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It's that time of year again. The end...yet, the beginning.
I'm sitting here at home tonight on December 31st, 2017, a quarter way through an IPA, sorting through this rant I had started writing a couple of days ago.
I'm contemplating if I want to re-write the whole damn thing, edit it, or leave it as is and add to it. My decision is to add to it, which I'm doing now as I write these sentences.
First and foremost I want to start by saying thank you to everyone who is still following me, reading my posts, buying my art, commenting on, and liking my work.
Especially if you're taking time out of your day to read all this shit I'm about to write and have written.
I hope everyone had a fantastic Holiday season. I was lucky enough to get just enough time off to spend with my family for Christmas.
This year I got a job, which prior to June 2017 I didn't have for the previous 5-6 years. So this Holiday season felt very different. Last year I could take all the time I wanted. I was doing my art and driving for Lyft on my time, my dime. This year I had a schedule, not planned by me.
But in some ways this job was a blessing as well. I work for one of, if not the biggest company in the world with endless possibilities. It has created some sort of financial stability. The pay isn't great, but I must say I actually enjoy the work. And now I can focus more on my art without the pressure of having to try to sell shit all the time and lessen the need to draw, print and sell fan art, which is a subject I discuss in more detail further into this post.
Any who...I'm now ab0ut halfway through my IPA. I'm a lightweight these days as I don't drink much anymore, except for the occasional craft beer here and there. So I'm feeling it.....so let's talk resolutions.
I don't have any resolutions.
But I do plan on resetting some of the aspects of my art venture in 2018. And I am looking forward to making a few changes.
I'm starting with a change in my signature stamp. I wanted to go back to the style of stamp I used a few years ago. Big and Bold. A more fitting rectangular shape. I feel like that stamp captured more attention and got more comments and compliments. The more scripty version I've been using this past year has received no praise whatsoever.
Up next I will be placing more focus on finally making my children's book. This is a goal I had last year as well, but procrastination and the desire for perfection got the best of me. These emotions will also be a factor this year, but I feel like now I'm more grounded in a solid concept. Plus, I've rebooted my Patreon page to help motivate me to create the content. So far it's looking pretty dead over there, but I hope that over time I can convert a few of you guys to support me with at least a $1 per month.
Next up is my clothing brand concept. This has also been in the works for some time now with many failed attempts. Procrastination has also played a great role in these failures as well as lack of research.
But this year I am more determined and inspired to push this one forward.
The rest are all more micro-goals such as blogging more and maybe building up my YouTube channel. Overall, increase my online presence more and cut back on some of the Comic Conventions I have been used to doing.
Speaking of cons, I will also be cutting back on fan art. I feel like the past year I forced out a lot of fan art to try and please the con goers and my wallet. This year having a job and all, I'm not too worried about making profits at cons and shows. This way I can put more effort into promoting my original content without pressure.
So now when I do draw fan art, it will be just that....fan art. For fun and for social media use only.
Again, these are all on-going improvements, not resolutions. I'm not gonna wake up tomorrow morning stressing out over this stuff. I have all of 2018 to make a dent in these goals which are simply continuations from this past year and prior.
I think this concludes my rant. If you are following me on Instagram you will already have seen the completed stamp as I have been revealing it in chunks over the past two days.
This coming week I will be formatting and finalizing my new Sketchbook to be released on Amazon. If you are a patron of mine on Patreon you will have access to a 10 page preview very soon.
If you did read this whole thing, please leave me a comment below and I may consider doing a cool giveaway for those of you who are actually paying attention, lol.
Til then....Happy New Year!!! Be safe!!! Best Wishes!!!....
In honor of the Last Jedi releasing today, I have modified my Art Trooper Tee design as well as added the 2.0 version. Both are now available at my shop. Click on the images below to purchase and check out all the other goodies available. Both shirts are available in Men's (unisex) and Women's sizes.
Terms of Service for HOLIDAY COMMISSIONS
-All work is done digitally and can either be emailed to you at High Resolution for FREE or printed, signed and mailed to you via USPS for $5. FREE Shipping on all orders over $100. $5 and FREE shipping only applies in the U.S. International shipping will range from $12 to $20 depending on country.
-Holiday Caricatures & Characters means that the commission will consist of one or more characters of choice. This could be a Caricature of yourself, your friend or family member or a Character of choice (favorite super-hero or cartoon character, etc.)
-All Holiday art must be at PG-13 level; NO nudity or of sexual nature.
-For the price of $50 you get a single FULL color, FULL body character with a choice of a simple Holiday themed background like snow flakes, holly, christmas lights or a simple christmas tree, etc.
The themes DO NOT have to be Holiday related, but I ask that backgrounds are kept simple.
-You can add additional characters into the same image for an additional $25 each. However, if you request for the additional character to be separate with it's own background, it's back up to $50
-Due to the discount on these commissions, there are no do-overs or refunds. I am however offering simple adjustments and corrections for $10 each.
ALL ORDERS MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCED!!!
To order or for questions or concerns, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the
I want to introduce the world to the beginning phase of Tobi-Tees. Will I be keeping this name? I'm not sure. But I just wanted to label it something, otherwise I will be banging my head against the wall and procrastinate forever on starting a clothing brand. But if the name receives well with the audience, then it will remain.
I have "procrastinated" a long time on starting up a brand. Most of it has been fear of failure. And a good percentage of it has been finances. Screen printing is expensive for a startup. And up until recent years, DTG (Direct to Garment Printing) wasn't the greatest quality. But I have tested out a company to help me get these designs off the ground. I've ordered a handful of shirts myself and so far they've held up well. So I will be using this method for Phase 1.
I'm still working on several designs to fill up the shop, but I am just about ready to test out a Facebook campaign to see how the designs are received by the world.
for now, check out the shop, drop me a comment below with any ideas, suggestions, etc.
I wanted to post this yesterday (Thursday) as a TBT piece to follow up my "look back at blank variant comics." In that post I mentioned that I feel like the demand for blank variant comics is slowly fading and I'm not doing nearly as many as I used to. This came along with a decline in convention profits for the past year. Don't get me wrong, I'm not doing this solely for the money, but at some point you get used to a certain standard. I think for me the decline in sales isn't so much about the money, but it makes me question the integrity of my work and makes me wonder if my work may have gotten stale. That along with a ton of competition on the rise, makes me wonder if I no longer stack up against the competition. And again, I know that's not what it's all about, but that seems to be what my mind defaults to. But maybe it's all just a sign to make a change and try new things.
I really want to start pushing out more original or unique work and try my hand at more art walks, galleries and pop-up shows this year and next. And in all honestly, I'm getting a little burnt out on drawing varieties of Harley Quinn to please a certain audience. She was fun to draw for a good 5 years. But enough is enough. I feel like I can't progress as an artist or come up with unique concepts by limiting myself to fan art. And unique/original is simply not gonna fly at conventions.
I'm not saying that I will never do conventions again. But I will be very selective. And I may even wait until I have an original book of sorts to make a comeback.
Needless to say, the last few years have been a blast. And I hope that someday I will return to cons with a fresh mindset and regain that feeling I used to have. Enjoy the photos below and see if you can find yourself in them. I've met a ton of great people through cons and made a few good friends. I hope you all keep following and supporting me through social media. Know that I will NOT stop creating and I promise there is some cool stuff to come. So stick around.
A special thanks to:
My wife Cassidy
My daughter Alice
John Kratky @coffeetimecomix
Stephen Yan @syngeist
JD Correa @jdcorreasketchart
Rich Mprezya @mprezya
Jose Rodriguez @jtrod88
Danny Silva @dsilvadesigns
Tee No Evil (Franco & Francis) @teenoevil
Richard Garcia @artbyrichard
Hip Hop Trooper @hiphoptrooper
Greavehearts Cosplay @graveheartscosplay
Cimarron Kuskie @cimarron_1
Earth 2 Comics @earth_2_comics
Phat Collectibles @phatcollectibles
Just to mention a few off the top of my head...
Many if not all of you have been there since day one supporting me. So I thank you for the support and the memories.
I wanted to take a peek back in time and recover as many images of sketch covers I've done as I could.
Here are some of them.
A lot of these have found homes, some of them I still have and some were commissions.
It saddens me a bit that this trend seems to have died out a bit over the past year, at least for me.
I still have a box full of blanks that I'm not sure what to do with. Do People still collect custom covers?
Sketching on these covers used to be what cons were all about for me. I enjoyed doing them so much. It gave me so much adrenaline and motivation seeing people's reactions when they picked up their commissions. It was also always a challenge because I'd get requests for characters I had never drawn or perhaps never even seen or heard of before. It gave me the chance to experiment and push my limits.
But it seems that the time has come to move on. In my next post I will address more about my decision to cut back on cons for a while, or forever, along with some images of the past. I was going through all my iPhotos yesterday and recovered so many memories. I really miss the way cons used to be. But maybe that chapter is over and it's time to embark in some new adventures.
and thanks for reading.
For the past few years I've been vending at the 626 & OC Night Markets. These are amazingly fun events that take place at two locations here in SoCal. 626 Night Market takes place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and OC Night Market takes place at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. In a nutshell, this is primarily a food festival based around asian/american fusion food. But as of late a lot of other cultures are jumping into the mix brining their own amazing flavors. You'll find anything from lobster to boba to churros and ice cream....tacos, burritos, sushi, noodles....etc.
Me? I don't sell food there....I eat it. But I do sell my art there as they set up a small area for artists and crafters. This has become one of my best and biggest events of the year. I really enjoy the variety in the audience, it's not just your typical comic book/movie fans one encounters at a comic convention.
This event is getting bigger each year and I am glad to be part of it's growth. These Night Markets take place about 8 times per year over the summer spanning from May through September. Labor Day weekend will be the last event of the year, the link to their site is provided on this page either to the right side or the way bottom of this page (depending if you'r reading this on your desktop or your phone). So if you haven't had a chance to drop by this event, you last chance for 2017 will be September 1-3, Labor Day Weekend at Santa Anita Park. Come find me at the Art Walk.