Sunday, June 28, 2015

Party Animals!

Here's a fun lil’ piece I did for the Capcom Fighting Tribute artbook. If you’re going to SDCC this year, these prints will be available at the Lava Punch Booth #1635.

Be sure to check out the book at the UDON Booth #4529! From what I’ve seen so far there’s a ton of incredible submissions! Capcom Fighting Tribute will premiere with a limited-run convention edition hardcover at San Diego Comic-Con, July 9-12!…/round-1-of-udons-san-die…
The standard edition of Capcom Fighting Tribute will be released September 2015. Links to pre-order the book at a variety of online retailers can be found here:…/…/capcom-fighting-tribute
More SDCC announcements coming soon!  \( ゚▽゚)/

Friday, January 30, 2015

Process Work


Last year I took a CGMA class for The Art of Color and Light with Ty Carter and Ryan Lang, and they’re both not only phenomenal artists, but also inspiring and generous teachers, willing to share and take time to give us thorough feedback.
Throughout the latter half, I created a series of rough color studies based on my story about the adventures of a lady knight Astraea and her goblin squire, Fyzzleglitch (which is also my goblin’s name in WoW, haha).
I’m not that happy with my draftsmanship in some of these, and you can tell I was still struggling with my colors and lighting. I definitely want to redo the Town scene where Fyzzleglitch is being ridiculed on his Shetland pony—I think a different composition and lighting scheme would work. As you can see I tried lots of different layout thumbnails.
The Techies VS Jakiro piece actually started as a sketch where Lady Astraea and Fyzzleglitch took an Orc prisoner and were being pursued by a dragon. Eventually I simplified that composition to just Astraea and Fyzzleglitch.
And then came this wild notion to create an in-game loading screen for Dota 2. I got really excited about that idea and replaced the main characters with Goblin Techies while the dragon was to become either Dragon Knight or Jakiro. But I chose Jakiro since a two-headed dragon would be more interesting design-wise.
I wanted to redesign Jakiro and Techies a bit to make it more of my own style and how I imagined them in my mind.
I’ve learned a lot from this piece… but I couldn’t have done it without the kindness of my friends to help critique my work and give me feedback.They are all incredible artists and generous human beings who have personally inspired me. I want to share their work with you guys. GO FOLLOW THEM THEY ARE SO AWESOME:

Ty Carter Tumblr||Facebook
Ryan Lang
John Polidora Tumblr
Laurel D. Austin Website
Doug A. Gregory Website
Steph Dere Tumblr

Thanks everyone, happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Techies VS Jakiro: New *BOOM!* Festival

Hey Everyone!

Sorry I haven’t been updating in a while but I hope you all are enjoying the new year so far! I wanted to share my submission for New Bloom 2015—lovingly dubbed “Techies VS Jakiro: New *BOOM* Festival”!

I’m hoping this will be accepted as a 16:9 Dota 2 Loading Screen:

UPDATE!! You can now get this as a poster-sized Art Print through WeLoveFine! :D

I owe a huge thank you to my friends who’ve given me incredibly helpful feedback on this piece, as well as to those who’ve favorited, voted for, and shared my work—to all of you, I’m SO grateful for your support, it really means a ton!! 

I wanted this scene to evoke a feeling of fun, high-tailed adventure that a lot of 80’s movie chase scenes do so well—like in Goonies or Indiana Jones or many early Disney or Don Bluth animated films—I hoped to convey a bit of silliness mixed in with serious danger. I’ll most more details behind this piece later. Plus, Techies have some great personality in their voices and their model; they’re very cartoony, which I always enjoy. (Plus, my little obsession over Timbersaw has branched out to being partial to all goblins in general! XD)

And for those who haven’t yet, please take a peek in the Steam Workshop above when you have a chance and vote for which version you’d like to see happen (or both!). ^__^

Thanks again!

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Google Doodle

Here's a fun experimental interactive comic I created in Google Doodle form! This was loosely inspired by my love for point & click/text adventure games and the Choose Your Own Adventure books I read as a kid. I wanted to take a medieval fantasy theme and throw in a bit of humor and other things I enjoy, like dungeon crawlers, goblins, quests, and mythical creatures. The ending is a bit random (and lacking) I must admit, but I wanted to finish this in two weeks, from concept to finish.

I did the storyboards, all the art, design, animation, and transitions, while my friend, Jay Lim, scripted it in Flash. I was also planning to have a mini-game planned as sort of an 'Easter Egg' at the end, which my other friend Jeff Bird coded, but I decided to keep it simple and focus on the main comic.

Click on the green arrow to begin the Flash video (it has music, too!). The song is by one of my favorite Cape Breton fiddlers, Natalie MacMaster, called "E Flat Set," which I shortened for the project:
Process Sketches & Flow:
This crude color script below documents my entire thought process (which doesn’t always come in order) for the comic. The notes scribbled in are thoughts on how the scene should integrate and transition to the next, as well as ideas for FX, mood, color, and animation.
Variations on the main splash design:
Frames from the final comic:
Main Logo:
Hope you enjoy! ^__^

Team Fortress 2 "Pyrodouken!" Tees NOW AVAILABLE in the WeLoveFine Store!

Congratulations to ALL the winners of the Team Fortress 2 Design Contest!

Humongous thank you's go out to, ThinkGeek, and HotTopic for choosing my design as one of the winners--I am SO excited and grateful! And a great BIG THANKS to everyone who voted for my design on Steam! The amount of support you all gave to me was AMAZING, so THANK YOU for helping to make this happen!!

You can now get your own Pyrodouken! shirt on the Official WeLoveFine Store in both versions:
And Click here to see ALL of my WLF Designs!
Thanks so much everyone! ^___^

Friday, November 21, 2014

Come Say Hello @ CTN Expo 2014 - T-72

Hey Guys!

Whew! I've been so busy this year, I can't believe it's already nearing the end of November! If you're going to CTN Expo Nov 21st -23rd, come swing by T-72 in HALL A and say hello! ^__^
Here's a little WIP preview of a new piece I've been working on! And yes, it involves MOAR GOBLINS! (Have you noticed a trend? Hehe ^_^;) Goblin Techies, to be exact, haplessly being chased by Jakiro. This is my interpretation of the characters so you'll notice I changed up their design a bit... I'll explain more in a longer post later!

Speaking of DOTA 2, is having a huge DOTA 2 Sale next week, November 24th - 27th!! So if you wanna snag some sweet, sweet swag, check out their site! More info below:

All four days (11/24-11/27): ALL DOTA 2 shirts are 15% off! 
Monday and Tuesday (11/24-11/25: all DOTA 2 plush are 20% off!
Tuesday and Wednesday (11/25-11/26): DOTA 2 mini heroes are buy 4, get 1 free!
Wednesday and Thursday (11/26-11/27): all DOTA 2 accessories are on sale! 10%-20% off!

Please visit my official WeLoveFine Artist Page where you can find all of my DOTA 2 Tees (plus more exciting new stuff coming soon!!) if you haven't picked one up! :D

Thanks a bunch, everyone! Hope to see you at CTN! ^__^

Monday, September 29, 2014

TF2: BONK! Ad Feat. Miss Pauling :: Some Dota 2 Silliness

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Just finished a couple designs for the TF2 Merch Workshop! These are some BONK! Ads featuring Miss Pauling with a pinup flair! I'm hoping that with enough votes on Steam we'll be able to get these made as tees for Men and Women, as well as posters, in both RED and BLU versions!
Many folks were interested in wallpapers and sprays, so I've taken some time to make a few sizes for you guys! Thanks so much for the support and feedback!



Please vote on my design on Steam if you'd like to see these as merch items!

Thanks so much, everyone!! ^__^
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Some Dota 2 silliness! XD

RYLAI uses FROSTBITE. It’s super effective!
Rizzrack: “Malfunction…?”
Squee: “Uh oh…”

This is for the "Radiant VS Dire Chili Cookoff" hosted by the amazing Steam Workshop duo, Chemical Alia and Drysocket! Ok… this picture direly lacks Dire. And why does Timbersaw have a spork and a knife, you may ask? He’s after that huge cauldron of chili that the Techies have run off with, but Crystal Maiden—thinking this is a CHILLY cookoff (#hohoho #thatwasakneeslapper #rylaiplzno)—has frozen them in their tracks! The goblin trio is about to go out with a KABAM. Do you think, after eating all that chili, the Techies will have -explosive- diarrhea? I’M SORRY. I’m sorry, I’ll stop.

Silly Rizz! You don’t eat chili with a kni—


Friday, September 19, 2014

The Burton Show! Rothick Art Haus, Anaheim, CA on Nov 1st, 2014

My four pieces in watercolor & ink for the Tim Burton tribute art gallery this Fall! ^__^

Victor & Sparky
 Billy & the Family Dog
 Jack, Sally & Zero
Beetlejuice, Lydia & Sandworm
"POPzillaGallery presents The Burton Show at Rothick Art Haus in Downtown Anaheim CA. Opening night reception Nov 1st 6pm – 10pm. The show features more than 50 artists celebrating the career of Tim Burton through pop art. Show runs Saturdays in November, don’t miss it!"

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Ahh, gotta love the Pyro! Here he is, readying up with his fireball taunt. This is a t-shirt design for the Team Fortress 2 WeLoveFine Merchandise contest. I wanted to experiment with a new painting style inspired by the amazingly talented Moby Francke, who created the art style for the game--check out his work, this dude is siiiick!

If you like my design, please head on over to Steam (if you have an account) and vote up!

I still have a few more TF2 designs coming soon so stay tuned! Have a great Labor Day weekend, everyone! ^__^

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Thank You for a Fantastic Comic Con 2014!

Hey Guys!

It took a bit to get settled in and re-organized after the convention so this might be a little late, but I just wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by my booth at SDCC! In those crazy five days of the con, and with all your kind emails and feedback afterwards, you guys really blew me away with all the support and well wishes!!
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I also wanted to share a tee design I did for Eighty-Sixed Clothing, of my favorite Street Fighter character, Blanka, to celebrate the launch of Ultra Street Fighter 4 in June 2014! These went on sale at this year's EVO Tournament and are now available on the Eighty-Sixed Clothing site here: Blanka Shenanigans!
I was inspired to do a Tiki theme, throwing in little references for all the Blanka fans out there--his blender, Brazilian Carnival alternate costume, and the electric eels, hehe! Coincidentally, at this year's Comic Con, Yoshinori Ono from Capcom announced new DLC costumes for USF4, themed after "Summer Vacation," where Blanka dons a Hawaiian shirt and lei! @_@ Eeee!
Bonus! Random Blanka Sketches (Ghibli Blanka, WTF?!)
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Some photos from the con!
Shigeto Koyama (above), who worked on some of my favorite anime, "Kill La Kill" (Creative Director), "Gurren Lagann," and "Gunbuster 2," picked up my new book! AAAH!! @_@ I was SO excited!
  I didn't get a chance to leave the booth much, but I was fortunate to have met Juanjo Guarnido, creator of one of my favorite comics, Blacksad! I got a commission of Weekly! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!!
Kristopher Katz, writer for Dota 2 characters' dialogue/lore, including TIMBERSAW (*squee!!*) came by as well!! *giddy* ^______^
Some Timbersaw sketches from my new book:

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Finally, I wanted to announce that I am also on Instagram! Yeah, I'm embarrassingly behind on times when it comes to these apps--as you can see I'm still trying to get the hang of Twitter and haven't even learned all the ins and outs of Tumblr yet... but lots of folks have asked if I was on Instagram and I didn't even know artists were using it to post artwork--I thought it was only for photos! So, bear with me as it will take me a bit to update, but feel free to add me on Instagram: