Monday, October 13, 2014

Another lesson from sketch to color

As with my previous post this demo was created the same evening as the preceding composition. This time using a Cintiq and SketchBook Pro to illustrate a concept sketch in black line and rendering the image with gray scale tinting over color instead of the other way around. You can follow the process in reverse by scrolling down...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sharing a lesson - From sketch to color

I gave a demonstration earlier this week in the Visual Development class at my school. I used a Cintiq (a specialized monitor for direct digital drawing} and Sketchbook Pro to create the image below. Something promotional as well as educational as you can follow the reverse history of the composition by scrolling down below.


Saturday, October 11, 2014


It's been a busy time the past few months. Finally things are lightening up enough to have some fun with art. I thank you very much for the continued solid traffic that's been coming to my blog during this phase. I'm glad that many people seem to enjoy looking at the images that are here.

I have a lot more to share folks. There's still a huge inventory of all kinds of interesting things. Some of the projects I've been working on lately has necessitated going into my archives for extra goodies. Plus I've had the chance to start drawing once more. 

I'll be back very soon to ramp it up. Thank you again!  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Joe Pearson's Crash Bandicoot - "Crash Gordon"

Busy isn't the word for it friends. That's the reason why I haven't been able to attend to my blog. I offer my sincerest apologies and pledge to get back to featuring art and the creative projects I'm involved with as soon as I can.

Meanwhile my buddy Joe Pearson has come to the rescue by providing me the opportunity of showcasing some original Crash artwork he came up with recently. This was done for one of Matt's auctions for the Worthing Boys Club in the UK. Joe calls it "Crash Gordon" playing off of the venerable Flash Gordon sci-fi hero. 

As I'm sure many of you Crash fans know Joe Pearson was a major force in the development of the project. He was the creative epicenter of it all. I'm expecting Joe to stop by my school for a visit later today. It'll be great hooking up with him once again.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Indiana - A view from the tracks

Hello friends. Sometimes I find myself in unusual places. A few days ago I decided to explore a train track I had been aware of for a while. It's in the state of Indiana which is part of the heartland of the US. The tracks are elevated on a hill of gravel and stone. Each side of the track is lined by a marsh but I was told by a local of a spot where I could climb up to the top. So I grabbed my cheap little camera and went on a hike of a couple of miles along the track to see what I could see.

Below are a few photos of the Indiana countryside from a perspective that only a train's engineer can appreciate. I know these aren't drawings but photos can still be art of course. 

America is a beautiful country...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Checking in to say hello

Hey there everybody. Want to say hi and thank you for continuing to visit my blog. I've been away for a couple of weeks on an emergency and am back in the saddle in Burbank as of this writing. Really surprised to see the steady traffic the blog gets even after a long pause. Guess there's so much content up now that it kind of has a life of its own.

I've dug up lots of old vintage stuff. A large amount of original never been seen He-Man and She-Ra images from the development of the series in the 1980s and more. Plus I'm set up with some new equipment that will let me scan this art more efficiently. I'm generating new work all the time and am still tracking down Thump to see if he's found the animated video from the 1990s if you're following the project so far.

There's a big cache of images from Crash Nitro Kart on deck as well.

Back soon with more art to share. Thanks again and wishing you the best.

Charles Zembillas 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thor and more...

Hello everybody and thanks for checking in. Busy busy busy and in a good way. Have not had the blog out of mind as I get a chance to do some drawing.

I was thinking about Thor and how I liked to draw him as a kid so I thought I'd sketch a version of him in the He-Man style...

Then I said to myself why not draw He-Man in the He-Man style of the original show of the 1980s of which I was a part of...

Then I visited a character I'm developing for another project...

This too...

Prepping lots of special stuff which I'll be following up with soon. Thanks for stopping. Wishing you the best!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Looking for Mona Lisa

At times I search for an enigmatic image in my mind of somebody that would fit the bill. It's fun for me to explore Mona Lisa. This is what I came up with tonight.