Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Order: 1886, Pre Viz Art

 Here are the first couple of pre viz paintings that I did for The Order back in 2010.

This pre-production painting is a combination of the top two images.  The details we taken a little further in order to be used in the initial game pitch video that was shown to Sony.

Friday, June 5, 2015


Here is a quick sketch that I did for a group project a while back.  It's just for kicks, and it's actually a touch up of an old unfinished sketch which you can partially see as the under drawing in the top image.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Concept Art - The Order: 1886

Whitechapel Lycan Concepts

Quick tone sketches of Lycan in human form, before transformation.  

Final concept

Human character portrait, and with effects.  The head is based on a 3D head scan that I manipulated in ZBrush, then painted over in Photoshop.

 Lycan portrait after transformation.  Lycan design and sculpt by Tobias Kwan, Adam Skutt and Jordu Schell.

Thanks for looking!


Friday, January 2, 2015

Sir Ramon

Finally, some sketchy stuff to put on this so-called sketch blog in the New Year.  Here is a sketch that I did for a fan that was one of the winners of Playstation's Road To Greatness Tour.  It was fun drawing him up as an honorary Knight of The Order.

You can check out his full story here: Video

Thanks for looking, Happy New Year!  Hope to post more soon.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Concept Art - The Order: 1886

Here's another visual development sketch done early on in the project.



Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Order: 1886 - Key Art

This is a tone sketch done while we we're developing the look of last year's teaser poster for E3.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

More Studies

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Concept Art - The Order: 1886

       Here's an early piece that I did a few years ago when Ready at Dawn was just starting to develop the look of the game.  If you're not up to speed, we were the featured story in the November issue of Game Informer. You can find a lot of info on the studio and the game from the main page here.  Also, I was lucky enough to work on the cover art for that issue, check out the final version here!  The cover features characters conceptualized by me and my concept brethren, Tobi and Mike (Mike did the inked logo on the GI cover as well), and also features some Photoshop magic from Steven "Chicago" Wen.

       I hope to post more art and/or links in the near future.  There's a lot of content done by a lot of talented artists, so stay tuned.


Saturday, September 14, 2013


"Keepin' the dream alive."  Here's a few thumbnail studies, from photos or paintings.



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Been Too Long

Here are a couple of studies to keep this blog going. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I'm All Thumbs

Here is a little exercise I started to incorporate in my daily routine.  Just little thumbnail studies done in the morning or after lunch to get warmed up.  I just take a few minutes to play with different palettes and/or compositions.  Some of these are done at random, and some are based on existing paintings or photographs.

That's all I got for now, thanks for looking!


Sunday, May 6, 2012


So, I promised a couple of pesky Canadians that I would update this slow moving, sketch-blog-thingy.  So here is an update from my current sketchbook.  Hope you're happy...Canadians(Mike & Tobi)!!!

These are just a couple of quick thumbnail pages that I like to squeeze in when I have some time.  Thanks for looking!


p.s. I actually really love our neighbors to the North

Friday, October 21, 2011

Homework cont.

 Ilya Repin

John Singer Sargent

I promised something NEWish, so here it is...more homework.  Something ORIGINAL coming soon.  



Thursday, October 6, 2011


       Here's another sketch from GoS.  It's an Atlantis statue concept that didn't fit it's intended space very well, so a simplified version was redesigned in it's place.  I'm posting this version because it was more fun to draw :)  Anyway, hope to post some NEW material soon.



Sunday, June 12, 2011

Warmin' Up

Trying to get back into some personal sketches...gotta keep up with the Kwanses.  This is an old sketch I decided to warm up with, I'll probably update it as I go along.

-stay tuned

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

been a while...

Needed something to keep this thing going.  This is for Dave Chow who's keeping it traditional and burning through his sketchbooks!  It's a little diddy from costume night at an LBC figure drawing session a while back.  Thanks for back soon....


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Happy New Year / Box Art

Here are early box art sketches that I did for Ghost of Sparta.  Obviously these didn't make the cut, but I thought I would share them anyway.  The concept of these covers was to keep Kratos mainly in shadow, as if he were an apparition.  This plays on his title as Ghost of Sparta.  The second part of the concept was to play up his red tattoo which symbolizes the loss of his brother, who appears later in our story...yada yada...

                                            Here is the initial sketch of the final direction.

The work you see on this blog is most of the work I was able to do on this project.  I came on pretty late in the game.  So, if you really want to see who made it happen, check out the work of these talented brozifs: Steven Wen, Tobi Kwan, Justin Murray, and JJ Shaw.

Also, Happy New Year!!!  and thank you so much to everyone who has stopped by this little sketch blog in 2010.  I really appreciate your time and comments.  Here's to 2011!

Thanks.....stay tuned.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Concept Art: God of War - Ghost of Sparta

Atlantis color study

 Atlantis statue

Spartan civilians

These are a couple of random pieces, I hope to post more in the weeks to come. Thanks.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Warm Ups

needed to post something new...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Winslow Homer Study

He's got some inspiring work, I dig his use of bold, graphic shapes.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Value Study

A sloppy value study...that's all I got for now. Hope to wrap up some old stuff I've been working on, I'll post it when I do.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy New Year

I figured I should post something for the new year to get this ball rollin'. This is an old studio test that I did about a year ago when I was on the job hunt. I've seen the test posted by a few other artists so I assume it's ok to post.

I want to thank everyone for stopping by and supporting this little sketch blog. I'd like to extend a special thanks to everybody who leaves me some feedback, it's much appreciated. Here's to another year, good luck.

- Joe

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Brush Lunch

I made a few new brushes and messed around at lunch. This doodle is based on the thumbnails that I showed below.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Flying Things

Here are some rough little sketches done for fun. Exploration, nothing more.