Journal

Celebration

Aug 28. 2015

image of a Jack Kirby comic strip; Skymasters

This is a scan of the original art for the Sky Masters newspaper strip from January 1959. It is inked by Wally Wood, another giant from the comics industry. I own this art and I look at it every day. I have owned it for years and it still inspires me.

Cover image of Young Romance 85.

Happy Birthday Jack "King" Kirby
Jack Kirby, the most prolific American comic book artist would have been 98 today. Cover to Young Romance, number 85. This is the December 1956-January 1957 issue. Jack Kirby is most known for his dynamic images full of power, but I have also loved his beautiful art in the romance comics. He just knew how to draw lovely moments.
I am very fortunate to have met him several times when I was a kid. Changed my life! For Reals!

Illustration

Aug 27. 2015

Illustration titled: Almost Called.

Almost Called
Trying out Kyle T. Webster's new Animator Pencil brush for Photoshop.

New Comics: Speak Softly No.3

Aug 24. 2015

teaser image for comic book page, Speak Softly number 3

Speak Softly: Walk
The third of ten installments is up. The comic is coloured with coffee. Click on the image to view the page and make sure to check out the process behind it as well.

Mail: Lost Art

Aug 24. 2015

photo of a nice hand written letter sent to me.

The Lost Art of Letter Writing
An old friend wrote me a letter and sent along some old envelopes. It's been a long time since I received a letter and forgotten what a nice feeling it is to receive one.

photo of my reply to a letter and a hand drawn sketch coloured with coffee. photo of my reply to a letter and a hand drawn sketch coloured with coffee.

The Reply
In the letter, my friend mentioned his difficulty with a drawing problem so I wrote him back and sent along a sketch and some simple drawing lessons. I figured I might as well send my friend a drawing coloured with real coffee. It was really nice to make some time to sit down and write a letter, put some extra stuff in it, and go to the postal centre to mail it.
My message to you, write a letter this week.

Progress: Speak Softly No.5

Aug 19. 2015

preview teaser image for comic book page, Speak Softly number 5

Getting ready to ink
I am halfway done with the ten installments of Speak Softly. I'll be posting another page (#3) on Friday. This is a close up of the fifth installment which I will be inking later today.

Projects: Book covers

Aug 19. 2015

close up of newly designed book cover, Waking Star

New Covers
I just finished designing two new book covers. I am quite happy with the results. You can view them by going to my Projects page.

First Cup: Pie and Coffee

Aug 17. 2015

photo of coffee cup coconut cream pie.

Save the Fork, There's Pie
Considered one of the best coconut cream pies in San Francisco, I just had to try it.
Tartine Bakery, San Francisco, California, USA.

New Comics: Speak Softly No.2

Aug 17. 2015

teaser image for comic book page, Speak Softly number 2

Speak Softly: Secrets
The second of ten installments is up. The comic is coloured with coffee. Click on the image to view the page and make sure to check out the process behind it as well.

First Cup: Sunday Comics

Aug 16. 2015

photo of coffee cup and my pencilled comic book pages.

Coffee Comics
Starting my morning right with some comics pages that will be coloured with coffee.

photo closeup of my pencilled comic book pages.

I like colouring with coffee because the pages smell so good. The story was pencilled in May, but I just got around to colouring and inking.

photo of coffee cup and my pencilled comic book pages all coloured with coffee.

I managed to get a couple of pages coloured this weekend.

First Cup: Salvadoran Style

Aug 10. 2015

photo of coffee cup and Salvadoran semita.

Semita de Piña
Semita, a popular pastry from El Salvador, is basically a tart of bread dough filled with jam or other rich fillings. Semita de piña, with a tasty pineapple filling, is my favorite. This was made for me by a 72 year old family friend in Los Angeles and given to me by my mother. I have never tasted any other semita that is as good as hers.

Working: Close up

Aug 11. 2015

close up image of comic book pages being pencilled.

Speak Softly pages The nights are a quiet and appropriate time to draw more pages of Speak Softly.

First Cup: My Biggest Fan

Aug 10. 2015

photo of coffee cup, a garden gnome named Karl and a big fan

A cup, a fan, and a gnome
The morning light is changing. It's been muggy when I wake up 5:15am. Here's what I wake up to.

Sketchbook: Sparkling water and a sketchbook

Aug 7. 2015

sketchbook and some sparkling water

Coffee Surprise (initial drawing)
There are days when I don't use my vocal chords and simply draw for most of the day.

First Cup: Before the day begins

Aug 7. 2015

photo of coffee cup, books and music poster of Hank Williams.

Books, Music, and Coffee
It's going to be a really busy day. This is the best way to start it.

Sketchbook: Straight up in ink

Aug 7. 2015

sketch titled: Joe. A man in his office worries about his girl

Joe
No pencil needed. Drawn in my sketchbook after a client meeting.

First Cup: And we are back...

Aug 3. 2015

photo of coffee cup at the Black Bear diner in Salinas California.

"It has felt like years"
It has been a while my friend. It has felt like years since we last met. I have missed you. Really!
I have been quietly creating during the long absence. I'll be posting as often as I can, but I'm making it a goal to post at least once weekly.
I have a lot of projects going on and I want to share them with you. The store is also back. I'll be adding new books soon but I will now be offering digital books for sale for those that just want to read the stories on their mobile devices. The website redesign took a lot longer because I am not a programmer and yet, I didn't want to use WordPress templates. To be honest, I really should have hired someone to do this for me, but here it is, an amatuer attempt, once again, in presenting a redesign. This is version 13 of my website. Each time I learn a bit more on how to code and this time around, the website is responsive. It will look good on a mobile device but I'm old school and prefer the desktop. There might be some hiccups within the site so if you see anything let me know. I would really appreciate any comments you might have. I hope you like the new website.

Black Bear Diner
The old newspaper is actually the diner menu once you open it. Salinas, California.

First Cup: Sugar Rush

Aug 1. 2015

photo of coffee cup and donuts at Dynamo Donuts in San Francisco

Welcome To August
Dynamo Donuts. San Francisco, California.

Sketchbook: Waiting

July 22. 2015

Illustration titled: Got There Too Early.

Got There Too Early
I'm a very punctual person. Sometimes to a fault. I arrived at an event one and half hours early. I walked to a park and sketched.

Geek Stuff: Code

July 21. 2015

photo of computer desktop and a website redesign.

Code Checking
Checking the html code and reprocessing images for larger screens.

Geek Stuff: Responsive

July 16. 2015

photo of computer desktop and a website redesign.

Website Re-design
Redesigning my website and checking for responsiveness.

Digital Sketchbook: App to App

July 8. 2015

original digital sketch using the procreate drawing app on the ipad.

This is the original digital drawing created using the Procreate drawing app on iPad.

original digital sketch using the Procreate drawing app on the ipad.

Broken Arm
Here is the illustration finished in Photoshop. Fonts used : Toyler X Handmade and Meltow Brush Rust, both by Type Sketchbook.

Sketchbook: Draw What you Mean

July 5. 2015

Illustration titled: I Sure Miss You

I Sure Miss You
Drawn with a Pentel Brush pen and finished with Photoshop. Font used: a real date stamp and Robolt x Hand Light Regular by Type Sketchbook.

Sketchbook: Visual Memory

July 5. 2015

Illustration titled: After The Movie

After The Movie
Image from my sketchbook. I saw this scene while riding the subway and tried to remember it as much as I could so I could draw it when I got home. Drawn with a Pentel Brush pen.

Sketchbook: Drawing and beer

July 5. 2015

Photo of my my sketchbook while drawing with my friend Jason. Vancouver, BC, CANADA.

Drawing Session
Drawing and having beers with my good friend Jason Turner.

First Cup: Old School

July 5. 2015

photo of coffee cup and sketchbook

Pencil and Black Coffee
The basics.