SYFY WIRE – Artist Alley Feature
I was pleasantly surprised when SYFY approached me to participate in their Artists Alley online web series,not because I wasn't confident in my work, but because I am known more for my digital vector pieces more than my work in traditional tactile media. The SYFY WIRE Artists Alley spots are short interview pieces that highlight an artist's style and are beautifully shot and involve the artist talking about anything they would like to discuss (most commonly process), while working on a piece from start to finish.
As a young and aspiring artist, I focused on studying the foundations in more traditional mediums. It wasn't until 2003 that I really began to experiment with digital media, starting with Photoshop and Illustrator.
While I was proud to be among some well-known names in comics, I immediately wondered to myself, "What style do I do?" After a couple of emails back and forth, the producer and I settled on doing an ink wash, and the rest is in the video in the link below. Enjoy!
TL;DR – I drew a thing on camera for SYFY WIRE's web series "Artists Alley" and talked about stuff!
Adobe Live Draw
Adobe invited me to participate in three 2-hour long live streams of drawing in Adobe Illustrator, alongside my friend Orlando Arocena, who is an amazing vector artist!
Adobe flew us, along with some other artists, to their office in San Francisco for three days of live drawing. The Adobe building was really cool to finally see in person.
The drawing streams were a fun and awesome experience and I feel so privileged to have been able to come share my way of working and meet other amazing artists, who I'm still friends with to this day.
TL;DR – Orlando and I vectored some stuff in AI and joked around for 2 hours for Adobe's Live Draw series.
Shutterstock – Pixels of Fury 2016 NYC
Let me start this one off by saying, holy CRAP what a crazy experience this was!! I was so nervous, but I'm so glad I did it!
I ended up participating in this competition because my friend encouraged me to do it. He had a blast spectating one in France and knew someone over at Shutterstock. After a couple hours of egging me on, I got to a point where I was just like F-it, I'll just sign myself up! Since the participants are curated, I figured I probably wouldn't make the cut. Uh..welp...I made the cut, mom! I spent the whole week before the competition super nervous but doing timed trials of my design.
Here's how the competition works: six designers face off. The competition is spilt into two groups of three, and then the winners of each group go head to head. We were given a theme for the first round, and each round is 20 minutes, and we could use any elements on Shutterstock. The audience votes on which designs they like, and the 2016 NYC POF was hosted by comedian Chuck Nice.
TL;DR – I participated in Shutterstock's Pixels of Fury design competition and won!
Interview: Emerald City Comic Con 2018
I got to attend this year's ECCC as a Comic guest, and did a fun little interview!