This project has been sitting around longer than a biblical man's beard. I decided I was fed up with letting it sit on the shelf. Thanks to @vion4444 who just fell in love with one of the characters, I decided to bring it back to life and make it breathe.Read More
I have always loved the idea of a strong woman character.Read More
Welcome to the first page layout of Ghosts. It was the first page I created, but not the first version.Read More
After reading Angel & Demons by Dan Brown (YES, I read books), I came up with this brilliant idea to create the logo for Ghosts as an ambigram.Read More
Even though I inked the cover traditionally, I didn't want to do the coloring the same way.Read More
I start my journey today. This journey will take me through the process of creating my comic book from beginning to end.Read More
For me it is always fun to see the evolution of the characters that I create. In this case, I was particularly taken aback by the growth and polished design of Tim and Greg (blond hair), two pothead kids created by The Webcomic Factory's very own Tony DiGerolamo. When I first created their likeness, all I was told by Tony was that they were teenagers who constantly smoked pot. In those days, I hardly used the likeness of people I knew for fear that I was being rude, or that they might take offense. I was always worried of what people thought of me and it bothered me if I did something to offend them.
" I hardly used the likeness of people I knew for fear that I was being rude, or that they might take offense."
Enter 2018. I've stopped worrying about where I get my reference and/or my inspiration. This is not to say I am not careful about what I choose, I just don't worry so much about it. It has worked wonders for me to be able to use my surroundings as inspiration for my characters. I know this is not a new concept for artists and writers, but it is for me. The advice I leave behind to any artist who is suffering from the same crutch I was, is... when it comes to creating your characters, don't be afraid to use what you see around you, it is a great source of reference. Check out below how Tim and Greg evolved throughout the years.
"Don't be afraid to use what you see around you."
I am so not used to hearing my voice, so much that I cringe when I hear a recording or see a video of myself. Not sure if this happens to any of you, but it does to me on a constant basis which is why when Justin Prime asked to chat with me on his podcast I was a little reluctant to do it. But I decided "What the hell? Stop being shy and went through with it.
I was subjected to his Artist Inventory Challenge which covers three questions, so listen in as I answer them on Justin's podcast.
- What is your current project?
- What successful progress did you make on it this week?
- What held you back from doing more?
I was commissioned to draw Yogurt from Space Balls on this sketch cover byJess Morales. He is one of the people that supports my work and has been doing so for a very long time. He is also one of the coolest dudes I have yet to meet face to face. I want to let him know I appreciate his business and his passion for my work. Click here to view more of my commission work.
Through out these 6 years in California I have met some cool people. I've met a lot of passionate people and some not so passionate. I've met party goers and home bodies. Oh yeah, and I have also met a ton more artists than when I was in NY. I see it this way, here I am more in tune with the art world than I was when I was in NY. That being said, I had a chance to sit down with one of my buddies from Modesto and ask him some questions.
- What is your name or what you'd like to be called?
- Tell me a little bit about your art background?
I've been drawing my entire life, took art in high school and have my A.A. and B.A. in Art. As a kid I wanted to be an animator, but once I got to university my focus was fine art painting and illustration.
- How and when did you start drawing?
I've always drawn, but the start of my actual pursuit to improve and add to my skill set, I was about 8.
- Do you find that you have a style in your art?
I don't have a style and the graphic and illustration work that I've done in the past keeps me flexible to work within the parameters of any given job. I haven't arrived at a style even within my personal work. I do, however, feel that having a recognizable style can be helpful to build your brand and bring you more work.
- What are your favorite tools to use to create your art?
Pencils, pens, brushes, ink, watercolors and really good paper.
- Who's work would compare your art to?
Honestly, I have many influences, but those influences don't necessarily carry over in a visual sense. Sometimes it's the mentality of the construction of a piece or the mentality of certain artistic processes.
- Which artists have been a huge influence to you?
Well, a lot of my influences aren't visual artists at all, but writers and philosophers. I have a tendency to be very cerebral when it comes to thinking about art and I find myself often inspired to create work that examines ideas. The influences in this category (some being comic writers) would include: Daniel Quinn, Lao Tzu, Jack London, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Thich Nhat Hanh, Emma Goldman, Peter Kropotkin, Ernest Callenbach, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Upton Sinclair and Chris Claremont.
In the visual artists category (which includes filmmakers) include: Frank Frazetta, Arthur Adams, Marc Silvestri, Jim Lee, Ben Caldwell, William Adolphe Bouguerreau, Alphonse Mucha, Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, Darren Aronofsky, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Orson Welles, Dan Brereton, Jimmie Robinson, Fritz Lang, Juanjo Guarnido and Hayao Miyazaki to name a few.
- What are your biggest accomplishments in art?
I don't think that's for me to say, but I can say that, for me, artistic accomplishments are doing better art-making today than you did the day before. I might be able to better answer this questions when I'm 80.
- What are your biggest failures?
My biggest failure to this day is failing at failing. I've always been afraid to make mistakes and it has negatively impacted my life on a grand scale in all areas, not just art. Fear of failure twists you up and makes you feel imprisoned in a life that you don't want to admit is yours. It bottles you up and, in my experience, the best work I do is when I feel free of that. In short: Be true to yourself and your vision, even in the face failure.
- If you could draw/paint/create like anyone alive or dead, who would it be?
I don't want to create like anyone else. I feel I have lots of beautiful things and stories to share with others. My goal is to share them in a universal and economical way.
- What would you say to someone who wants to start drawing but feels insecure about their art?
Firstly and most importantly: Be kind to yourself. Progress is only ever made through trial and error. Who you are now is not who you are becoming. Be fearless and make the necessary mistakes to push you through road blocks and speed up your evolution as an artist and as a human being.