Monday, August 31, 2009

Going International

So the ferris wheel piece i was working on earlier in the summer needed much more work. Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I changed quite a bit of things about it (including the proportion) I was approached by my friend Akari to display my art in an art & music festival held every year in Sapparo, Japan. Unfortunately I couldn't attend the gallery but here is a photograph of some of the works displayed along with my piece:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

If ya smell what BARACK is cookin!

Happy Birthday Obama! or at least it was his birthday yesterday. I decided to do a quick (emphasis on quick) portrait of President Obama in celebration. I've been wanting to draw him for a while. I guess drawing him in November would have been cliche? This started off as a quick blue monochromatic portrait then i added some random splashes of orange and brown (maybe it was too much?) Either way this was fun to do. I might go back and finish it later on. I have other projects in mind right now and even a few I have already started including a portrait of Tito Puente. Keep an eye out for new updates from me! I'm going all out until school starts again in a few weeks.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jungle fever?

Here's a t-shirt design I did for an internship I applied to. It was a jungle theme for boys using a limited color palette and a style I don't usually work in. Luckily I'm flexible. I used some Rudy Gutierrez inspired background patterns (except digitally painted with actual African patterns I researched) along with some Christian Castro drips and a Charles George elefante. Suggestions are welcome (even though they will be useless since I already submitted the design a while ago. Sorry) Enjoy it anyway!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Flat is the new black

Bye Bye Balloon

So I've been working digitally lately. It goes well with the graphic style i'm going for. Flat is the new black afterall. Heres a concept I've had in my mind for a while now that I finally painted just today!The ferris wheel took me the longest to get down correctly. Luckily I managed to this whole piece in one day. I'll convert it to an illustrator version later. It still feels kind of empty to me. I might add clouds. I might not. Any suggestions are welcome. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

It's art you can wear!

So here's some t-shirt designs I've been working on. Theblack and white one is still a work in progress. It's based off of a linocut portrait I did earlier in the year. I'm still playing around with the layout. I prefer the second of the two options. Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The magic of Crayon

So I havent updated my blog in quite a while, but that's because I was busy organizing trips, events and galleries. Now that summer is here I promise more art is soon to come. In the mean time, here are some nice quick drawings I did during the 2009 Drawathon in Pratt. I used the old-school method of crayon with the new school method of micron pen on top. Enjoy.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Thinking outside the box and inside the square

So I participated in a gallery show in the APW gallery in Long Island City, Queens. The theme was that all participating artists had to create art on a square foot canvas. As an aspiring children's book illustrator I wanted my piece to have that childlike feel to it. This picture was taken of me and my piece by a friend during the reception. It was done with acrylic on square masonite board. Sorry no title for it yet. Enjoy. I'll upload a better picture later.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pinata = Happiness

Optometry Pinata
Adobe Illustrator

I don't think it's possible to not have fun with a pinata. This is a digital painting I did for the SUNY optometry center in NYC. I am happy to see I pulled off an illustrator painting without using one transparency or gradient. If I had more time I would have added more eye glasses and candy. Enjoy.

Here's a link to a well animated movie I came across online.
It's called: Gentelmen's Duel

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Making things happen

I've recently become a bit fascinated with those toy mannequins people use to draw from. . A friend gave me a sketch book for Christmas and I have been drawing in it lately. I want to see if I can make my sketchbook have the feel of a children's book. To see if thats possible and to appease my interest in mannequins I have painted one in the sketchbook as my opening spread. More projects soon to come. I've been busy taking a course on Art of India while painting a mural.

ALSO: I have decided to from now on post a link to something interesting i happen to find on the internet with every blog post I submit. Here is the first. It's clever advertisements used on park benches along with some street art:

Colored Pencil in Sketchbook

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Everyone has had a so called, "bullshit class" or a "bullshit professor" including myself. But I try to get something out of every situation. Even if the situation seems completely useless and a total lost cause. I have recently had one of these "bullshit classes" but i did finish it with something- a concept. A concept that I was not able to execute the way I intended on doing so while taking the class. Luckily that is what vacations are for. I know people always say they are going to touch up a painting or even do it over all together but they never get around to it. I'm happy I actually have.

This piece is different then what I usually would do, but is still painted in my style. My biggest goal was to portray some emotion in it. I hope I've succeeded. As always critiques and compliments are welcomed : ) Special thanks to Alex Ariza for posing and for giving me the wood i painted on.

Acrylic on wood