After all the shopping frenzie, lest we forget the importance of the holiday season. Happy Holidaze Everyone.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Here's a drawing I used last year for an IF post: "Excess". I like it so much, that I want to use it this time for "Wide". This is dedicated to all us big guys with little guys just waiting to bust out. Enjoy and see you all next week.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Talking with my good friend Pedro about some really spicy foods made me put this week's IF topic and this image together. Where's that glass of water when you need it? Good thing the phone was nearby. Ha ha. Happy Birthday Pedro!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Here's a quick sketch for this week's IF theme: Geeky. He's complete with the 'ol pocket protector and tape on the glasses. Now how many of you remember the slide ruler. Huh? That's one apparatus that's a little before my time too (hard to believe). Have a good week everyone.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Always a family favorite, how many of you out there have played Hasbro's "Bop-It" Game? It's a toy that you either have to Bop, Twist, or Turn when the contraption instructs you to so. It literally talks to you and gets progressively faster the longer you play without messing up. Not an easy game but addictive. When I heard this week's IF topic "twist", this is the first thing I thought about.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I've been having a lot of fun playing with a brand new computer program I just got at the local computer store. I've tried them all and so far this is the best lineart program I've tried. It takes a bit of getting used to, by combining the Wacom tablet with the program, but I can get some really interesting lineart as the end result. It was designed with the comic book artist in mind. Check it out: Manga Studio 3.0 Debut and happy cartooning!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
This is the second post for me on this topic. Something I drew for another topic a while back that fits this week's topic just fine. I just couldn't resist. Although, all my drawings are so sad for this topic. Hope you like this one too. Maybe next week will be happier.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
My brother-in-law had a stack of National Geographic Magazines to sort through. I began sketching from them but had no idea when I started . . . that I could use it for two IF topics: "suit" and "moon". What a great new found resource when you're stumped for ideas. Enjoy the week everyone!
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Here's a sketch I drew a few years ago on a back of a postcard that I sent back to my office during a family vacation. I always wondered when I'd be the image again, so I kept a copy. I now use it for my computer screen background to take me back to that other place. Ahhhh. Feel free to put it on yours too. Ahhh, need I say more?
Sunday, May 27, 2007
When I heard this week's topic: cars I thought of this image. I drew it in the lobby of a movie theatre as we were waiting to see Spiderman III. It wasn't a bad movie. I enjoyed it, although, as the lights went down, every once in a while, I would open my sketchbook and continue with the light from the screen. The New York City backdrop was inspired by the movie.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
My class finals are over and I'm free for the summer. I took two college courses this semester and it kept me really busy. I just completed my last final for the semester last night. Yippee! I can feel the elation of this little doggy at the neighborhood dog park sign. Have a good week everyone.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
My daughter took her annual "Star" test last week which inspired me to draw this image. The "Star" test is a state run test which measures the student and her schools' proficiency when compared to other students throughout the nation. My day it was called the "Stanford Achievement Test". I remember the stress that we went through every year and now I see my daughter going through the same. I guess some things never change!
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Today, my family and I attended the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco's Japantown. Riding the city bus in order to get there (since the parking was horendus), it gave me the opportunity to generate ideas for this week's IF theme: "Polar". I observed one dapper guy carrying a business bag similar to the one pictured above. I drew this drawing while enjoying the sunny skies and spectacular San Francisco weather. It was forcasted to have rained today, but it didn't.
I considered myself fortunate to be living in an area with such a great climate. You see, I never lived in an area where temperatures drop below freezing, let alone snow! I imagined how it would be to be walking to work in the snow. The background is the portion of Japantown that I sketched while waiting for the parade to begin. We all had a memorable time thanks to the great weather!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
I've just joined a new art blog: www.artjumble.blogspot.com and this week had the theme - Wizard of Oz. It was neat to draw all the characters with varying limits of mobility. Doesn't this movie bring back memories?
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Here's my submission for this week's www.Illustrationfriday.com theme: "Fortune". My wife Lucille and daughter Gennie inspired me to draw this whenever I see how well they compliment each other. Show me the love baby! Have a good week everyone.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Playing around a bit with my sketchbook with some Photoshop magic. Illustrationfriday's "Green" theme kind of got me thinking of little green spacemen that come and visit you at night. This is what I came up with after a little bit of playing around. It was also inspired by a couple of art magazines that I've been reading through lately.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Snap, Snap, Snap go the crabs!
For this week’s www.IllustrationFriday.com theme of “snap”: this blog entry is dedicated to the popular Filipino folklore character “Juan Tamad”. His name translates in tagalog (the Filipino native language) as “Lazy John”. He was so lazy that on one hot summer day, he instructed a sack of crabs the way to his home instead of carrying them. What did he do when the crabs made their way?... take a nap under the Guava tree, of course. There is another story to that guava tree. He was so lazy that instead of picking the guava fruit from the tree, he sat and waited for them to fall. Now that is lazy! Have a good week everyone.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
It was another great day participating in Sketchcrawl 13. Today, we went around and drew or painted the University of California Campus in Berkeley. It was great fun and super nice weather. To see the results of the day from other artists, click here.
This is an illustration I designed for a marketing campaign a couple of years ago. It was one of twenty-six illustrations (one for each letter in the alphabet) that I completed in one weekend. (Whew! Looking back, that was a lot of work.)
Saturday, March 17, 2007
After talking to an children's book editor, I've been experimenting with a technique where I become less dependant on my linework. I'm getting kind of tired of the hardline cartoony look of my past work, so I'm going to try using a pencil to replace my ballpoint pen. I think it looks more like a children's book illustration because it softens the illustration. I'll give it a try since it could bring out some nice results.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
While traveling a five hour plane ride to Florida: (as usual when I have nothing to do) I pulled out my sketchbook and this time drew the inside of a plane. In order to add a little bit of interest, I added my fourteen y.o. daughter listening to her ipod and tapping to the music on the back of an irate passenger's chair. Of course, this incident would never happen because I've trained her better then that. I hope. :)
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Here's an illustration I used for a "Gap" employee newsletter a couple of years back. It was drawn for a campaign to watch out for those mothers with strollers during the holiday season. I thought it would also be good for this week's IF topic "hide". Notice the clothing tag hanging out the sneaky mom's coat. Poor little baby! They both look bundled up with all the extra clothing.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
What do you think robots say to each other when people aren't around. Binary of course. Here's an image I drew last year but thought it would be great for this week's "communication". It's an illo that makes me smile everytime I look at it.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Well, folks, here you go. I had some extra time so I drew a second submission for this weeks word Gravity. The letters coming out of the magician's eyes were sort of an afterthought. When I completed the painting, it just looked like it still needed something. My computer malfunctioned while printing another document, so I saved the gobledy- goop and I thought it looked cool so I added it here. It kinda gives it that techno-edgy look. What do you think?
Have a good week everyone.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Here's something I drew for a corporate motivational program last year. Not bad for this week's word Gravity. I drew a pen and ink drawing in my sketchbook, scanned it, then colored it in Photoshop. Looking back and as you can see, my style was very tight back then. Today, with my constant drawing and submitting to IF, I believe my new style has come a long way as my new drawings exhibit more confidence and energy. Thanks Illustration Friday!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
I had some extra time so here's another sketch I drew for this week's IF Crash. I feel kind of sorry for the guy because he's getting ready to fly off his bike, but he'll be okay because as you can see, he's wearing a helmet. Happier drawing next time, I promise. Have a good week everyone.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Here's one of my submissions for the 2005 KALX t-shirt competition. It's a student run radio station out of Berkeley that plays all kinds of music. The only requirement was to have the radio station's call letters and name in the design. It's a really cool station and cutting edge stuff on it. Groovy stuff. Anyways, I submitted this image for "home grown radio". It didn't win, :(, but I still had fun drawing it, :). It started out from a teeny weeny sketch in my sketchbook, blown up, and traced to what you see here. When I heard IF current word: Sprout, it reminded me of this drawing so here it is. Although . . . (please scroll down for more) . . .
This design did win! They didn't make t-shirts out of this one but they did put this design onto thousands of "adhesive stickers". It was sort of a honorable mention but that's cool. It was stickers for books, cars, furniture, what-ever the owner's heart desired. I guess they thought it was a simple enough design that could be easily recognizable from a distance. I was inspired by a "Radio Junkie" and just drew what came to mind. Yippeee. Notice that at that time time, MP3's weren't invented yet, so the maniac listens to his Walkman. Of course with FM radio so he can listen to KALX. If you've got sime time, check it this real hip station: here's the link. Peace Out!
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Here's the image that I thought of with this week's word "Red". I did a quick sketch in my sketchbook, scanned it, and colored it in PhotoShop. There was so much more in the sketch but his eyes were so powerful. So -- I cropped everything else out using his eyes as the focal point.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
This is my first attempt at collage art.
I've been listening to Podcasts a lot lately so Claudine Hellmuth has been inspiring me to do a little bit of collage artwork. First you listen to her 20 minute design challenge on her Podcast and later see her artwork that she created during that podcast. Claudine, together with her husband Paul, make the show quite entertaining. Here's the link: http://www.collageartist.com/. Thanks Claudine and Paul.
While shopping at a nearby Kmart, I noticed Crayola makes a new product: the erasable crayon! So, I bought myself a box and found out they are great! The colors lay down like crayons but erase like colored pencils. Try them and you'll truly be amazed! I hope Crayola make lots of money off of this product, because it's been a long time coming.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Here's another sketch from my Fabriano Artist's Journal. I drew it again onto a dark shaded paper. I accentuated the highlights using a white prismacolor pencil and a bit of White-Out. I find it invigorating to see how my drawing on different colored papers can bring out a new style. I'm sure this style was there all along, I just needed some way to bring it out. If you haven't tried it, go for it. You'll be surprised too.
The final drawing give a spooky looking result. Maybe a couple of ghosts flying out the windows? We'll have to see about that one.