Thursday, June 30, 2016

Insanity and Instagram!

Ahoy all!

How are you amazing people doing?!?! I am back with another post here on the DutzWorks blog site!

Wowee! Things have been pretty awesome crazy here lately between the home schedule adjusting because the kids are out of school and the art I am ramping up to work on during the summer. So, here I am to catch yo all up on the different projects, my new Instagram account and to drop a ton of sketches and art to entertain your ole' eyeballs! Lol!

Alrighty, here we go!!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Orc of Draenor - Process Art!!

Ahoy all!!

I hope you all are doing great! Thank you for stopping by to see what is going on here at DutzWorks!

Well, things have been pretty good here, catching up on work with the The Oatley Academy of Visual Storytelling where I staff part time and once I am more caught up I will be jumping back on my first children's book.

Until then I work on little fun sketches a few times a week and that is what brings us to this post! It is Saturday night as I write this and on Thursday I started a sketch when I had a few minutes and it grew into a really neat piece. I have been inspired lately but some art friends lately (I will post links to them below) and also with the visuals I have seen in the new trailers for the new movie, "Warcraft." Here is the trailer for your enjoyment too!

It is based on an online game that was first introduced in 1994 by Blizzard Entertainment. Newer versions/expansions of the game are now called "World of Warcraft." It has grown to be one of the world's largest online multiplayer games and is rich with creative characters, races and locations. A ton of amazing creativity and art has been poured into this world and is shows in both the work that is produced for it and by the dedication of it's players.

Well, thanks to all of this inspiration, I ended up pumping out a creature sketch for the characters called "Orcs" and after making the drawing I thought it would be a great opportunity to practice my digital painting and to make a value study in greyscale of the piece. As I drew it, in my head I kept picturing the character backlit with a strong, hazy light and atmosphere blowing past him. I also corrected the name of the piece to "The Orc of Draenor" because I found out during research that the Orcs were actually from a world with that namesake so I wanted to be more accurate. Additionally, I found out that they got to the world of Azeroth through a dimensional gateway called "The Dark Portal" so this painting of mine actually kind of works well under that context!

Alrighty! Click here and lets check out the rest of the story about this piece and see the process art, final piece and process animation!!

Click below and lets jump into the process art for 

The Orc of Draenor!!!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Legendary Werewolf Shaolin Monk art!

Ahoy all!!

This is just a quick post to share the process art for a recent piece!

There is a group/page on Facebook that I have been a big fan of for a long time. It is called "Character Design Challenge." The idea is that they post a theme and a short story for a monthly character design prompt and they offer the page up for artists to post their solutions to the challenge.

It is a great exercise and it is awesome to see what you can create when you are within the limitations of strictly the character design.

For the month December, 2015 the prompt was to design a character according to this short story from their Facebook page for the event:

The Shaolin Monk
''The temple bells toll as the monks kneel in the pillared inner sanctum and bow before the great altar of the Golden Buddha, before which sits the Abbot of Shaolin. 
This year he will reveal to his students the secrets of the ''Bak Mei 白眉 Kung Fu'', a lethal martial art style. 
Only 4 novices will handle the rigors of training this fighting style, and to them will be revealed how to use the mysterious Genk Jak Ging, known as the ''sacred power'', an explosive and ferocious martial art technique.''
We invite all artists to unleash their creativity and design their unique vision of a monk of the Shaolin Temple. Your character can be any of the Shaolin monks who will attend this event. It can be Male of Female and can also be the Abbot of Shaolin himself.
What an awesome prompt!!!

Click below and lets jump into the process art for the Shaolin Werewolf!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

CTNx 2015 Wrap Up and News!

Ahoy all of you amazing visitors!

WOW!!! What a trip!!!

I just recently returned from the trip we have been planning and it was a BLAST! I was going to do a long video for all of you to tell you about the experience of the CTNx 2015 show I attended from November 17th-22th.  I even recorded one and then tried to patch together an edit and after loosing a week trying to learn what I didn't know...I realized that I needed to cut my loss and stick to what I have time for; blogging and photos before I get back to making art!!! So, in this post I will share photos from the show, pics of friends that I met and hung out with and my art haul with everything from business cards to AMAZING prints!

Click below ( if you are on the home page ) and lets get into all of the CTNx show fun!!!

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Warrior Process Post!

Ahoy fans and visitors!

Welcome to my Process Post for my new my new digital painting, "The Warrior!"

Hello to all! Thank you so much for stopping here to check out this new process post! I have been kind of going crazy with inspiration lately so this is another piece that has jumped from the page to the tablet and then on to your screen!


I was at an event with the family one evening recently when I pulled out the sketchpad to doodle. I wanted to try to work on a few head sketches because I feel that I need to add variety to the shapes and proportions of the faces I draw. As usual, a simple sketch turns into narrative-like doodles and I ended up drawing two faces that vastly contrasted each other. I thought it would be fun to give them two character types and then use them to practice more on my digital painting. I wanted to call the duo "The Wizard & The Warrior."

In the case of the Warrior, I started with a cool pallet with deep blues and purples and want to exercise a warm pallet of red, gold and oranges as a contrast on the Wizard piece when I paint it later.

I admit, I really got carried away with excitement on this piece and kept trying to push it as practice. Then, when I thought I was comfortable with a stopping point, my oh so awesome and bold wife pointed out an area that was lacking and I really had to face it honestly. It was with the skull-shaped face painting. My wife said that the first version I had (when I was just trying to hint at the skull) was too faint and vague. I had to take a step back and admit to myself that she was right and then I went back into it and pumped up the color and shape of the skull and the whole piece is better for it! Thanks sweetie!

Click Below and lets get onward to the art!!!
Lets have some fun and watch how The Warrior was built in the layers from finished pencils to digital painting!

Monday, June 1, 2015

BoneMask Art Process!

Ahoy fans and visitors!

Welcome to my Process Post for my new piece of art, BoneMask!

Hello to all! Thank you so much for stopping here to check out this new process post! I am really excited about showing you the breakdown of this piece because it was so much fun to make!

I worked on this piece and the Podcasts Monster painting very close together in time to get the inspiration out of my system while I had it. Now that these are out for you all to enjoy, I am going to push myself to dive back into my children's book, The Tiniest Titan, so I can get it completed by September of this year!

My goal is to have it ready for a charity Kickstarter to enable me to to share the story with a wider audience based on the campaign goals. I will be narrowing down all of the details as I get closer to completing the project and will then share them with you all!


Alrighty! Onward to the details of this piece of art, BoneMask!

This piece is one that started as a sketch I dreamed up when was literally staring at shapes on a wall! Let me explain, I have recently been re-watching a comic movie from years ago that I enjoyed about Marvel's character, The Punisher.

I have always liked the use of the flat white, splattered skull in the character's design. Everything else is utilitarian about his costume and constantly changes in accordance to the task at hand. Yet, in general, the skull is a consistent character mark and to me it is a reminder of the character's resolve. Punisher is a rough, determined character and the symbol of death he carries emphasizes that ferocity.

To me, it is a great approach to design. So, staring at the wall one day I put together series of shapes and fueled by the skull inspiration, this mask illustration took shape. I sketched the line work down and thought it presented a great opportunity to exercise my digital painting to get more practice in!

I was then helped by two amazing artists I have the honor of working with from the team of The Oatley Academy, Fred Lang and AJ Nazzaro! I will link to their sites below! They helped to take the piece from cool to amazing with their suggestions of additional texture, color variation and composition. It really made a huge difference and I am immensely grateful to them for it!

Here are the links to find their great work and follow them online too!

Click Below and lets get onward to the art!!!
Lets have some fun and watch how BoneMask was built in the layers from finished pencils to digital painting!