Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sonic the Hedgehog!!!


I have three motivations to create art right now. One is because I get paid to do so. Another is because my heart pays me to do it because I love it so much. The last is because I keep getting asked by so many people throughout the country when I am at shows to do it. This is the later. I was never into Sonic, and thankfully I heard everyone's request.

Side scrolling games have either been hit or miss with me and Sonic was way too fast for me to keep up with. I never got into racing games for the same reason. After being asked if I had Sonic in my portfolio so much, I started looking into who Sonic was and what made him cool. Seeing his supporting cast and the fact that they've developed a really cool Android App game, Sonic Dash, gave me inspiration.

Kids who grew up with Sonic have a cool hero and I love that I was able to get to know him.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Reason to Smile


I have officially met my goal of $7,000 on kickstarter at
for my book "A Reason To Smile" and you can get your copy there until April 23rd. After that you can send me an email at thelearningcurv@gmail.com and order your copy along with the great merchandise that you can get with the book! 

I am beyond excited and happy right now and I can't wait to get this book in my hands and in yours!
I hope you have found your reason to smile today=]

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Reason To Smile Kickstarter



It has finally arrived!!! Well, it's launched=] head to:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/969189472/find-a-reason-to-smile

and you can see all of the wonderful rewards for such an amazing project, yes, I said amazing! I am extremely proud of this project and everything I've done to bring it to kickstarter and I hope you get a chance to view it and contribute to it.  Wouldn't it be great if you can be part of why such a good thing happens?  Talk about a reason to smile! 

Luiza lost her smile, get the book and find out why and how she gets it back!

The Hunt





With my book about to be on Kickstarter, I have been able to knock out some commissions. I rarely draw night scenes so this was interesting. I did my best to differentiate Black Panther from the night time colors.
Balancing extreme light vs dark is no easy task. Who do you think would win between Black Panther and Moon Knight?


The original point of this drawing was to marker it up and I realized I never did a piece with either character and wanted to have it in my portfolio. This will go out to the commissioner tomorrow with a big thank you for allowing me to take it home and digitize it... This took a total of 6 hours from sketch to markers.


 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

AvenueQ


As I begin to grow as an artist I am entering a new phase of my career. After creating my book, I've become more streamlined with my art direction. I was told before that my work was very clean, but I've made an effort to be even more so.  I've taken a cue from animation and children's book illustration and will be adding my comic experience along with that to begin new body of work. I have a lot of ideas for illustrations that will look really great in this style and I can't wait to share them with you... 

Thanks for coming along with me on my journey as always!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

NudeStudy


It's been a long time since I have drawn nudes, and a long time since I've been able to draw them with enough time to complete the drawing. Here is a sketch I did at the High School of Art & Design in NYC this weekend and I was able to draw for 8 hours without worry. Usually I draw models for 10/20 minutes at most so this was pretty relaxing. It was a great chance to keep the flow going and put together something I am very proud of. The last time I drew like this was in college back in 2001

Friday, February 28, 2014

Secret Wars



10 years ago I began playing a game called Vs. System in which characters from the Marvel Universe & DC
Universe were illustrated in trading card form. These cards would be used as a method to take from the 50 points you and your opponent started out with until there were no points left. The beauty of this game was that you were able to put together a deck of cards that included your favorite characters and/or favorite teams and use them to play a game anywhere at any time.  You didn't need a gaming console or figurines like you did as a kid (even though HeroClix seems to still be played at tournaments). It was a game of chess with your favorite comic book heroes and villains.


I fell in love with this game because of the art.  Upper Deck had done a great job of commissioning veteran artists as well as up and comers to create artwork specifically for the games art. Each card you saw was a brand new piece of art that had never been seen before and as the game continued on, the art got better.
I wanted to be an artist for this game so bad.

As a artist who wanted to make comics, I felt this would be a great starting point. If I could get my art into the comic community through this medium, I would feel fulfilled and excited to be able to play the game I loved with art that I produced.

I had an affinity for teaming up characters that I loved as apposed to using the teams that were already set up in the game. As I got into the game more, I tried to be more inventive. I threw caution to the wind and I would use teams that others felt weren't strong enough, or create combinations that were just fun to use. I had some success in tournaments but nothing on a grand scale but I enjoyed playing regardless.
This art is a collection of characters from Marvel Comics that at one time were brought together in what was called the Secret Wars back in the 80's. It is where we first saw Spider-man in the black suit (which would later be known as Venom) and where we first saw all of these characters fighting together. I wanted to create a team up in the game that would support these characters. New team up cards were being created in the game along with puzzle cards which when placed next to each other would make a larger image. I wanted to make those cards and this is the product of that desire.

I am about to send my book out to a few printers to get proofs.  This is a huge momentous time for me. Creating art is something I have done for 25 years so to be at this point is an amazing feat for me.  I always knew it would happen, but to be here is pretty surreal. I look back at this art and see how far i have come and am proud that I never let any of the pitfalls keep me from being the man that I am. I appreciate all of you who have ever given me a compliment, bought art from me or commissioned me to create new art. I wanted to share this story with you because I wanted to bring you along with me during my journey and hopefully it is something that will inspire you to keep pushing forward.

"A Reason To Smile" is about seeing what we have and knowing we will be okay if we keep a positive outlook and continue to push forward. I am a living example of that, and I hope that you all can experience that as well!