Custom diorama commission

December 30, 2012New art work

A few months ago, somebody approached me to do a custom diorama for them. The diorama was intended to be a present for a scuba-diving couple. The gist of the assignment was to draw the couple doing what they do: salvaging 16th century wrecks and a specific specie of coral found in the Dominican Republic. … Read More

My outdoor sketching setup

December 26, 2012Tutorial

Since I’ve been sketching in the museum, I’ve been thinking of an easy way to carry all my different pens with my sketchbook. After a trip to the fabric store, I bought some elastic tape to create a bandolier. The bandolier you see above is my first attempt at sewing elastic tape; turns out you … Read More

Learning how to draw with the Wacom tablet

December 23, 2012New art work, portraits, Sketches

After looking at a few videos of professional comic book artists creating drawings completely in the digital realm, I’ve decided to try my hand at it. My method in creating art work has been to draw on an actual piece of paper, scan the drawing in and color digitally. One of the drawbacks is that … Read More

Gowanus Print Lab Holiday Fair

December 23, 2012News

Yesterday night, I was a vendor at the Gowanus Print Lab Holiday Fair. I was warned beforehand that the turnout for the event might be very low, as I was only one of three vendors who applied to the event. But since the table was fairly cheap, and I had made very little money at … Read More

White pen review

December 21, 2012Animals, Product Review, Sketches

Bought a new small sketchbook for drawing on location last week (Strathmore Toned Tan). As a result of the toned paper, I bought a couple of white pens for fun (I actually have white chalk / pastel but don’t like how it smudges). Here’s my super quick evaluation of the three white pens I bought. … Read More

Degenerate craft fair report

December 20, 2012News

This past weekend, me and two of my fellow squiders (I feel our collective “Three-armed squid” should have a nickname) showed and attempted to sell our wares at the Degenerate Craft Fair. Overall, I was disappointed with the experience. I sold the least amount of stuff I’ve ever sold at fairs. It came as a … Read More

Degenerate Craft Fair

December 4, 2012Exhibitions, News

Yours truly along with Alden Viguilla and Alexandra Beguez (my cohorts for “Three-armed squid”) will have a table at the Degenerate Craft Fair selling our limited edition books, prints, cards and what have you. The craft fair takes place in two weeks, December 15 and 16 at the Dumbo Loft (that’s on 155 Water Sr, … Read More

Stop-motion project

December 3, 2012Old art work

About 4 years ago, I took a Stop-motion animation class at SVA because I’m always looking to try something different. We learned how to build puppets (I built a minotaur and matador), and shot the animation using iStopMotion…although now that I think about it, I think we also used the Lunchbox at one point. Anyway, … Read More

Price increase in the horizon

December 1, 2012News

I started selling my artwork just last year, in 2011. Although I initially wanted to make my art affordable for everyone, I’ve come to the realization that as a business model, it’s unsustainable. The way that I produce my wares, where everything is done by hand just doesn’t lend itself to low prices. If I … Read More