Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Although he needs a haircut, this little guy is great for late-evening strolls as his eyes will light the way.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


This dude is a weirdo who stares at your pants.  Creepy.

Monday, June 28, 2010


This little guy is pretty hungry..I would maybe recommend checking out Chef Jia's Rolling Lettuce Vegetables and/or the Honey Glazed Yams. 

Sunday, June 27, 2010


aaaand, we're back to the digital speedpaints.  I like to call this one "Good Thing I Can Fly, or, Where the F@*k Are My Legs?"

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Still a long way to go to a finish, but it's looking a lot better now, sorta like an actual illustration -_-.  The going is long and hard, but fun. 

I may take a break tomorrow to whip out something a bit more spontaneous.  I'm not sure when I'll finish this guy, as I realized that I have to get crackin' on getting my work finished for Hyphen.  I'm not quite as good about documenting my painting process, so you may see some quick n' fun digital stuff over the next few days.  Just a head's up.

Friday, June 25, 2010


Moving on to some color, I decided I needed to darken the value of the treeline and the opposing cliffs so that the lighting makes sense.  I now just realized that the waterfall would also be much darker, so that's something else I'll have to work on.  Just gotta keep keeping on...

Thursday, June 24, 2010


So I had to work late, then I went out with co-workers to check out "Exit Through the Gift Shop."  Fun times.  Thus, I really only had time to do a quick value study.  I usually don't do these, but I thought the composition was off, and wanted to see if value would fix it.  It didn't, so I changed the location of the rope bridge, and added some trees to help frame the piece.  I think this works a bit better, as even though I intentionally had the bridge leading away from the demon in the original sketch (I wanted to make it look as if the demon had even more of a lead on the hero), it ended up leading your eye out of the composition.

I think this works a lot better now, and will proceed to start painting. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


So here is the sketch of my next digital paint that I plan to work on.  The story behind this is that some sort of demon has stolen away an innocent townsperson, and this intrepid hero on creature-back is now chasing that jerk demon down. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


This is a scanned, then digitally-colored lino block so I can plan out the carving a bit better.  Yay for squid cars.

Monday, June 21, 2010


Back to the creepy illustrations.  I've realized - I like creepy illustrations.  Guess what this guy likes to eat?  It rhymes with "Tabies."

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Being that today we're headed over to my good friend Michelle and John's wedding, I'm posting something I did a while back - their wedding invitation design.  If you're wondering why there are weird blank spaces, it's cuz they're getting married at a residence, so yeah.  I also designed a map card, but since it's basically all about their address, it will have to remain a secret.
I also had to design a Chinese language version...not the easiest thing to do when you don't know kanji.

These were actually letterpressed on Crane Pearl Lettra, so the blue gets toned down a bit on the soft creamy paper, and you don't get such a crazy bright look. 

Anyway, congrats Mitchelle and John!  Woooooo!

Saturday, June 19, 2010


A bunch of head studies.  First, a master copy of Gibson, then some digital pen and inks. The second one sort of got away from me, so I slapped on some color to make it less sucky.  Still working on the economy of line, which is one of my biggest hurdles. 

Friday, June 18, 2010


Done!  Sometimes it's hard to believe that a simple little thumb like below can turn into a full-finished piece. It was definitely a challenge to keep coming back to this over a few days, but that's the discipline I'll need to do commercial book illustration work (which I'd like to get into).

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Trying not to let myself get sick of this and to take it all the way to a finish.  Much happier than yesterday (for obvious reasons).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Didn't have much time to work on this, but I darkened the foreground and did a quick lay-in on the castle thing.  So far to go...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


A bit of process/WIP stuff...

First off is a scan of my sketchbook.  Next is the start of a rough color lay-in with the larger, detailed pencil sketches dropped in.

Quick color of the flying demon thing and the guy being carried away....

More tomorrow, gotta get some illustration work done tonight.

Monday, June 14, 2010


Oh the joys of retail work...

Sunday, June 13, 2010



Saturday, June 12, 2010


study of reflected light on slimy tentacles/ study of hand on slab

Friday, June 11, 2010


"all it took was a flick of the wrist and then there was darkness forever"

Thursday, June 10, 2010


"in her paranoia, she reached into her own mouth, and with her thumbs

she pulled"

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


"for once a transgression has been made, a sacrifice must be given if one wishes to survive"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


This is a new card design I think I'll sell in the Etsy shop.  I made it originally for a friend who was feeling down, but is a pretty cool person.  Anyway, I thought I was pretty clever with this one :)

Monday, June 7, 2010


Another painter study.  Woo!  Not hating it nearly as much as I did yesterday.  Sort of figured out how to do my signature style of background, so I'm pretty pumped about that. 

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Done in Corel Painter, 30 minute speed paint.  As per Eve's suggestion, I think I'm going to try and work in Painter more. 

In other news, I saw How to Train Your Dragon (we took the trip to Berkeley today) and it was pretty awesome.  I'm bummed it's no longer playing in SF, but if you haven't seen it, and it's still playing where you are, I highly suggest it.  Especially pay attention to the creature design.  I must say, since dragons are so overdone, it's challenging to create a new look, but they did a pretty damn good job of it.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


Turquoise ink and Pro-White on watercolor paper.

I brought some supplies with me to my work's break room and stashed them there.  Now I get to paint on my lunch!  Wooo!

Friday, June 4, 2010


Work-In-Progress of the little monster thing I was painting.  I think more artists should show their works in progress, and their experimentation with new styles, etc., etc.  Instead we have every professional artist only doing one style, and while it lends to some great stuff, I personally feel like I'd get bored.  Anyway, here's the painting waaay early before it's done.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


I decided to draw Hitler how I see him - a little bully.  He is a little despicable tyrant whose hatred, prejudice, and little-penis syndrome caused one of the worst genocides in history.  What an asshole.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


I sketched this out while waiting for people to show up to the graduation party we had last Friday.  Tried to do something on the creepier side.  I'm currently working on paintings this little beast up in photoshop.