Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Archie and the Gang Meets Luiza's Crew


I was given the opportunity at Baltimore Comic Con to be a part of their Year Book which this year focused on Archie and the properties associated with it. I was able to include my characters in the mix as well and thought it'd be perfect to document a passing of the torch of sorts of the High School kids to the Elementary School kids.  What better way to have them in the same scene than to have them going to a concert to see Josey and the Pussy Cats?!

I hope you enjoy=]

Remember, "A Reason to Smile!" volume two is available at Comixology and Amazon, check the links below to get your copy today! You can also email me at thelearningcurv@gmail.com to get a signed copy as well!

Comixology ($5 digital copies):
A Reason to Smile vol.1

A Reason to Smile vol.2

Amazon ($20 Hardcover copies)
A Reason to Smile vol.1

A Reason to Smile vol.2

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Chupacabra

Presents:

Luiza Vs. the Chupacabra!



"Luiza Brillante loves to help people using her creativity and imagination.
Sometimes, her imagination gets away from her and she finds herself 
immersed in a new adventure or an tunexpected conundrum! Hearing 
stories about Puerto Rico and the Chupacabra caused Luiza to daydream
about hunting the monster that instills fear in human and animal alike! 
Though a machete might not be enough, Luiza never shys away from 
a challenge!"

This illustration was inspired by my graphic novel series "A Reason to Smile!" in which a little Puerto Rican girl from New York City always tries to find the bright side of life. I am bringing the series to Emerald City Comic Con and though this image did not get published in their Monsters and Dames book, I am proud to have made a illustration that I believe was good enough to be within it. 

Chupacabra's were first made aware to me in 1996 when I visited San Sebastian, Puerto Rico to meet mi Abuelo's hermano. The people in the neighborhood began speaking to me about how many locals were fearful of being outside at night because of this creature they were calling the Chupacabra, the goat sucker. It was said that many of the farmers were finding their livestock bled dry while having what appeared to be two puncture wounds on their necks. I always found the story to be an interesting piece of modern folklore but within the next year, I began to hear similar stories from other countries in South American and the Caribbean. We now have a modern day Bigfoot or Lockness Monster!

It was this story that inspired me to create an illustration where Luiza saves the day and stops the dreaded monster of La Isla Borinquen from further harming the animals of the island. Monsters and Dames obviously focuses on women and monsters, but Luiza will eventually be a woman, 
so... why not?

If you'd like to check out the slice of life story of Luiza Brillante, check out these links:


and if you'd like your very own copy, email me at 
and we'll get you your very own signed copy!

Monday, October 10, 2016

"A Reason to Smile!" Volume 2 is here!

Front and Back Cover of "A Reason to Smile!" Volume 2

"A Reason to Smile!" Vol.2 is a continuation of the journey of Luiza Brillante as she tries to enjoy the place of her birth, New York City! In Volume 1, Luiza helped other people through their adversities, but Volume 2 shows what happens when Luiza has to deal with her own adversities. 

Luiza is a walking silver lining, always searching for the bright side out of every encounter she finds herself in. The weekend is here so she already has a reason to smile, but now she gets to go downtown to hang out with her friends who live in her fathers old neighborhood. There's only one problem, she has to get there first! Check out the preview and email me at thelearningcurv@gmail.com to have your own copy sent to you or your loved ones!









Head to http://www.thecurv.com/2014/12/a-reason-to-smile-previews-and-orders.html for a preview of Volume 1!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

T-shirts



I have entered into a partnership with Threadless.com to have my own t-shirt shop online!
Head to http://thecurv.threadless.com and you can find all "A Reason to Smile!" t-shirts as well my art for you to wear! If you'd like a specific piece of my art as a shirt, hoodie, or onesie, email me at thelearningcurv@gmail.com and we'll make that happen!

Til then, here are some designs you'll find at the shop!

Yuen's shirt from "A Reason to Smile Vol.2


 

 

 

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Force Awakens



When I have tabled at comic con's, I've often been asked if I've done any art related to Star Wars. For a long time I only had a Storm Trooper sketch that would garner some interest but I wanted to do an illustration that would bring a smile to the casual and die hard Star Wars fan.

"The Force Awakens" inspired a lot of what I wanted to include in a Star Wars piece. From the new designs of the First Order, to the camaraderie that the new Rebels had, and the torch passing of the dark side to the mysterious and imposing new Sith, Kylo Ren, I was given some amazing details and story elements to bring together into an illustration. The Star Wars universe is so well created that it could be on the screen with no sound and would still be visually entertaining.

I began creating the art for this piece while on my annual trip up north with my lady during the holidays so it was all created piecemeal in my sketchbook. The trip was SO good that I was able to draw Darth Vader and have a glass of Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog), joining my culture and art together for the first time in this way! So much fun. What I am really proud of is creating an illustration where almost no two figures are drawn together in the same plane. Chewie and Han, and BB8 and Rey are the only characters that were drawn at the same time.

I hope you dig it and if you'd like a copy of this  or any 11x17 poster I have done, feel free to email me at thelearningcurv@gmail.com and I'll get you a copy! 


This is the final inked stage





Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sailor Moon





Tackling a ‪Sailor Moon‬ ‪illustration‬... after watching the show, I wanted to make the girliest drawing I could come up with. I don't know if I've ever done an illustration just because it was a ‪fun idea‬. I am usually more gung ho about doing a piece because of the characters themselves. Other than Jem and My Little Pony, I don't know if there's another ‪‎girly‬ character I'd be so comfortable drawing as Sailor Moon. I don't know why but I think of girls screaming, high pitched sounds, bright lights filled with pinks, purples and fuchsias, stars and fireworks. In essence that's what fueled this image. And then there's those ‪big eyes‬ and a character named ‪Tuxedo Mask‬ as‪ ‎the love interest‬. Nuff said?=]

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Naruto Shippuden


It's been a while since I've been able to fully illustrate some fan art so working on this was a really great bit of fun for me. I really enjoy the storyline that Naruto Uzumaki is the star of and love how optimistic and stubborn he is towards accomplishing his goal of becoming the Hokage, or leader, of his ninja village.

Due to not having access to the dubbed versions, it's taken me a while to get to the end of the show. At the point where I had started this illustration, I was up to the point where the village had encountered PAIN of the Akatsuki.

Watching him grow and inspire his fellow shinobi is really entertaining and the animation is just as fun! Here is my celebration of the series thus far!