I did a freelance job for colinsroom.net when the titular owner of the website was unable to make illustrations for his blog one week.The subject was an event in Washington D.C. that occured before Nintendo’s popular Switch console was released to the public. It was an especially fun job because I actually attended the event!
Check out the full blog post here: http://www.colinsroom.net/raucous-endeavors/the-nintendo-switch-preview-event
I haven’t found a use for these designs just yet, but they already have character. Maybe they’ll be a part of something one day!
Characters for animation and sequential art require diverse reference so that the project workers can remain as true to the intended image as possible. As I’ve worked on projects like those over the years, it’s become more fun and challenging to communicate more complicated traits and emotions on a character with just poses and expressions, but it has also become more effective!
Some of these pieces were done for clients and some of them are personal work. All of them serve a purpose other than just being art: like advertising, placeholders and business cards!
I’ve experimented with a lot of different art styles on the computer. My favorite has to be using a pencil-brush and coloring with cel shading because it really makes the character pop with emotion! A lineless, vector style can be great for mysterious or vibrant characters as well. These were all personal work.
I’m really inspired by collections of spirits or monsters with characters and names like Pokemon and Spore. Each one can have a made-up story without the source material even telling you. Can you tell the aspirations of these little doodles?
This is my oldest character, Samoa. I used to draw him before I could write. I stopped initially because I found out he looked a lot like the illustration of the Namco video game character “Klonoa”, and it began a long-standing fear of plagiarism. Later in my life, I had to discover over time that creativity wasn’t the creation of an idea out of thin air, but a culmination of the loves and experiences you had in the past into something entirely new. I can’t stop drawing this rabbit now, because he reminds me of so many things I love… and Klonoa, a little bit, in terms of appearance! I’ve never actually played it.
This was an ambitious collaborative project that I was working on with my friend back when we were both in high school. In both of our eyes, it lost priority to other pursuits like college and other projects but I still enjoy looking at the work already done. It’s an unfinished adaptation of the old Japanese folktale: “The Tongue-Cut Sparrow”, in which an old man’s odd best friend takes an unusual form and an old woman learns a valuable lesson.
Most of my portfolio work is digital, but I spend a lot of time on traditional art. These are a few examples of finished works that never touched a computer until they were scanned.