Sunday, March 23, 2014

Rejected character designs: Popples

Here is some 80's nostalgia. Thought I'd share a couple rejected design sketches from last year. I wanted to modernize them in the fluffiest way possible!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Quick sketch of one of my favorite characters of all time.


This is an updated sketch of Hanuman, for #sketch_dailies' Monkey King theme.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee

I just came across this in the process of cleaning up & backing up some files and can't believe I didn't post it before now. The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee was a project I worked with Bento Box Interactive on two years ago. It's an interactive music/journal/game app by Alicia Keys and BBI, revolving around a little girl named LeeLee and her connection to her Grandmother and music. It's such a beautiful concept, and a personal project for Alicia Keys (of whom LeeLee is a reflection).
It was an honor for me to be able to contribute and end up having some of my designs a part of the final product.
Here were some of the many rough logo concepts:

And ultimately the final, still used today.

The yellow oriole bird character is a big part of the story and because it was to be used in the logo I was able to submit some character designs for her.

Alicia Keys ended up liking one of my designs and it was chosen to be used as the final.
Here was an early color version but it was too dark and masculine:
And the cute final version!

Here were also some visual/branding concepts for the inner journal pages and animation.

And that's it!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Lady Spiderman Violinist & Other Stuff.

Here are some pages from a non-linear travel journal sketchbook I kept while in Italy this past holiday.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Where's Waldo Penguin

A little birthday drawing for my friend Jennifer who loves penguins and Where's Waldo.

Friday, December 06, 2013

"Mighty Fat Power Ranger"

Here is the transformation of my Megaforce Power Ranger for the 20 Rangers for 20 Years art show tomorrow night.
Before, a blank Power Ranger canvas:

After a lot of sculpting and sanding:

Here he is:

I don't know if this is what they expected when they invited me to be a part it.
[Some backstory: He didn't fit into his Megaforce shirt so he tried to squeeze into the Mighty Morphin one. No, he wasn't intended to be a particular ranger or character, but I'm happy for people to interpret it as they wish :) ]

There are some really amazing Rangers at the gallery, I'm looking forward to seeing them all together tomorrow.
Many thanks to Sweet Streets and Toy Art Gallery and super special thanks to Ale for always going above and beyond.

The show was sooooo much fun, and each piece was wildly different and creative.
It was great meeting other artists and Power Ranger fans.

Even walked away with a mega-rad David original for a pretty penny donated to the Boys & Girls Club:

Here's a little interview I along with a couple other artists from the show did for Cosplay in America.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Power Rangers 20th Anniversary Art Show

For anyone who still visits me here at my ghost town of a blog (thank you so much and) hope you'll join me on Dec 7 at Toy Art Gallery on Melrose for a Power Rangers art show. Each artist was given a 32" ranger to customize. I'm really interested to see what everyone's doing with it.  It seems the show will only be up for 2 days, so please come check it out! I'll post pics of my ranger soon.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bagni Franco

A couple quick people-watching sketches at a little beach in Italy.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Cafe reader

Wow, a new post! I figured it was time for a new one. This is a little doodle I did last year in Italy, while sippin on some cappuccino and pretending to be painting something else every time this dude looked over.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Eat This Poem

This is a logo I designed for food blogger and friend Nicole Gulotta a few months back. I was so inspired by her concept of combining two of my favorite things for her blog: literature and food. Here are my takes and the ultimate final she chose. This was a lot of fun. Thanks Nicole!

Final logo!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

ISM 10 Year Anniversary Print

This was a limited edition print I did for ISM's 10 year anniversary that was given away to honorees at an award ceremony last week. This was a lot of fun to do and I was honored to be a part of the celebration.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Blue Sweet Nude

This was my little entry in the Just Desserts show at Monkey House Toys last month.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Just Desserts" Group Show at Monkeyhouse Toys

I'm pleased to be a part of this show coming up May 19th at Monkeyhouse Toys in LA, celebrating one of my favorite things in life: diabetes. Kidding, DESSERT. I can't get enough. Hope to see you there, where I'll be secretly stuffing my face. Special thanks to Mary for organizing everything and going above and beyond for everyone. Thanks Mary!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Kitchen characters

This was art I originally did for a mobile game app but I might use them for something else.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Hare Band

Quick sketch of a hare band member.

Monday, January 30, 2012

I'm on Etsy!

I've finally set up **my Etsy shop**, where I'll be selling some paintings -most of which I've posted here- and other handmade items. I need to figure out shipping costs and taxes, which unfortunately for me involve math. Please bear with me on that. In any case, thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hi there. Hope you out there in internet land have had a wonderful holiday season. It creeps up and then it's gone. Like diarrhea. Just kidding, I love the holidays. Here are a couple of tiny plushes I made for Christmas gifts. They are about 4" tall cacti in miniature clay pots.
Happy 2012! Cheers!