December 3, 2009

1 Girl - 1 Day

A friend of mine started a blogging challenge with a couple of artists where they draw a new girl everyday for 100 days. Check it out, its pretty neat... http://1000girlsin100days.blogspot.com/

In tribute to that, I did my own "challenge," 1 Girl...1 Day.



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November 29, 2009

Fantastic Mr Fox

I saw Fantastic Mr. Fox last night. It was so good, I wanted to mention it here! It's an absolutely inspiring film that is just bursting with creativity. I think you should go see it ;)

Figure Drawing

A few figure drawings from 2 different sessions.




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Mini Gore

Me and a few of the people I work with bought Mini Gore for our Ipod/Iphones. It's a really fun and simple game with some really great art (WELL worth the dollar it costs). We have a little competition for the highest score, and the holder of that title, gets to display this little "trophy" of the main character, John Gore, that I made on their desk. Current record holder....yours truly, At *14,340 points.

John was made with Sculpey and acrylic paint.

*this post will not be updated in the rare case my record is beaten :P



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October 26, 2009

Some Work Stuff

I haven't been posting as much as I would have liked lately because a lot of my free time has been filled up with learning ActionScript 3.0 so I can finally get myself an official website. It's been and lot of fun and a lot of frustration. I've nearly given up numerous times, until a lightbulb goes off, I fall asleep because its dark, and wake up refreshed and ready to try it again the next day.

Anyway, Here is an animated gif of the sketch I did of Kanye West and some of his mouths. It's for an animated piece we are doing at liquidgeneration. Lately I've been sketching the mouths out is Photoshop and using the animation feature to test out how they look. It's pretty useful when you have a character with big lips. Can you guess what he is saying? Perhaps hes not saying anything at all and I just want you to spend more time on my blog...but then again perhaps he is.

Under that is the colored version. The background has nothing to do with the animation we are creating, but I thought it's a little more interesting than white ;)





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September 28, 2009

Green Girl

This was done for the September drawing jam over at Drawingboard.org :)



India Ink and watercolor

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August 6, 2009

Gamer Girl from Sketchbook

I drew this from the drawingboard.org's drawing jam. If you haven't heard of it, check it out. It's an inspiring site that motivates me to draw and get involved just about every time I go to it... only problem is, I never signed up and actually officially participated yet. Hopefully, Ill get to posting this one finally!

Gamer Girl Sketch

*update. I registered and posted it :) Check out all the art for this months topic on the Drawing Board and post one yourself!

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July 31, 2009

Pau Gasol Caricature

Phew! Almost missed my goal of at least one post a month!

I sketched this back when the Lakers won the Finals with hopes of posting it then. he he, I got a little side tracked ;) Anyway, here it is...a month and a half later.

I loved the way he looked when concentrating on free throws. Very relaxed face with concentration in his eyes, long neck, and dropped shoulders.

Pau Gasol Caricature sketch

Pau Gasol Caricature

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June 30, 2009

Big relaxin', Big city, Big trees

Last week my wife and I took an amazing trip to Carmel, San Fran, and then Sequoia National Park. Too bad I can't vacation for a living. I want to do it all over again!

I sketched this at our camp site in Sequoia...



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June 28, 2009

Figure Drawing with oil pastels

This was done a few weeks ago at an LA figure drawing workshop.



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Flash Game Mocs

These are some game mocs I did some artwork for that LiquidGeneration's sister company Brand Blaze recently pitched for various companies.


I did the characters in both of these.


I did everything but the food in the McDonalds piece for these last two.

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June 11, 2009

Character designs for work

At work, I've been doing a good amount of character conception and illustration lately. It has been pretty fun and has kept me fairly busy. All of these characters, with the exception of Indiana Jones, were just drawn and illustrated without having to really worry about making sure everything is on separate layers and ready to be exported for Flash animation, mainly because of time constraints. That sure made my job a lot easier, untill of course we get the job and then I have to go back and re-work the illustrations ;)


















Indiana Jones Caricature












Trekky illustration



























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May 26, 2009

Heri

I've been taking an Adobe Flash Actionscripting course at Santa Monica College these last few weeks and its been sucking the free time out of me. I am really enjoying it though! I'm not sure if my brain's cut out for this kind of stuff but its slowly making sense the more i stare at it. I'm kind of at the equivalent of knowing Spanish enough to read it, but when I try to speak it, out comes Spanglish with a lot of pauses between my sentences.

Speaking of Spanish, I needed a break from Actionscripting so I re-visited this caricature I started of my Mexican co-worker, Heri a while back. (nice transition huh!) He's a talented dude. Check out his blog while enjoying a Corona.


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sketched and textured in Photoshop, colored in Illustrator.

April 28, 2009

Ben Harper Caricature and a visit to his Mom's folk music store

I saw a documentary film about Ben Harper recently, and in that film it talked about his Mothers music store where he grew up surrounded by musicians and unique folk instruments. When I realized that store was just 45 minutes away, I had to check it out. My friend Beags, who lent me the film, knew the route from his previous visit. So we hopped in his car and headed out to Claremont, CA!

Ben Harper Caricature
I had to do a caricature of Ben Harper to make it fit this blog ;)


There were some really interesting instruments from all over the world and a huge wall filled with mainly ukulele's and dulcimer's. This corner had some old sitars and other instruments that were on display only. In the bottom right corner there's a metal sculpture of Ben's Grandpa who opened the shop 50 years ago.


The cool thing about the store is that it doesn't promote or shove in your face that it's essentially the birthplace of Ben's musical talents. In a way its just another great thing that came out of it. The only thing I found were a few newspaper clippings featuring him from the local paper taped to the side of a display case. His mother was also there working the cash register :)

The last picture is of Beags strumming away at the ukulele. Check out his blog if you're, a) into music, b) into sports, c) from Boston


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April 7, 2009

Figure Drawing workshop 4-01-09

So I did make it to figure drawing last week. (I couldn't not make it after that last post.) This was my first time using oil pastels. I'm not really sure of the best way to use them but I was having fun blending with my thumb and the white pastel, and probably ended up laying down too much crayon. Soon Ill have to draw everyone in just blues and greens because all the skin tones will be used up. If you have any advice, please share!



*Special thanks to my Mother in Law for getting me the pastels for xmas ;)

April 2, 2009

Character design

This is a little soccer player concept I did for Liquid Generation.

March 31, 2009

Art and Crass

About a month ago I did this piece for a little art show. The proceeds went to support The Wellness Community of West Los Angeles. The title is Cleaning Matron and was done with coffee and ink on pannel. The Kings Crown told me about the show and did a sweet piece of a transparent pig. To be as accurate as possible he had a transparent pig shipped in from Tokyo for reference.


Sketch Book Posts

So here is a drawing I finished tonight of a dude in a magazine. Mando, Heri, and I were giving each other a hard time at work for not posting in nearly a month...So here goes!

The caricature of the man with the beard was of one of the artists in last weeks figure drawing workshops. I needed a little break from the model ;)

Figure Drawing workshop 3-25-09

It's strange how hard it is to get myself to go to figure drawing on Wednesdays, yet every time I really enjoy it. In fact, right now I'm putting off making plans to go tomorrow. It sure is an important part of an artists career and every time I go I realize how difficult it is to draw the figure and how I have a long ways to go before I get the hang of it.




March 3, 2009

Mc Steamy quick sketch

During my walk to work, I'm pretty sure I passed by Eric Dane. I was across the street and wasn't wearing my glasses, so I can't be completely certain, but in LA when you think you see a celebrity, chances are you did. When I was passing by I was obviously staring (and probably squinting a bit) to see if I could confirm my sighting. He noticed my gawking, turned and stared back at me as if he wanted to make sure that I knew who I saw. Either that or it was a random guy who was like "what the heck are you looking at?"

Any way, the reason I bring it up is because it gave me a subject to do a quick caricature sketch of at lunch :)

Mc Steamy Caricature

February 23, 2009

Figure Drawing Workshop 2-18-09

Last week was pretty fun. These were done with ink, a crow quill pen (the one with the round nib at the end...im not sure if there is a specific name for those), and a white china marker. I've been trying to experiment a little more with different media during these workshops, and it has really been a blast. It helps to keep it fresh and also makes me think and work in a different way.







February 8, 2009

Kings Crown and Lady

Here are some drawings out of my sketchbook from last week. This Saturday my friend Luke and I got together, drew some pictures, and drank some beers. Can't ask for a better night. Hopefully it will be something we do more often :) I couldn't help but do a quick caricature of him while he was drawing. The only thing I didn't exaggerate was what he was drawing at the time. As you can see he's an amazing artist ;) Check out his blog and see for yourself!

The Lady is from a figure drawing workshop from this past week.