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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Zombie Warrior

A couple more details and color adjustments added today. Zombie_diseased_soldier

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega

"Whether or not what we experienced was an 'According to Hoyle' miracle is insignificant. What is significant is that I felt the touch of God. God got involved".-Jules Winnfield Actor John Travolta as Vincent Vega and Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield in Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece, Pulp Fiction. Done in Corel Painter 12 Jules_and_Vincent001 The super quick and dirty sketch and block in. Jules_and_Vincent001_sketch The ref pic from a movie still PulpFiction_182Pyxurz and some cool Pulp Fiction collectibles. 5828631682_41661fcd60_b

Monday, May 21, 2012

Bug Man

An old ball point sketch that I decided to color for fun. Here is the colored version followed by the original pen sketch from my sketchbook of 2005. At times I think crappy sketches should be left alone and dumped and other times I feel they should be revisited. Anything to keep that pen, pencil, brush, Wacom stylus moving :) bug_man002 bug_man_sketch

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Exploring The Hive

Another Environment concept that started out as an abstract composition. Exploring_The_Hive001

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


A concept I put together after watching Thor and looking at the Art Of Thor Book. That explains the "rainbow bridge looking thing" lol The title Shamayim is taken for the Hebrew word for heaven or sky in the bible. I chose to put a few traditional christian symbols in there like , the tree and the couple in the lower left foreground. The floating thingies were loosely inspired by the movie Knowing that starred actor Nicholas Cage. I tried to give the sea an other worldly glass like appearance and the technology is meant to look otherworldly as well. Thanks for looking Shamayim_002_final

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Beast

This was a quick pencil sketch that I did recently, then scanned it in and slapped some colors on it. He may be a tough relative of the cowardly lion from the wizard of oz:) Dog_Beast001

Friday, May 11, 2012

Concept Sketch Painting

This one comes from a galaxy not too far away. From the parking lot to be exact. I got this idea from Artist Scott Robertson of Design Studio Press. He calls them wallscapes. By laying your camera on a wall or ledge and taking a picture, then using that picture to paint over. My photo allowed me to come up with a Blade runner/ Star Wars style environment. It's a cool technique as the snap shot dictates the perspective for you. Below is the art followed by the original picture. DA_Penthouse001 DSCN0345

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wyatt Earp

Another Kurt Russell caricature, this time Lawman, Wyatt Earp from the movie Tombstone. I wanted a slight different look for this one so I did it in Corel Painter 12 using a brush set from artist Don Seegmiller. Below is the caricature followed by a screen grab of the initial sketch / block in. Kind of more of a cartoon style. Wyatt_Earp_Kurt_Russell001 wyattearp_wip

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Sojourner

I may revisit this one some day. For now , as a concept it remains as is. The-Sojourner001

Enviro times two

Working on both of these pieces simultaneously, a technique I picked up watching Feng Zhu's Design Cinema on You Tube. I really enjoy this "knocking two birds off with one stone" approach. Whenever I felt like I did not know what direction to go in with one piece I would jump on to the other one. I also quickly noticed the advantages of taking your eyes away from one piece and when I returned to it, I would quickly spot areas that needed adjusting. Besides that I was twice as productive. Give it a try:) Screen-grab_05-08-12_Rafael-Rivera

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Kurt Russell

Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American television and film actor. Russell was cast in several films by director John Carpenter, including anti-hero roles such as former army hero-turned robber Snake Plissken in the futuristic action film Escape from New York, Antarctic helicopter pilot R.J. MacReady in the horror film The Thing (1982), and truck driver Jack Burton in the dark kung-fu comedy/action film Big Trouble in Little China (1986), all of which have since become cult films. My favorite Kurt Russell performances were his role as law man Wyatt Earp in the movie Tombstone and Jack Burton in Big Trouble In Little China. The caricature below is Russell as Jack Burton. I will have to do a Wyatt Earp sometime soon. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the film Big trouble In Little China: "I'm a reasonable guy. But, I've just experienced some very unreasonable things." "Ol' Jack always says... what the hell?" "When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail." "Like I told my last wife, I says, "Honey, I never drive faster than I can see. Besides that, it's all in the reflexes." "Well, ya see, I'm not saying that I've been everywhere and I've done everything, but I do know it's a pretty amazing planet we live on here, and a man would have to be some kind of FOOL to think we're alone in THIS universe." "This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there." "Just remember what ol' Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol' storm right square in the eye and he says, "Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it." Jack_Burton001

Friday, May 4, 2012

Da Neighborhood Watch

In memory of Florida youth, Trevon Martin the two soldiers in this piece "Stand their Ground" clothed in hoodies. I imagine that mech bug moving around like The castle in Hayoa Miyazaki's Howl's moving castle. Neighborhood-watch

Creature Doodles

Some creature doodles in z-brush and photoshop. alien_lizard_concept_villain

Thursday, May 3, 2012

In Vacuo

This is a sci-fi enviro that I came up with from an abstract thumbnail I shared a few post ago. I call it "IN VACUO" which in Latin means inside of a vacuum, empty, or In isolation; without reference to related evidence. I guess it was the desolate feel of the color pallet and the abandoned look of the elements in the piece that drove me to that title. At any rate, you will most likely interpret it as you will:) In-Vacuo_001

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I am an Art Director/ freelance illustrator working in the Movie, Comics and Gameing industries. I have also provided graphics for advertisement companies and clothing companies. I am Currently working as Lead Artist for Soul Interface Studios (SIS) and always willing to discuss exciting new opportunities.