Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Holiday Art Preparations


I hope you’ll all forgive a little self promotion. I have some new items up on my Etsy (here). Mostly it’s some new greeting cards for the holidays and a bunch of open commission slots. I have a special section for RPG characters and OCs. As always, I’m glad to take custom requests. I have a few commission slots open at the time so now is a great time for anything unusual you might want drawn up. I’m glad to do original or digital works.
Thank you!
Etsy URL: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Kaotix


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Portrait Work

Two stylized portrait practices done over the weekend. I've got just a few weeks until I start school again so I'm trying to keep from getting rusty in Photoshop.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

Alright, final update on this Rocket Raccoon image. I did some final detailing and I’m feeling a lot happier with it. Again, I took a lot of liberty with the look and feel but I like the overall feel. 

Comic Book Fan art

Here is some more comic book fanart for you. This is my favorite character from my childhood. Vision. 
Vision is described as... 
"Vision is an artificial intelligence, a "synthezoid" created by the villain Ultron and an Avenger who possesses the power to alter his density at will. Having gained a modicum of humanity, Vision is always afraid he may one day lose touch with it.
My favorite era for him was the time he spent in a relationship with the Scarlet Witch. There was something so tender and simple about him that drew me in as a kid. 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robin Williams



The passing of Robin Williams has touched a lot of people I know. Anxiety and depression are struggles many of my loved ones and dear friends have faced. The amount of personal responses I saw to his passing moved me to do a small portrait of Robin Williams to show my sympathy for him, his family, and for all of the lives he touched. My life has been changed by suicide and Robin Williams' passing reminds me of the weight of it's impact. For everyone out there, I would wish that you ask for help when you need it and find the love and support that helps you when you need it most.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Landscape Art

I've had a good friend in town visiting, we built a mountain of furniture, and I finished up most of my coursework for the semester. Tonight I'm trying to wind down with some art sketches for a big painting I'm doing but it's not going well.



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fan Art



I can't get enough of The Dark Crystal.
Its my favorite movie. So here is a little fan art for it.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Wrap Up

I've posted a slurry of stuff on various other sites about the book I finished but neglected to put the information up here. So here goes.

We'll start with a few pictures of the final product. It has been really exciting to see it completed.


The inside images turned out well. I was worried about the gradient work but all seems well.



Most of all I'm excited to have been able to work with Suzanne Akerman to create a book that celebrates dogs and diversity. Let's hope this is the first of many to come.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Moogles

These moogles are fun to draw. I'm still trying to not focus on quality and just keep drawing really loose and fun. I'm using very simple built in brushes with no pressure sense and almost no shading that isn't colors. It's hard to focus on fun and not get pre-occupied with refining them.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Frozen Fan Art

Tonight I'm doing some Frozen Fan Art. Mostly I wanted to practice doing some softer rendering. I typically rely heavily on line work, but there is another artist I follow who studies in NY who does phenomenal rendering who has inspired me to do some extra practice. 
Done in Photoshop with the pre-set HB pencil.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Recent D&D Design

This is a recent work in progress commission for a D&D character.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Most Recent Commissions

A final wrap up image of my last commissions. 
These were a lot of fun and were for a return customer which makes it all the better. My favorite part of working with people a second time is that they get more comfortable sharing their opinions. A good portrait pet portrait requires a good sense of how their owner views them. Unless I met them myself, I wouldn't know how to rely their emotions. Now, I do believe a large portion of who we are comes through in pictures (especially with animals) but I love the stories people share. 


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Commissions - Two Cats



Previews of two pieces I'm working on now. Both are commissions and are in this mid-stage of work. So far they've been a lot of fun. Working on black fur for cats is a great practice in shading and observation. I find that I really have to pay attention to lighting, color, and hue. Definitely a good way to hone my focus for detail.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Art Fails

A PC crash caused the file to be corrupted and now PS won’t recognize the file type. *grumble* This is the second time this has happened to me. 


No luck getting the file to work again so here is my final upload of these drawings from earlier today. Sorry for the repeat post. I really had hoped to have a finished pieced this evening.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Teaching Art

I was lucky enough to be able to teach a short drawing lesson at an amazing school here in Tacoma. The Seabury Elementary School let give a lesson on how to draw faces using just a few simple boxes.

The lesson only lasted about 20 minutes but it was a lot of fun to watch everyone get excited about doing their own designs. These classes are filled with brilliant and creative kids. Working with them is incredible.

Side note: I am not actually a giant. Camera angles mixed with a short ceiling and a bunch of 1st and 2nd graders makes me look like Hagrid in these pictures.





Here is the link to the blog post: Blog