This is definitely long overdue, but at one of our drawing jams my friend Alex Ahad and I did a sketch trade. I asked for Yoko and he drew me this amazingly kick-ass pic just from memory! He's a pro at drawing Yoko and I especially love this because it's in his awesome style. He's one of the most talented artists I know!
Yoko by Alex AhadAlex is the creator of the Skullgirls game and all its characters. If you haven't yet, check out more of Alex's incredible art on Error 404 and especially his Livejournal. I love the way he does such dynamic poses and intense compositions, and he's amazing with color to boot! XD My half of the trade (thanks for scanning that, Alex) was my interpretation of his characters, Squigly and Filia, but my sketch doesn't hold a candle to his art. T^^T
I went to WonderCon in February. One of my favorite things to do at conventions like these is to collect sketches in my sketchbook from the awesome artists I meet. Here's a few I'd like to share this year!
Blanka by Long Vo of Udon Entertainment
An adorable dragon from Kei Acedera of Imaginism StudiosA gryphon by John Nunnemacher from SofaWolf Press
A dragon by Bobby Chiu from Imaginism Studios
Debbie Huey, creator of Bumper BoyNative Drums, a comic by Vince Riley, a friend and really talented artist from Shaba Games. His studio is called 17 Machine Studio. You can check out his Deviant Art page here!Some printmaking pieces! The bottom one was a collaboration with Vince and his wife, Kelly.
At the Game Developer's Conference last month I also entered ArtWars, and from event 7 I got into the final round! (I liked the art I did on the finals better, though.) Though I wasn't a winner in the finals, several people, Emiley Flowers, Lynda Miller, Tom Murray, Matt Olch, and Mike Ratto--all talented animation students from DigiPen--kindly came up to me later and gave me some generous compliments. This might sound cheesy, but seriously, their simple act of doing that made me so happy, I felt like a true winner after that! Thanks guys!! ^___^