April 14, 2014

THE COLLECTIVE PODCAST


I recently had a chat with Ash Thorp on his internet show "The Collective". Ash is a talented designer/illustrator/motion graphics artist in the film industry and he hosts a weekly podcast dedicated to  having conversations with entertainment industry professionals. The show is very casual, being more of a free form conversation as opposed to an interview. During the course of the show we hit upon many different subjects including my book, work/life balance, self reflection and much more, so if you are interested you can check it out here: The Collective, ep.46 - Derek Stenning

Ash also has piles of other episodes of The Collective on his SoundCloud site, featuring amazing artists including Scott Robertson, Anthony Jones, Jeff Simpson, and Ryan Hawkins just to name a few. Visit The Collective and take a look.

Thanks to Ash Thorp for having me on!

April 6, 2014

TINY MOB GAMES


Here is an promotional illustration I did recently for Tiny Mob Games. Tiny Mob are a small, but growing game developer located in Victoria BC,  that focus on creating casual/mobile/social games for the "mid-core" market. You can check them out at : tinymobgames.com


Tiny Mob are currently finishing up their first title and they are planning on launching it later this spring. I had the chance to contribute to that project so I'll post some of that work once the project has been announced.

Thanks to Paul and Jamie at Tiny Mob.

March 15, 2014

FANTASY+ 5


Some pieces from my Entartete Kunst series have been featured in the latest, and 5th edition of the Fantasy+ art book. A small interview is also included along with my work. 


This is a great book, full of amazing work by artists from all over the world. Other artists featured include Matt Gaser, Tran Nguyen, Dennis Brown, Yu Donglu, Justin Hernandez, and many more I should mention, but I won't list them all here! 


Thanks to Vincent Zhao for asking me to be part of this book.

Fantasy+ 5 - The World's Most Imaginative Artworks is published by CYPI Press and is out now so go pick one up.
Cover art by Kerem Beyit.

March 8, 2014

KENSHO


A few pieces from my Entartete Kunst series were licensed by Dutch experimental/psychedelic beat artist Kensho to be used as covers for EP's in his new trilogy, Welcome to the Continuum. 


You can check out his work at his Bandcamp site, or on various online music outlets like Beatport, etc.


Thanks to Jakobus van der Ploeg.

February 15, 2014

2D ARTIST MAGAZINE FEATURE


Work from my Enartete Kunst series is on the cover and is featured in a 10 page article/interview in the February edition of 2D Artist Magazine. Topics covered include the EK Series, freelance work, concept art, and my book.

I had done character design walkthrough for 2D Artist last September, and it was great to work with them again.



This issue is also filled with great work from Calum Alexander Watt, Kurt Papstein, Geoffrey Ernault and B. Börkur Eiríksson, just to name a few. Check out a preview of the issue here.




Thanks to Jess Serjent-Tipping for the opportunity.

December 30, 2013

CBC RADIO


I was recently interviewed as part of a series on concept art featured on the CBC Radio program On The Island. In the interview segments included in the program we discuss the role of the concept artist in production as well as my new book.


Thanks to Sterling Eyford for including me in the program and for the beer!

December 24, 2013

PARKA BLOGS - EK BOOK REVIEW


Singapore based art book review site Parka Blogs has written a nice review of my book Born In Concrete: The EK Series. Along with the review are numerous interior photos and a video "flip-through" that gives a full overview of the book contents.


Thanks to Teoh Yi Chie for the kind words.

November 30, 2013

SPECTRUM 20


My piece "The Jellyfish (Garbage)" has been included in the 20th edition of fantastic art annual Spectrum, on a page alongside pieces by the amazing Thom Tenery and Richard Wright. As is the case every year, this book is filled with amazing art.


Spectrum 20 is out now and is worth picking up!

Spectrum cover art by Donato Giancola.

November 19, 2013

CTN ANIMATION EXPO


A couple pics of my book from the Design Studio Press booth at the CTN Animation Expo in Burbank, California this past weekend.

Thanks to Design Studio Press and to everyone that picked up a copy!

November 18, 2013

CONCEPT ART WORLD - EK BOOK FEATURE


Production art/design site Concept Art World has posted a little feature about my book on their website and Facebook page. Check it out here.

Concept Art World a great site that features production art and illustration by artists from games, film, etc. They featured some of my work earlier this year and I'm happy to be featured on their sites again.

Thanks to Louis Iracheta.

November 12, 2013

EK SERIES ARTBOOK RELEASED



My first art book, Born In Concrete: The EK Series was released today. Published by Design Studio Press, this hardcover book is 96 pages and features all the materials created for the Entartete Kunst series, including some new work created specifically for this collection.


I recently received my advance copies and I was very pleased with the quality of the final product. Nice paper stock with great colour and contrast on the images and nice details like book end pages, and head/tail strips, etc.


Amazon is still offering it at killer deal, so if you are interested in picking one up, now is the time to do it. Now that it is officially released it should also be showing up art/design book stores for those that still like buying their books the old fashion way.


Thanks to everyone that already purchased pre-order copies and big thanks to Scott Robertson and Tinti Dey at Design Studio Press for making it happen!

November 11, 2013

CLOCKWERK


A while back I posted about updating my website with some of the concept art I did for the Captain America: Super Soldier game, and at that time I mentioned posting some more of my production art in the future. Well it has taken longer than I thought but I finally got around to updating my website with some concept art from a game design pitch done a few years back at Next Level Games called Clockwerk.

This was a fun little design pitch that featured two bitter old caretakers, called Hausmeisters, that worked in the World Clock that governed all time in the universe. On their last day on the job the World Clock is invaded by Gremlins, and they have to repair the clock to restart time so they can finally retire! I won't go into the game mechanics here other than that it was a kind of puzzle game that involved rolling, floating, and some combat elements.


Almost all of the work I did for this pitch was character design along with a few promotional pieces. There was some more environment and some gameplay concept pieces created for this project, but most of it was handled by art director extraordinaire Barret Chapman (who also did all the animation for the animatic.....what a guy!). 


This design pitch was picked up by a major publisher only to be dropped a few weeks later when it was discovered that another division working within that company had a project with almost the same game mechanics (and they were 2 years in!). That's the way it goes sometimes


Go my website to see more.

I've also added a "Selected Media" section to my portfolio on my website to feature various appearances of my work across different forms of media (print, web, video etc.) for those interested in such things. Check it out here.

October 6, 2013

EK SERIES ARTBOOK



I'm happy to announce the publication of my first art book, Born In Concrete: The EK Series. This hardcover book collects all the work from my first personal project Entartete Kunst (EK). All the pieces that make up the series are featured, along with write-ups and detail images. The design materials for the Endeavor Snowboards and the Industria Mechanika collaborations are included, as well as images from several exhibitions that have featured work from the series. The book also contains a process section that outlines the creation of one of the pieces from start to finish, and to cap it off, the book also contains a bunch of EK material that hasn't seen the light of day.  


The book will be released on November 12th, 2013 and is being published by Design Studio Press. Based out of California, Design Studio Press is a publisher that focuses on releasing art and educational books by designers in the entertainment industry. They have an amazing catalogue featuring books by incredible artists including Syd Mead, Sparth, Stephan Martinere and Scott Robertson just to name a few. Their site, the their books, are definitely worth checking out. 


Born In Concrete: The EK Series is already available for pre-order at Amazon (for a killer deal at 30% off), and at various other online distributors (Book Depository, Waterstones, Booktopia, etc.) and will be available on, or after, November 12th, 2013 at most reasonably cool book/art/comic stores near you. 
  

Big thanks to Scott, Tinti and Ceci at Design Studio Press for making this book happen and for shepherding me through the process!

September 19, 2013

2D ARTIST MAGAZINE


I have a character design walkthrough in the latest edition of UK based 2D Artist Magazine. The article is part of the magazine's Evolution series, where artists design characters that have evolved or adapted to exist in a certain type of environment.

The environment I had to design for was the desert, and in the walkthrough I go through my design process, from research, reference gathering, exploring different design options and then creating a more polished design for presentation.


The issue also features great work by Ryan Lang, Rasmus Berggreen, and Vinod Rams to name a few.
Issue #93 of 2D Artist Magazine is out now and is worth checking out.


Thanks to Jess Serjent-Tipping and 2D Artist Magazine for the opportunity.