Gifts from the Idea Demons

My name is John Galo. I'm a freelance illustrator based in Pittsburgh, PA. As you can see I like to draw... a lot.
All original content copyright, (2013). All rights reserved.

Busted out the ole micron pens to knock some rust off my inking skills. Not too shabby.
Tyra the Brave
A redesign of a game character I came up with back in college. Tyra is the only girl in a family of viking raiders. When the skies to west explode with fire, her father and seven brothers decide to investigate because you never know it might be Ragnarok or something. When they don’t return, it’s up to Tyra to pull their asses out of the fire. She’s armed with Mjollnir and a well honed love of violence.
No fancy title or name, just a bear with a beard drinking a beer.
Nighty Knight - T-Shirt Illustration
Another t-shirt illustration I submitted to threadless. Although it got good responses, it didn’t get picked up. I was actually surprise it didn’t, I mean, I based my design on a pun and everything.
Ride - T-Shirt Illustartion
This was an illustartion I submitted to Threadless.com to be made into a t-shirt a couple of years back. I actually had a bit of trouble with this drawing when I was fleshing out concept since before this I had never really drawn a horse or a cowboy for that matter. Came out pretty good, although if I were to critique this I would point out that the rider’s left arm is way too long a big.

A set of wild beasts that I drew over a couple of days while watching David Attenborough documentaries. 

Buffaroo = Buffalo + Kangaroo
With a full grown human for comparison. Buffaroos are large macro-ungulates that bound across the plains and deserts of a mad up world I have yet to name. I had watched two episodes of David Attenborough’s “LIfe of Mammals when I came up with this one.

Flying Fox = Fox + Flying Squirrel
An omnivorous glider that inhabit the tops of the giant Titan Oaks and Spear Pines of temperate regions, feeding on just about anything and everything they get. Someone has probably already draw something like this, but I don’t care and I like the design. I might draw it again though, but in action. Probably while in flight. Also I should come up with a better name than this, Flying Fox is too easy. Give me a minute…Vulpteryx. Boom.

Sea Mallards = Duck + Seal
Carnivorous ocean fowl. The top one is based off of an elephant seal; the one on the bottom based off of a leopard seal. Also the one on the bottom is chasing down a nice juicy tropical shark.

I’ll probably draw a few more of these, they were a lot of fun to draw for me.

An Indian assassin character I drew for fun. I actually started drawing her so I could specifically try my hand at designing a sari pattern. I didn’t do half the detail normally found on sari’s, but I’m white so what do I know? Also you can tell she’s an assassin because only assassin’s carry knives.
P.S. Now that I look at this, I realize I should have used a knife based off of something more culturally relevant. Sorry everyone, won’t happen again.
Aqualanceadon
An old piece from my early post college years. The Aqualanceadon is an apex predator, that prowls the sub-ice oceans of Europa. With no eyes, the alien beast detects it prey using specialized taste buds and organs found in the skull that help it detect electromagnetic fields.
In reality, a animal that evolved in a ow-to-no light environment probably wouldn’t have as bright colorization as I have given it, but what’s the point of creating a fictional alien monster if can’t make look cool.

John Galo Services

This is an AfterEffects animation project I made for college from the ancient days of 2004. The inside joke amongst my friends was that I make ridiculous statements and so I made this for them.

Friend sketch of http://slebodnickthegrandcanyon.tumblr.com/
Viking
Character for a personal project I’m working. It’s a 2D platformer where you have to assault castles with hordes of vikings.
Just a quick sketch of a grumpy old man. He started out as an evil necromancer, but his body just wasn’t panning out well so I just finished out his head.
Magus
Some more Chrono Trigger redesigns. This is the beginning sketch of my Magus revamped. I like Magus as a tragic character, so I tried to design a face that was more gaunt so he can express both fury and sadness equally well. Still not sure of the costume design but this head is pretty much exactly what I was going for with maybe a few more minor tweaks.

My Grandfather passed away this past Wednesday. Before he passed, he had mailed me an envelope containing some beautifully made early 20th century postcards (from around 1910) and series of pages from Esquire magazine containing illustrations from my all time favorite illustrator Brian Froud. My Grandfather was not an easy man to love or understand for me, but upon receiving these I knew that he loved and cared for me in his own way. I’m sorry I never got to know you better Grandpa.

jeannetto:

My entry for Powell’s Books tote bag design contest.
You can read more eloquent arguments against these types of contests here and all over the internet if you search for it. I do believe there are exceptions and art contests that aren’t exploitative. Powell’s argument that they have three designers on staff doesn’t make this $500 gift card contest one of them. If you read the rules of submission this contest is clearly not meant for amateurs either.

There has to be a better system to get artists exposure so they don’t have to under sell skills in the marketplace.

jeannetto:

My entry for Powell’s Books tote bag design contest.

You can read more eloquent arguments against these types of contests here and all over the internet if you search for it. I do believe there are exceptions and art contests that aren’t exploitative. Powell’s argument that they have three designers on staff doesn’t make this $500 gift card contest one of them. If you read the rules of submission this contest is clearly not meant for amateurs either.

There has to be a better system to get artists exposure so they don’t have to under sell skills in the marketplace.