2 New Mecha Designs!

I was given permission to post some mecha designs from 2008. I actually did quite a few mecha designs last year and I will try to showcase some of my favorites here on my blog.

I'll start off with these two, which were created for Phoenix MacLeod. Phoenix let me do whatever I wanted as long as the designs had the right armaments and fit into a certain weight class.

Light mech:
Medium Mech:

I think I have come a long way since I worked on the MechWarrior 4 games. Working with MechWarrior really helped me learn how to plan for joints and allow enough space in and around the limbs for them to actually move accurately. Building Gundam model kits also helped with that.

These drawings are just concept art really. They are the first and only drawings I made for the designs so I had to work out everything as I was doing my under drawing. The deigns you see for anime and movies have been through numerous revision cycles and refined to the final version. I'm sure that these designs could be even cooler if I had the time to refine them, but that's not the way it usually works.

I have more designs to post, but I'm spacing them out into multiple posts. Check back next week for more!


4 New Scholastic Hot Wheels Books!

I recently received samples of 4 more Hot Wheels books that I illustrated last year. This time around I even got to illustrate the covers for Drag Race and Monster Trucks. Covers are always fun! I drew the fire ring for Stunt Show but the car is from a Mattel artist.

I think all 4 of these books look great... much better than the first few did. It took me a while to get my drawing chops back after making video games for so long but I'm finally back in the groove and constantly working to get even better (it only took 3 years...). Cars are so hard to draw that I had get my brain wrapped around the whole concept. Drawing the ellipses for all the wheels is a mega challenge but templates help a little.


Download the LEGO Pirates Comics!

I was just informed that you can download 4 of the Pirates comics form the official LEGO pirates web site. They are nicely formatted and ready to print.

LEGO Pirates Download Page

These downloadable comics actually include a new page for the shipwreck set that wasn't (as far as I know) included in the instruction manual. I htkn the Pirate ship comics ar ea little different too.


LEGO Exo-Force Final Story

I got an e-mail this morning asking me where to find the last two Scholastic Exo-Force books (#6 and #7). the bad news is that the Exo-Force line of toys was canceled so those two books were never printed.

I fully illustrated book #6 and you can see several of the images in a previous blog post...

Exo-Force: The Lost Images

That was the bad news. The good news is that I just went to the Exo-Force web site to look at some of the web comics and noticed there was a new one! The new comic, #39, is my eight page comic I created well over a year ago and is the very last bit of Exo-Force art I did. This comic may have been uploaded some time ago but I rarely check their site so it is news to me. I am very pleased to see the artwork get released. Here is a link to the comic...

Exo-Force web comic: Jungle Mission

I hope this helps resolve some of the questions people have about what happened to Sensei and the rest of the team. I have no idea what was supposed to happen after this, but I am definitely curious about the secrets hidden in the jungle!


LEGO Clone Wars Comic... Is Coming!

Anyone watching the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series on Cartoon Network? Of course you are!!! The LEGO Clone Wars sets are awesome and I recently got to assemble the Twilight set. The Twilight is the main ship that Anakin and Ahsoka fly in the new series as they encounter different aliens and have adventures.

This set was ALL gray and was pretty hard to put together because I couldn't tell which parts were which. It took me about 5 hours to finish it. The set is large as well. Here's a pic of all the pieces before I started. Christmas cookies sold separately...

... and here is the Twilight completed.
... and here is the Twilight in a new comic that will be out in the first LEGO Club Magazine of 2009!I am really excited about this comic. I hope you like it because there's more in the works and it is shaping up to be a fun humorous adventure. This Star Wars stuff is hard to draw and the review process is meticulous so I have to make sure the designs and everything else are spot on.

Happy 2009 and may the force be with you!