Slowly settling in after a move from the Big Smoke to the Big Apple. Not long before leaving London I had started taking surreptitious portraits of people in the Underground, as it allowed me to get at unusual angles and/or close range. I'm continuing this in the NYC subway for portraiture reference and character design. Here is a handful drawn from hundreds of my "stolen" snaps. More on my IG https://lnkd.in/gZBewuH
Double Negative did a lot of the work, if not all of the work, on the Sci-fi thriller LIFE. This set are designs for Baby Calvin. Basically, a wonton dumpling from hell
I finally got into Z-brush earlier this year...These are very basic creature sketch sculpts if you will...but having a lot of fun pushing digital clay around.
This motley crew may look like they're done in ink but they all started as the Ty Shelton facial anatomy/skull Tool in Z-brush. I pushed and pulled the original skull beyond recognition (I hope), then took them into photoshop and messed with them a bit more... so it was a very organic process. The high frequency of the detail comes from the starkly lit plastic texture on the original sculpt.
This was a concept for the sci-fi horror film Spectral on Netflix.
Initial ideas for Ava's skin
These were some early concepts done for what was to be Dead Sun, the latest installment of the Legacy of Kain action adventure franchise. I'm not sure if any of this work was eventually used, as midway through, the project changed hands and presumably went in a different direction. This spin-off is now Nosgoth, and currently in closed Beta, with a lot of the artwork and screenshots etc. released on the official website.
These started as copies of Walker Evans' portraits (taken surreptitiously in NY subways with a camera in his coat), and eventually ended up, (a bit altered from the originals) as mugshots of sorts. Many of them have the same feel, maybe because of the blank stares on the faces of unsuspecting subway travelers photographered head on by Evans.
This is a completed version of another piece I did for the Under Tommorrow's Sky project. The previous version up on the site is quite different and I wasn't happy with it. I kept the main elements but gave it more of an illustrative and graphic treatment with a bit more color.
This is a piece that started off a while ago as an illustration for another collaborative project with Daniel Cox. I thought I'd dig it back up as I wanted to explore a bit more the graphic popart style using photos, type, shapes etc... I tried several different versions and settled with this one, although I will probably look back at it in a while and think its too busy. It was a lot of fun, but after using the pen tool for the first( and last) time, I'll be sticking to a pencil!
Referenced pencil drawings, scanned and colored in photoshop.
The idea and name of "The Servant" was originally proposed by my friend and colleague Daniel Cox with whom I've been collaborating with on a couple of projects.
I'm further developing the designs and story which I would ideally like to see as an animated short or storybook. Originally, I had laid out the the whole thing in a 22 page comic format of which I pulled some frames from. More stuff to come...