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Cerebria: The Inside World

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These monsters each represent different emotions that are featured in Mindclash Game’s board game, Cerebria: The Inside World. I was contacted to design 70 different creatures in total, each with a different theme, different strength of feeling, as well as both the “positive” and “negative” versions of each. These characters, rendered in tight pencil, were finished by Mindclash artist, Villo Farkas, so as to keep the aesthetic of the game cohesive. Being a part of this game has been an incredibly rewarding experience–I can’t wait to play it myself! The game is available for purchase through the link provided above.
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Rendering Styles

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Victor (pictured here) graciously volunteered to demonstrate the styles and media I use to render my art. Often when I design a character I like to use traditional media, sketching with pencil, inking with pen, and coloring with watercolor. If I’m designing a character for a game, application, to be screen printed, or even to just be printed on paper, I’ll often use a different rendering style. Some uses call for something more flat (like a mobile game or certain types of printing), and some call for a more painterly rendering (like official art or a children’s book!). From top to bottom you’ll see my traditional inking style, full watercolor painting, a black-and-white vector image for use as a screen print or vinyl cutouts, a flat digital rendering, and a more complex painterly digital rendering.
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Lightning Makes Babies

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“Lightning Makes Babies” is a game about rescuing babies, spawned by lightning, before the lightning strikes them again! This project is currently on hold, and is a future title of Dragon Army. I was in charge of creating the visual style and all assets for the game while it was in production. Here are some samples of how these characters evolved and how their medium, a phone screen, influenced that evolution.
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Watercolor Painting

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One of my favorite media to use is watercolors. I enjoy putting down my lines and details in ink, then being able to add even more depth using watercolors. The medium allows for a looseness you just can’t get using digital methods or markers and is a lot of fun once you “let go” a little.
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I’ve Created a Monster!

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I love creating creatures and characters. These are samples of the monsters I draw daily! Sometimes I just think of random characteristics, other times I start by combining existing creatures. Some of these are even lined up to be painted! The first volume of a book of these critters is on the way, but in the meantime, feel free to follow my daily posts on social media: Instagram / Facebook / Tumblr
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Vector, Logo, & Digital Illustration

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In addition to utilizing paints and traditional media, I also love working digitally to develop artwork using vector-based drawing tools. From logo design to creating assets for repeating patterns to making images to cut out on my vinyl cutter, vector files are an incredibly powerful tool.
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Patterns

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Ever since I learned how to create repeating patterns and apply them to the world of textiles, I’ve become a bit of a monster addicted to pattern design! The process is cathartic–I really enjoy spacing out assets and discovering how to best lay out items so they repeat without looking like they’re repeating. Soon I will be creating dresses with my original character patterns to wear at conventions and around town!
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