“She lives beyond the grace of God, a wanderer in the outer darkness. She is vampyre, Nosferatu. These creatures do not die like the bee after the first sting but instead grow strong and become immortal once infected by another Nosferatu. So, my friends, we fight not one beast but legions that go on age after age after age, feeding on the blood of the living.” - Van Helsing
This painting illustrates Lucy Westenra’s return to her tomb after abducting a child for feeding; her white wedding dress stained with the blood of the innocent. It is the first time Lucy’s vampire form is revealed after she was killed by Dracula.
I finally finished up Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and I must say it was a good read. A fast one too, I highly recommend it to anyone that has not had a chance to experience it. The characters are just full of life and go through really interesting arches. It was inspiring, and now I want to be a pirate!
Also, just for fun, here is a picture from my crazy birthday party. There were about eight of us with September birthdays sharing the cake. It was such a big ass party because my friend Nino, standing next to me, invited like his whole MySpace friends list.
It’s nice to have all the free time in the world on the weekends to do my own work. This one took me awhile to get right. I had to do some experiments with color, because I was losing the original feeling when I painted over the drawing. Hand drawn, painted in Photoshop.
This painting started from a small sketch I did on my free time. His name is Feja, and it was really satisfying. The weather has been getting nicer because spring is on its way. As a result, the colors were definitely inspired by the season unlike the meaning of the work. Painted in Photoshop in 6 hours.
Last weekend I went to WonderCon in San Francisco and had the pleasure of seeing/meeting some very talented people. This included director Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead), actor Gerard Butler (The Phantom of the Opera), and Lena Headey (The Brothers Grimm) for the new Frank Miller film 300. It was very inspiring to hear them talk about the film and their personal opinions about the topic. I also attended Bruce Timm(Batman Beyond, Superman: The Animated Series), DC Comics' Dan DiDio and Gregory Noveck's talk about their new animated feature The Death of Superman.
After the seminars I did not have much time to walk around, but I had a chance to talk with artists Stephen Silver, Joshua Ellingson, Bobby Chiu, Mike Mignola, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, and Joshua Middleton. It was nice to meet them, and hopefully next year will be just as interesting.
GDC, also in San Francisco, was a very different experience for me in comparison to the previous year, because I was working it. I got to listen to Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda) speak about the Wii and how he goes about developing his games.
Here is a link if anyone is interested in the presentation:
I also attended a session about The Legend of Zelda series, with Eiji Aonuma. Which I was not too happy with, because of how banal the speech was. I wish he would have provided a little more in-depth information about the series, and not just something we could have read in the latest issue of Game Informer. Oh well…Until next year.
I was going through more of my files and I came across some little drawings. These are all from life and range from 2-10 minutes. I love doing studies like these, because I only use the models when needed and go crazy with what I envision in my head.
Hand drawn and painted in Photoshop. A total of 5 hours.
He was inspired by a song and the result of feeling alone... It took me
awhile to get this one out of my head, because I wanted to capture
precisely what I saw in my mind. I was not going to be satisfied with a
happy accident. Therefore, it was more about emotions than a narrative.
I was sorting through my art folders today and I came across some work that I wanted to post. They are all Academy assignments or studies from life, and books, including master replicas of Michelangelo’s Libyan Sibyl and Study of Haman that are the exact size of the ancient originals. I will post more work later this week from my archives.