A perfect MashUp to honor SDCC2019, HELL-KITTY
Below are a few of my responsibilities as an Art Director when working with book cover art. I get the ball rolling by creating a concept sketch for approval. Then, another artist takes that sketch, creates a tight drawing and submits it for feedback. I’ll give overlay notes and suggestions and then final art is created. Most times I’ll get to add some final touches like lighting enhancements or small placement shifts of characters or props.
For no other reason than rabbits are fun to draw, here is brown rabbit, yellow background!
Lately I’ve been having some fun with creating popular character MashUps and posting them on my Instagram page (@anthonyconleyart). I ask my followers which MashUps they’d like to see and then select a few suggestions to create.
Coming from the world of consumer products, I’d often get tasked with creating fun, new ways to interpret character art and interesting ways to use them graphically.
Random fact: While I was with Nickelodeon, my art team was asked to add flames to an already completed illustration of SpongeBob. We had no idea what this was for but soon after, I saw the art featured in the Moschino collection. Pretty cool.
The Nick team is sometimes tasked with developing a character publishing style for book partners like Little Golden Books. Here’s a stylized look that I developed for Dora and Friends on the right.
Nickelodeon’s Super Brawl Universe!!! An awesome game where some of your favorite Nick characters do battle using special moves and unique attacks. I helped sketch the concept layout seen above and credit for final art goes to my art team, Paul Linsley and Story Sabatino.
Now that I have one picture book under my belt, I’m ready to find my next project. Below are a few illustrations in development from an idea that I’ve been working on about Giants. More to come soon.
Flick and Chester was an exciting, character rich game concept that I designed with my friend, Warren Lee to be pitched to Nickelodeon games. It was modeled after the classic game, Snake. The squirrel character, Flick and his chipmunk buddy, Chester run through levels collecting acorns that trail behind them, while avoiding obstacles and baddies. Like classic snake, you don’t want to collide with the trail that follows you so while moving around the board you try to collect power-ups which shorten your trail.
I had the honor of participating in The Digital Madrid 10! The online gallery event curated by Kadeem Fletcher features art in all mediums from talented people all over the globe. Check out my collection of digital art titled “Humanistic” at TheDigitalMadrid.com
These two lion cubs were created and donated to the art show, Wonderland Art for Animals held at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. An amazing art gallery/shop that you should definitely check out!
I’m doing a few commissions through my Instagram account. DM me if you’d like to have an image created. @anthonyconleyart
On the hunt for H20
A commission I worked on, creating trading card game style character images of an awesome family of 3.
My daughter Olivia and our cat Lola.
This is one cute goat! I had fun recreating this character from the popular King game.
My 13 year old self would have had a heart attack if he knew I’d help to create walk-around characters for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Along with my team at Nickelodeon, I provided concept art and art direction and worked with Animax Designs, who fabricated these awesome costumes.
Art direction, proportional study and color rendering for TMNT’s Bebop & Rocksteady walk-around character
Fabricated by Animax Designs Inc.
Here is the walk-around character concept I developed for Sunny Day while at Nickelodeon. I was excited to art direct this project since it meant I’d be working with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to fabricate her.
Paw Patrol is a hot property and really fun to draw. Below are a few exploratory designs of the most popular pups.
These are a few images from an illustrated book that my wife and I created for my mother-in-law. She is a legendary percussionist and her story needed to be told 🙂
Having some fun with a BMO-esque character in various stages of transformation.
Concept art for a world of avocado people (the giant avocado seed being their heads) living in an Avocado city.
Being a pack rat is backbreaking work.
In a dystopian world… one man… searches for a snack.
Bulking up for battle