Thursday, October 12, 2017

Anime All Stars!


There are three reasons I create pop culture art. I get paid to draw a commission for someone, People find me at comic cons and ask me often enough for the same characters, or I just enjoy the subject matter and have fun with it. This image falls into the second and first category. Sadly, I do not have the time to draw as often as I'd like, so I can't dedicate time to draw each of these fun characters individually. The answer then is to draw them together when you can't find time for each one!

This is the first time I am drawing most, if not all, of these characters, so please forgive my interpretation. It was find trying to compose this piece and seems to get a lot of smiles and conversations started at comic con's, so I am glad I did it. My favorite were Luffy, Saitama, and The Elric Brothers. Hopefully you like this as well, and if you'd like a print, feel free to email me at thelearningcurv@gmail.com for your copy today!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

2016


2016 found me making more art of my main character from my graphic novel series, 
"A Reason to Smile!" 
and finishing the second volume of the series. Inspiration hit and I created a supporting cast for her and more art that would inform the future of the series. From there, I was able to make more art that would be appealing to my fan base as well as to myself. I was so proud to create a funky little sketch that starred the cast of "Gravity Falls" and to be able to draw Naruto and his supporting cast as well. Those characters are so important to the main character, because without them, the main character wouldn't be as interesting. 

I was commissioned to do my first wedding related artwork and was able to incorporate my style from my books, and marry it with my experience as a portraiture artist. The website it was on looked really great and the customer was more than happy with the final result and I've found that with likenesses, you can have the most margin for error. I was proud to finish that piece. 

If you would like a copy of "A Reason to Smile!", you can find it at Amazon, or receive a signed copy from me! Just shoot me an email at thelearningcurv@gmail.com and we'll make that happen! So without further ado, here is the rest of the art I did from 2016! 



















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!