Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Hound

Decided to do a wind down sketch tonight after work. I've been listening to the season three soundtrack all week and I'd been itching to draw him. :) So you get two posts in one week. Maybe we're starting a trend?!

- Ryan

Monday, April 07, 2014

Arya Stark

I had to get this out of my system after last night's amazing premier episode! I'm so glad "Game of Thrones" is back! I hope you like my take on Arya. :D

I figured I should probably include a small life update as I've taken a new job and moved from Chicago to St. Louis, my hometown. Things have been pretty crazy as of late but I'm anxious to get back to posting more as things continue to settle down. So stay tuned!

- Ryan

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine's Day

I know I'm a day late but I wanted to give my friend the time to give his Valentine's Day gift to his special lady. He commissioned me to create a caricature of him and his girlfriend. I've actually never done this before but I thought my stab at it went pretty well. I wasn't going to go for a rendered look at first but I found it actually easier to paint it then to lay in flats. Go figure.

I've also tossed in a creepy cupid sketch above just for good measure. :) I hope all of you had a great holiday regardless! See ya next week and keep being awesome!

- Ryan

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Scarecrow, Ogre and What?!

A light post this week but an update nonetheless! I started off the week pretty strong, drawing quite a bit. But as the week wore on the kiddo and I developed some pretty nasty colds that we're still recovering from. The drawing slowed as my wife and I took care of her and crashed in front of the TV as soon as we'd get her to bed. Parenthood. :) I hope you enjoy the post regardless! Thanks for stopping in! Sorry for the creepy guy at the end. I'm not sure where those sorts of things come from!

- Ryan

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Happy New Year Sketch Dump!

I'll admit it. Ever since the PS4 came out I've been a gaming machine and have been totally slacking on personal art. I did manage a few random scribbles that I've pulled together for this post. I was hoping for a post I could be more proud of to kick off 2014 but this will have to do! Ha! Gotta get the ball rolling again!

Thanks to those of you who have been sticking by and wondering if I've been dead! Ha! I'm always on Twitter (@ryanbowlin) and of course there's my Facebook page. If you're looking for a return of regular blog updates I'm going to shoot for an update every weekend. Hopefully every Friday. So stay tuned!

- Ryan

Things I'm loving lately:

Ni No Kuni - It took me a year but I finally finished the main quest line. This wasn't just my favorite game of last year but probably one of my favorites of all time. Great art, sound, gameplay. It hit all the right notes for me. And walking around in a Ghibli movie is a dream come true! I'll continue to go back to it to grind out the side quests.

PS4/PSN - I loved my Xbox 360 last generation. But I recently upgraded my PS3 hard drive to 1tb, signed up for PS+ and haven't looked back. All of the free stuff they're dropping on us is ridiculous! It's also thrusting me into wanting all of my game content to be digital. I'll have to upgrade that PS4 drive as well for that though because games are huge. Loving 1080p gaming... finally.

Brush Pens - Ever since INKtober I've been enjoying my brush pen more and more. There's something really awesome about the loose, crude yet finished looking quality you can get from them. And it keeps me from getting the "render bug."

Friday, November 01, 2013

User Interface Concept - Fake Game

A few months ago I took a stab at creating a simple, fake video game interface after an potential freelance client inquired about my abilities. I took an evening to quickly design it and then another evening to animate this brief video in order to show how it might work. I love illustrating the most but this is often the sort of stuff that helps to get the bills paid for me.

If you're struggling with making a living with your illustrative work alone then I always encourage you to branch out and try other areas of development as well. You can learn a lot and it can help make you a more valuable asset to others! Hope you like it!

- Ryan

Thursday, October 31, 2013

INKtober Monster # 22 - Mr. Abyssal

Three Physical Characteristics:
- Giant Octopus
- With bat like wings
- Jewelry made from human skulls and bones

"A monster from the deep that wishes he was Cthulhu. He has to satisfy himself with eating ships instead." - Josh Bouscher

Original Ink Drawing FOR SALE - $20 Shipped (Contact for Purchase)

*My apologies to Josh. I drew this guy and was away from my list and did this one from memory. So he's missing his bat wings. Or maybe they're hiding, folded behind his back. :D

Well, I'm nine days behind and INKtober is drawing to a close today. But that's alright! I'm quite proud of all of the monsters I've made with you guys so far! And I'm going to try my best to finish up my last drawings post October. They're too much fun to not finish off the set. Only I think I'll be designing the remaining monsters myself! I have a few ideas kicking around that I'd like to try!

Thanks a lot to everyone who contributed monster designs and helped me keep these going! It was a lot of work but worth every bit of effort. Visitors from out of town and my whole family getting sick really knocked me off my target. But I hope you'll be looking forward to seeing me finish these off over the next week or two.

Thanks for supporting my work and I hope you had a great Halloween! Take care!

- Ryan