Renaissance Game

Recently I was hired by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to help them pitch an idea for an interactive ad that included a simple animated Renaissance game. Here’s the concept art I worked up. The game needed to fit two different aspect ratios, so which is why there is so much empty space along the top and bottom:

Renaissance Game Background

Renaissance Game Characters

Renaissance Game Background

Renaissance Game Background

Inktober Sale on Pose Drawing Sparkbook, Expanded Edition

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We’re in the final stretch of Inktober!

Doing a drawing a day for an entire month is a big challenge. It’s easy to run out of steam after a couple of weeks. To help encourage you to finish out the month, I’ve marked down the Pose Drawing Sparkbook, Expanded Edition (ebook). It’s now 50% off (was $15.00, now only $7.50) from now until the end of October 2015. The Sparkbook includes hundreds of drawing prompts as well as six mini-chapters of tips and info designed to inspire you to put more life and personality into your drawings.

I hope this helps you finish Inktober with a bang!

Aardvarks and Frogs

Recently I was hired by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer to help develop some characters for a fun new project he is working on. I can’t say much about it yet, but he has given me permission to post just a few of the dozens of concept sketches I did for the characters he’s been developing.  I can tell you one is an aardvark and one is a frog, and they like to sit around and drink coffee. That’s all I can reveal for now. Stay tuned!

Aardvark and Frog-Early Concepts

“Bringing Your Drawings To Life” Now Half Off!

Pose Drawing Sparkbook Webinar by Cedric Hohnstadt

My webinar “Bringing Your Drawings To Life” is now 1/2 off. The price has been slashed to just $10 for the full HD 90-minute download.

Using principles from the Pose Drawing Sparkbook I tried to cram it full of tips to help you put more life and personality into your drawings. More info here, or watch these clips:

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$20.00 USD Now only $10.00

If you like this you might also like some of the other items in my store.

 

My Annual Good Friday Post

Today is Good Friday. As a Christian this is one of the most important days of the year for me, the day we pause to commemorate the torture, crucifixion, and death of Jesus Christ. Some of you my wonder, why on earth would a day like that be called “good?”

Because even though it was a terrible day for Jesus it was a very good day for you and me. Over the course of my career I’ve been able to work on several projects that help explain that message, and every Good Friday I like to take a moment to share them:

Are You A Good Person? Cartoon

Here’s an 8-page cartoon Gospel tract I illustrated several years ago for the ministry of Living Waters. To date over five million copies have been printed in English and it has been translated into over twenty languages. You can download it for free in multiple languages at www.FreeCartoonTract.com, or you can purchase printed copies from the ministry of Living Waters.

Based on the tract’s success, Living Waters also hired me to produce an animated version, which I supervised with the help of two terrific animators (Michael Foster and Chance Dodd). To date it has received over a half million views on YouTube and has been subtitled into 19 other languages. If you like the video you can download a free HD version to use however you’d like.

Finally, VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer has recently completed a series of videos called “What’s In The Bible?”. I’ve had the privilege of working on a few of them. Here’s the trailer for Volume 10, which covers the life and ministry of Jesus including his death and resurrection. In this episode I designed a few of the characters and did a smidgen of animation.

Here’s a clip from the episode explaining the meaning of Easter:

You can order DVDs or digital downloads from the series at www.whatsinthebible.com. Also, if you subscribe to JellyTelly.com you can stream all episodes of “What’s In The Bible?” to any computer or mobile device.

I don’t make any money or royalties off of these items. I just believe in them and want to share. Thanks for indulging me. Here’s wishing you a very happy Easter filled with peeps and jelly beans!

Concept Art for ‘Veggies In Space’

Last year I was hired by Big Idea to help develop some character designs, costumes,  and misc. artwork for their new DVD Veggies In Space. Now that the DVD is available for purchase I’m allowed to show a bit of the artwork I did. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet but it was a lot of fun to work on.

Here’s a few of the characters I worked on. The costume designs for the main characters were inspired by Star Trek. For the villains I thought it would be fun to do something reminiscent of the cheesy Flash Gordon serials of yesteryear.

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T-Bot-Turns-v5VIS_TBot2I also got to illustrate some misc. background signage. Here’s a billboard and the cover of a brochure:

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Veggies In Space is now available from Amazon, iTunes, etc. Here’s the trailer: