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Pirates & Goblins

Posted in Art, RedGrimRune with tags , , , , on November 12, 2013 by RedGrimRune

Hey! It’s been a long time.

SO! A lot has been going on since the last update. Most notably, I started a new print line. My inner pirate* has bubbled up to the surface, and I have been creating Jolly Rogers using different symbols in the place where the skull in the “skull & crossbones” usually is. Here, take a gander:

I’ve got ’em for sale on a couple of different sites. I have an Etsy store now for selling individual prints, and offering some of them mounted on 5×7 wood blocks. Though, the site I’m most excited to sell on is RedBubble. It’s like CafePress, but not shitty!! There, you can buy my (or other’s) artwork on a bunch of different items, most notably T-shirts! Here’s my buddy E-Rock, a voice actor of League of Legends fame, rockin’ one of my designs in the most Metal way possible:

METAL!! The Gods are pleased!

METAL!! The Gods are pleased!

I’ve had a very positive response from my followers about these Rogers. I sold 4 of 5 mounted prints on wood panels at Convolution, a fantasy-oriented convention held in Burlingame’s Hyatt Regency earlier this month. The guest of honor was none other than Brian Froud, who was the creative director for the beloved films Labyrinth & The Dark Crystal. Here are a few shots from the gallery show:

Yeah, meeting Froud was about as special as it gets. My first gallery show, and my artwork is hung in front of the man who’s work introduced me to the fantasy genre. I gave him one of my buttons. ALSO, my big painting, “Ragnarok”, was bought by Erik Bigglestone, friend and Vice Chair of Convolution, who’s family owns Games of Berkeley. He mentioned that my piece may hang in the store since wall-space at his home is at a premium, SO, if you want to see my work, and y’know, check out one badassed gaming store, stop by Games of Berkeley, and bask in the nerdy awesome-ness! It’s right behind the Berkeley BART station exit, can’t miss it!

Sooo, yeah! It’s been a pretty awesome Fall so far. The Alternative Press Expo was amazing: we reconnected with some old friends, made some new ones & sold a ton of stuff! Furthermore, I was approached by the founder of Alien Ink Cards to create original artwork for a set of themed playing cards. I of course accepted and am now working on one or two “secret” decks. Very exciting!

I am on the Instagrams now, so if ye wanna follow my visual works, check it out!

Till next update! Stay Metal!

-Xander

PS: Stay tuned for info on a Kickstarter / Indie-Go-Go campaign from me, coming real soon!

* When I say “Inner Pirate” it’s a fairly literal statement; Kent family legend tells that we actually  have an ancestor that was, in fact, a Pirate. Though, the legends ends with a short drop & a sudden stop. We don’t know his name, BUT, if he was indeed publicly hung from the neck ’till dead, there may be a record of it. Hmm… perhaps I shall hunt for him during my travels to Europe next year.

Entry to Abe Sapien Art Contest – Process

Posted in Art, Nerdery, Photoshop Fun with tags , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2013 by RedGrimRune

Right now, Multiversity.com is gearing up for the new Abe Sapien series from Dark Horse Comics with an art contest. Everyday they have been posting Abe fanart from some of the great current comic book artists, and the turnout has been awesome! It has inspired me to join in and create something that I feel truly fits with the character. I’m going back to the very beginning of the Hellboy franchise where Abe saves the day by putting a harpoon through Rasputin’s torso, and sets in motion lots of events that permeate throughout the rest of the series for him, big red & lots of others.

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Beginning sketches in blue graphite.

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Refined sketch, again in blue.

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Preliminary inks. Outlines mostly.

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Heavy inks. The shadows & shadings are added.

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Final inks, refined in Photoshop.

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Behold! Color! The finished product, color scheme ripped shamelessly from Mignola himself.

Overall, I am pretty proud of the turnout. There still feels like something is missing in the final product, but I guess that’s a feeling every artist gets. I tried some new things, challenged myself and finished this within 12 hours. I did some hardcore anatomy studies for  Abe’s pose from Olympic javelin throwers. I guess I didn’t get the right kind of motion or tense energy in Abe’s physicality that I was hoping for. Ah well, I learned a lot making this piece, and I hope that it catches someone’s eye at Multiversity.com. Also, tentacles are cool!

Cheers!

-Grim

PS: The DoomCrew & I should be at BigWow ComicFest in San Jose. More details to come, but we may have some big stuff coming to the show, so keep May 18 & 19 open.

A Pirate’s Life for Me

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2012 by RedGrimRune

Happy Friday!
So, I’ve managed to pry myself away from Assassin’s Creed III long enough to crank out another wood panel painting. I’m really enjoying using those Montana acrylic paint pens, especially on these panels. I recently bought a 50mm-tipped black paint pen and have really been putting through its paces (see below).

For those of you who don’t know, Halloween is my favorite holiday, right next to National Talk Like A Pirate Day. So I decided to combine the two and be a Pirate for the holiday, which for me spanned the weekend before Halloween and the day of, so that’s a lot of swashbuckling! 3 days of rum & saying “Yar!!” I love this holiday…

Anyway, I made a painting inspired by and to celebrate being a pirate and being a decendant of a pirate.

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It’s actually not finished yet. I picked up a green 15mm paint pen yesterday to add the finishing elements. I’ll post the final product this weekend.

Happy Halloween, Felis Dia De Los Muertos & Blessed Samhain!

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-Grim

Dead Man’s Party

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2012 by RedGrimRune

Im trying out a new technique: Spray paint & paint pens. I’m planning on making a new fine art series using birchwood panels and Montana Black spray paint:

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This is a 12″x16″ panel sprayed with colors Jaws & Seal.
I then drew a stencil of a familiar shape on it:

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Then, using Montana Acrylic Paint Pens, I added color flourishes:

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This is as far as I’ve gotten so far. I’m still working on the color flourishes so I’ll post again when I make more progress. I really enjoy the coverage I get from the Montana Black line of spray paint, and their color range is amazing. Their pens I really can’t praise enough; great color vibrancy & opacity with durable nibs. Pick some up at your local art store (aka: Flax on Market in downtown San Francisco). Tell ’em Grim sent you.

Updated!

Posted in 6th Circle, Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2012 by RedGrimRune

Sooo… Did I mention I was bad at updating blogs?  I know its been a while since my last update, but now that I have a SkyNet phone, y’all should see me updating more regularly.

Anyhow, my two webcomics are in full swing now. If you’re not already reading them, check them out!

6th Circle – Tattoos, Metal & Nerdery!

The Historically Accurate Adventures of Jack & Voytek

My little team of writers and I have been showing off our merch at various conventions including the Alternative Press Expo, and the first Image Expo. If you missed us, don’t worry, we’re just getting started!

I’ll be posting more of my artwork here as I work on it. Like this:

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Tank’s bio pic in progress for 6th Circle’s character profile page. I’ll have it watercolored in no time!

Cheers, folks. Its good to be back!
-Xander

Foot in Door?

Posted in 6th Circle, Art, Gaming, Halo, Nerdery, Photoshop Fun, Soap Box with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2010 by RedGrimRune

Lots going on! My webcomic is really taking off. If you’re not reading it yet, read it now or STEAMREX WILL DEVOUR YOUR FACE!!

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Also, I won a contest! My work is going to be featured in a coming printing of the Halo Evolutions Anthology. Tor Books and 343 Industries put out a message “Are you a Halo fan? Fancy yourself an Artist…” (check and check) “Then enter!!” (Check!!) I based my piece “Stomping on the Heels of a Fuss” on the story of the same name and it was chosen to preface the story in the next printing of Halo Evolutions!!

The cherry on top of all this is that I got to meet most of the authors of this book at San Diego Comic Con last month. I got to show the original sketch of said piece to the author and asked him to sign it. He then said he wants a print when its done and that he’ll keep an eye open for projects I could work on with him! *manly happy dance*

Much more is going on, but this has been the biggest news. I finally get the chance to make my impression on the Halo-verse! (checks off from “life goals list”)

Here’s Halo Waypoint’s official article: [link]

Cheers!

Laying the Smackdown!

Every Girl’s Crazy ‘Bout a Sharp-Dressed Man

Posted in 6th Circle, Art, Human Idiocy, Nerdery, Photoshop Fun, Randomness with tags , , , on July 4, 2010 by RedGrimRune

I think I stated before that I am bad about updating blogs. Well, dont say I didnt tell you so.

Anyhow. I’ve been stupid busy with my internship at Femina Potens, an LGBT art gallery in the Castro. I’ve been getting lots of hands-on experience installing quite a few art shows and pieces and meeting a ton of interesting people….and pestering them until they take my card.

Take this moment, for instance. I am currently at the gallery’s front desk, sipping crappy wine whilst chatting up people from Image Comics. Im trying very hard not to make a total ass of myself while subtly inching around the subject that I draw a webcomic….
(on that note, if any of you aren’t reading that yet READ IT OR STEAM REX WILL CONSUME YOUR FACE!!! 6thCircleComic.com)
Its good times. Yeah, I dont get paid or anything, but I get free booze, exposure to interesting art, VIP pass to unique events, and (best of all) networking!! Plus this looks good on my resume. I guess it all pays for itself!

UNnortunately, I didnt get into “Black Lab”, an exhibit at another gallery I intern at “The Lab” is hosting in August. It centered around dark/evil/esoteric/ satiric themes, and I thought I was perfect for it. I did a piece with black cloth, a black light & optic-brightener laundry detergent:

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Inspired by Rorscach Ink Blot tests, I’d hoped The Lab would’ve been attracted to my work. Oh well.

I also submitted photos to a book publishers looking for Steampunk-inspired art.

SteamRaccoon!


I bought a raccoon skull at Paxton Gate on Valencia for $10, and some watch bits I got on Etsy.com and BOOM! Behold! SteamRaccoon! I’ve yet to hear back from them too, but I’m still hoping they’ll like my work. The book is slated to come out mid 2011

Jackson and I are also still waiting on the Alternative Press Expo (APE) to respond to our application for a table. We are still going to make merch this summer, so look for a “store” link on the comic’s site!

That’s all for now. Cheers!

PS:

My newest creation: STEAMREX