You know that expression”you learn something new everyday”? Well today I’ve learned about 20! The most interesting has got to be this technique to create a really nice bokeh effect. Bokeh is the term for those bubbles of color that appear in photos when the background is super out of focus and their surprisingly easy to duplicate. Here’s the background I’ve been working on, and it only took me about 10 minutes (most of that was just creating the new brush tool)

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I’m considering whipping up a quick “how to” for this. It’s so cool, and way easier than it looks!


Skull Man Progress 2

Part 1

Part 2

The line work is finally just about done! It’s been a while since I did anything so textural, so doing his guy’s hair and beard was pretty fun. The next step will be the smoke, then color… I’m still not sure how I want to color it. Either something flat and stark, or maybe more painterly… I’ll figure it out as I go.


This guy’s got one helluvah jaw.

Inspirations… stagnation

These past few weeks have been all about the art going up around The Bay area for Festival Anonymous and I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few of the artists and watch them work. It’s been pretty inspiring! Tomorrow I’ll have a photo to post of a little tweaking I did on the mural I did this summer… lol… and I’m also starting a new digital painting project. I’ve been pretty comfortable with my technique lately and I can’t help but feel like it’s gotten a little too stagnant. So it’s time to change it up and try something totally new! For inspiration I’ve been browsing through art by Jason Chan and Charlie Bowater. Two totally amazing digital artists.

Festival Anonymous (let’s try this again…..)

Right, so I posted this already, but WordPress decided to back date it for whatever reason… so it didn’t show up anywhere it needed to. SO here I am posting it again. Sorry about that… I’ll have something new and interesting for tomorrow, promise!


It seemed pretty fitting to post this after talking about how inspired I’ve been by the Huichol. Here’s the proof!

I posted this image and a brief explanation of the process once before when I was first starting up this blog, and while I talked about how I created the logo, I didn’t really explain what it was all about.

Festival Anonymous is all about bringing Urban Arts to the Banderas Bay area; Music, dance, murals, graffiti, all of it! There’s already an amazing line up of artists and musicians coming in to the area, either for weekend “pop up” events or the main event, the actual Festival, on January 26-27. Many of them are well known, world wide artists that I’m dying to actually meet and watch them as they work. It’s one thing to see an artist’s work, but Anonymous is all about bringing the process right to the audience!

Here are just a few of the artists that have been confirmed:



(Wall @ Wonderwalls Wollongong)



(Collaboration with Aryz in Mexico City for All City Canvas)



Sergio Navajas


That’s only a few of the huge line up of artists involved, too. You see why I’m so excited about this? Well here’s the part were you come in.

This whole project is non-profit and it’s donations of talent, supplies, walls and $$ that are making it happen. Their Indiegogo campaign is in full gear and even if you can’t make it to the live events go spread the love! Like, share, write about it, talk about it, and donate! Donations come with swag (and good karma) if that helps =)

Support the Arts and support this project!

I didn’t even touch on the music and dance part of this event too… For more information on everything you should check out either their Facebook page,, or contact the organizers directly!

So Bromantic

This is Charlie, a Jack Russel Terrier, and Bruno, a Pugle (pug/beagle mix), and they are best buds. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they’re pretty in love with each other.


I sketched this of the two of them hanging out together a while back when I was still working at the Doggy Daycare. Here’s another sketch I did of one of the dogs while I was working there. I’ll have to dig through my old sketchbook from then and post some of the others. I did a ton of sketches of all the dogs. I got to see many of them on a daily basis while I worked there, and after spending 5-8 hours with the same dogs every day for months, it’s hard not to start thinking of them as your own in a way. I got pretty attached!


Texture Sketching

Another little experiment with hair and clothing textures like this one that I posted before. I’m trying to simplify all of my lines more and more, letting the eye complete the image rather than the line… of course that’s what I said, then I got bored of what I was doing and scribbled shadows and what not all over it.


Kokoro Cafe Winter Banner

A few months ago I did a banner set for the Otome gaming forum “Kokoro Cafe” which has been blowing up. Who knew girly games were so popular??



This is one of the reasons I use layers so so so much. Since just about every element of the original image above is on its own layer, it was easy to go in and make small adjustments to create several Special Occasion versions: a 1000th member kiriban, spring time “Hanami” (turning the green trees into pink sakuras) and a winter “Happy Holidays”.




The winter one was a little more involved and actually required quite a bit of re-drawing/adjustments, but it was fun and turned out pretty nice. It went live on the site just a little while ago! I didn’t have enough time to do one for this past season, but I’m also planning on doing an Autumn/Halloween version for next year. Plus, at the rate the site is growing, I’m sure I’ll have to do another kiriban soon!

If you’d like to see the beginning to end process of how I created the original image, I posted a pretty detailed description of the process a couple of months ago. Thought process, scans, digital images, even a bit about the texturing that I used for the setting! Check it out here.

My Desktop

I never thought I was picky about my desktop set up… until I tried changing it. Just like the things in you house, my desktop setup is so comfortable for me I get a odd feeling of things being out of places whenever I change anything. I have my two screens: the left I use for browsing and reference images (or movies/tv if my laptop is shut down) and the right is my drawing space. Here’s a pretty common set up for me.

-Left Screen

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Usually a bajillion tabs…

-Right Screen

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A blank document in photoshop and itunes in the background. If this were an actual work in progress there’d be a bajillion layers on the right hand side too.

Why is hair so much fun?

I’ve been practicing a little bit different technique with hair lately. It works best for super curly or fluffy hair. Whenever I drew tight curls in hair it would always come out either too wavy looking or choppy or I’d just load so much detail into it that it overwhelmed everything else… which isn’t always a bad thing I think, but I wanted another option. Basically all I did for this hair was a super light and loose outline of the shape of the hair, and then shadows to build it up. A few little hair squiggles and some big ass glasses and we’re done!


When Sketching Goes Bad…

When I was a kid I was sketching away in my book all the time, which is awesome, but I kept making such a big mistake over and over again: When I drew something I didn’t like, I’d erase it, or scribble over it or tear it out and throw it away. I didn’t realize until much later just how much I was hurting myself by doing that. In fact, it wasn’t really until I started drawing in pen. When I gave up the option of the eraser I forced myself to commit to my lines. It was a little bit of a rough transition at first… I started out by drawing very sloooowly and tiny little lines, but as I became more comfortable and confident I sped up, until I was eventually doing even my gesture sketches with pen. I stopped caring so much about trying to be exact and “correct” with every line, and started to just enjoy the process. When I was tearing those pages out of my sketchbook, I was telling myself that those drawings weren’t good enough. My sketchbook pages became something sacred to me, something I couldn’t mess up. Even though I was still drawing all the time, I was spending a lot less time being creative and most of my time just fixing fixing fixing.

So in the spirit of letting go and not being so up tight about my sketches, here’s one that I didn’t like.


Oh and you see that little black dot on her knee…? A gecko pooped on it. Yah. Everybody’s a critic.