Wednesday, December 30, 2015

happy holidays

[listening to "the christmas song" by michael buble']


just wanted to wish everyone a happy holidays and a fabulous new year!

this is my contribution to a little holiday anthology called Santa's Favorite Tales. they gave me total freedom of what to draw, as long as it was holiday themed. so instead of going for a santa drawing, i did a little tribute to the Nutcracker - "Clara's Gift". you can get your copy of the anthology - digital or physical or both! - by visiting this link most of those that participated in my latest Holiday Sketch Sale received a print of this with their sketches. just wanted to spread a little Christmas cheer in my own way. =)

thank you for making 2015 such an amazing year for me in my artistic career. everyone has been so supportive and encouraging and i'm striving each day to be worthy of it all. 2016 is gonna be a good year, i just know it. being a full-time artist is no easy job, and don't let anyone tell u otherwise. but if it were, everyone would be doing it. so if ur one of those aspiring artists, remember that if u wanna fly, u can't be afraid to fall out of the sky.

see u all in 2016!!!

Monday, December 7, 2015

holiday sketch sale

[listening to "last christmas" by ariana grande]

sample sketch - 6x8 waist-up color sketch for $20!


i only run commission sales a couple of times throughout the year and i'm in the holiday spirit! so, only from TODAY till DEC. 15TH, you can get a color waist-up sketch from me for ONLY $20 plus $8 shipping anywhere in the US. see details below:
  • Price - $20 each! i know the holidays are tough on our pockets as we try to get all of our loved ones a little something that says we love em. so i wanted to give you guys a way to get someone a little something OR a buncha folks a buncha little somethings. (the price is per character so if you decide to get 2 on a single illustration, it's still $40.)
  • Payment - for this sale, i only accept PayPal payments. if you don't have a PayPal account, i can send you an invoice via PayPal and you can pay with the link.
  • What you get - each sketch is drawn on 6x8 in. (easy to frame) Strathmore vellum paper. i use colored pencils, copic markers, and ink pens. you can ask for any character OR a cartoon version of your loved one. (it will not be a portrait. i'm sorry.)
  • Why only till the 15th? this is so that i can make sure you receive your sketch(es) in time for Christmas. get a gift for yourself or your friends, i'll make sure you get it in time. 
  • Shipping - it's a flat rate of $8 to ship anywhere in the US. i'll be shipping all pieces via USPS Priority Shipping with tracking. so whether you get 1 sketch or a bunch, it's just $8 as long as they're all going to the same address. 
  • Live outside the US? - unfortunately i can't guarantee that you'll be able to receive your sketch in time for Christmas. however, if you'd still like to get one, the shipping cost will depend on the country so just let me know. 
  • Want one?? - shoot me an email at! we'll make it happen!
hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far. i hope i can draw a little something for you!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

sea creature

[listening to "something about december" by christina perri]

well, CTNX did not disappoint and after the show i took a much needed week to deflate and spend much-needed family time for Thanksgiving. after that i've been playing catch up and i'm pretty sure i'm still fairly behind. but the Christmas season is very distracting for me. cuz all i wanna do is listen to christmas music, drink eggnog latte, and enjoy christmas movies. none of which has WORK incorporated in it.

since i don't really have a clever lead in to the art i just posted, umm ARTWORK! =D so i worked super hard right up to CTNX and i drew more than i think i've ever drawn in such a short amount of time. as a result, i got all these things i haven't been able to post! i drew new stuff for my latest mini artbook - DAYDREAMS Book 2. the biggest is this pinup, that i used as the cover, of my little sea creature Pi and her pet octopus Ink. i did some exploratory sketches of each of them too, something that has never really been part of my book. i really wanted the vast majority of stuff in the book to be more about the ART and not so much about the FAN art. it was really weird doing that for the book because i've never done it before, but i think it turned out pretty good. i think it was pretty well-received considering i only have 1 copy left for myself. NBD. kakaka

the colors for the pinup were all done in photoshop. i'm really starting to enjoy these brushes on photoshop too. and apparently i'm pretty good at coloring cuz pretty much everyone that came up to my table at CTNX said as much. that's a relief! the responses at CTNX are so hugely different from any comic con i've ever set up at. folks at ctn talk about the art techniques, folks at comic cons talk about the subject matter. it's like night and day - both great in their own unique ways.