Dire States: New York

When I was approached by tournament organizer Nestor Medina to design the logo for his upcoming Infinity tournament, I said “Sure thing buddy”. When he said he’d like me to paint up a bad ass model as prize support, I said “Hell yeah!” The tournament in question is Dire States: Battle for the Empire State, and the sexy ass model is Ajax the Great. So here’s a few nice pictures to stimulate your geeky little eyeballs. Enjoy!

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Here’s the logo that I designed. I figured the Empire State Building was a perfect, recognizable icon that would translate well as a patch. The tech-styled shapes in the background are inspired by the Infinity game art for hackers. I used Orbitron for the text which is used a lot throughout the Infinity rule books and art. The colors are taken from the Albany flag. Now onward to the really pretty stuff. Behold, Ajax the Great!

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I got to try out a lot of new techniques on this model. First off, I applied almost all the khaki with my airbrush. I still need a lot of practice for anticipating where the paint will come out from the gun, but the final results worked out great. This is also my first attempt at painting metals without using metallic paint. Also known as non-metalic metal (NMM), this technique is something that I’ve never been a very big fan of, but tried it here because it’s more reminiscent of the studio Infinity models. I have to admit, I really enjoyed painting the metal like this and will definitely use it more often in the future. Finally, I’ve never attached a model onto an acrylic base before, but it’s pretty straight forward. 🙂

Well, not much else to say about that folks. Hope you dig the pictures and keep those brushes wet! O_o

Voodoo Ninja in 3D!

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My good friend and fellow artist, Alex Cheparev took a character that I designed and brought it to life using Maya, a 3D modeling program. He’s been documenting and posting videos of the entire process on  his youtube channel, Crashing Maya. If you have any interest in learning how to design in 3D I highly encourage you to check out his videos and subscribe to his channel. His tutorials will really help you appreciate how much work and attention to detail go into 3D modeling. Yessir, Alex is a true wizard using evil pacts to create artificial life!

So now that Alex’s work is done, it’s my turn to jump in. Very soon I will have a 3D printed model of Voodoo Ninja for my painting pleasure. The plan is to paint this little guy and record it for my Youtube Channel. Furthermore, you can buy this model at Shapeways! That’s right ladies and gents, you can be the proud owner of you very own Voodoo Ninja model. So that’s it for news folks. Click on those links and sink some time into videos. Cheers and happy viewing!

Voodoo Ninja

Exciting things are in the works! My friend Alex Cheparev asked me to create a character for him to model in 3D for his YouTube channel. Once he’s done, we’re getting it 3D printed then I’ll paint it up for my upcoming YouTube channel. Should be pretty cool! Here’s the concept sketch and Alex’s Video. Make sure to Subscribe to his channel for all of your Maya tutorial needs!

VoodooNinja-Sketch

Voodoo Ninja Sketch

This is Voodoo Ninja. Think black magic meets Pinocchio. I wanted to create a character with a variety of textures and a little humor. Thus the wood grain on the arms, the bandages and you can’t go wrong with a big old skull head. The plan is to add ball and socket joints in the shoulders and removable pins as weapons.


Alex is already off to a great start and it’s amazing to see how quickly he can make this character come to life. I can’t wait for the final results. It’s going to look so bad ass! Thanks for reading and keep being creative. 😉