If you have been following my Instagram or Twitter for any length of time, you might have seen a slew of illustrations I pumped out back in February. The short story is that I created these out of frustration after a failed attempt to break into the movie poster world. When I’m backed into a corner, I lash out with new work.
Well, in the midst of creating those illustrations I got a call from Canon Canada who saw them and wanted to hire me to develop some camera illustrations in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Just another example of personal work leading to some rad client work. We had a really short timeline, but nose to the grind I banged out these fun designs which eventually ended up on some promo t-shirts for the event.
A big thanks to Canon Canada for rolling the dice on me!
With tomorrow’s release of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, I’m proud to unleash my latest art for Dean and all my pals at UbiSoft. Since we focused on protagonist Rex Colt for the previous art, we all wanted to do something with the bad guys. And who better than the Omega Force?
UbiSoft really cut me loose on this one, letting me do basically whatever I wanted. Scan lines, pink wireframes, lightning, LED glows… man, everything I love. I even managed to sneak in a silhouette of Outpost #31, the base in my favorite horror movie THE THING. Don’t even think my dudes at Ubi caught that one. Heh heh.
• Quick character pose doodles for the UbiSoft team.
I’m extremely proud to show the work I’ve been doing for UbiSoft in support of their upcoming release, FAR CRY 3: BLOOD DRAGON. Me and the team at UbiSoft have been carving this stuff out for the past 8 months or so and having a great time the entire way. The game is super 80’s movie inspired, stealing cues from genre action films and VHS culture, so as you can imagine I was ALL OVER this thing. As the materials were linked online over the past month, a few keen-eyed nerds spotted a potential Signalnoise influence, well I can finally say that you were right.
We started off by designing the main logo for the game, seen above on the posters. Chrome letters and pink paint, we knew what we wanted right off the bat so I got to it. The posters were the biggest deal, and had me doing sketches and comps as we figured out where things would land to compliment the game aesthetic and all the awesome crap we loved as kids. When you have a client writing back saying stuff like “MORE FUCKING LIGHTNING!”, you know you fell in with a great crowd. I pulled out the Struzan-inspired techniques and got to it.
I should also point out, that’s one of my favorite action stars in there, Michael Biehn. You’ll remember him from TERMINATOR, ALIENS and THE ABYSS. He’s the star of the game and it was amazing to use his likeness in this piece. I was shaking as I built that poster.
That video was created by the team at UbiSoft and… wow, it just blew my face clean off. 80s animation, VCR tracking, so good. I didn’t have anything to with the trailer and I saw it for the first time when it was launched yesterday. I just needed to include it here out of pure love. The best game ad I’ve ever seen. So proud of my pals at UbiSoft.
There will be more to come as UbiSoft and I plot more goodies for FAR CRY 3: BLOOD DRAGON (which launches May 1, I believe). A giant shout-out to my pals Jason Eisener for linking me to this amazing project, and to my new partner in ’80s crime, Dean Evans for keeping me laughing and inspired the entire time.
Here is my Green Lantern power battery illustration as an animated GIF to display the importance of texture and lighting.
To do the style seen in my recent work I always build my base shapes in Illustrator first before moving into Photoshop. Illustrator allows me to get really precise with the shapes and colour, making sure those bezier points are working for me. But the texture and lighting work in Photoshop is what really brings these otherwise flat illustrations to life.
The first frame of the GIF is my flat vectors (and a bit of brush masking), and the second is with all the effects turned on.
I can’t talk about any project details (game industry NDA stuff), but I’ll just leave this right here.
EDIT: Yep, this was an April Fools gag that I put together this weekend. Most of you got wise to it pretty early. To those who thought it might be the real deal, whoops! My apologies to Bill Watterson who probably never saw this thing anyway. But hey, gotta be polite.
To the marketing people at Sony… don’t get any ideas.
Deadlines have been packed throughout the last 2 weeks so my illustration output has slowed a bit. But, here is a batch of the latest. As usual, it’s a mixed bag. The Hubble Space Telescope, ‘The Bride’ from KILL BILL and my main man RoboCop.
That grumpy looking lumberjack was created for my pal Jerko. We were having a few cold ones the other night and he told me about this story he was working on, hinging on something from an old horror magazine. Jerko loves his horror. I cracked out the sketchbook and we worked up a doodle. That’s my take on the main character, WeirdBeard.
Things have been moving on the illustration front, and my output ended up landing me a really cool client gig. Banged out 3 illustrations for none other than the Canon camera company last week. Once I get the green light I’ll post them up. Super fun.
Big thanks to my pal Andy Cotnam for the helpful advice on the RoboCop!
If you’ve been following my work over the past year, you may have come across several posters that I designed for my favorite movies. I created pieces for DRIVE, BLADE RUNNER, THE THING, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, INDIANA JONES, TERMINATOR 2 and some others, all of which can be found in my portfolio. I made it my mission to break into the alternative art movie poster industry, but unfortunately only 2 posters were officially printed and offered for sale. The others remained in legal limbo, personal development, self-initiated projects… whatever you want to call it.
Aside from what was released online I did a lot of work behind the scenes developing ideas and visuals for many of my favorite movies. I never had permission, I designed them merely for my own enjoyment and practise. Most are thumbnails in my sketchbook while others I pushed to a digital sketch. Seen above are 5 posters that never got out of the concept phase. Very few people have seen these up until now. The Signalnoise movie posters that weren’t.
Before I build my posters in final vector format, I mock things up in Photoshop to experiment with the composition, colours and texture. Normally I cobble together found photos and movie stills as reference, then “paint” the entire poster from scratch. Ideas tend to shift and change as I go, which is why you’ll see differences between the ink sketches and the digital mock-ups above.
These concepts have been sitting on my computer for months, figured I’d post them. And the thing is, this isn’t all of them so you might see a ‘Part II’ to this post in the future.
I’ve been creating illustrations in this style for about a month now, a kind of ongoing experiment of forcing myself into a new process. I was hanging out with some friends last week and one of the bits of feedback I got on the new work was “create some original material”. As in, not something attached to a franchise. Good point there, so I got at it.
Here’s an illustration titled ‘The Arrival’, depicting an adventuring kid out in the woods who witnesses a big meteor falling to earth. Simple little idea. Maybe the start of a story? Who knows.
I’ve been getting a lot of people asking what software I’m using to make these things, so seen above are 3 versions of the illustration. The original concept from my sketchbook, the straight vectors in Illustrator, then my final in Photoshop. Should give you a rough idea of how I build up the illustrations.