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8-bit: Dia de los Muertos

October 29, 2011

For Dia de los Muertos, I wanted to do something different graphically, this year. I always loved the simplicity of 8-bit art, so I sat down at the computer for this little guy. Happy Halloween to all you ghoulish geeks out there!

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sketch: siberian cat

October 26, 2011

A quick sketch of one my cats, resting on the bed. It’s relaxing to draw cats, and they make excellent models.

new york comic con 2011

October 20, 2011

I didn’t get to do my artwork this week because of a monster. And that monstrosity was called New York Comic Con. I attended 3 full days of absolute geeky madness. Though, like a kid in a candy store, I enjoyed every minute of it. Besides, it was good exercise with all the walking.

The highlights of Comic Con for me was about the art and creativity that comes in the form of comics, costumes, videogames and movies.

I got the chance to preview the Halo Anniversary game for the Xbox 360.  Updated graphics and new armor give this classic a recharge.  Playing capture-the-flag on linked up Xboxes felt sort of laggy.  Hopefully, the official release, next month, will have that issue smoothed out.

To me, Rockstar Games had the best freebie – a black t-shirt with the Grand Theft Auto III logo on front.  They were celebrating the 10 year anniversary of GTA.  They just asked you to mention them on a social network of your choice – Facebook, Foursquare or Twitter. Good publicity for Rockstar.

Nintendo was also giving out t-shirts for those who would demo the new Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword game for the Wii.  But that waiting line was insanely long.

Talking about merchandising, The Walking Dead had a big table full of hats, mugs, t-shirts, etc.  Unfortunately, the shirts were made with American Apparel brand, a rather cheap material.  But the graphics were too cool for me to pass up.

This year, Chevrolet let people test-drive their new car, the Sonic, which comes in sedan and hatchback styles.  They claim it will get 40 MPG.  It seems Chevy thought the convention was a car show, because their cars were being displayed all around the floor.  Most of them sported graphic art for a paint job.

In addition to being a haven for comic book lovers, toys are a big item for collecting as well.  Plenty of toys can be found including those from DC Comics, Hasbro, Lego, Star Wars and various anime series.  The collectible toys that caught my attention were the mascot from the Google Android commercial.  Each android figure is designed by different artists. Very simple vinyl toys, but graphically pleasing. (See them in my pics).

What was the best costume by the cosplay-ers you ask? I think it was a toss-up between the guy in the Transformers Bumblebee contraption, who had a difficult time moving around much, and the lady as Poison Ivy, who was posing everyday. I guess she was really proud of her costume.  (These two cosplayers are also included in my pics.)

Anyway, enough of my blabbering.  Here are some of photos I took of the Comic Con event.  More can be seen at my flickr page.

I remember in my foundation year of art school, I entered a classroom and saw rather peculiar looking computers.  What are these?  They looked like toys.  But they were not toys.  They were called the Macintosh.  Little did I know, this moment would turn out to be a lifelong bond with a tool that would take my own creativity to a greater level.  From then on, the Apple brand changed the landscape with each new innovation, not just in personal computing, but also the music player, the phone and the tablet.  To be more specific, it was Steve Jobs who single-handedly made technology more accessible and fun to use.  Although, I didn’t know him personally, when he died on Wednesday, I felt a great loss in my life.  It was as if he was a close friend who was suddenly gone.

Here, I dedicate a little drawing to a talented and brilliant visionary who made every man and woman, every girl and boy, into a techie.  Because of him, the term geek, actually became cool.  Thank you Steve Jobs. We will miss you.

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