Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Quicksketch.... Talhoffer Deathnights.

I've been working on Liches and various undead warriors. Talhoffer's fighting manual was an inspiration for this piece. Even Deathknight's have to practice their chops!

Season's Priorities...

First of all I'm not dead or anything and I haven't given up on posting. December was an incredibly busy month and some promises, like writing about IlluXcon, have had to fall by the wayside.

So I ask you: Is it better to write post after post about the incredible volume of original artwork, name drop the Dozens of Illustrators and Art Directors I got to meet, or yap about the demos and talks that peppered the convention; Or should one shut up and use the event as a jumping off point for the next body of work?

It's one of those situations where you have to define your priorities. I've prioritized working over discussing work and things are going extremely well. I'll brag a bit about the Music stuff when I confirm what's okay to brag about and post. Right now it's mostly design work, and I've been doing it full time lately. The new pieces are all fantasy oriented monsters, much like the work done in preparation for IlluXcon, which went over very well there.

More to come...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Past in Prosthetics...

An illustration for Massdevice for an article about the history, and future of prosthetic arms. They're an online journal for medical technology under development in New England. I'm afraid some of their readers are going to link onto my website and be completely horrified. They wanted a DaVinci-esque flair and we're both happy with the results.

Yes, I realize I haven't posted regarding IlluXcon yet! Indeed it was amazing and I did have a blast. I'll be posting pictures and a little article about what went down soon.... Very soon!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Off to Illuxcon!!!

Wish me luck! I'm printing up the directions and heading out to Altoona, PA for Illuxcon (an illustration convention). I'm running solo on this mission and hope to make some new contacts, see some amazing work, and pick up some exciting new pro-tips. If any Academy people are there please keep an eye out for me!

Here's some updated versions of those pieces prepared for the event! Of course they can also be seen on My Website, but I want to show off the changes....

Monday, November 9, 2009

My website is live! The kitchen is still open...

Yes I have a very primitive website up. It ain't pretty YET, but it's the closest thing to an Eric museum that's out there right now! So, just to be clear: The blog is the kitchen and the website is the showroom floor. If you like seeing the nasty bits transform into tasty tasty sausage please visit often! If you prefer a more refined presentation, you might want to stick to the website!


Not a very snappy URL but it's easy to remember.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

ChronX redux and Batmonster...

Wanted to do a relatively simple monster piece....

Here's a W.I.P. of Elder Petition as the monochromatic phase is shaping up!
Both of these are still majorly in progress but want to finish in the next
few days.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Storytime, and portfolio building continued...

ChronX was my first Illustration client and I produced dozens of pieces for them between 1996 and 2001. It was a Collectible Card Game set in a Dystopian future where the remnants of today's governments fought for the World's remaining resources. The Monastery was a scientific/religious organization that horded information and technology. They were a fun combination of medieval and bio-mechanical imagery. This is a piece called "Elder Petition," it was made a decade ago!

Busy eh! Well now you know why I went back to school!
Anyhow, some of those cards had great ideas, so I'm tapping into those old concepts to produce contemporary reworkings. This is an early draft of the new and improved Elder Petition...

It's not complete by any means, but it is ready to share and get some feedback!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Work in Progress.... Portfolio Building!

First draft of a little action piece! As always
opinions and suggestions are very welcome!
More to come...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Modifications... 731B in progress

Here is the piece with some modifications. The rifles may get repainted, but combining design elements with traditional illustration is very appealing right now. This is a very new style and a new way of working for me but it feels good. Experimentation is a lot easier outside of school.

Opinions are still very much welcome and this is not necessarily the final version. Many thanks to Mark and Jason for their help! It was tremendously effective and would love to make a habit of using this blog to help the process as much as possible.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Yet more blood n guts....a special case!

Originally commissioned as another Slayer design, this project was pre-empted by an amazing opportunity to produce work for another project. Honestly, it's one hell of alot better than the first Unit 731 piece, so bringing it to a portfolio level finish is a priority. This is an "in progress" post so share how it's turning out and to solicit opinions about where to go from here...

I want input on this one! Any and all advice is welcome. Originally there were swords coming out the top of the head, but I'm kind of leaning towards this design for now. The neck parts might have tubes running out of them and I was considering turning the Banner shapes into IV bottles filled with some unholy toxins. Of course a part of me just wants to stop here with the schematic look still intact. At this point, this old boy's just for me and my portfolio, so lets pretend we're still in school and have an old school classroom critique...

(Digital color over pencil drawing by the way)

More blood n guts....

Unit 731 is the second of two T-Shirt designs I created for the one and only Slayer in August. Neither piece was accepted for their current batch of shirts but the two pieces opened the door for music merchandising as a possible career path. The last two months have been very exciting, but it also means I'm working on things I can't post for or even discuss for quite some time....

This is a somewhat modified version of the original piece.
If you don't know about Unit 731 look it up at your own risk!

A zombified version just for kicks....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Quicksketch 09-22-09

More quick fun...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Quicksketch 09-21-2009

Keepin' nice and busy these days! Here's a taste!
Brush markers and whiteout pens have become my
favorite sketching tools!

Friday, September 18, 2009

A touch of Evil...

Oil/Digital mix produced as a possible Slayer T-Shirt.
The piece was not accepted by the band but it's the
beginning of an exciting new trend for me. Recently
I've been doing a lot of work along these lines.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Another Kzin.... More of an Ortho.
Quick, took about an hour...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Update - Drawing a Day challenge...

I haven't posted for the last month for the best of all possible reasons.
It's funny how doing well for yourself and maintaining an active web
presence isn't so easy. In a pinch life always wins.

My friends Tyler and Bryce have started posting a drawing a day on
their blogs. I was really excited to see what they were doing and
it got me itchy to try out the challenge. Here's my first entry, a
Kzin firing his big ass lazer canon. 100% Digital.

Special thanks to pen pressure opacity jitter
and the Illustration crew of Alameda for all their help!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Skudge Preview, Pencils in Progress...

Here's some of my recent pencils. I'm working in a couple of directions at once. The 30's gangster stuff came first. It was the first planned chapter of "Skudge". There are several two inked versions of this piece, I'll post em both. A radical redesign of the character and story has taken place and this page should be considered an "outtake".

The Berserker was one of the original Skudge story lines when scripting began. It was on the deep back burner until this weekend when it exploded into a twenty-page storyline. My excitement for this story is part style based and part story based. Inks are in progress and I'll post the final as soon as possible.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Another quick sketch, a tribute to Ryan Sook and Wednesday comics!

Wednesday Comics is amazing! The newspaper format weekly adventure comics that DC is putting out for the next few months really got my blood goin! Between this and Dark Horse's resurrection of Creepy I'm hoping and praying that Comic Anthologies come back into style! Brush pens are my new weapon of choice, and reading Ryan Sook's version of Kamandi inspired me to whip them out! It isn't quite fan art and it isn't quite a copy, but it's a very exciting little sketch and I wanted share it!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A bright idea!

Skudge is happening even as I type. "Skudge" is the Webcomic I've been working on. It's a very public experiment, part open brainstorming session, drawing exercise, portfolio builder and style experiment. Originally conceived as "daily comic strip" format with no connection between separate issues. It started transforming almost the second scripting began. The idea is to create a catch all project that will keep me drawing every day, in that respect it's been a tremendous success!

Will Skudge become a weekly feature, or will it become the foundation for several large scale projects? Keep checking in, I'll happily share episodes, progress, and process as the work piles up!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Update, Sketches and a Serious Reccomendation!

I've been busy lately, haven't posted in a while! Since mid June I've been teaching "Art Experience" classes at the Academy of Art, retooling my drawing style, and working on a larger personal project. I'll post my Webcomic here until I can give it a permanent home. Prieviews and first posts are forthcoming and I'm really excited to get to share it with everyone!

On Saturday July 18th I attended the "Metamorphica" event at the Bus Stop Gallery in San Francisco with my buddy Will. Jason Felix, a supremely accomplished concept artist, gave a talk and the best digital painting demo I've ever witnessed! After his talk and demo there was a sketching session with crazy ass costumed models outfitted by Bad Unkl Sista. They did 5 and 20 minute poses for a few hours. It was great, I'd recommend their events to anyone living in the Bay area that want's to sketch some crazy imaginative shit in a comfortable relaxed setting!

Of course, I hadn't heard of any of these people until I found a flier in the Academy's illustration building. I'd heard of Jason a little from Spectrum, but I didn't quite know what to expect! What I got was a heapin' helpin' of brain food, a great demo, and some genuinely excellent advice from an artist that had previously barely showed up on my mental radar! They even had snacks! It was well worth the price of admission!

Here are some quick sketches from the show!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Rip Wharton....

This is Rip Wharton III, a character from a project I'm working on!

the orcs of summer '09...

This is sort of a tradition for me, I break in new sketchbooks and fend off early summer laziness by drawing a couple of Orcs. These are quick little sketches, but they do the trick every time. I wanted to make them more expressive, so they don't look as mean as in previous years.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I'm constructing my website and working hard to exploit the momentum built up in the last few weeks of school. Current work includes more comics and a single image portfolio. More work is on the way, and some older work has been added at the very bottom. My goal is to update and post once a week. More work is already on the way so please visit again to check out my progress. In the mean time my portfolio is on permanent display at:

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Thesis portfolio 1of 2

Break between these sections...

Thesis portfolio 2 of 2

Some older work...

So here are a few older paintings! Of course I love comics, but I feel the need to make traditional work too. These paintings were from when I was learning how to work with oils. More work like this is on my to do list, including an actual professional portfolio. For now please enjoy these.

A little Harvey Dunn influence,
this was a real eureka moment!

A little viking influence....