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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Oriax Reloaded

This is revisit of a character from The Silver Cord graphic novel I worked on named Oriax. If you have not read the novel you can read it on line for free and download a PDF version as well on the website The guys over at Disruptive Media showed interest in making a line of Silver Cord Dynamic Themes for Playstation 3 users. Co-Creator Steve Masseroni asked if I would do a color treatment of Oriax for the themes and give him some golden skin. There is a bunch of cool things possibly in the works for The Silver Cord, I'll keep you all posted as it happens, for now here is my redo of Oriax followed by the quick color comp I sent to Steve for approval and The original concept art by Steve Masseroni. Oriax_Redo_Rivera0002 Oriax_Redo_Rivera0001 Oriax

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rapper JAY Z

From Wikipedia: Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having a net worth of over $450 million as of 2011. He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving fourteen Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all-time. He was ranked #1 by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006. Two of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996) and The Blueprint (2001) are considered landmarks in the genre with both of them being ranked in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Blender included the former on their 500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die. Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, is part-owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and is also the creator of the line Rocawear. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, one of the three founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation. As an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 with eleven. Jay-Z also has had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one as lead artist. He married American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles on April 4, 2008. They gave birth to a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter in January 2012. On December 11, 2009, Jay-Z was ranked as the 10th most successful artist of 2000s by Billboard and ranking as the 5th top solo male artist and as the 4th top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly, and 50 Cent. He is also ranked the 88th greatest artist of all time, according to Rolling Stone. From my hometown Brooklyn New York, here is my caricature of Jay -Z followed by the reference pic and some process shots. JayZ_001 JayZ_update_001 JayZ_WIP_001 jay-z

Friday, July 27, 2012

Alchemy sketches

This is a series of ideas I came up with in the Alchemy program that will be used to create characters and paintings in Photoshop. The majority of them were created using Alchemy's mirror function. I love the randomness of the program, It gives me yet another technique to create images from abstract chaos. alchemy_7_27-12-009 alchemy_7_27-12-008 alchemy_7_27-12-007 alchemy_7_27-12-006 alchemy_7_27-12-005 alchemy_7_27-12-003 alchemy_7_27-12-004 alchemy_7_27-12-002 alchemy_7_27-12-001

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Google Sketch_up compositions

Here is a few thumbnails generated using google's 3D program Sketch-up version 8. Just simple shapes obviously nothing special here, using the same model and lighting it differently and zooming and panning around the model to generate some interesting compositions that will later be used as a base to paint over in photoshop. Below that are some more creature design explorations and the beginning of a dinosaur model done in z-brush. Google_Sketchup_thumbs_001 Creatures_Sketches_7_25_2012 Diablo_Tri_practice-sculpt

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Studying The Studies

Studying figure drawing and anatomy from the usual suspects: George Bridgman, Kent Hultgren, Burne Hogarth, Gottfried Bammes, Charles Bargue among others. Also from pics of random people photos I have saved on my computer. 2012_sketchbook_018 2012_sketchbook_019 2012_sketchbook_020

Monday, July 23, 2012


Some Gesture drawings and creature / Alien design thumbnails from the past few days. 2012_sketchbook_015 2012_sketchbook_017 2012_sketchbook_016 2012_sketchbook_014 Creature_Thumbs001 Sketchertoo_experiment021 Sketchertoo_experiment019 Sketchertoo_experiment020 Male_female_alien_Thumbs

Friday, July 20, 2012

Some Process shots

Here is a concept of a mech possibly inspecting some kind of mines? Not sure what they are but I thought it was alright to leave vague both in detail and description. It works as a concept though. Below the piece are some process shots, so you can see the progression from abstract to something more recognizable. They_Cant_All_Be_Duds001 They-cant-all-be-duds_process

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sons Of Anarchy-Ron Perlman

From Wikipedia: Ronald N. "Ron" Perlman (born April 13, 1950) is an American television, film and voice actor. He is known for having played Vincent in the TV series Beauty and the Beast (for which he won a Golden Globe), a Deathstroke figure known as Slade in the animated series Teen Titans, Clarence "Clay" Morrow in Sons of Anarchy, the comic book character Hellboy in both the film of that name and its sequel, and as the narrator of the post-apocalyptic game series Fallout. In 2010 he provided the voice of the Stabbington brothers in Tangled, Disney's animated film adaptation of "Rapunzel". He is currently the narrator of the television series 1000 Ways to Die on Spike Below is my caricature followed by a screen grab process shot and some pics of the actor in and out of make-up. Ron_Perlman001 Ron_Perlman_WIP hb_016 ron perlman 004

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Creature ideation and development

Some creature development for a personal project of mine. Using z-brush as a thumbnail generator allows for many happy accidents:) These Thumbnails were made by using a default model and filling it in black in z-brush, then using the layers changing and pushing and pulling the shapes around, then carry them into photoshop. Focusing mostly on the design and silhouette shapes and not the details. Z-brush master Cesar Decol Jr. is doing a creature design workshop where he goes into detail about this technique. He's a great teacher, I watched a webinar recently that he conducted with Ryan Kingslien of and learned tons. Definately take a look around the site, these guys know thier stuff. Z-Creature_Dev_July182012 FCTR_size_ref_001 Z-Creature_Dev_July182012_003 Z-Creature_Dev_July182012_002 FCTR_Cherub_concept001

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ron Perlman Studies

Some quick thumbnail studies of actor Ron Perlman. Getting my ideas ready for my next caricature. Ron-Perlman_studies001

Friday, July 13, 2012

More Than Meets The Eye

A couple of quick and dirty Transformers inspired helmet designs. These were generated using the mirror functions in Alchemy and Corel Painter 12, the tweaking and some quick textures in Photoshop. It really is just two different helmets that were tweaked to make a few more ideas. more-than-meets-the-eye

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Creature Concept

This is the dragon design that I posted as a sneak peek in the last post. Below it is the first pass based on the thumbnail on the upper left corner. As you can see the horns and wing did not make sense with the anatomy so they got scrapped for a better design. I used a picture of a plate of BBQ Chicken and Beef ribs that me and my wife made for the 4th of July for my color pallet. Proof that inspiration can come from anywhere:) This was done as an exercise for Anthony Jones's creature design course on Draco_awakening001 Thumbnail-refinementWIP ScribblerToo_creature_thumbs001

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Alex In Wonderland?

Here is an illustration I did using an abstract ink blot thumbnail as a jump off point. The ink blots just looked like mushrooms to me, so I thought why not do a cool version of Absalom with a gas mask hookah and a Steam punk garbed character that's obviously a long way from home. Alex_in_Wonderland_001 And while we are on the subject of Alice In Wonderland... I finally finished the Johnny Depp/ Tim Burton caricature I was working on. I can't even count how many projects these two have done together. I love their collaborations. I wonder if Tim gets jealous when Gore Verbinski uses Depp in his films:) Johnny_and_Tim001 Next up is a W.I.P. of another assignment for Anthony Jones's creature course. Followed by some random doodles. enjoy:) Thumbnail-refinement001 2012_sketchbook_013

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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.