Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This Blog Has Moved!

Dwarf on Holiday © Denman Rooke

... and with it, a new website. Go check it out at revitalized Make sure to subscribe to the feed ( to get blog updates. Tell all your friends!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Video: The Making of Inn Keeper

Third in the series of Irish townsfolk character concepts I created.

Music by Crasdant, Cilmeri, and Cromlech.

Inn Keeper © Denman Rooke

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day of the Bicycle

I rarely do vector based illustration work, but i really enjoyed this piece that I did at work last year. Maybe you will too.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Royal Flush

 Another fun little illustration from work. Figured I'd share it.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mustache Chart

 Here's a fun design I finished up at work today. Not particularly a new idea, but I enjoyed illustrating it.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Video: The Making of Bear Warrior

Since I got a few requests to see the process video of Bear Warrior after it was featured on's Daily Devations, I figured I would fast-track it onto the interweb. So here it is, the making of the Bear Warrior. Done in Photoshop with a heavy use of the natural media brushes. Read more about the development of this piece in my earlier post.

Music by Jeremy Soule - Skyrim Soundtrack.

Bear Warrior © Denman Rooke

Friday, January 6, 2012

Video: The Making of Urchin Girl

Here's another video from the Irish Townsfolk concepts.

Music by Ar Log, Crasdant, and Cromlech.

Urchin Girl © Denman Rooke

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bear Warrior

Bear Warrior © Denman Rooke
Well It's been a little while since the last full illustration, but what I've lacked in post, hopefully I've gained in quality. I really enjoyed working on this piece. The inspiration came after playing quite a few hours of Skyrim (if you can't tell), So while still hyped on the epicness that is that game, I decided to just tackle a full illustration. I mean come on, a bear clad north man, frost giants, blood and axes... what more could you ask for?

The first new thing that I attempted in the piece was photoshop's new natural media brushes (Which I believe was introduced with CS5). They've been lingering in the background over the past few months, but I never got around to trying them out. Until now. And as some of you know, I started with traditional mediums in school and jumped to digital circa 2007, about the time I first jumped into freelance work. Ever since then, I've been trying to pull back that traditional feel into my digital work. And these digital brushes have come the closest for me so far.

The second thing I did with this piece was posted the progress on Which is a fantastic new social art site where you can post the image archeology as you're working on it and get critique from fellow artists right on the site.

Which leads me to my third item. Concept art. So as you can see in the archeology, I originally had the giants as orcs of sorts. (I was making it up as I went. Probably not the best idea, but oh well.) Anyway, I wanted to make the piece more "Nordic", so I decided on creating some Frost Giants for the piece instead. So I sketched this little guy in the good ol' sketchbook.

Frost Giant © Denman Rooke
And lastly, I used more reference. Which is one thing I've been really noticing I need to improve on. After attending Illuxcon for the first time this year and hearing some great feedback from art directors and fellow artists, I was really hit hard with the need to focus on my reference. Not to be bound by it, but to really study it.

So there you have it. Possibly the longest post I've done in a while. But hey, it wasn't that bad right?

-cheers, Denman