Wolf Priestess it’s the seventh painting for my gallery. Yes it’s a woman.  It was made on a short time notice of ten days for the A-Bun-Dance event on Nov 22nd at the Lure nightclub in Hollywood. Totem animal was the theme, the Hollywood Burner crowd it’s my personal favorite!  As usual I’ve started with a white canvas digitally. I used some photo elements due to the lack of time such as the blanket, some of the wolf hair on the head-dress over the left of the face, the lips and some fur on the bottom right. They are the only retouched photo elements. The rest was painted from scratch digitally with Photoshop CS5. I used photo reference for the woman’s face and hands, yes that means I copied it, but it was still painted from zero. I added and painted the pattern on the blanket and other elements to the piece. I did my best to blend it together digitally and smoothly before it was printed on a canvas.  After the canvas was printed I’ve painted live on it with acrylic to add some final details, extra depth, texture and contrast. There is no room for mistakes with acrylic, you can’t click Command + Z to undo, there is no undo LOL. It was challenging explaining all of this to some annoying drunk people at the event who doesn’t even know what a Cintiq is and have no clue about art techniques. Click on the word Cintiq for a link and a better explanation if you still have no clue what that is. Sure, I can just say mixed media like a lot of artists prefer to say. There is no need for a detail explanation in the art process. Still, I feel compelled to make it clear I’m not just painting over a photo like some folks believe. Maybe 35% it’s a painted over a collage photo, not everything. That itself it’s a whole new can of worms in the art community. The more traditional and conventional artists are not cool with the idea of painting over some photo elements. All thou to their criteria it’s OK to “copy” a photo as long is all done from zero. There is a lot of controversy about this subject, clearly it doesn’t bother me. I only think of Photoshop and the digital era as just another “tool”. If I didn’t know how to paint period I could never have “created” this piece as I did. Art is creation. Whatever tools and technology are available nowadays to create are just tools and I’m on board with the latest. After drawing and painting my whole life since I was a kid, learning techniques, learn how to have a solid drawing foundation, having a successful career in the animation industry etc etc I don’t think I need to prove anything to anyone. In fact I’m doing a whole gallery using this digital / acrylic on canvas mix media. Some day I’ll finish all my 12 pieces and I’ll let you all know.  Like Robert Downey Jr. said…“listen, simile, agree and then do whatever the fuck you were gonna do anyway.” Hope you like it folks. Cheers

Wolf Priestess it’s the seventh painting for my gallery. Yes it’s a woman. 
It was made on a short time notice of ten days for the A-Bun-Dance event on Nov 22nd at the Lure nightclub in Hollywood. Totem animal was the theme, the Hollywood Burner crowd it’s my personal favorite! 
As usual I’ve started with a white canvas digitally. I used some photo elements due to the lack of time such as the blanket, some of the wolf hair on the head-dress over the left of the face, the lips and some fur on the bottom right. They are the only retouched photo elements. The rest was painted from scratch digitally with Photoshop CS5. I used photo reference for the woman’s face and hands, yes that means I copied it, but it was still painted from zero. I added and painted the pattern on the blanket and other elements to the piece. I did my best to blend it together digitally and smoothly before it was printed on a canvas. 
After the canvas was printed I’ve painted live on it with acrylic to add some final details, extra depth, texture and contrast. There is no room for mistakes with acrylic, you can’t click Command + Z to undo, there is no undo LOL.
It was challenging explaining all of this to some annoying drunk people at the event who doesn’t even know what a Cintiq is and have no clue about art techniques.
Click on the word Cintiq for a link and a better explanation if you still have no clue what that is.
Sure, I can just say mixed media like a lot of artists prefer to say. There is no need for a detail explanation in the art process. Still, I feel compelled to make it clear I’m not just painting over a photo like some folks believe. Maybe 35% it’s a painted over a collage photo, not everything. That itself it’s a whole new can of worms in the art community. The more traditional and conventional artists are not cool with the idea of painting over some photo elements. All thou to their criteria it’s OK to “copy” a photo as long is all done from zero. There is a lot of controversy about this subject, clearly it doesn’t bother me. I only think of Photoshop and the digital era as just another “tool”. If I didn’t know how to paint period I could never have “created” this piece as I did. Art is creation. Whatever tools and technology are available nowadays to create are just tools and I’m on board with the latest. After drawing and painting my whole life since I was a kid, learning techniques, learn how to have a solid drawing foundation, having a successful career in the animation industry etc etc I don’t think I need to prove anything to anyone. In fact I’m doing a whole gallery using this digital / acrylic on canvas mix media. Some day I’ll finish all my 12 pieces and I’ll let you all know. 
Like Robert Downey Jr. said…“listen, simile, agree and then do whatever the fuck you were gonna do anyway.”
Hope you like it folks.
Cheers

Actually this was my first piece for a Super Hero TV show project that was put on hold for now. I’m even considering making this piece one of my possible future paintings for an art gallery. Based on Aradia Sunseri, she is also a good friend and she is a Temple Fusion Belly Dance artist, Ritual Movement instructor and costume designer. I truly enjoyed working with her on this character. We were totally in the same page, Aradia started telling me this amazing idea she had without knowing I was already drawing it on my own while seating next to her. She has over 15 years of experience in the movement arts and performance in theater, on film and stage. Expressing the anatomy of the soul through ritual dance and original hand made costumes, her visual and energetic presence embodies artistic timeless exploration of sacred dance as devotion. Check out her site   http://aradiasunseri.com Her character powers are channeling wisdom keepers, she is a ceremonial Shaman of sacred medicine. Temple Guardian protects all places of worship to the body and energy of each of us. I had a magical time co-creating this character, thanks for that timeless memory Aradia. May your ventures in life become successful and blossom beyond imagination.

Actually this was my first piece for a Super Hero TV show project that was put on hold for now. I’m even considering making this piece one of my possible future paintings for an art gallery.
Based on Aradia Sunseri, she is also a good friend and she is a Temple Fusion Belly Dance artist, Ritual Movement instructor and costume designer. I truly enjoyed working with her on this character. We were totally in the same page, Aradia started telling me this amazing idea she had without knowing I was already drawing it on my own while seating next to her. She has over 15 years of experience in the movement arts and performance in theater, on film and stage. Expressing the anatomy of the soul through ritual dance and original hand made costumes, her visual and energetic presence embodies artistic timeless exploration of sacred dance as devotion.
Check out her site   http://aradiasunseri.com
Her character powers are channeling wisdom keepers, she is a ceremonial Shaman of sacred medicine. Temple Guardian protects all places of worship to the body and energy of each of us.
I had a magical time co-creating this character, thanks for that timeless memory Aradia.
May your ventures in life become successful and blossom beyond imagination.

A group of 30th-century heroes who were denied membership into the Legion of Super-Heroes, due to their powers being deemed limited or inadequate. So they banded together to prove the Legion wrong. I know I didn’t include all members but I didn’t get to draw them yet and I couldn’t wait to put this group shot together with what I’ve already had. Eventually I’ll add whatever Substitute members are missing here as I’ll get them done. So for a full Substitutes group shot you are gonna have to wait a little, and for an all Legionnaires group shot you may have to wait even longer, but I’ll get there eventually. You are probably asking yourself why are they wearing all legion rings? I know it’s a cheat but it’s looks more dynamic if some members could fly on the shot. The BG is called “Parking Structure” and was painted by Kurt Richards. I’ve only changed it a bit. Feel free to comment on any of my posts, hope you all dig it.

A group of 30th-century heroes who were denied membership into the Legion of Super-Heroes, due to their powers being deemed limited or inadequate. So they banded together to prove the Legion wrong.
I know I didn’t include all members but I didn’t get to draw them yet and I couldn’t wait to put this group shot together with what I’ve already had. Eventually I’ll add whatever Substitute members are missing here as I’ll get them done. So for a full Substitutes group shot you are gonna have to wait a little, and for an all Legionnaires group shot you may have to wait even longer, but I’ll get there eventually. You are probably asking yourself why are they wearing all legion rings? I know it’s a cheat but it’s looks more dynamic if some members could fly on the shot. The BG is called “Parking Structure” and was painted by Kurt Richards. I’ve only changed it a bit.
Feel free to comment on any of my posts, hope you all dig it.

The Dial H for Hero is about a mysterious dial that enables an ordinary person to become a superhero for a short time, by selecting the letters H-E-R-O in order. Each time it is used, the dial causes its possessor to become a superhero with a different name, costume, and powers. These superheroes are usually new, but on one occasion the dial caused its user to become a duplicate of an existing superhero, Plastic Man. Some versions of the dial contain additional letters, allowing other kinds of transformations. Lori Morning is the Legion of Super Heroes version of the Dial-H. The original series debuted in House of Mystery #156 January 1966. The art was by Jim Mooney with scripts by Dave Wood. I thought it would be a good idea to place all the characters together for a group shot after all that hard work. The BG it’s from Halo 4 titled Hologram Room by the amazing artist Paul Pepera.

The Dial H for Hero is about a mysterious dial that enables an ordinary person to become a superhero for a short time, by selecting the letters H-E-R-O in order. Each time it is used, the dial causes its possessor to become a superhero with a different name, costume, and powers. These superheroes are usually new, but on one occasion the dial caused its user to become a duplicate of an existing superhero, Plastic Man. Some versions of the dial contain additional letters, allowing other kinds of transformations. Lori Morning is the Legion of Super Heroes version of the Dial-H. The original series debuted in House of Mystery #156 January 1966. The art was by Jim Mooney with scripts by Dave Wood. I thought it would be a good idea to place all the characters together for a group shot after all that hard work. The BG it’s from Halo 4 titled Hologram Room by the amazing artist Paul Pepera.