Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

This holiday season, may you get everything you need. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Last Dude on Earth

And.. I completely forgot to upload this image the other day. This is a page that I drew and colored for fun and practice.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas!

So this year, I wasn't able to mail out Christmas cards. Time and money were a little tighter through most of it, and when things eased up, there was pretty much no way I was going to get something created, printed and mailed in time.

However I've heard many times in the past that I can just throw a Santa hat on anything and it becomes a Christmas card. So here we go!


Maybe this one works better.

 Or this one?
How about these guys?

But in all seriousness, here's the real one. I'm not going to pretend it's been a great year, but hey things happen. Still, hope you guys have a Merry Christmas !  

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Some ideas are just superficial

Today's drawing is based purely on the fact that these guys have similarly shaped heads and ears. That's really about it.

From left to right is Gizmo from Gremlins, Furby, An Asura from Guild Wars and Yoda from Star Wars.

Family Reunion

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Minor update

I don't really have anything too insightful to say today. Just popping in for a tiny update. Last month at some point I started doing some coloring work for Zenescope. This past week is when the first of the work hit the shelves, although to a very minor degree. I believe Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Bad Girls #3 came out this past wednesday. I colored a page of that (yup, 1 page). It was a deadline thing and they just needed that page done :).

NYCC is next week. I won't be there, but they're holding the screening for episode one of Grimm Fairy Tale animated series. I think one of the swag items is a copy of the comic based on the animated series (I think.. not 100% sure). Anywho I colored 8 pages from that as well.

Also at the end of this month, Grimm Fairy Tales issue 78 comes out. That book I actually did all the colors on the interior for. Check it out. Or not.. it's up to you really.

Lastly, here's a couple of drawings/paintings that I've done.

Wild Cymbal Monkey
This first one is based off of that freaky-ass toy I had as a kid.

Retro Space Gal
This one is just me playing with a simpler more animated coloring style (although it takes me almost as long to draw this as it does for a rendered or a painted piece :/). I just wanted to have a more fun image.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Not terrible enough to quit, not good enough to be hired.

So, the myth about being a freelancer is that you get to set your own schedule as well as your own rates. While some people surely have the luxury, the reality is that most of us take whatever job comes to us and work like crazy to make sure we hit the deadlines.

On that similar note, our time off is also dictated by the job as well. Sometimes, the work just doesn't come in. It can be days, weeks, months or even years. In the past when the income was more stable, I'd take that time to just relax a bit.. take days off like normal people. These days, work and projects don't generally pay amazingly well. So my time off is spent trying to learn and grow so that I can hopefully land a better job that DOES pay really well and allows me to stretch myself creatively. Right now, there's some growth here and there. Dabbling in digital painting has had me learn at least something with each image so I hope that keeps going. It'd be great to one day be able to create a stunning piece that people would love to buy.

I've been kicking around the idea of leaving art/comics pretty regularly.. especially on the days where I don't really have paying work. I could get a normal day job (though honestly, I'm woefully unqualified for most jobs outside of retail it seems) and do the art thing as a hobby. While I enjoy the craft, it's pretty hit or miss about whether it's sustainable for me right now. I waffle back and forth on this a lot and have yet to come up with the perfect answer. Right now, my work is good enough that I shouldn't stop drawing, but not quite good enough to get me regular work. It's a nice in-between scenario that keeps me second-guessing myself. While you my miss 100% of the shots you don't take, shooting blanks doesn't help either :). Half empty? Half full? Or just some unseen force cock-teasing me so that my life will perpetually be at a crossroads? Who knows. But enough of this rambling.
Anywho, here's some things I've worked on recently. The first image is Chairman Kaga from from the Japanese Iron Chef series. I loved that show. If nothing else, it was a major influence in me at least learning to do some basic cooking and experimenting. Prior to that, I thought cooking was heat mixed with a hard set measurement of ingredients. Below are two versions. One with background color, and one without. I'm not really sure which one works better for me.

Next, is an experiment with more of a children's book type of image.
Sweet Dreams
And finally, we have two images that were originally line drawings for Sheila's book The Book of Horrible Stories. I wasn't really satisfied with how I inked parts of them so I went back to try and see if painting them can rectify some of my issues. Both of these will be some of the first attempts at making prints to sell. I've been told there's a market as long as the quality and artwork are good enough. So, not I actually to see if my contributions are up to snuff. Actually, I had a small number of "An Interlude" printed already and it looks pretty neat. Also a reminder that Sheila's reading at Open Books is tomorrow.

An Interlude

The Book of Horrible Stories

Monday, August 27, 2012

A slight change of pace

The previous batches of images were a bit more of the creepy painted style. For the last day or so I decided to try for something simpler and cleaner. I tried to keep the linework as clean as possible and also kept the rendering to a minimum.

Daenerys Targaryen

Guild Wars 2 comes out this week. Pre-orders got a three day head start. It's been pretty fun so far. So with a complete lack of anything better to draw, I decided to doodle my character. Saraquael, the Asura Engineer.