Here's an alien chestburster I sculpted for my Halloween costume. I used CelluClay, which comes in a block of fiber/powder that you mix with water until it becomes clay. When dry, it's lightweight and feels like papier-mache, and you can paint directly on top of it. Thanks to the guy at Pearl for recommending it. Pretty neat stuff! I finished this little fella off with acrylic.
My comic is finally out! I've written and illustrated "river" a 17 page story for Siren, a comics anthology which debuted at the Alternative Press Expo this year. It features15 stories, by different artists in varying genres and styles, all dealing with the themes of luring and capturing.
I've posted a sample page. You can see more and order at www.sirencomic.com
Please check it out!
These were done for a Vietnamese pho restaurant called Papaya, located at the Renton Highlands center in Renton, Washington. They wanted something to set them apart and hired me to develop a fun concept and company brand.
They had no ideas in terms of a concept, other than the story be whimsical and cute. Our first meeting was in a Chinese noodle house near San Francisco. As we were leaving, I said "how about two little girls and their grandfather, who own a magic pho stand? The grandfather could be a powerful wizard who got tired of the wizardly existence and decided to fulfill his life's dream of becoming a cook. But his grandaughters, curious and entranced by his erstwhile profession, end up getting into all sorts of magic related mischief.
This way, the story was cute, fun, and fit thematically with the restaurant. They loved the concept and later I added three little sidekick characters-a hot tempered chilli sauce bottle, a sweet and loving Hoisin sauce bottle, and a flying sticky bun with a top hat.
Here is the art in the restaurant, which just opened last month:
This is one of the owners' daughters, whom the character is named after. Her mom says she requests her hair in pigtails every day, to match her cartoon counterpart. Cute!
So my little sister is organizing a hip hop dance competition at her University. They're planning to sell t-shirts at the event and she's unhappy with the designs provided by the printing company. So she calls me up and asks if I could design one for her, and if I could finish it by ummm....oh tomorrow at 9 AM.
So here it is. Nothing fantastic. Concept, sketches, revisions, and final done in about a day. Whew. I better be getting a really good birthday gift this year!