My convention season has begun. A chance for me to meet new fans, and catch up with old ones. Anime Conji is a celebration of the arts in San Diego. I still consider myself a newbie to this universe. But I'm catching up and catching fire.
I'm taking the time to update my knowledge going into these shows. I now can say I understand Full Metal Alchemist, Attack on Titan, Deathnote, and continue to want more.
I enjoy sharing my artwork since last year. I'm able to draw almost anything and these shows allow me the opportunity to expand my skills by creating new pieces. I watch and learn from other professional artists, the creative and business process. Thanks to Daniel Toledo for sitting with me the whole weekend.
It was so amazing to see friends. It was exciting to make new ones. Thanks to the many patrons and fans who asked for commissions. I will share some of those pieces in later posts.
I will return again in 2015. Thanks Anime Conji and San Diego.
I love painting outdoors, especially here in Southern California. I hope to find a block in my weekly schedule to enjoy the weather and a short creative burst. An example is this piece.
I created this piece as a thank you commission to a dear family member, Jody Wilson. He is the hardest working producer at Electronic Arts, and well respected and appreciated for his friendly relationships with everyone. He is also a crazed Transformers fan, expect ally Soundwave. So I was inspired by a promo piece I'd seen during an online search of robot images.
I like to use aerosol because it's quick and easy to sketch with colors. I create a simple sketch and lay down a solid flat base color.
I like to follow up with form. I usually flash black or white throughout. I follow that with a light spray of the original base color.
I spent more time creating the texture of the rock than the robot. I use black and white house paint. I finish with some ink to clean up the lines. I really like the way it turned out. So what should I paint next? See you at Tower 7.
I am a clown. I draw for tips. I amuse people as they pass by. I enjoy bring smiles to strangers..
This is the passion behind being a caricature artist. I drew this series while waiting in DMV like lines. I'm not embarrassed to just pull out a drawing pad, draw, scoot forward, draw more, scoot more. By the time I've reached the front of a line I have one piece done and new admirers all around me.
I hope to draw more. Inbox me through FB or Instagram. Challenge me with a picture and a situation or character. Don't forget to send your pic.
Alright, as promised. Practice makes perfect. I plan to draw pics of my FB friends as they message me. I SO want to improve on this caricature craft. I tried to get these done at 10 minutes or less each. I the future I'll ask for permission to post their actual picture with the art.
Well now I've done it. I picked up a position at Legoland California as a caricature artist. You know, those artists who draw funny pictures of people at amusement parks, carnivals, or any other tourists hotspot. So I thought it would be something of a breeze for me. I didn't have to audition. I was hired on the spot. I imagined I would walk through the bricks and everyone would just be amazed by my skills.
That's not enough. There are so many amazing young artists at this park. I find myself being more of a fan every day. The simplicity of their line quality, the soft strokes to create depth, even the technique to block in their colors. I'm embarrassed that I took this form of cartooning for granted. I apologize to those families that I drew for on those first days. I acknowledge that I have still so much to learn.
So I'm challenging myself to take this craft seriously. I'm going to draw Facebook friends and post them here. I'm going to try different techniques and styles, all with the purpose of improvement. I'm still working in other projects, but this fun job reminds me of a wise saying, "If you ain't first, you're last."