Wednesday, 18 November 2020

I illustrated this ages ago but finally got round to making a pattern out of it! It's available from Redbubble printed on many different items!

The sticker sheets featuring the full set of fossil illustrations are also for sale on Bleached Bones!

Monday, 16 November 2020

Another paleo illustration, this time featuring Allosaurus - which happens to be my fav dino!

He's not up for sale at the time of posting, but he will be on tees and prints from Bleached Bones in time.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Phoenix joins the Theme Park Collection!

I had a lot of trouble with this one. I knew I wanted to do Phoenix, but I couldn't come up with a concept I really felt conveyed the ride experience. In the end, I went along the "keep it simple" route rather than anything else. It is - after all - a very simple ride experience. Outstandingly pure.

Available from the Theme Park Collection store.

Monday, 19 October 2020

Finished this!

Then I realised I forgot some of his will markings. I might fix it. Eventually. :')

This was an attempt to replicate the Sonic Channel 2020 art style as closely as possible, sketch and examples of official artwork can be found in this previous post.

Most commercial work is about imitation at it's core, working to a specific style. And it's hard. The arts get very hung up over originality and having individual style, when really the bulk of professional work is about meeting expectations for certain aesthetics.

This is just for fun - but I have always found it funny how frowned upon "copying" style in the professional illustration world is, despite it making up the bulk of commercial illustrative work. Especially when there is absolutely no doubt that the skill in imitation is nothing to be scoffed at.

There's a bunch "wrong" with this piece - but in scrutinising the official works, I found so many glaring inconsistencies that I stopped worrying after a while.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

 I was commissioned to illustrate the background to these Lego instruction books by There's 9 in total, but here's a few of my favourites!

Saturday, 10 October 2020

I don't draw my oc Arrow the Porcupine enough. :)

I'm gonna try and mimic the 2020 Sonic Channel official art with this! It's good practice to try and copy a style, figure out how to make it work with your existing knowledge. It's also useful to have something to show clients on my ability to work to a specific style.

Friday, 9 October 2020

Character art commission with two different pallets! Had fun with the candy cane pallet.


Sunday, 4 October 2020

Decided I wanted to redraw an old sketch from 2015! But it turned into more of a concept redraw.


Friday, 2 October 2020

I have some awesome prints of my 2020 Spinosaurus illustration, available from Bleached Bones.

Original post with the illustration in closeup can be found here.


Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Another commission for adventure brand AkshunKat. This was just the rough version.

Monday, 28 September 2020

Really wanted to get a Knuckles in Pumpkin Hill pic finished for Halloween - but then I saw September was #KnucklesMonth on Twitter so, I wanted to get it finished before September was out. Mostly like how it turned out but I kinda wish I'd given Knuckles his accessories from this game.


Sunday, 20 September 2020

Saturday, 19 September 2020

I don't know much about Demetrodon, but thinking about it as more mammalian is a fun exercise in how we see extinct animals. I need to do more research to know how accurate this is.


Thursday, 17 September 2020

Concavenator is a fun dinosaur. I like the theory that the weird humps are for display, so here's a male looking for a girlfriend!


Wednesday, 16 September 2020

 I don't post every bleach tee here as they would swamp the blog. But 2 of these 4 are completely new and I'm not sure I've posted any of them here before!

They are all for sale in the Bleach Bones Etsy store.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

I've been wanting to illustrate some more dinosaurs like my linocut inspired Microraptor from waaaay back in 2016 for a while and finally sat down to actually try one, deciding on 2020's Spinosaurus! Given the huge gap between Microraptor and this guy, they aren't that stylistically similar really. 

Anyway - super happy with how he turned out. I think the details could have probably been held back a little, but it's one of those things where once you start it's hard to reign it in 'till it's too late. 

This design is available on T-shirts from the Bleached Bones store.


Friday, 28 August 2020

I've had this idea for a fossil themed sticker sheet for a while but I finally got round to starting it this month and finishing it off this week! They'll be available in my Bleached Bones Etsy store once I get them. For now, here's a mockup!


Friday, 21 August 2020

Earlier this year I ran a Kickstarter for some acrylic pin badges that was essentially a way to judge demand and guarantee enough sales. Lots of people ask for pins, but in my experience people often say "if you make x I'd buy it in a heartbeat!" and then don't when you make x available.

The Kickstarter went ok - I made the goal and funded the pins and had enough leftover to put them in the store and see how they would sell organically. I'm sold out now!

So that's great and gave me the confidence to run another Kickstarter that improved on some things from last time. The campaign is at the time of posting this still live, so check it out!

One of the inherent problems with the Theme Park Collection in general is that because the designs are based on specific coasters, each one has a limited audience. And so, with pins, everyone wants a different one. And it's just not possible to offer them all, knowing that some just ain't gonna sell. I asked followers on Twitter and Dragons and Nemesis won out by miles. I know that's going against my own advice, but in this case I had already kinda decided would of the new pins would be Dragons... Nemesis felt like a risk. It's not a popular shirt design at all, but I could kinda see how it might be a popular pin. My store gets a lot of hits for "Alton Towers" but I just don't think people like my take on Nemesis. Me drawing attention to how it looks like a giant vagina is apparently not appealing as a big design on a shirt - can't imagine why.

My optimistic stretch goals almost certainly won't be met - but I have the incentive this time of offering backers the chance to vote for the next design to unlock. I'm doubtful, but hopeful, that when I announce the first poll winner tomorrow I may get a few more people on board with the campaign. 

Monday, 17 August 2020

Screenshot redraws are fun - it's cool to elaborate on the bits you like and leave the stuff you don't and fix weird wonkyness.


Sunday, 9 August 2020

Following a detailed paper on everyone's favourite crested dino dilophosaurus, paleoartist Brian Engh did a live educational drawing lesson in understanding the dinosaur's skull and what it tells us about how it would have looked in real life and where there is room for speculation. It was utterly fantastic. Check it out here.

I had to give it a go myself!


Thursday, 16 July 2020

Finished commission I posted the sketch for the other day! I'm not completely satisfied with the background city - not my forte! But I think it's good enough as such a minor element of the image. Lighting came out nice!


Tuesday, 14 July 2020

This golem was another commission - started back in June but managed to get it done today! Turned out nice I think.

Monday, 13 July 2020

Commission I've been working on! Struggling a bit with art lately - I think just the crap of 2020 caught up with me and I just wanted to do nothing for a couple weeks. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things now.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

No Dragon Ball fan seems to like Moro's official final form very much and had been doing redesigns, but I got hung up making his original form even better with goat legs.