Friday, April 24, 2015

Assassin's Creed: Unity

This is another one of my "Assassin's Creed: Unity" paintings for Ubisoft's website through The Famous Group. It was one of my favorites because it was a chance to use a lot of visual storytelling cues to help tell the story. For example it was by intent to have the man being dragged into the shadow with the last bit of sunlight touching him to metaphorically represent his soon-to-be extinguished life. And on that happy note, hope you all have a great weekend! :)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CGMA Design Demo

There’s always more to a design than meets the eye. This is the completed demo I did during my live interview with CG Masters Academy over the weekend. The overlay drawing on the left is meant to show how the similar shapes, lines, angles and weight of my design all work in sync to make it congruent. I know this isn’t the most ‘sexy’ piece of art but I hope you’ll enjoy seeing the mechanics of design a bit.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Star Wars Celebration - Yoda Sketch

"Judge me by my size do you?"

A 1-hr Yoda speed sketch for Sketch_Dailies. Decided to illustrate that moment when I really fell in love with the character. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

CGMA "Interview with the Masters"

I had the pleasure of being a part of CG Master Academy​'s "Interview with the Masters" series earlier today in preparation for my upcoming Design Fundamentals class. I talked about both my personal and professional work and how my transition from a career in Molecular Biology to Art influenced not only my studies but also continues to define how I work today. The interview will be up shortly on CGMA's Youtube channel for everyone's benefit. I LOVE teaching and can't wait to help more young & eager artists understand this discipline that's a huge part of my life. Hope you're all having a great weekend!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hulk Chalk Drawing Part 02

Continuing to work on my Hulk chalk drawing. It's a nice change of pace working with traditional media again though I often times instinctively want to "undo" something I just did. But as an artist it's great because it really forces you to think through your decisions and make sure every mark you make has an intent behind it. Also a big thanks to my coworker Julia for the cool fisheye photo.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hulk Smash! - A Chalk Drawing In Progress

I hung around after work today to begin my contribution to our chalk-friendly wall. I'm getting really amped up for the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" film so I decided to draw the Hulk. It's funny looking at the picture now because it seems like he's about to smash my chest in!

I'll post more progress pictures as I continue working on it. Also I'm working on something really fun (at least I think so) so stay tuned for that.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mother's Day Giveaway 2015!

Mother's Day is a little less than a month away which means it's time to host my Mother's Day Giveaway. Whether its for your own mom, a special mom you know, or even for yourself, you can't deny that an exclusive "Mama's Kiss" print or greeting card from an artist named Mauricio wouldn't be a unique gift smile emoticon So this year don't wait till the day before to get a gift, enter my contest for a chance to get your gift early. To enter simply SHARE the post on Facebook from my Official Art Page. That's all you gotta do and I'll pick a few winners from that list the last week of April giving me enough time to mail the prints to you before May 10. In the mean time thank you for the continued support and more new art coming soon!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Game of Thrones Season 5 is Here!

“Game of Thrones” is back and even Elsa of House Arendelle is excited! I think it’s safe to say whom she’ll be rooting for to sit on the Iron Throne.

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Painting Inspired by True Events - "Squirrel!"

I love playing with different artistic styles to tell different stories so here's something a little fun and lighthearted to send you off into the weekend. I was inspired when I saw a dog just fixated on something high above in a tree. Though I couldn't see what he was looking at, I figured it must've been a squirrel because I once saw this documentary called "Up" where I learned that dogs are entranced by them. Anyhow I hope you enjoy this little speed painting entitled "Squirrel!"

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wonder Woman Illustration "My Turn"

Here is the full Wonder Woman illustration I debuted at WonderCon 2015 this past weekend. I've been wanting to illustrate her for a while now, and while part of me wanted to do it in a more elegant and 'pinup' friendly pose because I knew that would probably be more popular, I just had to go with my gut and paint her the way I wanted - as a fighter who can take her licks but who you know is going to get back up and return them tenfold. I hope you like "My Turn."

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mulan for Sketch_Dailies

Mulan says "We Can Do it!" My illustrative interpretation combining the modern Disney character with the classic Rosie the Riveter pose for Sketch_Dailies.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

My Interview for Iconicast Podcast is Online

I recently had the honor of being interviewed for ICONICAST PODCAST which is a podcast based around a more scholarly approach to superheroes, geek and pop culture and everything in between. I love that they view this subject matter through a more culturally conscious lens so it was my pleasure to be a part of it. In my segment of the episode I talk about the inspiration behind my short film "A Smallville Man" as well as the rest of my art and brand of storytelling. Check it out when you get a chance over at

Monday, April 6, 2015

WonderCon 2015 Wrap Up

WonderCon 2015 wrapped up yesterday and with it an amazing 3 days that was even better than last year! I just have to thank everyone who stopped by and shared their kind words with me. It was nothing short of awesome to see my work actually stop people in their tracks and make them smile! 

More than anything I'm proud my brand of storytelling showed through, and I'm both honored and humbled by one customer and fellow exhibitor's reference to the "Norman Rockwell narratives" in my art.

To all of you reading this - thank you for the continued support and I promise to continue creating stories and art that speak to the heart! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Batman/Superman: Yin Yang - From Commissioned Sketch to Full Illustration

I was commissioned by a fan at last year's WonderCon to sketch something for his blank cover comic. I posted about the experience which you can find in my Archives under "Convention."

I'm happy to say that almost one year later I will debut it as a finished full color illustration at this year's show. Please come say hi if you're going. I'll be in SMALL PRESS Booth #030.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sneak Peek at Something New for WonderCon 2015

I decided to work on a new piece at the last minute in preparation for WonderCon 2015 this weekend in Anaheim, CA. I'm just teasing it at this point, but I "Wonder" if it's not too obvious already :)

Stay tuned for the full image as well as new artwork and updates from the convention!