Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ACH it's 2014

Oh hey!  Hey I'm back!!  Happy 2014!  Boy has time flown by.  This past November marked some really exciting things: I celebrated my 5 year anniversary at work and I went to CTN!  It was my first time going, in general and as an exhibitor, and I shared a table with the illustrious & ever beardy Dan Seddon.  It was an amazing, humbling, inspiring, stressful, but most of all, fun, weekend.  I met so many fantastic people, made new friends, got to see old friends, and saw some artists who's work I've admired so much. 

To top it off, I had picked out a digital camera for my 5 year anniversary work gift, and it arrived just in time for the weekend!  Normally I cart around a disposable kodak camera.  But not this time.  So here are some CTN recap pics, please excuse their blurriness.*  

THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by our table!! 


Say hello to Mr. Greg Couch, aka Man About Town.  Aka Badass Production Designer on 'Epic', who gave a fantastic presentation there at CTN. 

Ladies & gents it's the talented Willie Real!!  Amazing artist & all around super nice guy to boot.

AAWH;9##DHD it's KRIS PEARN!!  He is the best, I was so excited to see him.

At one point we had a rave at our table.


Drawing of yours truly from the awesome Ian Abando.     

John Nevarez drew this in basically 5 minutes, I was floored.  He had a swarm of people around his table & he took the time to draw this in the book I bought and to chat a bit.  He did this with everyone, he would make sure each and every person got to talk - whether it be a portfolio review or to answer questions or to just say hello.  Such a great person, it was wonderful to meet him.

*The digital camera broke shortly after CTN.  Twas not meant to be.

Leading up to the whole event, many of my nights were spent doing this...

PAINTING COASTERS.  They were 80's wrestler themed, which was a lot of fun to make.  I found these awesome birch logs online & my dad cut them in to small circles, to which I then painted and glossed using epoxy.  The nights spent doing artwork and singing to myself reminded me of the scene in 'Never Been Kissed', when Josie Geller is at home & puts the finishing touches on her needlepoint pillow, and then shows it to her turtles.

Amongst the coasters, prints, and other random things... I also carved my own stamp, with this being the initial design: 

But sad to say, there was no way I was able to carve that Jackalope.  RIP Mister Jackalope.

Thank you to my family, my friends, and to all who swung by for the encouragement, the feedback, and support!  To the new friends I made at CTN, and the old friends I was lucky to see & catch up with: I cannot wait till we meet again.  Let's boogie.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Right near da beach BOYEEEE

Man do I love the shore.  Spent great time with family, ran on the beach a lot, got to see wonderful family friends, surfed (and fell down) a whole bunch, ate delicious food, hit up all our favorite Sea Isle/Ocean City/Stone Harbor spots, did early AM yoga one day right on the beach to welcome the DAYYY AH!  it was all so nice.  Plus, it was my niece's first time there!  She was so cute and will definitely be a little beach baby - she loved the water! 

Throughout the week I also had a great time sketching (and attempting watercolors)...

We also had an 'Italy Day' where my brother-in-law made an amazing ragu, my sister made homemade pasta, and we all put together a great antipasto spread.  And drank WINE!  And watched the Godfather.  If it had been sunny that day, we would have played bocce.  All very fitting for the Jersey Shore.

Last of all, some sketches from the movie 'Gladiator', it was on the tube our first night at the shore.  You'll also see a couple in there of our slug dog, Linus, who was pooped and fell asleep.

Till next time Sea Isle!!!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Color block + doodle dump

Early AM post!! I had wanted to get these up yesterday but ran out of time. I leave today for the beach (t-45 min actually), and am so excited.  My family and I hit up Sea Isle City every summer for a week, and it's a vacation that I look forward to all year.

But before I go, here are some artstuffs.

This was inspired by Elaine Wu and Tiffany Ford - color block your outfit for the week!

Cafe & Park sketches...


Came across these folks larping in the Park, it was awesome.  I felt a bit like a creep sitting there drawing them, but they seemed ok with it.

And then some zoo drawing!  I really liked drawing the piranha's faces.

Now this... I don't know what this is.  Drawing Back to the Future with marker funtime!!

Ok, gotta run.  It's Saturday.  Did you dance?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Absinthe Anyone?

The talented Matt Jones has put together a fundraiser to bring the works of Ronald Searle here to the States, which would mark the West Coast's first ever exhibition of Searle's amazing artwork!  They were close friends before Searle's passing, and Matt now also runs a Tribute blog which you can find here.  Matt has also been posting the artwork donated by artists here!  I'm really excited, and feel very thankful, to have been able to contribute a piece to the fundraiser. 

Absinthe Anyone? 
Pen & Ink on Bristol Board, 8x10

Here's what it looks like in its frame.  (Big thanks to Vicki Saulls with her help in photographing this!)

Last but not least, below is the initial sketch & font practice.  I decided to make the setting Maison Premiere, an incredible absinthe and oyster bar in Brooklyn that looks like a 1920's speakeasy when you walk in.  First I roughed this up with the bar, seeing how I'd place the people around it, then did the entire sketch in the size I wanted.  I ended up needing to put an ink pass on it to see better on the lightbox, and then traced everything on to the Bristol Board.  From there, a whole lot of inking going on!

I had so much fun working on this!  I loved researching Searle's fantastic work and doing my best at paying tribute to his style and characters.  Thank you Matt, I can't wait to find out how everything goes!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

(Make you) Jump jump


TVPaint, I enjoy thee quite a bit.  Does this .mov work?  I hope so.  Who knows.  Only the shadow knows...

And this guy.  He might know too.


(Originally he was a gif.  But his constant walking made him...  and my eyes... tired.)

Did those during the animation class I took last spring with Eric Eiser and Martin Abrahams.  Practice!  Here are also some rough planning sketches for the ballerina, and a shot of what it looks like with the lighbox turned on in TVPaint:


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bored on a horse.

Bored on a horse?
Bored on a horse!

(Sketch warmup for tonight.)

I'm currently listening to my 'DeVotchKa' station on Pandora and it's playing 'With or Without You' by 2Cellos.  Literally just two dudes, and their cellos.  You know what, here's a pic of them too.

It's July - hope you all had a happy and safe Independence Day!

Friday, June 21, 2013


Today's theme: Zombies, to pay homage to World War Z coming out.

(Although I'm not really sure if I'll see it in theaters... I know it's nothing like the book so I should just expect it to be a new zombie flick.  But man that book was so great.  I also can't get over the fact how CGI the zombies look and how fast they run.  Who knows... maybe I'm mistaken?  Maybe the movie will be awesome!  Maybe Brad Pitt saves it all with his rugged good looks and flowing mane of hair.)

Anyway, this happened to me at work recently.  I was eating a grapefruit, digging at it with my teeth, and it was getting everywhere.  At one point I thought to myself, "I'll bet this is what it feels like if you were a zombie."

(Originally I had this laid out horizontally & blogger either made it tiny or huge... I'm not sure if this is any better though. Blast!  BLAST BLOGGER!)

I had started to tell Mr Daniel Seddon about this grapefruit zombie idea & how I wanted to draw it with no panels like Calvin & Hobbes dancing, and he thought at first I was talking about dancing zombies.  Which just sounded like fun, so I drew those too.  SWING DANCING ZOMBIES!

And finally, on a non-zombie related note, last week was officially the 20th Anniversary of Jurassic Park!!!  There will be more on my love for that movie later, but for now, here is Samuel L. to send you off on a happy Friday & great first day of summer!