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chiaro[OB]scuro
The shop is up. My decks can now be purchased over at boardpusher: http://www.boardpusher.com/artofda

I'm still working on the store design. Currently my artwork is available on 7.75" and 8" decks, I'll soon have some 7.5" and 7.8" decks ready.

One of the new designs:


Wanna see the others? Get on over to the shop and look around. Oh, and go peek at my cafepress shop as well ( http://www.cafepress.com/nervos )...plenty of shirts with pink, green, red, white, and purple skulls...and my Lil' Zombie. I know some of you need some new underwear under there, I got some for you ;)

Anyhow, I hope all of you are doing well and having a fab October.

Cheers.

"Rar!"
 
 
Current Mood: working
Current Music: The Birthday Massacre - The Dream
 
 
chiaro[OB]scuro
05 October 2007 @ 08:19 pm
I love October. It's not my favorite month, but it's close. I love the seasonal change (though in Phx Az it's not much of a change), I love the holiday aroma candles, I love the browns and oranges and yellows...I love how the dead come to life to eat your brain...

Yeah. October is a very nice month.

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I haven't posted much lately due to the lack of time and lack of personal projects I care to show off and say "look what I made!!". I took my daughter to see The Birthday Massacre a couple weeks ago. Had a brilliant time. They're easily my favorite band right now, unfortunately the crowd turnout sucked monkey butt and I'm afraid that it will affect whether or not they come back. It's not like they're desperate for venues, they're on a world tour right now and a number of their shows around the states have sold out (or so I'm told). But we had fun, regardless. And I'd totally travel to a neighboring state to see them again.

Been severely busy lately with work. Making t-shirt designs, skateboard designs, drawing comic books, lettering comic books, coloring comic books...I'd feel better about being so busy if I were getting much in the way of a financial kick-back from ANY of it, but I'm not. It's a genuine love for what I do that keeps me doing what I do.

A bit of early self promotion: On November 4th I'll be sitting with Jay Fotos at the Phoenix Comic Con studio for the Art Walk thing in Tempe. If you know what I'm talking about, cool...if not I'll find out the rest of the information and let everybody know closer to the event. I'll also be seated at the Phoenix Cactus Comic Con Artist Gallery drawing stuff for people. If you're goin, come on by. If not, you suck.

Today's image: One T-Shirt design, coming soon to a cafepress near you. Happy October, kids.

 
 
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: The Birthday Massacre - Red Stars
 
 
chiaro[OB]scuro
23 August 2007 @ 12:19 pm
A publisher is still in the "talking" phase with KING! and I have no idea where it's headed right now (how I personally prefer it, my partner handles all of that stress). But, if it does get picked up, an editor will be assigned to the book and the first issue will be re-worked which I am very excited about. The self-published issue didn't turn out how I wanted due to the time restraints and the desperation to get something done for the local convention. Regardless, the book sold out (prints are still available, however), but the perfectionist in me strongly desires to make so many changes that the book in it's entirety will need to be redone.

We'll see what happens. In any case, I've a few more commissions to finish before hitting Enlightenment again.

KING! vs. Mayan Zombies:
 
 
chiaro[OB]scuro
06 August 2007 @ 10:59 am
I think I'm enjoying this new love in my life because it's a new medium for me. Designing on boards gives me new restrictions and new layout challenges. After I get a few more boards done I may open up an online shop or something so I can make these available to the public. I've had far too many interested buyers to ignore.

Here's the newest:

 
 
Current Music: Apoptygma Berzerk - Mourn
 
 
chiaro[OB]scuro
31 July 2007 @ 04:21 pm
My daughter is learning how to ride a skateboard. I, being the responsible parent who doesn't believe in my children, told her that if she really dedicates herself to learning I'll design a board for her. I expected her to try for maybe a day or two and then give up. Well, after many falls, bruises, and scrapes she's called me on my word. I'm not totally sure on what to make for her just yet (she told me that she wants a flaming skull with acid dripping from it's mouth...my response was to promptly laughed in her face), but this is just one of a few of the designs I've come up with. If she don't like this one, I just may have it made for myself.

 
 
 
chiaro[OB]scuro
30 July 2007 @ 11:15 pm
I swear it happened to me.

 
 
Current Music: And One - Spontanverkehr
 
 
chiaro[OB]scuro
28 July 2007 @ 06:40 pm
I tend to procrastinate in my work alot in the sense that I'll avoid working on a certain page because I know that it'll end up kicking my ass. Enlightenment doesn't always provide such challenges, hero titles usually do...dynamic drawing is fun and all, it's just not my bag.

This page, a palm reading sequence in Enlightenment, turned into a pretty intense study of the hand.

 
 
Current Music: Tones on Tail - Rain
 
 
chiaro[OB]scuro
23 July 2007 @ 09:24 am
Aside from working on Enlightenment (a job that doesn't pay) I've been hired to color and letter two other bi-monthly titles, both alternating which would wonderfully work out to be one book a month, both paying gigs. Aside from the random commission piece I don't have much more in the way of paying projects. Recently I was asked to submit some sample pages (penciled, inked, and colored) for a pretty fun project. I submitted the three pages and actually had gotten a response immediately (I never talk about discussions between artists and publishers simply because I'm very personal with that kind of thing). Nothing was promised yet because there were other submissions being considered and a meeting that still needs to take place during SDCC in order for decisions to be made.

The two color and lettering gigs will be pretty steady and very generous in pay, so I'm not exactly starving and my family won't be living out on the streets. I hope to be one of the selected artists for this next project because I had so much fun with the submission pages and my oldest daughter seems to really dig the toys that the books are based off.


 
 
Current Music: NIN - Metal
 
 
chiaro[OB]scuro
18 July 2007 @ 06:02 pm
Sometime ago I had created a cover for a preview issue of Enlightenment (the issue was the entire first chapter, the graphic novel itself will be a total of 6 chapters - the series will be 3 books with 6 chapters each - figure it out). Due to the printer screwing us as far as quality goes, the book was a total failure. I'm pretty embarrassed about it. The cover, however, came out very nice. Unfortunately, the cover image had nothing to do with the book itself, it was just a piece of gothic imagery intended to catch attention. This be that cover:



All done with colored inks.

Since that was strictly for the preview issue (which, by the way, was a full sized comic book completed in inkwash with extra sketches, just all the interiors printed like total crap) the image was never intended for the final book. That particular cover needed to be completed months ago for solicitation purposes. This be that cover:



This cover has everything to do with the book. Nice when things work out like that. The stained glass image behind the figure is inspired by an actual design my friend and writer of the book, Thomas Hall, found himself entranced by during a wedding.

Cheers.
 
 
chiaro[OB]scuro
14 July 2007 @ 02:43 pm
An oldie...but still one of my favorites. I'm planning on using this as the cover for the sketchbook that I'm putting together.

 
 
Current Music: Deine Lakaien - Love Me to the End