I recently did an interview on Ozone Late Night, a podcast done by The Ozone Nightmare. The host, Joe, picked up a copy of my book and was impressed/intrigued enough to ask me to come on his show.......so I did.
This is the first of two parts, and on this segment we discuss my book, the Entartete Kunst project and a few other art related topics.
I've been asked to be part of the judging panel for this year's edition of The Rookies. The Rookies is an international awards program for artists, designers, animators and creators. Every year they hand out a bunch of great prizes and paid internships to some of the top studios in the field.
The Rookies is open for artists that are, or have been students in 2015/16, and entries have to be submitted by May 29th, 2016. Winners will be announced in mid-July.
EK Cosmonaut .01 is coming... but unfortunately it won't be ready for orders until May, and will ship after that. Also around the same time Industria Mechanika is planning on have another round of 1/6th scale Dystopic kits ready for orders as well.
I will post again when these are kits are ready. Thanks!
Here is a cover illustration I did for Rebels, the follow up book to Randoms, David Liss's young reader, sci-fi, action-adventure epic. As with the first book, the illustration is a full cover wrap, including the inner flaps, and features the protagonist Zeke Reynolds and portraits of the other main characters from the story. The graphic line elements were retained from the first cover, although in a more aggressive way, and again I created the logo for the book.
Randoms was well received, and this sequel shares the same level of humour, action, and drama as the first book. Those who liked Randoms won't be disappointed.
Rebels is due for release late summer 2016 by Simon & Schuster......and hopefully a third instalment will follow!
Here is an oldie......but in my opinion, a goodie. I usually spend some of my downtime over the holidays cleaning out old files, unused .psd's, etc. from my computer. While doing this I came across these character designs for an old pitch done years ago with Next Level Games.
The pitch was for a fun, colourful, but somewhat violent co-operative rail shooter called Eli & Tork: Escape From Paranoid City. The story took place in a dystopic future, and was centred around these two toughs, Eli and Tork, and their cat Mr. Whitepants. When Mr. Whitepants disappears into a crack in the walls of Paranoid City, a massive walled prison complex (think Escape From New York), Eli and Tork have to break into the prison, find Mr. Whitepants, and then battle their way out again. The game's tagline pretty much sums it up: Breaking in to Paranoid City was easy. Getting out is another story.
The design was fairly well received, and the mechanics of the design were used as a basis for two different projects developed at Next Level Games. Unfortunately the publishers of these projects eventually decided to graft their own IP's onto the design...being more comfortable going with something established instead of taking the risk of developing something new (these projects didn't turn out very well....but that is another story), and Eli and Tork were left to gather dust in the dark recesses of my hard drive.
There were a few more concepts created for this pitch....screen shots and a couple promo pieces, but these haven't faired as well against the test of time. While this material is old it still has for me a charm, a sense of nostalgia, and the thoughts of what could have been. Anyways, since these guys got the shaft twice, I figured they at least deserved a blog post!
Here is a shot of the master print for the upcoming EK Cosmonaut resin model kit. This is the third and final figure in the 1/8th scale EK Cosmonaut Series (although he is #1....we released them in reverse order....I don't know why!). Amazingly sculpted by Gene Campbell, this figure has the same great level of, and attention to detail, as the previous EK kits sculpted by Gene and released by Industria Mechanika.
This guy should be ready for pre-order in early February, 2016 and will ship out soon after that. I'll post again with the firm dates once I get them from Industria Mechanika.
These kits will be shipped in early February 2016.
The 1/8th EK Cosmonaut kits are also in production. Figure #1 in the series should be ready for pre-order/release soon. The 2nd and 3rd figures in the series will also be restocked for a third run in the new year as well.
Here is another "EK" personal commission done for a client in Sweden. The piece itself is full of personal meaning for the client, and the composition was worked out so that the client's tattoo artist can interpret the design as a half sleeve tattoo in the future.
As with the other personal EK commissions, this one was delivered with a poster sized one off original signed giclee print and supporting documents.