My back is killing me. I’m missing my day job. But before I pop all the Vicodins in the world I am gonna post dat witch. I like her a lot, I think the colors suck, but we’ll see. Also I studied DTAFM.com to get the shadow in the way I like it. I really like his style of Line Art and that’s what I’m eventually moving towards.
ILIATH: SORCERESS of DEATH // DTAFM // TUMBLR WEDNESDAY
I have a confession… I really like elves. Elfs. Elfin? Who cares, the point is that I enjoy drawing pointy eared creatures who like to levitate some glowing stones from time to time. Okay?! Great. This is Iliath. She has a temper so I would suggest you not make any foolish moves.
WARRIOR OF 12 MILLION WORLDS // DTAFM // Tumblr Wednesday
Awhile back I was approached with a collaboration opportunity. I was given a base form and told “do as you please”. But, due to my schedule, it fell into the cracks. A few months floated by and I was finally graced with a small spell of relaxation. So I chose to capitalize on that opportunity and finally fulfill my promise. Head over to the site and be sure to subscribe to see all the great monsters come in!
GYPSYHAWK: FIRE SKULL // DTAFM // TUMBLR WEDNESDAY
The fellas are at it again, and gearing up for a 2014 Summer Tour. Eric asked me to put together something that spoke both to Gypsyhawk and their tourmates, Scattered Hamlet. After a bit of back and forth with Lord Harris and Co., we settled on the crystal and feathers with a nice, neutral background for it to sit on. A bit of branding from the supporting companies and we were good to go.
I know it’s been a while, gang. Please accept this Dark Knight drawing as penance for my crimes. I’ve been working on a lot of things and my free-time has taken one for the team. I promise I’ll show you some fruits of my labor soon enough!
The rockers in Mothership are heading out on tour soon and I wanted to whip up something special ahead of time. Thus, the BIKER BITCH was born. Raised in the arid wasteland of 2045, she learned survival early and has no time for blind idealism. Skulls of her foes decorate her curves and a helmet hides eyes few have seen lest they step upon death’s door.
It’s been ages since I’ve been able to put something new up here. Apologies to all. I guess being the boss of my freelance world has it’s downsides. That said, here’s a lady warrior with a shattered blade. It took a few goes in the sketchbook before I settled on something I liked. i hope you all enjoy it! And a happy belated new year. Let’s slaughter this year like the sacrificial goat it is. SWORDS UP!
Devotees will note I haven’t been posting the last couple of months. Well, there’s good reason. I quit my day job and decided to pursue full-time freelancing as my main endeavor. Crazy, I know. But, it’s rather exciting and full of possibilities! I’m getting back on a regular posting schedule and am now taking on all sorts of commissioned work. If you’re so inclined, please email me — aaron[at]dtafm.com — and I’d be more than happy to talk through any particular requests.
Thanks for all the support over the last year. Now onward towards victory!!!
The fellas reached out for some new artwork after seeing a deadly mage drawing I had pitched to Gypsyhawk. I didn’t just want to rehash artwork and opted to come up with something a bit different. So this bearded wonder holding an orb of light was born. Some custom drawn type for the band name and extra cool dripping cloak helped push this to the heavy level it needed to achieve. Let’s just say the dudes were really happy with the final piece. So much so that stickers arrived within the week.
I’ve been lucky as of late with an ongoing flow of cool projects like the one you see here for the Super Serious Show in Los Angeles! Joel contacted me about doing some poster work and I was all to happy to jump on it. I went through a few sets of thumbs to figure out what I wanted to do.
I fell in love with the sci-fi spelunker and dove into refinement rather quick. I fiddled with a few different color schemes before settling on the Martian red. There was something rather appealing about a more monochromatic piece that just sucked me right in.
I tried to straddle a fine line between the right amount of detail and minimalism without it feeling more one than the other. I think it’s pretty successful in that regard. I may return to this and try an even more starkly limited palette.
This is the first of many collaborations to come. There’s already a second spelunker ready to explore. And I think a few of my initial thumbs could be fleshed out into some cool stuff. Don’t be surprised if you see some of these come back later on.
Thanks to Joel and Mandee for giving me the opportunity. If you’re reading this and in Los Angeles, I would highly recommend you go and get yourself a seat at this, or any of the future Super Serious Show shows.
GYPSYHAWK: SORCERESS OF BLADES // DTAFM // TUMBLR WEDNESDAY
I can’t seem to stop drawing things for these guys. Seriously, have you listened to them yet? WHY NOT!? Go, now. Here, you like Game of Thrones, right? Watch This! Pretty cool, right? Baratheon was a badass.
That said, I keep having ideas for posters and shirts and all sorts of things so I just keep making them. And they’ve been receptive to ALL of it. I see no reason to stop traveling down this path anytime soon. Ride onward! This piece was put together completely in Photoshop! I’m getting rather comfortable in there again.
"Hey, Aaron, can you whip up a picture of Paul F. Tompkins portraying Garry Marshall?" Earwolf asked. Yes, of course I can. In fact, my hand would be honored to render such a piece.
A tight timeline didn’t allow for mucking around. So I dove into things and landed on something we were all really happy with. A few tweaks — like making him have white hair and wearing a sweater — and we sent it off to the printer.