Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Holidays with Conan!

I was planning to make a painting with a holiday theme but at the end, painting brutal hack and slash was more fun. =) This was a fun exercise and it really scratched my itch of doing a Frazetta inspired Conan.

Friday, December 21, 2007


Ok, i couldn't sleep so i decided to sketch. This is in honour of Canada finally getting shipments of the game Rock Band! I have to pick mine up so .. this is me in Rock band form. .. i was going to add drums that's why he's missing legs.. but i got lazy.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Nice to Meetcha!

Well, I'm new here. Eka and Raf, added me. I have to say, I feel quite intimidated by all the great art.. so i'll try to post something that doesn't suck too badly. Quick sketch at lunch break. I was thinking Orc baby.. well, got work to do.. =P

Monday, December 17, 2007


Here is a picture of Cammy in the desert. No idea why she is there but desert scenes tends to be easier to work on when you don't have much time. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Cintiq 12WX

Our PNW rep says it'll be available mid December in the US for $995.00... we'll see(?)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Spider-woman on a '97 Camry

She has been away for awhile and so was I. In brief this image started with a rejected SW sketch that I brought back to tinker with. I wanted to try out an animated style but the finished piece without some context or background was lacking interest. I decided to do a rainy scene so I bought in an older photo that I took in Chinatown to quickly pull the idea together. I did a bit of processing to get the right feel and focus. Next I added rain drops effect, added rain as well as comping in some background and foreground mist. The color of the figure had to be tweaked to match the scene. I added a cheap reflection on the hood where she is kneeling using a inverted copy of the figure. Lastly I added blown out lights for the background and punched up the contrast of the figure by adding some rim lighting. Originally I was targetting 1/2 hour to complete a quick color sketch but at the end I probably spent about 2 hours and change on this piece.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Boar-ish head

I'm supposed to draw a super cartoonish boar creature later today so I started by drawing a more realistic one to wrap my brain around it...:)

I wish I was alive too.

Do I still need to type here too? Can't I just post the image and be done with it?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dark Knight

I've been reading Dark Knight Returns lately, and there's no new challenges. So I'm just riffin off of rayford.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

F.A.C.A. Arena Girl!

My entry for Sam Hiti's Fist-A-Cuffs blog. An art blog that pitts people's creations against each other, tournament style!

from the site: Ok FACA-ers... Here is the call out to make an FACA Arena-Girl. I will post them above mine, and everyone will vote for the top 12 best- who will then hold the cards for the upcoming FACA4 matches.

so yknow, vote for me if you want! And if you're so inclined, enter a challenger for the next tournament!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Batman Commission

UPDATE! I've added a process sequence over on my blog: http://raylederer.blogspot.com/2007/10/batman-process.html

Here's the final for the commission piece. I spent way to long on this. I learned much from it that I hope to apply to more interesting subjects later...:)

This was the section I enjoyed the most. I was able to play with textures in some unexpected ways...

I picked up some good things from this. Eh... I don't know... hopefully the next one won't be so ham fisted. Thanks for looking! -R

Friday, September 21, 2007

Batman or Bust

A quick study for a Batman commission. I'm not settled on this one and may do something a bit more action oriented if I have time. Mostly I'm figuring out how I'd like to handle the costume. Eventually I need to do a Gouache version so I don't want to run out of time iterating but I can definitely do better.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Voltron finds his sword, and his destiny.

The day Voltron became King of the Trons.

Warm up sketches

Some warm ups from the other day...

CHALLENGE V: Mythical 80s

Mash your favorite character or characters from an 80s show into a scene from a mythological story.

Example shows:
A Team
My Little Pony
Knight Rider
Care Bears
Family Ties
Cosby Show
Magnum PI
Miami Vice
Punky Brewster
Rainbrow Brite

Mythology of your choice. Greek, Norse, Roman, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, etc

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

If only...


1) Adding depth to a piece of art by realistically darkening specific areas

2) If you're Unfather, darkening random spots with a pencil and ruining your art

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The long delayed...

Pathetically, I've envisioned an entire backstory for this monster...

Monday, August 13, 2007

Mike Wieringo R.I.P.

We lost a great and genuine artist yesterday...


Friday, August 10, 2007

Shield your eyes kids.

This piece had to happen. It wasn't up to me.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

CHALLENGE IV: Bionic and/or Zombie Paul

Hey! How about a thread that honors our own Paul Zimmer and his soon-to-be bionic knee? Zombie upgrades are also acceptable.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Went To Hell So I Could Go To Heaven

In retrospect, I am now highly dissatisfied with the lack of content in this picture, but hey, I'm in IT. I get a pass...

Friday, August 3, 2007

Use the Schwartz

The hardest working muppet on Dagobah...

Packed With Flavor

Only the addition of Yoda is fictional. The rest of the credit goes to the hard working scientists at Jimmy Dean Laboratories.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Light side... er.. um... meat?

ok I'll work through lunch for this little bit of fun...:)

The other, other, green meat

Force Lightning cooked over an open Sarlac pit.

This week's challenge: Yoda Meat

From Clayton's 4 year old. Pure genius:

'We were sitting at the table having dinner last night when my 4 year old said, “We should have Yoda meat some time.” After I was done laughing (and explaining the limitations of the meat department at Albertsons), I was thinking that might make a good challenge for the unleaded blog… assuming Lucas doesn’t sue us or something. It’s just a thought. I wanted to share that golden memory with you anyway.'


Friday, July 27, 2007

Froggy Went A-Courtin'

Everyone's favorite Japanese tourist in New York, making a play for one of the local babes.
I give up. I'm tired of looking at this already. There, are you happy now?

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

While we're on Super Heros...

Here's an old one... one of my first digital paintings actually from waaaay back in 2005:)

Quickie Bat Sketch

Here's the man, Batman. Kiss me, baby!

Monday, July 23, 2007

my theory

Let's just go with common sense for a change. All the clues are there people!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

My personal obsession

I'll let the man himself say it:

"They were not composed altogether of flesh and blood. They had shape...but that shape was not made of matter. When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the sky; but when the stars were wrong, They could not live. But although They no longer lived, They would never really die. They all lay in stone houses in Their great city of R'lyeh, preserved by the spells of mighty Cthulhu for a glorious resurrection when the stars and the earth might once more be ready for them...:"


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Cthulhu waits to reap your soul!

That distant roar was of course the deep rumbling of Cthulhu's maw that embodies infinite disparity and hopelessness. He also has an umbrella to keep the rain off his head.


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Aung's Stunt Reel

Aung will be starting at GPG in August as an animator. This is his latest stunt reel.

2 Day Not-so-Quick Sketch!

From the pages of the sketchwich blog! Robinson Crusoe in Space!
I know I know, total recycler.

another quick one

i will do a monster soon..

Hand Bag

This started as a lunch sketch, then turned into a value study. I'll probably do a color pass on it too.


Tuesday, July 17, 2007



This is a detail of a ink type drawing I have been working on. Full drawing is over on my blog.


Monday, July 16, 2007

4 8 15 16 23 42

I had fun with this one. First time I've really tried a likeness.

Friday, July 13, 2007

quick sketch

just a quick sketch

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

It is a kids movie!!

After I saw your image I went frame by frame and discovered this image. You're so on the money Paul!

You know damn well its just another kids movie

I heard a faint "i love you" in the roaring from the trailer, didn't you?

CHALLENGE II: 1-18-08 Monster

Check out this trailer from the new JJ Abrams movie (creator of Lost and Alias) and come up with a visual what the monster could look like. You can take this in a variety of directions. It can be completely realistic or stylized, serious or funny.

Couple of things that were mentioned in the trailer that could help:
-its huge
-its alive
-animalistic roar
-strong enought to decapitate Lady Liberty

Post by or around Monday July 30th

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Late to the Party

I had planned to have a very complicated scene here but as usual I was time challenged. Until 2 1/2 hours ago, this was a pencil drawing. I almost submitted it too but I felt guilty since everyone turned in color paintings. It was almost an X-rated painting too. I just didn't have the guts so repositioned the chick on the steps lower to make it more family friendly. Heh.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Friday, July 6, 2007

Morning gouache doodle.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Where are all the artists?

Why does the animator who forgot how to draw have to be the first poster for this challenge? Where's all the talent at?

Monday, June 25, 2007

Unleaded Challenge I: The unathletic, promiscuous priest who was genetically engineered.

This is the first of bi-weekly challenges for all the Unleaded peeps. Take the phrase "The unathletic, promiscuous priest who was genetically engineered" and create a visual for it in any medium of your choosing. Reply back to this post by July 9th. Have fun!



A quick sketch page...


This is the first of many posts from Gas Powered Games artists past and present. This forum is for sharing our art with each other and the community at large. In this space you'll see personal art projects, doodles, paintings, concept art, sculptures, poetry, or anything else creatively motivated by us. We hope you enjoy and feel free to leave comments and feedback. If there's anyone I missed write an email to unleadedartists@gmail.com. Thanks! -Ray