Thursday, December 13, 2007

Day of Black Sun- Avatar Press Art

Sorry about the wait. I've been so swamped at work lately that I didn't even notice this episode had already aired. To be completely honest, I just plain forgot about posting this in general, until I was reminded by a fellow deviant artist. So Kudos to you Silentjosh847!

Anyway, I was commissioned by the wonderful people at Nickelodeon to do this piece of press art for the big two part battle taking place right in the middle of the 3rd season entitled The Day of Black Sun.

As usual, I did the 3 preliminary designs, one was approved and moved forward with. In this case it ended up being more like 5 preliminary designs simply because my fickle mind couldn't settle on one specific layout for a couple of the ideas.

Then a final pencil version is done. I was obviously a bit rusty at drawing the characters at this pont because none of them look quite right. Many thanks to Bryan Konietzko for putting them back on model for me.

Then the colored version. I did two different backgrounds for this one because I wasn't quite sure whether I liked the full eclipse or the partial eclipse better.

After all that, the very kind and talented Bryan Konietzko went over the painted version and sweetened the whole thing with subtle tweaks that really made the final piece look 20 jabillion times better than I ever could have done. And that's the final version you see at the top. Thanks for making me look good Bryan!

Hope you guys like it!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

We Are The Daughters of Triton...

... great father who loves us and named us well...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Poopy Time!

It's a very sad picture to come back with after being absent from the deviant art and the blog for a good few weeks, but it's all I got. I'm drawing a whole lot these days, but it's all for the job and therefor unpostable. So this little nugget of crap is all I have to offer.

There are so many things wrong with this perspective-wise I'm not even going to count. I drew this thing a couple months ago. Then I started coloring it. It only took me a few minutes to remember how much I hate coloring. Then I abandoned the endeavor completely. Please no comments of how much better it would look with color, could use some color, wish you could see it in color, etc. It ain't going to happen. Lets just all admit that not even color can save this.
In honor of the wild fires eating up a good portion of California, spewing ash into the air, making my nose run non stop for a couple days due to the copious amounts of unhealthful air I inhaled, turning my spa into nasty grey soup, and giving me an excuse to stay home from work on Tuesday just in case I had to grab my dog and is a crappidy ass drawing of some fire nation kids. They all look wierd, but I haven't had to draw these characters in a good long while, so I'm a little rusty. SO SUE ME!

.....I really hate fire. Luckily the Santa Clarita fires are pretty much contained at this point. My prayers go out to all the San Diego residents that are still being affected by the fires.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Avatar Press Art and 100th Post!

Woo Hoo! 100 posts! Well, now that that's out of the way...
This is a piece of press art I did for Avatar when they were getting ready to start advertising the premiere episode for the third season. Depending on what monitor you are looking at this on, it could either be really dark, or... not...really..dark.
And here are the concepts that the press people had to choose from. They chose the one with Aang windsurfing with his glider...if you hadn't figured that out already.

Currently, I'm working on another piece of press art for Avatar. But I won't be able to post that one for a good while now. At least not until the third season is half over.

Monday, October 01, 2007

How many times must I draw Raven....

...before I end up with ONE drawing I actually like?
Not one.
Not two.
Not three.
Not four either.
Maybe five is the lucky number. I guess we'll never know.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


This is my interpretation of Terra from the Teen Titans comic. I was never a fan of her buck-tooth, turtle neck, no pants deal. So I gave her a quick makeover.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Pirates of Dark Water

I don't remember a whole lot about this show. I remember liking it, but not as much as a lot of the other shows I was watching at the time. But most of all, I remember their eyes doing CRAZY things when they were animated badly. . . which was pretty much every episode.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

If I Got to Design She-Ra

It would be slightly less gay. But only slightly.
This is a terribly drawn, slightly malformed She-Ra interpretation that I drew on my lunch break using Sketchbook Pro and a cintiq. I later found out that they are retiring sketchbook pro. Tis a sad sad day indeed.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Eeeeewwww! Speeeewwww!

When I was a wee lass, I watched a lot of movies with my father. Mostly action movies, but every now and again, a mushy part would pop up, and I would react much like the Zentradi did when the Micronians kissed. I'd cover my eyes and yell "Eeewwww. Mushy stuff!" My father would humor me and do it too, but since he was a married man with three daughters, I knew he must've taken part in some mushy stuff himself. The End.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Yagami Team

Too bad he's too gay to even appreciate this. . . Not that there's anything wrong with that. They're just more of shopping friends than anything else. That's how they managed to pick out matching outfits.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

I've colored this something like 5 different times.

I still hate it.

I'm also OVER it.

I'm not painting it again.

So suck on that Nausicaa!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Tellos: For Mike

This is the piece I did for the Mike Wieringo tribute.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Nick Magazine 2nd Edition All Avatar Issue Cover

Well that was a mouth full. The magazine hasn't officially hit newsstands yet but since the cover has already been posted on a couple different sites, I figured I could probably post my version up too without any major legal action ensuing.

Final Cover
This image is the final image I turned in for the cover. A few minor tweaks were done by the magazine people themselves before it went to print, but this is MY version. In the magazine cover, Azula and Zuko are a lot more transparent and a bit smaller. Somehow Sokka's ponytail ended up right on Azula's cheek, but that's what happens when you've got to make enough room for the extra words to fit. Overall, I'm still happy with how it turned out.

Concept Covers
The first of the three concept covers was the one chosen to be fully realized. A couple changes were made. They wanted the UPC symbol on the left, so Momo was moved with it so they could print Text over the bottom right hand corner. They also wanted Uncle Iroh and Appa out. So they got the boot for the sake of not making the thing look too crowded. Sorry Uncle and Appa, but it was for the better.
The second of the three was the version I did to satisfy the main direction I was given as to what they thought might be good to see on the cover of an issue bridging seasons one and two. It featured Aang in the middle with little vignettes of the other main storylines in the background. I sampled some cowboy bebop artwork for the idea of putting the side stories in graphic shapes. Ultimately, this one didn't get chosen.
This last one was just my attempt at smashing every darn character I could think of into a big all out splash cover dealy-o. I'm kinda glad this one wasn't picked. It would have been a bitch to do and I probably would have jacked it up pretty well.

Final Lineart

After the cover was chosen, I then assembled a clean lineart version to be approved. I like to play "Spot The Difference" with this one. Aang's face was revised as well as were Azula's lips. They were too big. And the whole gang was put more on the diagonal.

Color Mockup

Then it was time for the color mockup. Now more "Spot The Difference." You can tell at this point I had completely redrawn Momo. I wasn't terribly happy with my first version. Aang's smile was changed between this version and the final so he wouldn't look so similar to Sokka's smile. Teeth lines were added to Katara and Toph. And the harsh uplighting on Azula and Zuko was toned down so the shadows wouldn't be so dark. And the grass had not yet been colored. I would go on to later color the grass twice before redrawing it three times until I finally got the version you see at the top. I like it a lot better than this version.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Random Girl

Random sketch of a girl with retarded legs.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Shadow of the Colossus

He is sad because his girlfriend is dead. He is also sad because Mr. Mike Wieringo has recently passed away. Wieringo was not his girlfriend. But he was a very talented and kind person. I never had the pleasure of knowing him personally, but whenever I did have the pleasure of trading comments with him I found that he never had a mean thing to say. Nothing but talent and niceness. He will be missed.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Sailor Scouts

Fact: I hate crowd scenes.

Fact: I like group shots.

Go figure.

Pluto's leaning dangerously to her left there. Guess she had a little too much of that Moon Kingdom booze.

Well, I guess I actually have to do the work I've been putting off now.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Monday, July 30, 2007


San Diego was fun! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the table to say hi. It was great meeting you!

The Superman: Doomsday screening went off without a hitch and I don't think I made a COMPLETE idiot of myself at the panel afterwards. The fans seemed to receive it positively, well... except for the ones that accused me of breaking up the voice cast family by not keeping the same Superman voices as were in the previous Superman animations. That's right, I'm talking to you fan who stopped me outside of the convention bathrooms!

Heck, we even sold a few more copies of the year-old sketchbook I did with my friend, Eric Canete.

I bought a few books, got a few freebies, saw a few good costumes, saw a lot of bad costumes, and smelled a plethora of stinky people. All in all, it was an enjoyable experience.

So in honor of Comic-con 07, here's a cramped JLA collage featuring Aquaman, front and center of course. Hope everyone else's convention experience was pleasant if you were in attendance.

Monday, July 23, 2007


So this will probably be my last post until at least a week from now. I guess it's not really that long of a break. The reason being, of course, the upcoming San Diego trip to the Comic Con. I'll be leaving Wednesday, staying there a long, humid, stinky five days, and returning Sunday. That's right folks, ALL FIVE DAYS.
If you're there early, drop by and see the Thursday night premiere of the Superman: Doomsday animated DVD I helped out on. It"s pretty darn good.
Feel free to drop by the Black Velvet Studios table in the small press area and buy some stuff from them. I'll be helping out occasionally throughout the con. I might even try to sell some of the crappy original art pieces you see here on this blog. By original I mean drawn by me, not copyrighted by me.
Or if you really want to burn some money, you can ask for a commission. But you better be loaded, cuz they don't come cheap. It takes a lot of money to get me to stop being lazy.
So, for anyone going to the con, have yourself a good, safe, deoderant-wearing, non-stinkified time. For all those who can't afford to or have no interest in going, have yourself a good, clean, comfortable, non crowd infested time.
That's all for now.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Battle Angel Alita

First, a rough sketch of Alita.

And now an INKED sketch of Alita. She actually has a post it over her head, but it's one of them fancy WHITE ones so no one can tell.... on the computer screen... anyway.
She almost had Tiphares in the background behind her. You can kind of make out the pale blue lines. But then I remembered I was lazy. So I stopped.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Frog Prince

I had forgotten how fun rough pencil drawings can be. I really enjoyed doing this one.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


With this one I tried to learn to be more painterly.

With this one I learned NOT to try to be more painterly.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Guess Who!

I'll give a nice firm pat on the back to anyone who can name this obscure character.

Here's some hints:
1. She's a princess.
2. She has a cousin who looks remarkably similar to her.
3. Her boyfriend has a really bad accent.
$. Her boyfriend is NOT named Mario.
Sorry, no REAL prizes. Some minor artistic liberties have been taken, but nothing major.

Monday, July 09, 2007


Pretty self explanatory. No color this time.
This is probably the only time I've ever drawn Belle that she's come out looking anything even close to what she is supposed to. That bitch is hard to draw! For me anyway.

Thursday, July 05, 2007


I was watching the first season of Powerpuff on DVD the other day and I sketched down a crappy little Sedusa on a post-it.
Then I came across a fancy little photoshop brush on Justin Ridge's blog which he actually got from another guy whose name I don't remember's blog. It's called the stumpy pencil.
Put them both together and you get this! I used the stumpy pencil for the subtle grainy look on the shaded areas and around the white heart border, though it's kinda hard to tell looking at low res version. It was pretty fun to use if I might say so myself.

Friday, June 29, 2007


Some day, maybe some day, I'll learn to color something so it doesn't look like the inside of a crayola crayon box.
So,I haven't posted in something like a month on account of I was working on a magazine cover for the next all Avatar issue of Nickelodeon magazine. And on top of it all I can't even post the darn thing I've been spending all my time on until the magazine is released. So you'll have to settle for this.
I'm not too thrilled with my crappy coloring, and I darkened Frida too much in the background, but I'm sick of working on it so this is all you get.
Bust a groove, my friends, bust a groove.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


So the scanner went on the fritz. So instead of scanning, I colored. Please don't get used to it, for it will only end in disappointment. So here is a big fat-ass post in anticipation of me not having a whole lot of time to update in the near future on account of work is going to be getting pretty busy soon.
I totally heart this show. It makes me laugh. A lot! Everyone should watch it.
Chiropterates are hard as hell to draw. So I didn't draw one. I drew Saia instead. She is a lot easier. Hooray for the Inverse Adjustment Layer function!
This is a little nugget of, well, crap from my olden days. By olden days, I mean probably a couple years ago or something like that. I doubt I would have posted this if I had drawn it today. But, for back then, I was pretty proud of myself. For a whole hot minute.