A collection of layout* design created for the imaginary world of Nester. Done as an experiment to help find ways to apply branding to a fictional world.
I have found in my experience that good design and fantasy content don’t always play in the same space; so it has been a fun creative challenge to try and bridge that gap!
In crafting these, I was very much inspired by vintage newsprint and editorial design from 1930-1950’s.
*Focusing primarily on layout for these, the copy is complete gibberish placeholder text.
Lately I have been experimenting more with applying motion to my illustrations to give them a little extra life using very simple animation techniques.
I LOVE adding music and SFX to them and seeing these things come alive!
As I continue to develop more stories and refine my skills over time, I’m sure I will be finding lots of fun new ways to add motion to my future comics and illustrations.
Quest of Death
A ‘Choose-Your-Own-Adventure’ webcomic on Instagram.
The story follows Birt, a little man made of gas, who is being pursued by some wicked powerful gods that want to have him killed for some unknown reason. Fans participate directly in Birt’s major decisions along the way to help guide our hero along a treacherous journey filled with magic and DEATH.
A soundtrack cover design I created with iam8bit, for Viva Piñata—a video game produced by Rare. Composed by Grant Kirkhope.
Since this game is all about cute piñatas that are alive, I created the cover to look and feel like an actual Piñata using multi-color strips of actual paper.
The cover is also slightly embossed to add an extra level of texture to the whole thing. Upon opening the album, one will find an illustrated cast of the creatures from the game done in my personal style.
Iam8bit does excellent work on nostalgic artwork and products centered around video games we all know and love.
A spin-off from Quest of Death, hosted on Patreon, that I’m currently working on in my spare time for my beloved super fans out there.
Like the Quest, this project is also interactive! Taking it a step further though, the Side Quest gives supporting patrons more specific choices regarding what I should include in the story/artwork of the next issue. It’s fantasy world-building on social media!
A little showcase of background images I have created over the years for various projects like Quest of Death and the Side Quest.
I have always been inspired by traditional animation techniques involving hand drawn characters animated over dynamically painted scenes. I find myself continually striving to emulate that look in my own work.
A series of work dedicated solely to my love of giant creatures.
There’s something so satisfying to me about seeing impossibly large lifeforms coexisting with smaller ones on the surface below.
Often in movies and on television these kinds of creatures are always portrayed as being so destructive and violent—but I usually prefer to think of them as wise and peaceful wanderers of the earth; just kind of floating along.
I like to imagine what a creature of such age and size would be thinking of when it looks at a tiny little castle or log cabin.