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02 February 2008, 11:29 PM
I started this idea on working on these sort of urban sketchy illustrations that just evolve as i draw them. No real planning or layout: i just sort of make em up as I go along. Not the ideal way to work but kind of fun and liberating as an exercise in spontaneity.
Will post future illustrations as i go on this thread. Feel free to add your own stuff that is along these lines if you like.

02 February 2008, 11:33 PM latest piece

02 February 2008, 10:25 AM
I love the reeking spontaneity in these pictures. Very simple yet stylish. Luv em, make more =)

02 February 2008, 01:52 PM
those are cool, nice work

02 February 2008, 06:29 PM
Agreed, very cool stuff. Refreshing subject matter too :)

03 March 2008, 10:59 PM
Thanks for the kind words, folks!

Here's the latest. The Rabbit is back gain...

03 March 2008, 01:30 AM
Great style, love the bunny suit wearing machine gunners! Spontaneous drawing is very refreshing, glad your having fun with it.

03 March 2008, 03:39 AM
haha yeah i like. keep it up

03 March 2008, 08:59 PM
hey .... i loved your style!
very funny and strong

03 March 2008, 03:44 AM
Thanks heaps for the kind comments folks!

Here's Rabbit's nemesis - Bear...

03 March 2008, 09:40 PM
One of my first ever attemepts at drawing a car. Based this concept on what i had seen of the new ford falcon at the Melbourne Motor show. I visualised this concept as idea for a two door competitor to Holdens e- series or monaroOne of my first ever attemepts at drawing a car. Based this concept on what i had seen of the new ford falcon at the Melbourne Motor show. I visualised this concept as idea for a two door competitor to Holdens e- series or monaro

03 March 2008, 03:23 AM
not bad... not sure if I dig the tires cutting off but the rest is awesome.

03 March 2008, 09:29 AM
I really like the style! Good job!

03 March 2008, 09:55 PM
Here's another car concept.

Figure i might start a new thread for the car concepts as they are not exctly in line with what i started doing on this thread. Will keep this thread for the more spontaneous sketchs.

03 March 2008, 06:48 AM
This was a custom munny urban vinyl i did for the contest. It won an honorable mention which got me a voucher and another blank munny to customise. Was a whole lot of fun and i thought it fitted with the thread theme.

03 March 2008, 08:46 PM
My latest scribble. Indulging my love for characters with pot bellies and gasmasks. I've got no idea why i like that combination :)

03 March 2008, 08:51 PM
My latest little scribble. Sort of robot/trooper sort of dude.

03 March 2008, 10:11 PM
Wow, that character kicks ass, I can totally see him in a video game!!

Awesome job man!!

03 March 2008, 10:37 PM
Not really in line with my previous sketchs but i had a bit of fun waking myself up before work. Gets me ready for a day full of meetings... :)

03 March 2008, 03:48 AM
sorry if this one takes a while but its an animatic of how i went about working this character up.

Sorry for the larger file size

03 March 2008, 12:00 PM
very cool style .I like it .
and I like doodle very much,too.
It's very interesting.

04 April 2008, 04:18 PM
very cool style redfrog, give us an update! :thumbsup:

04 April 2008, 06:57 AM
thanks for the kind words, folks!

Jpedro - looked at you thread the other day. Wow has you stuff come along in leaps and bounds. You must be on the drawing steroids these days! :) Very awesome stuff!

Here's my latest little sketch. Knocked it over before work one morning.

04 April 2008, 09:57 PM
another speedy before work...

this gunfighter is older than clint eastwood.
I think i'll call him bones westwood.

04 April 2008, 07:42 AM
This is a really quick sketch that i then refined for my girlfriend.

04 April 2008, 10:04 AM
Kick ass style. Nice work.


04 April 2008, 12:28 PM
Dude.. you have a really unique style too.. I worth that so much.. cuz every day be more and more peoples doing the same..!!!

congratulations and keep so high your work..!!

04 April 2008, 01:10 PM
Wow some really cool ideas in here, great designs

04 April 2008, 07:14 AM
Thanks heaps for the kind comments folks.
Always very satisfying to get such positive comments
from such talented artists as yourselves!

Here's my latest. It was a sketch i did ages ago and went back and reworked
as i always kinda liked it.

04 April 2008, 07:30 AM
Yeah, I see why you like it, the newer one looks badass!

How'd you come up with your unique style? Is it totally random or do you try to be consistent each time?

Also, about how long does it take you to complete a piece?

04 April 2008, 10:31 AM
exStatic1 - thanks for the kind words. As a rough guide to time taken, the left hand side version was done as a 30 minute sketch. I then spent and addition 1 1/2 hours (maybe a bit less) to get it to the right hand side version. Approx 2hours for the whole piece.
As for how i came up with this style, i'm not sure. It just sort of evolved that way. It wierd because in my job we have to draw in so many differnt styles you become rather surprised when you develop your own. I guess i just developed a style that worked fast, and due to the nature of the stuff i usually draw the colors are usually fairly saturated.

04 April 2008, 07:51 AM
Here's my latest.

04 April 2008, 03:04 AM
Awesome sketches!
I like your style.

I really like the sketchiness on your last drawing.
Also the texture you give to some of your backgrounds is great, it looks like it's done with watercolor.

Really nice work!
would love to see more.

04 April 2008, 07:16 AM
Thanks Memorial,

Here's my latest. Its another 30minute sketch that i went back and spent an hour on.

04 April 2008, 08:06 AM
I absolutely LOVE this style, I like to draw with a street/graffiti style occasionally, and i like the way you pull this off, reminds me of some work by a favorite artist of mine "Craola". Awesome pictures dude. Awesome.

04 April 2008, 09:27 PM
Thanks for the kind words Jeffromundus.

I love Greg Simkins' (craola) work as well. Have probably picked up a bit of influence from his stuff. To say my work work reminds you a little of his stuff is a great compliment indeed.

Checked out your portfolio page and noticed you were new to CG society. Would love to see some more of your stuff, especially your graff stuff!

04 April 2008, 10:40 PM
Here's my latest robot.

04 April 2008, 08:06 AM
This one was a 30min morning dailty sketch topic before work.
Subject was myself as a tree.

04 April 2008, 08:43 AM
I would love to see some of this artwork as graffiti, on walls and the side of buildings. Your style would look fantastic in large scale and, I would imagine, wouldn't be too difficult to enlarge because of the general simplicity of your style.

You mentioned your work (occupation) and having to adopt many styles. What sort of job do you have and which style do you enjoy the most (other than what you've shown here)?

04 April 2008, 08:00 AM
My latest scribble.

Greenham - i work as an illustrator for a toy company. Of the styles i've had to do i'll always prefer the fairly loose quick character sketchs.

Somewhat similar to this i guess.

04 April 2008, 08:26 AM
Awesome stuff. Keep it coming.

05 May 2008, 11:42 PM
This was an experiment in style; taking some of the aspects with my usual style and then incorporating a bit of psuedo japanese art with urban street graf.
Its my first attempt with this idea and would love to get your thoughts...

05 May 2008, 05:46 PM
looks damn cool to me, and i'm not very fond of japanese styles...
but the combination looks really cool

05 May 2008, 09:55 PM
Thanks for the kind words folks! :)

Here's my latest. Another experiment with this new style. This one took about 30minutes.

05 May 2008, 10:22 PM
i like that a lot too. puts the focus more on the silhouette obviously, which works particularly well if the character as such has an interesting shape or if you put them in such dramatic/stylish poses. your characters work really well in that aspect anyways.:cool:

edit: i might add that in post 40, i like how you managed to get the BG/foreground separation done by putting in those architectual elements in there with just the right contrast. editedit: oops... dang, i meant post 42 of course;)

05 May 2008, 04:42 AM
Here's the latest

05 May 2008, 10:40 AM
lol, tight as usual, do you do this stuff for fun or for work or what?

05 May 2008, 11:06 PM
A lot of this stuff is just for fun. Quick sketchs at the start or end of a long day of derawing stuff that someone else wants me to draw.

A lot of these a just quick 30 minute sketch exercises to get the mind flowing, usally based on random sketch topics or just quick ideas i had in my head. :)

05 May 2008, 02:37 AM
What I enjoy about this thread is each of your posts always contains work that is so simple and always complete. It feels much like an exhibition rather than someone showing you their sketch pad, as is the feeling I get from a lot of sketch threads on the forum.

There's an elegance to your simplicity that I really enjoy. I'd love to see these works hanging on walls in youth centres.

05 May 2008, 04:42 AM
cool, keep 'em comin! how about a story board?

05 May 2008, 11:51 AM
luvin' it, luvin' it, luvin' it

05 May 2008, 12:03 PM
i really like your work, it's amazing
very cool subjects... combinations and etc

your style is very unique and etc...

05 May 2008, 11:33 PM
Wow, folks. Thanks for the really positive comments.
Glad you like the stuff.

ryanmorgan - I have done a bit of stroryboard work in the past. A lot of it is for tv commercials when my company promotes a new toy. I'll see if i can dig something up.

In the meantime, here's my latest 3ominute sketch.

05 May 2008, 11:41 PM
Great stuff keep it coming!!!

05 May 2008, 06:19 PM
awesome. so these only take a few minutes? how long does it take to get the finished peice? do you edit it them in photoshop or what?

05 May 2008, 06:43 PM
Great stuff bro, i think your take on the japanese stuff was very cool. Love the action doodles too!

05 May 2008, 07:41 PM
wow dude.. although I don´t like much of weapons and similar things.. I must admite that you last images are so awesome.. your strongest style put in'em... so attraktive to see.. :D

congratulations and greets again fo ya RED..

05 May 2008, 09:59 PM
Thanks again for the comments folks!

ryanmorgan89 - these sketchs take 30minutes. Each morning the illustrators at my work do quick warm up sketchs with 30 minute time limits. I also place these kind of restrictions on my home stuff as well. It frees up my style and linework. They are generally all done straight into photoshop - drawn directly in using a 9x12 wacom.
as for fully rendered piecs i guess i find due to the minimal amount of spare time i have i don't do as much fully rendered stuff these days. I love the idea of start to finish in short time.
In the past i have done pieces that have taken anywhere between 10-20 hours i guess?

05 May 2008, 11:44 PM
Here's my latest 30minute sketch.
Something a bit different

05 May 2008, 09:06 AM
thats pretty impressive.. it would be really cool if you had any spare time on your hands if you actually showed the process of one of your sketches from beginning to end. i'm sure others would like to see too! just an idea. btw im amazed at each new peice everytime i come to this thread. its inspiring

05 May 2008, 09:48 PM
Ryan - here's a couple of progressives for characters i did a fair while ago that give you a rough idea as to how i work. I usually lock in a layer of flat color below my linework to get started and then work from there.

although the process can vary depending on the style i am employing

05 May 2008, 05:28 AM
Here's my latest 30 minute sketch.

05 May 2008, 09:45 AM
Keeps getting better each post! That futuristic soldier is crazy, did you draw that straight from your head or use refrence or what?

05 May 2008, 01:02 PM
Thanks Exstatic1!
The soldier concept was from my wierd and unusual imagination. No ref used but in hindsight it may have helped! :)

Ryan- I've added a storyboard now as previously requested. This is some storyboard stuff i did for one of my company's tv commercials. The product was a toy i designed called skanmaster (have samples in my portfolio if you're interested). These sbs panels were what i did before text was laid in.

05 May 2008, 02:08 PM
Love your work Redfrog
From the outside looks like you've got the best job in the world!

05 May 2008, 03:15 PM
Just out of curiosity, how did you come up with your forum name, redfrog? It reminds me of those red lollies in the shapes of frogs you can still get for 5 cents each - I love those things!

05 May 2008, 09:47 PM
Tymotzues - My job is fantastic and very rewarding! As long as you don't mind 12 hour days and working at top speed. Its a very high pressure job with a lot on the go at one time but at the end of the day when you see the toys you've designed on the retail shelf there's no greater fulfilment!!! :)

Greenham - Its a real long story and my girlfriend would probably tell it better. It sort of condenses down to me being symbolised as a frog somehow (can't even remember why?) the color of my hair, and a serious love for those redfrog lollies! Its really scary how things come about when you think about it! :)

05 May 2008, 12:32 AM
How much of the toys do you actually have to design? I would imagine the micro-chip side of things would be left to someone else, but do you just come up with a concept and a design for some of the characters and then a team of people make it happen?

05 May 2008, 11:08 AM

05 May 2008, 11:09 AM
Here's my latest 30 minute morning sketch. The topic for this one was "Under the Sea"

05 May 2008, 03:43 PM
Are some of your works In america? if so , what kind of products would i see at your everyday walmart or toy stoy and say hey! i talked to that guy who helped create that!

( i heard of a very deragative joke refering to green ham , but its pretty bad :P )

05 May 2008, 06:47 PM
Hahaha! Man! Your pictures are fantastic! I'm a great fan of your style ;] Wonderful stuff!:thumbsup:

05 May 2008, 09:01 AM folks!

Been trying to learn to draw girl characters at the moment as i haven't had a lot of practice drawing girls. Sat down watching the football last nite and started trying a bit of practice at drawing girls.

05 May 2008, 02:05 PM
I really like this, you've got a nice style. One thing does bother me, though, and that's the lips. The lower lip is just a bit too big sometimes and it makes the girls look whiny and annoying. It bothers me a bit. Apart from that I think you did a good job here... and I love that rabbit :D

Good work, especially when you don't even draw girls that often, you've got a nice consistent style. (perhaps a bit too consistent though, their faces kinda all look the same now)

05 May 2008, 03:25 PM
Nah, I say leave the lips as they are. A lot of your characters are petulant anyway. I wish I could belt out that quantity of work during the course of a football game.

05 May 2008, 11:19 PM
Couple more practice sketchs...

Will try a bit more facial variation next so they don't all look similar.

Thanks folks!

06 June 2008, 02:09 AM
This is a digital prototype layout for a piece i plan to do on cnavas. Really enjoy creating brushes that will help me replicate paint splatter and give that diluted acrylic effect.
This is kinda a loose interpretation of the white rabbit with a bit of an urban graf take to it.
Hope you like it!

06 June 2008, 05:15 AM
First of all: Nice work so far.

Your character have recognizability value. I however prefer the rabbits.

The girls, for me, seem to be immature. Which i dont like at all. Well i guess thats just my personal taste and doesn't has to do much with your ability of drawing.

Just wanted to say that.


07 July 2008, 10:51 PM
latest morning 30mn sketch

07 July 2008, 01:35 AM
I like your last work.
It's a very cool illustration, with the mascot, I find it very interesting.

07 July 2008, 07:25 AM
Fabulous work man! Love your character and mech designing. I like how your characters have life and hang well. I like the chicks. Very cool work.

07 July 2008, 10:01 AM
diggin the girl with the really long tail REdfrog, and as always, this sketchbook keeps inspiring and getting better!


07 July 2008, 04:14 PM
Nice street style!

07 July 2008, 11:50 AM
Thanks very much for the comments folks.

Been a little while since i was last on. Has been madness at work.

Here's a little sketch i did up today.

08 August 2008, 12:18 AM
Here's some Fanart i've been mucking around on for Fable 2.

08 August 2008, 12:45 AM
and another...

08 August 2008, 01:53 AM
and another..

08 August 2008, 11:40 PM
and another...

08 August 2008, 07:42 AM
Here's a bit of a stylistic experiment i tried. Not a huge fan of it myself. I think its too noisy. Would love to hear your thoughts tho..

08 August 2008, 08:36 PM
Different indeed! Not bad - but just like you said - a little too noisy for my taste.

Your work is always inspiring anyway!

08 August 2008, 08:58 PM
The Fable work is incredible. It's really nice to see the sketched stuff scanned in -- I'm assuming it is analog? Either way, great additions :)

08 August 2008, 09:17 PM
Thanks for the kind words, guys! :)

Daniel, the Fable stuff is actually drawn directly in using wacom. I've adjusted my brush settings to emulate pencil as best as possible so that i can try to capture the same effect of using pencil on paper. To be honest, its probably because i'm just too lazy to scan stuff :)

08 August 2008, 09:26 PM
Really? Do you use PS or Painter?

08 August 2008, 02:05 AM
I use photoshop with a few settings on the standard airbrush tool. It mages to create a pretty reasonable emulation of pencil.

Have just been experimenting with a new way of creating images in a lot quicker time. Working a lot rougher and free-er and scrating back into the ink. Enables me to churn out a character sketch in around 10 minutes.

Here are some examples.

08 August 2008, 02:09 AM
Here's my latest Fable 2 fanart using that same technique. This was a heck of a lot of fun to do and probably took about 45-60 min maybe?

08 August 2008, 02:29 AM
Thanks, redfrog, it looks very authentic.

By the way, the last two sketches are sweet!

08 August 2008, 05:10 AM
Thanks Daniel!

Here's a quickie for the DSG

08 August 2008, 06:55 AM
very nice "new style" - can you tell more about the technique behind your last images?
Also it would be nice to know more about your "pencil emulation" for PS - I use PAINTER and PS but some things in PS are just better for my workflow so I'm interested in this pencil setting...

08 August 2008, 10:49 PM
Hey Viseone, sent you a PM with the brush details :)

Here's another piece of fanart - This time for Gears of War. Based on the cool locust characters from Epic's awesome game, and the character design of James Hawkins.

08 August 2008, 08:08 AM
Thank you Craig! Very helpful!

Your last images are very dynamic and I like this style - one of my favorite cartoonists "André Franquin" (france) brought out a book called "Idées noires - dark thoughts" which is also one of my favorite comicbooks.
The style of your last images reminds me on that - really nice!

08 August 2008, 07:57 PM
awesome b/w ink work. also, the heavy weapons lady is very cool :thumbsup:

08 August 2008, 08:38 PM
wow redfrog! Really nice and dynamic stuff! And the B/W-style looks very cool.
How do you do it? Do you first go and do light and shadowside with B/W and then erase into the black parts?

08 August 2008, 07:25 AM
Thanks for the kind works, folks!

Tednindo - i usually (and i've only just started doing this! :) ) scribble in the black and scratch back into with the eraser as i go. The style is a lot looser than i usually do and usually takes about 10 minutes for a character.

This on below was an attempt at at scene and took about 20-25 minutes.

08 August 2008, 08:48 AM
bit of a speedpaint...

08 August 2008, 07:04 AM
bit of humour?

08 August 2008, 05:41 AM
here's a space trooper type concept...

08 August 2008, 04:19 PM
in tune with your previous posts, this time "a bit of cool bad-ass-ness" :)

awesome! love the graphic quality of this style :thumbsup:

08 August 2008, 10:34 PM
Thanks Jpedro!

When i see how awesome your stuff is looking these days it is a real compliment to get such kind comments from yourself! :)

08 August 2008, 08:40 AM
Here's a couple more...

08 August 2008, 08:53 AM
You have a massive output - and usualy quality gets lower with quantity - but not with your images...

it's very interesting seeing your new style developing with each new image and everybody can tell how comfortable you feel with this - great and unique expression.


08 August 2008, 03:38 PM
Definitely one of my favorite threads on CGS. Keep 'em coming!

08 August 2008, 11:08 PM
Thanks guys!

Man, I need a coffee this morning! :)

08 August 2008, 07:41 AM
Here's some Spawn fan art I did recently. The final image and the original layout rough.

08 August 2008, 08:28 AM
fantastic! great shot of spawn. also, the orc is very cool, and all this BEFORE coffee? you can't be human... :)

keep em coming, 'tis a joy to look at :thumbsup:

08 August 2008, 02:54 AM
Thanks Jan!

You're far too kind...Seriously tho, I sometimes wonder how I can function at all without coffee. Its like my body refuses to obey my commands unless it has a certain quantity of caffeine in it :)

08 August 2008, 10:12 PM
nothing quite like a bad a$$ pumpkin!

08 August 2008, 07:32 AM
wow this is awesome. You really discovered a style for you, which seems to fit perfect. Those latest drawing are really spectacular. With just 3-4 hues you are able to create depht, tension and textures. Go on!

08 August 2008, 01:21 AM
Thanks Tednindo! You're too kind!

Here's my latest black coffee inspired noir piece. Have included a 5 step process pic as well...

08 August 2008, 02:31 AM
Todays latest...mylil ninja girl

08 August 2008, 09:18 AM
Hey redfrog, thanks for the step by step, thats very interessting.

08 August 2008, 11:00 AM
Hey, man! No prob! Hope it helps.

Here's another for today. Gotta love the weekend. Few coffees under the belt. Went and saw the new Hellboy movie today and figured seeming i was on a bit of a high i'd do a quick scribble.

Here's my posse of sci-fi mercs deploying on a foreign planet...

08 August 2008, 11:11 PM
After watching The golden Army on the weekend I started reading the strange Places graphic novel. Mignola is a genius!

Here's my humble tribute to Mike Mignola's Hellboy. Hope i've done him justice Mr Mignola!
"I'm not worthy!"

09 September 2008, 12:33 AM
Here's a color version of Big Red.

09 September 2008, 10:14 PM
bit of sketching practice this morning...

09 September 2008, 11:01 AM
great work again redfrog.

i would push the leg part back in value and hue from the hip down and slightly cover his left side of the hip with the coat just a bit. that whole leg section is popping out a bit too much in my opinion. otherwise, it's really a great depiction of him i think. really close to mignola but very "redfrog" at the same time. that's awesome.

09 September 2008, 01:49 AM
Nice call, Jpedro! Didn't even pick up on that till you pointed it out. Am gonna go back and work that illustration and that will be my first fix! Much appreciated, dude!

I've been a bit slack last coupla days by knocked one out this morning. Tried to do my new style over a pencil sketch. Found it a little less fluid and restrictive. Still not 100% sure on what the best technique is but will keep working at it. Obviously this latest technique was a lot slower..hmmm...

09 September 2008, 10:38 PM
today's morning scribble...

09 September 2008, 11:54 PM
wow ..youre black & white sketches are really cool :applause:

09 September 2008, 02:45 AM
Hey Vahn! You're back, dude!

Thanks for the kind comments! Glad you like the new style. Will have to check your'll be churning out masterpieces by now!

Here's my latest spawn scribble...

09 September 2008, 10:57 AM
saw this photo of a girl in this pose on the net and it sorta reminded me of the conan stuff. I've been looking to do a bit of figure studies and lighting studies so the study kinda evolved into this.
Can't remember who the photo was by but he does do some exceptional b/w nudes with some really dynamic lighting.
the slavemaster i sort of chucked in and made up as i went so not 100% satisfied with the light on him.
this is just sketch practice so full kudos to the photographer that took the photo of the woman. wish i could find the name so i could mention his stuff - it really is great...
will try and track his name down.

Just found the photographer!

His name is Igor Amelkovich.
Check out his work here:-

09 September 2008, 09:52 AM
wow, since the sketchbooks have been moved is it just my imagination or is there no traffic through here? I guess speedpainting is all the rage at the moment.

09 September 2008, 10:22 AM
bit of an update on what i have dubbed the coffee monster. Often seen lurking in the early hours of the morning and late at nite...

09 September 2008, 10:37 AM
Hi redfrog!

Nice going with the new style man! would love to see an update to the demon and girl picture and also thanks for the link... that is some great visual eyecandy to use for inspiration.

I think you are right on the subforum gets less traffic. Me, being a 3d artist, but coming from 2d. I forget to open up this subforum on an almost daily basis just because it is linked at one depth lower than I am used to go. But I keep reminding since this is where some of the better pieces are stored! :) and one can actually see the progress people make in their work.

BTW what is with the spawn stuff, are you a bit of a closet fanboy? Or have you come across some ubercool stuff that reminded you?

Anyways. Nice day to you and keep the daily scribbles coming!

09 September 2008, 12:20 PM
Hey Matsman!

thanks for the kind words!
In answer to your question - yep, i am definitely a closet fanboy! I love the design of spawn and have always been kinda intersted in comic art.

Here's a quick concept before bed. My caffeine stores have run out for the day :)

09 September 2008, 11:01 PM
a real quick sketch before work for a dsg over at

10 October 2008, 07:06 AM
great creature-
btw, a long overdue 5* from me man ;)

i also think you're right about the traffic...:sad:

10 October 2008, 07:37 AM
Always inspiring work! It's so interesting to study your works. The b/w illustrations are so dynamic and strong in their impression.

10 October 2008, 09:29 AM
Love your work!!! I noticed several of the pics (the black and white ones) are like a grungy scratchy style. Theres so many replies on this thread but I have to ask; did alot of your drawing style just come to you freely? -as opposed to trying to adapt to other particular styles?

Keep it up- Your pics are motivating!

10 October 2008, 11:43 AM
jpedro - thanks dude! seriously man! You are way too kind! Yeah real bummer about the traffic!

VISEone - thanks man! The B/W stuff seems to be working really nicely for me at the moment. Its a pity i can't say the same for color tho :)

Shakey1 - thanks heaps! The style i guess was sort of a deliberate adaption of an older more refined style i had. I wanted more organic looser lines. I wanted to really free up my inking style and so at first i had to really push myself to break my traditional methods of working.,, and as i went i found that this style offered me more freedom it also speed up my processes immeasureably.

By the way folks, I've started my own blog if anybody wants to check it out...

Here's some of my latest fanart scribbles, A bit of Spawn and a bit of Darksiders: Wrath of War...

10 October 2008, 09:47 PM
and a bit of color,

10 October 2008, 01:30 AM
Really a good job you are doing here!!
Your style is really strong, and your figures rock!!

Show us more :D please

10 October 2008, 06:03 AM
Thanks very much Alice!
Your kind words are greatly appreciated!

Just puchased Fable 2 the other day for my 360. What a cool game!
Numerous hours have been consumed by this game in the brief time since purchase. Figured it would be fun to do a somewhat overly dramatic representation of my character.

10 October 2008, 10:10 AM

10 October 2008, 10:31 AM
Congrats to this release. Nice sketches - they all could be buddys of my sea hunter... ;)

10 October 2008, 10:02 AM
conrgratulations man, it looks really stylish. the characters are great fun, awesome expressions!

10 October 2008, 12:41 PM
Thanks VISEone and Jpedro!
Always love getting comments from you folks! :)

Been trying my hand at the Panel of the Week challenge over at Have done four rough page layouts to star with. Next step is to properly refine the character designs and then start working up the proper pages.

10 October 2008, 03:13 PM
Redfrog, congrats on getting an award...I want a Fish Bank now, what a novel idea! Also, those comic pages are amazing, very well developed and action-packed. I need to visit conceptart more often and see what's happening over there. In any case, awesome work :)

10 October 2008, 12:08 AM
Thanks Dan!
Yeah you should definitely put a thread up on conceptart so that those guys can get a chance to check out your stuff dude! Might find a slightly better traffic flow through the sketchbooks there too! :)
Well mind you it would be hard to beat the amount of views you have on your cg thread tho!

11 November 2008, 12:26 PM
Been truckin along with a bit more comic art of late. Really getting into it. Has probably been inspired of sorts by the storyboards i've been doing at work lately as well.

11 November 2008, 09:13 PM
Inspired by the likes of Spy vs Spy and Itchy and Scratchy, Rabit versus Bear is a bit of silent humour (well i like to think so) focusing on the destructive battles of these two lil characters. I wanted to go for something distinctly stylistic and try and achieve something that would make you smirk rather than bust a gut laughing.
I have actually dedicated a blog to it where i post the latest installments and hopefully down the track focus on all things Rabbit and Bear like.

11 November 2008, 10:06 PM
Very cool man, i'm loving those panels! The progressions from thumbnail sketches to final inks are inspiring to say the least, you have the system down for sure!! The whole rabbit v bear thing is cool too, i could easily see those little strips as t-shirts or something. Thanks for sharing all your hard work!

01 January 2009, 09:05 PM
My first sketch for fun for 2009.
Have had a bit of a break a feel really refreshed.
Thought i'd start my first illustration for fun using a loose high contrast style. feels good to be back into it.
Sketched directly into Photoshop using wacom.

01 January 2009, 09:06 PM
Feels good to be back into the swing of things for 09. Made a resolve to do more energised pics this year with a looser feel to the linework and more sense of movement.
Working completely in photoshop.

01 January 2009, 09:07 PM
Feeling pretty good about the new year, and enjoying this loose approach to my illustrations. I think with this piece it helps with the feral nature of the subject.
Once again drawing puerly in photoshop and try to keep contrast up and linework loose.

01 January 2009, 09:08 PM
Trying to make an effort this year to try and churn out one piece a day. Really want to try and devlop this loose style and see where I can take it.

01 January 2009, 10:07 PM
I love the loose style, it would be great to see a new pic from you each day! Keep it up!

01 January 2009, 02:47 AM
Thanks Zyrinx!

Churned this one out during my lunch break.

Wanted to do my own homage to the great battles that spiderman fought with venom through my childhood induction to comic books.
Wanted a real sensation of chaos and fury, with spittle and rubble whirling about the combatants. The agility of spidy and the freight train fury of venom.

01 January 2009, 10:46 AM
wow redfrog... you're on a roll again :)

Love the bounty hunter... great with the weather lines effect.

Keep up the once a day! :thumbsup:

01 January 2009, 09:30 PM
Thanks Matsman!

Will try and keep up the once a day sketch!

Something different to my usual approach. I normally seem to always put full characters into my illustrations which i think sometimes means that i lose the opportunity to really get a feel for the personality or emotion of the character.
Hence i figured i'd try something differnt and zoom right in on the face.

01 January 2009, 09:15 PM
Todays sketch. Tried some different brushes, looser technique and looked at trying to capture an environment and feel.

01 January 2009, 09:22 PM
Other than experimentiing with some new brushes, i'm not sure what I was thinking here.

01 January 2009, 10:58 AM
that last one is cool... though once I look at it again it is more of a man wearing a wolfskin than a werewolf kinda thing.

BTW what is with everyone doing lycans atm? if you surf through the main 3d forum I think I counted at least 5 werewolfs the last month or so. But that is more general thought I had.

Like the brushes on the quicky sci fi it really feels like chalk on tinted paper. Nice!

01 January 2009, 02:54 PM
I dig the chick shooting the spiky-demons. The poses are very dynamic and exciting. I hope you keep up the one-a-day sketch vow :) Great stuff!

01 January 2009, 10:31 AM
hi, nice, very bold style you have! (I especially like the pics in the beginning of your thread and/or your black&white "graphics", you must be pretty comfortable with this kind of drawing/painting, aren´t you, nice!)
enjoyed, a.

01 January 2009, 09:36 PM
matsman - thanks very much for the kind words. I like the interpretation of the man with wolfskin. Makes me wish i had be clever enough to deliberatly do that idea. As it stands all i had in my head was some sort of bepedal wolf man in a crouching pose. :)

danielh68 - thanks dude! Trying my best to stick to once a day. I need the practice! :)

alenah - thanks! to be honest i can't say i've reached a comfort level with this style yet. There is still plenty of hair pulling going on when the image doesn't turn out how i waant it to:)

Here's today's sketch. A character concept that i want to render up as vecto art...

02 February 2009, 08:36 PM
Urrggghhh! we have just suffered through a massive heatwave her in melbourne, end of last week and over the weekend. 3 nights in a row with no power either. No more of that thanks!!
Did this sketch last nite with the air con finally on, and watched a dismal performance from Australia in the cricket as they went down to the kiwis in very low scoring game.

I love drawing dogs so as i sat there with my own two furry companions i scribbled this down. I used a ball point pen on a thick gsm paper for this. I really like the sketchy quality you get from ballpoint pen when you sketch. Unforgiving but fun.

02 February 2009, 08:50 PM
Watched Terminator 3 on television last nite and sat there with a ball point pen and sketch pad doing some more puppy scribbles. Here's what i came up with...

02 February 2009, 11:01 PM
Cool shit man! Love the ball point sketches, one of my fav medias for sure. I like the big eyed dawg pound style, you really control the viewer's attention as they look from puppy eye to puppy eye lol. You've been very productive lately, would like to see you give that Action Dude a nice ink treatment or something?

02 February 2009, 09:26 AM
those are cute, cool and confidently stylized. love the "exclamation mark bark" :) your work always puts a smile on my face. awesome!

02 February 2009, 09:09 PM
Rabid1 - thanks man! Glad you like the dog sketches. For some reason i find them very relaxing and therapeutic to do. Will definitely be inking and coloring the action dude. Am actually turning him into vector art.

jpedro - thanks Jan! As always you are too kind! I have to admit i love to sketch up the dogs every now and again. Makes a nice departure from my usual monsters and guns :)

I watchedthe cricket last nite, so I sat there with a ball point pen and sketchpad in hand whilst I watched. I actually find i'm quite productive during the cricket. Maybe we should have the cricket on tv at work! :)

02 February 2009, 08:13 AM

02 February 2009, 02:57 AM

02 February 2009, 10:44 AM
Did this one in my lunch break today after scribbling down the idea on a scrap piece of paper on the way to work. Its pretty nerdy humour, but i guess thats me in a nutshell... :)

02 February 2009, 10:19 PM
haha... you are addicted once again to the old paper and ballpoint. All thanks to a power shortage... the old ways are great! :)

Love the last two! you got me laughing with the Frisbee and the second one is pretty funny too.
Not too sure about the first few dog scribblings other than great technique and obviously you had fun making them. Nice to see you are going the cartoon way with the newer ones. Those have a point to the picture other than just being good stuff.

Awaiting more!

02 February 2009, 12:08 AM
Thanks Matsman!

Yeah I find as I do more of the dog sketches I am incorporating more dog humour into them. I agree it makes more of a point to the image as well. Will try and maintain this humour as I continue.

Here's the latest:

Observing my dog, Sam marking his turf this morning got me thinking about the similarities between dogs and grafitti artists. Both are territorial and mark their territory. Does this mean if you believe in reincarnation that if you are a grafitti artist you will come back as a dog? Or is it vice versa?

02 February 2009, 12:05 PM
Here's a couple more, including some vector art colored up in illustrator...

03 March 2009, 02:57 AM
another illustrator vector...

03 March 2009, 09:30 PM
No matter big or small, fat or skinny, tall or short, (alien or earthling) it seems that dogs love nothing more than their morning walk. I drew this, this morning as i was car pooled into work. Gave me some good sketch time...

03 March 2009, 09:55 PM
That last one is great, very universal and funny :)

03 March 2009, 08:59 AM
I was loosing this thread !
I honestly come from a completely different background in term of style and approach to art but you own a SO strong and well defined personality that is impossible to do not appreciate your artworks.

Obviously subscribed

03 March 2009, 07:01 PM
haha love the cartoony animals they have so much character!!
and the high contrast pieces are also very sweet!I will be watching :buttrock:

03 March 2009, 11:10 AM
Shardana - Thanks so much for the kind words! Glad you like the style! :)

CyborgJA - Really appreciate your comments. I'm so glad that my work can appeal to you even if its not a style you would normally follow. Thanks! :)

Daniel - big thanks as always, man! Always high praise coming from yourself! you rock man!

Been mucking around with a sketch of my new car. Never drawn many cars so this was a real novelty. Lot of fun.

03 March 2009, 02:50 AM
Trying to get a bit of car drawing practice. Read that Dave Deal got the Pixar artists to draw cars into mango shapes when doing the Cars movie.
Tried an attempt at what i guess that technique was in the bottom sketch.

04 April 2009, 09:36 AM
a bit more practice...

04 April 2009, 04:51 PM
Cool funky car concepts, Redfrog :) I really like the ballooned features. For inanimate objects they have loads of personality!

04 April 2009, 10:12 PM
Thanks Daniel!
I think with the drawing them into a mango shape really forces you into making them somewhat organic characters. Was quite surprising when i tried it. Would have loved to have seen some of the segments where Dave Deal taught this technique to the Pixar artists!

Its been a while since my last post, or even since i last did a drawing for fun. Work has been full on, and to be honest a bit mentally taxing.
But anyway, i've just managed to scribble down a quick sketch of my baby. hopefully this is a sign that the motivation is coming back! :)

05 May 2009, 09:56 PM
another update...

05 May 2009, 03:21 AM
awesome mate!
love the style the character looking very well, expressive and explosive at the same time!
Good job!

05 May 2009, 09:56 PM
Thanks Blackbalinese!

Been awhile since my last post.

Apologies for that. Lots on at the moment. Unfortunately can't post any of it at the moment but hopefully later down the track i'll have the opportunity to show what i've been working on with these projects.

Have had a brief chanvce to do this little sketch tho. Its a work in progress. Its also a bit odf a change from all the car illustrations of late

06 June 2009, 03:34 AM
i have to say, that their isn't a single drawing in this thread that im not in love with. you make a great blend between art and comedy. i especially love the the little cartoon with the rabbit vs the bear cartoon.. true awsomeness :D

kudos on you skill and success

06 June 2009, 09:59 PM
Thanks Blinky57! Glad you like the work. I'm hoping to try and improve the further i go with this thread.

I've just entered the ch challenge for secret agent in the image category. Anybody interested
can check out my thread here (

cheers! :)

09 September 2009, 06:43 PM
where are you hiding red?

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