Rob icon Revisiting the Surai
I originally started doing freelance illustration work back in the summer of 2002. I was staying at my folks' place in Germany and toward the end of the summer I started a thread on the Something Awful forums offering to draw users' DnD (or other RPG) characters. At the time I was mostly doing line work with pencil and pen and scanning images in on my folks' HP 950 psc, and doing the occasional bit of color work in Photoshop. I did around 30 or so, most of which can be seen in the first and second sketchbook pages on my site, when people started asking me if I'd do commissioned pieces for money. Being in Germany made getting a summer job pretty difficult, so that's how I got started drawing things for money.

One user in particular contacted me about a series of tabletop RPG books he was working on. He wanted me to some art for him that would illustrate the various races, locations, and equipment that he could put into the books. I worked on somewhere around 30 pieces for him of varying levels of quality detailing five of the game's races. Some of this work is also in the Sketchbook section of the site.

Anyways, a while back he contacted me out of the blue and we got to talking about some of the work I had done and the work he was still doing on his game system. He had a site where he had posted his material with my art that he was using. Now, if you know me, you know that I hate most of my older work. Hell, I start disliking most of the stuff I draw or design about two minutes after I finish it. So after some short discussion, I agreed to help update the images on his site, and the illustrations below are one part of that. I'll be posting the other races' material later on and as I complete more of it.

The images here are for the Surai, a warlike lizardman race, though they were originally more dragonlike. This time around I spent some time looking at crocodiles to get a better idea of how to draw their jaws/necks/mouths. What you see here is the original Surai piece I did back in 2002 (the Surai go to war), an updated version of that, and a number of pieces showing the anatomy, clothing, and culture of the Surai.



- 6/8/2013, 8:28 AM EDT
Rob icon Misc. Art
Happy New Year everyone! It has been a long time since my last post, mostly because I forgot my backend login for the site. Now that I've found it/had it reset, I figured I shouldn't go a full year without updating. I'm currently working on some new football avatars, but in the meantime, here's a bunch of random stuff that I've done over the past year or so.



- 1/1/2013, 11:17 AM EDT
Rob icon More Avatars
Here are a few more avatars I did this past football season, but hadn't gotten around to posting.



- 4/3/2012, 8:41 PM EDT
Rob icon On Freelancing
Most of my work has been going into Sellswords lately (now updating every Monday), but I also do a fair amount of Freelance illustration work with Nic Takemoto's company, a design shop in Maryland called LMD Agency. They've done some great work, and occasionally have me work on small pieces of illustration for client projects.

Most recently, I've been working on a series of illustrations for Lela, the Louisiana Education Loan Authority. The project was illustrating a comic (and some other things, which I'll be able to show later) about Pete and Nate--two college-bound seniors who took different approaches to spending and saving in college. The goal of the comic was to educate students on sound financial decision making in college. I didn't write the script, but I am pretty happy with how the comic panels turned out.

Check out the Adventures of Pete and Nate here!

I've also done some work with them for the Secu Credit Union. I did a series of illustrations for a character named "Q" on their Facebook page (not all of these have been used yet).

The Secu Facebook page

And I did a set of storyboards for an animated ad they were working on, which looked fantastic when they were done with it:
The Secu "Different DIrection" commercial

That's the bulk of it, but I'll post more of this stuff when I work on it, and after it's been released publicly by whichever client.

- 2/1/2012, 8:02 AM EDT
Rob icon 2011 Avatars
Currently taking a break from them, but I'm in the middle of another set of avatars this year for the SAS crew. More to come next week! In the meantime, enjoy these.



- 10/21/2011, 6:31 PM EDT
Rob icon Something I've been working on
Though I doubt I'll ever finish this, I thought I'd post something I've been working on. I don't do a lot of fan art, but I have been trying to improve my digital painting recently, especially skin. Let me know what you think!



- 2/26/2011, 11:23 PM EDT
Rob icon More SAS Avatars
Another update, and like the last one, way later than I promised. This time the wait was hopefully worth it though--I've got some new SAS avatars that I've been working on for the SomethingAwful goons. Enjoy!



- 2/5/2011, 3:33 PM EDT
Rob icon New Sketchwork
Not much new to add on the art front. I've been mostly busy with work commissioned work and Sellswords lately, but I've still had some time to do sketches. When I get around to it, I'll post some of the illustration work I've done for LMD and some of the design work I've done for Lotame. In the meantime, here are some sketches.



- 12/5/2010, 8:31 AM EDT
Rob icon My Influence Map
Late with an update again, but this one is worth the wait, I promise. While I normally don't care for or get into DeviantArt memes (and for good reason), this latest one that fox-orian created (over at His DeviantArt page) is actually really cool and got me thinking about my influences. Unfortunately for my time management skills, I couldn't just follow the chart. In order to better showcase how I've been shaped by works in the past, I decided to make the chart chronological. So without going into too much set up, today I am presenting my chronological influence map, showing my major influences from 1990 through 2010. I picked 1990 as a start time (with a little bit of lead-in) as I really didn't start drawing things on a regular basis until I was 6 or 7 years old. I've done my best to be accurate to show when I was influenced by something (as opposed to when that thing came out), and how much based on the image size, though there's an interesting debate to be had as to whether my earlier influences should be scaled larger by default.

Anyways, here it is. The .jpg alone is 3 megs, so it's not for the faint of heart. I thought it better not to post the 40MB .png version. (click on the image to see the full chart)



I've left off labels for the time being, but I'll come back and add them if anyone asks.

- 09/11/2010, 4:41 PM EDT
Rob icon Lorenzo Neal is a Badass
Well it took longer to get around to updating than I had expected it would. Oh well. This time I've uploaded an image I did of Lorenzo Neal for a poster for charity. Big props go to Steel Angel 2000 of the SomethingAwful forums for helping come up with the idea.

Looking at this reminds me that SAS Avatar season is almost upon us again. Stay tuned...



- 07/22/2010, 8:50 PM EDT
Rob icon Long Overdue
Well I certainly let myself go with regards to updates. Even had the embarrassing situation of letting the domain lapse for a bit. Been really busy these past few months working and gearing up for my wedding (went great). Anyways, I've got a few new images to share, and I'll have some more pretty soon after. These are mostly team fortress 2-related, done during the Soldier/Demoman war.



I'll try and come back in a week to post more. I'm currently working on a project for an NFL player that I'll post when it's done.

- 06/13/2010, 10:47 AM EDT
Rob icon Another Year, Another Set of SAS All-Stars
We're now 6 weeks into the 2009 NFL Season, and despite my busy schedule, I've started a new round of avatars. The best of these was a Kyle Orton avatar that recently got featured on Kissing Suzy Kobler:
Click here to read the article

I've also posted the others here. I'm also particularly fond of the Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers one. The Eugene Monroe one was done for the player himself, which was pretty cool.


Anyways, I'll post more as I complete them. Until next time!

- 10/20/2009, 11:12 AM EDT
Rob icon More Sketchbook Goodness
So I finally got around to scanning the good stuff out of my last sketchbook. Most of the time I usually just never get around to digitizing these, but I wanted to put more stuff on the website. Some of these I did about a year ago, and some of them are only a few weeks old. Some of them are class sketches I did for Project Tempest, a game I'm working on. I'm considering uprooting some older sketchbooks and posting that stuff, so I'll post again when I get around to doing that.

Until next time!

- 7/30/2009, 9:16 PM EDT
Rob icon Quick couple of sketches
I have got to get back to updating this site more regularly. Still, if I can churn out 12 or more updates a year, it's good times. This time I actually have some new art to upload -- just some sketches I did on my tablet. I've added them to the site's new miscellaneous sketches page -- page 4 for those of you keeping track at home. I'll post more when I get around to scanning it.

Until next time!

- 7/16/2009, 10:47 PM EDT
Rob icon Checking in
Well, that was an entirely too long stretch of time to go between updates. I got wrapped up in Sellswords and went on vacation a couple of weeks ago and haven't been checking in. I'll start posting some new art stuff up here soon though. In the meantime, sit tight for another few days.

See you next week!
- 6/16/2009, 7:45 AM EDT
Rob icon Sellswords.com is LIVE!
Well, it took awhile, but it's finally done. Sellswords.com is officially live! Head on over and check it out. I think Greg and Nic did a bang-up job with the site.

Sellswords

The comic updates on Mondays.

That's it for me here. I'll probably be back in a week or so to post some new art stuff I've been working on.

See you next week!
- 4/6/2009, 10:17 PM EDT
Rob icon Sellswords Almost done
Ok, it's been a month since my last update. Sellswords is behind schedule, but we're really close to having it up and running and ready to read. It's maybe a week away from launching, and the new site looks great. Nic and Greg really put together a pro fucking site for this thing, and I'm extremely excited about showing it off once it's done. I'll post some info here when the comic finally launches. In the meantime, you're just going to have to sit tight. I'll put up some stuff about the site's development here as well once all that gets finished.

See you next week!
- 4/4/2009, 11:45 PM EDT
Rob icon New Computer Machine
Hey, it's been 16 days, not too bad in terms of getting back with a new update. Sellswords is still in the works... we're aiming for a mid-March launch, but at this point I'll be happy if we hit the end of March. The art resources are likely to slow us down a lot with that one.

In other news, I got a new computer. I'll upload photos of it in a day or so (it's not much to look at). This has been a long time coming. My old computer hadn't worked in over a year, so it was time to upgrade. The new machine, which Dave helped spec out, is a 3.0 GHz Core2 Duo with 8 Gigs of RAM and an GeForce 9800. It's not top-of-the-line or anything, but it's pretty sweet, especially the 8 gigs of RAM. The only downside to all that memory is having to run a 64-bit OS, so I've got Vista 64 Ultimate on here right now. It's not terrible, and aside from some driver issues, it's been pretty solid.

I've got 360 gigs of storage on this thing, which isn't a lot by today's standards, but good enough for me. One of the hard disks was an old 160-gig that I had lying around from my junior year of college, and wouldn't you know, it actually worked (I had left it for dead, not realizing at the time that the serial controller on my old motherboard was fucked). I dropped it into the new machine and wouldn't you know, it still had a ton of old files on it, including about 35 gigs of old mp3 files that I had thought were gone forever. It was like finding a hundred dollars in the pocket of a pair of jeans that went through the wash, only better.
- 3/1/2009, 11:45 PM EDT
Rob icon Still working on Sellswords, posting work doodles soon
Ok, so I wasn't "back in a few days," but I have been shoring up the time between posts. I'm still working on sellswords, for which I was able to finally buy the domain Sellswords.com. It had previously belonged to some awful WoW guild as late as mid-December, and I was admittedly worried that I'd have to buy sellswordscomic.com or some other stupid shit to use for the site domain. but come January, I noticed their site had gone down, and when I checked the domain last week, it was available, so here we are. I'm currently working with web dev superstar Greg Chiasson and graphic design superstar Nic Takemoto to build a new site exclusively for Sellswords. We're aiming to have the site up and launched in March, but that's just a soft date at the moment.

In other news, I have about 50 or so pages of doodles from notebooks and pads that were all drawn at work while I was in some meeting or another. If I get around to scanning them, I'll post them up here.
- 2/13/2009, 9:41 PM EDT
Rob icon Sellswords Preview for the new year
Hi everybody! I'm back and ready for the new year. In case you're wondering where I've been, work and Sellswords have pretty much taken up most of my time. Which leads me to my big item for today: A preview of the new Sellswords comic Jon and I are working on. The site is still under production (to be completed near the end of February), but in the meantime, enjoy this preview image, which was cobbled together from various panels in the new comic.

I'll be back in a few days to post some more stuff (probably doodles form work).

- 1/22/2009, 7:38 AM EDT
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