Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WoW Boards

Putting some boards together, applying for internships this summer!
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Monoprice Tablet Review, Mac and PC


Attention Illustrabros/Digital artists! I have tried the fabled Monoprice 10x6 Graphic Drawing Tablet! Currently at a humble $65 on Amazon.com (and $50 + shipping on Monoprice.com), the 10x6.5 Monoprice is rumored to be an inexpensive competitor to Wacom's Bamboo and lower-end Intuos. 



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Handout for San Diego Comic Con! Met a lot of great folks this weekend, not sure I'm willing to brave the long flights, infinity lines and overall priceyness again, but definitely had a great time! If you ever find yourself down Comic Con way, I strongly recommend the Creator Connection. I met a ton of great dudes and ladies there!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Life Happens

Life Happens is now available for purchase on Amazon for the Kindle, the B&N store for the Nook, and Kindle for Mac app!

Product Description from Amazon:
"What You Don’t Get with a College Degree. You’ll learn a lot of things as you make your way through college, but you won’t get the kind of education you need to take control of your financial life. Written by a financial industry insider, college professor and a parent of two children who’ve successfully made the transition from college to career, Life Happens delivers straight talk on student loans and mortgages, debit cards and credit cards, apartment and auto leases, cash management, career planning, and more. With unique practical advice, and personal stories that help bring it to life, Weiss untangles the convoluted world of personal banking and finance. Because no one can know everything about everything, he’s included links to hundreds of articles and helpful websites as well as to his up-to-the-minute blog that readers can access on LifeHappensBook.com. Whether you’re starting college or about to launch your career, Life Happens will help you to stay on the money!"

Having read the book cover to cover through several drafts during the illustration process, I highly recommend it to college students and the recently graduated. It's full of vital info that people our age don't really get a thorough education in, and Mitch writes in a really accessible way. This book is a learning tool, but I wouldn't call it a textbook; he's added a number of stories and anecdotes about the financial trials and tribulations he, his friends, and his family have gone through.

State of the economy aside, there's no reason not to have a comprehensive, pretty guide to finance that's custom-made for newly minted adults.

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You can find additional samples of my illustrations here. I'll update here when the book is available in other formats.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Another of Leo's pencils inked. I have this handful of Man Thing comics that he's done, and I've been doing them in little snippets to warm up for the Witch Hunter pages I've done. This is one of my Favorite Things right now, because it was super fun to ink and I didn't have to fix anything. so proud of me now!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

All The Witches

beautiful pencils: Leonardo Gonzales
for the comic Witch Hunter

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I have a few longer blog posts planned shortly, but for now I'm going to drop my favorite page from this project so far. Oh Leo! Leo your monsters I don't even!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Updated Portfolio (Book Previews!)

Hello friends! Just a quick message to direct you to my updated portfolio Here! (http://www.ssillu.com/)

I've updated a few newer things, and posted some samples from Life Happens, a book on personal finance written by Mitchell D. Weiss and illustrated by yours truly. The book should be available for purchase online shortly, and I will post  some more samples, sketches and some fun snippets about the process soon. 



Monday, November 7, 2011

Brush inking exercise!
Unsure if the I Am Thinking Right Now expression is because he doesn’t have his new name yet and feels left out, or if he’s smelling his hand and doesn’t know when he touched a wet cat. Could be about 50/50.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Man Thing

A test page for potential work as an inker!

pencils by the talented and manful Leo Gonzalez.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Quick inking exercise... not great, but I'm going to get super good at brush inking and then we can all look back and laugh super loud. Trust me you guys. You don't even know.

Pencils by JD Williams (warning, some drawings are tasteful but nsfw)

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(lawl derpknives)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Zoomquilt

Hey all, quick update before I leave for comicon! I was going over my portfolio last night, and I realized that I hadn't put up anything from the Zoomquilt my senior class made!

(once again, click to enbiggen)

Sketch:


Final:


Excerpt for Portfolio:

not exactly my normal bag, and I definitely could have put more work into the trees and such, but we all did what we could with the senior show looming, and the final product came out pretty well. YEAH ILLUSTRABROS!

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Tailor and the Mouse

In lieu of posting things from the finance book I spent the summer illustrating, it has occurred to me that people might be interested in seeing a different kind of book! Dennis Nolan's book arts class from the University of Hartford's Illustration program has students illustrate a book from a children's song adapted by Professor Feierabend from the Hartt School.
Each student, over the course of a semester, will sketch an entire picture book and fully complete two spreads (or some equivalent variation.) At the end of the semester, Sir Feirabend selects the adaption he likes best, and the artist will complete their proposal and be published!
This year we had a large class, and there will be two books: The Tailor and the Mouse and Rizzldey Rozzldey! I will put up retail links as soon as they're available.

Here was my work for the semester (Fall 2010):
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So I guess the moral was "Don't expect your friends to make good life decisions." Man I love folk logic!

check out this previous post for the finished pages in a higher resolution.
If we'd been allowed to write our own books for the class, I had a great idea about ducks and aliens and bullying and friendship. Just sayin'

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Book News and Cats (there are reasons for you to hang out with me)

Good news, everyone! I've wrapped up the illustrations for the book job I had this summer! It went quite well, and I'm pleased to have my work attached to this book- it's a guide to personal finance for college-age people by a professor at the University of Hartford. I shall have to find a Real Job now, but I'll have time to draw and paint for myself, and therefore more things to post here!

Unfortunately, I can't show any of the work I spent the last summer doing until the book is published. Look forward to more information and previews in a few months! In the meantime, here is a sketch of a snow leopard and a cat being bros that I drew while in the throes of senior show-itis and then immediately forgot about.

Yes Alessandra, I know the tail's too short. We're all the way god made us!
...and the paws, and the all of it, and the oh why did I post this

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Business Practices

I don't have anything artwise to post right now, as the deadline for my book job is coming up. I do, however, have some samples from my website's contact field!



Yes, that's Dickolas Buttington, of the Havershireton Buttingtons.

And that's when things get Real.


















I'm worried about learning German, languages aren't my strong suit.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Arts for Aids Update!

I'm sorry I had to miss the event, it looked like a fun party that I would have had to wear weird shoes for! I recieved a nice check in the mail for my sold painting, and a hearty thanks from the curator of the G.Q.Manizza Private Collection for the donation of the second!

Here's the press coverage,

and a few pictures from the gallery!

Magical Aids Chair!

my bro and classmate Alessandra, and her favorite mistake Danni

Random guy that picked my painting!


If you'd like to donate to CARC, you can find their donation page Here.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Satyr Skeleton

I had a request to add more colored pencil things! here's a study of a Satyr skeleton I did for a Dennis Nolan class during the last semester of school.