Thursday, June 11, 2015

Avatar State

I was fortunate enough to find out about a Avatar gallery exhibition that the creators of the show were putting on and they invited fans to try to be a part of the exhibit. I ended up being inspired to do the Korra piece you see below. Since I had done a season 1 Korra piece, I felt, I needed to do a Aang piece as well which you see below too. I can't get enough of these shows and am so glad to see them continue. I hope I can get my hands on Season 4 of Korra asap! 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hustle Flow!

"A Reason to Smile!" Vol.2 has successfully been funded as of May 22nd and I couldn't be more excited. I have now also visited 3 schools and have 2 more in the next 2 weeks where I will be a part of career days and book reading's to elementary children. I am on the path I believe I am suppose to be on and it is such an elating feeling! The first 500 copies that I had printed of the book from the kickstarter campaign are sold out, the second small run of 125 have sold out as well, with at least 50 going to schools. I cant wait to get started on drawing book 2 and you can expect to have it in your hands in October!

If you're not following me on Instagram, you can find me at which I update much more frequently. I have a LOT of artwork to share with you... but I'll just leave this here for now=]

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Reason to Smile Vol.2!!!

"A Reason to Smile!" is proof that people want positive stories that uplift us and promotes a bright outlook on life! What you see here is the front and back cover to Volume 2 of the book. Help me continue to self publish this series by pre-ordering your copy of Volume 2 at

Luiza will always do her best to find a reason to smile, no matter her circumstances. She won't let anything keep her down, not chores, the crowded subway, or her friends telling her she can't play football! Pre-order your copy today to see how this little girl makes things work in her life!

If you'd also like Vol.1 as well, this is the perfect time to place your order. I've sold out of all 500 copies I've produced from the first kickstarter, so I hope to make my $8,000 goal to produce both books and continue to self publish this series! Check out the cover to Volume 1!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Reason To Smile Illustrations

I've been working on getting to know this little girl who's been inspiring smiles all over the place and have two knew illustrations for you to enjoy! As I read  my book, "A Reason to Smile!" to some 2nd graders, I was asked why she was walking around NYC on her own without parental supervision. This inspired me to do some art and introduce into book 2 [coming soon ;-)] the fact that Luiza works really hard in school and at home and because she makes good decisions in those places, her parents trust her to make good decisions outside on her own when she is able to go out and enjoy her city.

This month will be taking me to Seattle as well, as I bring "A Reason to Smile!" out to the West Coast for the first  time! I wanted to celebrate that by having Luiza do something cool in the city and having her splash around in the Puget Sound as if it were a big puddle sounded like a lot of fun! Could you imagine being a giant and walking around the city of your choice?  Madurodam is a place in Holland that has a city like that where people can walk around and act like giants. It's crazy fun, every family should experience it once in their life.

Stay tuned, I hope to have another kickstarter up and running soon! If you'd like a copy of the book, the 44 page softcover is $10 and the 60 page hardcover is $20. Add $6 for shipping and send your payment via to and I'll ship you your copy within the week!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


I enjoyed my childhood cartoons immensely and when I had the chance to draw Darkwing Duck, I had to draw it's inspiration too, which I believe was Ducktales! Scrooge was one man you didn't mess with and there was no better arch nemesis for him than the Beagle Boys.

With this illo I tried a bunch of different things with spacing, scale and action. Hopefully it exudes the energy I put into this=]

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


I am very happy to share these illustrations with you. I have started off 2015 drawing my very own character as apposed to those from mainstream media and I am so proud to share them with you. The last entry for 2014 showed a preview of "A Reason to Smile!" and 2015 starts off with more adventures for Luiza Brillante! If you'd like to see these images during their development, head to and follow me there!

I hope you enjoy what you see today. If you'd like copies of these prints ($20 for 1, $30 for the two), or a copy of "A Reason to Smile!"($20) you can use to send your payment to thelearningcurv@gmail,com and I'll ship you your copies ASAP! Please be sure to add $6 for your copy of the book to pay for shipping and handling.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

"A Reason to Smile!", previews and orders

"A Reason to Smile!" is now 2 months old and ready for your bookshelf! The story is about a little girl who is a walking silver lining. She loves to people watch and enjoy her city and every once in a while she gets to help people out. Like most problems, they don't go away but they find an easier way to handle them by working together. 

The book is a 60 page hardcover book with 44 pages of story (the first 18 which you can preview here) and 16 pages of behind the scenes information, promotional images, and a short story with art contributed by other industry professionals. 

If you'd like a copy of this story send $26 via to with your mailing address and it will be there ASAP!