Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Alien Concept Sculpt

Took the painting I did before and used it as a base to create this sculpt.  I made a few design changes mainly to the hornlike structure on top of his head.  After the sculpt was finished I added basic colors in 3d then took it to Photoshop to polish it up a bit.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Alien Portrait 01

There were a few alien concepts from my previous post that I really liked so I decided that I'd refine a few of them and add color.  This is the first of them. 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Alien Concepts

These are just some quick sketches of different alien heads I did for fun.  I was trying to play around with strange shapes while molding faces out of them.  A lot of these designs are inspired by various amphibians and fish as well as a few bird like aspects such as beaks and crests and of course some dinosaur characteristics here and there.  

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Sunday, October 9, 2011


Gorgosaurus, meaning fierce lizard, is a genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur that live in western North America during the late Cretaceous. Gorgosaurus was smaller than Tyrannosaurus  with adults reaching 26-30 ft in length.  Gorgosaurus lived in a lush floodplain environment along the edge of an inland sea at times sharing territory with other tyrannosaurids such as Daspletosaurus.  As an apex predator it preyed upon ceratopsids and hadrosaurs.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Gorgosaurus Sketch

A quick sketch of Gorgosaurus done in ArtRage. Painting in progress and will be posted later.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dino Sculptures

My first 3d sculpts. These guys were pretty fun to do, they're by no means finished yet but i thought Id post them anyway. Ill be sure to post the finals later. The dinos shown here are Tenontosaurus (top) a North american Hadrosaur from the mid Cretaceous, and Sinotyrannus
(bottom) a close relative of Tyrannosaurus also from the Cretaceous.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011


The Frilo's ancestors were fast moving predatory sea dwellers using its eight paddle like limbs and harpoon like mouthparts to pursue and pierce fast moving prey.

Far removed from its predatory ancestors, the frilo is a herbivorous grazer that has adapted to life on land. The limbs it once used to swim have shortened becoming stubby legs however it still retains a set of flippers that aid it in cases where it must swim. The piercing mouth of its ancestors has evolved into an extendable tube that it uses to feed from the plantlike creatures that can be found in the shallows of atolls the Frilo calls home.

The “flowers” it feeds on are in fact not plants at all but animals spending their larval stage in the ocean. When they reach maturity the larvae bury themselves in the sandy beaches of the planets many atolls and continue to grow into adulthood. Living within the arms of these creatures are photosynthetic single celled organisms that provide it with nourishment. However because they cannot move on land they have become dependant on the Frilo for reproduction. The cone structures located between the arms of the creature secrete a sugary substance that then pools at its base. When the Frilo extends its mouth to feed it frequently brushes against the walls of the cone where the reproductive cells of the creature are held. By feeding from various cones the Frilo aids in the reproductive cycle of these animals thus creating the basis for the ecosystem present on the atolls.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Atoll Polinator

Another weird creature for CG Hub Challenges.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hydra Roc

Some quick studies for a new creature design.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sea Colossus Concepts

These are a few preliminary explorations for a water based monster. I still have a bunch more of these to do but I figured I'd share what I have so far.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Creature Design: Durosni

These are a few pages from my sketchbook that show the evolution of a new creature design I've been working on.

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Stymphalian Bird Creature Design

This was a creature concept for a design challenge on CG Hub. Participants were supposed to pick a Greek mythological creature and update it in some new way. The creature I chose is called a stymphalian bird. These birds belonged to Aries, had beaks made of bronze and metallic razor sharp feathers that they could launch at victims. I chose to stay away from the metallic aspect of the birds and tried to design them as if they could have potentially existed at one point in history. I thought, what if the ancient Greeks were actually running into some type of monstrous bird and simply exaggerated their description in order to communicate the fear they felt when they saw it. Using this idea as a base I set about creating my birds. I decided that they would be a type of terror bird, a group of large, predatory flightless birds that lived during the Cenozoic era. The stymphalian birds are scavengers standing nearly 12 feet tall. They have large hard beaks capable of crushing bone and razor sharp tallons on their feet as well as their wings which still closely resemble the arms of their raptor ancestors. They would have often been seen feeding on the bodies of fallen warriors after a battle thus becoming associated with Aries the god of war.

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dragon Rider

This was a digital painting done for submission to Spectrum 18. I also painted this traditionally using oils on a 24x 30 canvas for a life painting course. Doing the same painting twice was definitely a test of my patients and required a large chunk of my time. However, I do realize that using two different mediums to create the same painting was a great learning experience that taught be both the strengths and weaknesses of digital and traditional media while improving my skill in both.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tenontosaurus Studies

These are some studies done for an upcoming project that I will be submitting to a paleontological magazine for publication. The studies serve to familiarize myself with the basic forms and character of the dinosaur. This will eventually allow me to draw and light the animal from almost any angle with a greater level of consistency and less reliance on references. At least thats what Im hoping for.

Corel Painter 11

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Museum Studies

A couple of weeks ago some friends and I decided to go to The Denver Museum Nature and Science to do some sketching. These are a bunch of the studies I did that day done in ball point pen and some marker averaging about 15-20 mins each.