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calendar sketch


calendar sketch
pen – pilot p-500

A quick little doodle while waiting for our meeting to start.

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alien mech sketch – first encounter


alien mech sketch
digital pencil – autodesk sketchbook pro

His first encounter with the alien mech.

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landscape sketch – digital pencils


landscape sketch
digital pencils

Based on last weeks thumbnail sketches, this is my first landscape sketch using 2b and 6b pencils in corel painter.

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landscape thumbnails


landscape thumbnails sketch
pen on textured paper

Landscape thumbnail studies. Next step… digital painting. (Totally inspired by Marco Bucci’s iTouch paintings!)

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1000 Paper Cranes Accomplished

1000 paper cranes

I accomplished my goal of folding paper cranes each day in 2009.

You can see a list of the entire gallery HERE. Each image is linked to the Picasa Web Album.

I’m hoping 2010 will be wonderful year. Take care, be safe and remember to appreciate each and every day. You never know when it could be your last.

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Rest in Peace – Oliver Mendoza

I just found out a friend and co-worker had passed away Saturday night.

Oli was a super talented artist, photographer and overall nicest guy you could ever meet.

You will be missed brother.

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pen sketches – afghan farmer and jack black


afghan farmer
Afghan Farmer sketch 1
pen – pilot p-500

afghan farmer
Afghan Farmer sketch 2
pen – pilot p-500

jack black
Jack Black sketch (unintentionally channeling Stanley Kubrick)
pen – pilot p-500

I’ve been trying to do more sketching these days. Tonight I wanted to focus on my lines and flow. It’s a continuous struggle. I found the farmer in a local newspaper article and Jack Black in Rolling Stone magazine.

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japanese crane sketches


japanese crane sketch
pen – Uchida’s Le Pen – .3mm

japanese crane sketch
pen – Uchida’s Le Pen – .3mm

I finally found my Le Pen! These sketches were done on office note pads while on the phone discussing web edits with the 4th floor engineers. I guess you can say I have had cranes on my mind lately.

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Happy New Year! First Three Paper Cranes

folded dollar bill paper cranes
dollar bill cranes 1, 2, 3 on mahjong tiles

I am starting a new project this year: 1000 cranes 2009.

This is my first entry.

You can follow my progress HERE.

I wish you all a happy, joyous and safe 2009.

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obama the savior

Barack Obama the Savior
sketchbook quickie – 10 minutes
Barack Obama the Savior sketch
derwent graphite – 2b only

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doors to religiosity

Views from a camera phone, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, 1:30 a.m.

sunken red door
Grace Catherdral San Francisco
slightly overexposed light with a strange diagonal spread

doors of paradise
Grace Catherdral San Francisco - Doors of Paradise
ironically, though security bars…

doors of paradise
Grace Catherdral San Francisco - Doors of Paradise
… bars with added spikes.

Read more about the San Francisco Grace Cathedral’s Bible in Bronze.

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George Carlin: Gone But Not Forgotten

George Carlin Sketch 01
George Carlin Sketch 02
George Carlin Sketch 03
pencils – derwent graphic 6b

It has been one week since George Carlin’s passing at age 71.

My memory of George Carlin extends back to the early 80′s when I saw him on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He did this one joke on driving:

Q: “At a traffic light, if red means stop and green means go, what does yellow mean?”
A: “Come on, you can make it!”

That was tame compared to his usual fare. But it showed me at an early age that observing human behavior and joking about it can be funny as hell.

The news of his death has been interesting to say the least.

Two of the better write ups I came across were in Time Magazine: “How George Carlin Changed Comedy” and The New York Times: “George Carlin, Comic Who Chafed at Society and Its Constraints, Dies at 71″.

I feel fortunate to have seen him live just as he was turning extremely cynical and some might argue very angry. He reminded me a lot of Friedrich Nietzsche. Many confuse their bitterness as something negative. Humans find it hard to accept truths about themselves, no matter how ugly it can be.

But as much as I wish I could have seen him live one last time, I am glad he has left us with so many recorded performances. I am especially looking forward to watching the award ceremony this fall on PBS The 11th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: A Tribute to George Carlin.

The master is gone, but he will not be forgotten.

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mini thor

mini thor
pencil – derwent graphic 4b

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cyber cowboy

cyber cowboy
pencils – Derwent Graphic 2b,4b 6b and Faber-Castell Aquarelle

Westworld’s Revenge

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blackened crab: destination, bay area

blackened crab san francisco bay area oil spill
pen: pilot P-500 extra fine and colored pencils: prismacolor

It’s been just over two weeks since the 65,000-ton cargo ship Cosco Busan struck the Bay Bridge and spilled 60,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean.

At least 2,700 birds have been found dead from direct contact with the oil. Talk of lawsuits have been discussed. This mess could cost local taxpayers more than $200 million. The local fisherman have decided to postpone the start of crab season till the first week of December.

Just recently, it was reported that “nearly 100,000 pounds of live Dungeness crab apparently caught by Oregon fishermen near the Farallones are headed to Bay Area seafood wholesalers for distribution to consumers – a major blow to local commercial fishermen.” (SFgate.com – Nov. 21, 2007)

I love crab. But I cannot help thinking that any wildlife in the area will be affected by this ecological disaster in one way or another. Are these crabs edible? Who knows. I know I won’t be eating any.

UPDATE 11.30.2007 – State lifts ban on fishing, crabbing after S.F. Bay oil spill (sfgate.com) … Enjoy your crab!

The thing that really upsets me are that globs of black goo still floating around my favorite San Francisco spot, Baker Beach. I sketched the illustration above from a perspective usually seen from Baker Beach towards the Golden Gate. (The oil dripping crab boat may been seen in the near future.) When I lived out there, I would hear fog horns and see cargo ships in the distance. Little did I know one of those monstrosities would cause such damage.

Thanks for nothing Cosco Busan.

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alternative fuel vehicle

alternative fuel vehicle
pen: pilot P-500 extra fine and markers: prismacolors cool greys

An alternative fuel vehicle for the San Francisco gas consumers suffering $3.50+ a gallon.

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saving some hearts

heartwalk logo

digital – adobe illustrator
I designed this logo for our American Heart Association Heartwalk team this year.

Since feeling the effects of kidney disease first hand, I’ve been on a mission to help promote positive, healthy living. I’ve quit smoking, cut out soda, decreased my Filipino fatty food intake, and have been exercising more often than before… although removing the spare tire around my waist has proven to be really, really hard.

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captain starkist

captain starkist
pencils – Derwent Graphic 2b,4b 6b and Faber-Castell Aquarelle
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feeling bearish

bearish beating bullish
graphite pencil – derwent graphic – 6b, 4b, 2b
Feeling Bearish
Following Wall Street today can be as stressful as following the news coming out of Washington DC. With the talk of a “housing bubble” bursting at the seams, the thought of a correction to an inflated market sounds enticing. To a hesitant bear living in the Bay Area California, I have witnessed the exponential rise of fake equity the last five years. I feel a bit of resolve having been sitting on the sidelines watching this slow moving train wreck just now starting to unfold.

I also feel sorry for those families who got duped and swindled into signing those creative loans. I hope they find some kind of resolve. As for the speculators and flippers, shame on them for trying to make a quick buck. The greedy are going to get their comeuppance, just you wait and see.

bear bull study sketch
bear study
graphite pencil – derwent graphic – 4b

initial bear study sketch
initial bear study
graphite pencil – derwent graphic – 4b

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figure studies

charcoal
charcoal back

pencils – sanguine and white on seashell flecked paper
charcoal back

charcoal
charcoal back

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r2d2 in san francisco

r2d2 mailbox san francisco
usps official r2d2 mailbox – 4th and townsend caltrain station, san francisco

r2d2 ilm lobby - presidio, san francisco
r2d2 model – ilm lobby, presidio, san francisco

r2d2 in san francisco
I’ve been cleaning up my macbook pro hard drive and have come across a large amount of photos to archive. These two are just the beginning of more photos to come.

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saving the suit

saving the suit

digital – corel painter and adobe photoshop
Topic: Suit – illustrationfriday.com

Running late for his job interview, Mr. Slowski took the expressway through underground utility pipes. While saving his suit from water, a fellow commuter decided to hitch a ride.

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gaining a higher perspective

Epic Battle

pen: pilot P-500 and markers: prismacolors cool greys
Epic Battle concept – original post: March 2006

Almost two months of crazy work deadlines and recouping by traveling to the East Coast to visit family and friends, is to me, time well spent.

After attending my college roommate’s wedding in Jersey, chowing down on cheese steaks in South Philly with a grade school buddy, and tending to some family health issues in Virginia, my sketchbook is now tapping me on the shoulder.

My pencils haven’t seen much action lately, although the wheels in my head have been constantly spinning with ideas. Now to bring them to fruition.

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polar freeze

polar freeze illustration friday
digital – adobe illustrator

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virginia tech mourns

virginia tech logo black
vector illustration – adobe illustrator

As a Virginia Tech alumnus (1997), I offer my condolences to those that are most affected by this tragedy; current students, family and friends of the injured and deceased. As the flurry of media swarms on this story (I have been contacted personally by local Bay Area California media) I truly hope there will be a resolve towards peace and understanding in this world. This violence needs to stop.