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Punching Pandas

Happy Year of Dog! Dog is good friend because dog pays for panda’s drinks. Even if dog doesn’t know....

Panda has special announcement, panda will release new book, "The Panda is Fat and Other Panda Haikus" at ECCC, March 1-4. Panda will be selling book for hoomans visiting convention. The book is panda's biggest book...

I'm happy to announce that my entry was accepted into Emerald City Comicon's Monsters and Dames art book. This year's entry also includes a cast of three compared to my last couple of entries.  I will also be tabling at the ECCC artists alley again for 2018, so if you plan on purchasing the art book, come see at Table J4...

Here's a little work in progress for a story I've been working on. I won't reveal the plot just yet, but let's just say it has to do with a gorilla and a picnic. Below is an art test that I made for the gorilla. Right now, I'm also putting together a dummy book as a rough draft, and eventually...

This is another commission that I completed for Smartsheet's "Photon" release similar to the Endeavour piece I worked on a few months ago. For this month's theme, I decided to go a bit more abstract....

I've been posting some daily sketches during Advent season on my social media channels. You can subscribe to any of the following feeds to see the latest pieces....

It's that time of year again! Time to pop bust out the ink and brushes for Inktober. Last year's drawings took me a long time to finish, I ended up finishing sometime in mid November. This year, I went with smaller sketches so that I could finish them in time especially given how busy life has been lately....

This is an overdue post, it's been pretty hectic trying to sneak in some blogging in between parenting, moving, and remodeling. Smartsheet commissioned me last summer for a piece based on the title of one of their monthly software releases. For this commission, I had to base the artwork on the title, "Endeavour." I reviewed some of art of their previous...

Earlier this year, I was interviewed by Paul Hong, aka Dreamlander, who does these great video interview essays on people and passion. He was able to record some of footage while I was tabling at ECCC as well as provide some sneak peeks into my messy workspace at home. I'd say he did a smashing job, although, the guy in the...

A while ago, I was introduced to the Character Design Challenge when I restarted my Facebook account. It's similar to the Sketch Dailies themes that I used to participate in except that it's a monthly theme and there's more of a format to the submissions. I tried to submit for some of the previous months' themes, but I would always end up...

Here's an old childhood drawing I did of a superhero. I went and redrew it, click on the post title to see the full image....

I have a hard time relaxing. I wear a nightguard when I sleep.  I enjoy painful deep-tissue massages. My brow is naturally furrowed. When I'm at the beach, I'm constantly checking to make sure I have enough sunscreen to cover my pasty body, and when I lie down, I keep an eye open for anyone looking to steal my belongings....