Well, I have been busy with an incredibly challenging series of visual development assignments with a phenomenal animation company. The recent 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars was oddly bittersweet. On the one hand, I am doing what I have wanted to do since seeing my first behind-the-scenes program for Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. On the other hand, I can’t help but wonder where I might be career-wise if I had the right guidance earlier in life. I will never know. Anyway, If all goes well, I may be able to share the some of the new work later this year.
This past Saturday, I had the honor of participating in the Lovonya Dejean Middle School First Annual Art in March Extravaganza in Richmond, California. This was my first time sharing examples of my vis dev work and a bit about my educational experiences with middle school-aged students in my neighborhood. The event was just a stone’s throw away from Mr. Lyon’s barbershop on Macdonald Avenue where I got some of the inspiration for the Afromancers storyline.
As a visiting artist/professional, I was interviewed by a student and asked to talk about my work and career path. Byron was a quick study. After composing a series of questions with a group of student audience members and one dry run, we let the camera roll. With mic in hand, he proceeded to ask me questions from the list and improvised several more on the spot. After the interview some of the students had more questions about my work, how many years it took to get to my skill level and how they might start on a path toward an art-related career.
Thank you to Polo Valdovinos for inviting me and to Principal William McGee for hosting the event.
Join some area participants from the Not Forgotten crew at Flying Colors & Other Cool Stuff. I will be there from around 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff
2980 Treat Blvd
Concord, CA 94518
With just hours remaining, the North Pole webseries is just a couple hundred bucks away from being fully funded via its Kickstarter campaign. Last summer, I was invited to contribute a bit of illustration and graphics work to the project which got a nice write-up on KQED‘s website earlier this month. Shot in Oakland, California, the new seven-part comedic web series slated for release in early summer 2017 uses humor to raise awareness about the issue of global warming and gentrification.
My job was to create a poster with an example of a bioengineered oak tree the fictional GreenGos company plans to plant throughout Oakland, ostensibly as part of sophisticated clean energy program. It was a lot of fun putting my love of botanical watercolors and science fiction illustration to work in one piece. As a student at AAU, I loved being a part of collaborative film and animation production teams and seeing how these complex projects come together. Many thanks to Darren Colston for bringing me on board for the project, and best of luck to the rest of the team during these final critical hours in their Kickstarter campaign!
Last fall, I had an opportunity to contribute to an upcoming public-domain comic book superhero anthology entitled “Not Forgotten”. Writer Jared Rosmarin wrote the 8-page story for Jet Powers, a character who appeared back in 1950. I kept the original look and costume design for Jet and went with a bold, simple and high-contrast Golden Age style of pencils. Coloring Montana Manalo’s inks was a lot of fun. Her inking really brought out the spirit of Jet Powers and his amazing world of gadgets and intrigue. Montana was also responsible for the preliminary image research that made the job of designing Jet’s gadgets a lot easier for me. You can follow Montana on Instagram.
A Kickstarter to promote Not Forgotten launches in February. Editors Matt Harding, Einar Måsson and Sinclair Klugarsh have over 20 stories on tap for the project. Here’s a peek at the pitch:
Heralded by the success of Superman and Batman, the world of superheroes exploded in the late 1930s with a litany of colorful and often bizarre heroic characters, creating what is revered as “The Golden Age” of comic books. They defeated evil wherever it reared it’s ugly head, whether it be bloodthirsty Vampires from Pluto, repugnant Nazi jerks, or the mysterious and deadly effects of Atomic Radiation! These heroes sold books by the millions and ushered in an age of unprecedented JUSTICE. But soon, these ring-a-ding-ding good times came to an end at the close of World War 2 as the heroes fell out of favor in the eyes of a giddy and spoiled public. It was curtains for the heroes, as the once successful publishers now faced bankruptcy and took to the giggle juice while their creations fell into the shadow realm of PUBLIC DOMAIN, a place where anyone, anywhere can use them for whatever nefarious deed their sick minds could concoct. GADZOOKS! No longer protected under the shield of copyright laws, these characters were buried and lost to the cruel hand of father time and the machismo of modern entertainment as evil ran unencumbered through our streets! BUT FEAR NOT, true believers! These heroes are back and better than ever! Re-imagined by top creators in the industry, this anthology collects over 20 short stories paying homage and tribute to some of the greatest heroes and heroines lost to time with brand new, never-before-seen, exclusive tales bringing these amazing creations back to life! But don’t blow your wig, Johnny. This book is within your grasp! Get in on this here clambake and help show the world that these characters might have been buried under layers of dust, but they are NOT FORGOTTEN!
Featuring work by James Harren (Rumble, B.P.R.D., Conan), Eric Esquivel (Lego DC Superheroes, Vertigo Quarterly, Adventure Time), Ryan Cody (Doc Unknown, Heavy Metal Magazine, The Phantom), Jerry Gaylord (Bill and Ted’s Triumphant Return, Fanboy Vs Zombies, Ghostbuster/TMNT), Matt Harding (Doctor Mordrid, Popapocalypse, Styx, Madefire Studios), Rodrigo Vargas, Josh Krach, Angela Ahlers, Nathan Shorts (Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove), Vincent Kukua (Image Comics), Saeed Arjumand (The Haunted Detective), Evan Limberger (Madefire Studios), Matt D. Wilson (Copernicus Jones: Robot Detective, Supervillain’s Handbook), Rodrigo Vargas, Josh Krach, Ashley V. Robinson (Jupiter Jet, Editor at Top Cow), Morgan Beem, Rica March, Jeffrey and Susan Bridges (Pendant Audio), Leonie O’Moore, Derik Hefner, Anne-Marie Webb, Andrew Steers, Edwin Lopez, Bobby Trauma, Esther Pimentel, Greg Menzie, Zakk Saam, Omar Morales, Joel Cotejar, Paula Goulart, Jaymes Reed, Paul Plale, Andres Olveras, Gabriel Moore-Topazio (Wrought Comics, Asylum), Einar V. Másson (Bay Area Comic Anthology, Bruce the Angry Bear), Edwin Lopez, Kristian Bay Kirk, Sandra Rós Björnsdóttir, Kevin Cuffe (Oathbound), Ricardo Lima, Jason Inman (co-host of DC All Access), Nick Robles (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Casey Desilts, Malcolm Johnson (Styx, Ultrasylvania), Kevin Buckley (Madifire Studios, Cyberwulf), Jeff Leeds, Marco Maccagni (Archon, Vampblade), Jared Rosmarin, Eugene Young, and Dave Harding.
Here’s a sneak peek at a possible addition to the scheduled release Ophidian 2360: Hostile Takeover from Hack and Slash Games. “Dark Scry” is a spectral/cybernetic gladiator (formerly “Bull’s Eye”) I designed back in 2003. This “digitally remastered” version has the spirit of the original art with improvements that better match higher art standards and new template design for this year’s Ophidian relaunch.
Many thanks to Jason Robinette for the opportunity to contribute another personal “oldie but goodie” with some added polish. The original painted art is acrylic on 11″w x 8.5″h gessoed bristol (image area roughly 6.5″w x 9″h). Digital effects were applied in Adobe Photoshop CC.
More info here at the Ophidian 2360 Kickstarter page:
I will have a new painting in the Moonage Daydream David Bowie tribute group show. The evening will include a Bowie cover band
Roll Up Gallery
161 Erie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
415 496 6738 | 21+
Hi everyone! I’ve added links to the pages of the Visual Development section. This should make navigating through those pages a bit easier. More to come!…
I am excited to have been asked back as a guest artist at the sci-fi/Star Wars-themed Quick Draw SF event on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 6pm to 10pm. There will be a DJ, merchandise table, and raffle with cool prizes and a full bar with a limited food menu. I might even decide to suspend my mildly draconian “no fan art” policy for the night.
Quick Draw SF is part of a monthly live drawing series co-curated by Shayna Yasuhara of PAINT PENS COLLECTIVE and Jason Furie of NEVER ENDING RADICAL DUDE. While everyone is welcome to come draw, ten guest artists will have a reserved seat at the event, be included on the promo, and have the opportunity to sell their work at our featured “merch” table…think prints, stickers, zines, small original pieces, etc. The event also features an “Art Wall” where anyone can post their creations from the night.
F8 Bar & Gallery
1192 Folsom St.
Thursday, January 21st