Jul 1, 2016

Twilight Realm Spirit Wolves

Twilight Realm Spirit Wolves Logo Design.
This was a pure digital design exercise. There was no work done through traditional means, only through Illustrator.

Available on RedBubble!

Jun 15, 2016

Super Hamilton Princesses

Scanned line work
Final color cut out vector
Hamilton has been consuming me recently. While watching performances on YouTube I noticed that the dresses of the Schuyler sisters already matched the three princesses from the Mario Universe. I decided to go with cut out colors and no details with bold lines around each princess to bring emphasis to the colors.

Available on RedBubble!

Jun 2, 2016

Queen of Yoshis

Vector Line Work
Final colored vector
I love Game of Thrones, but sometimes I play my 3DS while the show is on, just to keep my fingers moving and my mind racing, otherwise I might drift into a nap. Once, while playing Super Mario World, Daenerys Targaryen was giving an epic speech, and everything just clicked. I penciled this drawing a couple days later, followed by digital inks and colors. I do plan to revisit it later and add two more Yoshi's, to complete the imagery.

May 30, 2016

Zenyatta: Pass Through The Iris

Layout and Head Detail in Pencil (Picture)
Inked with Light Value (Picture)
Inked with full Value (Scanned)
Final 5x7 Digital Art Print
Overwatch has consumed me, and I just love the idea of Zenyatta. The robot has a really awesome design, and the idea of a robot seeking internal balance is really cool. This was my first jump into digital coloring, so I just used a trace tool to ink, hence the inconsistent line work. Now I just have to improve my Zenyatta play...

May 6, 2016

Captain America: Civil War Review

Captain America: Civil War Poster
With the 13th entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel decided to tackle the 2006 comic book event Civil War. I was as excited as I was skeptical when the title was announced, as Civil War was the summer event that ushered me into modern comics. While the main series itself was a cobbled together mess, the overall themes and story telling was amazing if you read the event as a whole with all the tie ins. The reverberations of Civil War echoed through the 616 for years to come.

Thankfully, the movie strays incredibly far from the comics while keeping certain themes intact, and is better off for it. The movie is most definitely a sequel to the amazing Winter Soldier, with bits of the Civil War comic rhetoric sprinkled in. In fact there is only one real Civil War evoking scene and the rest of the movie is the Captain America show. The story picks up right where the agonizingly long Age of Ultron left off, immediately jumping into the action with Steve Rogers leading the New Avengers in the hunt for Crossbones. It is finally nice to see everyone working in tandem, and in character as well.

One of the problems with Joss Whedon's writing in Age of Ultron was that every character had the same voice and attitude, and while it worked in some cases, it didn't work well in others. This problem is largely rectified in Civil War, and the characters feel fuller and more rounded because of it. Vision doesn't make humorous asides, Captain America remains stoic and bold instead of quipping, Hawkeye remains the level headed middle man, Black Widow remains nebulous and mysterious in her meaning. The standout for character development is Scarlet Witch, and it is great to see her finally utilized as an effective member of the Avengers. This simple change sells the characters, and in turn, gives the movie more texture than most of Phase 2.

The standout performance is by far MCU newcommer Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther and king of Wakanda T'Challa. He brings a sense of gravity to the plot, and adds a very personal touch when it comes to the hunt for the Winter Soldier. Boseman also gets some of the best speeches in the film, notably the one late in third act that ties the themes of the movie together. Equally stunning was Daniel Brühl's take on the classic Captain America villain Baron Zemo. While he never don's the fluffy cape and purple mask, he is every bit the manipulator his comic book counterpart is. It is refreshing to see a villain not throw a single punch and still be a problem for our heroes. And the final twist of his maniacal plan makes perfect sense.

Oh, and Spider-Man is in the movie and he is damn near perfect. Can't wait to see more of him. He is constantly quipping throughout the battle scene he is in and really nails the tone of being in way over his head.

Overall, the movie hits every note you expect, and even a few you don't. This movie proves that comic book based films can be fun and still handle heavy themes. In true blockbuster fashion, I cannot wait for it's home release so I can devour it again and again.

Apr 23, 2016

Our Wedding Invites

I love doing typographic heavy work. Our wedding is going to be retro gaming themed, so this is what my wife-to-be and I decided on for invites. This design is mostly about arrangement, but I did have to create custom brushes for the line work.

Mar 29, 2016

Pokémon Gym Banners

With the 20th anniversary of Pokémon here I decided to create stylized signage for the 8 gyms in the original three games. I tried to incorporate each gym's Pokémon Type into their wording, and represent the badges of each leader. These required both work in Illustrator and Photoshop.

The full collection is available on RedBubble.

Mar 18, 2016

Civil War II

I am so torn on this event. First of all, the first Civil War is one of my favorite books, but mostly because I read it in it's entirety at least once a year. The main event itself is kind of meh, but all of the tie in books really make the main book sing. What frustrates me is the issue at the center of Civil War II seems to be science fiction mumbo jumbo, instead of reflecting the present issues the world is facing.

The first Civil War was a response to the increased surveillance granted to the United States Government following September 11th. The Patriot Act had the voice of country split, so naturally, our heroes were split about the issue too. Should heroes give up their private identity in the name of national security? Or is giving up your secret identity in exchange for more government control a step over the line, meaning you might just have to jump out of a Helicarrier after going AWOL?

This iteration of Civil War focuses on a super powered being, probably an Mutant Inhuman, who can see the future with startling accuracy. This will of course cause an ideological split in the super powered community, with Captain Marvel leading the pack saying "Minority Report? Never read it!", and Tony Stark leading the "Seriously Carol?" side. It seems to me this cross over is being haphazardly thrown together just because there is a movie coming out with the same name. The reason Secret Wars 2 worked so well because it was organic story telling that made sense, not because a movie of the same name was coming out.

One of the most cited problems with the original Civil War was that the book ended up destroying any integrity Tony Stark had going in, causing him to literally be rebooted with amnesia. Hopefully that doesn't happen to Carol, who has just been recently pushed into the lime light thanks to her excellent on going series. It 

The most frustrating aspect though? It won't be considered timeless. Marvel could be putting out something that is a commentary on gun control, police violence, global warming or 100 other topics. Instead we get a generic 'fight the future' plot. I feel that this isn't going to push storylines forward for many characters. Not that anything from the original Civil War stuck, except for maybe the death of Goliath...