Monday, December 29, 2014

Perverted Rain




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

Happy Holidays - 2014!

This year's annual postcard design that I mail out to friends and family :)



Happy Holidays to you all!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tee Fury - F'ing Water Temple

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!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sketch Dailies: Mr Freeze

My absolute favorite Batman villain of all time.


Monday, November 17, 2014

bengal influenced doodle



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

Sketch Dailies: Shinigami






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

The Journey Begins



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

Dragonball - WIP


 Been working on a Dragonball piece for the 30th anniversary art show - here's my progress so far.






Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Speed painted backgrounds


Super fast speed paintings from the full-time job to try some styles out.  These were a lot of fun to try! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Young Justice doodle - Robin 'n KF




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

Insomnia




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

Hawkeye Initiative



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

Topical Steroid Withdrawal




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)

- Insomnia

- 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

- chills/shivering

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





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

Sketch Dailies - Batman 75th Anniversary doodle

Hopefully will color/ink this in the near future

Terry McGinnis for the 75th Anniversary of Batman this week.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Wonder Woman 'n Batgirl

Attempting to catch up on Sketch Dailies.

In my head, Wonder Woman's always like 7 feet tall with Chun Li's thighs, and Barbara Gordon is maybe 5'3"...


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

Sketch Dailies - The Joker & Sailor Moon

Missed a bunch of Sketch Dailies topics since my cintiq was busted last week. Here are a few to try and catch up.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sketch Dailies: Cat Burglar




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

Sketch Dailies: Thumbelina




She nurses the Swallow back to health during the Winter (which is fitting as I'm fighting a cold at the moment!)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sketch Dailies: Anubis



Earliest I saw Anubis was probably the awesome mask from the StarGate film as a kid - highly influenced, obviously.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sketch Dailies: Link



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






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

Sketch Dailies - Merlin

Buh, forgot to post this one too.


Basically if Gandalf and Ezio had a child.



Monday, May 19, 2014

Personal Work - Floating




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

Kingdom Hearts


Ha, forgot to post this here.

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

Floating


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



Sketch Dailies: Goldilocks

I obviously do not approve of freeloaders who steal from strangers' homes.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sketch Dailies: Captain Planet



Late night Sketch Dailies: Captain Planet for Earth Day.

…a bit overly pensive, I think.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sketch Dailies: James Bond



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

Sketch Dailies: The Lady of the Lake



Sketch Dailies: Lady Of The Lake - She's got like 10 names but we can all agree that she's holding Excalibur.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sketch Dailies: Captain America




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

Sketch Dailies: Unicorn



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

Sketch Dailies: Carmen Sandiego




Anyone else watch the game show as a kid and realize they royally sucked at geography during the final challenge?

Yeah, that was me.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sketch Dailies: Valkyrie




If Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere had a baby with Gundam Wing you’d get this sci-fi magic lookin’ gal.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sketch Dailies: The Invisible Man





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.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sketch Dailies: Gollum




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




Sketch Dailies: Rapunzel


Quote from the witch/entrantress:

"I thought I had separated you from all the world, and yet you have deceived me!"

Tuesday, March 25, 2014