Preparations

Hi All, 

I have a show coming up this November at the Urban Hive in Sacramento. I will be showing artwork from "The Savage Man in the Savage World" Series. There are several paintings that represent this series, however, I have decided to beef up the number of works by adding some ink drawings. These framed drawings are turning out really sweet and are very accurate representations of my hopes for this project. I am keeping them simple while staying true to the themes I am exploring in the Savage Man Series.In

Ink Drawring

Quick Work

I took the time to do a fantasy painting in Photoshop. Digital work offer's some really incredible levels of flexibility and some nice effects. I'm just barely scratching the surface with this painting, but I sure hope I can start getting some work doing this Genre Artwork.

Exemplar Errant from Warmachine

Digital "Painting"

I love traditional media, but in today's illustration market digital offers flexibility and vibrant colors born for the internet age.

Last night I sat down and hammered out this character sketch. Don't ask me how I chose this Character (I think he/she is from sonic?) , it's a weird story. But I figure I should let everyone know that I didn't die. I am still drawing things.

Digital Painting of some character!

Character Design

An important part of creating illustrations of imaginary things is making sure you know what the heck is going on. There is a race of genetically engineered aliens that run around in the world of Mad Piracy and part of keeping some continuity is establishing basic information about these characters.

A "Turn-around" is a drawing of the same creature or character from the front, side, and rear. It is really important for understanding a character three-dimensionally. These character sheets are commonly used for video games, comic books, and animation.

Now you can look at a turn-around character sheet I did for the Europan aliens. Please enjoy!

Sean Sutter.

Europan Mercenary 

Awesome Sci-Fi Illustration

Well, I finished the Sci-Fi Illustration I started a little over a week ago. It turned out sick. It is 18"x24" acrylic on birch panel. Im really pleased with the result. I go back and forth about working traditionally versus digitally. But even though scanning and making the image look good on the computer is extra work I now have a sweet original painting to hang on my wall.

-Sean Sutter

P.S. Pew Pew Bzzzzt! BOOM! Rata-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta. Chik Boooooom! BLAM! POW

Cover Illustration for Mad Piracy

New Illustration

One advantage to using traditional mediums to make Illustrations is that in the end you have a unique object. One of the disadvantages, however, is that you have to scan them to post them on the internets. I did this painting almost a year ago now. But it is still sick. So please enjoy.

Sean Sutter

Ascension to Chaos from "Ghosts of the Savage World"

Ranger Hero

I love fantasy characters, as you may have guessed. Here is a sketch I did for a character that appears in the same story as a few other characters I've shown here. The knight, barbarian girl, veteran, and pigman are all part of this same world.

Caleb Sutter and I put together a script for a comic back in... maybe 2007. It was tons of fun to draw and I got around 18 pages into the book before I lost steam. It's been a few years and I'm at least a little better at drawing now, so I decided to reimagine these characters during my warm-up sketches.

These characters may have  some reason to be drawn, but expect greater than one hundred more fantasy characters in the near future. ;)

-Sean Sutter

Sannis: Fantasy Ranger Hero!

Jealousy

The Villain show; "I'm Not Bad, I'm Just Drawn That Way" was last night. We had a great turn-out. I can say with confidence that it was the most fun art show I've been a part of. There were some great works of art full of humor and nostalgia. For my part I did two Ink and Watercolor drawings. One of Poison Ivy from Batman, and one of the cruel Skeksis from The Dark Crystal. Those Jim Henson fantasy movies are among my favorite. I can also comfortably say that those puppets add a level of verisimilitude that is genuinely disturbing.

Here's to Jim Henson and the creative team that brought us world's unlike anything we've seen before!

-Sean Sutter

Cruel, heartless, and the embodiment of sin. The Skeksis

Matt Beard

Today I spent the afternoon talking art with Matt Beard. Mr. Beard is an excellent painter whom I admire very much. It was really great to learn about his professional practice and his experience making Art his primary pursuit. We talked a lot about painting, business, and why we make art. If you haven't seen Matt's Artwork, I highly encourage you to check it out at www.MattBeardArt.com

-Sean Sutter

"Afternoon Fog Bank"  by Matt Beard

"Afternoon Fog Bank"  by Matt Beard

100 SPACE MEN!!!

What started as an exercise in brainstorm/thumbnail character design turned into a challenge to create 100 unique Sci-Fi characters.

Personally I love miniatures, so I decided to turn these little sketches into paper-doll characters for war gaming and sci-fi roleplaying. 

"Mad Piracy" is a tabletop skirmish game by Nyle Ajina and Myself. These paper guys will stand in till actual miniatures can be produced.

Print, color, cut them out, stand them up, and play games!

Play Safe

Sean Sutter

HSU Art Department

     For the past two years I've been working on my Bachelors degree at Humboldt State University. I am now a few weeks from graduating and I want to say a few words about my experience.

     When I started at HSU I had an extremely narrow focus on my career in art. I had been pursuing comic book illustration almost exclusively. But because I was entering a school with a general art curriculum it wasn't an option to focus exclusively on illustration. I struggled with the lack of specialization and felt restricted. Now, I cannot reconcile that perspective with my experience. 

1 hour plein air

     I am deeply grateful that my undergraduate degree was generally focused on Art. Because I learned more than just what my immature taste would dictate. I was opened up to a world of possibilities. Don't take that the wrong way, I love comics, and still have every intention to make comics! All I'm saying is backgrounds for example, might still sound like a chore rather than the delight I have found by painting landscapes.

    My biggest fear, I suppose, had been that I wouldn't have the opportunity to really excel in the CSU; as opposed to entering the competitive atmosphere of an art school. But my hard work and drive met a level of freedom and support that I wasn't expecting, at all. I was accepted into the Honors Painting program and awarded a studio space to freely act as a professional artist. The Honors program at HSU really offers something special to it's participants. We are certainly expected to work extremely hard, but we are also given freedom to pursue whatever art we want. Additionally, it provides intensive critique throughout the semester and a community of driven artists. 

     This studio has been incredible. Beyond the space and community the studio offers proximity to figure drawing classes several times a week and a wild-life building brimming with scientific specimens.

A love note to HSU

     Ultimately, I can only say that I am extremely grateful for my time at Humboldt State University. Perhaps when I move onward into a graduate program I will get the focus I thought I wanted out of my undergraduate. However, I see my art education developing in the perfect order. Just like a painting worth it's salt I will move from general to specific. I am building my art career in the exact order I never knew I wanted. Because I now have taste, skill, and theory I never would have equipped myself with otherwise.

    I would like to extend a special thank you to some of the staff that made my undergraduate degree so valuable. These professors invested a lot of energy to make this art program exceptional: Teresa Stanley, Erin Whitman, James Moor, Denton Crawford, Rick Febré, Lien Truong, and Sondra Schweman.

Again, Thank You.

Sean K Sutter ( important contemporary artist™ )

Plein Air from Founder's Hall, HSU