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.
I don't always get these requests, but they are fun when I do. Before I used to attempt to get the likeness of people and although some people love it, I always felt like the cartoony style served better. So, I was tasked to create the following. Let me know what you guys think down in the comments.
When I first started blogging, my main concern was "Will I have enough to post?" Since I started this, and with the introduction of videos on Youtube, I have been short of ideas on what to talk about here and what to write about. I am open to suggestions as to what you guys would like to see more of. In the meantime, I will try to post work-in-progress and small projects here and there. My ultimate goal is to share my creative challenges and achievements with you.
Until next time, thanks for reading.
This is the 5th time that we do a collaborative project with the Turlock Toon Skwad team and I feel I've grown with each one. The hardest thing for me to do is making the time to work on them since it always seems I have no time. The easiest part for me is to merge text with the layout. I think because I work as a graphic designer, those things come easy for me. When I am creating, provided, I am assigned to create something, my favorite thing to do is draw. If each project allowed me to draw, then that's what I would do. It just so happens, I only did one drawing in this one, Black Widow. The rest was done by Adam and Omar. I had to ink their work. This tended to be a little difficult because they both have such different styles, so I hope I did their artwork justice. I can honestly say, that I am happy with the final product.
Omar, what about you?
When collaborating on projects where your art is mixed with other artists, what is the hardest thing to do for you?
"I’ve only collaborated on comic style projects so the hardest thing for me is working in comic style while still trying to create and incorporate hints of my own ‘style’ into it."
What is the easiest?
"The portrait and caricature style is easiest."
What is your favorite thing to work on when you do these projects?
"I like drawing faces. Especially in the caricature style."
Are you always happy with the final product?
"Not always. The cool thing about a collaboration is that when it gets passed on to the next artist/step fixes can be made to help with composition or layout. So if you aren’t feeling something about your part in the artwork you have a few more sets of eyes to help fix issues. As long as the corrections and adjustments don’t take on too much of the look or style of the artist making those adjustments."
What about you, Adam?
"The hardest thing is understanding how to best interact with the other artists. If your style is normally cartoony, how will it fit with someone who is doing a more realistic area of the piece. You almost need someone to oversee the project; someone who has a vision in mind and can be dynamic enough to make those edits (change subject matter / direction) to ensure a seamless piece.
As an artist it’s easy to just do your thing. The toughest thing going back to the first question, is getting the layout right. Meaning making sure everyone is in the spotlight (talents utilized / character represented).
Working on these types of projects, the collaborative aspect is the best. A lot of ideas get thrown around and you get to focus on putting your best efforts forward.
As Jake Parker says, finished is better than perfect. You’ll always have issues with something you’ve worked on. The trick is to focus on not running into those same issues again. That’s how you grow."
Hopefully, this sheds some light on some of the work we do when we team up. Until next time, thanks for reading.
I've been so busy this last month that I've not been able to write any stories. So many projects, so many deadlines. I have seen an increase in The Show Fanart. Wow, I am so excited that to see people getting familiar with my characters and seeing them through the eyes of other artists. I want to thank each and every one of you who have submitted fan art on Instagram. If you are curious and would like to see what I am talking about, please click the button below to see. Also, if you have instagram, please be so kind and show these artists some love by visiting their page and checking out their work as well. I will be back with more stories.
Because I was born in September, I always had a Love/Hate relationship with my birthday. Unless some kind of catastrophe occurred, I was stuck going to school. It was usually the first week too; one of he most awkward times of the year, at least for me.
Not only did the first day and week of school shower me with anxiety about who my teacher was going to be, which other kids I was going to see, and what my classes were going to be like, but it took something from me. Because everyone close to my age was going through the same thing, my birthday was overshadowed. Not that I craved attention, but it was always nice for someone you know to remember that for some miraculous reason, so many years ago, I was born and because of it, this day is sort of special for me.
I Get That Feeling
Even though I’m not in school anymore, when I hear the sirens signaling the beginning of autumn and school, I get the same jittery feeling. I can’t explain it. It usually lasts a couple of weeks like a cold sore, leaving an invisible mark in my memory and a bad taste in my mouth. I would have thought that over the years the symptoms would die down a bit, but it’s actually the same intensity every time.