Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Creating a Glorbray 3 Series


Alex Griendling was kind enough to invite me to participate in the Raygun 52 collection. It was a great opportunity for me to explore some ideas that I'd never thought of before, and bring it back into something that felt like "me".

Whenever I start on a project, I like to do my homework. For this particular piece, it just so happened that FLASH GORDON came out on Netflix. Flash Gordon and rayguns kinda go hand-in-hand, so I spent some time watching Flash in action against guys in bad makeup and dragons that were obviously geckos with fins glued on. I also did my typical image research and stockpiled lots of photo reference.

raygun_blog_00 Drawing from photo reference, rather than just collecting photo reference, is helpful for me

I decided that since I would be combining lots of typical raygun elements into one design, it may be better for me to actually draw from my image reference and create my own "style guide"... so to speak. It allowed me to turn my brain off and just draw what I see. This means I'm less likely to get frustrated with my own ideas, and I can sit for long spells and just "absorb" stuff while creating drawings. I found this method to be satisfying creatively, and helped me generate more of my own ideas without having to worry about a "blank page".

One thing I do enjoy doing is drawing monsters. As long as the shapes are appealing, there's really no way to screw up a monster drawing. I thought it would be neat to combine the idea of a monster with a raygun. How would that work? Would the monster be the gun? Would it be used by a monster?

raygun_blog_02 Some silly drawings can help me unlock better ideas

Again, to fight off the fear of the "blank page" I sometimes draw what I know, just to help me feel like I've got momentum. If I got stuck on raygun ideas, I would draw silly monsters instead. I like to think of creativity as a flow instead of a stream. For me, it's non-linear. Art grows in ways I didn't intend, and I tend to draw lots of other things that lead up to a bigger thing... even if they don't seem to make sense at the time.

raygun_blog_01 copyThis is an example of how I move from rough pencil sketches, into a cleaned up vector version

Ultimately, I thought it would be cool if the gun was actually powered by a monster. I think blobby monsters are funny, and it felt like a gun that was "blob-powered" seemed the most plausible, so I began roughing in an idea.

GLORBRAY It's important for me for my silliness to have some context

I like creating stories with art, and like to imagine a larger world existing behind a drawing, so I like to make details feel like they exist for a reason. Even if I have to make up the reasons. I believe that thinking this way adds richness to drawing and it proves that you believe in what you're creating.

You can download your own Glorbray wallpaper AND a wallpaper of some silly monster drawings. Hooray for freebies!


  1. So I'm assuming you go into photoshop after illustrator? Nice rendering btw.

  2. Yup! This piece is done in Illustrator first and the Photochoppies.