Monday, December 29, 2014
My skin from Topical Steroid Withdrawal has been sucking the life out of me (I'm about to enter month 8 of this horrible process). However, my skin finally let up for the last 2 days (barely) but I was able to draw on my own time for the first time in awhile. It was raining a lot in San Francisco so have some uh... perverted rain.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
My Legend of Zelda design, The F'ing Water Temple, is available for ONLY the next 24 Hours via TeeFury for only $11!
Grab it while you can!
Maybe grab an extra one as a holiday gift for that Legend of Zelda fan in your life!
Grab it while you can!
Maybe grab an extra one as a holiday gift for that Legend of Zelda fan in your life!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
My fiance picked up Vol 1 of bengal's Luminae comic (http://www.magnetic-press.com/luminae/)
I am loving all the colors and line work in there. Gorgeous motion in the hair and faces.
Super influenced right now, really, really had to make a doodle.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
quickie Sketch Dailies: Shinigami
…first time I heard this term was for one Duo Maxwell in Gundam Wing - still one of my fave characters of all time. Ah man, that takes me back haha
If I get time, I’d love to actually ink ‘n color this lil doodle!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
OKAY. I think I'm finished with this thing. "The Journey Begins"
This will be a 16" x 20" print mounted on woodblock (with a glossy top coat), featured in the Official Dragonball 30th Anniversary Tribute Art Show.
Premieres November 15th, @ Q Pop Gallery's new location in the Little Tokyo Mall Area of Los Angeles, California.
If you live in the area, come check out the show! 128 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
All artwork in the show will be posted here.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
SO. I watched the first season of Young Justice because it’s on Netflix. And Lemme. Tell. You.
The bromance between Kid Flash and Robin was phenomenal and hilarious. These two were great together - AND Wally West knew Dick Grayson’s identity when NO ONE else did. So cute, so they get a little roughed up doodle.
ALSO all the grammar-vocabulary bits where Robin broke down words and their meanings, like whelmed, dis in disaster etc, was fun. I wish more super-hero cartoons took liberties like this for character development!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
My Topical Steroid Withdrawal managed to let up a weeee bit for a few days so I could at least complete another personal illustration! Drawing’s been tough with blisters/cracks, and swelling all over my hands but dangit I’m not gonna let it completely stop me.
One of the main side effects of TSW, sadly, is horrific insomnia. Even when you’re awake in the dead of the night, the world of social media like Twitter or Facebook (and Tumblr haha) is right there with you… constantly.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
I want to preface this with the fact that I am a huge fan of Milo Manara’s work and his Human History was one of the greatest things I came across in Strand bookstore, back when I was living in NYC years ago. Frankly, I love him as an erotica artist as well as a comic artist. Personally I think Manara had some insane deadline for this particular cover and didn’t get to give it his usual all.
But for Marvel, there was an art director somewhere that got those sketches in and they sat there and approved it with a bunch of other people for the franchise to make this a cover. So Spider-Woman gets the Hawkeye Initiative treatment.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
New personal piece that shows how I've been physically feeling lately.
So. I haven’t been posting much artwork these days. There’s a good explanation for this.
For the past three months I’ve been battling against Topical Steroid Withdrawal (aka TSW). I do not recommend googling images of this, but if you do, be forewarned. It’s not pretty. TSW is not a well-known thing and this doesn’t happen to everyone. It occurs after heavily using a topical steroid cream on areas of the skin, usually in cases of eczema. I’ve had eczema all my life. Usually used Over-The-Counter hydro-cortisone creams and for the most part, I grew out of it in High School to college. But a really persistent area on my hands refused to go away.
I decided to visit a dermatologist this year and she prescribed me a stronger topical steroid cream. Needless to say, I used it, and it worked. …For a total of about 1-2 months. I started slathering more of this cream on my hands in hopes of remedying my returning problem, but my eczema came back, even worse than ever. In fact, it started spreading to areas of my body that I’d never had eczema before. Over the next few weeks, I tapered off this prescription cream, and was left with red, horrifically itchy skin across my entire body. The entire length of my arms, my entire torso, down my back, my legs, my throat and back of neck, with the worst area being my hands.
This is not a normal eczema/allergy-induced itch. I want you to imagine fire ants constantly crawling and biting under your skin. It doesn’t go away. And you can continue scratching, even until you reach blood and bone, and you still cannot stop scratching. You actually feel like you’re losing sanity. There are so many side effects that come with this and here are some of what I’ve experienced so far:
- Red Sleeve Syndrome (entire length of arms turn red and raw, stopping at the wrist)
- Raw, bloody, oozing skin
- Intense fatigue/constantly tired
- dry flaking skin
- sensitivity to foods you were never allergic to before
-swollen, painful skin
- random pangs of pain/nerve pain
- lichenification of skin (aka elephant skin, swolling with wrinkles)
- hot/burning like feeling from skin
List goes on and on. The cure is stopping all topical steroid creams and giving the body time to recover from it’s addiction to steroids. The only problem: recovery time can be somewhere on average between 9-18 months. People drop out of school or work for months at a time because this can be incredibly debilitating. I was lucky enough to stumble across ITSAN and their very friendly forums of other individuals going through the same thing.
For now, I’ll try to draw and post when I can, but for the most part, I’m dedicating my raw/bloody hands to drawing at my full-time job and resting when I am at home. Wish me luck on a hopefully more speedy recovery!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Sketch Dailies: Robin Williams
"The biggest smiles hide the most pain."
I think this man touched so many people, even if we didn’t know him personally. It’s like he was our uncle. The one with all the hilarious stories, and the wonderful life lessons that we all needed growing up. He will be missed.
Take a bow, good sir.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
180 Nigerian school girls are still missing after over 200 were abducted weeks ago. Fellow illustrators Rebecca Bradley and Janna Morton have created a site uniting the names of those missing girls with illustrated flowers, in dedication and hope, and to make this issue more apparent.
I’m grateful to take part in this.
You can view more illustrations with these girls’ identities on their tumblr page here.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Sketch Dailies: Favorite Cat-burglar - Catwoman/Selina Kyle
I was actually gonna put details in those buildings and color correct things, but then my hand exploded into tiny itchy blisters and I just had to stop.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
I’ve actually done a few pieces of Legend of Zelda (like here and here) but couldn’t resist doing another one for today.
You gave this silent, young warrior such a tremendous weight when you handed over the sword, Old Man.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Sketch Dailies: Gargoyle - Demona was one of my favorites from the 90s cartoon.
Reasons this isn’t inked/colored:
1. My fiance showed me the pilot episode of the X-MEN cartoon where Wolverine has an Australian accent.
2. We finished watching True Detectives.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Finished up that random sketch I posted here a few days ago.
The skin on my hands are still shredded to eczema-bits and I’m attempting to repair it (but not much is working). Hope to post more artwork more frequently when my stupid skin is healed up!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
This was my back-story for Riku’s hair cut in KH:3D -
In which Riku says, 'it’s really hard to fight with long hair in my face, hey Sora, can you cut it for me? And Sora is all surethingofcourse.’
Only Riku brought the latest issue of Spider-Man to read during his hair cut and Sora loves Spider-Man (because a hero that has to deal with school-work on top of saving the world is something he easily relates to?) so he’s not doing a good job of paying attention while cutting Riku’s hair. If this is how it went down, then I am perfectly fine with him having shorter locks.
I’m actually in the midst of playing Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance right now, and goddamn these two cute bastards. If these guys aren’t an official couple in KH:3, they’re doing the story all wrong. …I’m cool with ‘em as best bros too, to be honest.
But come on. You’re not foolin’ anyone, Nomura.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Random Sunday doodle. I'm currently taking a break from Sketch Dailies because I've been getting more stress-flare ups on my hands (severe eczema).
This makes life in general very difficult and unpleasant but I do hope to post more again soon! In the meantime I want to try and get back into my usual personal works and focus on more line and pattern at a leisurely pace.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Sketch Dailies: Goldilocks
I obviously do not approve of freeloaders who steal from strangers' homes.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Some older folks might argue that Sean Connery is the only James Bond. But I have SEVERELY fond memories that involve Proximity Mines while playing the N64 game of GoldenEye. Best. Game. Evarrrrr
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Super Somber-watery Steve Rogers is sketchin' his old buddy Bucky Barnes. (loved that he doodled in a sketchbook in the first film)
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sure I did The Last Unicorn for the 30 day challenge a ways back. But here she is again.
"You can find the others if you are brave. They passed down all the roads long ago, and the Red Bull ran close behind them and covered their footprints."
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Sketch Dailies: The Invisible Man
Sorry, not the H.G. Wells version!
The Invisible Man is that guy that has a crush on you, and you have absolutely no idea who he is.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Sketch Dailies - Gollum
My fave riddle of his game:
It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt.
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills.
It comes out first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Sketch Dailies: Rapunzel
Quote from the witch/entrantress:
"I thought I had separated you from all the world, and yet you have deceived me!"