Friday, September 24, 2010

One Angry Ape

Another all digital painting. If you look close enough you can see what image I used as my reference. I usually go slightly in my own direction but try to keep the image true to the reference. I want to start making my own color decisions, I think it would help the pieces I've done over-all. The more I do these, the faster I get. It's funny because I find myself doing more and more what my teacher's have told me to, only at the time it didn't make sense or feel comfortable. This may also be used as a cover or promo for "Ape Chronicles" the official magazine of the International Planet of the Apes fan club.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

In loving memory

This piece is a lot different from all my other pieces. I put a lot more emotion into it, and almost felt something greater spirited me through it. This is another digital painting done totally in PS, but this one was done as a gift for my Grandparent]s 50th Anniversary. It's a portrait of my late Uncle Bruce. My Uncle Bruce is my Mother's baby brother and my God-father. Unfortunately he passed away almost three years ago, very tragically. Everyone in my family took the death hard, especially my Grandparents,  my mother, and my Uncle Jeff. I knew I wanted to do a portrait of him for my Grandparents but was just waiting for the right time. With this special occasion I knew it was the right time. I had it framed and matted, and presented it to them yesterday. They loved it and it has become my sentimental favorite. I look forward to doing more portraits like this one, but I know no other would mean as much as this one. Uncle Bruce, I miss you and look forward to seeing you again.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dedicated to my Grandfather

My grandfather and I are very close and speak on an almost daily basis. He lives down in Florida and has since I was about nine years old or so. He has always been very supportive of my passion for art and is always constantly amazed at what I can do. Recently I've started to practice and get better at these digital paintings I've been doing. He's seen all of them and has no idea how they are done. He can't comprehend how it's possible to do something like this on the computer. I know he really would like to see the process so he can begin to understand the way I do things like this. Everything on photoshop is foreign to him, from a tablet down to color selection and brush types. 

He's a long time lover of all things airplanes and lighthouses. Because he has show such support for me I thought I'd challenge myself and try to do a lighthouse for him. This one I like to say is more of a sketch then a final tight painting. It took me about four hours time in total and I am very happy with the results. He was blown away by it so I feel like my job is done. Seeing how happy he was makes the whole thing worth it.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Fear leads to anger....

Trust me when I tell you that I've drawn my fair share of Yodas. However, I can tell you with 100% certainty that this is my favorite. With each attempt at doing an all digital painting I feel like I am learning and improving. It's just a matter of patience to be willing to work long enough to see everything come together. Hope ya'll like and remember, "Do or do not, there is no try"!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Paging Dr. Zaius

Photoshop is kind of like a double edged sword. It's exciting when you realize all the endless possibility but in the same vein it sometimes seem overwhelming. I learned there is no right or wrong, and after playing around I found my own method for digital painting. I'd like to show the process some time in the near future, but for now leave it a mystery. 

This piece was done entirely in Photoshop, from line art to full rendering. I can never get enough of those damn dirty apes, and here is my stab at Zaius. I rarely draw him for one reason or another, but the guy deserves some love. Hope you guys dig, and I'm planning on getting some more of these things done!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Bad-Ass, Bad-Ass Zone

I just get a set of copic markers..I decided to treat myself with some of my graduation money. Im still getting used to them but am enjoying them for sure. The way they blend is a heck of a lot better than any Prisma color markers I've used. Im sure the more I use them the more I'll get a feel for them.

If you don't know about the Bad Ass Zone, you need to check it out. Its a blog created by former Kubert Student Joe Bowen, and is a sketch blog for former and current Kubies. Each week there is a different topic, and we all do pieces based on that topic. First week was Superman and now we are onto Dare Devil. I did a piece in a cartoony style, but still went dark and gritty with the inks. For your viewing pleasure, I have included both the b/w piece as well as the final color. Enjoy, and check the link below!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Here is a piece I did real quick all in brush and nib. I later added some inkwash, white out and prismacolor greys. I plan on putting out a sketchbook at the end of the summer so I'm going to try to do at least one piece a day. I am fairly happy how this piece came out and hope I can follow up with more like this. I think a huge part of being an artist is experimenting and I enjoy it greatly. If you feel comfortable with what you do and don't care to venture out there isn't much of a point of being an artist. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

JKS Class of 2010

   I'm officially a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. I'm very proud to be an exclusive member of the class of 2010. I really can't believe that my three years at JKS have come to an end. It's going to be really weird come tomorrow (Monday morning) when I won't have to wake up for school come monday.

  There are so many things I want to do now that I'm a graduate, so I look forward to producing my own art. I have some small projects I want to work on, but once things are set more in stone I'll discuss them. My best goes out to my fellow classmates, we all know it took a lot of hard work to get where we are now and I couldn't be any happier than to share it with them.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Painting process

I thought I'd take the time to show the process I used on a piece I just finished. For class we had to do a piece that some how showed a myth or legend. Ofcourse this was right up my alley! I chose to do a different take on Bigfoot..or as he is known the the Lakota Indians "Chiye-Tanka" meaning big brother or elder. I start off by pencilling the piece lightly on a piece of cardboard I had laying around. It was less than 8x10 in size.

Next I painted the piece with guache. I watered down the guache a lot at first to and slowly built it up. I didnt do all the shading or highlights I would normally do because I wanted to save the finishes for photo shop. I did more of a sketch type of painting for this. Believe it or not, this rough painting still took an hour and a half even at this smaller size.

Next I scanned the piece into photoshop, made a new layer and went in with my brush tool. I tried to play off some of the colors I put down but decide to play up the yellows, oranges and reds. I didn't want a realistic look, instead I wanted a palette that I thought would be fitting for this take on the legend. Browns would probably be an easy way out, so I decided to go this way instead. Just like painting I slowly built up the colors. At first it was a painfully slow process, but the further along I got the easier it became. I thought it would look great to have half the face covered in this warm red light. I like the way it turned out. I ended up playing with it on PS for another two hours or so. Im really happy with this piece and I learned a lot from it. Below are the different stages...enjoy!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Some Color Samples

Just thought I'd post some samples of colors I've done recently. I've had them reviewed by several editors from DC and Marvel and have gotten great feedback. I will continue doing more samples since I graduate next week.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Apes and graduating

Remember this is not just my art blog, it's my life in general blog. Lately I've written to a bunch of actors who appeared in many of the Planet of the Apes movies, as well as some actors who appeared in the television series. I was shocked and how many awesome responses I've gotten. I got replies from Lou Wagner (Lucius), Buck Kartalian (Julius), Wright King (Dr.Galen), Jerry Maren (Chimp student), Felix Silla (Gorilla Child). My collection of PotA autographs is growing, and has become quite respectable. I was also able to buy a Roddy McDowall/Kim Hubter autograph from EBAY for a steal. Im going to scan some of the photos soon for the heck of it.

I've been super busy with school since I graduate from the Joe Kubert School May 21st. Im super excited to get out there and start the next step on the journey. I plan to work freelance and continue refining my comic art while I have a full time job.

Next Friday the editor of Batman, Mike Marts comes to the school to check out our portfolios. Everyone knows Im a DIE HARD Batman fan and would give anything to work on an issue of Batman one day. Im super excited to meet him, this is a great opportunity

Ive been working on sketchcards for the company Breygent. Its my first set, and is a set all about classic cartoons. It's been a lot of fun and a really good experience thus far. I hope to work my way up to a Star Wars set.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Preparing for Mass

Danielle and I are getting ready to head to Boston tomorrow. Unfortunately I got some kind of a virus and have been sick all day. I had to leave school early and have been trying to take it easy. It should be a lot of fun so I'm hoping that I feel better before we have to leave tomorrow. We are going to a Yanks/Sox game at Fenway which I'm super excited for being that Ive never been there (and am also a DIE HARD Yankees fan). We also hope to go to Salem, Mass which I'm pumped for. I love going on ghost tours at old historical places. In the mean time I've just been working on school assignments and sketch cards on the side. I'm doing these Jonah Hex pages for Joe Kubert's texture assignment and I'm pretty happy with them so far. I hope I have new stuff to post sooner than later!


Saturday, March 20, 2010

First of many (I hope)

Hey guys! Thought it was about time that I got one of these bad boys. Seems like everyone else in the world has one, and Ive come to learn its a valuable tool for an here I am. I look forward to posting lots of sketches that might not make their way to my Deviant Art site,and whatever other goodies I deem necessary. Thanks for stopping by and check by every now and again!