Sunday, November 28, 2010

Zombie School Girls

I started this awhile ago after my friend dreamt about it and only recently picked it back up. I'll probably go back and fix some of the anatomy when I make time, but for now here it is. I have a newfound respect for inkers. They make it look deceivingly simple. It's not. Thanks to everyone who helped critique this.

Ink, photoshop

I promise I'm not obsessed with zombies. No more zombies for awhile.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Arabian Market Place

This is an environment for my character design class (ironically) where my group is redesigning Aladdin for a live action film. This would be the market place. I absolutely love the sketches Shinji Kimura did for Tekkonkinkreet, so I tried to emulate some of those qualities.

graphite on bristol

Here are some color and atmosphere studies. I mostly took saved some photos and paintings I enjoyed and grabbed the color to get different results.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Life painting

More life painting from my Narrative Color class. Super fun 80's look with the orange and turquoise lights against her neon colors. Unfortunately I didn't make time to get the hands down.

Acrylic on illustration board

charcoal on newsprint

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Depression's Upside

This is based on an article regarding how studies show clinically depressed people are typically more analytical thinkers, better problem solvers, creative, etc.
You can read the article here.

I've been trying to focus on a quick solution for images. Still trying to use photoshop textures.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Baltimore Zombie Map

For concepts we were assigned to make a map. Naturally I chose a zombie apocalypse in Baltimore. I focused on key safe houses throughout the city to hide at rather than drawing each building.

Where's Waldo?

Graphite and watercolor on paper

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Today's sketch

This is a beautiful cathedral in Mt. Vernon that doesn't actually have a giant bird's nest on top. I'm spending too much money on croquils because this paper wears them out so quickly. If any inkers out there have advice on how to preserve them I'd like to hear it.

Sat down by the railyard today to sketch for a few hours. It was fun! I get pretty sloppy so I make a ton of mistakes, but sometimes they grow on me.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Here's a quick illustration I did for class. I've been using a croquil lately for some projects since I've never been much of an inker. It's a lot of fun and super satisfying to just lay in such permanent lines. I usually try to plan everything out from start to finish for better results, but this one was start to finish in one afternoon.

Monday, July 5, 2010


I started this about a month or so ago, working on it on and off. I mainly wanted to practice skin tones and create a transparent lace effect. As usual a bunch of the colors are totally shot from inadequate documentation/scanning.

This piece is going to be included in the ICON 6: A Labor of Line show at Gallery Nucleus. It's pretty surreal to be showcased in a gallery I've admired for so long. Many thanks to Gallery Nucleus for giving me this opportunity!

The show opens July 16th and runs though August 9th.

Oil on linen, 9x12"

Here's my piece in the show! I'm fortunate enough to have attended the opening. If you're in the area I highly recommend checking it out.

Sorry for the severe lack of updates.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Vague Painting- Sold!

Someone I don't know recently purchased this. I guess they just stumbled upon my blog. You never know who's looking!

Oil on wood panel

Friday, April 30, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Watercolors are tough.

This was a warm up to re-familliarize myself with watercolor for a project I'm working on. A six panel series to illustrate a famous japanese myth, Momotaro (Peach Boy). As much as I enjoy the watercolor process, I'm very hesitant with it and have very little idea on how to do backgrounds without spending an insane amount of time on them. I hope throughout this I'll gain more confidence and knowledge in using it.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Self Portrait for Life Drawing

Self portrait assignment done from a mirror. I've always enjoyed ridiculously snobby looking portraits. I think i should add a huge burly mustache.

HB, 2H, on plate Bristol.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Crumbs: The Story of a Homeless Guy

For Visual Journalism we were assigned to make a short sequential piece about Baltimore, namely Fells Point. This was pretty fun since I just kind of went with it and planned very little. The negative effect though is I lose track of how well it conveys, which this falls victim to. If you can't tell its a baguette.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Zodiac Assignment

We were assigned to make some spots for a magazine astrology column. I chose a Men's lifestyle magazine since my new years resolution has been to regularly work out (and I'm actually sticking to it!) Anyways, I feel like those things are usually cheesy as hell, but I kind of dove into the cheese factor by thinking up accompanying pieces of advice for each image depending on the sign's personality traits.

Sagittarius- You suffer from the mundane walls of the gym. You foster doing out doors and extreme sports. No one ever said you need to lift weights to get fit. However, don't tempt yourself with eats because when it comes to food, you can't resist.

Pisces- You feel swamped and intimidated from starting a new regiment, leaving you feeling stiff and tired. Don't fret, you don't need to start guns blazing. There's no shame in easing into it, increasing your commitment gradually.

Gemini- Don't get too bored while on the 'mill. Time doesn't have you be your enemy. Enjoying your favorite songs helps run the clock.

Ares- Calm down buddy, and don't burn yourself out. If you don't lay off the creatine soon people are going to think you're pumping 'roids.

Ink and photoshop

Monday, February 1, 2010

Entry to Society of Illustrators

Doing this has really made me realize the importance of pursuing one's own vision. The strong reference to Norman Rockwell was completely intentional, but over all it has left me feeling pretty unfulfilled. Though I'm happy that I hammered this out in around two weeks. The composition is also fairly similar to that piece I did last year here. I definitely feel like it's an improvement, mainly in lighting and color.

Here's the underpainting.

Oil on Rives BFK

I'll give you $50 bucks if you can guess whose face was referenced.

Just kidding.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Mucha and Rockwell Studies

Here are some studies I've been working on. My main goal with the Alphonse Mucha painting was to figure out the colors he used and their relations to one another. The greens, blues, and purples among the yellow folds really caught my attention, and I learned a good deal trying to replicate them. The exact pose and expression weren't really my concerns. I'm pretty satisfed with the result given it was painted on the much dreaded canvas panel. It's pretty tough to blend on such that stuff.

The final Study

The under painting

The actual piece by Mucha

This is one of my favorite Norman Rockwell paintings. It was a quick warm up study for the Mucha study.

The original

both in oil