Sunday, October 12, 2014

Inktober Part 1








Some recent ink drawings from my Twitter place. I'm going straight ink so when I sit down to sketch it's hit and miss. I usually go through a few pages before getting something passable.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Twitter Yo




I'm moving my activity over to Twitter (https://twitter.com/hethesrodawa). I may still double post on this blog but blogger seems pretty dead. Twitter is hopping! These were for the Sketch Dailies thing (www.sketchdailies.com).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ho Ho Ho



These were supposed to be player outfits for the holidays in defiance. It's Santa and a helper elf! The elf outfit never really got wrapped up. I really wanted them to feel plausible and not terribly out of place in the world.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Turrets



I don't usually get the opportunity to design machinery so this was nice. Top one is low tech and cobbled together while the bottom one was a redesign to make it look higher tech and manufactured.

Architectural details


This was another study when I was trying to figure out the architectural styling of the Volge. Like with the other stuff we were working backwards from the show's characters to how these guys built their hives, which hadn't been addressed on the show yet.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Function from form


The Volge from Defiance were a weird thing. They're bio mechanical but the mechanical parts that the show side designed were straight mechanical in a lot of ways, like bolts and wires. They were supposed to be sort of hive minded and living underground, like ants I guess. This sketch illustrated the idea that they have machines but the machines are Volge types themselves, birthed for a specific purpose. The mechanical bits are formed not in a factory condition but 'sculpted' from the spit of these creatures as it dries. The concept is a stretch I admit but we were designing function after form, which is never easy.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Hive chamber


This is a sketch from back on Defiance of a Volge chamber within their hive. I've got some others I'll dig up ... They had this biomechanical thing going on that had more structure than you usually see with this sort of thing. I thought that was a unique angle to play up.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On the run



I drew up this character illustration of the Jewish king David with his seasoned warriors. These guys were being hunted by the current king of Israel, Saul, at this point in their lives. As they ran they often hid in caves and ravines and I drew them in a setting like that where perhaps some ambushes had occurred in the past, hence the bones.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wasteland Samurai


Roaming the post apocalyptic wastelands, surviving by savage skill and strict honor, ect ect. You know ...

She's a coworker and super quality illustrator.
http://roxievizcarra.tumblr.com/

Sunday, October 27, 2013

... And Gentlemen


And here are some more. All of these were early ideas, trying to get the ball rolling.

You are in for a treat with this link I found!
http://letangles.tumblr.com/

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ladies ...


Some post apocalyptic pirates set to terrorize the polluted seas. You know.

And for the link of the week, I love this sketch, and the rest of his gallery is fantastic! http://cghub.com/images/view/671159/

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Rooftop Spelunking


Ok, so now suppose you're back up on the surface, above the trenches or buried underworld. In a natural field you may find (besides foliage and boulders) rooftop artifacts from the buried buildings. It's such a strange juxtaposition, the natural and the manufactured but also seeing rooftops under your feet. Rooftop ventilation holes are suddenly like sinkholes and caves, ready for exploring!

I really like the backgrounds in this person's gallery: http://arsenixc.cghub.com/

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Canyon Exploration


Continuing from my last post, what if you went down into these urban canyons to explore? The possibilities are exciting huh?

Check this guy out! I love how he draws. For one, it's really good but he also has a nice style or personal sensibility: http://shanyar.cghub.com/

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Buried Treasure


Some of the shots in Oblivion inspired this sketch. What an interesting idea huh? What if cities, which we think of as vertical, rising above us, were suddenly experienced as canyons? It's an unexpected flip on expectations.

I rather liked Oblivion. Granted I rented it with low expectations which is always a good setup for me. I happen to like many movies I may not have had I been hyped and paid out the wazoo in a theater for. For instance, I saw Elysium that way a few weeks ago and was bored out of my mind. It was just a waste of my time mostly. But, maybe I would have appreciated it more if I'd rented it with low expectations. I watched Oblivion a week afterwards and it felt refreshing compared to Elysium. I didn't think it was a great movie but it was interesting and engaging. As a sci-fi it showed me new things and fascinated me. What did you think of both?

I may have linked this guy before but check out that new sketch! I love it: http://pelengart.livejournal.com/

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Crash Site


I think the composition got a little flat and there's some other weirdness I'll have to watch out for next time. I really wanted the ship panels to feel less structured than we build and more organic as a way of selling that it was alien in nature. As always, let me know if you have any thoughts on it.

I work with Raul Cabrales now and I find his work incredibly genuine feeling. He's a fantastic draftsman and painter. On the side he does some personal stuff for his blog. Check it out: http://rcabralesconceptart.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Warriors




The top guy is a foot soldier, a lethal warrior. The next one is a sniper that conceals himself with a cloak like the Predator's. The bottom sketches were my initial ideas for this alien military unit. The armor was initially inspired by a mix of samurai, Navajo masks and insects. The final designs changed a lot though as this project was collaborative. Maybe I'll explore my initial inspiration on my own sometime.

Tek is really talented and I imagine you'll appreciate his blog: http://tekkoman.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Takedown


Here's a loose illustration, more of an elaborate sketch really. I was impatient on this one, dabbling in how successful an illustration can be even if left unresolved in areas. I passionately admire art that straddles that line, but I don't have a good handle on doing it myself. As a concept artist the final presentation is never of chief importance so it isn't something I've felt pressured to resolve. However, whenever I see an artist do it well I fall in love.

I like this guy's stuff!
http://calader.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Surgeon


Now here's a shady little place. I love designing cluttered, intimate spaces.

Also, my friend Matt Rhodes has a pretty extensive post on concept design that I'm sure you'll enjoy. The rest of his blog is fantastic as well: http://mattrhodesart.blogspot.com/

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Settlements





Comic con is this coming week! I go for friends, artwork and art books primarily! I can't wait. I saw Monters University a few weeks ago, and this was a movie I wasn't very excited for. The trailers didn't catch me although I love the original. Anyway, I ended up loving it. The story struck me as very real feeling which is rather unusual in children's stories these days. Things never played out in an ideal way. The character's circumstances, choices and consequences were very true to life and I love that. Also the colors and lighting were just astounding. Speaking of colors, my old coworker, Shelly Wan, worked on it and you can find tons of her stuff in the art book. Check out her blog if you haven't already: http://shellywan.blogspot.com/