Category: Illustration

Cute As A Button

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Drum roll please! The Cute As A Button sketch card set releases today! I’ve been anxiously waiting to share all the cards I produced for the set. I’m madly in love with each card I created and a bit sad I had to depart from them. Hopefully these adorable cards find lovely new homes! Are you ready for all the in-depth process work? Let’s go!

To start off with, lets highlight the requirements I had to meet on this project. I was given twenty cards, for every ten cards I’m allowed a pair of puzzle pieces, the characters have to be my original creation, full body with color colored background.

For all my process work, I used 32lb color copy paper by Hammermill. It’s not like normal 20lb computer paper with its strange gritty textures and translucent features. This 32lb paper is beautiful with its 100 brightness and extra smooth surface, my mechanical pencil glides effortlessly!

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Keeping my requirements and theme of the set in mind, I write down all possible ideas, no matter how lame or weird they might be. Eliminating negative judgment during this process frees your mind to discover hidden gems! One of my favorite aspects about working on sketch cards is that I challenge myself to draw something I normally wouldn’t have. For examples, the fairies, sunflowers, knights, and astronauts are ideas I really want to explore but never had a reason to. Now that I have good amount ideas to pick from, I begin to thumbnail the ideas that are most attractive to me.

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Pulling from the list above, I explore each idea, sometimes combining ideas to make a more unique illustration! Hooray for synergy! In the little thumbnail, I experiment with different angles and composition. These cards are so tiny, it’s a challenge to fit a full body! As the process continues, I find out quickly if a particular concept is not going to work or I find a concept I really like and I’ll run with it! In this case, I was really intrigued with witches, candy, fairies, and mermaids.

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I’ll admit, I do get antsy doing so much process work. Sometimes I just need to finish a card and feel a sense of accomplishment. I jump right in with my first card, the mermaid with lavender hair! This particular card did spark an entire series of rainbow mermaids. It was a challenge to coordinate each card in terms of body position and color scheme.

As always my initial drawing was done with a Prismacolor Col-Erase pencil in Rose. I most certainly do a color study before I add copic coloring to the card, I do not have the luxury of ruining a card. I was given twenty exactly. At this stage, I juggle a bunch of cards at once, sketch a few then color.

Another particular challenge I face is not having the actual paper of the sketch cards to produce accurate color studies. The 32lb generates lovely color studies, but they do not translate well to the cards. The bristol-like card produces more intense color in comparison to the light and airy feel of my color studies.

Instead of using a Pilot Pocket Brush Pen to detail outlines, I used a Hi-Tec C Gel Pen 0.25 in brown. The black brush pen was too heavy for the cute, whimsical theme, plus it feathers like crazy on these particular cards. You may wonder what all the wiggle markers on my color studies are. Those were my attempts to revive my Hi-Tec C pen. Unfortunately the Hi-Tec C skips a lot.

To see one of the cards in the making, please check out my recent Ladybug sketch card video on YouTube!

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To purchase a pack, please visit CHADPOPS Entertainment group on Facebook!

Adventure in Nate’s Perilous Challenge

Hey everyone, happy Friday! I have this cool commission I want to share with you today. My task was to illustrate a pin up based on an indie comic called Adventure in Nate’s Perilous Challenge.  When the writer, Hansel Moreno, approached me about this commission, I was super excited to create an illustration based of an adventure video game feel story. He requested I draw Nate in my favorite class, it was a tough decision to make but in the end I chose to draw him as a mage. It might not really show in my work but I’m a real sucker for video games. I don’t really have the time to play games or watch tv, so I express my appreciate by drawing it. Above is a process video of the commission coming to life. Let me know what you think! I had a lot of fun drawing in this style and look forward to working with Hansel more in the future.

Hansel recently launched a Kickstarter for Adventure in Nate’s Perilous Challenge! Already fully funded in the first 24hrs! How awesome is that. Here is your chance to grab yourself a copy of the first chapter along with other goodies.

 

Juicy Ink Kickstarter Update

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Lots of excitement lately! It’s been a lot of work getting the book ready for print, but seeing the final product made it all worth it.  Currently, I’m in the middle of finalizing all the rewards and individually packing them with lovely handwritten notes. I can’t wait to ship all the rewards and preorders next Monday. I’m blown away by how many people have preordered the book. It makes me so happy! Below is a preview of the sample book.

The final book turned out AWESOME. My previous handmade sketchbooks were saddle stitched. This time around I envisioned a perfect bound art book. The book is also ten pages longer than originally planned, filled with super secret exclusive pages. It’s amazing to see my development with Copic markers over the past year. In the book there are two versions of the same character, a grown up version of Sailor Mini Moon and the Dark Lady. I love comparing the two and seeing the style choices I made for each.

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Above is the new artwork created just for this Kickstarter. Only twenty were made for those who’s pledges included an art print.

Missed the Kickstarter? Thats ok! You can still preorder the book here. It’ll be shipped with all the others on Monday. After the books are shipped, a pdf version will be available for purchase. Those who did order a physical copy of the book will also receive a one-time use code to download the pdf book.

Juicy Ink Kickstarter

The last fews days have been pretty crazy, but in a good way! One of my biggest dreams has always been to professionally print an art book — and guess what!? This dream has been made possible through my Kickstarter project Juicy Ink, a collection of my copic art and ink work. So much has happened the past few days, I’m still pretty swept off my feet from the rush.

When I was a student at Ringling, I would spend countless hours in the library. They pretty much have every art-related book imaginable plus more. One of my favorite things to do was read the “Art of” books and sketchbooks of illustrators. While flipping through the pages, my heart would always clench and I would think to myself “man this is amazing.” I would fantasize the rest of the day about having an art book published and hoping I could one day inspire another artist too. After a while I would snap out of it, saying to my self that it was impossible and that I need to work harder. JuicyInk_pagesex Shortly after graduation, I started working at David & Goliath Tees as a graphic artist producing humous shirt designs. While I was there, I was able to work on a lot of amazing projects and grew quickly as an artist. But I found myself wanting to improve even more, so I dedicated hours at night for my personal art. Every night I would post a piece of art on Instagram and discovered that people actually like my art. The support I received from friends and followers on Instagram has inspired me to do so much more. I started a personal project creating stationery goods and cute accessories as Tori & Ollie, and attended a few comic conventions with my dear friend Jennipho showcasing our super cute booth. Eventually I left Florida and moved to Nashville, TN to pursue my career as an independent artist. The journey of going solo has been scary but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Juicy Ink represents my journey as an artist. Earlier this year I posted the first few drawings from my Rendr sketchbook, and it’s amazing to see how much my art has grown. I want to inspire other artists to push forward in their dreams and share how true dedication to your passion can be rewarding. Help me spread the word about Juicy Ink to as many people as possible. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support in this Kickstarter campaign, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you! JuicyInk_pagesex2

Sweet & Salty Sketchbooks

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Before I moved away from Florida, I was working on a personal sketchbook project titled Sweet & Salty. The two books highlight the art styles I frequently draw in. Sweet captured the happy kawaii style while Salty was more mature. If you already have a set of these books, I would like to say thank you so much for the support and encouragement!

With Sweet & Salty, I wanted to challenge myself to make the books by hand. A lot of research went into what paper I wanted to use, packaging, and materials. I went for a matte finish look, similar to the paper I draw on. After I ordered the bulk of paper for this project, I had an uneasy feeling about the paper. I wasn’t content and wanted to provide something more to the readers.

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The project was a great learning experience, but ultimately I wouldn’t do it again. It was a large time investment and the cost continued to added up between misprints, printer ink, paper, etc. I will continue to make mini zines of Ollie Otter and other cute things. Next time I make an art book, I want to have it professionally printed. Below are previews of Sweet & Salty. Enjoy!

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Preview of the Salty Sketchbook Zine :3

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