Friday, July 28, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Vampire Hunters Club - a storyboard scene

     Even when I'm not working, it feels like I am working. Here's one of the things I've been creating on the side. This is a storyboarded scene set in the old west and involves vampires and an Asian-American as the main character. I was more or less practicing line work, figuring out style, experimenting on what's a good brush to make a good line, how minimal can I slap down tone, but still wanted it all kinda loose. So, the frames might vary a bit in their look throughout.

     For the complete scene as a pdf, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wonder Woman concept art - part 2

Honored to be a part of a Wonder Woman art book signing at the Gallery Nucleus today. Unfortunately photos weren't allowed at the event, but there were some group pics maybe I could track down later.
Here's the victory painting I did in the back of the book.
"Wondah Womaaaaan!" Haha, I still remember watching the Lynda Carter show.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Jorn redesigns

Here's some redesigns on my Jorn the Brave characters.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

How to Batch Convert PSDs into JPGs with Photoshop

   I find this useful when doing storyboards and I have a bunch of psds I want to convert into jpgs without doing it one by one via Save As..., which carpal tunnel would more than love. Let photoshop do it for you. I'm using Photoshop CS3 in this case, so it may look different, or not.

    Go to File > Scripts > Image Processor... > in the pop up menu, this is where you can do it a couple different ways. Follow Step 1 to get your files, either you have them already open, or Select Folder to find them, or use Adobe Bridge beforehand and use Image Processor through Bridge.

     Follow Step 2 to choose the location of where to save all of the jpgs. Normally, I choose Save in Same Location, because this automatically creates a folder called JPEG and spits it all out in there.

   In Step 3, choose JPEG and quality level. > Hit Run, and just let it run.

How To Make a Multi-Page PDF with Photoshop

     Maybe you need to send somebody a bunch of pics and it'll be more convenient to make one pdf file instead of sending a bunch of loose jpgs or psds. Here's how to make a multi-page pdf with Photoshop.
Firstly, I'm using an old Photoshop CS3, btw, so things may or may not look different.

     So, you go to File > Automate > PDF Presentation... > in the pop up menu, click Browse... > select all your files you want in the pdf (hopefully you numbered them in the order you want, and yes they can be psds because it'll make them jpgs later) > click Open > make sure the Multi-Page Document button is selected > hit Save > another pop up menu appears, write a name for the pdf and select a location > hit Save > the last pop up menu appears, which is the most important and useful. In Adobe PDF Preset, drag down and select Smallest File Size > check Optimize for Fast Web Preview > go to the Compression tab, set Compression to JPEG and Image Quality to High (High gets the file size pretty small, but you can test it out lower if you want) > hit Save, and that's pretty much it. Back away and let it do its work.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wonder Woman concept art - part 1

I did a ton of work on Wonder Woman. Mostly sketches, some key art. I'm pretty excited when I saw 3 of my pieces in the art book. Stay tuned, more to come.

Pirates 5 Post - part 2

Here's some more of my concept art from Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pirates 5 Post - part 1

Had so much fun working on Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales! I guess this was about 3 years ago, so I'm trying to remember, but I think they wanted a bunch of ideas of ghosts that  looked like how they died. Naturally, I referenced my Marc Davis for true fans of the ride, and I took influence from Beetlejuice's waiting room scene. However I think they wanted more a "less funny" direction, just different variations of body parts blown out or parts smashed together, so I did a bunch of those.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

figure drawing

Here's some figure drawing pics.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

introducing CAHMIX

I drew a little comic while I'm staying home, sick. Can't remember the last time I drew comics; maybe high school. Got inspired from discovering some story artists, like Lissa Treiman, Fawn VeerasunthornDavid Derrick.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

personal project

This is a new lineup of characters in one of my personal projects. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


I revisited an old fan art piece of Indy I did a couple years ago.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Kong sketches

Some more old sketches I did from Netflix's "Kong: King of the Apes"

Monday, January 30, 2017

War is a Game - part 5

[In case you missed it, read part1, part 2, part 3, part 4]

 I keep finding old art from my video game job. Here is concept art from a decade+ ago.  They seem to be my ideas for mercenaries, bosses, main characters, side characters, or selectable characters and costumes. Tried to make it cool and edgy by looking at fashion and make it "rock 'n roll", which might be what I regret the most -- making light of war, making it "sexy". Well, at any rate, nobody liked these anyway.

  This might be the last of my posts in this series called "War is a Game" where I have anti-war rants while using my old concept art as visual aids. Again, the game company was a great experience, but I feel I should right a wrong -- that I was so ignorant at the time about foreign policy and contributed to this sort of..."war is the norm" feeling in American culture.

   After the towers fell (I hate saying f-cking "nine - eleven") and Bush gave us the so-called PATRIOTact, it was hard to believe America would continue for so long warring and abusing its power on their own citizens, to this day, all in the name of "safety and security" over freedom and liberty. Obama traded the ground war for drone warfare, essentially increasing war into more countries than his predecessor, drones which were "Team America"-style accurate, killing untold numbers of women and children, and he set the tone to allow killing US citizens without due process. He continued mass spying dragnets on everyone and their mother, waged war on press and whistleblowers of warcrimes. His FBI profiled, harassed, and entrapped Muslims [1,2,3,4]. He continued to be the biggest worldwide weapons dealer, and gave military aid to multiple factions playing them against each other, etc. All this and more.

   Sound "fascist"? Yeah, many in independent media, mostly outside mainstream media, have been saying the US has been slipping into fascism or a "soft fascism" for a long time. I.e. War is not a democratic decision anymore, government has been getting too nationalistic, imperialistic, and overly paranoid with security despite miniscule statistics of any threat level. It kept with the regime changes and election meddling of other nations. And of course when ya bomb the shit out of predominantly Muslim countries, OF COURSE it would be perceived by outsiders as a religious war, of Christians vs. Muslims. Of course there would be a muslim refugee problem and xenophobia issue if you propagandize as much as the US does; have such absolutely random TSA rules, raise threat levels arbitrarily on every holiday or celeb event -- our paranoinia makes us feel so important. Too few were critical of Obama, because he was just too cool. And even though Bin Laden was already obsolete, after killing him Obama still just had to be police-of-the-world (even though we haven't actually won any wars since WW2 and thus have no cred) in nations having nothing to do with "the towers and that event" and continue to waste money attemping nation-building the places we destroy. Doing the same thing over and over -- that didn't work...Still doesn't work. The US military is basically stuck in the archaic mentality of something akin to line infantry war tactics, and literally don't understand the modern world. That "might" is not only not right, but it just doesn't work.

    Sooo, Trump is now president...and everyone is now suddenly afraid. Of "fascism". About people hating us. But the writing was on the wall. I kept saying War is the central issue to many of these problems -- domestic as well as foreign. Now, it has become the latest and greatest hottest thing to protest only this administration's "muslim persecution", wars, war crimes, xenophobia (and hopefully they'll protest the surveillance state and get behind Snowden finally). It's great -- everyone is once again standing up for American values and liberties and for all human beings of all types globally. Where the f--- were they for the last 8 years?! There are such inconsistencies in the liberals, lefties, Democrats, etc. (I admit the fallacy of lumping them all together) Lefties were supposed to be the anti-war activists, but they are still going rabidly nuts to give the already unhinged Trump yet another enemy in Russia! They don't trust him with the nuke codes, but are trying to get him riled up?! [And it baffles me why the lefties in my current job allow a f-ing war profiteering propaganda company to share our offices. Either ignorance...or Obama made war so cool...or who knows...]

     But for the most part, with protests around the nation now, the lefties have otherwise returned to being defenders of US values of freedom for all and now care about civil liberties. Hollywood animation artists are doing stuff. Protests have come out of the woodwork, and well, better late than never. Awareness can educate.

    To end on a positive note, this is where I would suggest a possible solution is found -- in education. Malala is right. Look...religious extremism has existed for centuries, so why does it appear to have run amok today? Western meddling is a clear reason -- so leave, like we left Vietnam. And, terrorists are recruited because they are indoctrinated, guillible, and desperate. Educate them on what's really going on, about history, about facts and logic and reason, all the things I've been blogging about, and it'll become evident it never makes sense to go to war. Play the long game, but start now. They'll lose numbers and recede into history again. And education goes for politicians, media, pundits, and the general public of the western world as well. We need a new enlightenment.
[updated 2.10.17]