Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Digital Matte fun, AGAIN!!!

Another bit of practice doing digital matte painting. If nothing else, they could also serve as hyper-detailed concept art...



Sunday, January 17, 2016

The trip - Meeting awesome peeps!

While on an adventure to see family in Texas,  I met two awesome folks.

Dalton and his lady, Heather.

They, like myself, enjoyed the rest stops along the way, the beautiful views of our great country, and we chatted a bit.

We got to talking about our own adventures, and they inspired me to draw the two of them as cartoon characters that have GREAT adventures.

I told them what I was going to do, and now that the holidays are out of the way, I finally have time to do what I said I would do.

Here they are at a rest stop, and the sketches I made of them. The gun is to fire sponge wads at things...

...I hope to render them in color soon, and post that work once done.

I also hope to hash out a story, or an anthology of them, and create a very kewel graphic novel. Hopefully, once complete, I will post again to my blog where the graphic novel will be available!

Thanks for having a look, and be sure to come back for another visit soon!!!

P.S. Heather had a Pikachu backpack, but for the sake of making the design original, I gave her a teddy-pack instead.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sneak Peek - The Sequel

Thumbnail sketching ideas. I REALLY like liatening to film soundtracks while I work. I was playing the soundtrack to the film "Sucker Punch" while doodling this.

Sucker Punch Soundtrack

Saturday, November 7, 2015


Drawn traditionally and painted digitally, this was a GREAT and FUN piece to develop. Thanks for having a look!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Digital Matte Painting

This was one of the exercises in the book "d'Artiste: Matte Painting". Once again, I tried to use the instructor's lesson as a guideline to facilitate design practice on the fly.

Thanks for having a look!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Digital Paint Practice - 01

A digital practice piece. The instructional book, "Bold Visions: The Digital Painting Bible" by Gary Tonge (published by Impact, ISBN-13: 978-1-60061-020-2, ISBN-10: 1-60061-020-X), had something similar as one of its courses. In order to also practice on design, I tried to create a variant rather than just copy what the instructor did. I might add bubbles, but perhaps not. In the distant future, I'd imagine a superior air refiltering would be in use, if not already being so. Maybe a few more distant craft, and a little more concentrated levels of particulates in spots, or schools of sealife...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sketch Exercises 07

This exercise dealt with large spaceship designing, and like all the other 3d Total lessons, this showed MANY facinating variants that can be drawn, and what different shapes can "say" about the intended use of that ship design.

This was my Battle Cruiser variant.

P.S. Anyone interested in these lessons can buy the books and ebooks either on or (both are AWESOME sites FILLED with educational resources for the serious artist)


Sketch Exercises 06

This was my own self imposed exercise, an aircraft for one of my projects, and I now feel I really MUST build it. (Gotta build a rudementary vaccuform machine first...) o_O

Fun, fun fun!!!


Sketch Exercises 05

This exercise drew off the previous exercises when it asks the student to combine all the parts into one device/character/doomaflitchy. This was my mech combo efforts.

Sketch Exercises 04

This exercise helped me, da student, get ideas rolling when creating various mechanical parts. I really LOVED this exercise...

Sketch Exercises 03

One of the 3d Total exercises dealt with robotic concepts. I really love the 3d Total lesson books. The teachers encourage the student to come up with their own variants within the exercise. Here was my two variants...

Sketch Exercises 02

This exercise was dealing with horns. Horns, a

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sketch Exercises 01

A month or so ago, I purchased a number of books and ebooks to help me gain a firmer grasp on various conceptual design subjects. Some books will train me further on design, and others will help me advance my abilities in digital art, specifically in the scifi and fantasy genres.

This assignment was the study of various creature eyes and combinations of eye and nose, based on elements found in nature.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Muppet Fun

Part photo-manipulation and part digital painting, this piece was done just to have a bit of fun...!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

NEW ACTION TOY AIRCRAFT/SPACECRAFT & PILOT DESIGN!!! This is from my project currently in development, and I plan to create a full range of AWESOME toys and associated accessories. Thanks muchly for having a look!!! "13th RPS" story, screenplay, graphic novel, and all other associated artwork and/or writings ©2014 William D. McDonald Jr.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Satsop Matte project

While I was in western Washington State, I snapped off this pic of the Satsop nuclear power plant that was never completed or used, and had some fun with it.

Thanks for having a look!!!

More digital fun!!!

This item, a piece that is part photo manipulation, part digital painting, part matte and all fun, was done to keep my head and hands sharp. Plus, it helps take my mind away from any negativity, which is VERY therapeutic.

The second image is what the photo looked like before I got my mitts on it...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Yup... MORE zombie stuff!

A project from the aforementioned Zombie drawing book.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Zombie hand, after coloring in Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro

After photographing the sketch, I brought it into Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro and added some color. Sketchbook Pro runs amazingly on my Galaxy Tab 3 tablet, and I can't wait to get cracking on the next project!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Zombie Pencil Practice

A sketch of a zombie hand as seen in "How to Draw Zombies" by Mike Butkus and Merrie Destafano, published by Fantasy Underground (ISBN #13: 978-1-60058-197-7). Not one of the exercises necessarily, but great to practice on anyways. 

Over the next few months, I'll be posting more Zombie madness, and all in prep for a project I'll talk about soon...


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sketch practice - Male Angel

Once again, more sketch fun with this male Angel, and I'm happy for the character's look, but disappointed that I didn't sketch him larger so I could flood detail all over it. Perhaps that will be the norm on the next works. 

Thanks for having a look!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Pencil Sketch Practice

I've always had trouble making attractive people in my sketches. This one, I believe, is a great start in the right direction. Thanks for having a look!!! :-)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

My very first watercolor painting!!!

Postcard size (4.5" x 6")

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Crayola watercolor marker fun.

"Aidaara" plant for my project.

Crayola watercolor marker fun.

Samakina plant for one of my projects. Thanks for having a look!!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Crayola watercolor marker fun/work

For one of my projects... (Wooohoooo!)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Letraset Warm Grays - doodling

Fun with Letraset "Warm Grays" markers. Total time: 2.5 hrs., while watching "Ben Hur".


Done jez fer the Heck of it... A practice piece... :-D

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Android Tablet Project

I'm using Autodesk's Sketchbook software on this 'lil booger!!! Check back soon for the finished piece.

Gonna give each plateau a waterfall or two...

Monday, July 11, 2011

"GUATAA'S LEGACY" - Concept Art 1001

"The Tianaans" - Great beasts of the Naniatuuvian Mountains that surrounds the jungles where Guataa's village hides from Saur hunting parties.

"Guataa's Legacy" & "The Tianaans" © 2011 William "Mac" McDonald Jr.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

"GUATAA'S LEGACY" - Concept Art 0001

"Saur Battle Mech with Saurian Driver". Part traditional materials (acrylic on illustration board, background only) and Photoshop. Fun, fun, fun...

Don't worry, it won't bite (unless it wants your strawberry shortcake ice cream cone...!)

"Guataa's Legacy" & "Saur Battle Mech" © 2011 William "Mac" McDonald Jr.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Art Update 2

More art from gigs & personal projects.

Thanks for having a look!