Happy Easter!

When I was a kid, I always used to draw comics of a little walrus character. Whenever it was Easter, I’d always make a special comic of this walrus dressed up as the Easter bunny. I called him the “Easter Beaster”–he’s a harmless cutie who’s super excited to take on the duties of the Easter bunny but is so clumsy that he usually breaks the eggs he sets out to deliver on accident ( he always managed to fix them up though). I felt like drawing this jolly little fellow today since it’s Easter.

I wish you and your families all the best for a happy, joyous Easter with friends and family! We hope you’re all enjoying the spring time season and I look forward to sharing some exciting news next post!




Chuck Jones Red Dot Auction Paintings– Final Phases

What’s up docs? Today I’m posting to follow up on the paintings that I’ve completed for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s Red Dot Auction ( See the first post here)

Below are some photos I took of the paintings in different stages of progress since the beginning.

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Here are the progress photos on the second painting:

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 4.17.10 PMIn the end I decided to do without the Roy Lichtenstein painting look. I liked the simplicity of the dot-less look more.

Preliminary canvas drawing: photo 4First  few applications of paint:

photo 5Painted Version:

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 5.33.41 PMSo I wrapped up painting these the other day and I’ve already shipped them out to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. For more information on this event ( which will be held on Friday, May 1st from 7-10 PM) check out this link.

This has been a very fun project for me to work on as it has been a while since I’ve taken out my acrylics and painted with them. I’m already looking forward to the next painting project!

Big Hero 6 Sketches!

I typically try to do some warm-up sketches and drawings everyday in the morning. Today I thought it would be a lot of fun to draw some characters from Big Hero 6. I’ve been especially inspired from the concept art book, which is absolutely gorgeous.

Here’s what I came up with earlier today. They were particularly fun as I got to fuse my love for color with my love for drawing fun active poses ( save for the Hiro and Baymax one).

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Chuck Jones Red Dot Auction Paintings– Phase 1

It’s been a while since I’ve last posted, but I’ve been hard at work planning a lot of projects and art gallery submissions/attendances at conventions for 2015! It’s going to be (already is) a busy year for me and I couldn’t be more excited to take on new challenges. I’m optimistic and motivated to do a lot this year and as always, I’m a big believer in the idea that “fortune favors the brave”.

Anyhow, one of my first projects that I’m working on right now are some paintings that will be auctioned off at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s 4th Annual Red Dot Auction. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is an awesome organization that works tirelessly to expand the reach of the arts and to inspire the creativity in budding artists. I’ve requested and received two 12×12 canvases that I’m working on right now.

photo 2These babies have already been gesso’d and are ready for the pencil drawings. For this project, I wanted to plan out the drawings a little differently than how I usually do. Typically I sketch out the painting in my sketchbook, but I thought I’d try sketching out the ideas for my paintings out in Photoshop. In doing this I was able to get an accurate sense of scale, spacing and make decisions about color choices in advance.

Here’s Canvas No. 1-Sketch: I sketched a classic Bugs Bunny lost in the desert.

“I knew I shoulda turned left at Albuquerque!”

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I made two samples for the colors on this painting since I was also curious about how a version that used more primary colors would work ( As Bugs would say, “You don’t have to be crazy to do this… But it sure helps!”). The style I’m going for with these is something along the lines of Roy Lichtenstein ( all that 60’s pop-art goodness-I dig his comic-esque paintings). In doing the second color test, I think the use of mainly primary colors comes across a bit harsh on the eyes… so I’m thinking about using the sample on the left.

For reference, this for example, is a very common Lichtenstein sort of painting:


Canvas No. 2–Back Alley Oproar

The 1948 Looney Tunes classic, “Back Alley Oproar” has always been one of my favorites ( I tease my brother (an opera singer) about this cartoon a lot as he sings Largo Al Factotum quite often).

Here’s a bit of the gem that is “Back Alley Oproar”

Here’s the color sketch I did:

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 2.16.09 AMI’m pretty happy with how the colors came out on this one and I’m super excited to start painting. I’ll be posting updates on the actual painting process.

Also, if you’re an artist interested in participating in creating artwork for the Red Dot Auction, you can find more info to request canvasses here. All artwork is due March 15th. You can swing by and get canvasses at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity (located in Costa Mesa) if you’re based in Orange County or the Los Angeles area.

Well, back to the old drawing board.