Thursday, September 15, 2016

Anniversary & Heidinger update!

Wow! Today is the 2 year anniversary of my very first blog post on Sept 15, 2014! Ironically my company, Enigma Resolve LLC, got it's legal paper work on Sept 14, 2004 meaning it celebrated its 12th birthday on yesterday and I celebrated my own bday on the 9th!  Funny how that works. So yea, VIRGO POWA! 
Just to celebrate a bit, I'll post a very small snippet of the work in progress on my comic, HEIDINGER! Happy Bday to us, thanks to everyone that hangs in there with me and enjoy the exclusive sneak peak:
 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Kwami and Kids

One of the best things about working freelance as an artist is being able to work with a wide variety of people. My clients come from all walks of life and have their own personal stories, accomplishments and even turmoils. They all have dreams of their own and I get to participate in them and help their dreams come true as well.

In 2014, I had the opportunity to meet a talented author by the name of Wanda Jenkins-Clemons who commissioned me to illustrate her children's book Kwami And Kids. Along with another artist, Angelica Russell, we brought Wanda's characters to life as they learn lessons about morals, sharing, love, etc. through their adventures.

Many times I am bound to secrecy about such projects until they have been completed. Imagine doing something great that you CAN'T tell anyone about! The excitement of being able to see the finished product or even tell of my involvement to others sometimes becomes unbearable. Projects don't often turn up until a year or more later, IF they ever do. Sometimes the wait is so long that I've forgotten all about it and I'm as shocked as anyone else when it finally pops up online or in stores. Sadly, a lot of projects, even though I'm paid for the work, fade away and never get released.

I'm very happy that Wanda's project has 'seen the light' and she can share her vision with the world. I got my proof copies earlier this year and the books look amazing! The story is serialized, so there's more to be released of her characters in the future.

Please show some support and pick them up on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kwami-Kids-Christian-Principles-Children/dp/0989089223

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Logo Illustration...

Here's a portrait that was done for a friend who wanted a logo design. He wanted something that was more illustrative and emphasized his 5 string bass; he's a killer player. 100% digital airbrush in Photoshop CS3.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Another look...

In an earlier post [here] I gave a sneak peek of an animation project I'm currently working on. Here is a finished look at the same piece:


I completed it with a background and foreground for the characters' setting and finished it off by adding some cinematic post processing effects. 

Below is a look at the first sketch that started the image:





Wednesday, June 17, 2015

3D Backgrounds

The following pictures are some early 3d modeling backgrounds. They are from so long ago that I don't remember when I did them or what I used. I believe they are from 2001 and made with Maya 4 and/or Terragen.

DUNE RIVER
 Just experimenting with surrealistic lighting in a realistic setting.


DESTINATION
 One's dream- the freedom of flight!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Transformers: Kup & Hot Rod

 

This three page story, drawn by Rui Onishi and colored by me, was featured in the comic for the 2012 Auto Assembly Transformers convention.

It was an honor coloring Rui's lines and I longed to work with her for years. I was VERY nervous about it at first, as her use of blacks in this story are very expressive and loose. I think my anime cel-shade coloring style mixed very well with her's in the end. I'd love to do more work with her!

Note: I decided to color the characters in their more traditional cartoon palette rather than the comic colors. I think this gives the characters more continuity. Below are all three pages, in their original form, without text:


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Transformers: Mosaic - Destructive Character


Here's a Transformers piece that I colored a few years back. It's set in an alternate TF reality called the Shattered Glass universe. This is where the sides are reversed and the Decepticons are the good guys and the Autobots are the bad guys.

I'm very proud of this piece and this is the first time I worked with Jake Isenberg, who I work with on the Heidinger art. Also of note is one of the occasional pseudonyms I go by, Kal Kyle. Below is my original colored art, without the text. Enjoy.