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Grieverjoe (Jose Alvarez) is NOT a whiny emo as his name would suggest. He's an IT student with a love for art.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Light sources study

I got James Gurney's Color and Light for Christmas. :)
This is me doing some studies off chapter 2, light sources. Right-click, open in new tab for full size.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Dumb and Dumberr

"I dunno about this, Marty..."
"Saddap and put on your wig! That treasure's as good as ours!"
Done for my sketch exchange at Polykarbon

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Riven - League of Legends

Riven from League of Legends.
I am not familiar with LoL, nor its characters, but I like swords, so there.
Done for my sketch exchange at Polykarbon.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


Another Jolteon. I used a fox as the base model, as I think all Eevee's are fairly fox-like.
About 30 minutes.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Huitzilopochtli - WIP

Working on an illustration of one of the characters in my wife's vampire book.
Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec God of War, Sun, and human sacrifice.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Birthday sketch: Royal Guard

Royal Guard birthday sketch for a friend.
I decided not to use the original character as reference, as I don't think he looks manly enough. :|
About an hour in PSCS5

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Tree color practice

Something a little bit different.
I'm working on my color theory, and I think it's starting to click, so my wife asked me to spend 20 minutes and use nothing but a hard brush to depict a sakura tree on a grassy hill with a stream in the distance. The left one was my first attempt, thinking about color theory. The second one is take two, having a slightly better grasp of color theory.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Steve Huston lecture 7

More Steve Huston studies. Connections and a bit of color theory.
The red sphere was added in Photoshop. Everything else is pencil on paper.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Knight Solaire

Do you even praise the Sun, brah?
Knight Solaire from Dark Souls' fame.
Praise the Sun.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sexy Capra Demon

I'm a member of a Dark Souls/Demon's Souls group at Deviantart, and one of our members decided to start reimagining some of the bosses as SEXY.
So here's a SEXY Capra Demon, taking a break after dispatching a couple 'bros.
PSCS5/Painter X3. About 2 hours.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Who the hell do you think I am!?

Kamina, from Gurren Lagann.
Decided to try out some anime cel-shading, since I haven't done that in a while. :)
About two hours total in Photoshop.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Hands 5

Bam! All done.
All of these were done from various references, save for the last five: those are from imagination.
The hardest one was the thumbs-up one. :| Why u do dis?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Hands 4

One more. Si se puede!
Notice how they tend to get bigger with each upload?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hands 3

I don't think I'll be able to complete 100 this week. I underestimated how long it takes me to draw one hand.
Oh well, at least I'm learning/practicing. :)
Gonna shoot for 50!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hands 2

Hands are still a weakness of mine. This week, I'm gonna try and draw 100 hands.
For science.
Part 2.

Monday, September 23, 2013


Hands are still a weakness of mine. This week, I'm gonna try and draw 100 hands.
For science.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Kain - WIP 1

Work in progress/sketch of a portrait I want to do of Kain, from Legacy of Kain.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Saturday afternoon

Tiger was hatin' on my pink shirt. Had to set him straight.

Props to my wife for the picture, which has not been altered in any way, shape, or form.

Commission: Lumia

Commission of my wife's character, Lumia, from her upcoming novel, Serpent's Tears.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Long pose homework part 2

Part 2.
It's actually an hour and 40 minutes (100) rather than 90. I just can't count. :|
Tweaked the positioning of her arms, revised the legs a bit. Spent most of my time working on the face. Added a valueish background to bring more focus to the face, too.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Laele sketch

Another sketch of my wife's Ragnarok Online character, Laele, the Alchemist.
An hour and some change in Painter.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Steve Huston lecture notes

Recently ran across some of Steve Huston lecture videos, so I decided to follow them. These are my notes and practices from his first lecture.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Typhon - Initial Character Concept

Quick character concept for a Ragnarok Online custom MVP.
Typhon, the crazy storm mage.
About an hour in Painter 11

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Link portrait

Cleaned up my realistic Link sketch and turned it into a portrait.
The background is an attempt at making something other than plain white.
About 4 hours in PSCS5

Monday, July 15, 2013


Frickin' hands, man! What do they even do!?
Used my left hand as reference.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Flight Rising - Guardian Dragon sketch

Sketch of a Guardian dragon from Flight Rising
My wife got me into it, and I've been having fun with it, so why not?
About 3 hours, PSCS5.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Realistic Zelda?

Same as my Link piece, a more realistic take on princess Zelda.
I don't really know what to do with her hands yet.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Realistic Link?

Not hyper realistic, perse, but a little less cartoony, at least. I tried to keep the shape of the face boyish-looking and slightly pretty.
I'm gonna polish this up at some point. :)