Welcome to my sketch blog!

I am a cartoonist, illustrator, designer, and painter. I'd like to say a professional one, but I'm still working on that. Welcome to Step One of that process: my own personal sketch blog! Its purpose: to keep me drawing, and hopefully, to provide art for others to enjoy. Please feel free to leave comments- I appreciate any critiquing of my work. Just try not to completely tear me a new one. Also, I do commissioned projects! If interested, contact me at tonyaros1@gmail.com. As you can see I draw comic characters a lot, but I also paint and draw just about anything so hit me with your ideas!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Back to My Roots

 I thought I'd take a minute tonight to take a break from all the digital art I've been doing lately and create something more traditional (well, at least more traditional for me).  I painted and submitted 4 small paintings on 6" x 6" canvases to a local exhibition titled "notBIG", in which all pieces are to be smaller than 12" in any dimension. 

One of my favorite things about this idea is that you can hang each individual painting however you'd like to.  They can be one cohesive image, or they could be hung all over the apartment or house.  I've been considering exploring creating pieces that can be hung in an order to tell one idea or story, then rearranged to tell another.  This is maybe a baby step to that.

Stay tuned!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Up late with Photoshop

I can't believe how fast the time flies while I'm drawing.  I mean, it's awesome that I get so focused, but I get so on a roll that it's suddenly 12:30 and my responsible side is telling me I should go to sleep.  Anyway, here's a small sample of the commission I was working on:

Kind of reminds me of a print I made back in college- one of my favorites actually.  Unfortunately I don't have an image of an actual print, just the sketch:

Good, wholesome zombie fun.  And, sticking with the black and white theme- a couple pieces I did with chalk on wood:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Something Old, Something New

I have so much art that I want to post, but so as not to become lazy and post only things I've done in the past, I'm going to institute upon myself a rule:  each post has to have both something old and something new.  And, seeing as how I just finished an entry to Project: Rooftop's (link) contest to redesign Image Comic's Invincible, I thought I'd post an old entry to their redesign Wolverine contest (which sadly wasn't featured) to hopefully show how I've improved from then to now.  So!  Without further ado...

Initial Wolvie sketch:

Gone and colored in Photoshop (I think this was the first design I colored using my Wacom tablet, and boy does it show).  Also, apparently my monitor was bad, because his costume's supposed to look more navy blue, and less like Grimace.


And now my lineart for the Invincible Redesign:

 And my finished, colored entry:

Fingers crossed that it gets featured! Either way, I'm excited to see all the other submissions.  Win/win either way, really.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I Just Discovered the Internet

After years of seeing other artists posting awesome artwork on their very own personal blogs, I decided I'd start doing the same, if for no other reason than to motivate me to draw more.  Hopefully somewhere along the process I will actually become able to draw.  So without further ado, just so this blog doesn't look so empty and pathetic, I'll post some old work of mine. 

I always liked the Fantastic Four when they're portrayed more as "science-adventurers" and less as superheroes.  Here's my take- Sue looking very mod, Johnny a literal ball of flame with a person somewhere inside, Reed with some kind of crazy techno-gadget, and the Thing basically a grouchy old man. 

Original Iron Man?  Original Iron Man.

Continuing with the "original" theme:  the original X-Men.  Now, while I was pleasantly suprised at how much I enjoyed X-Men: First Class, this is the the only first class that'll ever matter to me.  Why, oh why couldn't they have made the first X-Men movie about a team of teen outcasts in the 60s discovering their powers and fighting against intolerance?  Featuring Cyclops, Jean, Beast, Iceman, and Angel?  Oh, because that would have been too close to the source material that made the X-Men so popular.  My bad.