Thursday, December 11, 2008

Creed 16 bit style

About 2002 I was working with a small company to make a CreeD video game for the nintendo GBA. At the same time Ironically, I was doing a Thor Comic book and art directing Terminator 3 on the GBA with a different company. As a side note, if you have that game, I did all of the background tile art for the whole thing. Not particularly my proudest moment, it was certainly a challenge. But it was my second video game that I ever worked on.

Monday, December 8, 2008

weekend painting

I started working with traditional paints recently. So Im going to be posting progress images for pieces that Im doing in acrylics and oils. Its been 8 years since Ive touched an actual brush, so itll be fun to watch my skills improve in this way. Theres just something so compelling about the organic brushwork that compels me to do so. This first image is for a new graphic novel that Im working on in between Nova Colony pages. Ive been glued to the sketchbook lately, and just waiting on some new script work from Jimm Showman.
Sunday at the beach was so cold that my hands were shaking too much to draw. So next sunday the guys and I are going to the Spectrum, which is a nearby mall with some cool little coffee shop spots to draw.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Fuzz!

So, back in 1999 I created a new property called "The Fuzz" with Jeff Lawter and together we sold the rights to Top Cow and Fox Kids for an animated show. This was around the time that we created "Stitch Fits" for Jnco as well.
The Fuzz was about a fuzzy little alien guy that went through "liquid space" collecting ancient alien artifacts, exploring historical ruins and such from worlds held in place by a fluid. His partner was "Zoe" a spunky mechanic with keen sense of timing and tons of knowledge about the worlds they would explore.
In this episode (which is so old, that i lost the script and am too lazy to rewrite) The two are hired to find a device on one of the planets, but it turns out to be infested with spiderlike creatures and a Morvian beast. Barely escaping, they are on their way back to cash in, when Tyrin, (the self proclaimed most handsome bounty hunter in the galaxy) shoots them down.
The book and story were fun, and a great exploration into what was really more of a concepting gig than a comic book. Jeff and I put together over 55 drawings of different worlds, artifacts and characters. Sad that the show was never put into production. But we got a few bucks for it, and now I own it again. So Im releasing it here without lettering.
I WOULD rewrite it, but theres really no point. Its such old work that I dont even really feel that its a strong representation of what I can do. Besides, Ive got a couple of newer projects in the works that are far more exciting.

(note) pages meant to be read from bottom of this post to top.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Corona Del Mar sketches part deux!


I did some acrylic painting, but I hated it and threw it away. Just to get my confidence back up, I went back to pencils. I decided this time that Ill start to slowly infuse color with watercolor to ease into color studies, as it is more of my intention to master outdoor painting. these sketches are great study for now... i did this one in half the time, using more of the side of the graphite.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Corona Del Mar sketches

Ive started going out to draw on sundays in Corona Del Mar. As I get more confident with outdoor drawing, I want to start doing color studies. But these 2 images are from Sunday. They have some incredibly beautiful rock formations with small sandy lagoon style beaches and interesting tide pools.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Wrath of the Lich King concepts

2 Years ago, I did preproduction concept art for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. These images were requested to be simply "quick sketches" just showing mood, silhouette and an interesting and creative visual direction for each of the unique zones. Though, I left WoW about 1.5 years ago to work on Diablo, some of these images still echo into the beautiful monsterpiece that is Wotlk. And the team did an incredible job. I too in fact am desperately attempting to make time to play it.
-trent

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

halloween pix

So when some chick named Angela told me she was going as "Lady Justice" I thought... "damn, I need a sweet ass superhero outfit!". Turns out she meant the OTHER Lady Justice.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Transformers sketches

When I was a kid, my babysitter made me a 3d optimus prime cake. It was really kick ass. Anyway, I did some sketches of Prime last year...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

More Diablo 3 concepts

More of my concepts for Diablo 3 were shown at blizzcon.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Mitsuko painting and signings (edited)

I dont really get to do many finished paintings at work. Most concept work is done within a day, or sometimes within a few hours. So lately Ive been trying to do more complete illustrations at home. The likeness of this image is based on the model Mitsuko.
Also if you will be at Blizzcon this weekend, Ill be signing between 4:30-5 (hopefully longer) this Saturday (the 11th).
-trent

Monday, September 22, 2008

Diablo 3 pieces

Directly from Gamespot.com, here are 2 images that I did for Diable 3.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

broken things.

He was really not sure how to feel after a car crash. The young man was riding passenger when the other driver ran the red light, and 10 seconds of flashing images translated into a significant moment to his brain. 1 second in either direction and he may have been welcome to merge with the infinite. Tonight he had participated in the total destruction of a Subaru, and it was something he'd never forget, but with no particular greater understanding or significant change. The smoking car, kicking open the door... the "HOLY FUCK" moment that slammed him in 8 directions within 10 seconds... and now... right now... he didnt know how to feel about it.
The entire hood crushed up like tin foil, and someone was telling him... "its times like this that you think about your life and what its worth, where its going."
But he doesnt.

"In a sense, people are crashing things all around me every day." He thought to himself.

But there was a time when it DID matter...

If only he could remember...

Sunday, August 31, 2008

CreeD: Imaginary #4 SIGNED AVAILABLE NOW!

Its finally back from the printers and you can order it directly from my ebay store. Every book is signed and numbered. This is the final issue of the CreeD: Imaginary series which you can read on this blog for free. But the printed version comes with materials not released on this site.
And for those of you obsessed with judging a book by its cover:


-The villain that love built

Monday, August 25, 2008

Hak't Punk

It was quite disappointing when I saw this video, which exposes most of Daft Punks greatest hits as... (wtf) songs by other people. With no credit to the original authors who spent months practicing and rehearsing and crafting their songs. Daft Punk

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ohhhhh Microsoft. You hot little bitch.

My 360 gave me the red ring of death last night. Was Too Human, too much to ask for? Its only 2.5 years old, and I hadnt used it in like 4 months.
Ironic that this would happen on the same day that I watched "pirates of silicon valley". Which I strongly recommend. You can watch it on Youtube.

Picasso said "good artists create... great artists steal".

-trent

Monday, August 4, 2008

New Website, and Starcraft comic illustration

Ive completely rehauled Trentkaniuga.com with new images and a much easier to read flash doc for CreeD: Imaginary. You can now read pages by clicking on them! Just go to http://www.trentkaniuga.com and click on either "Illustration" gallery or "CreeD: Imaginary".
I also did a Starcraft comic book cover. Blizzard has decided to print this on a t-shirt, but since I did the image for free, Im also posting it here for Starcraft fans.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

CreeD animation demo 1

video

I did some tests for the kind of digital graphic novel that Id like to see using images from the CreeD imaginary book. This was really just to see how much time it will take to animate the Nova Colony series as a full color animated show. It only took about 15-20 hours to animate this segment. Though the Nova Colony animations have full audio with music and voice acting. Of course, the NC stuff will also be higher resolution. Eventually I see this as the future of the graphic novel.
-trent

Sunday, July 20, 2008

CreeD: imaginary pages 83 + 84



Here are the final 2 pages for CreeD imaginary book 4. The book will be going to the printers this week, and should be available for purchase on ebay in about 4-5 weeks.

I will be posting some stuff from The Fuzz next. And I dont plan to stop posting paintings, although its happening at irregular times. I hope that you all continue to check back regularly for new posts and new offerings, as I will be posting forever and ever until my fingers fall off.
-trent