Sunday, 16 June 2013

Working on an environment thumbnail sketch i did recently. still roughing things out here. 
Some more detail added to this. Replicating things such as stars and windows etc is so easy in Photoshop and a great way to add detail without too much effort, I don't know why i haven't utilized this more up until now. I'll keep at this for another session or too and see if i can't ramp up the detail some more, lets populate this baby!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Music and art for me go together so well. doodling to sigur ros' new album spawned this sketch which i"m keen to refine for quite some time. Amping up the colours here too trying to get out of my comfort zone. burn and dodge are my weapons of choice lately. 

Saturday, 1 June 2013

quick colour comp
Starting on some environment thumbnails for some landscapes i want to start taking to a finished state. 

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Sci-fi city sketch
Quick painting after David Levy's Gnomon Workshop video on speed painting and use of custom brushes. definitely awesome design tools and a way of generating ideas i hadn't thought of before but now seems so obvious. check out David's work here:

Monday, 13 May 2013

Life drawing is hard. but extremely educational. light/colour/bounced light/subsurface scattering/reflections/specular highlights/proportions. I don't feel like I've nailed those things but still - these are great practice.


Mirror booth alien round 2.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Space in the wall

Space in the wall
went for a scifi city for the first time in a while. started out using 2 photos as a base the rest is painting away. trying to incorporate some subtle colour variation here and there. I'm enjoying doing these long portrait shots - will have to start doing some more. 

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Red demon

Red Demon
Went in a detailed a thumbnail sketch i did a short while back. Enjoy!

Environment sketch

More practice. colour, light and value. Going to be hitting up some hardcore fundamentals over the next half a year. Just saying. 

Thursday, 25 April 2013


Gnomon Worshop

Mirror booth alien (Scott Robertson inspired fun)
i arrived at this design after mirroring a scrunched up tissue
I've finally done it. I have a subscription to the Gnomon Workshop website. This website is a great solution for any self taught artist who doesn't have the time or money to receive professional training. This year is the perfect chance for me to knuckle down and learn from some of the best teachers in the industry. Check it out here:

Wednesday, 17 April 2013


heres a happy accident environment sketch. will try and work towards a finished piece perhaps

Monday, 8 April 2013

Environment sketches

Some environment sketches. thought i'd do a few that tie in together. also pushing myself with composition scale and color

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

I realised recently that i can post some of the things I've been doing for the 'Origins of Malu' project. A lot of these are being used on the website so i reckon they are OK to share with you all :)

all images © 2013 Burning Dog Media.

 Qulinta Meeting Hall

 Skyrealm concept 1

 Skyrealm illustration


 Environment illustration for beta promo

Toljon settlement for beta promo

Thursday, 21 March 2013

roughing out a close up of the figure in 'forest grove' i think doing a few pieces in
a series sounds like a good idea. need anatomy practice so bad.
happy accident speed paint for the day. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Final version after another hours detailing.

Here's an hour speed paint for today. will probably spend another hour adding some detail. i have some video links coming up which is exciting. I find filming forces me to stick to a painting and solve problems instead of scrapping things entirely.

Edit: video here: Forest grove speedpaint

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Dragon speed paint

Trying to get in a lot of speedpainting - of all different kinds. 1 hour for this
little fella. i filmed this one so expect some video links in the near future.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Cliff factory speed paint

Going speed paint crazy today. also starting to mess around with recording 
software! so hopefully some videos to come soon. about 45 mins.

Speed paint

Today's 20 minute speedpaint 

Sea snake

Quick sketch for the day. my happiest accidents seem to be creatures at the moment.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Hello all. Thus begins my crazy journey of concept art and illustration

Practice, practice, practice and portfolio building  - that's the name of the game for me at the moment. setting up a blog is a chance to motivate me, get connected, and get inspired. I will be posting more personal work and sketches to record my development over the coming years. Here goes...

Thursday, 21 February 2013