Thursday, January 31, 2008

Results of the previous Sketch Entry

"The Phantom Thief" By: Christopher Taylor
"Daniella and Karina holding Sturm and Brise" By: Christopher Taylor

The colored result of the previous posted sketches. I'm very happy how they turned out. I got offered to do a banner demo for a online game company. I'm pretty excited as this will be my second demo to present for them. I really hope I get the job. I'm thinking I might try to advertise myself to more game companies for the same work. Maybe a temporary holding of sanity while I plant myself with fully fullfilling a comic drawn out fully to submit to......heck, I dunno. I'm not sure who I'd send my comic to for publishing. Most that I have, Image, Tokyopop, Antartic Press...and even some backwater ones...don't want my work thanks to lack of response in the past.....1-2 years.

Well, now I really want to do a Will of Two comic because I can make it short, unlike my other stories where I have a long plot planned out. Maybe I will if I can hit everything I want (characters, land, story, blah) without frustration.
I guess the future holds that into consideration. I really want in to the comic world, but I'm not stable enough to make another like....$900 investment into self publishing.

NEO|ARK is still on and absolutely no one has bought it from there. When I traveled to Phoenix to the Phoenix Anime Convention, I sold like 16-18 books of 26. The rest was distributed to friends and family. And I poured my heart, soul and time into that book....the next time I ever decide to do something like that, I want to know its solid.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I'm outta this slump!! Gimmie Paper!!

"Daniella with the Spear of Wind" By: Christopher Taylor

The Slump is over. I can draw again. I did alot today but still far from being where I want/need to be. After that short talk with one of my friends online, I've been thinking alot about my story 'Will of Two' and started doing these two drawings. The one above shows Daniella, the main character of the story, in her new outfit when she becomes a knight (a lancer to be exact). And next we have this... "The Twin Lancers of Wind" - "The Phantom Thief" By: Christopher Taylor

Daniella and her sister Karina holding the twin spears of the kingdom of Airglipht. And on the right we have -The Phantom Thief-. A mysterious thief that strikes without being seen and heard. So far, no one has been able to fend off an attack by this mysterious thief, until Daniella steps into the picture. Now that I'm outta this slump, I think I'll try to develop this story a bit more. I do like it alot. And next I have this lovely piece. This is responsible for taking me out of my slump.

"Relic Hunter: Riven- Character Collage" By: Christopher Taylor

A collage of the main character from RH: Riven. Riven, Nyomi, Princess Yuna, Riven's Rival Knave and the Emperor of the Aasi Empire. I can't wait to start drawing past the intro and get into depicting Riven and Nyomi's relationship and other characters that have not been introduce yet, like the Unknown Child. Overall today has been pretty good. I also finished drawing my girlfriends anniversary sketch for our Year and one month coming up. More sketches and drawings later!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Detective of the Asakusa Police Department

" Thiefs of Airglipht" - By Christopher Taylor

Yesterday I was talking to a friend about one of my stories not really far in production. He wasn't the most enthusiastic about it. It was about the same feeling when getting responses back from people on NEO|ARK. Only I wasn't too upset as the story is way far from being ready for production. The sample story is centered around a planet that governs over the 4 main elements, Fire, Water, Earth and Air. Within the kingdoms of Fire, Water and Earth, the Kings have become corrupt with their own power. Many deaths in the name of the crown occurring and unusual taxing of the people throughout. It has become so outrageous, that one bandit known throughout the lands and 'The Phantom Thief' has made his call to the world. He will go to all the kingdoms and steal the greatest treasure of all, their King's Lives. Somehow, the 3 girls above hear about this, and somehow get the idea to raid the castle while the Phantom Thief makes his way towards the king. However when the actual event takes place, the girls all discover their mysterious lineage and link towards the kingdom. All I ever did was the first page of something experimental shown below..
I love it because I experimented with using only cool colors to make most of this thing except the tower, clouds and eye.
But lately as the previous entry suggested, I'm in a slump, so nothing I've made seems to be good to me right now. Tho after buying Kyoko Karasuma #4 (ahh...suchs a great story) I think I'll try my hands and continuing Relic Hunter Riven Pages. Yay Kyoko! Pray to be out the slump!! :3

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Slump Slump Slump....

"Another Dream" - By: Christopher Taylor

Sleep has been a huge issue for me now. Expecially as I haven't been getting the best sleep this month. Another thing is that all my art looks like crap to me. Everything I just wanna throw out or start over. Even my recent comic pages that I was happy with, I look at them now and are just upset with. Yay being in a slump. I'm headed to Hamburg today so maybe a new Sketchbook with help jog my artistic creativity....and hopefully (if its there) the next volume of Kyoko Karasuma. Such a nice style, I wanna achieve that with my comic -RELIC HUNTER Riven-. We'll see in time.

In ways, time will tell how I get outta this. I wanna draw.

Tho, thankfully, it has not affected my freelance work. Yay ;__;

Thursday, January 24, 2008

First Post

" One with the Wind" - Christopher Taylor

Well, here's the first post. I've started this because I needed something a bit more serious then my deviantart gallery. Expecially since the site has turned into a popularity contest for me instead of a place where I can get feedback on my work. So, I'll start off with something drawn last month but still fairly new. Here's to this blog being somewhat successful for me.


Christopher R. Taylor - Illustration and Comics


Web Galleries: Portfolio Site

Deviantart Gallery

SKETCHFro! Blog and Illustrations


The Art Institute of Philadelphia/ The Art Institute of Phoenix July 2002 - September 2005

Major: Media Arts & Animation Degree: Bachelor of Arts for Media Arts & Animation

Graduated with Honors

Professional Qualifications:

Computer Skills: Flash (Good), Photoshop (Very Good), Premiere (Good), After Effects (Good), 3D Studio Max (Good), Maya (Good), Microsoft Office (Good)

Customer Service Skills: Good audible voice along with clear and proper grammar pronunciation, friendly, inviting, able to handle various situations as well as stressful encounters with customers.

Freelance Project History:



Pierre-Yves Lapointe Brisson- Pixel Characters for Browser Game

Description: Created villain and hero characters for a browser game. Designed characters on paper, then re-created pixel characters in Photoshop. Pixel sheets were created there and then animated by using FLASH.

Steven First- Texture Edits for Model

Description: Client had created textures for models that needed fixing. Readjusted texture and designs to fit the models. Editing was done in Photoshop.

Windmill Games- Sven- Concept Art for Online MMORPG

Description: Designed characters, starting clothing, Mafia clothing, villains and main city for studios use to develop 3D models of the concepts. Sketched characters, penciled, inked and then colored in photoshop.


Gameforge Studios GmbH- Internet Advertisement Banners

Position: Designer

Description: Created a set of 7 web banners for one of the studio’s popular game series using stock imagery and FLASH to help arrange and design.


Illustration and Design:


DORMWORLD – Storyboards for short animation

Description: Created 8 page, 4 panel storyboards for use for a short animation. Drew pages and then scanned into Photoshop for final edits and text matching.


Mark Krasovicki- Russian Training Manual Comic

Description: Created a 55 page Comic detailing the tasks of a Waiter/Waitress at the Temple Bar in Russia. Drew comic with pencil, then scanned into Photoshop for inking and editing. Added Russian text and word bubbles afterwards.

James Kershaw – 2 Mascot Designs

Description: Designed and Created 2 mascots based off of clients descriptions. Drawn, edited and colored in Photoshop.

Ron Brouwers – Professional Gaming Logo

Description: Created 2 logos for a professional gaming group for RTS games. Designed logo on paper, then scanned final work into Photoshop for coloring and editing. Lettering was applied through Illustrator and edits in Photoshop.

Pierre-Yves Lapointe Brisson – End Smoking Mascot

Description: Created a personal mascot for a quit smoking campaign. Designed, illustrated and colored in Photoshop.

Channel M- Princess Lucinda Short Comic

Description: Created short 10 page black and white comic for use by Channel M for their ongoing Heroine, Princess Lucinda. Created rough sketches and full illustrated pages digitally through Photoshop.

Antoine Dillard - Website - Hardcore Animation

Description: Redesigned and coded website using Flash. Designed, illustrated and coded complete layout for website. Can be seen at

Patrick Sessoms - 8 Paged Pitch Package with Cover

Description: Created a 8 page comic with cover for a pitch package. Drew pages with pencil, inks added and then scanned pages into Photoshop for retouching and adding letters and bubbles.

Kristopher Waddell - 5 Paged Pitch Package

Description: Added colors and set mood to illustrators inked paged for a 5 paged pitch comic. Coloring was done in Photoshop.

James Ives - Wedding Illustration

Description: Created Illustration based upon the Client and his wife for use on their wedding invitations. Drawing was created from photo reference, then brought into Photoshop to finish line-work, and color.

Alex - Console Dealer- Mascot Design

Description: Client wanted Mascots to help advertise their website for games. Designed sketches from descriptions, then made final line-art and colors in Photoshop.

Pinup Illustrations- Sexy Nuns

Description: Designed 2 illustrations for use in a collection of "Sexy Nun" drawings and illustrations to be sold. Sketched, then digitally inked and grayscale colored in Photoshop.

Curtis Lawson - History of Comics - Day of Comics Museum comic

Description: Created 2 pages in my style for used in a collected anthology comic of various artist about the history of comic books.

COZMIC- Tattoo design

Description: Design a memorable tattoo design from popular game Character Mario for the client. Sketches made, then pencil work and inked before brought into photoshop for color.

Marc Dahlem- Cartoon Book Project- Zeusinger

Description: Created illustrations to go along with a Germany Humor book to be pitched to publishers. Designed characters, sketched, penciled and inked illustrations before brought into Photoshop for final edits.

Celtic Minstrel- Web-comic- Trillium School of the Art

Description: Weekly web-comic for Created characters from clients description and sketch and pencil pages for the web-comic weekly. Drawn then colors pages. Edits made in Photoshop.

Anthro-Furry Character- Action Illustration B&W

Description: Designed the clients character for use in story/website. Sketched, penciled and then greyscale colored in Photoshop.

Zach - Black and White Character Illustration- Collection Website

Description: Commissioned to draw clients character in my own style for presentation on a collection website gallery. Sketched, penciled and inked the illustration before final edits were created in Photoshop.


Tone Chambers- Dr. Dre Illustration for Inspired Music CD

Description: Illustrated a cover for the design of Music inspired by the music artist Dr. Dre. Illustration was drawn, and then imported to Photoshop for color.

Yann Lülfz – Logo for local Member Group

Description: Design and created logo for use of a Members group. Logo will be used for stickers, advertisements and other assorted material for use in the group. Designed fully in Photoshop.

Will Beatman- Flash Animation for Website/ Spinning Record on Projector

Description: Created a short, repeating flash animation for use on a new website called “VIBE & SYNC”. The projector and spinning reel were to match the logo for the site in colors. Transferred logo into Flash and designed 2 projectors for the client to choose from. Once one was chosen, I animated the spinning film reel and movie reel onto it and added the logo of the site to the record.

Alessandra Davola- Fairy Tale Illustration

Description: Created an illustration based on a description for personal collection.

Drew the rough draft, then penciled the image for scanning and colored on the computer.

Cory de la Guardia- Zuda Comics Contest/Pitch Entry- Minimum Wage

Position: Pencilist/ Inker/ Colorist & Lettering

Description: Created an 8 Screen Pitch entry to Zuda Comics for Cory de la Guardia’s Minimum Wage. Designed characters from reference photos, rough pages, pencils and inks, then scanned into PC for Color and Lettering layout.

Greg Wilkinson- Mascot for Website

Position: Mascot Designer-Graphic Design

Description: Designed a Mascot for used on music web space from a design the client had originally created. Mascot was drawn, colored and optimized for use on the web.

Todd Guilmette- CD Album Booklet Artwork

Position: Graphic Designer for Album Book

Description: Designed Music CD album artwork for the client’s second music cd. Booklet included Visible Cover and back cover containing the client’s personal character. Style Matched main character into a created BG from description, inked then scanned into PC for color editing. Client ended up not using in the final product, however services were paid for.

White Eye Studio-Lawrence White- Colorist for Comics

Position: Flatter and Colorist

Description: Flatted and added color detail to comics being published by the Indie Comic label White Eye Studio. Preview of Comic can be seen here

Cotton Snourth- Maglenda’s Errand Girls-Manga Comic Pitch

Position: Pencilist/Inker/ Color Grayscale & Lettering

Description: Created a 6 page pitch comic for Louis Badalament’s Maglenda’s Errand Girls. Created Character Designs, layout pages, penciled and inked pages, then scanned into the PC

Mark Krasovickis- Sample Colored Comic for Website

Position: Pencilist/Inker/ Color & Lettering

Description: Created a 5 page sample comic in color with cover for use for a freelancing Comic artist web space. Comic will be seen as an example of what the website is set out to do, which can be seen here .

Sebastian Blasiak- Kidslab- Character Designs and Illustration

Position: Character Designer- Illustrator

Description: Created and Designed Characters for use in an Educational Project about water aimed for Children aged 7-9. Characters were then set in a illustration that would be used for the final presentation of the project.

Broken Souls Press-Short Story Comic- Donald Black

Position: Pencilist/Inker/Toner/Layout & Lettering

Description: Based of a story from a writer under BSP label, Curtis Lawson gave me the script to fully illustrate 10 comic pages to be used in an Anthology devoted to Horror stories as well as a magazine for horror comics.

Brian McKee- Book Cover

Position: Illustrator/ Cover Design

Description: Designed cover for book of short stories entitled “At the Gates of Heaven and other Short Stories” and for “Krishna in the Park- Selections from the diary of Carol Sheaves”. Books can be seen here:

Christopher Rama Rao- Web-comic

Position: Concept Artist/ Pencils/ Inker/ Colorist

Description: Work on comic panels for online comic. Design Characters and backgrounds while applying them to script that was provided. A panel every week.


Rob Giorgio- 360ep, Inc

Position: Illustrator

Description: Worked on two projects within the company and designed characters for use on t-shirts and websites.

Antoine Dillard- Hardcore (Website)

Position: Web Designer

Description: Designed and created interactive website for display at Hardcore Website designed and created in Flash.

Mark Tioxon- Getting Girls the Anime Way (Book and website)

Position: Concept Artist/ Lead Artist

Description: Designed and created the cover image for the book in use of sales. Also will be used as graphics for the website.

Mangamix Studios- Team MAXIMUM

Position: Illustrator

Description: Redesign characters for use in a poster to advertise for their comic. Designed poster for production and distribution for promotion purposes.

Arizona Independent Animation Project

Position: Concept Artist/Lead Artist

Description: Designed characters within one of the studio’s main animation projects. Also designed promotions and album covers for distribution at Conventions.


Sean Allan: Music DJ

Position: Album cover designer

Description: Designed an album cover for his next music collection album.

Willow Cottage Studios

Position: Lead Artist

Description: Character Design for lead character in production. In process of working on Storyboards for script.

Project: Bladeslinger

Description: 8 Paged pitch comic for Ken Faggio. Created Character Design, penciled and inked pages, toned and texted pages.


Position: Character Artist

Description: Have drawn various characters for use on web space on


Glen L. Down Elementary School Festival

Position: Caricature Artist

Description: As the day progressed, I was hired to draw paying customer’s

portraits in my style of art.


2 publication pieces in DOT, DOT, DOT magazine 2001-2002

Best of Show: Phoenix Anime Convention

Awarded for digital Artwork: A man and his Gun

Books and Publications:

Künstler und andere Nervensägen : Written by Dr. Michael Dahlem

Link to page:

Final Hour : Various Artist and Writers

Link to page:

Mysterious Visions: Volume 3: The Essex- Story by: Curtis Lawson, Illustrations by: Christopher Taylor

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Manga/comic: NEO|ARK Volume one

Link to page:

Endless Journeys: Book of published photographers work published.

My work: “The Falconer” ISBN: 0-7951-5247-7