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(Don’t) Get Lost In Heaven

1 Feb

Aha! I chickened out. I got about this far on an environmental piece before I got overwhelmed.


Or at least, I realized I definitely couldn’t do it in the time frame I set out to. (yesterday. sigh)

So instead, I did a portrait of Jamie Hewlett to celebrate the return of Gorillaz and experimented with watercolor blooms. No photoshop either, booyah.



January 2015: GET LOST

5 Jan


Where would you like to get lost? Where do you most commonly get lost? How do you know you’re lost and what do you see?

Though it’s not something most of us experience in our day-to-day lives, being lost is a unique, unmistakable, and undeniably fascinating concept. Also potentially upsetting if you’ve got some place to be, but let’s disregard that for a moment and just steep in the sensation.

This January, let’s GET LOST and see your best environment concepts, and how you choose to immerse us in the feeling of being lost!


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WIP: (Character Design)

1 Dec


Unemployed life is was surprisingly busy! I’ve been spending a lot of time lately putting together portfolios and resurrecting old pieces, and sadly I didn’t finish the little robot character that I was starting to work out in my sketchbook above.

I’ve been doing more research about character design, and lo and behold, it’s not just a single drawing of a made-up character (blast)! So I wanted to do a full character sheet of poses, silhouettes, rotations, the whole enchilada, and I’m still planning on it. I just didn’t get it done amidst the other applications I’ve been working on.

Speaking of which, hey! I’m not unemployed anymore! I start working tomorrow at LAIKA animation studio, and I couldn’t be more excited. I hope that goes without saying, ’cause holy crap, I’m still freaking out about it! Fun fact, the director of Rapid Prototyping (dept. where I’ll be working) mentioned this blog in my interview! He was going over my portfolio beforehand and said it caught his interest. So go team! You’re awesome and helped me find a jæb!

Hopefully I’ll post the finished character sheet soon!

Hungry Hungry Robot

31 Oct

Dude, this is what happens when you try to buy a car AND a giant robot from craigslist!

So, one of my greatest challenges is deciding on one thing to draw and sticking with it. So I figured, why not try submitting one artwork for two different challenges? And thus, the prompt criteria for two different monthly art-sites The Ink Tank Engine and The 11 Second Club, provided enough creative constraint for me to develop one idea and see it through.

I definitely almost abandoned it many times over. It was a frustrating and painstaking process all for 11 measly seconds, but it was also super rewarding and taught me a lot about drawing in 3D space. Even as rough as it is. Unfortunately, I didn’t actually figure out the video encoding process quick enough to get it submitted to the 11 second club (they run on eastern time), so it’s exclusive to the Ink Tank Engine this time.

Also, I challenge you to think about this little green man the next time you play King’s cup.


1 Mar



This is Herbert, the terribly-nearsighted ostrich. Or ‘Herb,’ as his  cousins call him. His cousins are actually the only family he knows *of*. He’s a pretty good cousin himself!

Man, it may just be a wee doodle but I wanted to get something up. Hope nobody was discouraged by the last month! I get the sense that this is a busy term for people; we all understand, and it’s totally fine. The whole point of this blog is that it’s supposed to be fun and creative. So have fun and doodle when you got the time!

In the meantime, this ostrich guy’ll be watchin’ out for fellow doodles, blinking irregularly.

The Native

5 Jan


Warm up those character generators my friends, because this year’s first prompt is The Native.
I’m currently out here in Clyde Park, Montana (i.e. middle of bumfuck nowhere) for a friend’s wedding that happened yesterday in Yellowstone. The temperature this morning was 0 degrees fahrenheit, there’s very little in the department of edible shrubbery, and I’m wondering one thing: HOW the DICKENS did people survive in this god-forsaken region of the planet?!
Turns out they didn’t just survive, but the natives of this area eventually found a pretty efficient way of life. But they were entirely molded by their environment, and there’s no question that they were a hardy breed of people because of it.
Native is definitely a relative term, and I think we’re all most certainly shaped by our environment in one way or another. But I think the concept definitely lends itself to some interesting character possibilities, so have fun with this prompt!


Pictured: Not a native.

Felis Nåbidåt, yan Magof na Åñu Nuebu!

31 Dec

No, I don’t actually speak Chamorro. But this month’s illustration is dedicated to my Dad.

Tim Cespedes vs. the English Channel

The goal for this response was two-fold. When I was thinking of the gift I was going to give my Dad this year (who is by far the hardest person to shop for en la familia), I was influenced by this month’s prompt and decided to do an illustration. He was super into superhero comics in his youth, so I decided to render that with his passion for swimming into his very own comic book cover.

On August 11th, 2007, my Dad made an attempt to do a solo swim across the English Channel, which is 32 km/21 miles wide. He finished it successfully in 10 hours and 37 minutes, becoming the first and still the only Chamorro (from the Marianas Islands) to have completed the swim. Our relationship wasn’t the strongest at the time because we didn’t live together, but I later found out that he dedicated the feat to his late mom, as well as to us kiddos.
We’ve become a lot closer since and I wanted to find a cool way to honor him–not necessarily for cool stuff like the channel swim, but for working his ass off to support a scattered family.

As far as the illustration itself goes, it was really fun but also a work-intensive process. As with all period-related stuff, there was a lot of studying to do, from rendering styles (e.g. early Luke Cage, Aquaman) and pose references to color schemes and typefaces. Also, this was my first go at drawing the ocean and crashing waves, which is one of the more difficult things I’ve ever tried to draw. I took some cues again from existing comic works, and I think it just comes down to how much time you want to spend on it. I didn’t do all I could have, but it was enough to be satisfied.
Another thing that came in handy was knowing what Photoshop’s strengths are over Illustrator’s, and vice versa. I did all the ‘illustrating’ on ink/color/background layers over the original pencils in PS, and then hopped over to AI for titling, type, and word bubbles, since they interact with the layers of the artwork. Finally, back to PS for adding texture and a slight reduction in the blacks to mimic the look of aged-ink.

Whew! That’s a lot of words for the sake of context and process. So here’s something else I want to say!

Y’all have been one of the most imaginative, supportive, and helpful circles of friends I’ve ever had the fortune to create with, and thanks so much for being a part of this project. Our little Tank Engine turns one now, and how bloomin’ exciting is that! I’ve learned some incredibly valuable approaches and techniques from all of you, and I feel that my capacity as an illustrator has improved remarkably over the course of this past year. Learning, bettering, expressing, enjoying others’ work, and having fun–these are the reasons I wanted to start something like this, and you guys have made that possible. (Plus, look at the sizzlin’ portfolios we’ve put together over the year!)

I’d love to continue riding this train as long as it serves all of us, so here’s to a wonderful 2014! Perhaps we ought to invite some new members, and re-invite some old ones? We’ve got a pretty concrete system established here, so feel free to invite aboard anyone you like!

Happy new year, Imaginators.