Monday Evening Post

Good evening folks! Or in my case, after midnight, so morning, where I am. I stayed up late after making arts all day, to share with you guys some exciting new projects– one personal and one commissioned that I was given the okay to share my works in progress for.

Like many of my posts, these will include sketches, and concepts and animations, along with some notes I’ve been taking to help me through the completion of each piece, especially since I do a lot of study while I draw.

With that said, lets start with the personal piece. I wont say much of what it’s for, because that’s kinda confidential at the moment until it’s officially released, but it is a portfolio piece, and a first attempt practice piece at doing animated illustrations. Introducing, my first animated sketch!

StrikeA few things about this one- for a while now, especially since this year began, I have been making a very conscious effort to improve my rendering abilities, my ability to draw faces, and create work that is, overall, more dynamic/energetic. Usually the end result is multiple sketches that I challenge myself to make better, more powerful, more energetic, until I have a concept I can roll with.

For example– the first sketch of this piece– while energetic it was impracticable in how weird the pose was. The dress hides it, but her legs would have to be broken for her to stand like that >_<. Definitely something to pay attention to, when drawing figures is to make sure the pose actually works, and if it doesn’t, create one that does– hence, the changes in her pose.


In the process, while working through the composition of the sketch, I’m also practicing different techniques that I’ve been learning, to understand how some of the pros do things, and to ultimately develop methods that work for me.

One of my sources of study is Imagine FX. a magazine designed to help digital artists/illustrators, like myself, and has proven to be a wonderful resource for learning tips and tricks of the trade in almost every area you can think of. In this case, the workshop I’ve been studying is  from Vol 92’s Paint a Backlit Manga Character by Krenz Cushart, featuring the process to his illustration Vampire.

Because the main feature of this illustration is going to be the lightning strikes, which means it requires some extra ordinary painting of lighting. Understanding how to backlight  my character seemed like the best approach to bringing this idea to life.There’s still a ton of work to be done with this one as you can see, but so far, off to a good start!

Now on to the main attraction! 321 Comics Vol 2, Pinup Panorama Sketch, Commissioned by Felipe Cagno!

FelipeSpreadFirst off, Norman Rockwell! The inspiration behind both this one and the first  321 Pinup, have been his diner paintings, and this one in particular will be serving as my reference.

Soda_Jerk_Columbus_paintingThe goal is, to paint it in a way that’s similar to Rockwell’s style, and to keep the figures, energetic and full of personality while still being sexy enough to be considered pin up, sooooo prepare for cleavage!! Lol, I’m kidding….not really >_<;

All in good fun though, if there’s one thing I love about drawing women, it’s the curves, babeh!

Alright, enuff foolin’ around, back to bisness! This is going to be a stretch, but the goal is to have both of these images completed, or near completion by May 31st, which is my birthday, so, expect huge changes by time the next Monday Evening Post rolls around. Updates to be coming soon also for the Katzenworld Cats too.

On a side note, just a personal wish of mine, I do hope to someday be in a position where my work is featured in Imagine FX, or that I too can impart some of what I’ve learned  in the various studies I do in this growing process of mine. Wish me luck guys 😀

I hope you enjoyed this post, till next time, Enjoy!