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    Gong Xi Fa Cai!

    Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

    Just wanted to wish you all a safe and Happy Chinese New Year! To kick it off I present to you a little tribute to one of the classics of my own childhood:

    "Big Trouble with Mama's China."

    I actually finished this piece while back and I did not even realize the New Year was here already, so the timing just worked out perfectly. This illustration took me a while to do because this movie has a special place in my heart and I wanted to do it justice. I can't tell you how many times I watched this on VHS and recited every line with my brother. Sure it did not make a lot of money in the box office but hot damn was it ever so fun watching it in the theaters. That was back in the day when you actually had to wait in line to get a seat, ah...the good old days.

    Well, for you fans out there I hope you enjoy this one. For those who have not seen this movie yet do yourself a favor, listen to Old Jack Burton and see it ASAP!



    Also, I will have this new print available for the first time next Sat Feb. 8 from 3PM-6PM, during an artist signing at "A Little Known Shop" in Anaheim. I plan to do a live drawing demonstration during the event and will raffle it off at the end of the night so come on down. You can RSVP and find out more info by clicking HERE.

    Thanks again everyone and hope to see some of you out there!

  • Big Wheels Keep on Turning

    Hi all,

    My apologies for not posting on Friday. I though I should make up for it with a new illustration post today. This illustration is currently on display at the the Great Park in Orange, CA for the "Hero" exhibition art show. My piece was dedicated to on of the greatest animes I grew up with watching as a kid, Akira.

    I remember watching this on VHS with my brother. Sure it was a version with poor dubbing and horrible pronunciation of the name Akira, but the animation and story mesmerized my imagination. I am pretty sure watching this anime inspired me by about 1000% to draw more. Of course, as usual I gave it my little twist. Part of this image was also inspired by my trip to Portugal. I loved the cobblestones and windy streets and could always imagine little kids racing down these narrow corridors playing and being mischievous. I had a ton of fun with this piece and hope you can spot some of the easter eggs in there. Enjoy and as always, keep drawing!

  • First Sketch Friday 2014

    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to my first official post of 2014 and to the first Sketch Friday of 2014! For this year I wanted to shake things up for Sketch Fridays as part of my New Years Resolution. I love drawing robots and mechanical vehicles and such but I am looking forward to exploring a lot of things that I do not draw so often like animals and females. I am taking Sketch Fridays as an opporunity to explore different subject matter and experiment with different styles and mediums. As artists it is important to keep kicking ourselves in the butt to stay motivated and to improve upon our craft. Please join in on the fun and if you have a instagram or twitter account #sketchfridays. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

    Well here is the actual first sketch, I took some process shots of this and will talk a little about each step. Again, sketch fridays are meant to break out of the norm but I also want you to pick up a few things from them as well. Hope you enjoy this new format and the sketch!



    1) I did an initial marker lay-in for shape design and went over it in pen so I had a rough skeleton to work from for the next phase of inks.

    2) I started with the head and and worked my way down the body. I am getting used to the brush pen and love the line quality I get out of it. Here mainly seeing what the pen can do and how I can indicate differences in material and texture. Fur is a blast to draw and I am playing around with polished metal and more of a tarnished metal for some of the armor.

    3) Spots of red to help move the viewer's eye around the page.

    4) Close up of application of white gouache. I could have used a Prismacolor pencil but I am slowly getting back into gouache and really love the opacity it brings to my highlights.

    5) Final piece. "The old warrior could see his destiny, the only thing that stood in his way were 100 knights."

  • Happy Hulkidays

    Just wrapped up on this piece for the holiday season. Let's just hope this big guy is in the giving spirit and doesn't turn into a grinch.

    Guess what? This is available as a print in my online store here. Limited run so get it while it's green!