Friday, October 26, 2007

Illustration Friday: "Trick or Treat"

Beowulf fights Grendel by Justin Gerard

I'm posting this "Trick or Treat" on behalf of the studio where I work. The above work was created by Justin Gerard, Portland Studios.

Beowulf, book one: Grendel the Ghastly is our studio's first foray into the publishing world.

Presenting Justin's vision of the world of Beowulf.

And the fantastic, fantastic site our in-house geniuses over the wall next to me made from scratch.

Pre-order the book if you love it-- release date is November 15!

Visit below to explore the book and see more artwork:


We're having an contest!
I'm told that if you enter my initials ( CG ) in the Portland Studios store and buy the Beowulf book you get 5% off the cost (and I get a point)

We're having a little in-house contest of sales. I've also heard there's going to be a prize for the most non-employee sales/contacts... I'll pass on info as I learn it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

work environment

Anyone want to see photography of the interior of Portland Studios? Who wouldn't.

monster, notes

More notes (music notes?) from the regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting.

Friday, October 19, 2007


It has fallen to me to create the first of (hopefully, if this is successful) many seasonal t-shirts for Portland Studios.

The next available holiday being Thanksgiving (not enough time for Halloween, unfortunately. The possibilities for cool shirts for that holiday are simply staggering...)

I love Thanksgiving. I hope you do too.


The Spirit of Thanksgiving.

She resembles something of Demeter. You may read more about her here.


My thanks to you all who voted. I have recieved an email from I.F.

Below is a real, live portion of an email:

"Congratulations! Your entry is in the top 25 of voted entries, and we can't wait to show off your work!"

What is this for? Glad you asked. Here.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

stringed instrumnet

Above, notes during a recent meeting.

And for anyone who ever believed my hair has never been long here is proof to the contrary. This was many months ago.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

More Painter X

Still trying to make sense of this mess called Painter. It's like it doesn't want to obey until I've struggled for about 20 minutes. Then it kicks in.

Sandbox animation test

Messing with simple animations. The possibilites for a patient person as staggering.

Click on the sandbox below to see it move.

This is an old drawing I did to entertain myself during class in school. I always liked the idea.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Illustration Friday: "Extremes"

Extremes? Maybe. Painter and Photoshop may not be at the extreme either end of the spectrum, but they are different. And I get very different results. The results themselves being extreme. There, how's that.


Painter is a completely different animal than Photoshop I have found. The brush effects are really cool. I used Painter a few times, a couple years ago. Here's to wishing I had stuck with it.

At the time I had a vague idea that I would need to know Painter. Alas. Lazy youth it would seem.

The above reworked in Photoshop.


For all you I.F.-ers, you can still vote for me (if you are so inclined) for the Illustration Friday gallery show, because,

Hurrah! I was mistaken, You may vote until the 19th of October!

Oh boy! How fun. My entry with links to the voting:

Thank you.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

"That thing's operational!"

Behold! The BEOWULF, book one: GRENDEL THE GHASTLY website!
Our studio's first foray into the publishing world. Justin Gerard's vision of the world of Beowulf. Beats the pants off that Zemeckis.