Sunday, December 23, 2007

Why can't we all just get alon--ow, my face!

My first payed commission is practically done. I think I need to darken things here and there and make other adjustments, but this is a pretty accurate version of things. It's been a great learning experience to do an action scene like this and I plan on continuing with more active scenes, if I can, to get it down to a science. This thing has gone through a lot of revisions, but I think it's been worth it and I hope my client is really satisfied.

Merry Christmas, gentiles! Late Happy Chanukah, Jews! Happy New Year, drunks!

Monday, December 10, 2007

It's a trap!!

I'm mostly posting this here for Margo-my-dear. I started it ages ago and finished it up for the NY Anime Fest, which turned out to be not all that awesome, but oh well.

I'm not happy with the stars, and I might also change the light behind Ness's bat.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Action Jackson!

So here's a revised version of what I put in last time. I made the main character 25% larger and shifted him to be right in front of that guy on the left. I'm not sure if that's better or worse. You can see his face better and I added the hood that my client asked for. On the other hand, the rope he's swinging doesn't look as good and the cropping on his arm may have just completely destroyed any momentum since it's now stuck in the other guy's face. Hmm.

Here are some mutants I drew in my sketchbook.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Feedback? Opinions?

My first payed commission. It's a start, even if it's just a drawing of a guy's Dungeons and Dragons character. I like the guys in the foreground, but I wonder if the main character works well in the picture. I like his face, but I wish he could be looking at the guy he's supposed to have just hit. However, it seems to be anatomically impossible, since the neck only turns so far. I don't know if the feeling of impact is as powerful as I would like. Thoughts?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Orm the Toad

Here's another character drawing from the thumbnails I posted before. It's also on my personal blog thingy. I'm glad I'm one of the two people that posts here.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hi everyone! I'm finally coming out and about to play! It's been long enough!

This is my first comics post EVER in the history of bloggingness - so welcome me into the 21st Century!

Here are a couple of recent gag comics:One of my best friends came up with the above gag, and I just had to put it to paper!

Yeah, I reeeeeally like chocolate milk!

I drew this right after the heartbreaking Yankees Season. Rather, the heartbreaking NY baseball season, as it was pretty crummy all around. But more importantly for me, right after the Yankees lost.

I've got lots more to post, but I'll do a little at a time to break myself in.

*Hugs to all*

~Chari =0)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Jungle Jim and the Thumbnail Apocalypse

In anticipation of starting a new portfolio, I've been drawing a crapload of thumbnails. I tried to keep the file sizes fairly small, but large enough to pick out what's going on.

These are the picks of the litter as far as character drawings go. Some of them are based on D&D adventure characters, others are more archetypal like "barbarian" and "death priest". Things like that.

These are two pieces of equipment I sketched out for that horned guy with the wavy sword (which is actually my friend Sean's D&D character, along with the birdman Phil plays) in the character sketches. The helmet is stolen in parts from the cover art for the late Robert Jordan's "The Great Hunt". The character has a devil theme, so I wanted to play with that a lot by making his visor the face of some fiendish creature and since the character himself has horns, the helmet should accomodate them and take them into consideration. On the right is a shield design that's far too complicated to use in any real sense, but on its own I like it. I used an existing monster (the bearded devil) as a design inspiration, since the character is a soldier himself and those guys fill a similar role in the Infernal hierarchy.

Here are some scenes I've sketched out. The left is a guy building himself a Flesh Golem (basically, Frankenstein's Monster) in his alchemical lab. The right is a monk (Shaolin style, not Friar Tuck style) punching goblins. You get those fuckers, buddy.

And, finally this is a sketch for a location: a collapsed Moathouse with a winding road.

There you go.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I remember you were reckless, you were hungry, you were real.

This is the first of (what I hope to be) several drawings headed to the SQFT gallery in Nashville, TN for the Christmas "Cash and Carry" show. I think I still need to work on it, since I'm not happy with her face and you can't tell what he's got in his mouth at this size. I photograph everything crooked.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Art Sneeze

This is such a bad drawing. I pretty much sneezed it out onto paper, inked it with fearsome carelessness, and then slobbered watercolors all over it. Like...where the hell is PiPs standing behind her? Is he a floating torso??

And yet....I'm posting it here because I'm glad I made it?

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Robot Nurse

Heres a little something I just put together. I haven't posted here before, cuz I usually just post on my own blog now... Or on one of the other SVA people blogs like art-burn . If anyone wants to join art-burn, let me know and I'll send you an invite.

That chick with that hair

<3 <3 <3 Brushes (finally).

Friday, October 5, 2007

Phil's D&D character

Here's a pencil drawing of Phil Conigliaro's malicious birdman Dungeons and Dragons character. The original is bigger than my scanner's bed, but I think I did a decent job of piecing it back together. Since I have no idea on a direction to take my portfolio in, I'm just trying to sharpen my technical skills in the interim and doing stuff like this helps with that and may come in handy if I decide to pursue the nerd art route.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

First Time Blog

I wanted to submit something and haven't really done any real personal work since Graduate school started. Lately i've been doing publicity events such as the Howl Festival, teaching with Fly at MOCCA and just focusing on what I want to do. I did this painting at the Howl Festival 2007 with Jenai. It was really fun and may participate again next year.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Halp, halp

Can someone confirm that this looks okay?

It's big, so click here.

I'm redesigning my site and I wanted to make her the sitemap. Her attributes will be the different parts of the site (which I'll label). I haven't shown this to anyone yet and I'm dying to know if it's okay.
I've been on a mad Durga kick. That's just how I roll: I have one thing I draw obsessively for like 2 months, and then I move on.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


I went back into this guy and tried to make it pop a bit more, though I cropped it a bit differently with the scanner. I think I need to recalibrate or color balance the old Epson 2400, since some of the colors are different from the original. Probably should go even darker, but I'm trying to balance the pudding in the foreground with the value in the background.

Working on another Shelton Diagram Factory piece, but I'm posting it along with this one in my personal screaming idiot blog, so I don't want to be redundant just yet.

Let's see some more artwork, guys.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Book Art

I want to post here, but with my own website and deviant art page, I don't want to be redundant! However...I dunno, I like this picture enough to post it up again. So sorry if anyone's already seen this!

The couple is out of my favorite books from middle school, "The Immortal's Quartet" by Tamora Pierce. Yeah, I've always been a giant fantasy nerd. If it looks a bit yellow, it's because I colored it on my laptop.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Ate salmon.

Okay, so I totally did these for James' SDF Correspondence, but I really like them so I'm putting them up anyway.

It's-a me, Durga!

Yeah... I dunno. She has toucan fists. But I don't care, I think it's neat. So what's up now?


These are the "finished" versions of the sketches I put up. They were due yesterday. Acrylic wash on watercolor paper. I'm probably going to go back into them, since the big long one really needs some more warms and the tall one needs more contrast. Still figuring out what I'm doing with these.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Revenge of the Nerds: The Dungeon Master's Pleasure Prison

Hey, guys. Just want to make a special note to anyone that isn't already involved: The Shelton Diagram Factory Correspondence School has a blog up about the work everybody involved is doing for that little project. So go check it out, 'kay? If not for you, for my fragile, over-inflated ego.

These are really polished thumbnail sketches for an article my friend Adam Daigle is having published in a free online Dungeons and Dragons periodical called the Oerth Journal. He asked me to illustrate it for him and I agreed, even though there isn't monetary compensation involved. I'm a gem like that. The premise was that it's an article about the guys that go into dungeons and stuff after the adventurers are done clearing it out of monsters and obvious treasure. These guys (The "Gleaners") literally take everything valuable that was bolted down when the first people came through and then sell it.

I like this wagon one for some reason. I wanted to give myself the challenge of making something as boring as a freaking wagon into something exciting and interesting. It was inspired by the initial flavor paragraph in the article. I like it the best, but the art director went with the other two. What are you gonna do?

This is a sketch of the gleaner expedition getting ready to head in and start picking the historic ancient ruins clean of gold-plated doors, temple facades and things like that. I have to get models together for a shoot for this one: way too many figures to just use a mirror.

I had almost no ideas for the long, thin vertical composition they wanted. So I found the only mention of something scary or weird happening. A black pudding is oozing out of a little pool to menace the expedition. Hooray for amorphous, semi-sentient blobs!

There you go.


PS-I invited a bunch of people who I think may be interested in this. If you know if anyone else from SVA '07 who might dig it, you can send them a formal invite through the settings tab if you make yourself an author.



Hi all,

I made this blogthing for the purpose of seeing what you good ol' SVA folks have been up to. I don't know about you, but I hardcore miss being surrounded by art nearly 24/7 and having the "feedback circle" be possible; It wasn't just about getting feedback about my own work, it was about seeing what everyone else was doing.

So, that said, I really hope that this blogthing becomes a place in which to show off your latest, but also see everyone else show off. Please, post up anything you've been doing, drawings, sculpture, comics, your brain, whatever.

However, I do ask that the responses to the work be at least a little more than "It's good," etc. We all went to art school, we all know how to crit, whether we like it or not, and we've got to differentiate ourselves from Deviantart, at least a little, right?


But anyway, here's some junk I've been doing:


I have a superobsession with mythic creatures, and I finally had the chance to use them as subject matter after a very, very long time.