“Beast of The Enemy // Pronghorn”
Hand-painted Xbox Controller
Back in late August, Microsoft commissioned eight artists to customize a set of new controllers for Xbox One. I was lucky enough to be tapped for this project – and, even better – I was given free reign to do pretty much whatever I’d like.
(Animal Battle, duh).
The project presented some new challenges for me (which I dig). While I waited for my concept sketches to be approved, I did my research. How exactly do you paint a remote control anyway?
Because my controller would only be displayed, and not used in play, I didn’t have to worry too much about maximum durability (i.e. – shows no wear even when smashed onto the floor by overzealous gamers), but I still wanted it to have the permanence of a painting.
After disassembling the controller, I lightly sanded the entire surface with very fine grained sandpaper. Then, I applied a few coats of white acrylic gesso, mixing in a little yellow on the final coat.
From there, it was just a matter of transferring my concept sketch onto the remote. Most of the challenge was getting reacquainted with my old buddy “Acrylics” while befriending a new stranger “3-Dimensional”.
Once the painting process was complete I applied a few coats of high-gloss varnish, for sparkly protection. I then reassembled the controller and VOILÁ! An Xbox One controller, Animal Battle style.
Funnily enough I haven’t seen any other controllers from this artist series pop up on the Internets, but since I saw that Xbox France tweeted out an image of my own remote, I know they’re floating around out there somewhere. Hopefully the whole collection will be posted soon.
Hope y’all are having a wonderful holiday season.
12 x 16″
Fozzie is the Patch Adams of the Animal Battle world. Laughter is the best medicine, even if the jokes are a little bad. Fozzie means well.
(click to watch a quick time-lapse gif)
As with all of my paintings, little mistakes are usually made along the way. You can see my adjustments for the mishaps I made while painting young Fozzie.
Fozzie joins the rest of the army over at AnimalBattleArt.com.
(click to see this gif in action)
This little Bobcat has joined the ranks at animalbattleart.com.
A special 8 x 10″ commissioned piece.
With an abundance of wild energy, a voracious appetite to destroy things, and the ability to bark simple, monosyllabic orders, Animal of the Muppets would be a perfect candidate for an Animal Battle Captain.
Animal! has joined the army over at www.animalbattleart.com and is also now available as a print from my shop.
EAT DRUM! EAT DRUM!
I sense a Fozzie Bear soldier joining the ranks soon.
The Enemy (Pronghorn)
22 x 15″
Another Beast of the Enemy (Fear). I made a couple quick ink sketches before embarking on the final work to refine my super precise splatter techniques. Kidding, of course, although I don’t know how I didn’t spray ink all over the negative spaces on accident.
I adapted this monster from a Pronghorn, which aren’t inherently evil creatures, but stick a few menacing lightening bolts and snorts that emit smoky tendrils into the picture and you’ve got a Creep on your hands.
ALSO – hey guys. I’ve started collecting all of my Animal Battle soldiers in one place. They look good hanging out together: www.animalbattleart.com.
Posted in Animal Battle, Illustration, Ink, Process, Sketchbook
Tagged Animal Battle, Fear, gouache, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, Pronghorn, The Enemy, watercolor
Soldier of The Enemy
12 x 16″
Last week, I began the search for The Enemy in my sketchbook. In Animal Battle, The Enemy represents Fear and Doubt. I let my pencil and brush search out the details that would personify those negative feelings: the black smoke of doubt that clouds your mind, the heart-jolting strike of fear. From these sketches the first soldier of The Enemy was born.
On a lighter note, this fella is based on the tenacious Honey Badger (because Honey Badger don’t care.)
Posted in Animal, Animal Battle, Process, Sketchbook
Tagged Animal Battle, gouache, Honey Badger, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, The Enemy, watercolor
Giraffe Scout (of the Eyes + Hands Army)
22 X 15″
In the world of Animal Battle, there are tasks that need to be performed by different soldiers, just like in the real world. One such task is that of a land surveyor, who helps blaze new trails and maps out campsites. Giraffes are a perfect candidate, naturally, since they are one giant long neck and a head above the rest. As it happens, they’ve got a knack for cartography, too.
A Ring-Tailed Cat – also known as a Miner’s Cat – isn’t a cat at all. This species actually belongs to the raccoon family (as you can probably tell by that super fluffy stripey tail). It is also the official state mammal of my former home, Arizona.
As I slowly settle back into a routine in my studio, I’m discovering the process for these Animal Battle paintings is pretty minimal. I usually research a bunch of images to reference for each new animal, then do one quick sketch (seen above) to figure out what my beast will wear. In this case, I wanted to arm this soldier with succulents from his arid desert environment, as well as prickly pear cacti and a few barrel cactus.
I wouldn’t mess with this guy.
Posted in Animal Battle, Illustration, Process
Tagged Animal Battle, Arizona, Cacti, Desert, gouache, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, Ring-Tailed Cat, watercolor
Thanks to the good word of a fellow AZ ex-pat and motolady, Cindy of Fashion Serial Killer, I had the pleasure of working on this fun poster promoting the first Women’s Ride with See See Motorcycles.
Paintin’ this number was almost as fun as riding a motorbike (but not quite). Speaking of, can it be Portland summer now?
This particular beast is a Striped Hyena.
One of the aspects I’m taking advantage of with this series is the opportunity to discover unfamiliar species.
Like most folks I was familiar with the hyena, but I’d never seen a striped hyena. One of their most striking features is their mane, which sticks up like a crazy mohawk when excited.
With less than 10,000, this animal is considered “near threatened” to extinction.