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

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! 

Sunday, November 30, 2014


I am extremely thankful for Kickstarter. If not for that site, I would not have been able to publish my book, "A Reason to Smile!" I was able to do 44 pages for this book as well as write it and it was a resounding success on the site.  At this point I am 99% finished distributing the rewards to my backers (I'm still waiting on some merchandise and addresses from recipients) and I am sold out of a good deal of my wares! Less than 50 hardcovers are available, no medium t-shirts are available, the hand knit doll has sold out as well as the buttons! This is all within a month and a half since the debut of the book at New York Comic on October 9th!

In between working on the book, I was able to warm up on other pieces and going back and forth from the book to these illustrations has helped me grow by leaps and bounds again! I see things so much easier and look forward to challenging myself on each image I work on. I hope that 2015 brings me the ability to work faster and finally get my life started where I can have a book that I am focused on as my main gig. Here's to 2015!

Email me at if you'd like to have any of these images in your home!


These images above are a great example of where I am as an illustrator. I am creating pieces that I know will garner attention to my table at the comic book conventions. I have had so much fun in 2013 with figuring out what works and what doesn't, what people like and don't like, and finally truly feel so confident in what I am doing. As I look at some of these images, they help me remember what I should be doing and what i need to keep to myself. 2014 is going to show you a great example of why I call myself the Learning Curv. 

2013 also marks the year that I did my very first published work for a company.  I was able to do sketch cards for Upper Deck and Marvel Comics for their Thor the Dark World release! It all started from these sketch cards I did as my portfolio and when I got the assignment for UpperDeck, I made sure to knock the ball out of the park... check them out below.

If you would like any of these pieces in your home, email me at and we'll make it happen!