Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Pursuit of Glee

Hey guys

The Pursuit of Glee is up and kicking again. Just thought I'd share that with you.

Here's the link...

Also if any of you would like to submit a quote...


Thanks for your time, kids.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Yet another design Job site!

Haven't looked into this throughly yet but seems like a good idea.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

AI 28!

(This is a piece that Jingyao did that got in called the Sunbathers. I had never seen it, but I love it!)

Most of you probably know already, but the American Illustration 28 gallery is up and everything looks fantastic.

American Illustration

Web Show!

Congrats again to those of you who got into the printed and online shows!
I'm so proud of everyone, and you get the added bonus of making me kick myself in the ass for not submitting anything.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Jon Boam

I love love love his work. This is his re-done cover of a Shazam comic for the Covered Blog, which you should also check out for Jimmy's cover currently up on there (Conan the Barbarian of course. And it looks AWESOME). Mark Grambau had his own re-do of a Spiderman cover on there recently too, so good job Mark and Jimmy!

But, back to Jon Boam: I'm thrilled by his work, and you should check him out and be thrilled too! While his flat coloring is fantastic, I love it when he mixes things up by using goofy rainbow scratchboard papers or scritchy scratchy pencil lines for a doggy sweater. So great!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Final Greeting

The images are in my blog. The text says: Mom, I found them!

It's about finding the perfect boots for my mom's mother day's present. <3

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Drawing Boots!

I'm doing sketches for a greeting card for Mother's Day that revolves around..Boots!
Turns out I enjoy drawing shoes...who woulda thought!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tips on the Bizz from the Pros

Baltimore Jan 2009

I miss you all!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

William Wegman

i want poochie to be the next this

not redhead, but .. great at posing and not moving..

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Why can't I have a puppy NOW?

It is April 12 of 2009. In a month, it will be a year from our glorious graduation from the M-I-C of A, and I still don't have a puppy. Ok, let me explain. It's April 200 and fucking 9 and I don't have a puppy running in my yard. I don't, because I don't have a yard. I don't have a yard, because I live in a very limited, very carpeted apartment complex that makes it virtually impossible to have dogs. I would live in a place with a yard, or a balcony, or some kind of space where to put my plants...if I could afford it. I could afford it if I had a real job. A real art job. See where I'm going with this? It's amazing how everything that's wrong with my life right now can be traced to that lingering fact. I know most of you can painfully relate, and I'm sure that many of you have more urgent things to worry about than puppies. Things like rent and utilities and groceries.

In a month, it will be the fateful anniversary of our birth into the "real" world, and many of us still don't have art jobs, or freelance assignments, or puppies. 2008 was a shitty year. 2009 promises to be equally shitty. Some of us are starting to feel desperately frustrated because we are still not where we thought we would/should be at this point.


Deciding to study art is not hard. Becoming an artist, going to school... that is not (too) hard.
Continuing to be an artist. That is the hard part. Not giving up on your career. That is the hard part. Continuing to apply for job after job after job regardless of the assholes that never even have the common courtesy of letting you know they got your email/portfolio/resume. That is the hard part. Creating things even when nobody hires you to. That is the hard part. Keeping on, that's the hardest part. This is what separates artists from people that went to art school.

So lets not give our shitty economy the last laugh. Continue to be an artist. Keep making things. Keep applying to jobs. Yes this sucks. And yes, as a class we got a really bad year. But this is still our life. We will still be artists nonetheless.

Let's support each other through this. Let's not hate when one of us is doing well. As tempting as that may be, that's what Shepard Fairey is for...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I made this video from other videos

one more for the night... ... (morning?)..

This body of work quenches my soul.
Shinichi Maruyama

From Bagel with Love...

I want you all to share more! I was super excited when Judith started this, but this blog is beginning to look a bit pathetic. I'm guilty of it, too; I know. It did have a pretty nice start, thanks to a lot of you :) but we need to keep this thing going! I'm sure you know that it really only takes 2-5 minutes to post something. I know it's easy to forget, which is why I'm posting this as a reminder in case you visit from time to time.

Whether you've got anything going on as a professional illustrator, or whether you've been titled employee of the month at the Q Mart (congratulations if you have.. though I don't know if there is such a thing as Q Mart), I think it's really important that we share our work, resources, ideas, concerns, or anything else. If you're going through some tough times not having a job/clients, then that's something to talk about; ask for some advice, support, whatever you want or need. Or if you've had success and found some clients/jobs, then that's a wonderful thing to share too! Those of us who aren't having a lot of luck would LOVE to know that it's still possible. From personal experience, I know how easy it can be to begin to feel that it's hopeless. Even better is if you've found a job or potential client(s) that might be perfect for someone else here. If you don't care about any of that, then maybe there's a website that you frequent for inspiration, ideas, whatever. Maybe you saw some awesome .. movie or .. heard some great song.

OR... maybe you don't even care or like this blog idea. Maybe you have a better idea for a way to keep in touch? Maybe you'd rather this be on tumblr.. twitter.. etc. .. (actually, twitter sounds like an excellent idea) ooor maybe you're happy with just a few of us updating...

Whatever your reasons for lack of participation might be, I hope you all will remember this little blog and post from time to time. I'd love to know what's going on with all of you: what new things you're seeing, what you're creating .. WHATEVER. There are days when I visit everyone's blog/website to see what's up, and... quite frankly... I'd rather see all that in one spot.

I ONLY SPEAK FOR MYSELF HERE. SPUR OF THE MOMENT KIND OF THING. and .. don't mean to seem like I might be making a big deal out of this, cause I don't mean to... I just thought it might help a lot of us if we kept in touch this way... also, I'm going to try and post something at least 4 times a month.

Stay healthy!


This blog (ANIMATION BACKGROUNDS) is a true gem and for a long time, I've been visiting it for so many things (inspiration, nostalgia, color, environment, entertainment, what have you). Sorry for holding out! I chose this picture because Cinderella is my mom's all time favorite Disney movie. I can't believe I didn't name Poochie, Gus-Gus. I'd forgotten that I kind of promised myself I would name my first dog after him... Oh well. Next time!

Here's a background from my all time favorite Disney movie (101 Dalmatians; storyboarding + design done by Bill Peet, my all time favorite artist/illustrator):

Friday, April 3, 2009

carrillo carrillo

thought i'd share something i just did

Friday, March 13, 2009

Behance FAIL.. :-/

So guys there was a confusion regarding the Behance invite situation and I wanted to clear it up.
It was totally my fault for not reading the fine print, but anyways...

When somebody joins the Behance network, he/ she gets 17 invites that they can use to invite other people.
As you started to become interested, I started to invite away... in a few occasions i invited more than one person at a time (kinda how you type in more than one email divided by a coma when sending out forwards...not that any of you send out forwards, of course...)

well...turns out that inviting more than one person at a time isn't allowed and i caused a strange glitch in the website, in which one of the invitees gets in the network fine and the other one has login problems/ isn't allowed in.
I am really sorry if I caused any terrible inconveniences of any nature and i am totally willing to re-invite you as many times as you need to get back in...please don't hesitate to message me in case you have any problems ( i think most people should be set by now though)

fyi, Its OK if you invite more than one person the same day...the problem arises when you use one invitation for more than one email.

Also, if you are already in the Behance network you can feel free to invite other mica 08 people as well....

Hope everything works out!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Everybody jump on the Behance Bandwagon!....don't forget the POLL ------------------------------------------------------------------>>>

Ok people!!
For those of you who haven't heard about the acclaimed creative network Behance:

A superbly designed website, full with creative professionals,
beautiful galleries and posted jobs. JOBS, people.
So you need to be invited to get into the network (or request an invitation directly) , so if you're interested message me and i'll send you an invitation.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Having fun with Brad Pitt

Any and everytime you are bored at home, pick up a magazine and do this.
This was Rolling Stone's December/Jan Cover

quick update

Ok, it must be obvious to all by now that I am a terrible blogger.
I will try to be better.

Meanwhile, here's my first assignment here in Houston.
This cover was done for the guys at Free Press Houston, a local, alt paper founded
by artists and writers in the area. The Bmore City Paper could learn a lot from them (especially in the nice department).
Anyways, here it is (actual art is in my blog):

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Kutiman Remixes You Tube

Thru You:
This guy took videos from U tube and mixed them into completely new music.

My personal faves are Just a Lady, Wait for Me and Babylon Band.
(the actual iraqi babylon not the jamaican bah-bah-lawn)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

American Illustration 28

When is the deadline?
// February 20, 2009 - Enter online HERE

What are the AI28 entry fees?
// $10 per illustration (student work)
// $25 per illustration
// $75 per published book, catalog, annual report, calendar or video animation
// $72 per editorial, advertising, or personal series of up to 10 related images

What work is eligible?
Work produced during 2008

// Editorial // Books // Advertising // Graphics+Promotional // Film+Animation // 3-D // Unpublished // Personal // Fine Art // Student Work //

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sketch Memories

Hello Everyone!

So I am back from Baltimore after spending a great time with family and friends.
And while at home, I found my old thesis sketchbook. Here are some images:


Jessie Guo

Rebecca Bradley


Adrien Travis

Nick Djanji

Kelly Lassarre

Andrea again (just random, not part of the thesis sketchbook)

This is also random. I drew ashley kimbro and Jessie Guo on a long crit. Those are song lyrics coming out of Ashley's mouth.
These next ones are just me messing around.

An these are some drawings friends did for me on my birthday (2007). I took the liberty of coloring them.

Jess drew the flower and I filled up the page with leaves.

Simone Thornton and Nick Djanji

Alessa and Ryan Artell

Andrea and David

Jimmy and Gerard

And these are from Junior year, Concepts, with Rebeca Bradley.
These are by Jess Neil.

Hope everyone is doing great, and feel free to upload your own sketch memories.
It's great to be home!