The Battle Begins

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve been hard at work on a brand new portfolio that’s catered completely to visual development and design. My project is going to be an “Art Of” book based on a Japanese folk tale I read recently called ” The Boy Who Drew Cats”. As the title implies, the story involves quite a lot of cats, which means that most of my sketchbook at this point is all cat drawings.

Next time I'll post some scans of my sketchbook just to show how many cats I've been drawing.

Next time I’ll post some scans of my sketchbook just to show how many cats I’ve been drawing.

More or less, the story is about a boy who draws cats and his drawings come to life to protect him from giant Goblin-Rat. (Here’s a link to the story if you’d like to read it:http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/books/japan/hearn/boydrewcats.html).

In addition to working on designs for the characters and environments, I’ve been working on some illustrations just to get a sense of color/texture/etc. that I’ll be using. The following illustration is just a test, though I think it’s more or less going to be the sort of style I’ll be going for. I’m finding that the trickiest thing so far is to settle on an art style as I find my drawing style is changing a lot on a daily basis. Consistency is key so I’m definitely working on that at the moment.

Battle Cat (tentative name) is scoping out the temple, trying to prepare for the Goblin Rat's arrival.

Battle Cat (tentative name) is scoping out the temple, trying to prepare for the Goblin Rat’s arrival.

This past weekend I was working with my gouache set and doing a few color tests for environments, in addition to a lot of character design sketches. I’m having a ton of fun working on designs for the Goblin rat! This is a big process, but I’m really optimistic about it. I’m definitely going to make it a point to include some scans of some of my designs next post.

Taking a Walk On The Dark Side

I’ve been having busy times lately, with a lot of contest submissions I’ve been working on. One such contest I just finished creating a submission for was a t-shirt design contest for WeLoveFine. The theme? Star Wars & the Dark Side. Instantly I thought of mixing Russian Constructivist poster design with Darth Vader and his troopers. I almost didn’t finish my submission because I kept encountering a lot of spinning color wheels of doom ( there was a lot to process). It was stressful times.

Aside from my close call, I did get to submit my design, so below is my creation!I’ll be notified if my design is accepted for voting, and then the voting process for the shirts begins March 26th until April 16th. I’ll post a link to my design if you’d like to vote for it!

Here’s what I made:

Russian Constructivist Design & Star Wars: some of my favorite things.

Russian Constructivist Design & Star Wars: some of my favorite things.

Here’s the shirt sample I submitted as well:

Rosales Dark Side Design Banner Rosales-Join the Dark Side Design

So there’s that!  As always, I’m looking forward to sharing my next artistic adventure here, and I will update on voting for this design. 😀

Speaking of t-shirt design contests, there is still time to vote for my Gravity Falls T-shirt design I submitted a while ago. Here’s what my design was:

Forward Aoshima!

Voting for WeLoveFine’s Gravity Falls T-shirt design contest ends March 19th, so please vote if you haven’t done so already! It certainly means a great deal to me and I want to thank you for your support and time. Here’s the link to vote for my design.

Thanks, and may the force be with you.