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!

Simply click on the first image and it will pop to full screen and then use your arrow keys to scroll and travel through the process images! Its that easy! 

And here is the animated version of the images!

That was cool!

Thank you all so very much for checking in with the new work that I am able to put up when I have time! I am planning on turning a few of my recent pieces ( this BoneMask piece is one ) into prints you all can purchase! I will be sure to notify you when they are available!

I will also make a new post next month, ( June of 2015 ) with some of the finished images from my Titan children's book! This will help me to share some of the work and will also help to encourage me to keep a good pace on the production of the art.

Until then, my very best to all of you!

Best be to yee' me mateys!
May the winds be at your backs and friends be at your sides. Blessed be your journeys.

Derrick "Captain Dutz" Utz


  1. Yo Derrick this was awesome! Loved seeing the hardwork and the progression! Really awesome man! Inspiring yo!

    1. So sorry for the delay in replying RoKmo!!!! Thank you so much for the kind words and constant encouragement! You are awesome!

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    1. Thank you for the compliment Tbcreation! I appreciate you looking in on the work here and taking time to let me know what you thought of the article and art!!

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