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The Last post from the Gamer who digs art…

Yes it is true….but with the death of this blog comes life anew.  New site.  New features and more importantly new art!

The blog has been a blast…but when it’s time to move on its time…

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Break down of my 1st photoshop painting…

Hello everyone…

I thought I would show a little of my art today.  This is a current series I am working on right now.  The series is called The Hunt and it stars three Jackals from the Halo Universe. 

Ok I am not a pro or anything at photoshop…but I can get by for a rookie in the medium.  I do have a background in painting some what so I used those skills in this digital painting.  I will go step by step on the first piece I did.  

The concept of the piece started with this sketch of a Jackal.  I liked the body structure from this sketch and decided to do an illustration on these characters.  Many people do halo fan art.  Many people do Elites and Grunts and Master Chiefs…but few jackals have had their own star to shine on them so I took it to task.  

So here we go three jackals all with weapons ready for action.  Simple pencil drawing…

After the pencils I decided to ink it….

I started laying in flat colors to all objects in the drawing then I started in with details using different size brushes, and different opacities…

Continued to add details…


Coloring all three jackals…and attempting to create some texture on their clothing…

moving on to the weapons and the foreground that they are all standing on…this may sound backwards but i do my middle colors first then go in with darks, then finish with lights again. Also starting the background rock.

More polishing and detailing the jackals and the environment…

Now here I thought I was done…but I felt something was missing so I had some people on HBN | LTM  take a look at it. (they follow the game and franchise pretty closely so if anyone could give me a tip or two it would be them!) 

So now my task was to add some ships in the background…


So I did two quick sketches on some Banshees…


Colored them in photoshop…


And here is the final…


Like I stated before I have a long ways to go in photoshop, but I do like it and hope to continue to get better.  All coloring was done with a mouse. (No tablet just yet)

I wouldn’t consider this a tutorial as I have so much to learn myself…this was just a peek inside of my way of creating art! 

Now I will finish with a “little” Master Chief! 


See ya soon!

Meet DrManiacal!!!

Over the next couple of weeks I will be interviewing fellow gamer/artist I have met on the internet!  The interviews are to get exposure to the growing world of talented gamers who are also artist! 


Everyone knows artist are involved in creating games on all levels.  But one thing I have noticed is that so many artist who grew up playing video games are now artist that love creating art depicting what they love to play.  Whether it is fan art or fine art, video game art is produced by the thousands on a daily basis.  

I showed some of DrManiacal’s illustrations over the weekend, and now we get a closer look at the person behind the art.  

Meet DrManiacal!!!

DrManiacal thanks for participating I really appreciate you taking time out for this!  Introduce yourself…

“Alright let’s see…”

“My name is Chris, but I go by ‘DrManiacal’ or just ‘Doc’ online. My interests include gaming and art of course, but I also enjoy golfing and bowling, as well as going to the movies, amusement parks, the mall, and various other places my friends decide to drag me to. My family also owns a boat, so fishing, tubing, swimming and simply riding around are some other things I like to do.”


*questions by me* *answers by DrManiacal* All artwork by DrManiacal

 What do you think the role of traditional art plays into in todays growing use of digital media? 

“In my opinion, traditional art is sort of being eclipsed by the new, digital media that has been developed over the past few years. You see more and more professional artists producing their work with programs like Photoshop and Corel Painter, rather than traditional media such as paint and canvas. I believe this is because the artist find that they have a lot more control over what they are creating, and that it is easier to put amazing detail into their work with digital media than with traditional media. Plus, certain features of Photoshop and Painter make painting with a tablet and the like a much quicker process than using traditional media. And time is a very important aspect to pro artists everywhere.”

How long have you been an artist? How long have you been a gamer? 

 “I’ve been drawing since I was around the age four or five, when my father brought home my first pack of crayons and a massize, poster sized sheet of paper he took from the newspaper company he worked for. But, I’ve only gotten serious about my art in the past year, since I figured out how to paint and make cool things in Photoshop, and since I met Raimu, the guy who is now one of my best friends and who served (and still serves) as my ‘art sensei’, so to speak. He’s played a major role in my developement and improvement as an artist in the past year, and I’d like to thank him for it here.” 

 What systems do own? What are you playing now?

 “Right now I own an Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, Gamecube, Wii, and N64. And even though I have most of the next gen, newer systems, right now I’m playing my N64 the most and revisiting my older games like Mario 64 and the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Though I play Super Smash Bros Brawl online quite a bit as well.” 

 How do games of today compare to games 3 years ago in terms of game-play/ replay value/ originality?

 “Hmm… well that’s kind of tough. Honestly, I’m having just as much fun with current gen games as I am with ones that date a few years back. Time Splitters 3: Future Perfect for instance is a couple years old now, yet I still find it nearly as entertaining as other, newer shooters like Halo 3. Newer games have massive graphical improvements over older games of course, but in my opinion, gameplay is still just as fun in the older games. And that’s what counts.” 

  Where are the future of games headed (next 3 years)?

“I really can’t answer that for sure… I know we’ll be seeing better and better viuals in games as the years pass, I have a hunch that there will be more and more MMO games like World of Warcraft produced do to their popularity, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing new systems produced by the three major gaming companies (Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo), but otherwise I don’t really know.”

 What do see yourself doing with your art? (Dreams/ goals/ ambitions)

 “Well, I’d like to improve my skills to the point that I could become a professional illustrator or concept artist, and work for gaming companies, or anyone else who would need the services of a good artist. But I have nowhere near the level of skill I’d need for that kind of career at this point, so I can only practice, and dream…

Last Question: Favorite game ever? 
 “Ooh, tough question. I think I’m going to have to say Super Mario 64 though. It was the first game I ever played back when I got my N64… 12 years ago I believe, and I’m still having fun with it today. I’ve played some amazing games like Smash Bros Brawl, the Halo series, Gears of War, and the Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion (which is a close, close second to Mario 64 in terms of awesome),but my first game still takes the cake.”

Thank you DrManiacal!  It was a knock out of an interview!  We will all be looking forward to more work from you!  If you want to see his full gallery click DrManiacal

He is always looking for some heads to crack in Smash Bros Brawl for the Wii!

Finally another post!!!

Man…I have been pretty busy…

It has been close to 2 months since I blogged and I promise it will be better in the coming days.  I will be posting about every other day if not everyday starting with today’s post! 

I have a website and it has been up for a while (It’s more like a 4 page under construction site!) The main idea of the site is to get Gamers who love art to come together and show off their game art.  Any game, and any form of art.  The contest portion of the site is how artist are able to win a free game on a monthly basis. Some people have sent me some stuff to show off which is pretty cool…my problem is I and trying to find the best way to create an easy to view gallery to display their art.  Here are some of the cool images so far….


These two illustrations were done by my lovely wife ellia.


Two quick things about these illustrations : 1 kratos made it into Gameinformer- August issue- (I think she won!) and 2 Nariko is available in a high qaulity print (  She is the greatest, supporting me through it all!! Isn’t she a faboulous artist? 

This is from endrit selimaj. (Work in progress)  He goes by BrokenCloud on Xbox live, and is a buddy I met while playing Halo 3 online.  Thanks for the support bro! 


This is from a very good friend of mine, Dan Kyle ( Just an awesome and versatile artist! 

This was done by a friend of my wife from flickr. This piece is simply amazing.

Truly unique and creative all the way around!  Gotta love the Legos Kratos! 


This was done by the uber talented wyvernsmasher.  I met this gamer/artist on deviant art! This is just a fantastic shot from my favorite game! The colors, the texture all great! 


These two were done by xxEpicxx.  He has some mad skills as well.  More to come from this guy I promise! 



These were done byDrManiacal.  Great artist and a really humble person!  I can’t wait to see more from this guy! 


Now this was a truly ambitious piece by lukedenby.  Where to start with this one…the fact that it deals with halo 3 is enough but the detail and all the characters in this one WOW! Great stuff man and looking forward to seeing more things from you! 



Wow…this guy has some talent…he goes by the name Kalel06 maybe because the only thing that can slow his down is kryptonite! I met him on (which is a cool site by the way!) and I really respect his comments and approach to art.  His real name is Nelson Polanco and he also has a nice blog as well!


And finally I guess I have to show some art as well since it is my site and all…

And finally I guess I have to show some art as well since it is my site and all…Hope you likes…

Well that is the round up so far…like I said before the site is being worked on right now and if you have any suggestions on a nice gallery format email me!! I have people ask me why make this site…

This site is the for the average Joe who likes games and have an artistic side as well.  The site was created to give recognition to gamers who dig and can create some good looking art.

If you would like to submit some video game art send it to or If you haven’t seen the site yet check out  

Next up:  Winner from the first contest The Big Three is announced and what he won!   Also details for the second contest VS will be announced as well.  

see Ya Soon!