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11.28.2016

Washes & Works

Greetings! I hope everybody had their fill of stuffing and other heavy foods. It's now time to proceed to that lovely season where we brave the hustle and bustle of the shopping season and, well, more eating and drinking of heavy foods. In the meantime 2016 continues to kick our asses.
Yup, and the hot topic on everybody's minds, whether you like it or you're just sick of it, we have a new president! It's almost been a month since the election has been over and I guess this joke is really starting to sick in. Sorry folks, nobody's gonna come from around the corner and be like "Psssh, SIIIKE! You're on candid camera, man!" This shit is here to stay. And without making a whole post about it, yeah it sucks but it is what it is. I guess the part I'm excited about is the possible wake-up call for us Americans to take a good honest look at ourselves. Only then can we stand up to make the changes and progress necessary to make the world a better place.
Now here's what I did this month.

Every now and then I'll check in to see what the prompt is on #Sketch_Dailies and if it's interesting and I have a sec I'll take a crack at it and whip something up. This time around it was She-Ra, Princess of Power. Come to think of it I've always known about She-Ra but I've never drawn her. At all. My lil' sister had her action figure, as a counterpart to my He-Man figures. But, I've never drawn her...until now.

She-Ra, Princess of Power, in a standard action pose.


 She-Ra, Princess of Power, having a cigarette after kicking the shit out of evil.

Earlier this month I came up on a 11x14 watercolor pad in a clearance bin. I've since started drawings in it and I dared myself to fill it cover to cover every page with a watercolor piece on it. The following pages are each a page in this new book. The first piece is the new banner my website right here.

a post-future frontier cowgirl, "Vamoose" LaRose, a main character in a new series I'm developing.

 a drawing of my friend Chris as he painted.


Newt Scamander, author and star of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

 The Return of Mac the Knife.
Upon hearing the song again and relishing how dark it is for such an energetic jazz standard I couldn't help being reminded of that old McDonald's ad campaign "Mac Tonight." Not only did their names sound similar, the mascot played a piano (with mannerisms similar to Ray Charles) to the tune of something that sounded kinda like "Mack the Knife." So I went ahead and drew Mac Tonight as Mack the Knife, doing what Mack the Knife is famous for. While it was such a while back when the campaign came out Mac Tonight is not at all forgotten about today. He lives on in a vapor wave video, his ad campaign is having a resurgence in Asia, and  hilariously enough he's the image part of the Moon Man meme, where a moon-faced man uses his text-to-speech voice to cover rap songs in a racist, parodic manner.
Working on updating this page for more user-friendliness, and I have some other store fronts in the works as well. Gonna pop out into 2017 with new merch and ways to buy it. Onward.

10.31.2016

Morticia's Murder

..of Inktober drawings! You know, the grouping, like a murder of crows! A Murder of Inktober drawings! The 2016 run-down from this month. As for Morticia, you'll see her at the end.

This year's prompt list. It's not mandatory to follow, by any means, but it makes for a great jumping off point to come up with some interesting ideas. The highlighted are ones I completed this year. The middle of the month I was a bit preoccupied (see last post) but I think I turned October out nonetheless.

A noisey-ass One-Man-Cyclops Band. I imagine he doesn't smell very good either.

Inspired by AM2R, gotta collect all them Metroids...and EXTERMINATE them.

Feed me Seymour! Audrey 2 at the Little Shop of Horrors is hungry.

Why you so sad, La Sad Girl? So sad, so very very sad.

Indiana Jones and the Secrets of the Hidden Temple: in this episode Indy stumbles into the jungles of south-side Houston in the mid-90s and meets a local rap group, the Blac Monks and learns a ton of life hacks and smokes a lotta dope.

 You're never Lost on the Yellow Brick Road. Onward to Dildo-I mean, Emerald City.
Let's blow out Doc Brown's gigantic amp with our goddamn American rock music.

Broken Android

David Lee Roth caricature. JUMP! A lotta people drew him on this day.

The old cliche of the two wolves within a person: the wolf of good and the wolf of evil, which one wins? Whichever you feed more...ooohhh!

That Rupert Holmes song Escape always trips me out. Placing an ad to meet a new woman to leave your current woman and [spoiler alert] it turns out it was your current woman all along. And then you both just laugh it off and somehow your boring relationship you were trying to escape is renewed and it's all good after all.

Harry Potter and the Flight of the Hippogriff.

When the internet is slow. 

A Dozen and One Dalmatians.

A tired Marathon Runner.

The View from My Flower Box.

An Ode to the Creepy Guy who sidles up behind you and let's you grind him at the club.

Fire-Man, of original Mega-Man fame.

Surprise! It's a little alien!

 
 And you made it to the end. Here's Morticia, and her cute lil' hubby Gomez, of Addams Family fame (duh!)
Happy Halloween!

9.27.2016

Token

Missed a month of September post so I'm tossing this in so I don't miss a month. Next month I'll have the Inktober Art blast but for this month I'm just throwing up a birthday photo (Virgos whats up?).


Also taking this post to plug the podcast my boy Lee Lawson has been doing month to month, check out the Shuffelapod, it's dope! He asked me to do the cover art for each episode and he just said do whatever I want, so the art truly is whatever I want and it works.
They're up for download and/or streaming on his site. Really good mix of music to work to or jam out doing whatever, spans all musical genres. If you're a music lover as I am you'll dig it. 

For episode 5 I literally used a pic from the remains of my birthday dinner. Lee said "fuck it, that's dope. The pope in a glass box, dope..." or something.

For the latest episode, 6, I give a shout to my late Grandfather who recently passed away. I like this old photo of him in the driveway with the family car in the 60s. 

Alfonso Perez Sr, circa age 17.

what a month.





The Metroid 2 remake AM2R is my shit. Been on that the last few months. Highly addictive. Highly recommended. But it's taken down, ya gotta scour the internet underbelly to find a copy. Snag 1.1 if you can.

Be sure to peep my upcoming events, details at the top right spot under "Where to Find Me"

I got a table at a sneaker summit last Saturday in October on the TSU Campus, 12pm to 4pm. I'll be next to Van G. Garrett.



and or course I'll be posting up at Zine Fest Houston 2016 with possibly a new zine. We'll see.




And lastly, my old curmudgeon of a coworker finally retired this month. This was his desk. I took this shot right before he took everything down. This is what we looked at everyday. He drew the stuff.

Okay, That covers the September post. Peace!

8.30.2016

Crystalized

Ok, wrapped up the summer with a comic in the can and a cool ad for a partner of mine.

The comic; an 8 pager, new story I whipped up for a local outfit Pulp 21 Comics. They're doing some interesting and strange stuff, and it's coming out regularly. Peep 'em.
So, the comic is called Rock in Time, and it follows the travels of young woman who's been traveling to all the great rock shows in history, via a Chrono-Navigator gauntlet. And she's being chased by a creepy bizarre agent dude.





Just some fave panels without spoiling everything, oh, and the whole page count shot. Ha, good luck reading that. 

I've also been working, developing an ongoing series of mine, code-named Sun Eaters. I may have told a few of you about that already. Well, it gets deeper and deeper. It's so fun building up a world and creating characters, there are so many possibilities for many different types of stories. I'm also still working on visualizing these characters and their costumes. It's not as easy as you think, unless you want them to look all cub-scouty with all types of gear and tools strapped up and down 'em, then yeah, it's easy.

I've got ideas churning for some dope-ass concept art for this series, so sit tight and we'll see if I do it.



Also, I'm working on a new book for Iva Dawn, who, if you remember the last time we collaborated, we made THIS. Well, we're back and bring you the next chapter of the infamous and sulty Nyx. Here are some concept sketches.

Nyx and her new threads





Alternate costume

Exciting! I'll post some pages/panels when it's in the can. Also, sit tight.

And lastly, this wraps up my month. My boy Van landed a new sponsor, and it's a company that makes a product I can get behind 100%: Honey! So, we made an announcement. Check it.




Bye bye, Summer! Hello Autumn, my favorite time of year. All #inktober is coming up so let's whip out (yes, i said it) our brushes and ink wells and draw some shit.