Pretty Bird!

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Watercolors are fun. Metallic Watercolors are cooler. It is tough to tell in this image scan, but each of the berries are actually sparkly. It was fun creating emphasis on such a minute feature… and the bird. Blending watercolors to create his feathers and the added benefit of the special textured paper really helped me along. Its funny, most of us artists are concerned about what writing utensil we are using, but not the media we are spewing our creations onto. I purchased the paper at a craft store for a buck, with torn edges, a deep texture, and a variety of colors–Strange background media, like this paper, gives the painting something a little extra. <3

Colored Pencils + Love = Happiness

What is it that inspires you?

There’s something to sitting in a coffee shop with a pack of colored pencils and some rough textured black paper. Its wonderful to just feel away from everything for a few hours, engulfed in flowery-goodness while sipping a chai tea latte with someone I truly admire.

Just feels happy

Made with colored pencils, black textured paper, and a little love <3
Made with colored pencils, black textured paper and a little love <3

Flowers are a Girls Best Friend…

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Not diamonds. Okay, flowers don’t last as long as diamonds. But flowers are calming, relaxing, and smell wonderful.

I used to always think, “well I can only draw flowers, that must make be a terrible artist.” But really, the fact of the matter is, if I can hone my love for drawing flowers, my painting and illustrations will improve with me as i’m enjoying the many variances… even the total far off and non-existing breeds that emerge from my imagination.

What is it that inspires you?

There’s something to sitting in a coffee shop with a pack of colored pencils and some rough textured black paper. Its wonderful to just feel away from everything for a few hours, engulfed in flowery-goodness while sipping a chai tea latte with someone I truly admire.

Just feels happy.

So.. A flower a day… or at least until I get tired of it :) Every now and then i’ll update this post with some flower images.

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Undertakers (PC Game)

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Undertakers is a third-person LAN shooter that pits you against three of your friends in a frantic battle to seize a single bar of gold! Not many schools can boast that they have a two-semester sequenced class that is structured as a commercial development project… And I don’t mean Indy Development. Our team was constructed of twenty-seven students in multiple disciplines including art, design, programming and sound. Complete with production phases (pre-production/concept, production, quality assurance and release), task and bug tracking as well as project scheduling and milestone deliverables.

My Direct Contributions to the Project:
  • Lead Artist – Art Direction and Manage the Art Team
  • Concept Artist
  • GUI Prop Artist
  • HUD 2D Artist

As Art Lead I managed our sixteen-member art team (including six sub-teams: character, environment, animation, interface, technical art and visual effects). I provided continual artistic leadership, encouragement and guidance, as well as oversaw the asset production, prioritization and approval processes. I ensured consistency and quality across the board to drive the visual flow of Undertakers.

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The 3D Menus in Undertakers
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Undertakers HUD Player Cards (characters drawn by Gediminas Einikis and Jason Gaut)

On a much smaller scale than my art lead responsibilities I concepted and produced art for the game. As Concept artist I laid out the plans for our 3D Menu System, as Prop Artist I created a few of the small props pictured above (chalkboard, book, fountain pen, inkwell), and as HUD artist I had a lot of fun creating the player cards pictured above.