Sunday, December 13, 2009

"I See London" - Personal Piece

I'm not too sure where I was going with this piece, but it was one of those images that pops into your head and you can't quite get it out until it's on paper. I've been really looking into fashion and design lately so I guess that's the direction in which I was moving for this. Quite simply, it's a pair of nice shoes on a pair of nice legs.

-Stay Creative

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"Maneater" - Portrait Piece

I've been trying to step away from straight forward portraits and move my work into new directions, but I guess I simply had to get it out of my system. It's no secret that I adore drawing pretty girls, but for the last couple months I've been trying to build a whole new portfolio with a new outlook. I've been avoiding face portraits all together. But it just so happens I came across a photo of my friend Ana that really caught my eye. Her look was very feline and reminded of a predator on the hunt, so i quickly started sketching. There was also a strong sense of innocent that I felt in the photograph, so I tried to incorporate that into the final piece. What can I say, pretty girl portraits are my passion and I guess I myself became prey.

-Stay Creative

Monday, November 23, 2009

"Oh Baby, I Like It Raw" - Fabric Pattern Design

Since I've been back from my adventures across the country I have been dying to find a place that serves great sushi. And since I have yet to come across the perfect sushi bar I figured I would put my taste buds into my art. This pattern was designed to be printed on a shirt, but I was also playing with the idea of placing it on some type of bag or wallet. Let me know what you guys think, and if you know of a good sushi place feel free to shoot me a line.

-Stay Creative

Sunday, November 15, 2009

"Nature's Candy" - Fabric Pattern Design

The last time I worked on a pattern design I was in my senior year of college and it was for the inner pages of my portfolio. Although I loved what I had come up with, my teachers felt that my work fit best against a solid black portfolio. I ended up not using it but it created a want to work on more patterns. When I was asked to design t-shirts this was the first patterned image I came up with. The idea is based on the hunger for air, knowledge, and love. I have a couple more coming soon so definitely let me know what you think.

-Stay Creative

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Male Determination" - Personal Piece

I've been working on this piece for quite some time now and I have to say that I'm quite relieved that it's completed. I think every artist has at least one work that just never seems to get the amount of time which it deserves. Needless to say this one was definitely that piece for me. The image above is actually only one half of a pair of tattooed lovers. I was able to finish his female companion quite quickly (click to view), but when it came time for him I always had other images getting in the way of his completion. Either way I'm happy with the result (regardless of how long it took for me to get it done.)

-Stay Creative

Friday, October 30, 2009

"Let The Music Play" - Shirt Design

The piece above is the second shirt design that I've completed and I must say that this experience has been nothing but fun. I've tried to switch gears a bit and focus in on objects. With this piece specifically, I experimented with emotional tone and tried conveying the texture of music and sound as I myself visualize it. I'm really excited to see what's next for this collection.

-Stay Creative

Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Sweetheart" - Shirt Design

Maybe it's the Halloween season that has my mind wrapped in sugary sweets? Whatever it may be, when I was recently asked to create a couple shirt designs for a friend's screen printing company this was the first image that appeared in my mind. I've always wanted to have my work printed on fabric, so I couldn't be more excited to see what this will look like on clothing. As soon as the first shirt is produced I'll make sure to post pictures. Wish me luck!

-Stay Creative

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Oh, How The Cookie Crumbles" - Sugar Rush Series

I'm not too sure if this will be the last image of this series, but overall I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. For the piece above I switched gears and had a friend pick out the color palette. I figured I would give myself the challenge of working under a restriction to create habit of working under client direction. I'm a little concerned about losing some information when having these printed at such a small scale, but I'll put that in the back of my mind for now and just be happy with they way they are.

-Stay Creative

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"I Scream, You Scream..." - Sugar Rush Series

Above is the second piece of my Sugar Rush series. I'm beyond excited to see how they actually look when made into buttons. I've been trying to change my color choices and use ranged palettes. I couldn't be happier to be back amongst artist and creative energy. HOME SWEET HOME!

-Stay Creative

Monday, October 5, 2009

"An Apple A Day" - Sugar Rush Series

After giving it much thought, I decided to start designing specific pieces around the idea of eventually have them printed on pin back buttons. The piece above is the first of a series of mouth portraits entitled "Sugar Rush". Who doesn't like a nice pair of lips right? And if your fat like yours truly, you prefer them accompanied by an amazing desert. I was able to complete all of the line work for this series while traveling. Meaning I can focus on color choice for a change. I'm excited to see how they all work together. As well as making sure to eat plenty of sweets while I color.... for inspiration of course.

-Stay Creative

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Male Determination" Line Work

So as you guys may already know, I haven't been able to work on any digital coloring while I've been traveling. But the good news is that it's given me time to really focus in on my line work. The line work above is the last half of my tattooed lovers project. I already finished the female piece and you can view that a couple post below this one. I thought it would be a great way to show my process. As you can tell, I still have a good amount of tattoos to finish up on this guy. After that's completed I'll scan him in and start working on coloring. I have a couple ideas towards color palettes and I really can't wait to see how the two pieces look side by side.

-Stay Creative

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Figure Studies Sketch Book

Lately I've been mistreating my poor blog by not paying it the attention that it deserve. The reasoning behind my lack of updates is more then just my average adventures in potato chip bags. It's been a little over two months since I've actually been in Philadelphia. I set out on a journey across the states to catch a glimpse of life outside of the projects and so far it's been amazing. I'm currently in Arizona and will be leaving in a couple days to go pay a visit to the always colorful city of sin Las Vegas.

It's all been so inspiring towards my art work and although I haven't been able to work on any finalized pieces, I have indeed been keeping up with sketching. Above are a couple of the pages I've worked on in my anatomy sketch book and I hope to continue keeping this little visual journal. Pictures are so much more interesting then just hearing a person go now and now about something right? :)

-Stay Creative

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Jonas Brothers - Portrait Sketch

If you know me, then you probably know of my fascination with the world of celebrities. I admit to reading such respected publications as US Weekly and checking more than 4 times a day. I can't name the root of this admiration towards Hollywood, but I can say that it's pretty damn entertaining. I did this sketch of the Jonas Brothers a couple months back and I plan on doing a finalized piece of Disney's most famous siblings in the near future.

-Stay Creative

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"We Should See Other People" - Personal Piece

Although I myself can not afford high end fashion, I'm definitely trying to incorporate more designs into my work. The piece above came from an idea sparked by my admiration towards women (and in some cases men) who wear such excruciating accessories. If the shoe fits then you must wear it, but always make sure it looks painfully good.

-Stay Creative

Thursday, May 7, 2009

"From Birth To Blossom" - Personal Piece

It's hard to believe that a year ago I finished what seemed to be the longest four years of my life. College, just like High School, left me with a bitter sweet taste in my mouth that still lingers till this very day. My supervisor Maria Blando was a constant helping hand, so I decided there would be no better way to say "thank you" than to give her a piece to show her how grateful I truly am. The double portrait above is of her two beautiful daughters. It depicts the ever growing gift of beauty a child is for a parent. 

To every beautiful mother in this world, I wish you a Happy Mother's Day.

-Stay Creative

Sunday, May 3, 2009

"Female Intuition" - Personal Piece

One of my biggest inspirations for my work would have to be culture. I would love to travel the world and soak in every inch of it that I could find, but since I don't have that ability I'll stick to incorporating it into my art. The piece above is actually one of a set of two. I've been really interested in body modification and it's visual impact for quite so time now. This piece not only is a representation of the artistry of tattooing, but the comfort and pride many hold towards this ever growing culture. I myself don't have any tattoos, but I do have such an admiration for this art form.

I also have great news! Last Friday I attended Lady Gaga's Fame Ball tour at the Electric Factory and not only did she give us an amazing show, but I was given the chance to give her the sketch I posted on this blog not to long ago. She thanked me by giving me a kiss and telling me that she loved me. Needless to say this night meant the world to me because I witnessed first hand the difference art makes in our lives. Thanks again to Ms. Gaga, may you remain the living legend that you are.

-Stay Creative

Monday, April 20, 2009

Figure Studies Sketch Book

If there would be one thing that I miss the most about the Illustration department at the University of the Arts it would definitely have to be my figure anatomy studies. What was first welcomed with the painfully awkward feeling of looking at someone naked, quickly became one of my favorite practices. The human figure for me is one of the most interesting subjects to capture, so when my four years came to an end I decided to independently continue my studies in the shape of a small sketch book. Here are a couple of it's pages.

-Stay Creative

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"Pride" - Portrait Commission

This is a portrait of a young marine by the name of Juan Torres who found me after viewing some of my work on the profile of a mutual friend. Needless to say I couldn't be happier with the outcome. Not only because Juan was wonderful to work with, but also because I've been trying to add more "male" portraits into my portfolio and this job worked perfectly.

-Stay Creative

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

If you haven't already give your mom a big hug, your significant other a big kiss, and if your single like me throw rocks at all the couples you see walk by. So in honor of all that is hearts and Hallmark, I leave you with a quick sketch I did this morning of the love of my life Ms. Lady Gaga.

-Eat lots of chocolates and Keep Creating!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Took a While, But I'm Here...

After searching endlessly for HTML codes and what have you, I'm finally ready to get this thing going. I'm glad to have a space to lay out all the ideas that are floating around in this head of mine.

The piece above entitled "Dust" is one of my most recent. It's a portrait of an up and coming Latino Vocalist, Artist, and friend Angel Sanchez. Working with a more neutral color palette was a bit of a challenge for me, but in the end I couldn't be more happy. The results of breaking habit I guess. The piece was featured in F.U.E.L Gallery's Grand Small Works last month.

-take care and keep creating