All quality art in comics and comic strips start with the talent of penciling and inking. … [Read more...]

The Art of Tracing

Tracing is not cheating I know that there are many illustrators out there who think that tracing is like cheating when trying to get your illustrations down. I am here to tell you that nothing can be further from the truth. As a matter of fact my uncle has not drawn a picture since his teenage years. He is trying to regain his artistic talents by going back to the basics, which for him is learning to draw by tracing. … [Read more...]

What is art?

What is art? I have learned that art is suppose to resemble life. Art is an expression of who we are and how we feel. I am a christian illustrator. I tell you this so that you can see that my art work, (unless I am telling you a story,) is uplifting and positive. You can tell alot about a piece of art work. For example, The painting, "The Silent Scream," by Expressionist artist Edvard Munch (1893 and 1910) depicts a person walking on a road or bridige with their hands covering their ears. It is said the Mr. Munch painted this picture while suffering from nervous breakdowns. … [Read more...]

Be a Super Hero

I love comic books especially the super hero comics from the 1970's and 80's. It was and is my love for comics that inspired me to becoms an illustrator. The other day I was reading the newspaper, which I normally do not do because if it’s complete lies and agenda driven biases; (Note: I read the Drudge report) I came across a local story of a woman who slept outside in a makeshift shelter for two days straight in bone chilling weather here in New York City all to save a dog. … [Read more...]

How to Set Up Your Space for your Art Work

  Hello friends, for today's post, I would like to go over some very important tools you will need to begin your illustration career and also how to set up your work space. As an illustrator you can have all the talent in the world, but unless you have a good understanding and knowledge of the tools and equipment your using you’re really not working up to your full potential. To become successful as an illustrator you must start thinking like a professional. You must take pride in your work and deliver the most professional work possible. If you are not up to the standards of professional work, do not worry because you will continue to practice and with a little time you will develop your style.  … [Read more...]

Art mirroring life

Anyone who has been an illustrator, painter, cartoonist or writer understands that art mirrors life as we know it, or does it? In today's world we see many things in reality mirroring things we thought to be things of fantasy like cell phones, Skype and FaceTime. In Star Trek we see Captain Kirk using what is now known as a cell phone. … [Read more...]

“Excelsior” Moving Upwards and Onward

I am a young man of 25 years of age as I write this. I have been told by those who love and care for me that what I do now will impact my life as I get older, which means if I want to have a prosperouse future then I better begin working on it now. No one will be there to make things better for me. That is something I have to work on daily; it is my complete responsibility. … [Read more...]