OK, I’m alive.

So I went to the chiropractor, and in an X-ray I kind of look like a merry-go-round animal.  My spine is way too straight, definitely due to excessive artings, but things are getting better!  I’m getting regular check-ups, and starting to feel pretty good.  My back still bothers me, along with other crap that happens when you sit at a computer for hours a day, but I’m trying to make more positive changes to fix it all.  My wife and I have already been eating these salad shaker things on a daily basis.  If you haven’t heard, they’re great, you just layer a mason jar with salad ingredients and shake it up when you want a salad.  You have to make sure you start with the dressing and then the mushy stuff on the bottom so you don’t wilt your greens, but if you do it right it lasts for a whole week!

Anyways, enough about my boring life, here’s some artistry!

This is the first major 3D image I’ve ever made.  It still has some things I’d like to fix about it, but for a first I’m very happy with how it turned out and I hope you’ll like it too!  It was made in Maya 2012 and took, I dunno, too long.

Musical Still Life

Musical Still Life

Crooked Spine would be a cool band name

…but unfortunately for me it’s a reality.  My back is seriously effed up at this point, so sadly I will have very little time spent on the PC even though there are a ton of things I want to post.  Wish me luck, I’m going to need it.  I just went to the Chiropractor the other day and things aren’t looking so hot.  I won’t know the severity until he looks over the X-rays so cross your fingers.

In the meantime, here is a cute Valentines Day Hippo I did for my wife a few weeks ago

Baby Valentines day Hippo

Baby Valentines day Hippo

I do exist!

It has been quite some time since I’ve posted to my blog so I feel inclined to let you all know I still step foot on this earth 🙂  Unfortunately school+work has been kicking my ass, so much so that I’ve had to set aside doing freelance indefinitely.  I know I will be posting some new work within the coming months, but currently there isn’t much polished stuff to show (except for Miscrits artwork).  I’ve been having some serious back problems and will be seeing a Chiropractor, so I haven’t had the will-power to do any more personal paintings unfortunately, but I can let you in on a few things.  The new Miscrits Monk’s Mountain should be released later today (Tuesday) if all goes well, so there will be a huge in-flux of work to show from that!  Also I will be creating some “gift artwork” to thank a few people from my wedding a few months back, and also for my friend Megan whose wedding is coming up in June.  On top of all of this I’ve been studying up a bit more on digital painting techniques, and learning a lot about Maya in one of my classes which focuses on 3D modelling.  My mind has also been brimming with endless ideas for a Graphic Novel I’ve been thinking of for a couple years now, and it just keep filling up and up.   It still has a looong way to go, but the plan is to focus on it during the summer and once schools out.  If you’re interested in learning a little more, I’ll give a slight tid-bit of information:  It’s geared towards adults, and will be set about 50 years in the future.  The main character is an anti-hero who gathers a rag-tag group of vigilantes to fight against a new oppressive regime of capitalism that dominates the future.  Of course there’s a lot more to it than that, just keep your pants on…

Stay tuned!

My Mission.

I created this for my “Finding Purpose” class at ASU, and I could have slacked off with it, but I decided to put a lot of thought into it and make it a serious long-lasting Mantra for my life.  The Finding Purpose class is run by PHD Psychologist William Heywood who basically gives us tools and perspectives on how to understand ourselves better, and find our direction and future in life (among many other insightful things such as how to deal with negative situations and have a happy/healthy body and mind).   The Mission Statement is filled with words to live by that I can look to in times of need, but really most of them could apply to anyone out there.  I also created the symbol myself, it is the same symbol I have on my tattoo, which is the combination of the cross and the ohm symbol.  In my opinion these are the two most recognizable symbols of Eastern & Western religion/philosophy, which comprise the basis of my beliefs.

If you would like to use this image yourself, go ahead, you can even take my name off too…all that I ask is you please acknowledge me as the creator wherever you place, post, or show the image.

My Mission

My Mission

Zombie Bird Pinata – in a Museum!

This monstrous beast of a bird was concocted a couple years ago for my first 3D sculpture class.  I originally made it with another student partner (whose bird was a pretty little thing) which my demonoid creation was stalking for a midnight snack.  All the feathers are real ostrich feathers that my partner donated too (she works at the zoo)!

So the story behind it is that we were assigned to make pinatas for a Mutant Pinata show held by Beatrice Moore at the Bragg’s Pie Factory in Phoenix.  It was a fantastically fun affair, and she’s been putting it on for several years now with hundreds of Pinatas.  Eventually I got an offer to sell my Pinata, and being the poor artist I finally caved, which I now somewhat regret (but I can and will make an even better one some day).  Fortunately the person I sold it to (Susan Copeland) willingly submitted it to an art exhibit, so in the end it was all for the best because I probably would have been too lazy 🙂  It has already traveled the country in one show, and has entered it’s second country-wide show where you see these pictures from.  If you want to see this grizzly mean bastard bird for yourself, all you have to go is drop by opening day (or a few weeks after I’m sure) at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) on October 28th at 7:00pm for the People’s Biennial.  There are a lot of other interesting exhibits to see there besides mine too, so you should go if you live in AZ!

Zombie Bird Pinata

Zombie Bird Pinata

Fairies again!?

So apparently I’m in the middle of a fairy funk.  I genuinely had no intentions of drawing any more fairies, but my fiance liked my last fairy so much she wanted me to make a couple of fairies having their wedding dance (yea, I know, sappy as hell and totally opposite of the muscley barbaric meat-heads and scantily clad heroins I usually do).  Which brings me to a funny thought I had… what if this stuff got me noticed and suddenly I became known as the guy who paints pretty fairy weddings….

Oh God I think I just threw up in my mouth a little… lol, anyways I’m not really that bent out of shape about it, the painting turned out great…I’m just glad the fairy phase is over…or is it?

Fairy Wedding Dance

Fairy Wedding Dance

Dark Fairy Nyxie

Not all fairies are cute and friendly… some are out for blood. The Nyxie are dark fairies who breed in densely packed rott-weed. They are mischievous, devious, and seductive, but if you fall for their cutesy ruse, you will die within seconds from their poison tipped thorns.

Decided to start experimenting with some “comic book” style inking and airbrushing, was fun!

Dark Fairy Nyxie

Dark Fairy Nyxie

Tibetan Monestary Hillside

A Tibetan Monastery on a beautiful hillside.  Took about 5 or 6 hours to paint because I was trying to move quick but haven’t done many landscapes, and this is the first digital landscape I’ve done.
Photoshop CS5

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Special thanks to whoever took the reference photo I used for the painting
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Tibetan Hillside

Tibetan Hillside

Grandma’s Birthday Caricature

A caricature of my Grandma for her Birthday, about 2-3 hours 🙂

Grandma G Caricature

Grandma G Caricature

So since I did an awesome D&D character concept for my Mom on Mother’s Day, of course I had to do an EVEN AWESOMER one for Father’s Day for my dad.  Not because I’m playing favorites, but because I wasn’t able to start it in time, so now the painting is super epic awesomeness because I’m late & ma pappa deserves it, even if we do get on each others nerves a lot 🙂

Chuck

Chuck