Sunday, March 23, 2014

Life Drawings

Bunch from the last couple of months, been trying to go every week. Realized I've been drawing on the same type of sketchbook with the same type of pencil for 3 years for all life drawing I've done.. I guess its a good exercise to really simplify and just stick with it for practice, but it might have become too rigid.

I've seen so many people who uses loads of different materials and creates beautiful personal expressive work, much more interesting than my (daresay borderline purist...) technical exercises..
Might have to play around with that a bit more. Good fun tho, if you are looking to get drawing, I can't recommend it enough!








Friday, February 21, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Saturday, October 12, 2013

MAWK-1

Caught a bit of a break this week after finishing up storyboarding on set for Ron Howards 'Heart of the Sea'. 
Been a really cool experience out there, seeing the sets get build. You feel a different type of connection with the movie I believe. Just gorgeous stuff, looks like its going to be a great film!

So.. after drawing whales and ships for..a bit of time.. I had to get some machines out of the system, while having the time to test some different techniques.
Hope you enjoy!
I should mention this design is heavily influenced by Aaron Beck + Greg Broadmore and their awesome collaboration with BLR on Keloid II Check that stuff out!



Btw if you have an art blog using blogspot, watch out for uploading .jpgs.. looks like blogger messes with the colors. Seems you can avoid this by uploading a .png instead... silly blogspot.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Captain Phillips

Finally got the chance to watch Paul Greengrass's 'Captain Phillips' and really enjoyed it!
I've been lucky to work on a lot of cool films with beautiful vfx, but unfortunately a lot of times these type of films rely more on the wow-effect and spectacle, than characters and storytelling.
Captain Phillips felt like a 'good ol movie' to me, the setting is very unique and there is a sense of real depth to the characters.
I read tons of iterations of the script while I was working on the storyboards, and still the film held at the edge of my seat. Go watch it!


Saturday, September 28, 2013

sith

doodle turning into a sith lord... must.. not... get hopes too high up.

Monday, September 02, 2013

spaceship janitor and a race car.

Dude in charge of vacuuming incoming freighters, standing on his tug and dreams of better times. 


And a sketch from google hangout session with Casper Hoeg and KristianK. Fun times.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tanner Sack

My concept bro Jamie Holmes recommended China Mieville 'The Scar' to me 300 times, and I finally got around to reading it! A very rich and inspiring universe, and some fresh air from all the space sci-fi I usually read. :)
Here my take on one of the main characters, the remade slave Tanner Sack.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

HAZE

Painting from tonight, had this idea/image burning in my head all day. I guess its what happens when you get cramped in a small room with 3 computers two cintiqs and no aircon, on the one super hot day in the UK.
The style is inspired by the badasses at Blackbird Interactive and their art for Hardware, it's also inspired by Alberto Mielgo, who is also badass.
Hope you enjoy!


Monday, July 22, 2013

Bomber Tutorial

Hi, my first proper tutorial! 
Its not super in depth, and require some decent knowledge of photoshop, but it has a lot of the tricks I've learned over the years and is my current 'go-to' method. 
I paint in different ways a lot, as I like to explore and find it more relaxing, but this has proven to be a pretty stable method so far. 
Hope you enjoy! 



Right click to open in new tab to see full resolution, because blogspot image management is stupid :<

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Clear Air Turbulence, sketches and chars

Just finished 'Consider Phlebas' by the late Iain M Banks.
Did this design based on the 'Clear Air Turbulence' spaceship. Not really based on the description in the book, but more of the images that came to mind when introduced to the characters on board, and the actions they go through.

Also a couple of preliminary warm up sketches and some characters I forgot to post.

Hope you enjoy!






Monday, May 27, 2013

trigger and layouts

More dudes in suits, and some quickish value layouts done a while back.
I like the 4 per page approach, and I think I'll go back and see if I can touch up some a bit.

I'll be going to the upcoming conceptart.org london workshop over the weekend ... which seems their site is down atm.. Anyway! I sure its going to be a blast, I hope to see loads of known and unknown faces there!
I'm a pretty nerdy looking guy, with hair, a beard and glasses so should easy to spot there.

Also check out the trailer for Paul Greengrass's 'Captain Phillips' I did a lot of boards and previs on that one, and have really high hopes. Also I did some boards for Ron Howard's 'Rush' which is looking great too! wroom!





Update! I forgot, but wanted to upload this quickie as well. Space Bonus! 


Monday, April 22, 2013

alien and skulls..

couple of sketcheses and some skullses. Mostly rendering experimentation.



Monday, February 11, 2013

evening orc speedpaint

More experimenting and practice. quick and loose.. not thinking too much. Probably thinking too little...
I liked The Hobbit tho. So I guess it was time for an orc.

Also I keep forgetting, but I really want to mention Faster Than Light, its such a great game. Been out for a while now but I strongly recommend picking it up if you haven't already!



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Alien dude doodle

From the planet of the ep121.


Saturday, January 05, 2013

Holiday sketches

Hope you guys had a good holiday!

Here are some sketches done over the break.






Wanted to play around with materials a bit more, many years of photoshopping brings weird habits..

I tend to draw quite messy when sketching digitally and undoing as soon as the tiniest thing seems 'not right', but when on paper I can push past this and resist the urge to edit and give the initial drawing a chance to actually happen.

Refreshing if not somewhat scary not having undo to fall back on..
Also it reveals things I need to brush up on...

For those interested, material used are: 21x29,7cm Fafabriano China Felt Grey paper, Copic markers, Copic multiliner and Pilot white ink pen.

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 22, 2012

spaceships, aliens, mummies, robots and cars






Here are some of my sketches from the Cappuccini Catacombs in Palermo. One of the strangest places I've ever been to.
These guys where mummified in their best clothes and 'buried' in upright position along the corridors of the catacomb. 8000 of them! Stuffed with hay to keep them posed, children and adults alike dating back to the 1500's.  

Wish we could have spend some more time there.




anndd...back to a bit more usual subject matter.

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Nuthin' But Mech book is OUT!

NBM book is out! Print quality is beautiful and it has a great range of work from some of the very best in the industry imo.
Approx 120 pages of robot goodies from 31 different artist, can be bought from DSP here or Amazon here.

A portion of the proceedings will be donated to www.charitywater.org -a non profit organization bringing clean drinking water to developing nations.

Here are a couple of snaps:




Big thanks to Lorin, NBM crew and Design Studio Press for making it come together!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Special offer on PRINTS! and some sketches, with no special offer.

My print on demand service Society6 has been so kind to offer a promotion for my prints with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING!

From today's date until 12th of August. IF! You use this special link:

http://society6.com/sonobeno?promo=cb70ee

mmmmmm.. free shipping.. mmmm..

Also here are some doodlesketches.



Monday, July 30, 2012

muck bot

Quickish one before bedtime. Messing around with some different techniques, lots of fun!