Monday, June 16, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Sketch_Dailies from this weekend

Sleeping beauty. One of the original versions from Brother's Grimm, Aurora sleeps for over 100 years! I gotta go read the original again. Anyways, here's my experiment of Aurora in her slumber.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Oldboy fight sequence study

This was a very challenging but fun project to compose and paint. If anyone has seen the film, the whole fight sequence is done in one take. Pretty incredible sequence. I don't know how they coordinated the whole fight, or if it was just improvised! Very gritty indeed. Anyways, here's the painting.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mecha Godzilla Versus Ultraman

Just became an instant fan of the book Ready Player One, written by Ernest Cline.
This painting was originally started as part of #Sketch_Dailies, but after I read the book, the final battle scene is basically an epic battle between Mecha Godzilla and Ultraman. Mecha Godzilla being controlled by the villian Sorento and Ultraman by Wade Watts. The hero. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Godzilla taking a break

Another recent Sketch_Dailies post. 
We all know, at least back in the day, Godzilla was a man in a suit. Before all this digital 3D model stuff.
There's a certain nostalgia and charm to that.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

More Sketch_Dailies

I have been really enjoying working on these daily 'sketches'. I tend not finish it in one day so my pieces are always submitted a few days late but the point of the whole exercise is to have fun and make art.
Here's some recent pieces of mine.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Updated Art for Sketch Dailies

Updated the Skellington piece. The original Sketch_Daily topic was actually Beetlejuice, but for some reason, I read Skellington!! Don't know what happened. So I decided to update the art a bit to include Beetlejuice, trying to entice Jack into the tree. Clearly he's up to no good!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Total nostalgic moment. I worked on this game way back when. Back like 1993-94, in my pubescent freelance career. The game is called Weaponlord, made by Visual Concepts, published by Namco. It was one of the coolest freelance job I had back then. Got to have fun painting death metal style pile of bones, dungeons, demons, skulls, etc. I had so much fun. I had totally forgotten about the game, it's been so long. But just recently, I was contacted by the game designer James Goddard, and Steve Chiang(now a big wig at Zynga), who were the original guys on Weaponlord, and got me in contact with Maxwell McGee, who writes for He wanted to interview all the folks who worked on Weaponlord for a special article that he is writing. It was a great experience reliving some of the moments, and recalling the old way of doing illustration. Anyone remember faxes, 24 hour Copymat runs, so you can send the fax to your client, etc? Those were definitely the good ol days. Anyways, have fun reading this article. Might bring back some memories for you old foggies. 

Here's some samples of the paintings. 


Friday, February 15, 2013

Mega Man paintings

 The Megaman show is up at the Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco now. The opening show was a huge success. The show opened last night, March 2nd, and will be up through March 31st. Please go check it out!

Two recent paintings for a tribute to Megaman. I did two paintings, and the whole group is well over hundred paintings I believe. It was super fun to do. Got to do some robots. Which is something I don't get to design and paint a lot these days.
Also, Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco is going to exhibit 60 paintings from the group. Please check it out if you get a change. Theres a lot of great and imaginative work in the group.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Drawing more Monkey King ideas. Trying different things, but nothing is sticking yet.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Red Riding Hood

Started off just practice painting trees, then it got turned into Red Riding hood streaking through, with a mysterious shadow along side her.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Facebook art page

Just started a facebook art page.

I thought this would be another fun way to show my art. Afterall, Facebook has that amazing reach right??

To celebrate, I'm attaching a portrait of my from my daughter. She did this when she was just 5 years old!! Me thinks she's following in the family footsteps!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Irish Bank

love the name of this place. Not the kind of bank where they keep your money for ya! Ha ha. One of those places that I just discovered in San Francisco, even thought it's probably been there forever! But a great atmosphere for painting practice such as this.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

At Sofa

Sofa. A very chill speakeasy style bar on 8th st in San Francisco. Helps that my friend DJStefanKing is spinning some cool music!
Saw this beautiful girl with the amazing shape way across the bar. Had to draw her!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Strolling around in the Mission

Valencia st. Wow, this area has changed. I really appreciate these little details in shop and restaurant windows. Had to capture it.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Oakland revitalizing

I usually keep my art blog only art related, but I got excited about this news. Finally a positive news about Oakland! Hope this trend keeps going!


Oakland Turns A Corner As Calif. Faces Budget Woes

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Oakland's Fox Theater first opened in 1928 as a movie palace.
Published: July 03, 2012
by Richard Gonzales
The city of Oakland, Calif. has long been associated with crime, poverty, urban decay and, more recently, violent protests tied to the Occupy movement.
So it may have been a surprise to New York Times readers when the newspaper listed Oakland as No. 5 among its top "places to go" in 2012.
But Oakland has seen a revitalization of its downtown in the past decade, thanks in large part to the city's now-defunct redevelopment agency and past support from Oakland's onetime Mayor Jerry Brown.
Now, as governor of California, Brown is closing the redevelopment agencies that helped transform Oakland's blighted places. The goal is to solve California's ongoing budget crisis, but left in the lurch are urban building projects all over the state, including in Oakland.
Uptown Oakland's Hole In The Wall
On a Friday evening in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood, there's a lot of life near the corner of 17th Street and Telegraph Avenue. Local bars and restaurants are filling up, including Cafe Van Kleef, one of Uptown's signature spots.
Cafe Van Kleef is a dark hole in the wall where you'll meet everyone from lawyers to longshoremen. Tom Hammitt, a private investigator in his late 50s, sits at the bar. An Oakland native, he's seen the slow rebirth of this neighborhood in the past decade. He credits tavern owner Peter Van Kleef with leading Uptown's transformation.
"It really did start, I think, with [Van Kleef] opening up this place and making it a comfortable environment," Hammitt says.
'Pounding The Chest Of Oakland'
When Van Kleef opened his bar 10 years ago, everyone said he was crazy. At the time, he says, "hookers, muggers, thieves and homeless were rampant" in the area.
"At 5 o'clock, the streets were absolutely empty. Everybody vacated Oakland. There was nobody here," Van Kleef explains. "You could park anywhere you wanted. You could park a fleet of taxis if you wanted to!"
But Van Kleef, an artist and former rock impresario, had a different vision for Uptown Oakland, which he saw as "the last geographical possibility" for an arts and entertainment district in the city. So Van Kleef opened his bar just a block from City Hall.
"I suddenly felt like a paramedic pounding the chest of Oakland with some vision of breathing life into this dead thing," Van Kleef recalls. "And it worked. The city revitalized. The heart started beating again."
The Fox Returns But Van Kleef didn't do it alone. Just a couple of blocks away, local developer Phil Tagami had his own vision for reinvigorating this part of Oakland, setting his sights on the Fox Theater on Telegraph Avenue.
With its massive dome, opulent terra cotta tiles and gold leaf, the Fox looks like something out of medieval India or Morocco. A city landmark, the theater had been closed for more than 40 years when Tagami spearheaded a drive to refurbish and reopen it as a state-of-the-art live-music venue. Today it's the anchor for a revitalized Uptown Oakland.
The Fox's reopening in February 2009 has transformed the neighborhood, where dozens of restaurants, bars and nightclubs have since opened within three blocks of the theater, according Tagami.
Mayor Brown Giveth ...
But Tagami says it might not have happened without the active support of then-Mayor Brown. "The mayor set forth a pretty clear objective and vision of what he wanted," Tagami says.
Brown revitalized Uptown Oakland using a common approach in most states called redevelopment. It was an arcane financial tool that allowed cities like Oakland to invest in blighted neighborhoods. The payoff came when the neighborhood improved and property tax revenues would go up.
That so-called tax increment was captured by the city to pay for more land and infrastructure improvement that would attract developers. It was a way to keep property taxes local and away from state coffers.
Brown called the plan his 10K Initiative. The idea was to bring 10,000 new residents to live in downtown Oakland, explains Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of SPUR, an urban policy think tank based across the bay in San Francisco.
"Those [new downtown residents] would then provide pedestrian activity and would provide a base of support for restaurants and stores, leading to more private investment, leading to more life," Metcalf says. "And I think in large part it succeeded."
... And Gov. Brown Taketh Away
But Metcalf says that as governor of California, Brown was confronted with a different problem: The state faced a massive $25 billion budget deficit. Local redevelopment agencies had amassed a treasure chest of several billion dollars. So Brown killed redevelopment in California and seized the money to pay for the state's struggling schools.
"There is a terrible irony in the fact that Jerry Brown as governor fought to get rid of the tool he used so effectively as mayor of Oakland," Metcalf says. "From the outside, it makes no sense."
State lawmakers in Sacramento are looking at any number of new ways to help cities finance urban development. But it could take years for this to shake out.
For Oakland, this means the city has the opportunity to do development in "very tough neighborhoods," says Mayor Jean Quan.
"I have neighborhoods where other people won't invest," Quan explains. "Redevelopment is how we pulled together the investments for [Oakland's Uptown neighborhood]."
A Spark For The Future?
As in many cities, there's still a lot of work to be done in Oakland. But the seeds that were planted 10 years ago are sprouting up, and there's no denying there's a new buzz in the city.
The question remains: How can Oakland keep the pace without the redevelopment money? Can the city maintain its momentum? Van Kleef, the tavern owner, is optimistic.
"There's an undeniable exuberant energy that started, but it's spontaneous combustion," Van Kleef says. "It's hot. It's relevant. Do I think it has any sustainability? Absolutely. I think it's something that grows stronger."
Judging by the energy at Oakland's 17th Street and Telegraph Avenue on a Friday night, you'd be blind not to see the spark of a regeneration here and that maybe at least one neighborhood in Oakland has turned a corner. The question is, can it spread to other neighborhoods? And who will pay for it? [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]
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Saturday, June 30, 2012

For the special Beetles tribute

The piece I'm submitting to the "All Together Now, A Tribute To The Beatles" show this weekend. The opening reception is July 7th. Unfortunately I can't be there! But anyone in the area, go check it out. Portion of the proceeds will goto benefit Doctors Without Borders! It's definitely a good cause.

At Gallery Nucleus

This piece was so cool!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cute robot design

Another design I was messing around with while back. Was imagining a cute Astro boy style robot who goes around on a cute insect like vehicle. Not sure what I was gonna do with this.