Dead Rising: Watchtower zombie concept art & execution

Dead Rising: Watchtower zombie concept art & execution

In 2015 I was sought out by special effects master Ryan Nicholson to whip up some concept art for a few 'special' zombies in the upcoming film "Dead Rising: Watchtower", based on the Capcom game series. Being a fan of the games since the initial XBox days, I couldn't say no.

After a few iterations, I was proud to come up with a new addition to Dead Rising's roster of dangerous clown characters. Bonzo here is played in the film by Ernst C. Harth, with make-up effects by Ryan Nicholson, Megan Nicholson and Michelle Grady. They got the look down exactly! The art shown here was also used as a vinyl print for Bonzo's truck, seen in the film.

I'm not mentioned in the following "Making Of" feature, but you can see interviews with actor and artists, including great close-ups of Bonzo and his creepy van:

 

 

The Legend of Davy Crockett: Matte Concept Art

The Legend of Davy Crockett: Matte Concept Art

Hot off the desktop: Some matte Photoshops I whipped up (on very short notice) for upcoming CineCoup project, "The Legend of Davy Crockett" directed by Andrew de Villiers. These composites are intended to deliver the aesthetic and atmosphere of the movie, accompanied by explanations from de Villiers for the CineCoup crowd.

The art has had a lot of positive response already — as I write this, "Davy Crockett" is in the voting lead! At any rate, the crew could still use your vote, so get on over there!

Game of Thrones Wedding Invitations

Game of Thrones Wedding Invitations
I always get choked up at weddings.
I always get choked up at weddings.

Who's excited for Game of Thrones Season 5? I know I am. As a reader of George R.R. Martin's sprawling saga since before the turn of the millennium, I held out on watching the show for several seasons, convinced that no TV show could ever capture the books, and that the hype was just the usual chatter that surrounds anything heavily-promoted. Turns out, I was wrong. "Game of Thrones" is a fantastic piece of entertainment that earns its hit status and then some.

Anyone who's spent time in Westeros knows that weddings aren't the happiest of occasions. Sure, there was Robb's marriage to Jeyne (or Talisa in the show), but only for a while. My personal favourite is, as the fans nicknamed it, the Purple Wedding, where monstrous boy-king Joffrey Baratheon got his just desserts. And it's the Purple Wedding I decided to honour with this project, a conceptual mockup of wedding invitations merging historical and modern styles. The content mostly explains itself, but check the notes below for details. Hope you like 'em!




Nerd Notes: The “coat of arms” motif is intended to represent the union of Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell. The design incorporates the emblems of Joffrey’s parents, the Lannister lion and the Baratheon stag, and those of Margaery’s parents, the Tyrell rose and the Hightower keep. (There’s also a seven-pointed star as seen in “Game of Thrones”.) The basis of the design is actually the Alberta coat of arms.

Credits: Medieval design and heraldry elements from WikiMedia and various stock sites. Monogram from a scanned 19th-century book at Project Gutenberg. Mockup template from Envato. "A Song of Ice & Fire" series by George R.R. Martin.