Monday, November 9, 2009

New Sketches

It's been a while since my last entry. Halloween and boring relatives has kept the house pretty cooped up for the last couple of weeks. I finally have a free room to work again, though it's still not my own room, I don't know how long they're going to stay but I can't wait to get my room back!
I was pretty disappointed with the way the last painting turned out, I kinda took a break away from the Wacom and turned to more traditional mode of art: sketching. There's nothing more soothing than simple black and white lines.
The following are series of character reimagining sketches of your favorite video game STREET FIGHTER. I got the idea from artist Marko Djurdjevic who did series of X-MEN revamps (link) and so I took on this new project to give your favorite STREET FIGHTER character a complete makeover, taking into consideration the newest fashion trends and questions like what would these ferocious world warriors be doing when they're not busy beating each other up, I mean fighting isn't their only lifestyle, don't you think?
I'm working merely from memory here, it's been too long since I last played the game, I may have to start fishing on the Net for ref pics of other characters especially the hulky ones like Zangief and DeeJay. Here are the first set of sketches, hope you recognize them. More will be on the way.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Talk about Wasting Time!

Man I've been so lazy lately. Have to blame the stupid Farmville and Yoville games on Facebook. They're quite addicting, worse than chocolate. Used to play Mafia Wars before but I kept getting killed by all the 'big guys' so I've retreated to something safer like planting cottons and fishing for marlins. ^^;

I have to admit, I gotten pretty good deal of compliments on all my House of the Dead artwork. That's such an underrated game, not quite as big as Resident Evil or Halo, but there's a surprisingly good deal of fanbase for the zombie shooter. I don't even know where to begin on how I ever got started playing the stupid game, but I love it and I don't care what others think of it. That reminds me, I need to start working on more HOTD fan comic, but first I have to milk the cows and skin the sheep!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Reimagining time-

I was sitting bored stiff at work one day, and then it hit me, how about if I took a popular anime/manga characters and redrew them in more realistic, Westernized form? Now I'd have to choose something very recognizable and nothing too typical of a anime or manga drawing, and I thought of ONE PIECE. Now that used to be my favorite anime to watch a while back and then somewhere along the way I got tired to following it, the fact that it just keeps going and going. Still it's one of my favorites, and without any real ref pics at hand I had to rely on faint memories.

What better way to kill the boredom than expand your creativity and using a popular recognized source for it?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

White Gold...

Today at the shop some dude was looking for some mustache and accessories to go with his White Gold Milk Dude costume. Talk about hilarious (see pic above). That guy always cracked me up.

In other news, what was up with that balloon fiasco in Colorado?! All the scare that the 6-year-old boy might have climbed into it as it was taking off, only to find he was later found hiding in fear inside of the house attic? All I thought for a second there was, the kid was getting the ultimate ride of his life, and it turned out to be a hoax and it's not, and yadayada. But again, how could that balloon have supported the weight of a 6-year-old the way it was floating around? At least it didn't end in the worst possible way.

Well finished that picture in a weekend's worth as promised, but something's not right. I'm not sure what exactly, I'll have to go get some fb.

More on that later-

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Need to focus

Got a lot of plans for my future, but so little time to accomplish them, let along I don't know where to start. I'm so disorganized in the brain I can't think straight sometimes.
Couple days ago was watching 'SOUTH PARK' a new episode that so spoofs 'The Sixth Sense,' only here Kyle little bro Ike is haunted by the ghosts of all the celebrities that have died this year, most notably, Billy Mays (I'll miss that guy's loudness ROFL) and then he gets possessed by none other than the Pop King himself, Michael Jackson (Nooo, that's Ignorant. I'm a white child. Hee-hee ROFLROFL) What cracked me up the most was that after Ike/Michael wins the little miss beauty pageant and Mike's spirit is freed, Ike is standing on the stage in a skimpy bikini, and he looks down at himself and goes, 'Holy $#!@. What the #*&!@ am I wearing??' Seriously, that just cracked me up. Oh man.

Starting on another painting. This was originally for that contest back in September with a theme of Celebration (see the post in the September Archive).

Somewhat of a sci-fi space city having its annual festival with the floats and cheers, and you get the idea. Working in the colors and tones right now, not sure how long it might take, but I plan to finish it all within this weekend.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Post-Apocalyptic Scene update

If you look from the last post you can see a lot has happened since. About a hundred paintovers, some tweaking with Curves, loads and loads of Liquify, and few addendums and this is the result. There's still some more work to be done, but it's coming out good so far, in my opinion, that is.

I've been so hooked on BEJEWELED BLITZ lately on Facebook, it's sucking all the precious time I have left in this world. I'm seeing diamonds and rubies in my sleep. I need help!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Another Month passes-

Gosh, it's October already? Time to take out that Governator Mask again and scare the lilies out of the little ones, if there are any more left in my neighborhood. Last year it was like only three or four kiddies came calling Trick or Treat, and I was left with a still full bag of chocolates. Don't worry I ate them all, my huge J-Lo behind says it all... ^^;
I got to finishing the Dark Avenger concept picture. The blue in the BG was getting on my nerves so I've toned it down:
Now I've started on another pic, this time a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk type of theme. Started it on Monday and been working on it since for an hour at a time, whenever I have time:

I am trying to do more environmental stuff, and I kinda liked how the BG turned out. Will be doing more of that in the future. Meantime I'm going around asking for FB, I'm sure there's room for improvement.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Some update - Dark Avenger Character Concept

Yep, I'm treating this latest Dark Avenger painting like a character concept. I never did a full body shot of him before, and I've made little modification to his weapon of choice the sword. Also I had a wild idea to give him a gun. I guess I was influenced by the Dante character from 'Devil May Cry.'

Some details of my update. Took total of 4 hours (not straight, though, there were looong breaks in between. Heehee):

Detail of the new addition to his weaponry : a Desert Eagle handgun. Note the ref pic next to the painting on the right.

The face was the hardest part, as usual. Trying to make it as realistic as possible (not too Anime-ish).

The overall look after four laborious hours. Yeah I abandoned the whole BG thing, spent so much time on the character I have no more room for the bg. Didn't even know what to put there anyway.
I know, I have to tell you some bit about this guy someday. I have a whole story mapped out around him, but as you know, I'm so lazy. ^^;
Be back later...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Another Dark Avenger Art

I know I know what you saying, another Dark Avenger art?? Have I lost my mind?

No I haven't. It's just an excuse to make better of my painting skills. After all, all artists have his/her 'muse' and I have mine, so there!

This time I'm doing the full body shot with a full BG. I haven't done any Dark Avenger in full body except in sketchbooks. So now's my chance. Dont' know how long it'll be though.

Keep u posted-

"A Broken Bridge"

It's strange how it is. You have a head full of ideas and you know exactly what to say or write, but when the time comes to bring it out of the head into paper or computer or mouth, suddenly,
zip, zilch, zap! Either it's all jumbled up like scrambled eggs or nothing comes out at all. Like even now as I'm writing this blog I had good idea of what I wanted to write about, and then, in a minute, I don't remember what it is I want to write about. It's like the bridge between the brain and the fingers or the mouth breaks down right in the middle. Why is that? Brain freeze? Or, perhaps, just the cells in the brain or the nervous system are being fried one by one a day and it can't keep up with all the info that keeps loading in every second. Tis strange, no?

Anyhoo, I've found time to whip up this great piece of HOTD art for the comic, sort of a cover I say:

It's to introduce the new chapter of the HOTD fan comic series. Since it takes place in a post-apocalyptic London I had the torn UK flag included. I had many influences for this piece, mainly the ARMY OF DARKNESS poster and to name other few.

Now I've been asked to convert this into a wallpaper, so I'm working on that, and will post that here too soon. To be continued...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Picking up where I left off-

You know that being an artist and making a living of it is no walk in the park. It's harder when you cannot find someone to like your art. People are pretty picky, you know. Right now I'm barely making it on a small monthly allowance I get for usual errands and chores around the house and these couple of non-profit projects that I don't know if it's getting anywhere, my future is pretty bleak as it is and if it doesn't get any better by next year, well, I don't want to think about it. All I can do is keep poking around skimming through Craigslist and such until I can find somebody who will accept me, something that's kind of like a handicap to me...

Anyway finally got to finishing this pic:

Now, on to whatever other stuff I've put behind.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Finished Cover Art

Spiced up the bg with flashes and confettis, and bumped up the colors with Hue/Sat and Col Bal. Shipped it out, end of story.
And as my mind is always hungry for more, I'm off to other endeavors...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Almost There - Cover Art

Added in the BG from Illustrator, some more paints here and there along with adjustments to color and Liquify on problem areas. I also changed the scepter to something more simple and not too tacky, and the space lilies in different position than what I originally had in my first sketch. Overally it's looking real dandy. I might be able to finish by this week.

I also went and saw G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, overall it was just a fun decent mindless entertainment. I don't know too much about the GI Joe universe so there is nothing to be disappointed about the translation from toy to big screen. Personally I only wanted to see the movie for this guy:

If you don't remember he plays Storm Shadow, member of the enemy team Cobra and rival to Joe's Snake Eyes. While I normally don't have many Asian celeb favorites what attracts me about this guys is his smile, everytime you see em you cannot help but smile as well. And even if he isn't smiling it always look like he is (kinda weird but that's my two cents).

Off to other business. Later...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Update: Cover Art Competition

Some Update. Began painting over the sketch using the usual Hard Round brushes at various sizes. I fixed the raised hand, thanks to my integrated webcam I can get a quickie ref pic on the spot.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Nine months past and new project

It's September and counting down to four more months until another new year to celebrate. But the last several days has been like walking around in an oven; it doesn't help with a recent slew of fires going on in the LA county and you can see the mushroom cloud of smoke filling the sky. I'm just praying for fall to roll over quickly and relieve us all of this humid steaming weather.
I'm also just as busy as ever with school and filling up my portfolio and saving some dough so I can embark on my trek to any conventions I can think of in the next year. I need a job, and I mean, I really need a job. Of course that's on the minds of hundreds of thousands of others out there these days. Man I hate the recession...

Meantime I'm just filling my time with new projects, and the latest one has to do with an online competition. I've finished the last one so there's another one I am going to tackle, it's due in less than three weeks so I need to boost up. This latest competition has to draw upon the theme of 'CELEBRATION' in lieu of an upcoming issue of ImagineFX magazine (see link on the right). They're celebrating the big 5-0 of the mag and the winning entry gets to adorn the front cover of that issue.

I've been giving lot of thought about this one, and here I decided on a concept of a space beauty pageant. And the winning character has somewhat of a 'retro' look, she looks somewhat like Judy Jetson with the hairstyle and all. I felt it's about time I do something more 'sci-fi'-ish than the usual 'fantasy'

I've already blocked in the highlights and shadows and the base colors on a purplish bg. What to put in the bg is still a debate, and what I'm going to do about the bouquet of space lilies I still need to think about it. I got only three weeks left so I better move it.

to be continued...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Long Time no Update!

Wow it's been 20 days since my last post. Only one post this month??? I've been too busy with other projects and personal stuff outside of my station, including going back to the good old school to try to add more stuff of know-hows for job seeking purposes, not to mention I have now crossed a new milestone in life - 30 years - and sad to say, nothing changed. :( But as I learned today, just keep the faith, not fear and worry, and someday, just someday soon, that door will finally open...

So aside from my 'nonprofit' work from comics to storyboards, I finally got to update the last picture:

Added the textured bg and some intricate details to the costume and hairpiece, not to mention lots and lots of refining to the face. It is coming along nicely. A few more tweaks and I can call it done.

Final to come...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Finished- Secret Agent

Finally finished with the Secret Agent challenge. Only real change is the rappel hook which I made it wider so it can be seen better. And just few days left to deadline so just in time. And I can go on to other stuff. Now I don't really expect to win anything for this, but at least it can be seen by others. But I'll keep ya updated on how the outcome goes, or you can see it over at CGSociety.Org and look up SECRET AGENT challenge.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Break time; New painting

I thought I take a little breather from the Secret Agent painting, and start on something new.

Recently I've been watching a Korean historic drama "Queen Seondeok" and I got tempted to do a drawing based on that. I really liked the ornate designs of their headdresses and pins and a hairpiece that could probably weigh more than their head. So I got playful and decided to draw up some of those things.

Started out with basic monotone sketch, laying down the shadows and highlights.
I then added some color and started painting over, and I tried to fix the facial features with brushes and Liquify tool, but she started to really look funny, it's like Michael Jackson's plastic surgery gone really bad. Luckily I saved a copy of the original.
I brushed in the colors on a separate layer set on Overlay, and mixed various colors and tones. Now then I just got to starting on fixing the crowns and the ornaments.
Looks good so far. Keep updating...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Update yet again

Two weeks till the Aug. 9 deadline.
Note some changes from the last post. The agent's weapon of choice is now a rappel hook. Seemed more Secret Agent-ish that way. Also added a face to the bikini girl in the BG, noted some areas needed cleanup, like loose marks that needs to be dusted off. Gonna keep working on it as deadline approaches.
Been also trying to nab some more gigs while trying to finish the first ones I have right now, the comics and the storyboards. Not easy, I say, in this crappy economy. Need to consider some other options. Meantime just stick to current schedule.
Be back soon...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Still Another Update

Characters added and rendered. Still a WIP I'm afraid. There's still less than four weeks before the deadline, but it's moving along nicely, so far. Trying to do a little homage to the classic 007 Bond films, particularly with the blond bikini babe in distress in the bg. Overall BG still needs work as well.

Keep you posted. Roger...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

BG Update

Loads and loads of paintovers here on the original marker sketch. I'm actually quite pleased with how this is turning out. A wee bit more work, but for now I can start throwing in the players.
Keep an eye out...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Update: A new BKG

I've worked out a new bg, since the first one sucked. This time I drew and rendered it out with marker, all I would have to do is paint over them. It's supposed to be some super electrical conductor, I've seen it in those cheesy old movies I don't know where but it's suppose to create mass havoc on the earth's weather or cause a huge blackout all over the planet. Something a Secret Agent would typically take on.

To be continued...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Some revelation

Some more work on the bg:

Added some textures and tweaked with Curves and ColorBal, and then I had a revelation: the rocket BLOWS. Rather than waste any more time on something that just isn't working, I'm scrapping it and starting over, on the BG at least. I'm sketching it out now and pretty soon I'll have it scanned into the comp and work on it in a jiffy.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Here is the BG. Base layout was done all n Illustrator, then some quick paintovers with some tweaking with Curves. So far, okay.

More to come. To keep in tune with the theme of the piece, over and out. -_-

Thursday, July 2, 2009

CG Challenge to Go!

Behold, July is here! Time sure runs fast...

Anyway started working on that SECRET AGENT challenge for CGSociety.Org. I had several ideas, even considered that cool rappel drop Tom Cruise does in MISSION POSSIBLE movie. In the end, I decided to go for a more classic secret spy adventure kind of scenario. Here is the quick sketch:

Hope you understand the situation here. I've already started laying out the bg with Illustrator. Pretty soon I'll be working in the brushwork.

Be back soon...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Update from last post

Man, I'm becoming lazier and lazier by the minute, don't even put much stuff here anymore.
So I bring the update from last post, that portrait exercise I was doing.

A little more refining on the details, and then thought I try that Lens Blur effect on the gun and the hand. Looks cool, but maybe I blurred it wee bit too much. There will definitely be some do-overs here.
In other news there's another contest from CGSociety, topic is SECRET AGENT. Sounds cool, I think I might try for it.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Time to get back to shape

Been neglecting my duties since my last entry here. Now that I'm finally settled down time to get back to work!

Starting off with some portraits. Here is my WIP:

More to come...

P.S. TERMINATOR SALVATION was fun. Now can't wait for TRANSFORMERS in June. I wonder if I can find the time to catch STAR TREK soon...

Friday, May 22, 2009


It's been so long since my last post. Few days after posting the last one this stupid comp of mine started stalling again, so I had to take it over to GeekSquad, and they told me the HDD was defective and needs to be replaced. And this was the comp I just bought barely three months ago, and how did I freakin' end up with the one with a bad HDD?? See, this is my luck. Another slammer was I lost the receipt for it, so unless I find it I'd have to pay an additional $140 to fix the HDD, and I've already spent a good $130 to get the whole OS fixed up, which by the way I thought was a total rip-off, actually I could've done it myself, but being so paranoid about the safety of my laptop and all I thought it best to leave it to the pros to do the job. Well I think it took four trips down to Best Buy and an hour of phone calls to the corporate giant to finally locate that receipt and save this comp, and finally it's back home in my room.

Life can suck sometimes, you know.

I was in the middle of working on another Good-vs.-Evil pic for that contest mentioned in the earlier post, but with all this fiasco I missed the deadline which was two days ago. Oh well I didn't think I would've really finished it in time anyway. Now I've got to hurry and finish this storyboard job and get my stuff back on track, that is if I can get this 'stuff' in order first. I'm a mess.


Friday, May 8, 2009


Finished the latest piece, and I admit, I'm not exactly at all pleased with the result. It wasn't really the way I had envisioned, but oh well I can always do another version of it. I'm planning yet another Good vs. Evil pic for the contest, but I'm not sure I'll make it before the deadline...

In other news I've kinda put off my work (storyboards, comics) and my personal stuff for a time being to play the new House of the Dead Overkill game. I've already breezed my way thru the Story Mode, I have one more level to go in the Director's Cut and then I'm going to play thru it all over again this time for high scores. It's a pain on my arm holding up that Wii remote and I admit the first day after playing my arm was pretty sore, but I kept right on playing. Only problem was the scenes are too dark I had hard time making out them zombies (and the birds, they're the worst!) and kept dying needlessly. Also, I have to say, other than the extra sets of zombies to kill in the DC, this is the easiest game I've ever played, and the bosses weren't as difficult to beat as I had expected. But all that aside, being a fan of the House of the Dead series I've really enjoyed this latest installment, I liked the whole Grindhouse-like elements and of course the unforgettable bad-mouthed Issac Washington who makes any other bad-mouthed male game characters look like gentlemen.
Gotta get going. Later-

Monday, May 4, 2009

Another Good vs. Evil pic

I decided to do another piece for that DA Wacom contest. This one I had in mind to do for long long time but never got around to it. And finally here it is:

Still a WIP, need to work on the BG a bit more. Looks too computerized.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Upate 2: Finished Art

Yeah, as you can see, this is the final. I've changed the bg to make it more like a spiked crystal cave entrance, looks better that way. With a lot of paints here and there, and some play with the layers and filters, I think I spent about six hours from last time. I've already shipped it over to DA submission, so let's see how it turns out. You can see the contest and other submissions here. A direct link to my entry along with description can be seen here. Hopefully it makes sense.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Well here's my new picture, after scrapping the first one. Took almost three hours.

A bit more mystical atmosphere and a bit more action. Still trying to decide what exactly to do with the bg...
More later...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Start Over

I went working on that last picture for that Wacom contest I mentioned in the last entry, and somehow it just didn't do it for me. After couple of hours of worthless paintovers I decided to toss it in the bin and start from scratch. I think what was missing in the last piece was action, and that's what I'll try to do in the new one.

A little break from the comp and I saw 'CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK' and I actually liked it. I remember when it first came out a lot of reviews trashed it, and I guess that's what turned me away from attempting to rent it before. The story and the actors are not stellar, but I loved the designs, reminds me of Philip Straub, a concept artist I greatly admire (website).

Next time I'll post a progress of my new pic. For now I must be off to church...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Good vs. Evil

This is for a new contest from Deviantart sponsored by Wacom. Topic: to define the classic Good vs. Evil in any way we the artists can imagine. So, I thought, maybe a battle between an angel and a demon? But with a more Romantic/Gothic flair. And it'll star my favorite Dark Avenger:

Start with rough sketch and then work in the base light/shadows. I've used the Wet Brush and I have to say it's really cool, acts more like natural brush. I have the picture clear in my mind, but it's kinda tough to actually work it out on the screen. It'll take some time before I can really get the vision right the way I want it.

More on it later...Need to finish before May 19 though.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Late post

Yeah, I didn't do much this past couple of weeks. Had to go up to SF to see sister and new baby. Managed to squeeze in couple of sketchies for the forum:

The second one had to do with some little robot creatures taking on a larger robot foe. I'm sure I could've come up with something better than that, but I was pretty sleepy.

Also, I didn't show you that last Dark Avenger pic I was previously working on. It's finished actually.

Total time it took me to complete this, I forgot. Best guesstimate would be about 8 hrs.

Now I need to finish that comic and then some.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Quick and Dirty Concept Painting

I tried to do this in little time and effort as possible, just enough to capture the mood and the story of it. You can see the process below:

This after seeing some works by concept artist Dan Milligan (link). He's known for a quick sketchy style that gets results, and while I won't be as nearly good as he is, I want to be able to try and emulate his speed and energy. This is just a start.