I find it extremely helpful to revisit old drawings and revamp them. Call it OCD or just plain old perfectionism, I am subjected to this annoying thing of trying to outdo myself day in and day out.

Here's a little example of what I mean. When I first created the Funnicks, these two characters interacted on a skit with boxes. Well, after a year, here they are together again in an episode similar to their first debut. 







Characters evolve and it is fun to see this evolution in progress. Sometimes the changes are so subtle that you can barely tell unless you compare a recent with an old version such as the evolution of Mario and Mickey Mouse shown below.
Credit: http://magazine3.com/gameup/demo/super-marios-visual-evolution/

Credit: http://www.gregorich.com/animation/disney/sericels/image4.html






I have noticed that the more you do something, the more familiar you get with it. Duh! Isn't that what learning is all about. I mean after all, that is the whole basis behind the whole "Practice makes perfect" motif. I have been diligently mocking up the pages for The Show for your viewing entertainment and have been fascinated by the way Super J's character seems to just pop out on the paper already, at least for me. If you still don't know about Super J, catch him on The Show Blog. You'll sure to love him as much as his creator does. 

The black and white drawing in this blog was done prior to us starting the comic, right when we just established the colors and idea for the characters. Although these characters have been around for while in our brains, at least for +Jose Gomez, +Lorenzo Thomason and I, they needed some work in order to be shown in the public.

Enjoy this illustration. Click here if you want to see more of The Show

The digital arena has been good to me. I've been able to draw pages a bit faster than I used to. While once I was solely using Photoshop, I now migrated to the kick-ass program that is Manga Studio. I currently use Manga Studio 5 and I can't even stop raving about it. You would think I work for them. Once I find something that works, I find I get really fanatical about it. 

The above is half-pencilled (turned blue), half-inked page for a client.

Digital work is so much smoother. It allows me to do more to the layout. Changes are faster, cleaner, and are easier to make. 

I still sketch traditionally. You can check out some of those by clicking here. 

In order to learn and get inspired, 've been watching tutorials and videos from these great artists. If you get a chance and you are moving into the digital arena, even if you're not, it's cool to check out their stuff:

I always get asked "What the hell is a Gtoon". Trust that I've googled it and found some weird things. Still, I guess this is where I try to explain what they are to me. Gtoons are what I call my caricatures. I actually started doing these traditionally and then colored it digitally, but now I am working more on the digital platform. I mostly use Photoshop from beginning to end and I kind of like the way things come out. 

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about my Gtoons. Thank you and until next time... Get inspired.

These two teenagers, created by the master mind of Tony Digerolamo, have grown since the first time I drew them. I am not sure if you can tell, but I sure can tell the difference in the execution of how they look now. Left: The first time I drew them. I really didn't have much other than that they were teenagers and liked getting high. Right: The most recent drawing of the two potheads. Let me know what you think. And don't forget to click here to check them out at the webcomifactory.com.

...and that's the artist truth.

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A while back, a cool artist and had this great idea to write a children's book. We got the inspiration from, believe it or not, three ladies on the train. Well, we came up with some cool concepts and some great ideas for it. Here's a quick study of one of the characters. Although the project has since been buried into the endless pits of my archived projects, I was just played around with it in order to get a feel for the character. I have to admit, it was fun rendering something realistically for a change. I took shots of the progress. This was done in graphite on a gessoed illustration board and the little model was my niece. Hope you guys like it.

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Last week I wrote a Truth about Franco The Great. After that, I received an email from him with this article. It is a great read. Check it out. If you know any tourists, and even if you just want to see his amazing artwork, check him out on Sunday mornings at around 8:30am on 125th Street by the Apollo. You won't regret seeing the beautiful art done on the actual gates that he uses as canvases. 


Well, Franco, my hat off to you for being an inspiration. Keep it going, man!

...and that's the artist truth.
-Harold


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About a few years back I met a great artist on the train in New York City. I was sketching on my notebook with my son and Franco saw me. He asked me if I had a card and of course I did. (This is a good thing to have on you at all times aside your drawing pad, it has actually come in handy. I usually use a little case holder to house a bunch of them. Makes me feel more professional.)


Anyway, it's been after a year passed I got a chance to visit him again at his place. He was showing me exactly what he did. He paints store gates and has been doing so since the late 60's. He's very well known in Harlem. I got a chance to see his work while walking through 125th street at 8am right before all the stores open. His work is breath-taking.


You can usually find him on Sunday early mornings on 125th street by the Apollo, a place that has been coined "Franco's Boulevard" because of the exhibition of his works on all the gates. Now, if you walk by in the middle of the day you might not get to experience the grand exhibit that is Franco The Great.


Franco is great, down to earth and has a lot of experience under his belt. He gave me a few pointers of the art business. You can find what Franco is all about on his site www.francothegreat.com.


Truthfully, it is my dream and goal to be a successful artist like him. Thanks Franco.

...and that's the artist truth.
-Harold


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Here is a on oldie but goodie. My friend Jose created this character when we were 9 years old. This is actually his original name. We didn't even bother to change it on the revamp. Yes, we decided to bring him back in a feature web comic that we are trying to get off the ground. 

Jose wrote the first story arc and Lorenzo helped with some of the character costumes. With YOUR help, we can make Super J and his gang a household name. We want to make the comic as interactive as possible. This means, that the story and where the characters go, will partly depend on you, the reader, but we need your feedback. 

So please, don't be afraid to leave comments, ideas, impressions, letters to the writer and/or artist, death threats, subpoenas, love letters, etc. 

In this drawing that I did as teenager I can see how I over exaggerated some muscles. I guess I am still doing the same old thing but with much more simplicity than I did back then. I had fun redesigning this character.  


Check out Super J and his gang and sign up so we can send you updates when the blog is updated. We look forward to making this story a great one with your help. There will be great prices for the winners. Don't forget to spread the word to all your comic loving friends. Thank you.

...and that's the artist truth.
-Harold


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My best friends. I met them early on in my life and now we are inseparable. I remember when I first met them. My cousin actually introduced us and it was kismet at first sight. There was no shyness, no hesitation, we hit it off quickly. I brought them to my room to play that day. That night I couldn't sleep. I was so excited to see them again in the morning. It was an amazing feeling, a feeling that I still get to this very day.

I sometimes wonder where I would be, what I would be like and how my life would have turned out if I never met them. That thought easily subsides when I think of all the wonderful times I have had with them through out the years.

This entry is to let them know that if I wasn't for them I would not be the man I am today. Thank you for being in my life. I love you.

PS. I drew on you and with you! Click here if you want to see more artwork.

...and that's the artist truth.
-Harold


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I am grateful to have the gift of being able to see things differently; being able to change my perspective on everything I place my eyes on. I have been blessed with the "eye" to view things past the particles that actually make things and see another dimension of whatever it is that I am watching. Furthermore, I am in debt to the one (or ones) that have endowed me with the gift of allowing me to place those visions, the different perspective, whether it be from a different angle or a different state of mind, that I so frequently see.

This entry is to commemorate all those who see things differently. All those who are able to listen, see, smell, touch, taste and feel something an experience something different every time, I hereby commend. Because it is those who can place a different meaning on the most mundane things each time they look at it, that make the world the most beautiful place there is to be. I am honored to be a part of this group.

Whether you are an illustrator, graphic designer, fine artist, graphite artist, musician, singer, rapper, poet, chef, interior decorator, exterior decorator, t-shirt designer, 3D artist, mom, dad, this passage is for you. stay creative an thanks for the inspiration.
...and that's the artist truth.
-Harold


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Pepino is a night hunter. I'm not sure of what his background or origin, but I do remember having fun when I created him. There was a level of detail that I used to apply to everything I drew. Now, I go for a little simplicity as I do in my design work. Pepino means cucumber in spanish. It's a long story... You can see a slice of cucumber on his left pec. I guess that's going to be his symbol. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

...and that's the artist truth.
-Harold


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This drawing is not that old but it's old, at least for me. The first one is from 2009 and the second from 2010, so yeah, they are old. I know it's old cause I can tell I don't draw like that no mo'. I think I was a little bit obsessed with this character. It took me ages to get her finalized with the right look. This was the final form. I was a little inspired by Lauren Hill and Storm. If you'd like to see more, you can check out my Deviant Art Gallery.

...and that's the artist truth.
-Harold


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This time around I went into my friend Lorenzo's "Book of Dreams" (the name he gave one of his notebook). Makes me wonder why I never named mine (not really). Lorenzo has been drawing with me for a long time. Lately he doesn't draw anymore because he's too busy with his new job and kid. Maybe you guys can help me motivate him to get back into it. I thought if I maybe I started drawing some of the characters in his book, he would feel compelled to start again and give you guys something to look at. You can help by going on to his Facebook page and leaving a comment asking him to draw something for you. Thank you so much. In the meantime, enjoy and catch Lorenzo's Balance character on The Show.

This character's named Windsmite and he blows (literally).

...and that's the artist truth.
-Harold

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I was just playing around with a sketch I did for my son who has these wonderful cool characters he created about 8 years ago. This one, as the name states, was labeled Matter Boy. We both came up with that name because his power is to assimilate any form of matter by touching it. One hand absorbs, the other transforms. Pretty cool, huh? I thought the idea was pretty nifty so I decided to work with him in designing him. I'm looking forward to having him appear in The S.H.O.W. in an upcoming issue. I did this with just a regular pen, brought it into Illustrator and auto-traced it to clean up the lines somewhat, then colored it in Photoshop. I normally don't like the quality of auto-trace in Illustrator, but for this particular piece, I felt it was the easiest to do, given the time I had. I love to draw.

...and that's the artist truth.
-Harold


If you would like to have a hero drawn in my style, just drop me a line with the hero you want. I'll be glad to do it.

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Wow, one of the best things to actually see is your name on credits, even if it is at the end of a movie. So, I was watching a movie that I did some graphics work for waited for the credits at the end. There it was, my name! One of the coolest things ever.  It was an amazing amazing feeling. Well, hope you guys can take a look at the movie. It's pretty funny. It didn't quite actually make it to the theaters, and went straight to DVD, but I liked it. While it may not be the best action movie out there, it did have a sense of entertainment. It may have done a lot better if the writers developed the characters a bit more. I think they relied on dark comedy and gory violence to make the movie. Of course, my opinion of the movie may have been tainted because of the familiarity that came from seeing scenes prior to its release. Not sure, I'll wait a couple of years and watch it again and see if I still have the same reaction

What I did? I worked on some of the designs of the computers the two suits were looking at along with the maps of the compound. 


...and that's the artist truth.

-Harold

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