A few snippets from a fantastic weekend at CTNx 2014!
A lovely character actor representing Hullabaloo passed by, and I just had to snag a few photos! Isn't her Veronica Daring costume spot on?
One final photo of our crew! I should note that by this point, my voice sounded like a scraggly old lady's and I would later come down with a cold that knocked me out for the rest of the week. You could say that screaming your lungs out at karaoke the night before a big convention might not be the best idea...but you'd be wrong.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by, it was lovely seeing all of you! Until next time...
Are any of you going to CTN this year? My good friend Casey Robin and I will be sharing a table! We're going to have all sorts of prints and fun goodies there. If you show us our add from the official catalog (pictured above) we'll draw a free monster doodle for you!
Wow! So much has been happening over the past few weeks, I'm not sure where to start...
Bee and Puppycat issue 5 has been released, and features several amazing short stories by T. Zysk, Flynn Nicholls, Meredith McClaren, and myself. It's a pretty fun issue, be sure to check it out!
Cover by Stephanie Gonzaga
Next up, we have another Adventure Time OGN that I penciled some pages for. Bitter Sweets focuses on Princess Bubblegum and Peppermint Butler traversing the lands outside the candy kingdom...but I don't want to give away too much. There's a cool preview here, if you're interested. The pages are in full color, and so pretty! * A *
Both projects were an absolute blast to work on. Feeling incredibly lucky to be a part of such amazing teams!
Just as I was finishing up my last painting, a new concept popped into my head. I imagined the princes lived in some sort of secret crystalline wasteland. Of course, in a land full of tricks and spells, no one would see the truth at first glance...
It's finally October and my Etsy shop is celebrating it's one year anniversary! Thanks so much everyone for all the support! To celebrate, I'll be offering a 20% discount off all prints from now until October 13th. Just enter the "YEARONE" coupon code and you'll be well on your way!
I've been working on this particular piece on and off for the past few months, and I'm so glad it's finally finished!
It was originally inspired by the 12 Dancing Princesses fairy tale...that I apparently misheard my entire childhood? For the longest time, I was convinced there was a moment in the story where the hunter discovers the princes were actually monsters all along. However, I can't seem to find that particular rendition anywhere! Guess I just added the scene to make the story more interesting to me... Has anyone else ever done that, or is it just me? Ha ha ha!
I'm so pleased to announce my variant cover for Bee and Puppy Cat (issue #3) has been released! Natasha Allegri's series is so adorable, I'm glad to hear it's doing well. Check it out at your local comic shop next week or online with BOOM!
The original was completely in watercolor, but the scan turned out terribly! I wound up getting completely frustrated, and decided to paint over everything in Photoshop. Anyone have any tips for scanning pieces on watercolor paper? Or perhaps it's better just to take photos...
A few weeks ago, I was invited by Barnes & Noble to give a talk on comics at their Get Pop-Cultured event. What an honor! See Kazu Kibuishi's amazing cover there? Amulet: Prince of the Elves was my very first job in the industry. I discussed what it was like working with a team of artists on the Amulet series and how that eventually led to my first published piece in the anthology, Explorer: The Lost Islands.
We talked all about story outlines, pencils, colors and last minute edits. I was a little worried about rambling on for too long , but the kids were soaking up everything like sponges. Some even started asking some super specific, nitty gritty industry questions. How awesome! It's always nice to know your audience is just as enthusiastic about a particular topic as you.
After a while, we handed out sheets with random scribbles on them for a character creation exercise. I wish I had taken pictures of what everyone came up with. There were some very creative kids in this group, I was completely blown away by everyone's talent!
To be honest, this was my first time giving a talk of this sort by myself, so I was a incredibly nervous. However, everyone was so sweet and attentive... whatever stomach butterflies I had faded away instantly. :D
Thank you so much, everyone who attended! It was great hanging out with all of you!
Moon Animate Make-Up is finally live! Over 250 animators collaborated to recreate an episode of Sailor Moon, each shot in their own personal style. This project was so much fun to work on and it's so exciting to see the final product.
In case you haven't heard, a ton of fans are getting together to create a full episode of Sailor Moon! We were each assigned a separate shot to animate in our own style, and so far, it's looking pretty amazing. Above is a comparison between the original shot and my re-interpretation, complete with custom moon flare!!
I've been a huge Moonie ever since I was a little kid. We're talking wayyy back in the day when the show only aired at 4 o'clock in the morning, right before Bananas In Pyjamas. (God, that show was horrifying!) Anyway, being a part of this project has been a ton of fun. I'll be sure to let you guys know when the completed episode is out. In the meantime, be sure to check out everyone else's shots over at Moon Animate, Make UP!
Okay, so apparently this happened back in July. (Talk about late to the party!)
Comic Con is such a fantastic event, I was sad I couldn't make it out last year. Perhaps if I budget correctly and find a really good price on plane tickets, I can try to sneak over to San Diego this summer? We'll see...
As always, be sure to check out other amazing variants and the rest of the Adventure Time series at BOOM! Studios. Algebraic!
One of my alternate covers was featured on Bleeding Cool magazine! There's always a gap of time between completion of a project and distribution, so it's a nice surprise to see this painting out and about. What a great start to the new year.
Here's the original piece. Be sure to check out the Adventure Time comic at BOOM! Studios. The stories are great and all the alternate covers are amazing! XD
Also, to celebrate the New Year, there's free domestic shipping on prints from now, until January 10th. Just use the coupon code "HAPPY2014" at check out. Have fun!
I, along with some other family members came down with a horrible cold, so there was little to no celebrating. Just a lot of coughing, hot tea, and Game of Thrones. (Which, I've found, is very awkward to watch with parents around! Perhaps I could sum up the experience to "family bonding time"...)
Other than that, 2013 was an amazing year. A little bit scary at times...leaving all of my family and friends behind to move cross-country was incredibly nerve wracking for me! The south is very different from L.A., and I'd be lying if I said I didn't get homesick. However, once I decided to embrace the change, I found that I also opened myself up to a lot of new and exciting experiences. The past twelve months were filled with conventions, comics, belly dancing classes, terrifying roller coasters, and a whole new group of people to share the memories with.
Of course, I'm thankful for my old friends too! (Not talking about age here. Though, if some of us did add up how long we've known each other, we'd feel a little...seasoned.) They really got me through some low moments this year, and with every phone call or email, I'm reminded of how lucky I am to have them in my life. Let the record show that karaoke parties are officially the best way to reunite with old friends, and lose your voice before a big convention.
Since 2013 was definitely "the year of change", my belated New Year's Resolution would be to continue to embrace it. Plans are made and broken, but being flexible might lead to some extraordinary possibilities. I'm excited to see what those may be, so here's to an equally exciting 2014!
What are your New Year's Resolutions, if you have any? Let me know!