Saturday, December 21, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Phew. Labyrinth illustration as an homage to the 1986 film by Jim Henson starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. Finished and also available as a print in my etsy shop!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
And I totally promised I’d fill a commission for a Labyrinth illustration for this girl on etsy AND OH MY GOD WILL I MAKE THIS IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
click the image to get linked to the shop!
Going on all the way through Cyber Monday (...I still hate that term) which is December 1st, in my Society6 Shop!
Art prints, phone cases, throw pillows, ipad skins, laptop skins, or even tote bags can make really great holiday gifts that don't even require you to leave the comfort of your home. Spend more time with your family this way!
Monday, November 25, 2013
Huge thank you to Chogrin for putting together the 15th Anniversary Powerpuff Girls Art Show! I couldn’t reveal it until today. Here’s my own contributation :) (I really loved HIM as a villain, can you tell?)
You can view all of the awesome illustrations for this show on this blog here!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
I really hate using brush pens so I may as well try practicing with them more often. What started off as moody lady doodles turned into Batman villains because I'd recently finished playing Batman: Arkham Asylum, as well as having BatKid save Gotham City (San Francisco) yesterday!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Been quiet around here for awhile, so I worked on this in my free hours over the last two days. Here's a creepy illustration for Halloween week, if you're not fed up with Halloween-related things yet. This week's topic at Illustration Friday! was Creature so there you have it.
Is it really a creature, or did you forget to knock on a teenager's bedroom door before entering?
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Months and months ago, I had done some illustrations for children's educational material, published by Scholastic.
I've had the wonderful opportunity to work on a few children's educational illustrations in my career. But this is thee first time I've received a copy of the printed and published work for them! It's so, so exciting! Huge thank you to Kathi Gulotta, whom I worked with at Scholastic!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
San Francisco, where I've resided for four years now, doesn't really have seasons. You're perpetually in what feels like Spring, sometimes just on the tail-end of Winter, or just on the cusp of Summer. But never, ever Autumn.
Corporate places like Starbucks will roll out the Pumpkin Spice on everything, but it's never the same. You don't get that smell as leaves are turning. You don't get that heightened sense of crispiness in the air. You don't get that deep chill that begins to settle in over everything, including your bones. You definitely don't get tiny bits of frost on the grass or windows.
I grew up in the Northeast, and I've truly been missing Autumn.
(Also Winter. I totally miss snow, and yeah, they say drive 3 hours to Tahoe for snow. But that's not the same as waking up and finding it outside your window one random morning...)
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Here's what I decided to work on for a night, just for funzies -
I'm about to finish Naughty Dog's latest game, The Last of Us, this weekend and I've just played through the WINTER chapter. No spoilers, I swear.
Across films, books, and games, I think it's safe to say the supporting character, Ellie, is one of my favorite characters of all time, especially because she actually supports you and isn't useless as a 14 year-old. It doesn't feel like the usual escort mission with someone utterly helpless that you can't stray two feet from. She's just so great! I especially love her horrible puns and jokes (and the joke books she keeps in her backpacks that she'll read from!).
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Revolutionary Girl Utena.
I don’t think I would have survived my adolescence without this series; and it’s not the most popular thing out there so it’s okay if you've never heard of it. It’s 50/50 - you either absolutely love it or completely loathe it. The show constantly tests the audience and covers a wide range of topics/themes from gender roles, sexuality, that awkward transition between childhood to adulthood, loss of innocence,
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Hel of Helheim will be available for sale at the opening/launch party of Claw Claw Design in Brooklyn, NY, October 12th (the same weekend of NY Comic-Con!) If you live in the area, check out their show, there will be tons of awesome illustrators in it!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
When I first read Mockingjay, part 3 of the Hunger Games, and came across the part of Katniss's mockingjay armor... I'll be honest. In my mind I thought it was the dumbest thing. Ever. Don't get me wrong, I love Katniss and the concept of it all but my mind couldn't get over the lil description.
'It had well placed body armor,' 'totally utilitarian' and 'the swoop of the helmet' 'the curve of the breastplate' blah blah blah. The thing only came to the elbows, and had loose fabric to show off white stripes under the arms that was reminiscent of the namesake bird.
I just imagined some horrific cosplay gone wrong.
So when I did an image search for her armor, I was genuinely surprised to find barely anyone had done a take on it. Also not a single one had the helmet described (that I found, anyhow). So I decided to sketch up not only what was roughly detailed in the book, but also something that I didn't find too silly looking and would enjoy.
This was a stupidly difficult task.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Final piece for Bottleneck Gallery's 3NES Show, which premieres Sept 6th, in Brooklyn, NY.
Fun fact: I’d never played all of the way through Ocarina of Time until about two weeks ago. As a child, a) my family didn’t own an N64, and b) when I tried playing it at a friend’s house, my friend would tell me I was ‘doing the puzzle wrong’ or ‘this game’s too hard for you,’ yanked the controller out of my hands, and proceeded to beat the game a second time. I sort of had wrongful disdain against Ocarina of Time as a result. So upon playing it through, all grown-up now, I had everyone and their mom tell me the Water Temple was just godawful and was their least favorite temple.
I FREAKIN LOVED THAT TEMPLE. WHO THE HELL CARES IF YOU HAVE TO KEEP CLANKIN YER IRON BOOTS ON EVERY 2 SECONDS? GIMME THAT OVER LENS OF TRUTHIN’ EVERYTHING.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Super Mario Bros. illustration for Bottleneck Gallery's Nintendo Show in September. Brooklyn, NY!
If you were the younger sibling in the 80s, you are very familiar with Luigi. Sometimes your older sibling would almost beat the entire goddamn game of the original Mario Bros before you'd get your damn turn to finally play as Player 2.
If that's not resentment speaking, I don't know what that is.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
If anyone grew up in the 80s, you'll easily remember the National Lampoon's film posters by Boris Vallejo; if you didn't grow up in the 80s, he also did the epic poster for the Aqua Teen Hunger Force film. Well, I had a commission a few weeks ago from a friend who wanted something in that style. This is hilarious as I just... don't paint remotely in a style like Boris Vallejo, and he's basically up there with Frank Frazetta. It's just ridiculously daunting.
But I like a challenge and my friend had yet to get one of his best buddies a wedding gift. This became a belated Congratulations-you're-married-and-now-you're-having-your-first-child, gift. So here's my take on attempting to paint like Boris Vallejo. Some quota to fill: Make it a National Lampoon's film poster with bad ass stuff like lightning, something involving San Francisco, video games etc.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I didn't even complete the film, but I just took over one hundred screen captures from the original 2d Star Wars: The Clone Wars for reference material. I am completely floored by how amazing these backgrounds are! Some of them are on screen for just a second too. I'm so excited to study all of the compositions and colors from these guys. Here are a few samples.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
Today, many of my friends were laid off from their jobs. It's extremely frustrating and unfortunate.
What's worse is it reminded me of a quote from Office Space. We used to say it, and laugh nervously afterwards because of the dark truth behind it.
"For five years now, you've worked your ass off at Initech, hoping for a promotion or some kind of profit sharing or something. Five years of your mid-20s now, gone. And you're gonna go in tomorrow and they're gonna throw you out into the street. You know why? So Bill Lumbergh's stock will go up a quarter of a point."
Monday, May 27, 2013
I think one of life's greatest regrets is when you're unable to help a friend in need.
Seeing someone suffer from something such as depression and no matter what you say or do, the person won't let you in. They constantly push you away, possibly to a point where it's too late. We blame ourselves for things that are so vastly out of our own control.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
An enormous thank you to Aaron Yeboah of 2dots who put together a curated book full of creative work, and I had the lucky opportunity to be included. The book looks gorgeous and is chocked full of gorgeous imagery from graphic design, photography, illustration, and more!
my pages! woo!
The book is also available for purchase here!
An added bonus is Blurb has a sale going on so there's 15% off everything until May 31st, with the promo code: ROCKSTARS
Have at it!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I've been doing a lot of wedding commissions lately that are all parodies! Guess that's the popular trend at the moment.
Had a lot of fun with this one that's obviously based on an Archer poster. Some of the quota to be filled: Halo's Master Chief as a 'hidden easter-egg' found somewhere in the back, and the commissioner himself is punching a raptor in the face.
Hope the happy couple likes it when they receive the print!