“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Friday, June 30, 2006

COMMISSIONS_90 minutes



As I type this entry, the Nelly Furtado video for her "Promiscuous" single is on the teeve and theres a bit where she drops a line about Steve Nash and his MVPism. Cracks me up every effin' time I hear it. If there's ever a way to automatically give your art a shelflife, refer to something that's not only relevant this year but also this season of basketball. Well, it could be argued that Nash is MVP two years in a row (thus adding to the longevity of that referrence in her song), but you get my meaning. Beautiful girl, that Nelly Furtado. Kooky with the lyrics, but beautiful.

Yeah, alright - these took longer than 90 minutes. But I had to pretty them up because people are actually paying money for them. I don't know how many of these things I've got in me - they take time and actual thought to do; I'm in serious defecit in both categories. Har!

"NELLY: Hey is that the truth or are you talking trash? Is your game M.V.P. like Steve Nash?"

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Sunday, June 25, 2006

STUFF_90 minutes


Yeah. So here's more images. It's was a weekend that started with so much promise and ended with me falling on my face. Yay, karma!

Friday, June 23, 2006

ROCKETEER_90 minutes

A classic concept of a man with a rocket pack strapped to his back and a fin on his helmet then augmented by a phenominal artist, Dave Stevens. Why doesn't the rocket burn his legs off, you ask? That's not really the point.

In the movie version, there's a scene where Howard Hughes shows our hapless hero via news footage-esque film what the Nazis would do with the rocketpack should they get their notrious, facist hands on it. There's an awesome animated bit that put the cherry on top of this underrated film. Check it out - it's a gas.

CLOAK AND DAGGER_90 minutes

From my recollection, these two were/are kids who are cracked out on drugs living as degenerates on the streets, when in a moment of epiphany and clarity those same drugs released some hidden latent powers and abilites. Now they're vigilantes looking to take down the secret evil empire who supplied them with the same drugs that gave them super powers. Yay, Marvel! Crack kids as superheroes! Yay!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

CANARY_90 minutes

I've recognized (and been told by a couple of people) that there are no backgrounds in most of these images. At first that bothered me because I pride myself in doing those, and at one point I told myself that I'd start doing backgrounds from here on down. Then I realized that's just going to cut into the ticking clock that is my 90 minute deadline so I decided to abandon that idea. "Fo'get that noise, dawg!", as the kids say.

You want backgrounds, go to my buddy Hakjoon Kang's blog: be4be4.blogspot.com. Scroll down the page and get an eyeful of his background goodness. He's a rockstar.

BASH!_90 minutes

Aahh, the weekend's here. Now I'll finally have the time to clean the grime in my bathroom, do laundry on clothes that I've been putting off since forever, mop up the back yard patio and run errands that I've managed to avoid during the week. Oh! As an extra-special treat, I get to go to a wedding and reception of people who I have absolutely no close association with! Mmmmm-boy! You've gotta love Saturdays and Sundays.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

FATHER'S DAY_90 minutes

Three days early, but it's the thought that counts. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Boo-yah!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

CLASSIC X_90 minutes

Does anyone remember how Iceman looked originally? He was this mushy man with black/blue and yellow boots. I mean, he can turn every part of his body into a substance with the consistency and texture of oatmeal except his boots? Xavier is the most powerful mind on Earth, but his brain can't wrap around that bit of science and design shoes that change too? Or maybe it was Iceman's preference. Maybe he thinks the team won't recognize him as a member unless he sported the official X-Men colors. Damn 'muties' and their dress codes.

THOR_90 minutes

"Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of... Thor."

That's what it says on blondie's hammer. I'm serious. I didn't put it coz it only appears selectively - as in, for Thor only. You know, for those days when he's a bit down and he needs inspirational words of motivation to be the Thundergod of Asgard. He's a funny one, that Thor.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

WILDSTORM_90 minutes

Whoo-hoo! Two images today! I wonder if I was busy at work? Hmmmmm.....

During a recent visit to Wildstorm, I was reminded of a painted image I did way back for an 'image of the week' featured on their website. Brought back memories. So, I found an extremely poor color copy of it and realized how stiff and posed out everyone was. I thought, "Well, I can certainly do better than that now, yeah?"

And here it is - no paint though. That'd take too much effort. From left to right: Voodoo, Zealot, Ladytron, Cybernary. Makes me laugh to think the photographer told Zealot to stand in the back coz she's the only one with white hair. And there's absolutely no room for an 'S' in the 'Las' for the Las Vegas sign back there. That's just poor planning.

CIVIL WAR_90 minutes

Okay, okay - more like 45 minutes. I couldn't think of a background so I left it as is. Sometimes I think of something cool and I go back and put it in later. But for now this one's done. Anyway, this is the current 'big event' that's going on in the Marvel U right now, called 'Civil War'; members of the Avengers are morally/ethically divided by a proposed federal mandate requiring all superbeings to register with a government agency and the inevitable duking out of your favorite heroes is upcoming. Let's hope the storyline pays off.

Oh, and I don't know whether or not that Iron Man outfit is accurate. Reference-shmeference, I say.

Monday, June 12, 2006

DEATH_90 minutes

It's been a grueling couple of weeks. Grand apologies for the lack of updates. But for now, Death to you all. Heh.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

STREET FIGHTER_90 minutes

This'll seem sacrilegious to some of you, but I don't know 'Street Fighter' very well. Version 2, 3, Turbo...it's all foreign to me. As a matter of fact, it could be argued that I don't know Street Fighter at all. I mean, I know the basics...maybe. But every minute detail of each of the characters (their origins, their full names, their archrival, etc.) isn't committed to memory as compared to my other colleagues in this same industry. I don't know who's sicker - me (for not knowing the trivia) or them (for knowing too much).

For instance - Cammy's scar? I don't know if for a fact that she got that from Vega, but I don't care! It made for a fun picture. Who cares about Street Fighter anyways, you dorks?! Don't you guys have better things to do with your time except waste yer damn quarters at the arcade hoping for some validation of how cool you are because you can chain a combo and score a 'PERFECT!' on Bison in two rounds without throwing him?! You guys are ridiculous.

And.....*scene*.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

ADORA_90 minutes

Spinning off from her brother's notoriously concieved and better recieved show, She-Ra followed the same episodic recipe that He-Man cooked to perfection week after week and finished off neatly at the end by a moral lesson. The only difference is that some of the edge (did He-man *really* have edge? Don't let nostalgia fool you, friends....those episodes were pretty saccharine and synthetic) was rounded off as this show was geared towards girls. Or at least their parent's pocket books anyway. 80's cartoons had but one agenda - sell as many of the toys as they possibly can and this show was no exception. This was a thirty minute commercial for whatever cockamamie version of the lead character of that episode (i.e. 'Snort-n-Spit Hordak' or 'Glimmery-skirt She-Ra').

I was great at finding Kowl at the end of each She-Ra episode. They hid him in some technicolor nightmare of a background and at the last second he'd move and reveal his hiding place. BTW, why is it that everytime the two siblings transformed into their alter egos they would get darker? The Power of Greyskull must burn skin like harsh UV rays.

APE KING_90 minutes

In every incarnation that I've ever seen of Tarzan he's always had the presence of mind to cover up with a loin cloth. Brought up by apes, able to call out to other animals for help by using a distinct yell and yet self aware enough to hide his goodies. Law #2 of the jungle must be: Protect the boys at all cost. Smart. Very smart.

Friday, June 02, 2006

KUSANAGI_90 minutes

The key to being the lead agent for Section 9 is not your skills with a weapon or your military tactics, but the skimpy suit that just happens to be interlaced with stealth micro fiber that refracts light rendering the wearer invisible to the naked eye. The key word is skimpy. Nothing says 'deadly military operative' like a barely-there outfit.

Hah! Get it?! Invisible? Barely there? Hah! (ugh, boy...)

GAMBIT_90 minutes

"But wouldn't her bare midriff expose Gambit to Rogue's power, allowing her to syphon his powers away from him, and render him unconscious?" Shut up, geeks. She's wearing a magic, invisible midriff shirt, okay? Jeezus.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

HELLBOY_90 minutes

There are very few people who can draw this guy correctly - I'm obviously not one of them. I struggled with the forms when they're not interpreted graphically as Mignola does and I guess some of the character's charm goes away when he's not rendered in that harsh black style normally associated with his look. I'll try again later and hopefully it'll turn out better.

CRIMINAL_90 minutes

Inspired by a magazine layout in 'Blender', Fiona Apple has got to be one of my favorite singer/songwriters. In three albums, I've yet to have a full grasp of all her songs and what she's trying to say, but slowly, surely, and quite recently I've been learning.

Anyway, I loved her poses in this interview, but decided not to draw everything verbatim - changing her skirt somewhat, her top, even the angle of the shot - I guess that's why it's 'inspired by...' and not 'hey, i can draw and exact picture of fiona apple!' And contrary to popular belief, the woman isn't crazy - she's just doing her best to speak the same language. It must be tough.