Friday, January 27, 2023

10,000 Subscribers on Youtube

Hit a personal milestone last night, 10,000 subscribers to my educational youtube channel. Thanks to everyone who's following along, will be adding more art related videos in the not too distant future

Monday, January 16, 2023

Realityscan Test

Playing with Epic's Realityscan photogrammetry software on my iphone. It does an amazing job with this Pacific Rim robot toy, check out how it manages to capture all the negative space, etc. Note: this is for educational purposes only, the figure is copyright Legendary Pictures. The resulting model will not be used for commercial purposes.

Friday, December 30, 2022

2022 End of Year Message

Here's my 9 most popular images of the year #top9, and what a year it's been!

I had originally wrote a tome about my concerns about AI, as well as the industry's move towards remote work which may spell the end of my entertainment career. But it just ended the year and began the new one on a sour note. So while I had to mention the elephants in the room, I revised my message to this shorter and more positive one.

I love making artwork! And regardless of how I end up making my living, I will continue to make art until the day I die. And as long as there continues to be an audience that can find and who appreciates my stuff, I will continue posting what I'm up to. And I will try and focus on the good things of 2022 like my Megastructure book finally shipping and meeting so many awesome people at the various cons I did this year.

So despite all the incredible setbacks of 2022, may you all have a most excellent 2023, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming on this journey with me, may you find your own happiness anywhere you can!

Thursday, December 29, 2022

New Logos

Made brand new logos for some personal IPs that I hope to continue to explore this coming year. Dusting off some old favorites and continuing to explore some universes created in last few years. “Space Baroque”, “Lith”, “Starship Hulls” and “The Reaper”. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Yearly Traditional Roundup

For all of you wanting a break from AI, here's some of my favorite spaceship and robot head doodles from this year, 99% traditional pen and ink, 1% photoshop tweaked.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Floating Creatures

Only time for doodling these days, freelance work keeping my ultra busy. These are a set of floating alien creatures I've been adding to over the years. Here's the first 8 gathered together as silhouettes.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Robot Doodle

A quick robot doodle I did on sunday while listening to a podcast. 

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Lightbox Expo Sketches

A bunch of pen & ink sketches I did while attending Lightbox Expo.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Physical Editions Of Megastructures Sold out; Second Printing?

Hey everyone!

So it's been quite a ride for Megastructures, the Visual Encyclopedia! The book got 1500 copies printed after a wildly successful Kickstarter, it managed to ship during a world wide pandemic and supply chain craziness, and last week the final few copies were sold on my gumroad store, which are now on their way to those last buyers.

So the question I'm most asked is will there be a second printing? So the short answer is yes, but not now.

The longer answer. First I am so happy that my little project has been received so well, and I'd love to do a second printing immediately. But right now the world of printing and shipping books is still in a very bad spot. For some reference, the price to print books of this sort has almost 2x since my first book in 2017. And the cost to ship books overseas is almost 3x what it was. As just a simple example, the cost of shipping a book to Australia is almost 2x the price of the book itself. So all of a sudden that $35 book is closer to $100. Covid really did break the world, and the covid lockdowns in China have not only made printing books erratic but costly. I assume the really big book publishers have found ways to deal with things, but for small book publishers like myself, the climate is all wrong.

So to make the economics work for both my US and international customers, we need to see the printing and shipping industry come back to earth. I'm hoping a year or two wait might be enough. And the plan is the moment I see the prices come back down, I'll do another kickstarter to fund the reprint of the book.

In the meantime, the digital version of the book, while maybe not as good as a book on the shelf, can be easily distributed and is available here for $15:

One final huge thank you to everyone who made this book such a success. Every nice email I got, every excited person I met at a comicon, thanks for making Megastructures: The Visual Encyclopedia such a hit. I hope to continue building on the project in the future, so follow me on social media to see any and all new developments. In the meantime, onto a better future to all humankind among the stars!

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

New Video: Using AI To Make A Tileable Texture

You may remember a month or so ago I did a video called "What would concept artists want from an AI tool", and one feature I didn't think about at the time was tileable textures, especially if you're using 3d as part of your concepting process. But since that video's release, AIs like DALL-E and midjourney have added the ability to do this, and I can certainly say making a texture tileable was a boring job that I have no issue seeing automated away. So here's an example of the technique using Dall-e.