November 27, 2006

November 22, 2006

November 17, 2006

Avalanche White Board Directory

I've been meaning to find an opportunity for this picture to live on forever.

Mini-challenge topic: MUSHROOMS

This is for those among us timid folk who dare not draw pictures of those who we wish to work with for years to come. This is a pretty broad topic, I guess just because mushrooms and other fungus make for cool visuals no matter what the picture is. Mushroom characters, objects, environments, all fair game.

Optional design exercise: Line
This isn't a call for line drawings necessarily, but rather a push to be conscious of what kinds of lines define the edges and shapes in your image, and how they relate to each other.
For anyone who wants more information on line here's some good information from Andrew Loomis on line from Creative Illustration: Section on Line, line and composition, line as attention-getting device, relationship of line to emotion
Plus, a couple posts from Mark Kennedy with information on line of action that might be useful. That last one he says is on Rhythm, but it seems to have more to do with line than rhythm (plus, we'll have a rhythm exercise later).

I'm requesting Sanctuary

New Topic: "Caricatures of Avalanche Employees"

Draw, sketch, paint, or sculpt your favorite co-workers. We don't need to post the names of our subjects with the artwork...that way if they don't think they look like that, they can keep believing it isn't them.

Baron Friedrich Von Ghoulsmire III

Ok, so I know I'm late, but I figure if they can start playing Christmas songs on the radio in September, then I can post a creepy Halloween painting in November. So I'm killing three birds, or rather art challenge topics, with one stone here: The Goulsmire thing is pretty obvious; he's of royal lineage; and he just happens to be the great, great, great grandfather of John Locke, on his mother's side. So there ya go. Oh yeah, he also meets the portrait requirement of the last pre-blog art challenge, so that's FOUR birds. Ha!!!

November 16, 2006

Lady of the Deep

Thought i had better get this finished and posted before the new Art Challenge.

Jacque le Crabe (Jack the Crab)

Jacque is a French actor; well, I should say was a French actor. See, Jacque’s career started splendidly: after just a couple of successful plays in New York, he got a part in a Disney movie, playing some kind of a conductor/babysitter. Later on, he played an obsessive compulsive in a Pixar production. He even performed on Broadway!
Unfortunately for Jacque, parts for French crustacean started to get sporadic. He tried to move on to TV but without success. He just got one part as an extra in the TV show “Lost”. You could see him scurry past Hurley’s feet at one point…
Now Jacque is drinking all alone at the Triton Café ready to be the victim of a deep, very deep depression.

It’s hard to be a French crab sometimes!

I put a step by step and a little video on my blog for those who are interested.

November 15, 2006

Creatures of the deep: Dave goes off the deep end

I have come to realize that in my digital art I have been clinging too religiously to my traditional art painting techniques, and not embracing the possibilities that come from painting in a virtual world. ("You think that's air you're breathing?")
I realize now that just as "there is no spoon", there is no paint, (how's that for deep) and therefore I decided to paint my entry for the Avalanche Art Challenge ENTIRELY WITH THE GLOWBRUSH! That's right, this is 100% glowbrush, nothing else.

Depth Perception

"Finally, the long lost treasure chest of-what the-?"

November 14, 2006


Though scientists know little about them, the Chennai Squid (first discovered off the coast of Eastern India in 1947 by a computer programmer/fisherman) is a nocturnal creature that feeds on starfish and sea cucumbers. They are harmless to humans. Though most remain within 100 miles from where they were born, some specimens have been known to migrate half way around the world.

November 13, 2006

Landscape of the Somewhat Deep...

This is one of the first paintings I *completed* since working here at Avalanche. I thought it would be cool if naval travel over land was magically made possible...interesting idea and rudimentary implementation.

Please hack and slash at this one. The only way I can improve is to see what I can do better next time...

November 11, 2006

eel of the deep

This subject stretched me a little, I never draw eels or underwater scenes. I decided that I liked the other eels, or eel like creatures, so I made a mean one.

November 10, 2006

Unintended consequences

Well the story here is obvious. Scott's monster(even after a whale for breakfast) came and ate this young girls family for lunch. I guess Scott just wasn't worried about consequences when he created his monster.

critiques welcome.

November 09, 2006


The Japanese "Gojira" which we know as "Godzilla" actually comes from the combination of the english word "gorilla" and the japanese word for whale.

So I decided to reinterpret the classic monster with big muscly arms.

He eats blue whales for breakfast.

November 08, 2006

Contrast shape design

Before his ignominious death, Humpty Dumpty was moderately famous in a local Vaudeville troupe as a tightrope walker.

It Came from the Deep

April 24, 18 dickedy-doo,

As we were fishing off the port of New Evanshire. We were met by the most terrible beast. It came from the deep and measured a stack tall and about two rods in each direction. With a head of a toad, the body of a seal, and tentacles, its mouth steeped with teeth, we lost Jebadiah and Abraham to the beast, while the sea took Ezra. Later that night Avis died in my arms from the Bilious Fever. I may never return to the sea again.

November 06, 2006

Avatars for Jeff

I'll never forget that morph that Abe did last year...

November 03, 2006



This is a narwhalrus... obviously.

November 02, 2006

A tiny bite

Here's my quickie attempt to really focus on varying shape sizes. I totally used shape types that I frequently use though, so nothing new there.
I'd be happy with any critiques or paintovers. If I get some inspiring suggestions I might end up taking it further or giving it some color. Thanks!