Insanity and Instagram!

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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!!!

The Orc of Draenor - Process Art!!

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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!!!

Legendary Werewolf Shaolin Monk art!

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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!!!

CTNx 2015 Wrap Up and News!

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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!!!