Archive for the ‘Character Designs’ Category

Office Memo

March 5, 2017

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Hostile Takeover

March 3, 2017

I don’t know what possessed me, but I came up with this idea of having an office themed team of super villains. I’ve been working on developing a new style for drawing characters in Jack-O’s universe so I applied it to these goons.

Teams are always fun: creating a set of diverse but complementary power sets and personalities. The real question is, what’s  their motivation? I find the ever popular “total world domination” to be overdramatic. That sounds like a lot of work to me. What else could these guys want?

Jack-O 5-Pager

January 18, 2017

I finished inking this five page story that I penciled during a road trip last year. There is a lot that I would fix in order to make some of the panels more  clear but for now I’ll call it done. 

It was fun to plot out the story page by page, panel by panel. I liked starting with characters not central to the story. It gave a grounding in human relationship that helped anchor the events of the rest of the story. 





Jack-O Christmas Special

December 10, 2016

All digital Illustration process: Jack-O

July 16, 2016

I appreciate the precision and clean line work that can be achieved using Illustrator’s pen tool and pathfinder palette. I also enjoy the more freeform options available with the pencil tool.

This illustration used a bit of both approaches and has a clean but organic feel which I like. I also like the color holds (changing the line work to something other than black, depending on the object’s fill color) as a way of softening the edges.

In my view the main drawback of the “all digital” method here is that I am removed from direct contact with the image. There is some nuance lost in translation from hand to tablet to screen. Additionally, The line overlap method which enables  clean line work and “joints” generates some extra work, especially if the places where the lines cross create multiple tiny shapes once the strokes are outlined and divided using the Pathfinder palette.

The upsides, however, are significant: no scanning, no erasing, flexibility, command-Z, speedy color flat stage with CS4’s Live Paint, resizing, perspective shifts, repurposing (I brought in the logo and “mode” symbols from a previous session), etc.

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Taking The Grix one step further…

February 28, 2016

The character design was so fun that I was inspired to continue.



The Unstoppable Grix

February 26, 2016

A collaboration with T.





On the road with Jack

December 4, 2015

While driving ( technically, “passenger ing”) through the Pacific Northwest I free drew these Jack-O pages, building the story as I went. I guess I will have to find time to clean these up and ink them.





Space Trilogy

November 10, 2015

A little impromptu collaboration with some artists I know.



Process-Turkey time again

October 17, 2015

November is Thanksgiving season and that means I get to do a Turkey illustration. Each year I have tried to refine this process to increase my productivity. I think the current system is working, though there is always room for improvement.

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