Push the Sky

•June 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Push the Sky is finally up and running! It is illustration, conceptual ideas and storytelling for children’s books of all ages. http://www.pushthesky.com

It will continue to grow and change. Please visit and also follow some of the new artwork on instagram @pushthesky

The first book to go to ‘digital print’ is Mr. Muck Muck and will be available on the Apple and Google Play stores in late 2017.  Enjoy!

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The Kraken’s Kiss

•May 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This was a piece I did last year that helped move me into a new graphic series that I am currently working on for posters and a possible limited t-shirt run. The piece started off with pencil and Binfang graphic 360 paper. I redid the line in Sketchbook Pro and placed the flat colours down in Photoshop CC.

It reminds me of the love I had for all the cool skateboard designs I grew up with in the 80’s and 90’s. There is also a dash of Mike Mignola influence in there as well.

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the toy who knew too much… again.

•May 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A couple of years ago I posted a concept of a potential children’s book idea called, “the toy who knew too much.” Still liking his design, I thought it would be fun to get out some expressions and see if I wanted to carry his development further. It also gave me a chance to try out a couple of new brushes in Photoshop as well as working to develop a consistent process while painting him.

The original sketches were done with the good ‘ol blue col-erase pencil and Bienfang graphics 360 paper. The line work was finished up in Sketchbook Pro and the color was done in Photoshop CC.

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The Forgotten King

•April 12, 2017 • 2 Comments

While working on Valerian, my mind started to deviate more to the French comic book palette from which it was born. I wound up doing a few pieces over that time that felt more European comic book than what I was used to creating. It gave me a chance to experiment with colours I normally wouldn’t use together. It also gave me a chance to jump back into Sketchbook Pro for the final graphic line.

The piece below started on the phone with Sketchbook and symmetry on. I then re-did the line work in Sketchbook Pro on my main computer and painted it up in Photoshop. Maybe if there is a second Valerian film, Luc Besson may give this guy a chance to be in it…

 

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hic sunt dracones

•April 3, 2017 • Leave a Comment

At the edge of the world we shall find our greatest fears and freedoms….

Another piece that was finished up a couple of months back. It started off as pencil to paper and then digitally painted up in Photoshop and Painter.

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The Grindylow

•March 28, 2017 • 1 Comment

A few months ago, my son and I were watching Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. He liked a bunch of the creatures in the film, so I decided to hit pause and do a quick sketch for one of them, the Grindylow. The sketch then sat around for a bit but as my son wanted to watch more Harry Potter, I decided to jump back on it, paint it up and do a print for him.

The piece started as pencil on paper and then digitally painted in Photoshop CC and Painter 12.

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It’s been a while…

•March 26, 2017 • 1 Comment

Hey there, I know it’s been a while since I posted anything. I have been busy plugging away on some projects at ol’ ILM. I took a quick stint at another studio (that shall not be named) and the short of it is, it didn’t work out.  All for the better, in the long run.

Over the last couple of years, I have had the opportunity to work with some great teams and do paint work/ look dev on Warcraft, The Revenant, Deep Water Horizon, Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

I have also been working on some personal pieces as well as reworking one of my children’s books that I have procrastinated on for too long getting it on the apple/ google play store. I look forward to posting some new work in the coming months.

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