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Summer Catchup

Oh, hey. I haven’t posted since May?
I guess… summer happened?

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For my own purposes, I spent an inordinate amount of time tonight compiling ALL of my Riak work (well, all of it that’s currently on my computer). Thought it would be interesting to share. I think having it all in once place where I can quickly glance at it will help me keep all of my thoughts together, and help me see what I need to work on…. like more environment stuff. >.>



From the Mud to the Stars

Felt like trying something new. I haven’t done any proper experimentation in quite awhile. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you can explore new techniques digitally too.

Cliff Test

Oh, um, also this. >.>


June Art Dump

Been doing a ton of drawing lately. And most of it in an actual sketchbook. Feels good. Most of it’s too sketchy for public consumption, but here’s a small sampling:

Brush and ink tests:IMG_7351-2




Also, the start of something a little bit different for me- trying to do a really detailed landscape. Actually finding it quite fun.. it reminds me of walking around in Skyrim, except that I’m drawing all the details instead of discovering them. :)



Bros and Necromancers

Some sketches. I drew men! And a dog! Because I’m a well-rounded multi-faceted artist, dammit!

sketches 4-2-14


Also, some incredibly rough concepts for a necromancer character I’m working on. Planning on taking this to zbrush in an attempt to re-learn how to use it, because putting it off longer sure isn’t going to help.

Lier Concepts 1

Underwater Polkadots

In-progress work, as well as some quick sketches.

Mark Underwater 9 1


Figures 3-14-14


sketches 3-22-14

Water Follows Me Around

Couple things today.
One, I’ve been working on a  sort of pdf.. guide? (Overview? I’m not sure what to call it) of Riak. I’ve always meant to put it into some  form that would allow for more explanation of the world as a whole, and sort of bring together all these myriad sketches and concepts I’ve done for it, without the flux and potential formatting ugliness of an art bible. This isn’t meant to be the first page, it’s just the first one I’ve done. I haven’t gotten much further because I’m currently having one of those artistic seizures where I realize that some of my ideas are similar to existing ideas, and then I spiral into a pit of artistic and personal self doubt. But you know, every idea could be correlated to plenty of other ideas, and that does not mean that their existence isn’t worthwhile. Plus this is just for me anyway…. I’m getting carried away.

Riak Guide - The Flood


Also, a little preview of a commission I’m working on (and having a lot of fun with):

Mark Underwater  crop

The Why

I don’t tend to do alot of talking on this blog, so I thought I’d change it up a bit tonight and share something I wrote a couple months back when I was soul-searching in class one day near the end of my time at school. I could talk about why I make art all day, probably…there are a million reasons in me for this expression of my existence. But this is just one. It is, you could say, my “why.”

I want to change the world.
I believe that those who follow their own passions with devotion are those who can shake this world most prominently, and so I choose to enact my change, maybe subtle, maybe large, through art. I am in love with the world, and I see this love realized when my brush meets canvas. When I paint, the colours flow and overlap, textures meet each other in this impossible perfect dance of contrast, light blooms and shadows fall… I am writing a love letter to the world.
I am so in love with the world, and I want to save it. I don’t know if I can. I am small, but I have this crazy idea that I can help. Painting brings out the humanity in me, something that I believe games can do too. There is so much hate in the world, so much apathy, so much disregard. So many voices being silenced. So much fear and defensiveness. So much that covers the greatest part of our humanity, dulls it, dilutes it, mars it. But it’s still there, and I want to help bring it out of the world, expose it and make it shine. I want to make games that make people feel, laugh, love, cry. Games that help people understand. Games that help me understand. I want to make games that will make people fall in love with the world, with life, with others, with themselves. I want to make games that will just maybe make some tiny dent in some person’s life, that maybe someday we can all save the world together.


I know. It’s kind of lofty. Maybe it’s silly. Lots of people think that games are just shooting and rage and toxic communities and people yelling at eachother. Sometimes they are. But there’s space for something greater than that too. You know?