Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Quick sketch before jumping back on a bigger project.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Squids with Mustaches

Squids with Mustaches:  weekend thumbnails

A collection of rough sketches from the weekend.  I'm planning on taking the 1st and 2nd image to full matte painting.  The bottom 4 were all created in the thought that they may be the same world. 

Besides... squids and mustaches...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ice Matte

Ice Matte

Lots of work here.  I wanted to do a large range of ice/snow mountains. I played with adding several elements in.  There are about 40 photos used with layer masks.  Still a lot to do in order to clean it up, but I may move on as I learned a ton from this.
This is a 4k, but only posting the 2k for now.

Beams. As usual.

Scratch photo ref sheet
Just a few of the images used.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Moving on - Spire Final Matte


I'm calling it done for this one. Learned a ton regarding Matte paintings and I plan to do more.  Thanks to everyone who helped provide critique and high-fives when needed.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Quick Concept for Matte 2

Concept layout for Matte painting #2. 

I really wanted to do I'm going to try :)

I'll be finishing the first matte painting this week.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Spire - Sky Plate

Sky plate for the background of my Matte Painting.  Again, first time I used this technique and I'm super happy with the outcome so far. I took all the photos used in this matte painting plate except the 2 in the middle (there are about 4 others used to a lesser extent as well).  The rest is all painted using masks and or brushes.

Will do final color tweaks when its placed in final matte painting.  Posting a smaller image here until my final is done and i'll post the full 4000 wide image.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spire - End of Week 2

Spire - End of Week 2
So, after pretty heavy iteration and a pretty big photosafari this weekend, I was able to catch up and submit my condept art for the end of week 2.  Week 3 we head into starting the ACTUAL matte painting. This image is around 1000 wide....while the new one will be something like 4000.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Spire - Week 1 - Night 2

 Spire -  Details... first time
So tonight I spent hours looking up photo reference for textures. I found some AWESOME images of the zhangjiaji national forest that had some awesome rocks with foliage on them. Left side is still a mess...but I'm tired.... Implemented a ton of feedback from instructor (who is a badass by the way).  Check out his matte painting work at:

 Below is one section taken a little bit further as I try to figure out what these are gonna be :)
So, for the few of you that actually follow my blog... You'll know that I never internally detail anything. This was, surprisingly, a huge challenge.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Spire - Matte Painting class

First concept for my matte painting class.  2 hours.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


 Hex - 1 hour

Some sketch practice before the matte painting class work. Used a lot of subtractive (erase) brush strokes. Started with a red dot and thats it.

Friday, September 2, 2011


I had a productive day at work today working on our DLC... so I treated myself to a fricken Pepsi, which was totally yuckers... all 5 sips.

I started this as I was about to leave work and got a little carried away. You know.... I dont really know what these are that are coming out of my head, but I like making them. I start a Matte Painting course in 1 more week... so I'm pretty excited to learn some new techniques.

I also have a ton of pictures from my redwoods camping trip to post as well. But, essentially... they can be summed up by this: WE ARE INSIDE A TREE...

Just a Smidge

Just a Smidge...

So says the last check-in of the night in perforce. Thanks to Mike Haney for the comments during the Bauhaus Art'n Night. Tried a different approach to creating shapes. Some worked. Some didnt. <3 <3


Monday, August 22, 2011

bauuuuuhaus blues

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.

ballooooons: Congrats to my homies at Epic Games for going GOLD on their game. Looking forward to playing it :) Here are a few balloons for you.

Some practice with a real photo and comping it. Trying some new splatter brushes too. Lots just sketchin shapes and deleting, and trying again.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Rainbow Jibba Jabah

Two cats: running around while I was at Joe Pikop and Sabrina Boler's place. Got some arts done though. More practice with different brushes and techniques. I snuck a sky in too...

Night !


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sky Sky Sky. inFamous 2.

inFamous 2 Skies

I spent a good bit of time working on the skies for inFAMOUS 2. These are two of my favorite and are a mix of about 70% painted and some photo reference that I took.

The rest... over at...


Sketch Sicky: Tonight I spent some time just playing around with value. No color... as some of you know I can be a little obsessed with. I am totally sick and it totally sucks.

Sketch A: Not really sure the goal here...more repeating shapes. I was going to try and create a shape that revolved around the center of this. This was about 30 minutes.

Sketch B: about 40 minutes... I kept wanting to add color but didnt! Go me.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Weekend arts...Shapes and Sparth

Weekend doodles:

First one from my brain. Comp, Color and brush practice.

Second one is a study off of Sparth. I find his work to be very inspring right now.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cheesy Asparagus

Some work from this evening. Shapes. Color. Brushes. Practice.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

sky fire

Sky Fire
Some work and experiments of the past week. The bottom right has a lot of shapes from one of Sparth's paintings. That man is a magician :) I may actually finish these one day, but for now they are just great excercises. The sky a finished asset that is actually a great back drop for these studies. I may try a green sky next week.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Now that inFAMOUS 2 is done, I've had some time to draw and paint. I woke up sick this morning so I stayed home. Not much else to do, so I have been on my couch doodling and listening to jets (blue angels outside) go by all day.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

inFAMOUS 2 finished. Portfolio updated. has been updated with all of my new work from inFAMOUS 2. I ended up doing a lot of the sky textures and also a good bit of marketing key art (posters, banners, magazines). Check it out!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Screenshots of inFAMOUS 2

Screenshot party!
Aside from lighting and sky work for the game, lately I have been trying to help out the screenshot guy for inFAMOUS 2. It's mostly just a lot of trial and error and trying to grab that perfect shot of action, color, contrast.... and showing general chaos.
More shots were released over at IGN earlier this month.