Halloween Zbrush Illustration

I was doodling and came up with a cool idea for a Zbrush illustration. I wanted a floating skull with a military uniform. I picked a Nazi uniform and decided to replace the standard medals and pins with ones that looked more esoteric.

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Cranked out some starter geo in Zbrush…

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Then worked out a test render…

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Here are my finals! This was completed in photoshop using the same method as the others.

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final_webThanks for looking!

 

1979 HG Toys Alien Jigsaw Puzzle – Remaster

Back in 1979 20th Century Fox had unwittingly licensed the merchandising rights for Alien to a number of toy manufacturers before realizing the film would never receive a PG rating. What consumers got was an assortment of some of the strangest, most horrifying toys produced for children that would quickly be recalled due to their terrifying nature. This included the legendary 18″ Kenner Alien figure and of course the Earl Norem illustrated HG Toys Jigsaw Puzzle.

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These items are becoming increasingly rare and expensive and finding them in decent condition is even more of a challenge. After months of searching I was able to pick up a copy of the puzzle off eBay (with all the pieces) for about $50. The box was smashed but what I really wanted to do was assemble the 36″ tall puzzle, glue the pieces together and add a really cool vintage poster to my collection. Well, the pieces were kind of a mess – dirty, torn, peeling – so I scanned them in at 1400 dpi and assembled them in Photoshop.

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All the pieces scanned. Couldn’t do them all at once!

Next I cleaned up the puzzle lines, dirt, scratches, and print errors followed by some adjustments in hue, saturation, and contrast.

8 Hours Later…

I put together an animated .gif to show off the transition a bit more. All in all I’d say this project took about 8 hours which was totally worth it now that we have a beautiful version of Earl Norem’s work to admire once more. It’s a piece of Alien history that can finally be appreciated. Who knows, maybe I can get Fox to re-issue this as a poster 🙂

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Here are some images of the original pencil drawing which sold on eBay earlier this year.
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Alien © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Custom Boba Fett Blaster


Boba Fett is my all time favorite Star War’s characters – (I know, I know – he has like, what, 3 lines total across all 3 movies? …and dies in the most ridiculous, undignified way just short of being beaten to death by Ewoks?) – but his reputation as one of the most cunning and lethal assassins in the whole galaxy is hard to ignore. Combine that with the costume design by Ralph McQuarrie and you’ve got one of the most amazing non-characters in cinematic history.

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I believe Boba Fett was originally intended to be an Elite Storm Trooper. Not sure what gives me that idea.

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Tell me this isn’t the coolest mother effin’ character in Star Wars

Anyways, a number of years ago Hasbro released an electronic Boba Fett blaster toy that aside from the horrifying paint job is pretty close to being screen accurate. This presented me with a pretty fun opportunity to re-paint it and have my own blaster for the low low price of about $20 (the price has since gone up on Amazon to about $90, but you can get a good deal on eBay) Seeing as a legit reproduction prop runs about $400 this is a pretty good deal.

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It looks more like a bird than a firearm.

Let’s take a look at this thing.

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Eww, gross.

Pictured here is the stock blaster direct from Hasbro – it’s green, white, and sun bleached turd colored. I’m assuming they had to make this gun not look like a gun for obvious reasons. These days you could walk out into the street with a NES Zapper and get lit up like a Christmas tree…so let’s make this thing look like a real gun!

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Don’t snort that green shit!

First, let’s sand off all those pesky warning labels. Don’t aim this thing at cops, don’t put it in your mouth, don’t modify it in anyway to shoot real bullets, and finally don’t have any fun. When I was a kid I had a Transformers Megatron toy that turned into a fucking Walther P38. Kid’s these days will never know the joy.

It’s not fun until your personal safety is at risk.

 

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Hacksaws: Not just for dismemberment!

Next, I had to take a hacksaw to cut the areas that were glued together and wouldn’t snap apart on their own. This was a pain in the ass and left some big chunks missing down the seams I had to fill in with epoxy later.

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Ooh, la la!

I took some photos for reference so I could remember where all the electronics go upon re-assembly. I also drew a quick schematic of where the screws go as some of them vary in length. I only lost 2 screws this time even though I TAPED THEM TO THE PAPER.

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If you don’t bathe with firearms you have’t LIVED

Time for a scrub down. All pieces were washed in dish soap and caressed gently with a soft sponge.

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I brought the pieces out back and gave them a coat of Krylon High Heat BBQ paint for a base coat.

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After the base coat I filled in all the hollow parts and screw holes with Epoxy sculpt. I also filled in the seam spaces left from hacksawing it down the middle. Once it dried I sanded it down again to make it nice and smooth. I intentionally made it a little messy to give the gun character.

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I had some extra plastic lying around so I used my dremel and cut out little lenses to fit inside the hollow scope – it’s a cute little touch 😉

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I then proceeded to dry brush the entire thing with some silver paint to give it worn edges and make it look used.

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My last step was shaving off some pastels with an exacto knife, mixing the dust with rubbing alcohol (for adhesion) and dusting the entire gun to make it look like it had been used heavily on a planet like Tatooine. After all that’s where Fett disintegrated Uncle Owen and Aunt Baru – and where his number one client resided, Jabba The Hutt.

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FETT WAS HERE

One thing I don’t understand is why most of the other custom Fett blaster’s I’ve seen have a brown stock? The gun in the movie is completely black with brown dust. Observe.

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It’s all black!

This is the Masterpiece prop replica you can purchase for 17 zillion dollars.

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Here are some detail and final beauty shots of my gun – thanks for reading!

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CthulhuCon 2015 – Poster Art

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For the last few years I’ve been attending the Lovecraft Film Festival here in Portland and have wanted to contribute my art to their campaign, whether it be poster art, or something else they could use to promote the festival. During the first year I had my piece, “The Innsmouth Look” shown on the big screen along with dozens of others’ art – and while that was pretty cool I definitely had my sights set higher.

So, I approached the organizer, offered my services and was given the opportunity to create the poster art for CthulhuCon 2015! I started by creating some mockups, or quick sketches to get an overall direction.

The sketches were created in Sketchbook Pro, and after the direction was figured out I went right into modeling Cthulhu in Zbrush periodically rendering out tests to figure out composition.

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I then created a preliminary render test, adding colors and the background to get a better idea of the end result. This is where I ended up after about 2 hours of work. I really like how turned out, the atmosphere is foreboding and the subsurface scattering while wildly excessive turned out great. This initial test was low resolution and not print quality, so I rendered everything out again…

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Like my previous illustrations I rendered out various passes using Zbrush’s BPR render feature then layered the passes in photoshop using a variety of blending modes. The color was added in Photoshop, as well as the background (from NASA photography) and effects. Finally, I added a little chromatic aberration to create an other worldly feeling.

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Here is the final poster! My work was also featured in an article for Oregon Live!

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Nekro – Indie Game Contract Work

I contributed a number of 3D assets to an indie game project called Nekro which is currently in Early Access. Here is some of my work!

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Shade – Zbrush Sculpt

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Shade – Marmoset Render

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Shade – Lit

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Shade – Back

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Hunter – Zbrush WIP

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Hunter – Zbrush Sculpt

 

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Hunter – Gun WIP

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Hunter – Texture WIP

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Hunter – Texture Flat Shade

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Meat Mouth – Zbrush Sculpt

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Meat Mouth – Marmoset Render

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Priest – Zbrush Sclupt

The Farmer

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Farmer – Zbrush Sculpt

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Crow – Marmoset Render

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Crow – Zbrush Sculpt

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Reaper – Environment Prop

I made a quick and disorienting speed sculpt video of the creation of the Reaper prop.

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Reaper – Environment Prop Zbrush Sculpt

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Observatory – Environment Prop

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Lady Tomb – Environment Prop

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Gnarled Tree – Environment Prop

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Thanks for looking!

LucasArts – RIP – 1982-2013

On April 3rd 2013 it was announced that the great developer/publisher LucasArts was no more. I had grown up during the best years the fabled developer had to offer and experienced many of their ground breaking titles including Dark Forces, Jedi Knight, Monkey Island, Full Throttle, and Day of The Tentacle to name a few. But perhaps the title I appreciated the most was Tim Schafer’s Grim Fandango.

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Moved by the closure of the studio and reflecting on the time spent with their games I created this portrait of Manny Calavera, travel agent of the dead!

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“You can’t hide from the Grim Reaper. Especially when he’s got a gun.”

 

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Created in Zbrush with some Photoshop editing at the end for value and color adjustments. Total working time 2 hours.

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Happy Holidays…2013? Gruss vom Krampus!

About 2 years ago I decided to create an Holiday card to share with friends and family. I didn’t want to do something traditional and opted for something darker…

For those who don’t know, the Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic goat like creature who punishes bad children during the Christmas Season, essentially the Anti-Santa Claus. What a cool tradition!

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Gruss vom Krampus translates to Greetings from the Krampus!

 

 

I created this piece in Zbrush with some minor editing in Photoshop using the same method as my other illustrated pieces. I rendered out multiple passes consisting or color, ambient occlusion, shadow, depth, and finally a fiber pass for the hair. I layered them on top of one another in photo-shop using blending modes, and ta-da! Total working time was about 6 hours.

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PlanetSide 2 NC Infiltrator Zbrush Sculpts

During my last few months at SOE I had the pleasure of working with some of the most talented character artists I had ever collaborated with. Mat Broome provided the concept and Kenneth Coker supplied a beautiful base mesh for me to sculpt on. We all had our hands on the majority of the characters, but the NC Infiltrator is one I had ownership over, and one I am most proud of. It was definitely the most challenging character I’ve created during my time at SOE, and I hope you enjoy playing him in game as much as I had fun making him!

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DOTA 2 Polycount Contest

During the normal chaos of keeping up with work cool always seems to pop up that demands my attention. This time it was Valve’s DOTA 2 contest hosted by Polycount. You can check out the brief along with all the other great entries there.

The contest involved taking a character from DOTA 2 and design an item set for them. I chose Slardar as no one else seemed to be interested in this weird, and Lovecraftian creature. Here is my final entry. Enjoy, and if you want to give me a vote, every thumbs up counts! Just click here, and each piece and gimme a thuuumbs up!

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Yog Sothothery – The Definitive H.P. Lovecraft Anthology

During my trip through Central America I decided to learn the in’s and out’s of publishing a book digitally through amazon, nook, and the ibookstore as I had begun writing a novel during my spare time and wanted to self publish when I had completed it.

I had done some research and discovered that anyone could publish works in the public domain, so I spent a few weeks collecting every work H.P. Lovecraft had ever written and started the arduous task of formatting over 3,000 pages of text into ebook format.

Luckily for me Thomas Phinney had just announced a Kickstarter to fund the creation of the Call of Cthulhu RPG font, and for a pledge of $48 I could use the font commercially. He sent me an early version of the font and I used it extensively through out the book and on the cover. You can see the creation of the cover image here.

You can purchase the book at these following locations. Please keep in mind that the Kindle version does not include the collaborations.

Buy your copy here, and if you enjoy it please leave me a review!

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Here is the book description:

Yog-Sothothery – The Definitive H.P. Lovecraft Anthology contains all of Lovecraft’s writings currently in the public domain including his fiction, poetry, essays, and juvenilia.

In his Providence, Rhode Island home H.P. Lovecraft traveled through dream to far away vistas of unimaginable beauty as well as dark mouldering places of unfathomable horror. He revealed the ancient untold secrets of these distant spheres through imaginative fiction, captivating poetry, developed essay, and constant collaboration and correspondence with other dreamers of his time. In his lifetime he gained little fame for his efforts, but slowly his tales of cosmic horror spawned and slithered from obscurity to influence and inspire some of the world’s greatest artists and creative minds.

Fiction:
The Nameless City
The Festival
The Colour Out of Space
The Call of Cthulhu
The Dunwich Horror
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Dreams in the Witch House
The Haunter of the Dark
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
Discarded Draft of “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”
The Shadow Out of Time
At the Mountains of Madness
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Azathoth
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Celephaïs
Cool Air
Dagon
Ex Oblivione
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
From Beyond
He
Herbert West—Reanimator
Hypnos
In the Vault
Memory
Nyarlathotep
Pickman’s Model
The Book
The Cats of Ulthar
The Descendant
The Doom That Came to Sarnath
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
The Evil Clergyman
The Horror at Red Hook
The Hound
The Lurking Fear
The Moon-Bog
The Music of Erich Zann
The Other Gods
The Outsider
The Picture in the House
The Quest of Iranon
The Rats in the Walls
The Shunned House
The Silver Key
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Street
The Temple
The Terrible Old Man
The Thing on the Doorstep
The Tomb
The Transition of Juan Romero
The Tree
The Unnamable
The White Ship
What the Moon Brings
Polaris
The Very Old Folk
Ibid
Old Bugs

Poetry:
Sweet Ermengarde Or, The Heart of a Country Girl
A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
The History of the Necronomicon
“Ode to Selene or Diana” (as “To Selene”)
Nemesis
Astrophobos
The Poe-et’s Nightmare
Despair
Revelation
The House
The City
To Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Eighteenth Baron Dunsany
The Nightmare Lake
On Reading Lord Dunsany’s Book of Wonder
The Cats
Festival
Hallowe’en in a Suburb aka “In a Suburb”
The Wood
The Outpost
The Ancient Track
The Messenger
Nathicana
Fungi from Yuggoth
Where Once Poe Walk’d
To Clark Ashton Smith, Esq.,
On Receiving a Picture of Swans
Fact and Fancy
Laeta; a Lament
Unda; or, The Bride of the Sea
Pacifist War Song—1917
Waste Paper
Dead Passion’s Flame
Arcadia
Life’s Mystery
A Garden
Sunset
Providence
Christmas
Christmas Greetings
An American to Mother England
Lines on Gen. Robert Edward Lee
The Rose of England
The Peace Advocate
Ode for July Fourth, 1917
The Conscript

Essays:
The Allowable Rhyme
At the Root
Cats and Dogs
The Despised Pastoral
Metrical Regularity
Notes on Writing Weird Fiction
Supernatural Horror in Literature

Collaboration:
Medusa’s Coil
Poetry and the Gods
The Crawling Chaos
The Horror at Martin’s Beach
Through the Gates of the Silver Key
The Curse of Yig
The Disinterment
The Green Meadow
The Horror in the Museum
In the Walls of Eryx aka “Within the Walls of Eryx”
Out of the Aeons
The Mound
The Electric Executioner
The Horror in the Burying-Ground
The Night Ocean
The Trap
Two Black Bottles
Winged Death
The Battle that Ended the Century
The Challenge from Beyond
Collapsing Cosmoses
The Diary of Alonzo Typer
The Last Test
The Man of Stone
The Thing in the Moonlight
Till A’ the Seas
The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast
The Slaying of the Monster
The Tree on the Hill
Under the Pyramids aka “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs”

Juvenilia:
The Alchemist
The Beast in the Cave
The Little Glass Bottle
The Mysterious Ship (short version)
The Mysterious Ship (long version)
The Mystery of the Grave-Yard
The Secret Cave