Thursday, December 16, 2010

From the Sketchbook

Snow White concept. Trying to get better with drawing the ladies. In hind sight i should have made her performing an action to figure out her personality than just looking like a porcelain doll. oh, well.

Medium: Blue Pencil / Winsor Newton Series 7 #2 brush

Just bought a Pentel pocket brush and I love it. I have to get used to the weight since it's heavier than my Winsor Newton brush. I also enjoy the thickness of the Pentel when gripping it (big hands), and not having to stop and get more ink. Sometimes I get into a groove when inking and having to stop for fill up the brush can ruin my flow.

As, for the sketch I decided to draw a old guy. I love elderly males because I can throw as many hatch marks as I want and it will look fine. As opposed to females where its the 'less is more' scenario.

Medium: Blue Pencil / Pentel Pocket Brush (yay!)

This is my inspired sketch from "A Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula K. Le Guin. It's Ged or Sparrowhawk at a young age just learning how to summon little critters.

Medium: Blue Pencil / Pentel Pocket Brush

Monday, November 22, 2010


Well it's two quarters worth of work this time. I didn't post everything that I made over the summer. Sorry for not updating in a long time. I actually got MARRIED to my now wife Susan and kind of got side tracked. But here it is FALL QUARTER 2010 ART DUMP.....

A short Snow White comic about how the Queen acquired the Mirror.
India Ink and mostly Brush

A portrait of Sig Hansen from Deadliest Catch.
Painter 11 and Photoshop
A book cover redesign for the Count of Monte Cristo.
The Book Cover actually bound along with a foam airplane I made that I will pass out at conventions.
Little Red. Photoshop
A short story based on the folk character, Hiiaka in Hawaiian lore who goes around killing demons with her magic hula skirt that shoots fire and lightening.
A label redesign for a Trader Joe's product. Medium: Scanned Traditional Drawings and Illustrator CS3
BlackSad Pin-up.
India Ink and Brush

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


This was a lot of fun to make. The assignment for class was to illustrate a dream or nightmare. In my thumbs I had more cheerful ideas but the one idea that caught my eye was my experience of sleep paralysis several years back. People describe the experience as if someone is sitting on your chest and you can't move even though you want to. Its a weird inbetween of being awake and still dreaming. Thankfully I have only experienced it once so far (knock on wood). All I remember was trying to flip the light switch which took me a hour to do while I had bizarre images materializing and fading away into the shadows of the room. Once I did turn on the lights I realized that the reason for sleep paralysis was from lack of sleep and that I should go back to bed. So remember sleep is very important. A tired artist is a crappy artist.

As for the process I drew on Rives BFK mid-tone so I can put in shadows and highlights. I like drawing with FaberCastel's Polychromos series, and for this piece I used the Cobalt Blue. Highlights with white color pencil. Once done scanned the drawing and put it into Photoshop. I then made my flats, added some color, messed with layer adjustments, wiggled my fingers, and PRESTO I had a finished Illustration.
Line work

Color Block In


Saturday, July 31, 2010

Avatar the Last Airbender

Needed to update the blog with something so I created this Avatar piece. There is plenty of other work that I have done so far I just need to scan and post it. It will most likely be one big art dump at the end of the summer quarter, so be on the look out.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fantasy Earth Zero

Actively trying to find art competitions and was able to find one on deviant art for Final Earth Zero a free MMO of Square Enix. Check it out!

My submission:

Monday, June 7, 2010


Well, I have survived my first Heroescon and it was a blast. I was impressed with the great turn out of artists. There was such a concentration of talent that it blew me away. It also made me realize that I have a lot of work to do in order to get ready to table next year, but I am always ready for a challenge.

This year I was just observing and seeing how the artists set up their booths and work the crowd. It was nice because I was there to meet people and get acquainted. Some of the artists that I had the pleasure of meeting were: Sean "Cheeks" Galloway, Tom Bancroft, Chris Schweizer, Guy Davis, Frank Cho, and many more. They are all solid artists and people I admire, and recommend you look at their work if you haven't.

Also, stay tuned during the coming year because I am going to push myself and hopefully see some results in my art. I have a feeling Heroescon next year will be even more fun!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

End of the Spring Quarter

So another quarter has gone by and it was fun. Plus I get to share my test pages I did for Marvel. They are from the Marvelous Land of Oz script. I also included character designs and sketches as well. Enjoy!


Jack the Pumpkinhead

Monday, April 26, 2010

Getting distracted

Trying to work on homework, but having a hard time focusing so I decided to make this sketch instead. Materials are black pencil and a fat permanent marker. Trying to work on my focal point and treating the drawing as a design when using spot blacks.
Also, here is a funny picture that my girlfriend took about a year ago. I think it demonstrates how I feel right now.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Airplane Comic

Last quarter I wanted to make a comic. It was a good thing that I did because it helped my teachers and myself assess what areas of crafting comics that I need to work on. The biggest one after I got a lot of good critiques was to work on my word balloons and placement so the space is economic and doesn't cover any important information. Bad balloon placement is partly due to my lack of nailing down a script at the beginning. Coming from an animation background I never had to worry about word balloons and treated pages like storyboards, which is fine of course until the word balloons are put in as an afterthought. That's when things start getting muddy and clarity can start going out the window. As my friend Missy would say if you fail to plan, plan to fail.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

End of the Winter Quarter

Hi Everybody!! So it's the end of my first quarter at SCAD so you know what that means? New Art!!! The first group of images was all geared towards a story pitch where we had to create a synopsis, 2 characters, 2 environments, and 2 vehicles.

So just a quick premise on the story: Its about a girl who finds a opportunity to turn her family's once famous airplane company around by entering a competition to compete for a government contract to create the military's next long distance tactical fight.

So with the look I really wanted to focus on the 40's and 50's flight and art deco style.


Antagonist Hanger
Protagonist Hanger
Antagonist Plane
Protagonist Plane
These environments have nothing to do with the above story. This was a previous assignment that I forgot to post where the class had to create two environments. Both environments are supposed to be different locations of the same world. My inpiration was the Jupiter's orbiting satellite Europa which is covered in ice sheets and has a low level of oxygen. Scientist predict that there could be life between the ice sheets due to the water being warm enough from the friction created water tides between the ice sheets. Fun science stuff!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Don't Look Into Her Eyes!!!

I need to work into my schedule at least a hour a day where I draw for myself. It's the only way for me to experiment and address any drawing issues that I have. Like for example my characters need to be more expressive. They're all starting to get bland and stiff which stinks.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Concept Project 2

Create two vehicles with the same purpose. One is organic base and the other mechanical.

So my goal was to make two earth moving vehicles.

I had a lot of fun with this assignment. I just enjoy thinking out how vehicles are put together and what their function/purpose could be. I totally want to make a toy line out of the organic vehicle. So if anyone out their wants to fund my venture let me know. haha

Thursday, January 21, 2010

First Concept Project

Final version of my first concept project. The goal was to create two combatants through exploration silhouette, value, and then color. I had trouble with it at first because I tried to create a complex story. The decision was made to keep it simple.

As for how things are going with starting school again I think I am finally getting my sea legs and not freaking out as much. Still suck on the story side of sequential. I hope the concepts of creating a good story sinks into my thick skull in time. Just like drawing its all about practice and applying the material. Wish me luck!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Trying to get back into going to life drawing sessions. I can't wait for it to warm up and I can go to the park and draw people!

Some advice I would like to share that Phil Young told me awhile back that has helped me a lot:

Always work on your own stuff outside of work.

This is great advice because you might find yourself not being challenged enough at work. So take matters in your own hands. Work on your own art for an hour or two a day. Make sure you have fun and have ENTHUSIASM. Learned that from Walt Stanchfields book Drawn to Life in lesson 1.

OK off to work. Remember to keep being creative.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I knew I should have listened to my gut when I first started drawing this out and left the background people out. I was trying to hard to force them in. So thankfully there is Photoshop for edits and I was able to fix it. Need to listen to my wise gut more often.