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!


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. 😉


Hey there my friends! So much time has passed since my last post, but it’s been well spent. Over the last couple of months I’ve been busy with freelance, martial arts training, painting a lot of models and playing even more games. Most importantly though, I started taking a class in 3D animation! It’s taken some adjusting to balance my busy schedule but I’m getting into a groove again so expect to see more frequent posts really soon. In the mean time, wanna see a picture of what I’ve been working on in class? Of course you do!


Stormtrooper Mighty Mugg

Our instructor asked everyone in class to start with something simple (like a toy) to animate. I chose a Stormtrooper Mighty Mugg by Hasbro. These toys are cute as hell and I figured it would be a pretty fun and easy character to create. Well it’s definitely been fun but man was I wrong about it being easy. Apparently 3D design takes time, a lot of time, but as you can see the results are worth it. I just need to practice more and the speed will come later. As a side note, eventually I want to design my own line of miniatures, but that’s a story for another post. 😉

Huge thanks to my homie Alex Cheparev for teaching a great class and for putting up with my constant questions. If you’re interested in taking a course in 3D animation and live near New York, you need to sign up for Alex’s classes at the School of Visual Arts. Otherwise, take a look at his Youtube channel HERE. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a stormtrooper to animate.


DancinDave-SFCGreetings! For awhile now I’ve been playing, collecting, and painting a lot for Infinity by Corvus Belli. I’ve even created some illustrations inspired by some of their amazing characters. One of my designs was printed on a t-shirt and Carlos Lorenzo (Concept & Graphic Designer for Corvus Belli) wore it during an interview! I was pretty stoked and thought I’d share the video with y’all. Warning to those that are not into tabletop gaming, this video might get boring. But there’s a bunch of cool concept art in it, and of course, my art. Woot! 😀

Watch here and enjoy!

If you’re interested in getting any cool Scarface and Cordelia merch, click here! All proceeds go to help support MayaCast Podcast.

Obi Fun Shinobi

Recently I started working on an illustration project with a few of my friends. The premise is one of us in the group comes up with a character name and then all us interpret the name into an illustration. Here’s my first drawing and some work in progress photos as well. Enjoy!

Scan 91

For Obi Fun Shinobi I wanted to create a ninja version of the legendary Jedi we all know and love. Here’s my first concept sketch that I quickly drew up on some tracing paper and a Sharpie.


I scanned the sketch into Photoshop and changed the line art to light blue. Then printed it and drew directly onto the printout to further flesh out the figure and armor.


Next up, shading. I love this part! I’m a big fan of heavy shadows and strong use of black. At, this point I noticed that Obi’s right leg was a little off so I later fixed that on the computer. Time for color!


Here’s my first color comp, done on Adobe Illustrator. I like coloring on AI. Although it’s not as fancy as Photoshop there’s something about it I really enjoy.


And Here’s the final version. Shiny! 😀

Shameless Plug

Great news folks! I won that drawing contest I entered for the Infinity O-12 podcast. Wahoo! Thanks to Kip & Tom and everyone else at the O-12 for putting this whole thing together. Soon I’ll have a brand new Corregidor boxed set in my little mitts!



But wait there’s more!. They want to put my design on a T-shirt. Hell yeah! We’re all really psyched about this. It’s going to be a single run and they need at least 36 preorders by August 11th to make this happen. Hope you guys dig the design and order one for everyday of the week. 😉

Go visit their Facebook page for order info. Here’s the linky.

David M.

Dabble With a Doodle

The Infinity O-12 podcast announced a drawing contest on episode 17. Contestants were to submit a 2D, Infinity themed piece of art by July 21st. So, despite my self-conscious nature when it comes to my illustrations I decided to send something in.

Scarface and Cordelia Copyright 2012 Corvus Belli

Scarface and Cordelia
Copyright 2012 Corvus Belli

I definitely wanted to draw a female and the Infinity universe is filled with iconic heroines. However, the typical scantily clad, sexy chick wasn’t what I had in mind. I decided to go with Scarface and Cordelia as my subjects. Cordelia is a beautifully designed character with a playful look that goes well with my art style. Not only that, but her homie Scarface is also an amazing looking model. He’s got all the essential elements needed for a classic, bad-ass looking TAG (Tactical Armoured Gear). After a quick search online I found this great reference of the original concept art.


Sketch- Sharpie Marker

After a couple shitty sketches on my iPad and scrap paper I finally went with this basic concept. Scarface carrying Cordelia like a bebe and her looking all cute and optimistic (and who wouldn’t be with that walking tank behind them).


Final Inked- Sharpie and Pigma Micron Pen

At first, I was having a really hard time doing the final inking because I was focusing too much on making the characters totally accurate to the original design. Once I gave my self permission to tweak them a bit it was a lot easier to relax and enjoy the drawing.


Scarface and Cordelia, David Montalvan

Once I was done with the inking I scanned it onto my computer and colored it up using Adobe Illustrator. I’ve gotta admit that I’m really happy with the final result. Of course they’re a few things I’d change, but that’s the awesome thing about drawing, you take what you learn form one piece and apply it to the next. Always getting a little better with each illustration.

So now it’s up to the public to decide who will win the free boxed set prize and bragging rights. Go to the Infinity O-12 Facebook page and vote for your favorite Illustration. You can “Like” as many  entries as you wish (hopefully mine). Check it out and thanks for voting. 🙂

Switching It Up

I mentioned last week that I’m in a model painting funk. So I’m taking a break from all that and working on some traditional paintings. This project started with me randomly texting my family, “What’s your favorite color and animal? Give me a noun (person, place, thing or idea).”

Once I got all their replies I got to sketching up some ideas using the words they picked. I decided to use 4″x4″ textured MDF board for these paintings because I know my painting ADD wouldn’t be able to handle anything larger. I’m also using  model painting acrylics since I already have them. Here’s what I’ve done so far.


Domo and the Elephant

This painting  is for my niece. She’s a huge fan of elephants, Domo and the color purple. I haven’t done a traditional painting in a long time and it was really nice to work on a 2D piece of my own design. Sometimes painting miniatures can feel like coloring in a coloring book. Projects like these are great for getting the creativity going. Especially when you’re stuck in a rut like I’ve been lately.


Monkey Around

I’m a children’s wear artist by day, so I get to draw a lot of monkeys. They have to be very cute, round, and kinda dumb looking. So when my other niece said monkey, blue, and food I was pretty excited to work on a monkey in my own style. This guy is goofy and lanky, the way a monkey should look. I was tempted to give him a fig leaf on to cover his fruits but opted for the hairy bush instead. 😛

I’ve still got a few more paintings to finish for the rest of the fam and I’ll post them  later. Also, not all is lost for my miniature painting. Last week I bought the latest expansion set for Super Dungeon Explore. The models are adorable! I’ve been prepping them all weekend and should be posting some work in progress pics really soon. So stay tuned!