Saturday, November 14, 2009

Man... It's good to be back

Well, shoot, I haven't posted on here in a little bit. I've been busy though so don't you doubt it. It's crazy how time flies by sometimes. SO let's see I'll try and give a recap since the last post.

Since it was the last post I figure I'll inform you on The digital painting I'm doing with Lazare und Liesel. I've been doing some fine tuning and details to try and make the best digital painting I have yet. And since I've learned the Camtasia studio, as some of you know, you will be able to watch the process of creation. I plan on putting up some tutorials at some point, narrating the process and the reasoning behind different developments through the painting and such. I've learned so much watching other artist work, and always believe in the idea of passing knowledge around. So we'll see if i can get that up and running in a few months.

More importantly though, since my last post, I got engaged! And for those of you who don't know her, her name is Caitlyn and come February we will have been dating for 6 years. So our plans are to get married in late summer of the tenth year of the new millenium.

In other exciting news, though I'm not sure how much i can talk about it yet. Erik Hendrix, the author of the comic book I've been working on, and I have found a publisher for the Evil Tree. And better yet they want to go straight to Graphic Novel instead of the 4 issue original plan. Which i think is great. So within the next year look forward to an intriguing 100 pages of artwork and dialogue. If your interested in checking out the sample packet pages for the Evil Tree search via the blog search bar to the right of the post.

Also check out Carpet Bomb Comics of which the Evil Tree is apart of. Started by Erik Hendrix and associates as a venue and group for writers and artists alike to create and be. Feel free to check out the about page to hear it directly from the source.

In other news, one main reason why I haven't posted in a while is because I've been gone for two weeks in Great Britain. It was my Gran's 80th birthday, so American Rooke's traveled across land and sea to the great ilse that is England to a little city by the name of London. We stayed with my aunts and uncles while we were there in London and had a wonderful first Rooke family reunion in Herefordshire near the border of Wales with our Gran and all. After our 4 days in Berghill, the $ of us Rooke brothers took of on what I like to call the Wales tour of the Rooke brothers four. Perhaps I'll write a ballad of the adventures that took place. But in any case it was great fun and now I'm back in the good ol' Steel City that is Pittsburgh.

Well it's been fun to rant off again, and frankly if you were glad there was a lull in Denman ramblings or even the thought of the extinction of such things... well, then you can leave. And if you've gotten to this point and are reading these past two sentences well then, ha. I got you.
I don't know what I'm talking about. but oh well. And as some of you have heard before.
I guess I'll make like a fetus and head out.
-cheers, Denman

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A duet of thievery

Lazare und Liesel: part 1- values from Denman Rooke on Vimeo.

Here's part one to "Lazare und Liesel". The swindler and the seducer, together a perfect duet of thievery.
Put together for's Character of the Week for the thread "CHOW #175 theme song". these characters are to be based off of two out of 6 songs listed for the brief. the songs chosen were "Le Colombarium" for Lazare and "Mack the Knife" for Liesel.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Domain name change

Just a quick note. what used to is now

Monday, September 21, 2009

the Red Right Hand

This piece I did for for their Character of the Week(CHOW) thread. Based in a fictional WWII theme, this is a depiction of a Soviet super hero, the Red Right Hand. You can find this in the CHOW #173 thread. Done in photoshop.

I uploaded some High Definition videos showing the full process from sketch to final touches. I apologize for the necessity of commitment if interested as the first and last are about 10 min. each with part 2 being a full 25 min. I sped them up as fast as i could (1000 times their original speed) but regardless it's still a hefty investment. feel free to skip ahead or what not if so desired. If you have any questions about the process and what I'm doing in their feel free to shoot me a message.
-cheers, Denman

the Red Right Hand: part 1- sketch from Denman Rooke on Vimeo.

the Red Right Hand: part 2- grayscale from Denman Rooke on Vimeo.

the Red Right Hand: part 3- color from Denman Rooke on Vimeo.

Here are some of the reference photos I used. I used these references mainly for uniform styles and overall soviet tone. But it's also important to get anatomy references, I use a mirror for most projects when dealing with male anatomy, but I've used plenty of photo reference when needed as well. As long as you can get an understanding on how the muscles and other tissue fall over the bones of the body you're in the clear.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Spinning on my corner of the Web

well I just finished up the front page over at so you should go check it out. I also just downloaded and briefly learned a screen recording program called Camtasia and uploaded the sketch to final illustration video i put together. I produced it in High-Definition so I recommend viewing it in that resolution. You'll get to see a little bit how i work and fumble with ideas on the screen. sometimes silly ideas come out, and you know what that's ok. It's like brainstorming on a page, or screen in this case. anyway I got work in the morning so I'm a getting to bed. Let me know what you guys think.

In the Blood Tattoo website sketch from Denman Rooke on Vimeo.

Music- Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros: Minstrel Boy

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Workingclass Satyrs

Here are the final renditions of the Satyrs I created for's character of the week project and poll.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Stop being so Hostle!

^(yes i know it's supposed to be hostile, it's a pun)
This here is the process in developing the Satyr Hostler.

I still have some minor tweaks and such to do on all three, and I'll post them as soon as they're complete.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

When in Roam

Here's the process to creating what i call the Satyr Roamer.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

General Labor

Here's the development of the first of three characters based off the base model Satyr I created. This is a Satyr Laborer.

Denman's dream is alive and well!

So there's this art community forum website called that I frequently visit, and I just realized the other day that they have weekly contests of sorts pertaining to creating concept art. they have categories like Character of the Week, Environment of the Week, Creature of the Week.. etc. and I decided to go with the contest this week. So with no further delay here's the start of my take on creating NPC (non playable characters) concepts for a video game. and they all have to be based on the same base model with at least 3 variations.

For a better view of the images go to my post on the thread HERE

Monday, September 7, 2009

Working hard for the clampdown!

This here is the start of a small personal animation project I'll be working on. here's a basic 2D character animation as I'm learning After Effects and it's abilities. I'm only using some basic tween animations right now and I'll be moving on to developing some frame by frame animations soon. So i guess we'll see how that pans out within the next week or two.

So here you have it. our Steel Worker on a slightly cold day.

Steel Worker animation from Denman Rooke on Vimeo.

This video here is the character design from start to finish.

Steel Worker process from Denman Rooke on Vimeo.

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Evil Tree- Cover Re-Done.

Last sample comic page.

Here's the last of the sample pages I'll be posting for a bit. Enjoy.

Another page.

issue 1 page 22

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Paramedic Vs. Death Inked

I decided to ink this design for fun.

Always trying to beat Death.

Here's a tattoo design i got commissioned through In the Blood Tattoo's here on the South Side. The guy who got this tattoo was a paramedic. enough said.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Speed Painting

here's a quick painting I did of Caitlyn last week. It's done in Oils and It took about 2 hours.

Don't take me too seriously.

After that last self-portrait, I didn't want anyone to think I'm self absorbed or too serious with myself, so i decided to do something a little fun. think of this as the other side of Denman. the one most of you know.

Monday, July 27, 2009


I haven't done a self-portrait since college, so i figured I'd give it a go. 1 mirror + Wacom Tablet + Photoshop.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Comic Assault!

Here it is! the first few sneak peeks of the comic I've been working on. I've decided to do a few blog posts the next couple days showing off the work I've been doing for the sample packet Erik Hendrix will be presenting around at the Sand Diego Comic Con. here's a page from issue one of the Evil Tree.

Monday, July 13, 2009

I'm Back

well got back from tour early this week and jumped right back into freelance work. tour was great and i got to meet new people and see new places, but I've got a comic submission packet to get done in a couple days so it's keeping me busy. I'll post it up by the end of the week i promise. anyway gotta get back to work. cheers.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gearing Up

Well it's almost time to head out on tour again. It's coming in 2 days. There's always something exciting about heading out on the road, something uncertain, something free. In a way it feels as if I leave behind all responsibility and normal life behind, and embark on one that seems simpler. Drive, read, eat, play music, and sleep. Now granted I don't live so frivolously, as preparing for tour is one of the most stressful parts. Unlike the popular notion that most bands on tour make lots of money, we do not. I have to make sure I have enough money to pay my bills and eat on tour, which is all a part of how life is, so I'm not complaining. Tour is great and i wouldn't trade it for the world... ok, maybe I would, but all I'm saying is I'm excited to head out. take a breath of fresh air from different states, meet new people, sleep on their floor, see old friends. Even if you aren't in a band, I would recommend traveling, whether by your own means or found ones. Take time to do something different. Don't get too stagnant in what you do. Live a little. Anyway, It will be good. I'll be out for two weeks and then back to this lovely steel city.

Every time I head out I tell myself I'll be doing a lot of sketching on the road, but I only come back with a couple. But this time, I mind you, I'll try even harder! I'll try and keep some posts going along the road. You know, funny tour stories, mishaps and the like.

P.S. If you're interested you can check out the band I'm in at

Thursday, June 11, 2009

What have we here?

well sorry for the lack of post lately, I was enjoying those sketch of the day (and plan to keep them coming.) however, like most things it was put off due to work. I've been working on cranking out a couple pages for one of the comics I'm working on and an album layout as well. I'll post the comic stuff here as a tease soon enough.

Well, on the non-productive side of my life, I've started watching a lovely TV series provided by my friend Scott Benson called "Carnivale".

It takes place in 1935ish during the great depression. I'm halfway through season 1 and It's quite good. I recommend it highly.

anyway that's all for now. back to the comic.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Up the Punx!

Punk Rot

Illustration originally done for a poster design for the bands FBS and OCD. But I liked it so much I put up the art by itself. done with photoshop.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rise Up Again!

Here's the final version of that design for Triple Stitch.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rise Up!

This is a design I did for a band called Triple Stitch (as stated in design). I'm actually going to change a few things and add to it, at their request. but I liked the design so much despite the need to change it, so i'm posting it anyways.

Don't believe everything you hear

Sketch of the Day- 5/26/09

these are some sketch ideas for a tattoo for my friend Chris Matrozza.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Rebuild This World Together!

this was a collaboration project with ideas from everyone in the band and with artwork from Dylan Rooke(dove and lion stencils), Jake Pellatiro(gas mask and megaphone stencils) and myself.

"Revolution-77 uses an old-fashioned style design for the The Last Hope album design that brings back the impact made by the most successful propaganda material. Distinct colors, lots of textures and stencils, he creates a wonderful game with typography and illustrations. Make sure to pass through by every detail on this great design!"

Perfect Future

Sketch of the Day- 5/25/09

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sketch of the Day- 5/24/09

we played a show today in Blairsville and while watching the band Common Enemy play, I drew this up. enjoy.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Featured on

well I just got featured on deviantArt's daily deviations today for my artwork on the new album for the last hope. check it out here or view the artwork here.

Monday, May 4, 2009

some days just start off long

can you hear it?

from the ravens mouth

well to start it off i went to bed early thursday night at 11 and woke up at 1:30. I couldn't get back to sleep so at about 3:00am i decided it was pointless to try anymore. I figured why waste the time sitting in bed and instead get some work done. so consequently i jumped to it. My good friend Brendan Stephens called me last week and asked me to do an album layout for his new band Perfect Future. so I obliged. I spent a 24 hour period on the designs with an hour nap and some breakfast (probably the longest I've worked straight through on a project without any extended breaks). anyway the drawings above are some of the illustrations for the album. done with photoshop.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Best thing I've seen all day - 5/1/09

I laughed for a good 5 minutes when i first saw this today, and consequently watched it over and over again. enjoy!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Best thing I've seen all day - 4/29/09

so my buddy Scott Benson does these things "best thing I've seen all day" posts. so I figured I'd do my own... right here, right now.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ironic Economy

well as the past few months have been a low for the general economic status, i have felt the exact opposite. I've been doing freelance work for the past 2 years come the first of May, and these past 2 months have got me spinning trying to get projects under control. from 3 websites to do to a 3'x4' comissioned painting to album and t-shirt designs, to two comics I'm working on, plus some i can't even think of becaus ei'm not looking at my extensive list, has just kept me gasping for air to try and keep up and keep clients happy. and to make all of that worse my adobe programs quit on me last week. but I'm back on track and slowly finishing bits on all the projects. In addition to my work schedule the band I'm in The Last Hope recorded our album last month and we're in the process of finishing the mixing, getting it mastered, and I've got to put all the artwork together for the album as well. I'll post the artwork on here with great work by Dylan Rooke and Jake Pellatiro as well.

It's good to write again, and I'll be posting a whole crap ton here, once i finish up on these projects. I'd love to post comic progress, but I don't want ruin anything the authors want to save and such. but I'll talk to them and see what i can get away with.

Friday, March 13, 2009

More art and Mozart!

So, my good friend from high school is an AMAZING musician. He's studying jazz piano or composing or something at Belmont College in Nashville. he could pretty much invent music if he wanted to. He's been playing piano since he was four, I believe (Alan correct me if I'm wrong). anyway, he asked me to do a poster for his junior recital for college so... I did. Anyway, Alan, I'm sorry i didn't make you a 6-year old blue bunny or anything. thought about it, but figured it wouldn't make any sense to anyone except you, Justin, Dylan and I. To everyone else pretend you didn't read the last sentence.