Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Beware the ferral... chickens?

Sorry for the long absence. All kinds of things going on in my life and some things get neglected. Sorry.

Anyway... I thought I would break my blogfast with a story about... WILD, MAN EATING CHICKENS! Well, maybe not man eating. Is this really a menace? Sounds more like a free dinner for some folks.


Is this really worthy of the national news? It's not really that bizarre considering what the Gulf coast has been through over the past few years? Maybe if one of the chickens actually attacked someone or ate the tires off of a subcompact. "The Birds" was menacing and had a certain tension to it. This just reeks of a Roger Corman film waiting to be made.

I'll try to actually have some art posted soon.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Concept Art - Elymas

A new character concept I just completed for the Shattered Soul game project being developed by Team Kaizen Games. I'm exceptionally pleased with the way it turned out and can't wait to see it in game. I'm very excited and honored to be a part of Team Kaizen and the Shattered Soul project.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


My rendition of the Imperial Sardaukar from Dune.

I saw the 1984 version of the film when I was a kid and read the book much later. Despite the movie's obvious problems, I still think that it contains some amazing design work... except for the Sardaukar. Neither the film from 1984 nor the minseries from 2000 did an adequate job of portraying these guys as the elite super soldiers decribed in the book. In the movie version they looked almost comical, running around in black vinyl hazmat suits. The miniseries had them looking foppish, dressed up in something I would describe as a cross between the Swiss Guard uniforms and purple clown suits.

You may or may not agree with me but the above illustration portrays more closely what I imagined when I was reading the book.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Don't know where this one came from...

This image just came to mind a couple of days ago. It just flashed in my mind and I wanted to bring it out into the open. Now I'm using it in the header art for my blog and web site.

It's sort of Tron meets Metropolis.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Another car concept...

For some reason I'm obsessing on cars lately.  Anyway here's another one.

A bit more flashy than the last but still not too out there.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sports Car Concept

Sorry for the long delay. The holidays always mess up my routine and it takes awhile for me to get back into my zone.

Work has been slow so I'm taking some of the extra time to brush up on my 3D modeling and conceptual illustration skill. Just finished this concept of a sports car.

I just pulled the design out of my head. I wasn't concerned about references or trying to style it after any particular make or model so any resemblance to any sports car designs out there is purely coincidental. I didn't want to go too crazy with it either. I just wanted to focus on good, clean lines and proportions. Hope you like it. The next one I do will be a bit more outlandish.

Monday, December 20, 2010

What can God do for you today?

I'm going quite a bit deeper with today's post. I've been in one of my very introspective modes lately and I've had a lot to think about.

I preface today's post by stating that I am a Christian. Now, many have a rudimentary understanding of the word "Christian" and I'd love to clarify what it means but that is a post for another time.

I'll simply start by asking the question, "How do we treat God?"

Please take a moment to really think about that.

I ask this question because I've come to the conclusion that we tend to use God as just a means to an end. I say this because I myself, have come to realize that I was doing just that in my own relationship with God. I don't believe I'm stating anything new here but I think our culture has taken this concept to new levels of the extreme.

Living in such a media saturated, consumer driven society we've begun to treat God the same way we treat a box of cereal or a new electronic device. What can this thing do for me? How can this iPad or Kindle enrich my life... make it easier? How can God give me what I want? How can He get me to where I want to go. There are doctrines and beliefs that have focused on the packaging and re-packaging of the message of the gospel to make it an "easier sell" to non-believers. Now people only come because of what the church can do for them. The Gospel is no longer about our need to be saved from our own depravity and spiritual bankruptcy. It has been mutated into a product promising health, wealth, and cultural significance. I won't use labels here because no matter what you call it, it's the same unclean, enemy born spirit doing it's work to attempt to make us spiritually impotent. Our testimonies as followers of Christ will drown in a sea of the trivial and meaningless if we don't open our eyes and see this.

How was I expressing this skewed doctrine in my own life? It was all in how God could make my freelance career successful. I made assumptions about why God guided me along this path and I've come to discover that most of my assumptions were wrong. It doesn't necessarily change the path I follow but it does explain why I've struggled with so many failures along the way. It certainly changes my focus. Treating God as a means to an end made my career something trivial and it had the related effect of causing me to treat my clients much the same way. My clients were simply a paycheck to me. I was treating these relationships as something distant, trivial and disposable... only useful to me for a season and therefore I did nothing to cultivate them.

The two greatest commandments... to love God with everything you have and to love your neighbor. I realize now who my neighbors are and that I can't love God and not love them... no matter who they are or why we met.