Monday, December 24, 2012


Been busy with holiday stuff, so I've fallen behind on my illustrations. But I doodled a freaky yule-deer! that's gotta count for something...Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Windshear Steppe

Today's painting!  Kind of a quickie, going for something more melancholy and airy.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The undercity at Deep Core Alpha

Rough idea was a city on a cliff.  I love factory-things!

More Environments!

During my temporary unemployment here at the end of the year, I'm going to try to get in one painting a day. Its going to be a bit of a challenge!  These two are from Monday and Tuesday,  an alien beastly fountain and a fiery razor-edged cavern I pet named the Fire Maw.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Murkwatch Tower

Looking through my recent posts, I realized I really do stick mainly to character driven concepts.  Time to tackle that elephant in my portfolio and work on some objects and places!  For some reason, its much more challenging for me to conceptualize a space than a character, so hopefully some fun new environment illustrations will force me out of my comfort zone a bit.

The idea here is a crumbling submerged tower, looking a bit like an old seashell stuck in goo.  Something rare and ephemeral (maybe a mermaid?) has made its home in the  base of the old ruin.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Soundgarden - King Animal

Design for commemorative tour poster for Soundgarden.  Theme was the title of their newest album, King Animal.  Wanted to create something that felt occult and weird, like a dried up idol to a forgotten autumnal deity.  If you flip it, it has another face:

This is what happens when I work on a design solely in the hours of has a feverish creepiness that just seems to whisper "Michelle, go to bed".

Monday, November 19, 2012

Warped Tour Poster

Saw this opportunity and couldn't help myself...another contest, this time to design the poster theme for Warped Tour 2013.  Always my favorite festival of the summer, Warped Tour holds a special place in my heart.  It's another long shot submission, but it would pretty much be the "best day ever" if I win...I've always kind of had this stupid dream of getting my art on a backdrop or stage scrim someday...and I couldn't think of a better venue.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Happy Halloween! Creepy WIP post for the holiday!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year, good time to confront those inner demons wallowing in the darker mires of my mind...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Horse Walk

Gonna maybe start posting some animations here too! Study of a horse walking with a fun rig I found on Animation Buffet.  I love messing with new rigs, probably its because I never really got over playing with the piles of action figures I crafted epic dramas with as a kid.  Now I still get to play, but I can tell everyone I'm working.  Model By Hung Vodinh and rig by Joel Anderson.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

More Poster Madness! The Offspring

I can't help it, I love doing band posters/flyers.  I can't play an instrument worth a damn myself, so I think I compensate with pretty pictures!  This is a fun retro design I put together for a poster contest for The Offspring's new album.  I love Offspring, and I love anything punk rock, so I turned my speakers up LOUD and rocked my way through another design!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


The Ugly King! Naberius, also called Cerberus.  This is actually my submission for a contest to design a poster for the metal band, "The Devil Wears Prada", which is why the crown has the band logo.  I got really into the painting though, so I wanted to share it alone without the text.  I loved the way the colors came out.  The weakest part is the war hammer, I struggled with that...probably a sign I need to stop being so lazy about designing weapons and armor and work more on my perspective drawing!  

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Creeper Bullet Bill

This is what happens when I stay up too late playing Super Mario 3D Land...

Monday, July 2, 2012

Savannah Roc

A Roc...giant bird that eats elephants and whatnot. Kind of pulled elements of secretary birds and hyenas. With a weird...smiley face.  As usual, spent way too much time on the head, then didn't know where to go from there!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Final...ish Design

Well this sketch didn't go quite as planned, but it worked out ok.  At this point though I feel less like its done and more like I'm done with it. I think its time to let this guy fly free and work on something else! Included a version without the flames, because it shows a little more of where I was going with the concept.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Flash Fire Elemental

First time posting a true work in progress...just drew this up tonight before bed and thought it might be worth a more refined sketch.  Concept is a flash fire demon, a forest elemental set ablaze and driven mad by its new fiery existence.  Hopefully I can figure out where I'm going with this sketch and finish it up soon!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Another one! A sizzling demigod to contrast my wispy water beast. I'm having fun with this.  But I think this guy got a bit too complex for my liking.  I should have simplified his shapes more.  Oh well...onward!

Water Dragon

Another vector illustration. Getting better! Really learning how to work with Illustrator to get the designs I want.  An adorable water dragon, much cuter than my last aquatic creature!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pretty Princess

When I start drawing something like this...I know its time for bed.  Brain, why you no draw monsters?! Broadening my horizons and trying my first vector illustration.  Took way longer than I thought to complete, and its not really done (or that great), I'm just tired!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Hippocampus (aka The Bloop)

A creepy deep sea take on the mythological beast.  Inspired by the unexplained sounds picked up by deep sea microphones in the Pacific Ocean.  Who knows whats out there?

Painting bio-luminescence proved harder than I thought, but I still liked the design.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ariel's Unicorn

"Can you paint me a unicorn with all the colors of the wind?!"  I tried. Was going for an original design but it came out kind of freaky!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ugly Thing 2!

So I've gotten into this habit of using sketching to vent on a bad day.  Thus, the Ugly Things are born!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Guidos Band Flyer

A flyer I did for a local show here in Fredneck.  The guys are supposed to be passed out drunk, but I like to think pretty lady beat 'em up with her trusty guitar.  Feels good to draw again!