Before the month closes out I'd like to share some sketches that came across my desk, some pieces I whipped out at last year's Comicpalooza but because they went went home with their owners and my dumbass didn't snap to snapping a flick they remain unseen...until now!

While the first is a basic character sketch for an upcoming Shotgun Blast storyline, the other is a full-color monstrosity! Scroll on...

Robert Phelps in his Gorvani jacket.

Psycho Gorilla; when a man's brain is implanted into a gorilla's body, he goes ape shit trying to find the ones that did this to him.

An upcoming Shotgun Blast title, possibly a one-shot graphic novel. But how bout this commish, eh? When the time comes we should do the whole graphic novel in water colors like this. I love the look, and hope you do too.


Con Flikted

Comicpalooza blasted through this year even bigger than the year before spanning from one wall of the convention center to the other, and it was a buffet for the senses. So much to see, look, and gawk at. Somehow I felt more distracted at this show than ever, and it didn't help that half the people were in costume. But don't get me wrong, that's not a complaint. The dealers room was pretty, pretty gnarly in sprawl, so much so I didn't come close to making it to the other wall. That and I didn't make it past the light saber booth. Still, Comicpalooza is always a fun show, and I'm so glad it's grown so big so fast. Goes to show how much a demand we have for geeking out here in the H.
Meeting fans and plugging my new book is always a cool time. This year's commissions were all pretty diverse and had to flex some nuts on a few. As the yearly tradition goes here are my favorite:

Jedi selfie with my apprentice Lenin Roman, who's shaping up to be a righteous comic artist in his own right.

"Geez whiz, Master! What are you gonna teach me today?"

"Today, Padawan? Sheeit, how to roll a proper death stick."

You know who, and if you don't I envy you.

Space Rogue, upcoming concept for Shotgun Blast.

My live art auction piece, something outta Cadillacs & Dinosaurs or Xenozic Tales if you're hip like me.

a couple wanted a commission with their faces, bodies and/or setting was Artists' Choice. I was stumped with this one, and after wracking my brain on what to do I did this for 24 hours I decided to go with  futuristic android characters. But I thought the android/glass helmet bodies would be too dull on their own so I wrote in a scenario. This commission is also a veritable comic page.

Tyler Durden

for an all Chucky sketchbook, a memorable scene from the series. 

 What. They're dolls. Stop trippin.

from the TV show Lost, these two guys are creating a distraction.

Action packed right?

Well, soak it all in. Between work and all the other stuff I'm into it's tricky to constantly keep creating post-worthy stuff.  I know I don't post a much as I should, and keep in mind I do keep doing work that is client confidential. But I do strive to keep this site up and entertaining.
 Good news is I'm beginning new work for Screw Comics 4. Just possible story concepts, and playing around with characters. The ball is rolling on that. I've been developing other stories and series as well. Extensive, long-comic-series-stories. I've also rummaging through  my archive of unpublished stuff, such as the Enchanted by Darkness one-issue off-shoot. It's my first comic I drew with the brush technique I currently use so I'm debating going through and reworking some of the panels (which is strange cuz usually when I'm done I'm done).
So plenty is in the works. Get ready for a long hot summer.


Battle Ready

New illustration for my boy Jerry Carrillo for his son's laser tag "Call of Duty" themed birthday party. It's a caricature of his son runnin' and gunnin' through battle. It made it to the invitations and to the cake.

Main illustration, with the Halo sniper scope

Original edit, standard sniper scope. This edit was used for the invitations

And alas, the cake. 

Jerry kept asking me to use brighter colors, as the darker cake frostings tend to taste bitter. Everything in Call of Duty and Halo and every other FPS game is pretty dark in color and otherwise, but I think I made it work pretty good.


Even If and Especially When

New painting commission I completed for my girlfriend. Her mom's birthday came and went earlier this month and as a special present she commissioned me to paint this piece for her, her mother's mother. I stretched and prepped the canvas and began work, from a teeny tiny source photo that was a pixelated scan of the original. But where is the original? No one is certain. So I had this tiny photo and another portrait to go off on for the facial reference. In the tiny photo it's unknown what she is holding, but since she passed on early in life (I recall her late 30's) it seemed fitting she would be holding an angel feather. Flowers are too cliché and such a pain in the butt to get correct it would be like painting another face; you have to get it correct because the eye is automatically drawn to it. If it's awful or awkward then the whole piece is for naught. Which is also why her face gave me a bit of work in the form of numerous revisions and touch ups. Gotta get it right, this is a family member and it has to look it. So, when the piece was presented I was pleasantly surprised to find that my girlfriend's mother completely loves the piece and thinks it very much looks like her late mother.

The piece and the source photos, from Ms. Cornpoppy's instagram. You can see the tiny photo compared to my classic iPod.