keskiviikko 13. marraskuuta 2013

Trying some rough photoshop speedpainting...

After seeing (too) many amazing speedpaint/concept art/production paintings by the likes of Feng Zhu, I decided to try do one myself. For a dude like me, who's pretty heavily "lineart-oriented", that was an interesting experience.

Oh, and since I already have done "Boner", I decided to call this one "Floater" ;-)


tiistai 29. lokakuuta 2013

ZBrushing again...

I'm starting to fall in love with this program. The sculpting phase is still mostly a learning process through trial and error, but once you get the shape down and you render stuff to photoshop... THAT'S when the magic happens.

This time I wanted to do a fantasy creature with a twist. Usually fauns are portrayed cute, beautiful (and muscular) or fierce (and muscular).

I wanted to do a scared, thin and bony, deformed creature with a cleft lip, broken nose and lot of small scars. Someone who has been called a freak through all his life.

Hope you like it.


tiistai 22. lokakuuta 2013

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? IS IT A... umm... flying dildo?

For those, who don't follow me in Facebook...

I'm watching Man of Steel and I just have to post this screencap from it. Now, it's pretty early in the movie, and I won't tell anything spoilery about the plot. I will just mention that the "things" in the picture are some sort of deep freeze pods.

But Jaysis. I mean, look at them... just look at them. Aren't they just liiiiittle bit phallic? Those designs would make Giger blush like a little girl!

If someone wants to start making Man of Steel vibrators, you already got your product design right there.


maanantai 21. lokakuuta 2013


Saw these amazing tutorial videos by Ben Mauro and was FINALLY able to make some sort of sense of Zbrush (+Photoshop)

So, may I present you... The Alien Commander.

Hope you like it.


torstai 26. syyskuuta 2013

maanantai 23. syyskuuta 2013


Couple weeks back bought and read an excellent graphic novel "Perkeros" by JP Ahonen and KP Alare. Since then I've been thinking I should do a fan art piece with the drummer bear in it... so now I did. This was a real quick one (at least on my standard), 20-30 minutes tops. It's called "A break between the sets"

Hope you like it.

sunnuntai 15. syyskuuta 2013

Portrait of a narcissistic twat...

Didn't feel like posting several photos of myself on my facebook-page, so I decided to post the other one here. The original photo by Tapio Aulu. Photoshopping by me.


keskiviikko 24. heinäkuuta 2013

The Ocean at the End of the Bloody Amazon...

I pre-ordered The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman from a loooong time ago.

When the book came out it seemed the whole social media (well, mine at least) bursted with news and reviews and reader comments. Every place I looked, there was something about Neil and about the book.

But I waited my copy...

and waited...

and waited.

I hid under the virtual table, my virtual fingers in my virtual ears, trying to avoid everything even remotely spoilery. I became anti-social hermit against my will.

And then, it arrived...

...and I devoured it.

Now, I didn't read it in one sitting (as a father of three boys I really don't have sittings long enough to do that) but instead in several short ones (at the dinner table, on the living room sofa or on the floor), one standing next to the playground and several cookings (one dinner and two breakfasts).

I loved the book. It's beautiful and expertly crafted like a delicate piece of jewellery, or (as I referred in my facebook-page) a dessert, perfect in shape, size and taste. Well done, Mr. Gaiman. Well done indeed.


perjantai 17. toukokuuta 2013

Boner revisited...

Here's the finished piece and a step-by-step picture.


tiistai 14. toukokuuta 2013

Meet Boner...

Was bored. Drew stuff during lunch hour and splashed some colour on it in photoshop...


maanantai 25. maaliskuuta 2013

Eyes closed in the London below...

Today I listened part 6/6 of Neil's Neverwhere radio play on BBC4. And I liked it. I liked it quite a bit, actually. The episodes were nice and crunchy half-hour bits (well, except the first episode, which is 1 hour), just perfect for lunch-hour soundtrack in the office. The story was streamlined very well and most of the good stuff from the book had made it to the play. I also liked the medium. It's been awhile when I last listened an audiobook... and it has been years, if not DECADES when I last listened a proper, honest-to-goodness-traditional radio play.

Of course it helps we're talking about Neil Gaiman's story... (you could say that when the genre of speculative fiction is concerned, Neil's name is pretty much a synonym for quality) but the quality here goes beyond the story. Sound effects are good and the cast is superb. James McAvoy does a great job as Richard (although he tends to chuckle quite a bit... there's amazed chuckle, relieved chuckle, panicked chuckle, incredulous chuckle, drunken chuckle and victorious chuckle, just to name a few), Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Anthony Head and David Schofield do perfectly solid performances as the Lady Door, Marquis De Carabas, Hunter, Croup and Vandemar... Christopher Lee is spot-on as Earl of Earl's Court, Neil does a couple nice cameos... and Benedict Cumberbatch is bloody inhuman as Islington.

There's also the nostalgic aspect. I grew up listening radio plays and everything from the imaginative use of sound effects to the slightly awkward "Oh my god! The huge pink monster with claws and a banjo on his knee spotted us!"-lines (It's a frigging RADIO, you have to describe your surrounding in some way, right?) feel familiar and good. I'm just wondering how the kids of today will experience it? Most likely they just wonder what's wrong with this video-stream...

All in all, the whole act of listening a radio play takes me back down the memory lane, and when you have a story-teller such as Neil as your tour guide, it's a trip well worth taking.


sunnuntai 3. maaliskuuta 2013

#JanTale finished

Finished, yes. Not entirely satisfied with the outcome (too little time to work with the piece), but there's couple of things I'm quite pleased with... the overall idea, and "the badge".

You can find this in Keep Moving -gallery, but since it's a lowres-version there, I decided to post a bigger version here. Hope you like it.


keskiviikko 20. helmikuuta 2013


Yes, I'm getting involved in Neil's Blackberry-saga. I'm currently working on a picture to the January tale. This is the pencil sketch.

Next. Inks&colors.