Monday, December 14, 2015

The Nutcracker

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season! With Christmas fast approaching I had another one of the games I've been working on released this week. This was a theme based on the Nutcracker ballet and I thought I'd really enjoy working on it. But I found it's really tough to create a Christmas game when you're celebrating Halloween at the same time. Haha! I was in the mood for ghouls and goblins and here I was trying to rustle up some Christmas magic at the same time. Haha! Hopefully some of that came through and the images help get you excited for what's to come as December rolls on. :) Merry Christmas! :D

- Ryan

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rebel Yell - Chewbacca

Happy Star Wars Battlefront Day! Here's a little drawing of Chewie to celebrate the occasion. Happy hunting and may the force be with you! Haha!
- Ryan

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Goldfish Merchant

I've been taking more time lately in the evenings to do studies and sketch more. And I've even been trying to finish up old pieces I've started and left abandoned. This is another one of those that I've saved from the scrap heap! Haha! If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen the rough sketch and the start of my rendering on this guy. If not then I'll post those below.

There was something fun and charming to me about the sketch. I really hoped I'd set aside some time to render it up a bit further. It actually only took me a couple hours to wrap up the render from where I left off. If you're interested you can even check out the time-lapse video I made of me rendering the rest of this guy out. I've posted it up on YouTube. I'm new to this "record while I make art" thing but it is a lot of fun and I love watching the image unfold as the process is sped up before my very eyes! Haha! I definitely would like to do more. Let me know what you think! And sorry for the vertical presentation. :) I'm still figuring this whole thing out.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy the update! As always you can follow me in all sorts of places on social media. Just check the links at the top of the blog! Thanks for checking out my art! Take care!
- Ryan

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Wilbur and his Cheese

Wilbur loves snacking on his favorite cheese after a long day at the Woodland Bank. smile emoticonI've been meaning to finish this scribble for a long time. Finally did so last night. Hope you guys like him!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Happy Halloween! I love this time of the year. The leaves are changing colors and it's once again been deemed socially acceptable to draw pictures of monsters all month! Haha! Last year I created a "Frankenstein" slot game for my employer's House of Fun app. The game was a lot of fun to make and when the idea came up for a sequel featuring Frank's bride I couldn't pass it up. So I'm proud to present to you... *lightning strikes*... FRANKENBRIDE! Hahaha! ;)

It's not very often in a slot game that you're able to create a sequel that brings back old characters. Let alone a slot game where you can inject a little bit of narrative. I thought if we were going to have a Bride of Frankenstein game we should really push some wedding elements into the theme. And it's a great opportunity to give our familiar characters a touch of humor as well! Dr. Frankenstein is now giving a best man speech, Igor is the adorable ring bearer and Frank is all dressed up and ready to say, "IIII...DOOOO." :D The new character is a priest who isn't quite sure what he's just gotten himself into. Haha.

Above you'll see some final artwork from the game as well as a couple shots where I was exploring the initial sketches for the character designs. I'm pretty proud of this one! I really hope players will enjoy it as well. And even if you're not a slot player I still hope you enjoy the artwork! 

Thanks for stopping in! Have a great Halloween and don't gorge yourself on too much candy! :P

- Ryan

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Yoda and Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Holy smokes! That trailer! My excitement for this movie is off the charts. I even locked in my tickets for the Thursday night premier at my local theater. Can't wait! Haha! In the spirit of Inktober I posted a little ink sketch I made of Yoda recently on my Instagram page. He probably won't be found in the new movie but hopefully the ghost of that rascal shoes up somewhere as the series continues. :)

Also... If any of you Star Wars fans have an iPhone 6 Plus (or a phone with a similar resolution: 1242 x 2208) you can download this wallpaper I put together quickly today.
I found that the original movie poster art didn't fit very well on my phone so I modified it and added some colored star field effects in the corners. :P Super nerd. It was easy and fast to do and it now looks pretty great on my phone. Haha!
You're welcome. :P And may the force be with you!
- Ryan

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Despicable Wolf

My new game "Despicable Wolf" released today on the Slotomania Facebook app! This is the second game I created for the team over there and I had a blast working on it for them. Designing the Big Bad Wolf was a ton of fun! I hope you guys enjoy the art! And if you're fond of slot games please head on over to Slotomania and give the reels a spin! It's currently open to all players but that won't last long.
And a quick shoutout to all of my fellow artists out there... We are looking to hire more artists. So if you think this looks like something you'd like to work on and you've got the chops feel free to drop me a line!

I'm sorry the updates have been slow going here on the blog. I am sitting on a ton of artwork that I need to post. So stay tuned our keep up with me more regularly on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! Links are at the top!

Thanks everyone!

- Ryan

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hey! Bird! Bugger off!

I feel like I must be the king of these "I swear I'm not dead" posts. :D I've been busy with work, slaving away making slot games for our grandparents to play. I do have stacks of drawings and sketches that I need to scan in and update here. And I've even had games release in recent months that I'd love to share the artwork with you when I get a chance. Like I've said before, I do tend to stay more on top of my posting on Instagram. So if you want to follow me there you'll see that I'm not completely terrible at posting art online. Haha!

That said, what you get here is a troll drawing that I finished of last night. I went to a local drink and draw and that's where this guy's life began. I liked him enough that I thought I should flesh out the drawing a bit more. I had a lot of fun spending time with him even if he isn't much for socializing. :P Hope you enjoy the scribble. 

Until next time go forth and be awesome!

- Ryan

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ron Swanson

If I could title this piece it'd be "All the bacon and eggs that you have." :) My wife and I are big fans of the TV show "Parks and Rec" and we've been enjoying this final season a lot. There are so many amazing characters on the show but Ron easily takes the cake as my favorite. I was sketching the other night and I really liked this portrait of him that I scribbled. And even though I haven't had a lot of time for personal work lately I had to try and throw some paint at it. I guess it's my way of saying thank you for seven great seasons of laughs. I know we will miss hanging out with these characters every week in my house. *tear

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm sure I'll be dumping a bunch of sketches on here again soon. But until then you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram and what not. I post to those things a bit more frequently. I'm also thinking about moving this whole blog thing to Tumblr but I don't know if I'm brave enough for that just yet. Go forth and continue to be awesome! Take care.

- Ryan

Monday, January 05, 2015

Tiki Time

Happy New Year! Hopefully this fresh start will bring with it more time for personal artwork. Until then I have more art from my day job to share.

Another one of my games released this past week. I had a ton of fun working on this one. Just tried to make a clear and easy to understand game that was bold and colorful.

Thanks for dropping by to check out my scribbles. I hope you all had great holiday season!

- Ryan

Note: All images in this post are Copyright CIE