Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spooky Slots


In the spirit of Halloween I thought I'd update my blog showcasing some of the work I completed earlier this year at my day job. It's no secret that I've been working in the slot games industry for the last four years or so. It may not seem as glamorous as video games but it does give the opportunity to illustrate a lot. And for that I really love it.

A few months ago a game I worked on was released to the public called Frankenstein Rising. I really had a great time working on it and am pretty proud of how it all came together. As the primary artist on the game I created all of the illustrations, backgrounds and interface elements. I'll post a few of the images from the game below. 




Another game that had the pleasure of working one recently was called Gorilla King 2. Not quite as spooky but I figured I'd toss this update on the blog as well. You'll notice that I tend to paint loosely on some of these mostly because they scale down and look so good smaller. But also because our deadlines on these games are so tight. I try to keep everything as tight as possible but I tend to focus most of my polish and rendering on the symbols that will be used for marketing and such.




I hope you guys have like the little update on some of the things I've had my hands in from day to day. I've been pretty busy with my day job but hope I'll get better about making art just for me as the fall months roll on. Thanks for stopping in. And as always you can follow/reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter and any other number of places that I link to at the top of the blog. :D

- Ryan

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sketch Dump

It's been a long time coming. This is what happens when you don't update your blog on a regular basis! You're stuck with a bunch of images to scan and put together for a post. It took me some time but I finally managed to knock it out!

You'll notice I'm playing around a lot and being super loose with stuff. I've been kind of rediscovering why I love to draw. When I'm not rendering away on work stuff I've been trying to really get back to having fun again. Just drawing to decompress and explore with no serious concerns in regards to how things turn out. It's been a good time for me and I'm excited to see where drawing without expectations takes me! It's kinda like getting into a time machine and figuring out why I started scribbling in the first place. :)

I really hope you guys enjoy seeing some of my scraps from the last few months. I'll try to fall back into the groove of updating every weekend again. I need people to hold me accountable! Ha! Thanks for stopping by and for supporting my doodles!

- Ryan




























Sunday, July 13, 2014

Traversing the Desert


A WILD WARRIOR APPROACHES! :D Another digital watercolor/gauche painting of one of my recent warrior brush pen sketches. Still exploring this workflow but there are some things about it that I really like. Looking forward to doing more of these! Hope you had a great weekend!

- Ryan

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Need Art?


Hey friends! I'm trying a bit of an experiment by starting an Etsy shop and posting some of my ORIGINAL drawings up online FOR SALE. You can head to the shop via the link below!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ryanbowlin

I'll slowly be adding more pieces as time goes on. But if you're ever interested in a particular piece that isn't listed don't hesitate to drop me a line and ask about it!

As always thanks for supporting my artwork and please share with your friends!


- Ryan

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

ORCS!



I did a digital watercolor painting over one of my recent sketches tonight. I recently came across Kyle Webster's brush sets and have been having fun exploring with them. The watercolor set is especially fun for sketchy, loose painting. You should totally check out his stuff if you're in the market for some new Photoshop art tools. :)

- Ryan

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Adventure Awaits!


I'm still throwing awkward glances at the stack of sketches and drawings next to my desk. Scanning is such a chore and I need to carve out a nice block of time to start getting the drawings in. So instead of a sketchbook dump you'll get a sketch I did recently that I quickly threw some colors at. I've been really exploring styles and trying to figure out how I naturally love to draw like. It's been a lot of fun to just explore and let my heart kinda guide me. There's something about this guy that I'm quite fond of. I hope you like him as well.

Thanks for stopping in and if you get a minute kick me in the butt in the comments to get those other pages scanned! :)

- Ryan

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Undead: Dwarven Warrior - WIP






A friend of mine was getting a tattoo this week and it go me thinking about what a cool design might be. I had this image of a warrior like dwarf corpse pop in my head and was certain I'd seen the image before. I dug and dug through the bowels of the internet and turned up nothing. So I tried to scribble out the idea I had in my head just for the fun of it.

I really liked the design and thought I'd try and take it a step further. I normally work in brush pen but I was lazy and didn't want to print it out, transfer the drawing and all that stuff. So I tried inking in Manga Studio again on my Cintiq. It was only the second or third time and this was the first time I'd ever done anything really serious with it. I was actually really happy with the results I got out of it! And I've had a good response from other people regarding the image as well!

I've finished the inks for the most part. I still need to refine it in some places and figure out what I'm doing with the background (it's just a big black splotch right now) but overall it's done. I've also started roughing out some color palettes for it as well. I have a couple directions that I feel pretty solid about now. Now I just need to execute on the final colors and we're good to go!

Stay tuned for the final images! I'll also be looking into getting these guys on a shirt or perhaps make some prints. I'm also considering making this a series and moving on a wizard next! Maybe I'll do three or four total. So stay tuned! Ha! Hope you like him!

- Ryan