Today would have been my best friend's 27th birthday. He has been dead for nearly 5 years now and I still miss him a lot. I decided to commemorate his birthday with this cover photo (which I squared out because for some reason Blogger doesn't like long things) for his face book page.
I work with the creators of the Virtual Shackles and I asked to do a guest trip for them when the artist Jeremy went out of town. The way that I asked was by trying to capture the comic in a single frame.
I tried to write my own strip for a while and I couldn't really come up with something that was recent and not about Dynasty Warriors 6, which is the game that I am currently playing. Though that came out in 2007 so not the most topical. So I just let Mike, the writer, write the comic. This is the strip that I drew. I am hoping to get to do more soon.
I have become a participating member of a group called [P5] Creative with a bunch of my friends from Art College. I will be filling in the Thursday slot on the roster so that we can hopefully post art every day. please stop by and follow the blog. Seeing as this is the first one I will do a double post but in the future I would like to try and make it so that the things I post on [P5] Creative are only there.
I'm currently a part of a comic book club with several other members of P5; every month we read a comic/graphic novel, get together and discuss it, and those of us who are artists make fan art. For my first post on [P5] Creative I posted the fan art I did for our July book, Ghost World by Daniel Clowes. I ended up drawing the main character Enid in a pinup pose from the scene where she and Becky were talking on the phone about going into the Adam II's Sex Shop.
Laura and I went to Disneyland for our anniversary and while we were there we saw Captain EO 4 times. It is 80s music magic. This is a quick digital painting of Hooter their bumbling elephant creature who screws up everything.
A while ago a co-worker of mine asked me to do a dragon logo for him.
He wanted a Asian style dragon head breathing fire and with a 3rd eye. This is what I created for him, it went through a couple of iterations which I won't bore you with, But I am pretty happy with how it came out, I wish I could do some cooler things with the flames but outlines on flames are kinds boring, flames are cool when you add color. I really love working in Illustrator I get such clean work out of it and there is so much control I need to do more work in it for fun.
It is once again time for Benicia Artists Open Studios which is may 5th and 6th, and this year they are doing the Mosaic Project again where they will be raffling off 144 little panels created by some artists in the community. Laura and I created panels for the exhibition. The tiles will be
Last year I made an octopus, this year after buying some art from Miss Monster of a viking berserker I was inspired to make my own viking. I decided to use this paint set that I have had for a really long time and it didn't go quiet as planned. I think I ended up with a cool little tile, but if I had it to do over again I would do a few things differently and use the paint in a different way. I need to try and paint more. Maybe a painting every 3 months.
Yesterday at work right before I was getting ready to leave Jace asked me to draw a Leprechaun Dragon. I asked what is that? He said I don't know you figure it out. So I drew this before I left for the day.
After I drew it I realized I spelled Leprechaun wrong, so I decided when you combine Leprechaun's and Dragons you change the 'e' to an 'a.'
I haven't done any Fan Art in a while, I don't ever feel I can do some one else's work justice, however, it is really fun and I want to do more, I want to try and do some Fan Art for all of the books I read from now on. Laura and I recently read the Hunger Games book series so I hope to do some more from the next two books, I will try and not fill them with spoilers.
I did this one today because It is Laura's birthday and she wanted some Hunger Games art so Happy Birthday Baby!
I am back at animation mentor once again! This is my last quarter and I get to clean up and polish all the things that I have been working on up to this point. I am really looking forward to getting back into my scenes and finishing them.
I have moved all of my animation work to my animation blog, when looking at people's portfolios last week, I noticed my own blog was very hap hazard and everywhere and the animation stuff detracted from all of my other work. I feel like it will be easier to direct people where I want if I separated them. So for all my animated work go to the new blog and for all the digital paintings and painting and other strangeness continue here. I have also started posting my regularly on my sketch blog.
I have been working on a Dinosaur Tea Party painting for a while, as in I did a sketch and I have a water color pad sitting out on my dresser with every intention to work on it. Well I figured I should try and bust out my water colors and see if I could still paint, it has been a while so I did a test for the Dinosaur Tea party.
Last week I got some good news at work so Laura and I went out for dinner at the local sushi restaurant. Over dinner we talked about how happy were were that moment and about our plans for the future. I decided it was the perfect moment to pop the question. So, I asked Laura if she would marry me (something that I had been planing to do with more grandeur later in the year). She said "YES!"
I didn't have a ring so I grabbed one of the edamame bean pods that we had been eating and wrapped it around her finger like an engagement ring. It was a magical moment and we are very happy.
Don't worry the real ring is coming later in the month, so I can I get to propose again, next time less spontaneously.
She has made it her life's quest to steal the power of all the wizards, which as we all know is held with in their beards. It is quiet an accomplishment to sneak up upon a wizard and hack off their beard.
I have been really into the artist Sam Bosma who does all of these black and white character designs from pop culture stuff and D&D games he plays. I find them really fun and I wanted to start posting some more fun fantasy characters and do some silly and fun works. I want to try and do these quick and have them be Black and Grey (tattoo terminology). This didn't come out exactly how I wanted I feel like I was trying to keep it too tight and I want to try and be looser. Though I might just need to try and draw her like 5 time in the same amount of time.
I am trying to start making art early in the morning, and I am usually dressed and look kinda like this. This Year I have resolved to post art more regularly on my blog and I though that the new year required a new portrait. Also in an effort to make art more regularly I am going to try and do some 30 minute or Less digital paintings in the hopes of being faster and having the bar for completing art being lowered so I get more done.