Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The Deep Dark Wolf (Final Sketch Process)

Digital Sketch for "The Deep Dark Wolf"

Last week I posted one of my most recent illustrations titled, "The Deep Dark Wolf". Since it has been awhile since I've updated this blog, and even longer since I've done a process-post, I figured this would be a great time to do both!

The topic for the illustration was given through the prompt, "Worst Fears." I knew I wanted it to be portfolio quality, but nothing immediately came to mind what to draw. So I started thinking about something all of my kids were afraid of and I came to conclusion of The Deep Dark Wolf (as explained in the last post he is an antagonist that occasionally shows up in my kids bed-time stories to terrorize them.)


I had a wealth of content and visuals to draw from inside my head, but knew everything hinged on getting the Deep Dark Wolf right. So I sculpted a mock-up of what I thought the wolf would look like:

From there I started to experiment and visually see how I might portray the creature on paper, in its environment and how the main characters might look (In regards to the wolf's design, initially the important thing was its ambiguously large size and long snout):

Once I got the feel for the wolf I began to experiment more different designs. here is one that I really liked, but  at least for this illustration was too detailed:

And then it was time to work on the composition. Originally I was going to focus on the origin Deep Dark Wolf story where my kids had a show-down with it inside his old house, which was deep in the woods and forgotten, and so I spent a lot of time experimenting with that:

Something never felt right, and I kept feeling claustrophobic, so I dialed back. Way back and found what I was looking for:

Since the illustration was so expansive, I decided to focus on the Focal Points and flesh them out with several quick watercolor/colored pencil sketches (using the draft above as my MAP or guide):

Then I scanned all the watercolor sketches in, tore them apart, assembled back together, and then painted over them digitally:

Since my characters were so small and I wanted the details to be right, I really blew up this sketch and printed it off 17x27. It was so large...well you can tell it took over my whole desk:

You might notice the picture has strange creases. Since my printer only goes 13x19, I decided to break the illustration in 4 equal parts, where I would tape it together and everything would balance out. I was using card-stock, so there was no lip or ridge between sections, and the tape on the back-side hardly ever showed through on my sketch:

Then when I was done with the physical sketching, I scanned it in (which took me 14 separate scans that photoshop thankfully stitched together for me), removed the 3 lines and cleaned up any other details.

Well this post is already long enough. Obviously I colored this sketch and was really pleased with the results. Maybe I will do a post about coloring, but I'm pretty busy and it took a lot of focus and time to get this together (as haphazard as it was).

Friday, September 01, 2017

The Deep Dark Wolf...

“The Deep Dark Wolf crept closer, watching patiently as the band of late-night adventurers headed towards his woods...“
The Deep Dark Wolf is probably my kids “Worst Fear”. This ambiguous larger than life creature was born from the stories I tell my kids at night. Slick, sly and fiendish, he obsessively fills their imaginations with surprise, thrills, and chills whenever he shows up to antagonize them.
I am currently pretty busy, but couldn’t miss out on creating something for the topic at this month (I love scary things!!!) Let me know what you think.
Also feel free to visit my recently renovated website, and my other social media places I keep up to date almost weekly: instagram and/or Facebook.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Day in the Life (My webcomic)

"A Day in the Life"
(My webcomic)
In case you somehow missed that I was starting back up my silly (and somewhat pointless) web comic called, "A Day in the Life" (which might or might not be partially based on reality...wink..wink..) I am up to 11 updates so far this year and am fully committed to update every Tuesday 8:30a (CST) for the unforeseeable future!

Go ahead and check it out and let me know what you think:

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

For the first time in my married life, my wife actually requested something of me...she wanted a card to send to family and friends. This is the result. Haha! ^_^  I really enjoyed working on it and boy did my boys enjoy the results.

Merry Christmas everyone! May we truly have peace on Earth!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I love Christmas-time!

Something about Christmas always inspires me to do something creative for others. This year I ended up completing at least 12 projects for friends and family for the holiday season! This particular illustration was for my church's annual Christmas party. This is the 4th year I've done the poster/adds and I wanted to do something different...partially because I had just BARELY finished the fall festival one (from my last post), and partially because I wanted to try something new. Tell me what you think!

Here's what it looks like with the text:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Fall Festival poster

It's no secret that my favorite holiday is Halloween. When requested to do an add/poster for my churches fall festival, despite being in the middle of the BIGGEST project I have ever been on (and up against the deadline) I couldn't let it pass. Tell me what you think!

Here's what it looks like with the text:

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"A Day in the Life" Webcomic starting back up!

After a year of silence, I am proud to finally announce the starting back up of my webcomic,“A Day in the Life” during the first full week of January 2016! (Link to comic:

"A Day in the Life" is a fun comic that I started a couple years ago for my wife, but due to various client projects i fell behind. Fortunately the long downtime gave me the time I needed to think about what I wanted the comic to be and experiment on how I could fit it in my schedule, while taking care of client work and creating a quality product. Well I really feel I came to a good conclusion and can practically guarantee a new comic each week for an entire year! 

I have so many amazing plans, ideas and stories to pursue, so make sure to check out my previous comics, subscribe and come back to see the new ones! I promise it will be worth your time. So go ahead and check it out!!!!

Link to comic: