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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.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Iron Man Get Well card

Get-well card I drew for a friend's son.
Sakura Pigma Sensei pens on sketchbook (dunno the paper type)
Never done cross hatching before!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Liam Cunningham

Decided to break out the pencil and sketchbook for this one.
Liam Cunningham, about 1.5 hours total. Reference used: http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMjEyMDM0NzQ5NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDkyODQyNw@@._V1_SX640_SY720_.jpg
Did you guys know he totally looks like Davos Seaworth? Huh...

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015


I think I had an epiphany as far as hands construction goes, which is nice. I wrote some notes, but let me know if you can't read them.
Also, decided to look at painting skin a bit more in depth, so I used a bit of Niklas Jansson, and a bit of Lauren Cannon's skin tutorial. You can find part 1 here

Sunday, October 25, 2015


This is technically a couple of days lumped together, but I didn't draw as much because I got sick.
Anyway, top is a couple head sketches, along with a bit of control drills for myself. The ones labelled 'hand' and 'shoulder' are what I used to draw, respectively.
On the bottom, a couple feet studies. Feet are inching along into the category of "body part I can't draw at all", up there with hands.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ever Skyward - Pg3

Ever Skyward it is!
I'm gonna go back and adjust the formatting on the other two pages.
Still haven't settled on a style, so don't freak out if it looks different, or if I go back and alter pages.

UPDATE: Reversed middle panel so hopefully it reads better.

Monday, October 19, 2015


This one is actually a mash of last night and today. Little Hogarth, little Ron Lemen.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Daily grind 20151014

Gonna start doing a small warmup/study session before drawing each night.
Tonight, hands.
Reference used: fav.me/d9d1r8a

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Lu Bu

Who's come to destroy us?
Lu Bu!
Lu Bu's come to destroy us!
About 3 hours in Photoshop CS6. I tried to follow Rembrandt's chiaroscuro. Next time, I need to use a bit of green.
Process video!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Kigurumi Laele

Wife: "You know those adult-sized Pikachu pajamas?"
Me: "Not really."
Wife: "Laele would totally wear those."
Me: "...I think I know what I'm drawing tonight..."

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Head studies

I think I found my groove! Somewhere between Andrew Loomis and my awesome teacher, Bryan Lee.
These are done with perspective and form in mind.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Page 3 sketch

Been busy this past week, but I haven't forgotten about this thing. :)
Here's a preview of page 3!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ever Skyward - Pg2

Here's page 2. You'll notice I'm simplifying the coloring. This is for two reasons: makes the whole thing a lot easier to churn out, and it's an exercise for me on simplifying things and not overrender everything, as I tend to do.
So, this comic I've been working on, I think I've narrowed it down to two names:

Ever Skyward
Through the Skies' Eyes

What do you guys think?

UPDATE:: Ever Skyward it is!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Ever Skyward - Pg1

UPDATE: Ever Skyward it is!
Here's page one of this thing that has not title. I'll go back and add it in as soon as I figure it out!
I have the first chapter planned out, but not drawn. Since I'm still figuring things out, expect the visual to change as I figure out what I'm doing.:)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Hands and some faces

Trying to level up by drawing my mortal enemies, hands. I think I did alright; most of these are from memory.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


I've always wanted to do a comic. Maybe it's about time I actually do it.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pink Yoshi

Still working on that commission.
In the meantime, have a pink Yoshi, as requested by my daughter.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Game Art HQ/OC Remix FFIX Anniversary Album

Back in January, I did an illustration of Zidane atop the Prima Vista for the Game Art HQ/OCRemix FFIX Anniversary Album. Today, I received notice that my piece was picked to be featured on the trailer for the album. Go check it out.
And check out Game Art HQ for more game-related art.  

Sunday, June 21, 2015

MTG Playmat commission WIP 1

How's that for a handful of a title?
This is a commission I'm doing of a Magic: The Gathering playmat featuring Angus Mackenzie (or as I like to call him, Goat Jesus).
Keep an eye out for the finished version.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


So, in Monster Hunter, they have this weapon that's a frozen swordfish and you use it as a sword (sadly, in game, you swing the fish from the nose). I was playing and using that weapon, then I asked my wife if her character would use a fish as a weapon.
"Oh, yeah, totally. She would scream, 'WHO WANTS FISH TACOS!' before smacking people with it."

Watch out, monsters!

Click here for full size.

Sunday, June 7, 2015


Quick pinup sketch of Xtabay, after Elvgren, as she appears in Guacamelee.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Let The Good Times Roll

I was originally going to name this one "The Thrill Is Gone", but then I remembered, despite being The King of the Blues, BB King was always cheerful, optimistic, and full of energy. Always looking ahead, never looking down. So, instead, I decided to portray him as I remember him: having a good time, doing what he loved doing.
Good night, Riley. We'll miss you.

Process video

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mikey sketch

Just a quick sketch, inspired by Bryan Lee's Mikey sketch. :)
Like every other kid, I wanted to be a Ninja Turtle when I grew up. Unlike every other kid, I wanted to be Leonardo.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Oberyn Martell

Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell.
I really did not expect this guy to be as hard to paint as he was. Need more practice.
Corel Painter 2015, about 2 hours.
Watch the process video here: https://youtu.be/NCHB9LJkWhA

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Chrono Trigger - The Final Battle

This was done for the Game-Art-HQ RPG Challenge.
I tried to pay homage to Akira Toriyama's style, using a black outline and sharp colors. I made it in Painter 2015 and Photoshop CS6.
Also, I made a process video!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Torso study

Torso study for tonight, taking after Bryan Lee
I think I made the torso a bit long.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015