OK State(and Titan Mercury WC) in the house
That was a NICE double by
- BTS LA
Now based out of NY
I'm now based out of NY.
Had an interesting cross country drive.
Passed by Univ of Iowa, Ohio St and Penn St on the way to NY. Didn't go out of the way...off the main highways.
Biscuits and gravy were served at almost every place I went to for coffee
Asics Us Open
Looks like there's going to be a rematch at 66kg between Metcalf and Oliver.
They last wrestled each other at the 2012 Olympic trails with Metcalf winning.
Oliver just beat Alton of Penn St, also beat Jason Chamberlain
Wow...JO pulls it off and wins in 3 periods
Newark Intl painting
While I was waiting at the gate this morning. Prob around 20-25 minutes. Just got back from NY, almost a 50 degree difference.
Lot of wrestling this entire weekend...
-USAW/Cliff Keen Jr/Cadet Nationals
All of the Bosco kids are at the USAW/Cliff Keen Nationals
Zahid Valencia of St.John Bosco is in the Jr 120 finals. 2 MD, 1 TF and a dec so far.
He's in the finals against Ronnie Bresser, wh
- Now based out of NY
2013 NCAA Div 1 tournament
It's time of year and no, not basketball.
133 and 141 going on right now. Logan Steiber(Ohio St) got a pin about 5 minutes ago in his 1st match.
If you have ESPN, they're broadcasting it and I have Uverse, so I can watch mats 3,4,5 and 6.
I worked on Halo 4 last year on the Majestic Map pack providing environment concept art as well as a few vehicle designs.
The environments I worked on were Landfall, Perdition and Skyline.
Escape From Planet Earth finishing
Did the background for this one sheet last year.
2013 NCAA Div 1 Wrestling Tourney on ESPN
They restructured the entire weight class finals to *possibly* get the EPIC finals between Kyle Dake and David Taylor as their finale match.
I can't wait!!!!
- 2013 NCAA Div 1 tournament
RIP Jerry Buss
The MAN who made the Los Angeles Lakers
IOC drops wrestling for the 2020 Olympics.....WHAT?
You've got to be kidding me.
Late last year I was the head visual development artist for Mazda and I designed all of the environments and color palette for this spot.
- RIP Jerry Buss
Toyota Prius spot
Back in June, I did all of the visual development for a series of Prius spots. I designed all of the characters, environments, etc. The final spot used different environments, but the characters look similar. Passion Pictures developed the characters further, but the style that I esta
- Toyota Prius spot
***Jake Varner OLYMPIC CHAMPION
Jake Varner going for gold in a few hours against ANDRIITSEV Valerii
Coleman Scott wins bronze
JB just won, nice double at the end!!!!
- 2012 Olympics
Cox cable matte
Worked on this earlier this year.
At first, the client(Cox) wanted the tree on the right entirely painted out(which I did), then they wanted it back in, but much more dense and the side of the building covered. You'll notice that the matte I did is a d
- Cox cable matte
I worked on this earlier this year and I did the initial character designs as well as the key art for the entire spot. The one I like the best is the cowboy character.
Forgot to say, some of the poses that the characters are in are the ones that the client wanted them to be in, like the
Really good 1992 Basketball Dream Team article on GQ
Watching that team during that Olympic run was simply amazing.
- Reynolds commercial
Earthquake proof table
From some Israeli designers in Jerusalem:
Something considerable for here in So Cal.
2012 NCAA Div 1 Wrestling
The end of March only means one thing to me.
The NCAA Div 1 Wrestling Championships.
Penn State repeats. They're going to be tough with Cael leading and the recruits he can pull in.
Tom Brands is not a happy man. I can assure you.
The old neighborhood via Google Quest
- Earthquake proof table
30 min each
1 brush used for each
Game of Thrones-Great Sept of Baelor
I did this concept illustration for HBO last year and it's the Great Sept of Baelor. It had to look different than the tv show, so for those of you who are fans, that's the explanation.
If you've bought the Season 1 DVDs and Blu Rays, then you'll see a ton
aka Jean Giraud
RIP Ralph McQuarrie
A few days late, but legendary concept designer/matte painter Ralph McQuarrie and Art Center Alum is gone. I remember staring at his concept illustrations for hours on end when I was a kid, marveling at his design work as well as his cinematic paintings and mattes ILM used in the original Star Wars
- Quick paintings
Wizards of Waverly Place VFX concept art
These were from May of last year for the series finale that just aired. I designed the lava bridge, griffin nest and griffin. 9.8 million viewers watched, but I don't watch the show(nor do I have a tv), so I have no idea how everything came out. Disney wanted everything to be highly saturate
- Wizards of Waverly Place VFX concept art
Fed Ex: Enchanted Forest
Commercial and concept art:
- Fed Ex: Enchanted Forest
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
I worked on Skylanders earlier in the year before I flew to NY to work on The Dark Tower. I did a lot of concept, storyboards for cinematics and a ton of illustrations for in-game purposes.
It was a fun project because I had a chance to work much more stylized than I usually do these day
- Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
Gears of War 3 VFX concept art
Worked on these for DD a while ago. I guess the script changed from what I worked on back then.
- Gears of War 3 VFX concept art
Sunday Night Football set
Did this design earlier in the year for NBC NY....
- Sunday Night Football set
Akira-Kaneda's Bike in the alley
Dean Fowler-3d model of the bike
A little project a small team is working on. More to come later.
Super iam8it 2011
My buddy Tony had himself a pretty good night at the opening in a Galaga competition:
Super iam8bit Galaga competition
The show was awesome. A ton of cool art and extremely crowded.
- Akira-Kaneda's Bike in the alley
Thor character concept art
I worked on Thor back in March of 2009, contributing designs for the Jotun captain.
No idea if they even used these or not because when Thor was delayed back then, I jumped onto other projects.
Since March, I've been working on The Dark Tower(Stephen King), Ron Howard directing.
Thor comes out today and I'll be putting up some character sketches and a few designs from a character I worked on a few years ago. I have no idea if they used it because I started working on
- Thor character concept art
Sucker Punch banner/poster
So, I barely found out that a bunch of Sucker Punch posters that I worked on were released by Warner Brothers. I saw a few of them today while driving around, but here's the banner that I also worked on. Now, notice that I said 'worked on'. Meaning, I wasn't the only one worki
- Sucker Punch banner/poster
VW 2011 Superbowl spot
Last year, I did a bunch of concept illustrations for VW's 2011 Superbowl commercial. I just happened upon it today by chance:
- VW 2011 Superbowl spot
Green Hornet Black Beauty
Back from 2009. Obviously, they didn't end up using the gatling gun locations in the doors. I designed a sequence where the railgun on top and the gatling guns on the doors come out. Same for those rockets under the headlights.
I'll put more up when I get a
These were for an Inception comic cover contest for something called 'The Big Under'.
I worked on the top image for several hours and the bottom image maybe 2 hours at the most. Had fun doing something other than work since it's been a
- Green Hornet Black Beauty
DC's The Flash
For this project, I designed close to 100 buildings for Keystone and Central City as well as designing some environments.
Central City was more modern and slightly futuristic. Keystone City was more like old Chicago.
I have q
Splinter Cell: Conviction
From last year.
- DC's The Flash
Coke Happiness Factory
VFX concept art from last year.
Finally got around to adding images to my website in the work/personal gallery sections. There's so much more to add, but you know how NDAs are.
Sketch from NY
Done in about an hour during the wee hours in NY last week.
The other day, when the Heat were introducing Miami's trio, Dwayne Wade said "To play with...arguably the best trio to ever play the game of basketball..'
Hold on there, buddy. Not even close.
Don't get too far ahead of yourself.
Prince of Persia
This stuff really seems like it was from eons ago, but it was work from back in 2008. I forgot that the movie even came out recently.
- Coke Happiness Factory
I GOT WHEATIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not a great game by Kobe at all, but everybody else stepped up. BIG TIME. Artest(his D and O), Pau, D Fish(especially that 3 over Rondo).
I've never seen such great D by both teams that was sustained for an entire game. All of the rotations were there, shots were conte
- I GOT WHEATIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's that time of year again.
Bye bye Phoenix, hello Boston.
~35-40 min, 1 brush
Same thing as usual.
~35-40 min PSCS5 one brush
Just goofing around...
PSCS5 brush testing
About an hour's worth of messing around with my regular flat brush.
I think something like evil European female scientist came to mind.
I bought CS5 the day after it came out and I've been messing with the 'painterly' brushes. So far, they&
- It's that time of year again.
I started this almost 2 months ago while waiting for work at a studio. I finally got a chance to finish it the other day. I first started with carving out shapes with no intention of doing this character until the silhouette reminded me of him. I spent a little more than an hour on it
- I'm laughing
My friend, Norm Schureman.....
I waited to post something because I got the news early this Sunday morning.
A sad and devastating day for all alumni and current students at ACCD. Norm was great guy, father, instructor but most of all...a good friend. <
Magic and Bird documentary
Growing up and always being a Lakers fan, I HATED the Celtics. Not for any other reason besides them beating the Lakers in the 1984 Finals and the intense rivalry through the 80's. Great games, great players(so many HOF players), etc. I remember hating Larry Bird with a p
Alice in Wonderland work...
Here's some new work that I did last year for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. These are a few concept illustrations of 2 different things. The Gallery image below was to be for a high-end photo shoot with Mia Wasikowska when she was in LA last year.
The image below
- My friend, Norm Schureman.....
20 minutes, 1 brush
Sure looks a lot brighter on my MacBook Pro compared to my Cintiq.
- 20 minutes, 1 brush
I've hardly had any time to do any personal art and I've been working on this image off and on maybe 10-15 minutes maybe once a week for the past 3 months. I finally got a chance to sit down and finish it today.
Watch out because-
I was looking around on my DVDs of backed up work today and I found this:
It's a concept matte painting for a VW print ad that I did back in 2007. I can't remember which VFX house I did the work for since it was 3 years ago. So as you can see, they provided me with
- He's watching....
Eddie Aikau competition-40 foot waves!
@ Waimei on North Shore
Congrats to Greg Long!
- Eddie Aikau competition-40 foot waves!
I totally forgot that I had this laying around. I was messing with some PSCS3 settings while doing the illustration. Didn't spend too long on it.
So, back in June of this year, I did a bunch of concept artwork for Warren Spector's Epic Mickey game.
The game wasn't the biggest secret by any means, but it was announced in November's issue of Game Informer and there's a cover image:
- Epic Mickey
Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time cover and C.O.P The Recruit cover
Well here it is.....I painted Ratchet and Clank on the Euro Special Edition cover of Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time. I originally had almost the same background in there on the left, but that was slightly changed to incorporate another image for the back cover. The image on the right was
- Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time cover and C.O.P The Recruit cover
Aliens in the Attic visual development
I'm finally able to show work from a film I worked on back in the beginning of 2007. Back then it was called 'They Came From Upstairs' and it had a different director. Buck Lewis and I were the original two creature designers on the show and then I also did quite a bit of visual dev
Mibu Gishi Den
Now, how did I ever miss this gem? It was released in 2003 and it took me 6 years to hear of it and watch it. Well, I'm glad I finally did. Excellent film. It also won 3 Japanese Academy Awards and 7 other nominations.
It's also called 'When the Last Sword i
- Aliens in the Attic visual development
Disney's G-Force images
Here are a few images from Disney's G-Force that I worked on.
The initial sketches were what the environment ended up looking like even though we were shooting for a really large warehouse type feel. The main concern for me was that the characters had to be really visable(because th
- Disney's G-Force images
For Phil Jackson.
- Number 10
June 4th, mark your calendars!
Wow. It's about time the Lakers took care of business. It feels even better to win the series in Denver. The entire team played fantastic tonight. Great inside-outside game, open guys were knocking down their shots, pla
- June 4th, mark your calendars!
King Lear section now LIVE!
I finally got around to putting up a few shots of the opening sequence that I designed for King Lear last year. I designed and illustrated close to 30 shots for that sequence.
Go here to see:
in the US photography section
One of the thousands of times I've been on the sand/in the water during a sunrise at the beach in my life. Most of them have been in Santa Monica/Malibu/Oxnard/Ventura/Santa Barbara while growing up. This photo happens to be on the South s
BBC Yellowstone was really good.
BBC's The Lost World of Tibet was also good as was Chasing Ghosts:Beyond the Arcade.
Going to be watching quite a few more soon.
I completely forgot that I did this until I was looking around in the folder earlier this evening. I remember it was around 5-10 minutes and I wanted to work a bit more on it, but forget about that now.
- King Lear section now LIVE!
2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships
I'm watching replays on ESPN360. Yep, if you guessed, I used to be a wrestler.
149 Finals-Caldwell vs Metcalf was one damn exciting match. Both guys were 37-0 going into the finals. Congrats to Caldwell for the great match!
King Lear-Anthony Hopkins
I worked on King Lear last year as a concept artist and I helped design the opening sequence among other things. Unfortunately, it was shelved earlier this year by Ruby Films in London due to 'economic fears'. The announced cast was a really good one too. Sir Anthony Hopkins, Keira Knig
1 brush-5 minutes
So, after doing those 10 minute painting exercises, I decided to try a painting for 5 minutes and see what I could come up with.
I started this yesterday at work for a few minutes and it was just a bunch of value blobs all over the place. I eventually started fleshing things out today and I finished it in a little over an hour.
So, onto MUCH quicker paintings. A friend of mine is really rusty with pai
- 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships
So, I was thinking about Street Fighter and I did this quick painting. A little over an hour...
Whoops..I never put this up
I thought that I did. Obviously not.
One of the soldiers from RFOM that I designed from ancient history...2005
The Orphanage VFX suspends operations... :(
Wow...a big shocker! I just read it and I had been looking around for rental houses for the next month in the SF area since I was supposed to go work there on a project as a concept artist.
Best of luck to all who worked there.
Robotic thing running through town
This started out as a quick painting until I kept changing what I was painting. I think I worked on this a tiny bit over an hour. I can't really remember.
About an hour and a half. Giant man-eating birds fly below.
Good thing for the leaf brushes.
It's like......Land of the Lost without Chaka and Sleestacks.
God Grew Tired of Us
I've been so involved in my own freelance business for the past 4 years that I've hardly watched any films and most of them were documentaries. I'm really glad that I was able to finally watch God Grew Tired of Us as it is an excellent documentary about the Lost Boys of the Sudan.
My first painting of the new year. I started another quick painting today and it eventually turned into something longer-about an hour. I kept changing a lot of things throughout.
Planet Perfecto @ Rain in the Palms, Las Vegas...
So, here's something I've forgotten to show. I did a bunch of design work for Paul Oakenfold's show at Rain(inside of the Palms hotel and casino in Vegas)earlier this year. I didn't get a chance to see it in person when I was there a few months ago, so I'm not sure how dif
A few more paintings for today
Quick paintings today. Around 40 minutes each. PS CS4
I just finished that after about 30 minutes of goofing around with some newer brushes I'd made a few weeks ago for a project I was on.
Happy New Year!
Same brush again+default brush
Same chalk/pastel brush as yesterday:
Was listening to Hans Zimmer...
I was thinking about the times I've been to New York during the winter when it's been snowing and seeing Cardinals.
Default flat brush in Photoshop:
I made a brush that's kind of like chalk/pastel a while back. I just used that one brush for this quickie.
- Planet Perfecto @ Rain in the Palms, Las Vegas...
Lost Ireland panoramas...
I took so many pictures there last year that I literally overlooked a few images that I had wanted to make panoramas out of. Here they are in no particular order:
Lough Currane has the BEST Sea Trout fishery in all of Europe. Too bad I didn't get a chance to go. It was raini
They Came From Upstairs trailer
I worked on this film for 3 months in early 2007 during very early pre-production doing character design (with the great (HB)Buck Lewis) and visual development. The characters all look pretty different now after Rhythm and Hues started working on it since they're the main VFX
WOTC Dungeons & Dragons Martial Power illustrations
> WOTC D&D Martial Power illustrations web page <
WOTC lightened the levels on my illustrations and they look a little washed out compared to the originals that I did back in the Summer. A bunch of different artists worked on the interior illustrations, so you'll have to
SIM City Creator cover art
Back in the Summer, I worked on a cover for EA Maxis. I art directed a small group of 3d modelers( mainly one guy who worked his ass off ) for my friends over at Little Red Robot and I also composited/illustrated the cover after I received the 3d assets.
The version you see here is different
- Lost Ireland panoramas...
Halo 3: ODST TGS trailer
Halo 3:ODST TGS 2008 trailer
Yup, that's what I worked on over at Bungie back in May.
- Halo 3: ODST TGS trailer
Tiberium FPS cancelled, so here's a few images...
I worked on Tiberium towards the end of last year if I can remember correctly.
One thing that was constantly stressed was that Ricardo Vega always have his fingers pointing(leading his squadron).
These two last images were layers of strata with Tiberium
Messing with Photoshop default brushes
All of the brushes I used were the stock brushes that automatically came with PS CS3.
Some underwater scene...
~ 20 min
Bungie's new game...
Bungie's new game
It's the game I worked on over at Bungie back in May.
Another sea creature
I could do millions of these things. I've been fascinated with sea creatures/fish since I was a kid.
Wow...this is old. I think I did a bunch of environment concept work for Threewave Software back in 2006. It was great because I spent countless hours playing Threewave's CTF mod for every single version of Quake!
Did this image a few months back while waiting for stuff to do. I thought of a ton of different fish...Sailfish, Roosterfish, Muskies, Pike. Somewhat prehistoric I guess.
Santa Monica farmers market...
I love that place. Especially on Wednesdays. You'll be hard pressed to find another farmers market that has so much abundance of fresh, top quality organic produce than here, year-round. You also never know who you're going to see.
This morning I was shopping at the usual pur
- Tiberium FPS cancelled, so here's a few images...
i am 8-bit show reports
Craziness. The line was about 2 blocks long when I arrived at the gallery last night around 9pm. Artists got in right away. Here's a short recap of the show on Joystiq's website:
Oh and my piece sold, which was great.
SWEET Ippon by an Egyptian Judoka Mens 70kg class....
I was watching the live stream from Beijing for the Mens 96k Greco tournament and Karam Gaber lost to Elis Guri of Albania in the 1/8 bracket!
Very, very close match, went to the 3rd round and Guri squeaked by Gaber by one point. I'm hoping Adam Wheeler from the US gets bronze since
2008 Olympics-Men's Judo 81kg
I just saw some pretty nice ground technique from a Judoka from Montenegro....yes, LIVE and streaming from Beijing on nbcolympics.com!
Blue(Montenegro) judoka with arm triangle(choke) in place, escaping from half guard.
Blue in side mount, with arm triangle fu
2008 Beijing Olympics
Been watching all of the Judo matches on nbcolympics.com LIVE and streaming. It's really awesome that all of these events are so readily available.
One guy that's been impressive has been Masato Uchishiba in the Mens 66kg weight class. The Gold medal match was ended impressive
i am 8-bit gallery piece
I finished last Tuesday, dropped it off over in Hollywood at the gallery.
It's 20"x16", a combo of acrylic/casein on 100% duck cotton canvas and acid-free gesso underneath.
It's going to be a GREAT show, so come on out!
~ 10 minutes
i am 8-bit 2008!
i am 8-bit
Opening Night Extravaganza
Thursday, August 14, 2008
8 p.m. to Midnight
Over 100 artists remixing their videogame memories.
World of Wonder Storefront Gallery
- i am 8-bit show reports
Just having some fun for about 20 min while waiting for work
GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON
Went and saw this last night at the Arclight in Hollywood. It's part of the AFI's Uncensored Documentary Series. It was pretty interesting to see the man behind the madness.
Here's the description from AFI's website:
From Kerry Park one fine chilly and drizzling morning in late May.
I'll be updating the photography section on my website soon.
Back in LA
Big thanks to all of the great people at Bungie! I had a great time up there and everybody I was working with were a great group of people. It was surprisingly sunny all of the days in Kirkland with some clouds mixed in, but the real Washington weather showed up once we went into Seattle.
- One more
I can't believe....
It's SUNNY over here in Kirkland! I thought it would be raining the entire time. A lot of people out now enjoying the sunshine.
We must have brought some better weather from LA , but I know it can change any minute up here.
Heading to the Pacific Northwest...
I'm pretty excited to be heading up to Washington State at the end of the month to be working with the best in the business and to be seeing some old colleagues.....
The creators of this guy:
I'll definitely be enjoying the immense variety of fresh seafood
U.S. Orphan Works Act of 2008 ...Protect your rights as an artist!!
Go here to sign the petition:
Here is more about the bill in an article on AWN:
"Dear Artist Friends,
I received this information on artists copyrights fr
I've added a bunch of concept boards for the Iron Man trailer(s) that I did last year on my website in the work section. It was supposed to be a custom shoot for the Superbowl spot. The 3d model (which I posed and lit for this job) was courtesy of Industrial Light + Magic.
- I can't believe....
Two of my all-time film favorites that have influenced directors, actors and all walks of people throughout the generations.
Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune.
I bought those 2 books back in 2001 and they're both really good reads. Especially if you're in
When referring to cooking:
'Mother nature is the true artist, we're just the technicians.'
Said consistently by a guy I've admired for quite some time now....the godfather himself, Marco Pierre White.
Of when I used to live in San Diego.
El Nino was causing havok along beaches in Southern California back in 2002 and I was over in Mission Beach standing on the jetty for hours taking hundreds of photos. Unreal, fantastic colors were everywhere. Being immersed in something so grand is n
I've added a concept illustration of the logo I did last year for the new Incredible Hulk film that's coming out. They didn't end up using it, so here it is:
I've also added some GoW Chains of Olympus stuff I did last year for advertising purposes, which l
Have a good time and be responsible!
Remember that Johnny Walker commercial?
Have no idea what I'm talking about? It was this one:
Here's the video, hosted on my website:
Johnny Walker Android commercial
I was one of the concept illustrators that helped design the android. I believe that job was back in 2006. Th
Sobe is supposedly going to be everywhere...
Sobe Geckos to appear on billboards around the US
- Random quote
Some boards from Sobe
Just a few boards from that Sobe Superbowl job.
There were very specific dance moves that were very recognizable to Thriller. The director picked the moves and well, there you have it.
At this point, the look of the individual geckos weren
Something to pass the time.
Waiting at work again.....................
I was waiting to go home today and decided to paint something fun.
Sobe Life Water
So, the commercial finally aired during the 2nd quarter of the Superbowl!
You can watch the video on the special website that's below. When you go to the home page, just click on the 'superbowl ad' link at the top.
I worked on this commercial for Sobe's Life Water back in December with director Peter Arnell(of the Arnell Group in NY), Reactor Films and Digital Domain.
Fun and crazy to work on....and as many links on the internet say, Naomi Campbell will be in the commercial.
- Some boards from Sobe
Just in case you didn't know........
I've added a lot of newer(and not so new) work images the gallery section of my website. I've added a miniscule number of images from RFOM that were from the pre-production process. Despite RFOM being released in late 2006, I started working on designs in late 2003.
I've added more. Some aerial shots flying over various parts of the US and some from Yosemite.
I've added a few photos in the photography section of my website from Muir Woods, just North of San Francisco.
One of my favorite places to eat.
I love good food and I hear that I can cook really well. I've been cooking since I was a kid. About the same amount of time I've been drawing. Most people who know me well know this already. If I weren't in the art business, I'd be a photographer or a chef, no doubt.
A few updates.
I've started to add photography into the US section and I've added a few Ireland pictures as well.
I started this yesterday, worked very briefly on it and then worked a few hours on it today to finish it.
I'm getting that itch to go play s
- Just in case you didn't know........
It's finally done...
It only took me a few hours over the past few days of implementing Lightbox 2 to my website.
The photography section will be updated every so often with pictures I've taken while traveling around for vacation, work, etc. A lot of the photography I have up right now are landscapes b
I'm redoing big parts of my website and integrating Lightbox2 as an image viewer to make everything a bit more streamlined.
- It's finally done...