Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tattoo Apprenticeship : Sketches XIII

Here we are, yet again, exploring more personal ideas... This set of handsome young men is bordering on the supernatural of sorts... with spirit beings carrying out their bidding or conjuring some celestial surprises... I not exactly sure where I'm headed with these concepts, but who knows... maybe these ephemeral fellows will sing me their secrets in my subconscious tonight... to which I will follow up with more masculine musings in the near future.


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tattoo Apprenticeship : Sketches XII

After some personal, illustrative studies of feminine characteristics and features, I wanted to balance things out a bit by exploring the mysteries of the masculine type... under glass of course. Here are some budding ideas for a potential series of desirable men, trapped in terrariums of the Victorian inclination. Hopefully this idea will bode well with the public and, if so, I'll continue to trap and study some more interesting specimens...

Please enjoy these germinating ideas...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tattoo Apprenticeship : Sketches XI

Here's a trio of beauties that are stranger than fiction... 

This week I've decided to bring you yet another deviation from Cooper's assignments, in order to share more of the personal studies I explore in between apprenticeship homework. As much as I appreciate the importance of what Cooper expects me to learn from him, and his world of tattooing, I wanted to illustrate some otherworldly concepts of the magical type. In the future, when I have more time, I may choose to develop these ideas further... but in the meantime, please enjoy my minimal, fantastical musings...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Piñata Demon Series I

Hello hello hello, lovely lovelies... We're taking a bit of a break from the "Tattoo Apprenticeship : Sketches" blog post series, to bring you a little sneak peak-a-roo at a small project that has somehow evolved amidst the hustle and bustle of my life right now. 

So, yeah... 

In between finishing the design and layout for my first art book, conventions, deadlines for shows, and assignments from the tattoo apprenticeship- I'm not exactly sure how this all came about, but I'm not complaining... just going with the flow at this point and allowing this "Piñata Demon" project to take on a life of its own.

The drawings that inspired this playfully, demonic detour originated in my tattoo apprenticeship sketchbook as potential flash illustrations. I never thought I would actually take the images and render them with ballpoint pen, but a tight deadline during San Diego Comic Con 2012 forced me into a creative corner, so I decided to take one of the first sketches from this series and finish it for the "San Diego vs. Portland vs. Tokyo Showdown". To my surprise, the image was well received, better than I had expected, and it gave me a little fuel to eventually realize the entire series- if time permitted...

After Comic Con, I was invited to create a piece for Full Circle Tattoo's "Buddhism" show. Once again, I had a tight deadline and the idea of completing another piece from the "Piñata Demon" series seemed pretty enticing if I could find a clever way to play off the religious/philosophical theme. When the second image was complete I was more determined than ever to finish the entire series and figure out if there was a story behind this strange set of characters.

So far we have three pieces finished from the series- the third of which will be presented in part two of the "Piñata Demon Series" posts, coming at you in a couple of weeks!

I can't wait to bring you more finished pieces... xoxo!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Sketchbooks Volume One : My First Art Book! I

During September 2012's "Sneak Peaks and Apologies!" post series, I briefed everyone about my upcoming art book project slated to debut at San Diego Comic Con International 2013. This new series of posts, "The Sketchbooks Volume One : My First Art Book!", will not only recap how the plan came into fruition, but it will additionally spill some details and quick design peaks for the book. 

During San Diego Comic Con International 2012 I was approached by Mr. Alberto Ruiz (owner and distributor of Trinquette Publishing, Brandstudio Press, and Eupy Ediciones), who asked me to be a part of his publishing company. I was initially impressed by his unique business model which protected the creative and financial freedoms of independent, self-sustaining artists. His offer to all speculative artists were one of two enticing options; the first choice was for his company to publish a small run of books for the artist in question, while the second choice afforded the artist an opportunity to self publish through him and his label.

For the first round of publishing, I decided to grant Alberto the ability to publish my first run of books, so in the event that this venture becomes a success, I will hopefully generate the capital needed to oversee and execute the self-publishing of my personal projects- through his company, of course...

Alberto's progressive vision to give artists more control over publishing rights, distribution, and design is a comforting thought, especially when most artists are bombarded with exclusivity contracts, or miserable percentages when licensing work to a company bent on squeezing every last lucrative creative thought out of hard working individuals- who, more often than not, pour their heart and souls into their art.

I can't thank him enough for this opportunity, which not only affords me the chance to be a part of a publishing label, but dually protects me and my rights as an artist... This just means that yet another one of my childhood dreams is lovingly checked off the bucket list... rad.

Thanks Alberto.

And for all you eager beavers out there, here's a sneak peak at the cover and back cover. Please keep in mind, that the image below is the printing proof; the front of the book is featured on the right side of the image, while the back of the book is featured on the left side of the image, then down the center of this image is where the book would face you if tucked away on your bookshelf... hint hint... wink.

The image below is a sample of two pages combined to create a spread. This will be the first set of images you see after the title page.

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