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My Society6 store

My online store account for art prints.

LINKS FOR CREATIVES:

Society6- Online gallery and store for artists

AIGA - American Institute of Graphic Arts

Jakprints - Print & Apparel company in Cleveland, OH

Creative Commons

Society of Digital Artists

Mischief- freeform sketching app

Manga Studio- Manga creation app

Wacom, Inc.-Tablet manufacturer

Sketchbook Pro- drawing app

Moleskine-Sketchbook company

INSPIRATION:

Abhishek Singh- Illustrator

Phoenix Tree Publishing-Cullen Nolan

Hi Fructose magazine

Shawn Barber - Artist

The Marquis by Guy Davis

Audrey Kawasaki - Illustrator

Katsuhiro Otomo - Illustrator

Katsuya Terada - Illustrator

Jean "Moebius" Giraud - Illustrator

Roberto Ferri - Fine artist

Yoshitaka Amano - Illustrator

Tomer Hanuka - Illustrator

Back to Frank Black- Millennium fan site

FENCING:

Vermont Fencing Alliance- Fencing club site

United States Fencing Association-National HQ

Friday
Nov182016

The iPad Pro Experience

Just over a month ago, I have been working hard to acquire an iPad Pro with 256 gb of storage which is the top of the line model. With a business plan in hand, I got a special grant from a local agency to assist in my professional endeavors to make this acquisition which turned out to be a huge help. With experience using the Wacom Intuos over the years, I thought having the iPad Pro would be the next step to complement my digital art workflow because I needed the mobility outside of my studio.

The most important factor to me was accuracy and palm rejection in order to have natural flow. I'm quite pleased to say that the Apple Pencil does the job very nicely. It's no Wacom but comes extremely close even though the portability factor is what made it stand out. But the pressure sensitivity of Apple Pencil is one of the most amazing experiences I've had and the ability to tilt the pencil for a shading effect is eerily accurate. I think the Pencil and Wacom styluses are the best in the market for digital art, in my view.  

I was considering a Surface Pro but decided against it that it would take another iteration or two for Microsoft to perfect it and I'm sure they will, having seen their latest Surface Creative PC as one of their best innovations to date.  

Now that I have the iPad Pro, this will allow me to brainstorm and lay out the concepts visually, even do full size illustrations when I can, outside of my studio instead of being 'chained' to my desktop. This was the most liberating experience I've had using this tablet. 

But it's not to say I'm going to stop using my sketchbook. Far from it. I will always stay old school by hand to facilitate my thought process naturally. 

As of current, Procreate is now one of my most favorite apps for my illustration work along with Sketchbook Pro. Adobe Sketch and Draw are also excellent which I recommend. Even Forge and Concepts are fantastic which I'm starting to experiment with, especially when it comes to storyboarding when I delve back into this industry. AstroPad will be my next app to add in so that I can remotely treat my iPad Pro as a Wacom Cintiq and this will be handy when using Manga Studio on my desktop tethered to the tablet. 

There's so much I can experiment and work with on my future project endeavors. 

Drawing on ProcreateApple Pencil with my SmudgeGloveMore Procreate work

Sunday
Sep182016

Akira and Gojira Tribute

I finally got around to creating a parodial tribute of Akira and Godzilla ( Gojira ) based on one of Otomo's famous illustrations of the lead character sitting on a throne from the well known manga. This image has been in my mind for the last few years and I just had to do it because the way their names rhymed was amusing to me. I might not be to others but it was fun way to play around with the words and visuals especially in the levels of destruction that Gojira and Akira are capable of, not to mention Tetsuo.

One can see Tetsuo cussing out Akira for letting it happen, when the irony is it was he who woke up Number 28 ( Akira ), who in turn gets Godzilla ( Gojira's ) attention.  

I knew that Clip Studio Paint ( formerly Manga Studio ) would be the most appropriate tool for this and it worked out well. This is a tribute to my two favorite properties in one setting. 

This image is strictly fan art and is not meant for commercial use or sale. AKIRA is created by Katsuhiro Otomo, originally publishd by Kodansha. Godzilla ( Gojira ) is the property of Toho Company, Ltd.

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Wednesday
Aug312016

Meeting a giant at vermont comic con

Last weekend on August 27th, I had the chance to attend the third Vermont Comic Con in Burlington. It was probably one of the better shows they've had since the last year. Lots of cosplayers that I've seen were very impressive and had a great time themselves. Especially the giant Jack Skellington costume and the 501st New England Garrison was a treat to see. I think there were more stormtroopers and imperial officers than the previous show I went to and their booth was just so much fun to be around at with a bunch of props and goodies on their table.

Especially one of the sith lightsabers that was so well built that I picked it up, just to see if I can fence with it. The saber has a knuckle guard hilt to it which is beautifully crafted. The image below shows the actual lightsaber held by the cosplayer of the Seventh Sister ( I believe ). My hats off to this cosplayer.

Vader' s Fist cosplayI also had the pleasure of catching up with several local creators and managed to get a copy of Oliver Kranichfeld's book Flatlander after being published from his successful kickstarter event. And especially Stephanie Zuppo's Belchville book as well which I've been meaning to get my hands on. Both books were beautifully crafted and bound to which I can't wait to get around reading them. 

But that's not the main reason I went to the Comic Con. That reason lies in the name of Ken Kelly, who's considered one of the old school greats in the field of illustration. And the kicker is he is the nephew of the grandmaster Frank Frazetta. As soon as I noticed Ken's name on the program list, I took a double take and recognized his classic work, especially the famous KISS album cover art that I remembered all so well years ago, one in which my cousin is a fanatic of. 

The Great Ken Kelly himselfThe original drawing based on a certain KISS album cover that any fanatic would instantly know from.His works from horror to fantasy was one I would not forget even the images of Conan, Manowar, Frankenstein, Vampirella, and so on. It's endless. The color palette, vibrant. The paint strokes, purposeful and focused.

In confession, as a child of the 70s and 80s, his work has been an influence on me even during my D&D and gaming days, looking at horror magazines, watching Dark Shadows and the like. And as an artist myself, I have nothing but respect and appreciation for the old school illustrators who still do it to this day regardless of the digital nature of the industry. I think I would view his work as 'classic hardcore' in the most old school manner. 

His table booth had a plethora of beautifully painted illustrations especially some of the originals that hung behind him. It was stunning to see them in person. I wanted them all but they came at a price which is expected. Another fellow illustrator named Matt Sylvester, whom I know, was talking to him as I watched Mr. Kelly show him an original piece, explaining his process which was so fascinating. Matt and I knew exactly who we were dealing with. Standing somewhat taller than me like a giant, he spoke in such a laid back manner and was very open about the nature of his creative work. 

When a giant like Mr. Kelly walks into a local convention, you don't dare miss a chance to meet him. 

I got two prints from him with his autographed. So inspiring.

Eventually, after their conversation ended, I got two prints from Mr. Kelly with the autographs due to a favor I did for him. It was probably the most epic thing I ever did by keeping watch over his booth while he was away for ten minutes.

In the booth of one of the masters!

I chose the two that spoke to me as an artist, fencer and metal music lover. I will never forget this for years to come. 

Thanks to Mr. Kelly for the excellent work as it continues to inspire me. 

Tuesday
Aug022016

Portrait inspiration and more

For some time, I've been a part of this inspiring iOS app called Sktchy which allows creative users to draw from one another in portrait form using any kind of media and subject matter. It was this method of having a form of visual exercise and inspiration to get creative juices flowing. And I think it works out pretty well. 

Sketch of a female artist's portrait I used with a horror theme.The app itself is a really great way to talk to other creatives and observe how they draw portraits in their own way. It's not meant for just professional work but also others who may be hobbyists which is welcomed. After all, they're there to put themselves out there to share their creativity. Portraits are queued as images to be used as reference points. Once the art is finished, the queue is then linked as the inspiration source. I've noticed that a lot of the artists on there use their sketchbooks, even moleskines which I swear by. 

For those who are looking for creative inspiration to experiment with, give Sktchy a try! 

As for other things, it's been a bit of a slow summer and I'm currently working on a few things. One in which I hope to finish by September, hopefully in time for the annual Art of Horror in Burlington, VT. Near the end of August, the Vermont Comic Con is something I'm looking forward to attending and would love to score some gems from the vendors as well as seeing how the local artists and writers are doing. I can't wait.