then on paper--refining and tweaking things along the way. Just loose scribbles with a fine Sharpie pen on paper.

Once I had a basic idea of what I wanted (*Note: if I had more time or if this was a paid gig, there would be much more development, but since this was just for me, "good enough" was good enough), I hopped over to a little program called Photoshop and turned those rough ideas into rough digital ideas. Lots of lasso tool usage and rearranging, again never being too precious, since this was to be a quick process.

After getting everything where I wanted it to be, it was time to clean up the lines. And that's just what I did. See?

I kept each character on their own layer, just in case I needed to rearrange on the fly. This also made it easier to color the line art, which you can start to see here, plus a big gradient of color in the background and a "white paint behind" layer behind the characters to separate them from said background.

Time to color! You can see here that I've got the majority of the line art colored matching local colors and most characters have been colored with a flat color. Blocking everything in. Thankfully, with the Smurfs, the colors were already all figured out and I have been able to sample exact colors from the original comics.

The coloring process continues. Having not drawn these characters in awhile, keen viewers will notice a few details here and there that I've had to go back in and add as I pull up old model sheets and refine everything. At this point, every line has been colored, as well as every character. No stone has been unturned.

Tone and highlights time! On the rare occasions that I colored in my storyboards for the film, I found that a nice purple shadow really made their blue skin pop, so I've used purple for all the shadows. I also went in and added a heavenly light from above just to give the characters a little more dimension.

And that's that! Again, this was a very quickly-assembled little promo piece. In total, I'd say not even a full day's work, though it was spread out over a few days time. It was great to be able to revisit these characters again and to [mostly] still be able to draw them from memory. I hope you enjoy the poster, and please do be sure to check out Smurfs: The Lost Village at a theater near you!

Apr 12, 2017

Smurfs: The Lost Village

For those who don't follow me on Facebook or Tumblr, I've been posting plenty about the just-released-to-theaters Smurfs: The Lost Village!  I had a blast working on the project for two and a half years and will be sharing a bit of the art I created for the film in the future. 

Here's a promo poster I made to celebrate the film's release:

Be sure to check out the movie, now playing at a theater near you!

Jan 7, 2017

Ever feel stuck...?

Sorry for the delay in new posts.

I got an Apple Pencil for Christmas this year to go along with the iPad Pro from last year.  Tried out the Procreate app.  Pretty cool results, though I still have much to learn.  The drawing above (based on a sketch from years ago) was roughed out in pencil on paper, then inked, then photographed and colored digitally.

Happy New Year!

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