Tuesday, February 9, 2016

2015, a year in review

2015 was a very interesting year for me. On the heels of selling my very first book, "A Reason to Smile!", I began work on volume 2 in order to keep the momentum going. My second kickstarter was successful in May of 2015 and I began writing and illustrating the book in June.

In that time, I traveled out of the continental US for my very first comic con in Puerto Rico! It was one of my most successful shows to date and showed me more of what fans were gravitating towards with my work. I began more horizontal layouts which presented a fun challenge and I am now able to display more of my work at the shows.

Some milestones I enjoyed was selling my first 500 copies of "A Reason to Smile!" vol.1 within 6 months. I was blessed with being a part of the Baltimore Comic Con Yearbook, having my art (the mouse and squirrel fighting in a tree) as the very first image you see when you open the book. Along with that, I saw an increase in comic con fans wanting to get colored art from me more than ever! I do love drawing at comic cons.

Please enjoy the work you see below, and if you'd like your very own custom artwork, feel free to email me at thelearningcurv@gmail.com. You can also see my artwork and progress on Instagram under the same username as my email. As of now, the pencil stage for Volume 2 is complete and I will be inking and coloring the book today! Please stay tuned as I will be updating you all with more art as it comes in! 

...and by the way, I have a LOT of art to color that I've yet to be able to work on because of my book... those fanarts will be done in 2016 for sure!






























Friday, October 23, 2015

Steven Universe






When I saw so many children and adults alike wearing Steven Universe cosplay and tshirts, I had to find out what this show was about. The compassion and fun that this show exudes is pretty infectious and I can't get enough, so much so that I had to create an illustration celebrating him. Whats great is he's not the only one worth focusing on. The supporting cast is one of the best in the the history of pop culture. Having loved ones around him, as well as people who appreciate and respect him for who he is is very refreshing and heart warming. All of that happens and there's still room for action, adventure and surprisingly enough, romance. 

When I showcased this at New York Comic Con, it received as great a response as my Dr. Luigi piece. Both pieces are quite involved and have a lot of reference going into the piece. With the Dr. Luigi Illo, I made sure to have a mixture of the most current Mario game backgrounds referenced for where the characters would be. One thing I enjoy about drawing backgrounds is making the viewer feel as though they can walk around and be a part of the environment. I did the same here. I wanted you to feel as though you could be with Steven and his friends, enjoying the last barbecue of the Summer. The friends that Steven makes outside of his normal circle remind me of Scooby Doo and the gang, so I wanted to make them be as loose as possible.

Doing the research, reading about each character and their motivations helped to bring a bit more life to the piece as well. Below, you can see my process, from drawing area piece by piece. I literally drew the foreground, middle ground and background on separate pages in my sketchbook as I traveled to different conventions in order to keep working on new illustrations while I finish my book. I wish I did it all on one page together, but the inked version of this image is done one a page with the printed blueline of all of the art collected together, so there is some original art of everything pieced together. 

I hope you enjoy the beach party I created. Email me at thelearningcurv@gmail.com if you'd like to talk more about this piece=] 













Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TeenTitans


DC Comics has done an amazing job with it's animated incarnations of it's properties. When the Teen Titans animated show began running on Cartoon Network, it was a hit of fans young and old! Sadly they decided to take that model and use it to focus on the younger age market. As much as I do enjoy the silliness of the new one, I miss the original series. The absence of that incarnation brought me to want to do a tribute to them as they would be now, as a adults. Here's to George Perez and Marv Wolfman, who originally created this group we have come to love! 


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Superman


Whenever I think of ‪‎Superman, ‬I see him as a calming presence. One of the things I enjoyed about the original movie was seeing how much he smiled, how often he was happy to be able to do the good he did. That movie, more than any ‪‎comic‬, has influenced my view of the ‪Man of Steel‬. I am happy to say I believe I've finally captured that in an ‪illustration‬.



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Nintendo


Those who are attracted to my work at comic con's have been enjoying my cartoony work. I've been trying to figure out how to mix my love for comics and cartoons and a Nintendo drawing came to mind. I've wanted to draw several of these characters independently and creating this layout was the best way for me to enjoy this project. I drew each character individually and had some fun laying them out to create this composition.

The death of Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo and employee of the company since 2000 was a surprise. I finished this a few days after he had passed and I'd like to give my condolences to his family, friends, and all affected by his passing. I post this image in celebration of him and this amazing company that has brought so much joy to me, my family and to everyone Nintendo touches!