Thursday, October 31, 2013

Jack-O-Lantern Designs: IRL 2013

Alright, as Halloween settles down, it's time to post this year's edition of Jack-O-Lantern Designs In-Real-Life.

I only got one this year, from the ever-popular Nicole Altmann of Sunny Philadelphia PA:

For those of you who don't have them memorized, this is a design from the very first group back in 2010:

Thanks for playing Nicole, I think it turned out pretty great! Even the shape of the base-pumpkin matches pretty well. Extra points for that! For the rest of you, hopefully we'll see some more next year :)

Happy Halloween Everyone!


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Jack-O-Lantern Designs 2013

It's ok everyone! The wait is finally over! It's time for my yearly jack-o-lantern designs!! (Click to Enlarge)

The same deal goes as every year: if anybody actually decides to attempt to carve any of these, please send me pictures at and I'll post them up here! That goes for previous years' pumpkin designs as well.

Previous designs are here:


Now go have some fun with these! I know I did.


Sunday, October 6, 2013


Not really much to say about this guy. I wanted to sketch out a seagull and it just sort of turned into this:

I've always been a huge fan of seabirds in general, but have largely ignored gulls a lot of the time. Perhaps my subconscious was telling me it's time to start giving them due respect?


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Halloween Warmup

Did some playing in Zbrush today. Fall being my favorite season, I decided to rough out a pumpkin:

And then naturally had to give him a face:

But don't worry, this won't take the place of my yearly Jack-O-Lantern Designs! I'll get to those a bit closer to Halloween. I just wanted to test one out in 3D, since it's been years since I've carved a physical pumpkin.

*Random Thought while Sculpting Today: Although you have more flexibility with the actual face creation, virtual pumpkin carving takes way longer than regular pumpkin carving, because you have to, the pumpkin first. Also you can't put a candle in the virtual one and place the whole thing on your stoop. So major downside there...

Stay Tuned for more Pumpkins leading up to Halloween!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Saturday Drawing in the Park

Just some misc sketches from today:

I started by drawing actual things that were in front of me....

...but of course ended up just drawing cartoon animals from my head. Here's a walrus being photo-bombed by a cat.

And here's a goof of an elephant seal. The snake does not approve of his goofiness...

That's enough pinnipeds for now.


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cattle Studies

Doing some rough exploring/brainstorming:

After first relying heavily on reference imagery, and exploring the essence of what makes a bull a bull, I did a little playing around with stylization/proportion exaggeration:

That's all for now. Will probably be doing more of these, exploring some other bovines...


Monday, July 8, 2013

Invasion of the Tetra Pod-Cats

So this is just a silly little thing I whipped up this weekend. It's inspired by some of the zaniness that comes up in the Tetrapod Zoology Podcast. While listening one episode, I got an image in my head of a stylized cat flying around in a little space pod, and after some rough doodles I decided I liked the idea enough to flesh it out more. So that's how I got to this:

(click to enlarge)

Clearly the drawing required not one, but four Pod-cats to make my pun, and it just so happens that there are four species of Lynx (which also happened to be a topic covered recently on the podcast podcats).

So left to right they are: bobcat (Lynx rufus)Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx)*, and the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis). You can see their species names embossed on the hulls of their ships if you ever get confused.

So there you have it, the Invasion of the Tetra Pod-Cats.

* I imagine him to be the leader of this bunch - he looks the most serious about the invasion