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Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Last year I was commissioned to do a few pieces for an anthology called Geek Love: An Anthology of Full Frontal Nerdity. This is one of three images I submitted and the only one not in the book.
This illustration is also one of the very few illustrations not geared for all ages.
Trying out the new Adobe Ideas with a Pogo Connect. I started with a spider(ish) creature who quickly became a motherish spiderish creature. The father figure, of course, had to have a pipe. I suppose growing up as I did, pipes and robes seemed to be an iconic vision of fatherhood. I have a robe Katie made me but I never really feel it's a good time to wear it.
Drawn with Adobe Ideas on an iPad. Check out those bright boots!
I tend to draw situations where someone looks as though they're in trouble. Maybe that's not the case here. Heather is a night owl with a bow and quiver full of arrows. Can she handle her own? Are these creatures even intending harm?
Drawn and colored with Adobe Ieas. Texture sand stars added in Photoshop.
A friend of mine who had been going through a rough time commissioned an illustration of a raccoon. Ideas combining his life with that of a raccoon immediately sprang to mind and I set about drawing on my iPad. I had originally intended to draw a teeny, tiny city at the meeting point of the rocks. Ultimately I decided to let the viewer, through their own experiences, determine what was happening here.
Drawn and colored with Adobe Ideas and a bit of texture in Photoshop.
This illustration was inspired entirely by the title of this image which came to me while driving to work. Mr. Spindle seemed like a fantastic name for a fox. I imagined Mr. Spindle making his way haplessly through the woods and across fields, deciding what he might eat and what he would spare along his way.
I sketched another character to this story whom I called The Creech. The Creech was originally going to be a black bird but that seemed a bit obvious and I toyed with the idea of making The Creech some sort of snail or slug.
Drawn with Adobe Ideas on an iPad with a bit of Photoshop.
Jake and the Ghost Dragon are characters I created for a set of children's adventure stories.
The idea was to create quick, one or two page short stories for these characters using my iPad. I liked these characters so much I decided they needed proper stories and backgrounds. I've written some scripts and drawn the thumbnails for the first story. I'm currently working on a multi-book story arc for these two and the villainous Scizzaro.
Drawn with Adobe Ideas.
Because my youngest loves all things with long, sharp teeth. I drew the dinos and thought their adversary should be something equally large with long spindly legs. Aliens of course.
I titled this illustration Extinction because I really liked how the word could refer to either or both species since we see neither of their kind today.
I created a contest around this image where the randomly chosen name won a free print.
Drawn with Adobe Ideas for Red Bull Collective Art.
A situational image with two hamster, bear-like warriors are finding a village about to be under siege. In this portion of the illustration you can't see the hamster bears with their fierce weapons.
But is the village actually in danger? I enjoy drawing these kinds of illustrations where the situation is determined by the viewer. Are the big creatures attacking or defending? Are the hamster bears coming or going? Whose village is it?