Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine's Flashback

A Valentine's flashback friday that begs the question: what would bears give each other as Valentine's gifts?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Want to See Your Pet as a Cartoon?

Ever wanted a custom portrait of your favorite four-legged friend? Rewards tiers for my upcoming Kickstarter campaign will include custom color illustrations of your pet (not limited to just dogs either). Can also be a unique GIFT for a friend or family member with a special pet. Launches next week! I'm really excited to share it with you, and I hope you'll consider supporting once you see all the cool stuff you can get.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Meet Seth

Meet Seth, a spirited little Chihuahua and the star of my children’s book “Small Dogs.” In one week I will launch my first Kickstarter to get the book printed for all to enjoy this story inspired by the idea that our differences are what make us who we are. Thank you to everyone for your support and I’m really excited to share this story with all of you!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rey Doesn't Like Sand

Rey doesn't like sand either. It's coarse and rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SMALL DOGS Friendships

At the heart of my "Small Dogs" story is the value of friendship. Little Seth's journey to prove the big dogs wrong wouldn't be complete without the help of Chester the aspiring superhero Pug and Winston the nerdy Dachshund. I'll be posting some more details about these three and their story as the Kickstarter draws near. Thanks you for all the support and encouragement thus far!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

There's a Starman Waiting in the Sky

The thing that still makes me sad about Bowie's death is that we can see his last album was a farewell, albeit cryptic in true Bowie fashion. But the small solace for me is in realizing he went out as he had lived - a performer whose creativity had still not found any limits. There's a starman waiting in the sky!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

"Small Dogs" Coming Soon

Many of you can probably tell that storytelling is at the heart of what I do. Along that line I'd like to introduce another story. It's a children's book called "Small Dogs" that I wrote and illustrated three years ago. The book you're seeing here is a test copy which I've used to help me edit and refine it to the point that I feel it is ready to be shared with all of you. In the coming weeks I plan to post more information about the story in anticipation of launching my first ever Kickstarter campaign to help get the book printed. I've put a ton of work into this and I genuinely hope you'll enjoy seeing it. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement so far!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Deadpool Mom

Deadpool confusing innocent parents since '91. This was inspired by a recent lunch outing with my family. Love you, mom!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mentoring with Motivarti

I'll be returning as a mentor this Spring with Motivarti: Make Luck Happen, a great organization that pairs students/aspiring professionals with other professional artists for 10 weeks of one on one mentoring. This'll be the last year Motivarti runs so if you've been hesitant to check it out, you won't want to wait much longer. Check out their site for all the info!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fan Alley In-Store Appearance this Saturday

For those of you driving distance from good old Anaheim, CA there'll be some really cool things happening at the Fan Alley store from 1-5pm. I'll be signing and vending inside the store from 1-3. In addition their mini-Deadpool gallery opens that day and there will also be a cool CSUF show with other talented artists outside the shop. And waffles! Did I mention there'll be a waffle truck? Cause that's where I'll be :D

Monday, January 18, 2016

Teaching "Fundamentals of Design" for CGMA

I’ll be teaching “Fundamentals of Design” again this coming term with CGMA. Classes begin Feb 2 and run for 8 weeks. Enrollment now open. For those who aren’t familiar with CGMA, it’s a great online school where you watch lecture videos on your own time, upload your homework, download video-recorded feedback, and get a weekly live Q&A with the instructor.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

"A Smallville Man" Deleted Scenes & Lessons Learned

To round off the revisit of my Superman short film, I thought it'd be interesting to share with you some of my "deleted scenes." Of course these are just illustrations ranging from rough sketches to fully rendered images, but they're still valuable in examining the creative process as well as just being a fun look into the different directions the story almost took. Hope you enjoy!

Our first introduction to Lois and Clark takes place within their office, so I thought a shot showing the interior of the Daily Planet office outside their door would be an appropriate transition. Due to time constraints I had to cut this scene out, but I also realized that in the end it wasn't as crucial as I had thought. The transition from the exterior of the building to the shot of Clark's hand pinning the paper was more than enough to link the characters with the setting.

TAKEAWAY #1: Keep only the parts that are absolutely necessary to the story.

This shot was an additional part of the Lois and Clark Daily Planet sequence and was ultimately scrapped due to time limits but rightly so. I can imagine if the song was longer I might have been able to include this shot, but it would've been completely repetitive. The shot overhead tells the same story and much more interestingly in my opinion. 

TAKEAWAY #2: Avoid telling the same story with different beats.

This shot was intended to go right before the scene where we first see Superman flying from the Daily Planet. I thought it would be an interesting way to depict the goodbye between him and Lois but again got scrapped due to time constraints.

TAKEAWAY #3: Sometimes you just gotta lose some stuff even if you think it's cool.

In my original story I had the South American farmer joined by a group of his fellow farmers as he stood up to the construction company attempting to kick them off their land. I even got so far as to fully illustrate a few of these scenes. I ended up abandoning this concept for story reasons.

TAKEAWAY #4: Don't be afraid to backtrack just because you've already done a lot of work.

Really early on I played around with the idea of having large mechs serve as the machines used by the oil company to clear the farmers' land. I wanted Superman to have something physical to fight, but I quickly realized that I wanted the story to feel more grounded in reality. Yes it includes a superhero from another planet but that is the accepted premise of my story and for some intuitive reason including technology like these mechs just didn't feel right. So I quickly scrapped it in favor of the more realistic military/guerrilla conflict.

TAKEAWAY #5: Quickly decide on the rules of your story's reality and commit to them.

This is probably my favorite shot from the entire project and it never made the final cut. Why? Because I couldn't quite fit it organically within the story I wanted to tell. Originally Superman was supposed to attack the military once they had attacked the farmers, but I realized that that would have betrayed the nature of his character. Only after trying to safely deescalate the situation would he have resorted to using his powers just as his father had taught him.

TAKEAWAY #6: Always think through your character's decision-making process.

I really liked this shot of Superman emerging from the helicopter crash so much so that I even got around to almost finishing the rendering. However when it came time for the final cut, I had to scrap it in favor of the shot pictured below that catered to the actual storytelling by also showing the jet flying above.

TAKEAWAY #7: Don't compromise your storytelling just for the sake of pretty visuals.

Sometimes scenes were cut for highly important reasons (as shown above), but sometimes it was also from just having gone down the wrong creative rabbit hole. The following shots are a mix between the two that I just wanted to share.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

"A Smallville Man" One Year Anniversary

Hey folks, exactly one year ago today I posted my Superman short film to Youtube. It took approximately one year to make during my free time and was one of the most rewarding and challenging creative experiences I’ve had so far. Nonetheless I was overwhelmed with the amount of positive reactions it received so I thought in celebration of its anniversary that I’d share with you a bit behind my creative process. These projects can be grueling and even at times demoralizing but if anything I hope this helps other creative people and maybe even inspire a few if they need it. Hope you enjoy it and if you haven’t yet seen the film (or maybe want to see it again), please take a look:

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

"Excuse me, coming through!"

Just messing around. Had no idea where this was going when I started it. First drew Michelangelo's head up on the page and then kinda let the drawing tell me where it wanted to go. Hope you like!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Snoopy's Christmas

"The news had come out in the First World War, the bloody Red Baron was flying once more. The Allied command ignored all of its men and called on Snoopy to do it again." I always found Flying Ace Snoopy to be equal parts random and cute, so I wanted to illustrate a scene that popped in my head as I was listening to the intro of the song by The Royal Guardsmen. 'Merry Christmas, mein friends!'