Friday, December 12, 2008

progress sketch for poem artwork

This is the pencil I am working on for the set of a poem I am doing art for. The two characters will be dropped into the artwork and then colored. So this is more of a progress piece.
To be put up on my wife's blog for her poems.
copyright scott cattanach 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

More Whimsical Characters

I have always wanted to illustrate children's books. These are some recent pieces I have done recently for my wife's poems.
copyright scott cattanach 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Fun Time Zombie Land

Return to the land of the dead. I pulled some sketchbook work of my friends the zombies.
All work is under copyright of scott cattanach.

Cecilia's Closet - meatpion

This is another character from CL, one of the horrors from the dark.
copyright scott cattanach

Friday, December 5, 2008

SDC Graffiti Logo

One of my graffiti t-shirt graphics. I like twisting extruded shapes for letters. 
copyright scott cattanach 2008

Fantasy Warriors and Magic - Illustrations

In the time before I had started my professional career I spent a lot of my time either taking part in sports activities I enjoyed or working on my artwork.

In the time after high school I really wanted to work in the comic industry, and that eventually was my first professional art job. I worked as a digital colorist for Malibu Comics, which was then bought out by Marvel. Then Marvel shut the house down and shipped all the work to Ireland because it was cheaper. So right after I went to Klasky Chupo to do character Design for Duckman. Which was a whole different story. But that gig was short lived and I ended up doing freelance comic coloring from someone I worked and Malibu/Marvel with.

In the time before that job I focused a lot on my illustration detail and characters complexity. I used a set of Rapideograph pens to ink my pencils. I usually spent most of my day and well into the night riding my bike from place to place spending hours drawing and drinking coffee. In the 90's Ventura had a nice selection of living room style coffee houses. These were great environments for paying little for coffee and spending large amounts of time there. Which allowed for me to focus on the detail I wanted to put into my drawings, potential portfolio.

The first piece of the witch and cat was from 93 and the second was after getting into Malibu and was done in 95. Both are copyright protected under Scott Cattanach.

Cecilia's Closet - character design - minions

Cecilia's closet is another of my story lines that has been somewhat abandoned. I have narrowed my work flow to make sure I can get work done. It has not been completely abandoned but for right now it is dormant. These are character concepts for some of the characters on the darker side of a dark story. All characters, concepts and story lines are owned and copyright protected under Scott Cattanach, no material may be used in whole, part or likeness without artists permission.

Horror Illustrations

Early in my drawing life i found i loved and had a good hand for drawing horror illustrations. Growing up and living a night life of nightmare dreams i had a full library of ideas to draw from. This is a sketchbook piece i did back in 1995 copyright scott cattanach.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Character Designs

This is a selection of different character designs for work and personal.
copyright scott cattanach 1997, 2004, 2003, 2004, 2003

Character Design - Smog Man

This piece was a character design done freelance for a video game back in 1998. I am not sure if the game was completed or not. copyright scott cattanach 1998

Character Concept - Desert Vampire Boy

Sometimes the random paths of drawing come to characters that turn out to be your favorite creations. This was one of a group of characters created in one of my sketch books, that I did some digital coloring on. The desert vampire boy is in motion repelling back towards the sky and a trail of blood in the sky will lead from victim off screen. copyright scott cattanach 2006

Character Design - Alien (aquatic)

This was a piece I did as a pencil test for a job application. There was about a dozen character and perspective illustrations done for the job test. Drawn in 1997 copyright scott cattanach.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

zombie land

I have always loved working with monsters and creatures. And of course there is true fun in working with zombies. the template is already there, the world, everyone you see. Just take a little off here and there and keep the essence of the individual. This sketch was from one of my 2002 sketchbooks where I was working directly with color pencils for sketching. It gives little room to go back. An exercise in knowing what you are laying down. This fellow just has that special something.
copyright scott cattanach 2002

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

monkey dirty pants

Everyone knows if you got a monkey, you got diapers. Or you have crap flying all over the place. And no one wants that. copyright scott cattanach 2001

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thought Process

copyright scott cattanach 2007

character design

I am in the process of reviving an old story concept that was started and set to the side. I liked the concept of the story but had others at the time that were more important. In starting back I have to get the feel of the world again, and sketching characters is a large part of that process for me. all concepts are originals by scott cattanach copyright 2008

female warrior pencil

This is a common theme for me. Character design was always a comfortable place for me, this piece is from a sketch book that I redrew and tightened up on a sheet of velum. copyright scott cattanach 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

This is a sumi brush piece done for a poem by Johnathan Verkat.

Growing up in Ventura, the beach and surfing were pretty important parts of my life. I continued my surfing adventures when in the Air Force stationed in Goldsboro NC. Only about an hour from the beach and having every other day off, my friend Ray and myself spent a very large portion of our time surfing the different beaches along the North Carolina coast. Cape Hatteras was one of the most incredible beaches and swells I have had the joy of surfing. Paddling out the day before the eye of Hurricane Hugo hit was probably one of the craziest things I have done. Category 4 hurricane by the time it hit, category 5 before land fall, there was not a lot to surf being about 4 to 5 foot chop with insane winds. I had to drag my 9' Dewey Weber down the beach as it was impossible to carry. It spun like a propeller behind me. How the boards stayed on top of the car the ride back is beyond me. How I dodged the car that lost control in front of me and started cranking out 360's at 75 mph in blinding rain is a miracle.
As my art career needed time to perfect my skills I had to spend less time in the water. Now living in the pacific northwest in the Puget Sound there is not much surfing to do. I am in the slow process of starting a small side business with my artwork. A lot of the designs revolve around surfing, skating and graffiti. This illustration is one of the t-shirt designs I have completed.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

As cartooning is rooted in my heart, I blended into the graffiti world quite easily. Truth is one of my best friends badgered me for quite a few years before I gave into doing graff with him. Well as a result I am still doing some amount of graff to this day. I am spending more of my energies trying to take what I have learned from the streets and transform it to business. I started writing back in 96 or 97 while living in Ventura ca. I mainly worked on stickers that I freely gave away by the hundreds and spread like a disease across a large area of so cal. To this day I still get requests for some of my oldest stickers from people I do not know. It has been a great experience meeting and getting to know the different artist I have been exposed to through graffiti. The level of thought and creativity that is put into works by the artists I have known I truly inspiring. I would say this design is a tribute to my love for the streets and the people I have met on and from them. This SDC (social deviant culture-or-scott david cattanach) city block illustration has my love for detailed illustrations and cartooning intertwined with the respect I have for the different graff artists I have had the pleasure of meeting and calling friends. This piece is not quite done, it has some more rendering to go. I am using this as a progress piece and will update with finished piece when it is completed.

robot marketing illustration

This is another illustration I did for marketing postcards at work. 

I love drawing goofy cartoon characters. Monkeys have been a sketchbook focus for a couple years now. This is one of the better characters from those drawings. This will be used for a marketing piece at the printing co. that I work for. I have the ability to use my own artwork when creating our marketing.


In this blog you will see and read about projects I am working on for myself or work being done for other projects I involve myself in or have in the past. I have other online presences, but I am going to attempt to keep a current blog on projects. 

I enjoy working in a wide range of styles and mediums. I have a deep root in cartooning and comics above everything else. I have a large amount of stories that I am trying to work and finish among other work. I would say I use the wide range of styles to keep myself interested and not burned out. 

I grew up in Ventura CA, but now live in Everett WA up near seattle. I work as a graphic designer for a print company. While working on all of my other work on the side.