Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays! "Little Do They Know" (December 2010)

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far!

For some of you who may be wondering, I decided to put my Little Do They Know comic strips on hiatus to focus on some other career & personal objectives this year...and to be honest, I wasn't too sure how I wanted this project to evolve quite yet.  Knowing me, it could take a while before I figure this out...and you might see bits and pieces every now and then (like this post, for instance)...but at least that little girl is sticking around ;)

That said, thank you for the support, inspiration, and encouragement out there – especially from family and friends, to whom I am very grateful.

Please click below to view a special Little Do They Know holiday strip, which is also featured on this year's holiday card.  Happiest of Holidays! :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sketchbook catchup...

I'm trying really hard not to slack on my sketchbook outside of here are a few pages from the last few weeks.  Sketches were done on location, with touchups at home.
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Painting for "Inside is Delightful" Art Show

I'm happy to be participating alongside other artists & friends in the "Inside is Delightful" Art Show, which takes place this Saturday, December 4.  Below is my piece:

"Trade" (acrylic on 8" x 8" wooden panel)
Price:  $125
It should be a nice event filled with cool art, live music, and refreshments.  Here's some more info:

"Inside is Delightful" Art Show
Saturday, December 4 (6pm - 11pm)
Space 2710
2710 W. Avenue 34
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Thanks to Diana Levin, David Landguth, and Evan Ames for curating this show & for inviting me to participate.  Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Painting for "$99 Only Show"

Sorry for the last minute post...I submitted a painting (at the last minute) for the "$99 Only Show" which takes place this Friday, December 3 (6pm-10pm).  Below is my piece:

"Shopping at Sunset" (acrylic on 6" x 6" wooden panel)
Price:  $99
I saw this little old lady delicately making her way across the street the other day.  She appeared to be looking forward to something after a long day...and it basically inspired me to paint this.  I guess it's just nice to always have something to look forward to...wherever and whenever.

The "$99 Only Show" is curated by No Artificial Flavors and will take place for one-night only at:
Stoneworks Studio & Gallery:
300 N. Ventura Ave.
Ventura, CA 93001

**All artwork will be $99 or less, and 5% of each sale goes to help local food banks & charities.

I'll be posting info on another upcoming group show soon.  Thanks for your support!

Friday, November 19, 2010

"So AnaBob" (Custom for "So Analog 10-Doh! Custom Show")

If you're in Pasadena this weekend, you might want to check out Designer Con this Saturday (11/20/10).  My friends The Squid Kids and Hyperactive Monkey will be exhibiting there and selling their awesome wares.

The Squid Kids are also putting on the "So Analog 10-Doh! Custom Show", which features their new "So Analog 10-Doh!" figure.  I'll have a custom piece in the show, alongside other friends & artists.  Below is more information and an image of my piece "So AnaBob"...which is basically SpongeBob SquarePants looking so analog...

Thank you, Squid Kids, for inviting me to be in the show!  Good luck! :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fun with Flash

I consider myself lucky to have been given the opportunity to learn Adobe Flash at my current job.  I still have a ton to learn (especially from my amazingly talented coworkers)  – so I thought I'd practice drawing in Flash a bit at home.  It's fun and daunting at the same time.  Here's a new self portrait for now...

Hoping to practice & post more soon :)  Can't believe it's already almost the end of the year.  Happy November!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween! The Drawing Club sketches (10/28/10)

Hope folks out there are having a safe & happy Halloween!  Here are my sketches from last week's 10/28 Drawing Club session.  Jonnathon Cripple posed as "The Mutant Zombie"...

For more information on The Drawing Club, please visit:
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

SILA "Art in the Park" (10/23/10)

Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA) held another "Art in the Park" mixer at Griffith Park this past Saturday.  I showed up for the later half of the event, but managed to do some sketching & mingling with other artists. Below are a couple of pages:

To learn more about SILA and/or to become a member, please visit their website:
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Painting for the United States Air Force Art Program

As a Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA) member, I had the privilege of taking a trip to North Carolina last year to participate in the United States Air Force "Brush of Blue" Art Program.   In this program, the Air Force gives participants the opportunity to travel to various locations – after which the artists donate illustrations/artwork (reflecting experiences and observations from these trips) to the permanent Air Force Art Collection.

Below is my painting, which is based off of a photo I took at the Luzon Drop Zone in NC.  Students were training for combat control, and this particular soldier was incredibly focused and alert.

This piece – along with many other works from artists around the country – is currently on exhibit at the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio from October 18 through the second week of January 2011.

Many thanks to the kind folks at Pope Air Force Base in NC and the Air Force Art Program Office – and of course, to the brave men and women serving our country.  For more information regarding this art program and SILA, please visit:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

29th World Wide SketchCrawl

Sorry it's been a while since my last post!  Thankfully, work has been keeping me busy...and life is good :)

This past Saturday was the 29th World Wide SketchCrawl.  The Los Angeles group met at Venice Beach – and it was a fun and interesting day, in spite of the gloomy weather.  Below are my results:

Please visit to view works by other artists and to learn more about this world-wide drawing marathon!

I'm going to try to be better at posting in the coming weeks.  Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Here Be Pirates...

Just finished scanning in some figure drawings from David Colman's character design class.  We were fortunate to have an awesome model pose as a pirate, so we could practice overall expression.  Below are my drawings (some darkening was done at home) – please click to enlarge.

Here's another little pirate-themed character exercise from the class:

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Camille Lyon" - Form Exploration (final class project)

Here are some latest "Camille Lyon" drawings, which were shown in my final presentation for David Colman's character design class.

"Camille Lyon" is a basic story concept upon which I've been working this can read more about it – and view original designs (based more on graphic shapes) – in my 7/10 post.  Recently, we were asked to explore a different design interpretation based more on form (some alternate designs can be seen in my 8/14 post).

David gave some great feedback in the last class, so these designs are still work-in-progress.  I'll most likely revert back to the original graphic direction, and see how I can incorporate feedback from this latest form exploration too.  Not sure what I'm doing with the story yet...but it's been fun designing the characters so far :)

By the way, David's class is wonderful...I would highly recommend it.  Please check out the Concept Design Academy for more course info.  Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Latest Sketchbook Pages

Below are some sketchbook pages of peeps from the past several weeks...rounding out the summer with a few different approaches.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Toys for OLIVIA™ and Pop On Pals™

If you're shopping for any little folks (or little folks at heart), perhaps you might want to check out the new toys that recently hit shelves for OLIVIA™ and Pop On Pals™!  I had the privilege of being part of the design team for these brands, while working at Spin Master in Los Angeles.

Spin Master's toys for OLIVIA™ are based off of the TV show airing on Nick Jr. – which, of course, is based off of Ian Falconer's award-winning children's books.  You can find these OLIVIA™ plush dolls, figurines, and playsets in the small-doll aisle for girls, at a local Target or Toys "R" Us.

From Spin Master's Magic Ladder™ comes Pop On Pals™ – a new original preschool line that makes mixing & matching accessories fun and easy for a preschooler.  Simply "pop" a Pal into an accessory ring – and the ring slides onto the body!  Wacky combinations abound.  My good friend Linda Hong designed the overall look of the characters and the line.  I was fortunate to be involved in later design & development.  You can find Pop On Pals™ in the preschool aisle at a nearby Target or Toys "R" Us – among other major retailers. Visit for more info!

Please also take a moment to view the wide array of other cool toys at Spin Master's official website:

Thanks & best wishes to my friends at Spin Master for a great working experience & continuing collaborations.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

"Camille Lyon" - Form Explorations (in progress)

Hello!  I thought I'd share an update on my project for David Colman's character design class.  I've been working on some designs for my story concept "Camille Lyon" this summer.

For the first half of the class assignment, we had to focus mainly on graphic, stylized shapes for the characters.  These explorations, along with character descriptions, can be viewed in a previous post.

For the second half, the challenge is to offer new and different design interpretations based more on form – while maintaining the basic integrity & essence of the character.  Below are some of my form explorations...I chose the ones I thought may work best for the bottom lineup.   These are still in progress and pending instructor/class feedback, so the designs will most likely change again :)

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Interview on "Karin Won't Stop Talking" Blog

© Karin Cameron / "Karin Won't Stop Talking" 
One of the great things about Facebook is being able to network & meet some genuinely nice and talented people.  On that note, I've had the pleasure of recently connecting with writer Karin Cameron, who was so kind to invite me for an interview on her blog "Karin Won't Stop Talking".  You can read the full interview here.

Additionally, this interview has motivated me to create an archived section for my Little Do They Know comic strip – which you can find on the right sidebar of my blog, or by clicking here.
I've also updated my regular website a bit more, by adding some recent work and letting go of some of the old (still need to be better at this):

Please be sure to check out the rest of Karin's blog as well (which includes beautiful short stories, relatable musings on daily life, and other interviews).  Not only does she have a fun, witty, and approachable writing style – she's a wonderful person as well.

Thank you, Karin, for this sweet opportunity & for your support!  Cheers :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

28th World Wide SketchCrawl

Here are my sketches for the 28th World Wide SketchCrawl.  The Los Angeles group met at Hollywood & good to draw & hang out with everyone!

I stuck mostly with quick people sketches to coincide with some class homework.  I'm trying to get more used to sketching with pen (I usually sketch in pencil), so that I can improve my confidence & commitment to laying these marks down.  My friend & fellow artist Kendra Melton has been encouraging me in this area :)

Unfortunately, I had some trouble with color washes...I didn't realize that the ink in a Tombo brush pen is NOT waterproof :(  So the colors came out really muddy, and I stopped after a few tries.  Boo...ah well...I'll remember this for next time.

Please visit to view works by other artists and to learn more about this world-wide drawing marathon!  Thanks so much for visiting.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"Little Do They Know" (7/21/10)

It's been a while...but now that I've had a chance to gather some thoughts, here is a new Little Do They Know strip.  (The image is wide, so you may need to click further to enlarge.)  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Meet Camille Lyon...

This is still in its early stages – but I thought I'd share a small project I've been working on for David Colman's character design class. Below are some rough explorations of three main characters for a story I've been thinking about, tentatively titled Camille Lyon.  Here goes:

It's basically about a little French chameleon named Camille, who wants to be just like everyone else & blend in with her peers.  In having this mentality, she usually makes a habit out of trying to please others and conforming to popular standards.  Camille is sweet, eager, and earnest – but she is also deeply insecure, shy, and unsure of herself.  She'll even do things that she honestly doesn't like to do, just for the sake of fitting in & feeling accepted.  Since Camille is so preoccupied with mimicking others, she forgets all too often to reach deep within and discover her unique, special self.  As she learns to focus more on herself, she'll eventually come to realize that it's okay to be a bit different, break out of her comfort zone, and stand out from the crowd.

Camille's best friend is a little old lady named Nette, who owns a neighborhood cafe.  Having seen and gone through her share of life experiences, Nette is a constant source of guidance, support, and wisdom for Camille.  She embraces her individuality & relishes every moment of life, while encouraging Camille to do the same.  Nette can be known to be very blunt & honest as she "tells it like it is"...but she does this with Camille's best interest in mind, of course...

Art is a cuckoo bird who wants to become a renowned artist.  Always to be found with a brush or pencil nearby, Art is passionate about art. Sometimes in more ways than one.  You see, Art really does love Art...almost too much.  As talented as he is, Art can be rather conceited and overly into himself – often believing that he is more special and unique than everyone else.  He purposely rejects the idea of conforming, and prides himself in being different and doing things his way.  This makes Art an unlikely love interest for Camille, who is dazzled and awakened by Art's one-of-a-kind, capricious nature.  But Art does have the capacity and the conscience to better himself – especially when he eventually learns that it's okay to follow some rules, value others, and be responsible...all the while being yourself.
(For early explorations of Art, I wasn't sure if he should be a cat or a bird...needless to say, I went with the latter.)

Wow, long post! :P  Still working out the kinks...but I suppose it's a start.  Okay, back to some other work tonight...thanks for visiting.