Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tiger, my dog (coincidentally also the greatest dog who has ever lived), wishes you all a healthy and safe New Year. He also wants you to know that my website,, is up and running, some kinks still need to be worked out, yadda yadda. 


-b.e., the last day of '08

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

just testing my animated gifs. nothing to see here, people.

Monday, December 8, 2008

2 down. -
fyi this will probably be the last upload for now,
i don't have the time to update on the craziest
week i've had up to this point...
I will definitely link up my website here in the coming weekend,
it'll be done and i'll be happier.

1 down, 20 to go. (lol, yeah right.)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

everyone has a different way of working.

I was lucky enough to find the initial sketch that I made for this final piece, and well, for this one that I did last year it is pretty much cut and dry.
It was more or less an experiment with certain kinds of brush presets; in this case I basically scanned a sketch and went right overtop of it on a painted layer, no other layers, like texture layers or blending layers accompanied it. The textures on the rocks were made pretty easily by blowing up a large pastel brush and turning the opacity down way low and just bricking it.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


*sorry about the beginning glitch, this was the best uploaded version blogspot could handle. The actual version doesn't contain weird gridding crap.*

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Since my blog seems to be taking shape into more of a nostalgic art thread on my behalf, I figure i'll post some homework pics as well.
to all those wondering what art college must be like:
most of every assignment will you have questioning reality at all times.
BUT- there are some assignments buried deep in the endless piles of homework that you very much enjoyed working on. For me, it had to be the game board project in Sophomore Ad & Graph. It was a wonderful exercise of communication, conceptualization, and specializing everyones' uniqueness in making a superbly enjoyable end result.
It was a great honor writing the basis and characters for the game, and an even greater experience to see other people craft it into a reality.
Matt Koulermos, Luke Deady, and my good pal Emily Spear are the team in the photo above.

Painting, drawing, and sculpting is one thing, but to make interactive art was a majestically rewarding learning experience. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I really miss the way I drew in high school.
There was no thought, no planning, no goal,
just the ink and the paper

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Obviously the whole world around us 'artists' floods us with the outcome of what we make will eventually look like. Music, movies, games, everything effects how we grow and evolve as students of our craft. For as long as I can remember, I always put a song on repeat, for hours, god help me hours and I draw away like a machine (or at least that was the case before junior year of college). I can even remember the song I listened to when I went through about half of the sketchbook this particular page came from:

I swear, if I ever publish anything it will be just a collection of all the things i've drawn on anything ever handed to me from school, from age 5-21. I seriously could release 100  300-page volumes. But then again, who'd enjoy that? );3

i'm trying my best to upload an image a day, at the least.
let's hope I can stick to it.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

well, i've finally settled on what my website background image is going to be. 
picked it at random, but I think it works fine. 

other than that i'm knee deep in animating stuff  and programming my site up, this semester is getting more insane by the minute. I'm missin the pals hard right now

Thursday, November 20, 2008

This semester is really, really cracking down on me.
I'm looking forward to uploading movie files for the viewing public soon.

Friday, November 14, 2008

slightly more recent stuff - 
Well i've had advice from friends to upload more recent things, so I guess i'll post more things from last year.

More legacy stuff, only thing I was really digging on this one was the sword and the grenadier's get-up.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

One of the friggin countless sketches I made for Legacy.
I can remember Ron Tardino, my teacher and well-known legend at the 
illustration dept. at C-Cad, telling me,


the cool thing about drawing, just like, well, every last thing in life-
is that it has a story. Every bit of it, every scratch of ink had a thought behind it.

I want to say I drew this about 3 years or so ago.
I was staying at my pal Jeff's house- this log cabin in the most beautiful hillside,
buried in trees and wrapped in sunlight during the day and completely dark at nightfall.

It was the first night I had sat down to play Resident Evil 4, and, some hours later, Jeff
trotted off to bed and in the wee hours of the night I stayed up all night and drew, drew, drew.

I'm not sure what goes through your head when you are doing the thing(s) you love, 
I can remember that I felt like the whole world was asleep that night when I was drawing.
Thinking that all over the world, even on the other half where the sun is shining, people took
the time to take a nap. I really felt like I was the last person awake that day,
doing his best to make sense of the time I was lucky to have by myself.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

 I can remember doing a bunch of drawings 
while looking at the screen playing Vagrant Story.
Truth is, no one can copy a masterpiece.
That's the point of the piece being mastered.

remember how awesome it was to learn new things,
like the hue/saturation tool? 

Yeah, hah, it's still got it.

For all the potential onlookers, friends, and fellow creators,
my name is Brian Elliott, a soon-to-be graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design.

I don't get out half as much as I used to when I was a much more bright eyed kid in the city,
so hopefully this site will be a good window for everyone who might happen to wonder what
it is I might be doing in my day to day life of defeat and victory.

This blog stuff is new to me, so i'll make sure to upgrade it and 
throw on links to my fellow guys and gals on the front lines.
For the most part, i'll do my best to keep this blog a day-to-day upload 
of old sketches that have never seen the light of day for your viewing pleasure.

be good, be just.


Friday, November 7, 2008

The first of many.