Sunday, March 26, 2017

NEWS: Got an ENDORSEMENT! POSESPACE!

I'm super excited and proud to announce that I will be teaming up with one of the premier art reference sites on the web, POSESPACE.COM! They have asked me to do an ADVANCED REVIEW of one of their flagship books, due out in several months!

Check back here soon for my very first product review!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My new art videos!



Today I'm coming out and debuting my new art video series. The purpose is to put up tutorials, demo art products and give product reviews. I'll also be discussing various other topics that pertain to today's artist in this modernized workforce. Please join me and hopefully it'll be a fun journey!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Complexities Web Series

Earlier in 2016, I was asked to be involved in a really kool project, a web-drama series called Complexities.

This reunited me with an old school/neighborhood friend of mine- the talented, the beautiful, the hard working, the positive, the up, the down, the delicious... writer, actress, singer, director, producer and all around thespian Courtni Saizon! Working with her entertainment company, Fragile Wildflower Productions, she pulled me on-board as a promotional graphic designer.

Complexities can best be described, by me, as a series that mirrors how incredibly intricate adult relationships tend to be. The acting is top notch and Courtni's stylized character interplay is in full effect. Expect lots of plot twists and turns!

Please check out the Complexities Web Series debut episode here:


Art Tutorials Incoming!


This is one of the videos I've made in a series to teach how to create your own comic book in Photoshop. The videos will be short and simple and hopefully, easy to understand.

In this video, Creating Comic Book Word Balloons In Photoshop, I also explain a little about how to use the Pen Tool, which is an often avoided tool in PS due to it being difficult to master. The reality is that it offers the fastest, most editible and non-destructive way to create word balloons for your comics.

This video will soon be joined by others shortly so please come check them out!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Great Art Books!

In an earlier blog response, I was asked for advice for good art books to help people learn better and if they really work. I thought hard about that and figured it would be a great blog subject to touch on. Keep in mind that everyone has a different learning and teaching style and many art books ARE NOT instructional, but rather, a showcase of an artist's talent. Sometimes that may inspire and sometimes, unfortunately, it can send people running in despair; losing hope that they will ever be that good. My focus will be on the art books that are instructional.

There are TONS of art books and it's impossible to cover them all, so I will focus on a few that have inspired me the most. Many of us start that way, with a core collection of books that help us find other on-par learning sources. That's the key here- to use these books to branch out to others that suit your needs.

So here's my list in no particular order:

Jack Hamm - Drawing the Head & Figure
This is one of the most important books in my artistic development. Jack Hamm is extremely versatile stylistically and he breaks down realistic details effortlessly. He covers anatomy, how clothes respond to the human body and does so in a variety of mediums and styles. This book is part of a larger series, so if you like this one then check out the others.






Bart Sears - Brutes & Babes/ Drawing Power
Bart Sears is a comic book veteran known in the industry for his work on Justice League Europe and on his monthly drawing column in Wizard magazine called Brutes & Babes. It was on this column that he taught the more technical aspects of comic book art that has rarely been touched on. The most popular subject was his teachings on achieving his very dynamic and detailed superhero anatomy. This book is a compilation of his Wizard columns although there seems to be a new more complete book in the works soon.



 

John Buscema - How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
Here is another book dedicated to comics but this one goes beyond, as John Buscema was a traditional fine artist who happened to end up in comics. This book started it all, as most of the comic book world copies what John has laid down in these pages in an easy to understand way. This is great for beginners who want to learn how to draw in an exciting way.





Scott Robertson - How to Draw
This is absolutely the most technical book on my list. IT'S A BEAST. It's one of the greatest, if not THE greatest book ever written on the subject of perspective. There's no human anatomy here, just all incredible mechanical draftsmanship. Scott Robertson is simply on another level and once (IF) you get through this book, you will be as well.






Michael Leek - The Encyclopedia of Airbrush Techniques
When I was learning to airbrush when I was 14, this book was invaluable. It opened my eyes to the commercial potential of the airbrush beyond the little t-shirt shops that were so popular in the 80s and 90s. This book formed the basis to my coloring style that I still use to this day but digitally in Photoshop.







The next few books are honorable mentions that I don't personally own but I have flipped through them and/or know their instructional influence in the art community:

Burne Hogarth - Dynamic Anatomy
This book is one of the best guides for rendering anatomy. Praised by critics and teachers alike for more than 40 years, this award-winning reference is recognized worldwide as the classic, indispensable text on artistic anatomy.







Andrew Loomis - Figure Drawing for All it's Worth
Another classic, Andrew Loomis is revered for his clean, realistic style. His figure drawing raised the bar and this book teaches you how to do the same.









James Gurney - Color and Light
This book is a must have. It's probably the greatest book for light and shadow study in a variety of mediums, particularly in color. The techniques, once learned, are very easy to apply to concept art and other subjects that don't exist in real life.








So there you have it! I'd love to hear from other artists out there who've gotten books that have influenced them and made a stylist impact on their work!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Kwami and Kids: Part 2

So I've gotten the next two books in the mail of a children's book series that I've illustrated!

It's called Kwami and Kids and it's authored by Wanda Jenkins-Clemons. The series is a collection of stories that follows a diverse group of kids as they learn about the morals of life through Christian values. There are lots of positive lessons throughout so if you can, please support the cause and pick them up on Amazon:

Book 3: https://www.amazon.com/Kwami-Kids-Patience-Christian-Principles/dp/1943343705/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1487459403&sr=1-3

Book 4: https://www.amazon.com/Kwami-Kids-Forgiveness-Christian-Principles/dp/1943343713/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1487459403&sr=1-2

Monday, February 13, 2017

FINI! Project 45 Outro!


So... over the past few months (years lol) I've been uploading a couple of animation pictures for a project called Project 45. It's a space adventure created by my sister and me. Well, all the pictures have been finished and compiled into the video that you see above!

Please check it out for a taste of things to come!