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Warrior Knight Woman – Character Artwork for Video Game

Female Warrior Knight Woman wearing armor cloak color character concept artwork front view for video gameI just finished creating this warrior knight woman character concept for a new client of mine. This character is for a new video game in development, using the Unreal Engine 4. Here’s a little bit about my process…

Female Knight Warrior Woman wearing armor cloak character concept sketch for video gameMy client had a really great, detailed description of how they envisioned the character. So for this project, it wasn’t necessary to create a medley of concept sketches. It was very clear what they wanted to see. Here’s the initial sketch I created for the female video game character. The style is a little bit more realistic in proportions than what I normally get hired to do, but I love working in a variety of styles, so that wasn’t a problem at all. I enjoyed the change of pace. I also liked the fact that their description of the character didn’t have her in scantily clad clothing. She’s wearing armor and a cloak that covers her nicely and is more practical for fighting than many of the female characters you see out there in video games.

Female Warrior Knight Woman wearing armor cloak turnaround concept sketchesMy client absolutely loved the initial concept sketch, so I was able to move into the other views quickly. My client had asked for a 4 view turnaround for the character, so they could supply it to their 3D artist for modeling. The biggest challenge with turnarounds is keeping the right proportions throughout the character. I would say for this warrior knight in particular, the biggest challenge was drawing all the detail in her armor and cloak several times!

Crystal one-handed Sword blade weapon concept sketch for video game


To go along with the warrior knight, I asked if she had any weapon or prop to also be designed. My client described a magical crystal sword that she would eventually wield in the video game. I enjoyed sketching out this one-handed sword for her. Again, my client loved the sketch right away, which is always a great feeling, knowing that you captured what they had pictured in their head right off the bat.


Crystal one-handed Sword blade weapon concept final color glowing for video gameHere’s how the crystal sword turned out when I finished it up in color. You can almost feel the gravitational pull of the purple glowing orb in the center, holding all the crystal blade pieces together. I used a little bit of leather and metal to tie in with the character’s clothing and match it all together well.


Female Warrior Knight Woman Girl wearing armor cloak color character concept artwork turnaround views for video gameAnd here’s all 4 character turnaround views for the warrior knight girl, completed in full color. You’ll notice that there’s a few pieces of crystal on her belt and her eyes match the glowing orb of her weapon, which also helps tie the sword into her ensemble, showing that she is the true keeper of this mystical crystal sword. I loved my client’s idea to have her hair fading into an orange color, which I feel contrasts quite well with her blue and silver cloak.


Female Warrior Knight Woman wearing armor cloak color character concept artwork three quarters 3/4 view for video gameHere’s a larger image of the three-quarters view of the final character design. I really enjoyed developing this character and I look forward to working on more character designs for this client in the future, as their game progresses.


Female Warrior Knight Woman wearing armor cloak color character concept artwork front close up for video game


And lastly, here’s a close-up of her face, so that you can see the detail I illustrated.

I would love to talk to you about your characters (whether for video games or other products) and share how I can bring value and strong imagery to your stories, games, and products. I would be happy to explain more of my process or provide you with a quote. Feel free to contact me and we can talk about your project!

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Donut Loving Girl Comic Strip

Olivia Little Girl Loving Donuts Funny Comic Strip Cartoon Drawing Sketch

A quick comic strip I drew up last night, based on my friend’s daughter. She LOVES donuts and my wife thought it would be funny to draw her split-second transformation from cute girl to evil donut lover. This little girl might just inspire a whole line of comic strips. (if I ever find the time, haha).


Buck-Toothed Bush Viper

Bush Viper Snake with buck teeth Cartoon Drawing illustration colored with markers

I was wondering what a snake would look if he had buck teeth… and then this drawing came out of it. I thought it would be a great contrast for him to be a bush viper, since they have pointed scales, with the blunt, rounded teeth. Sketched with Prismacolor Col-erase pencil, then inked with Staedtler Tripus Fineliner, then colored with a combination of Letraset Aquamarkers, Winsor & Newton watercolor markers, and Hobby Lobby twin tip markers. To finish it off, I thought it would be fun to blur the jungle background a little afterwards.


Spy Pineapple Cartoon Character

Spy Secret Agent Pinapple Cartoon Drawing Colored with Markers Artwork Sketch

Secret Agent Spynapple! Fun little doodle based on some friends suggestions- Pineapple and Spy. Drawn in my Travel Sketchbook, inked and colored with Sharpies and art markers.


Hermitback Robot Mashup Colored

Humpback Whale Hermit Crab Mashup Robot Drawing Colored With Art Markers

Here’s my robot animal mashup from earlier, now in color! It’s a mix of a humpback whale and a hermit crab. I colored it with my art markers last night. Really had fun with this little guy!


Humpback Hermit Crab Robot

Humpback Whale Hermit Crab Mashup Robot Inked DrawingHere’s a quick sketch in my travel sketchbook… The theme for my drawing group was an aquatic robot that’s a mashup of 2 different animals. I chose to mix a humpback whale and a hermit crab. This is how my robot turned out. I picture this creature small, like a hermit crab, but with the ability to swim if needed. He sends information back to the home base using his antennas.



Cactus Knight Cartoon Sharpie Sketch

Cactus Knight Cartoon Character Sharpie SketchHere’s a quick cartoon sketch I drew with Sharpies this weekend. I randomly thought of sketching a desert cactus as a knight warrior. Not sure if a cactus covered in sharp needles needs armor, but hey, why not? :)



Beaver Beast Sharpie Doodle

Beaver Bug Unicorn Slug Beast Cartoon Monster drawn in red sharpie marker

The elusive BeaverBeast! Part beaver, part bug, part unicorn… Known for being clingy, if one of these likes you, it’ll start following you everywhere. Doodled this ugly-yet-cute guy on our paper table runner, just for fun.


Steampunk Alien Cartoon

Steampunk Mustached Alien Cartoon Character drawn with pencil and colored with markersIt’s been a little while since I’ve added a post on my blog… just been quite busy with client work, trying to keep my head above water. Here’s a little cartoon steampunk alien character I sketched in my travel sketchbook and then colored with markers. I really like this little mustached, dapper, four-armed, four-eyed, alien wearing a top hat. I’ve had an idea for a couple years to design a whole series of steampunk aliens in a TV animation kind of cartoon style. I think it’s time to start that!



Merman T-shirt Design

Saltwater Saltan Buff Merman Playing Guitar Design 1st Sketch

A great client of mine asked me to design a new t-shirt & illustrative logo for his new company, The Saltwater Saltan! Here’s the initial sketch I drew for the project- A tough King Neptune with an electric guitar, and a couple heavy metal dolphins.


Saltwater Saltan Buff Merman Playing Guitar Design 2nd Sketch

Even thought the client wanted the dolphins, after seeing it, he decided that it was a little too busy and took away from the awesomeness of King Neptune. So here’s the revised sketch without the dolphins. The text was also revised to add in his slogan.


Saltwater Saltan Buff Merman Playing Guitar T-shirt Design Illustration

And here’s the final vector illustration! Nothing better than a buff Merman with tattoos, rocking out on a trident guitar! My client was extremely pleased with the final artwork and eager to get the art on some t-shirts to sell!

If I can help you with your branding or clothing line, please feel free to contact me anytime and we can talk about how great artwork can take your business further.


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Ninja Sketch

cartoon ninja character holding samurai sword sketch

Here’s a quick sketch of a ninja holding a samurai sword, drawn in my travel sketchbook. Simple cartoon character, but I wanted to show action and movement.


Splash Dayz Water Park Logo Design

Splash Dayz water park Logo Design

A fitting post for a hot summer day! Here’s a Logo Design I recently created for a water park in Texas called Splash Dayz. They wanted something with a big water splash as the centerpiece, with words that would be readable on a billboard. The park just opened for the summer, and they now have a strong logo design to start their branding efforts. Later on, I will be continuing work with them, creating artwork for each water slide’s name and theme.


Bouncy Booth Attendant

cartoon long-haired bungee bounce attendant guy

I was at the mall yesterday and saw this attendant at the bungee bounce area… There weren’t many people wanting him to securely fasten them in the harness. Had to draw this crazy character!


Cyclops Octopus Inspired by Rug

White Octopus Inspiration from Target Outdoor Rug Pattern cartoon drawing

I was inspired by this outdoor rug pattern I saw at Target recently. The shape made me thing of a cyclops octopus monster of sorts. I decided to snap a quick photo and save the inspiration for later.

White Cyclops Octopus Monster Character Inspired by Rug Pattern cartoon drawing illustration

Here’s the funny cyclops octopus creature I ended up drawing. I decided to stick with similar colors as the original rug. I had a lot of fun with this quick doodle. Just goes to show you, you can be inspired by something every day if you are looking for it!


Cute Cartoon Little Girl with Hot Pink Dress

cute little girl wearing hot pink outfit hat and dress cartoon inked drawingI saw this darling little girl Sunday morning at McDonald’s. I thought it was cute that she was wearing a hot pink dress, with hot pink flip flops, and a hot pink flower on her big beach fedora hat that covered part of her hot pink framed glasses. I just had to draw her! I inked the sketch and finished it off with hot pink gel pen.