Kraken Process...

"The Kraken Strikes!"

Here's a little process gif of my most recent piece. I took a photo a day while I was working on it, so you can see a little bit of how the piece evolves over time.

Maybe in the future I'll do one of these layer by layer and show a bit more of the actual painting process.


The Kraken Strikes!

"The Kraken Strikes!"

My latest piece for Gallery 1988 is a tribute to one of my favorite video games of all time Shining Force 2. One of the most memorable fights in the game was when your party gets ambushed by a Kraken.

This is what it looked like...

 but this is what it FELT like...

Seriously, the fight is intense. It happens fairly early in the game, but it basically represents the point where the game stops playing nice.

I always loved this fight though, partly because it was so challenging, but mostly because it was so unique. Up until this point your fighting small bands of monsters, or the occasional army, but this fight was an army of one monster. The mechanics of the game allow for this monster to be treated as 11 different units all working together to systematically dismantle your team.

Plus the design of the Kraken was just so freaking cool.

Here's a video of the battle in question in case your interested. Fair warning, the video is chock full of swears and angry yelling. Like I said, it was a hard fight.

I loved working on this piece. It was sort of a rush job, less than two weeks from first sketch to finished painting, but that really forced me to be better with my time and commit to my choices. 

I really tried to push the contrast in this piece as well, partly as a time saving measure, but mainly as an exercise in working graphically. I've had a bad habit over the years of shying away from contrast in my paintings, never really pushing things all the way to full black in the shadows and full white in the highlights, so this was a chance to do just that.

Honestly, I really like how this piece turned out. It may be one of my favorite pieces to date.

I also took daily photos of this piece while I was working on it, and I'll be posting a process gif soon.


Crazy for Cult...

"Science Fiction Double Feature"

My latest piece is a tribute to an all time classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I really wanted to play up the idea of Frank N. Furter as the sexy, space faring, femme fatale. I also borrowed heavily from the colors and compositions of 1960's movie posters like Barbarella, to sell the camp and give it that classic sci-fi feel. 

This piece is for Gallery 1988's upcoming "Crazy 4 Cult" group show, celebrating the very best in trashy cinema. The show opens Friday, November 20th and will feature artwork from tons of talented artists all paying tribute to their favorite cult movies.

I'm super excited to be a part of this show, and I can't wait to see all of the amazing work. This is one of 1988's most popular shows, so get there early if you can.