Saturday, November 15, 2014

Old Scribbleman

I recently created this character from a giant page scribble that I had made in my sketchbook recently. Then, I painted him using gouache. All just for fun :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gift of Tears

The SCBWI Miami chapter recently held a Writing and Illustration contest for members. The prompt was "Robin's gift was different from all the others."

It took me a while to come up with an idea I liked because the imagery could literally go anywhere. I ultimately decided to put a spin on it by giving "Robin" the Gift of Tears. While at first it might seem like a curse more than a blessing, it is an actual spiritual gift according to Catholics, where one "weeps for the sins of the world". It is in essence, deep empathy for others that proceeds from a softened heart.

So, here is my contest submission! I began with an acrylic underpainting then went on top with oil, and finished with a few digital touches.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Signing!!

On Saturday, September 13th, I took a trip down to Coral Springs, Florida to celebrate the launch of Kerry O'Malley Cerra's debut middle grade novel, Just a Drop of Water, which I had the great privilege of illustrating the cover. Check out the book trailer:

The launch party was a huge success! Over 300+ people showed up and we signed books nonstop from 3pm to 6pm! Here are a few pics:

Illest of Ill Demo Night 2014

This semester's Demo Night at Ringling College of Art & Design was super fun, as always! 
I love my faculty trading card, created by illustrator Angela Tsai. Thank you, Angela!!

Check out more of her work here:

For Demo Night I decided to do something crazy and let loose. I rendered a high fantasy concept sketch a did a while ago, using pastel pencils on toned paper. Took about 2.5 hours total. 
And here it is!! Looks to me like it would make a pretty sic tattoo.

Recent Figure Drawings


I have not posted in a while because there has been a lot going on, and now a lot to post about!

Just to get warmed up, here are a few recent figure drawing and gestures from last Wednesday's faculty figure drawing session. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

YA Muses muse on Storybird

Here's a really great blog post from author of Some Pig in the City, Jodi Kendall, about Storybird. She does a great job of summarizing everything. Check it out!

Summertime Stuff

Hello! It's summertime! Hope you are having a lovely one so far...

Just a quick update here:
Things are much different this time around compared to summers in the past. I usually go home to California, but this time I bought a house in Florida and have decided to stay here to fix it up and teach PreCollege at Ringling (which starts on Monday!)

I've been working on a few freelance projects too, the first being Some Pig in the City, written by Jodi Kendall (which is a serialized project where new chapters and artwork post every two weeks (it should wrap up in August) and an early reader book titled No Cookies For You published by Heinemann Young Readers.

So things are quite busy and exciting! The above illustration is an in-progress sample from the No Cookies book. I've been working digitally for both assignments. For PreCollege, I'll be teaching Illustration and Painting, which will be a nice excuse for me to switch back over the the pen nibs and paintbrushes for a while! I'll post demos if I get a chance.

Thanks for reading!