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.


Feb Stomper

Because of the the show I haven't been doing much else. When I was keeping the gallery open on the weekdays I did set up a table in the window, complete with a light, and did drawings to see if I could spark the interest of anybody walking by. It worked a few times. I mainly just water-colored in my sketchbook, finishing sketches and pages I would have otherwise ignored or put off. The following is a bit of a glimpse of those selective pages.

a strange Kurt Cobain caricature

a Miss Cornpoppy sketch with a blunt in her mouth, entirely from my imagination.

Hermione Granger and her failed transform potion.

a robot and character color study. Thought worth sharing.

Characters from Streets of Rage. The white dude from Final Fight I get mixed up with this guy so I combined their names. 

really cool anthropomorphic dinosaur warrior which I just may use in an upcoming comic title I'm developing. 

While I don't dislike drawing caricatures of babies, I do think they sometimes turn out looking kinda weird, mainly cuz (technically) it's setting out to look like a specific baby. Here's a commission I did for a friend's niece, to commemorate her first birthday. We were going for a Pebbles Flintstone look, I'm guessing it was the theme. They put up this lil' piece at the party. 

Trust me, when I guet bizzy again, you'll know it.


14 Year (B)Itch

Phew! What a month it's been. This year the shortest month of the year may actually feel like the longest. Between that last crunch time of wrapping up the latest work and getting the gallery up and then holding it open almost daily for two weeks was just exhausting, and yet so exhilarating. I haven't worked this hard constantly since my college days. When it's a big plan coming to fruition it ain't so bad working long nights, getting up early and plowing through your days on 3 hours sleep. The adrenaline kicks in and ya gotta take it all the way, crunch time! Here are flicks from the show, prepping the walls, the art and gallery sitting. Didn't take very many at the opening but I can track some down and post 'em when I can.

Hector preppin to prep the walls.

3am and we just finished hanging the show, Hector, Me and Reego. Chris bounced already.

Gallery-sitting selfie

Rigo Martinez, "Draculero"

Hector Serna, detail of "Making Tapes"

Hector Serna, "Left and Right Brain"

Hector Serna, the object set-up

Marcus Ferdinand, "Jacó", stretched Giclée print

Chris Garcia, Untitled

Me and Reego, Gallery sitting selfies

Me, "I'm So Happy / I'm So Cute"

Me, "Pray the Spay Away"

Me, "Fvck Your Boyfriend"

Me, Vegetable Medley, an assortment of drawings, comics, and illustrations

Me, "Remnants of Social Lives Past" 4"x 8" acrylic on wood panel, only $200!

The idea for a art show sprang forth when we all took a trip to New York last April. We went to an open studio and were moved by just how mediocre the work was, both in subject and technique. It occurred to us we were all working artists who've been honing our craft as well as our voice for quite some time. So if these people could do art and show it then why couldn't we? From there we ended our trip with a goal, to get an art show. It somewhat fell on me to land a venue because I know people in Houston. Big ups to Lizbeth at the East End Studio Gallery for working with us and letting us put on this show. We've been planning it since last summer and it came together swimmingly. It happened to the month of our HSPVA Senior Art show, back when we were graduating in 2001. We were also the only show that year to have 4 artists instead of 3, and we set the bar high because we were the first group to kick off the whole senior show season that semester. 14 years. Man, time certainly flies. Time to plan out another show!

Me, Hector, Chris, and Reego (holding a picture of Marcus) circa 2000
This is an actual paper analog photo. Photo-bomb by Will Boone.

Us on opening night, Me, Reego, Marcus, Chris, and Hector.