Monday, June 27, 2016

I'm Not A One Trick Pony!





Drawing on the road again. Headed home to Orlando. This time I'm doin. A character study for my upcoming Sugar Boogarz book. From issue 4...Beware the Lickubus Beast. I've been really focused lately on my creator owned comic. This should've been a thing in 2014 but life took me on a different path. There's been so much rumblings of the issues in artist alley lately that I wanted to prove I wasn't a one trick pony. I've always had a passion for drawing comics of my own creation. Since middle and high school I've been doing it. But lately the focus of my universe has been fan art. It's what you guys love and to a degree I love doing it as well. But I have lots of stories to tell. And I'm really hoping that you'll start supporting those as well. I'm not saying I'm giving up on fanart, but I am shifting some of my attention back to the stuff that really makes me happy. Drawing my own comic books and stories. Please, join me, support them and take part. If you're at a show buying 25 dollars in prints, maybe consider asking me about my books and picking up a book or two. Let's see if this experiment works. Let's see if the main attraction at my table can become MY art, and MY stories! I promise...they'll be every bit as moving as my fanart. :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

That Horrible Night in Orlando….Rest In Peace Pulse Victims.


First off, Toni the girls and I are all fine. Aside from driving by the club early last night on our way home, we were nowhere near the area. That being said, my heart hurts for everyone affected, and for our country in general. But even more for Orlando. I'm a proud Texan born and raised, but Orlando has embraced me and become my home for over 12 years now. And what happened last night was senseless. Regardless of whether or not it was a Gay club, it was a place full of life and love, happiness and energy. Having grown up in and around the LGBT community, I have been to places like Pulse. Growing up we'd easily go in groups after a theater production and hang out. Not based on our sexuality, but our desire for good music and comradeship and fun. This kind of horrendous act could have happened anywhere at anytime to any one of us. Fueled by anger and hate and ignorance, it shouldn't happen though. It's broken many today and countless more will follow, but it's uplifting to see our community coming together en masses to form a circle and give strength to our city and those who reside in it. Continue to love one another regardless of skin color, sexual preference, political or religious beliefs. And if you're the praying type, fill the heavens with your words for those taken and those left behind to pick up the pieces. If you're reading this, it's because I love you all, and everyone of you mean something special to me. Hugs and love always.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Somethings coming....


What a way to end my night.

This post maybe a bit of a soapbox, but injuring my drawing hand put a bunch of things in perspective for me. 

I know there's a bit of a debate out there among artists and people in general about our skill. There are those people who will look at our ability to create art as a "gift." 

I believe in that notion as well. 

Now I can already see a ton of artists pulling their hair out because I agree with that point. 

But there are a few reasons why I do. One....because I AM religious and I do believe God has a hand in things. I won't argue or debate religion with those of you who don't believe that. You're entitled to feel what you feel. 

But ultimately I believe I was born with a gift. That we all were. LIFE, is a gift and we all have to work at it. Some are gifted in other ways, I was blessed with an ability to make art.

And two....The rest was up to me. That's where I believe that studying, and honing my gift over years and years comes into play. I've poured blood, sweat and tears into my craft and I always will. If I don't nurture and work hard at it, it will die out. 

When I hurt my hand, I found myself praying...a lot....for healing, for another chance to keep going. And ever since, I've been working my ass off to get back to where I was. 

I've been blessed to continue on that path. And I want that path to lead me back to telling stories with my art. 

I've always loved comics, and as far back as I remember, I've drawn them. 

I started a project called Sugar Boogarz back in 2013. Yes it's been that long. I was supposed to have an ongoing title, plus a webcomic kicking off in 2014. But due to life, and work....plenty of blessed to be busy work....I've never fully realized that potential. 

Now that my hand is in somewhat working order, I HAVE to see it through. 

A few months before my accident, I had created a piece of art that I framed in my studio of these Sugar Boogarz characters and they were asking why I had abandoned them. 

I looked at that piece everyday and could never answer myself why. 

So I've decided to put my gift to use. And tonight I drew a new page of my book. And tomorrow, I'll do the same.
And I'll continue to do so until I accomplish my goal. 

For those of you who are waiting on commissions....don't fret. I'm going to work on those and get one to two done a day and work on my personal comic project at the end of the night. Like I did today. 

Tonight I knocked out a 5 character digital commission and then did this page. 

We're back on track..... 

And what does Glee have to do with ANY of this? 

Well I've started and stopped and restarted the series a few times. I love it to pieces. But could never get past season 2. I'm happy to say I'm two episodes into season 3 now. And this particular episode ended with a fantastic rendition of Something's Coming from West Side Story by Darren Criss. 

I felt pretty good about myself.... and my art...my skill...my gift....and my accomplishments. And as I looked at my page, I kinda sang along with the lyrics ....

"Somethings coming, something 
good!" 

Thanks for reading, and for all your love and support.

Friday, April 22, 2016

She's a little Suicide Squad Crazy

These are my first real attempts at drawing anything with substance since my hand injury. The more I draw her, the more the Suicide Squad design for Harley Quinn grows on me. Looking forward to Margot Robbie's performance! But I'm looking even more forward to getting back to drawing.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Big Hero Baymax



Fun little #baymax commission from Baltimore comic Con. I really loved #bighero6 It was such a  departure from the comic book. #bigherosix #disney #disneyart

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Unexpected Horror and Prayers for Glenn


Details are out there now. It's just a living nightmare. I worked with Glenn Ferguson just a couple of weeks ago at an event he was relatively new to. Although he is a master caricaturist, he still had an eagerness to learn and was over the top complimentary to the rest of us. Just overall a good, good guy.

Early on New Years morning, he was barbarically attacked and stabbed in the neck and head with scissors by a co-worker let go the day before. He didn't deserve this at all. It's crazy to think that this could happen, especially in a low risk job like ours. This horrid event has brought our community of caricature artists together and everyone is pulling for Glenn. A go fund me account has been set up to help out with his medical bills.

Check it out

The extent of his injuries is still unknown, but I fear for him and his passion to create. If you're the praying type please keep he and his wife and family in your prayers.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Freddy vs Jason

My first entry into 31 Days of Halloween and Inktober. Drew this while in line for the Haunted House of the same name at Halloween Horror Nights.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Lea Thompson



As a young teenage kid I had two major crushes. Girl Next Door Sandy from Grease, and Lea Thompson. Particularly Back to the Future Lea. So today I got to meet the girl of my teenage dreams lol. She hasn't aged a bit. And while I found the TRUE woman of my dreams and married her, I still couldn't help but tell her, "Teenage me would be so jealous of current day me right now." 
She gave a genuine laugh, leaned on my shoulder and then gave me a hug. This was one of those rare moments where meeting your heroes/crushes turned out pretty damn good!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tampa Bay Fanboy Expo

This weekend we'll be set up for the first of two shows in beautiful Tampa Bay, Florida! Come visit us at the Grand Hyatt Gulfport and hang out! All the details can be found here. www.fanboyexpo.com

I'll have some cool new pieces available including this limited Belle and Gaston. Both the voice actors will be in attendance and you can get it signed! 


In addition Adam West and Burt Ward, televisions original Dynamic Duo Batman and Robin will be there as well. And since Id never drawn those incarnations before, I couldn't leave them out! 


Should be a POW and WHAM heckuva weekend! 


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Disney Pixar's Inside Out


I can't believe I'm about to write these words. But, here they come.....

I didn't really care much for Inside Out. 

There, I said it. Got the words out that are very contrary to popular opinion. And to be honest I'm very mad at myself for feeling this way. I hate that I rank this movie only above Cars. (And I truly loathe that movie. But what do you expect from a guy who knows even less about cars than he does about Algebra?)

Back on point. I really wanted to go into this movie and fall in love with it. After all, I loved the sitcom Herman's Head. Basically the same idea, with lots more time to flesh it out. But the reality of it was, I just couldn't connect. 

Fair warning....from this point on there will be SPOILERS. So if you haven't seen it, and don't want to know some stuff...maybe you should look at my Megacon pictures again. The last thing I want is for you to unleash your little ANGER on me. 


You may be wondering why a guy who seemingly could care less about the movie owns TOYS based on that which he doesn't love. Well, that brings us to the one thing I really did like about it. The character designs. They're all so damn cute. For the character designs alone, I went to see this movie. I see so much of me in Anger. I mean, hell, we even have the same fiery pointy hairstyle when he blows his lid.

Other than that, the movie just left me indifferent. Maybe it's because the center character is a little girl? And even though I've been known to act like one at times, I'm not a little girl myself. 

Riley (the above little girl) has a wonderful, happy coherent life. It has everything most kids hope to have. An original two parent household that offers love and unity. She's got the beautiful home, with swings and laughs and sports. And in her darling little head, she has this awesome group of emotions (Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust and Fear) Life is GOOD. 

Until dad announces that's it's time to shake things up. Take Riley and her band of emotions and cause some chaos with a move to a new city, new life. Complete with new school, new apartment, new friends and new problems for those little colorful characters in her head to deal with. 


Is it the emotions? Is it Riley? Who can be sure. All that we know for sure is, through a series of mishaps Sadness and Joy become separated from the core group and have to work their way back to brain central before Riley literally loses her marbles. (The marbles in this case being cute little glass balls of memories)

From this point based on early comments about how dark and deep the plot became for children, I half expected Riley to turn bi-polar. But the truth of the matter is, it wasn't that dark. It was just something most kids in the real world have to deal with. 

But back to the plot. 

Joy and Sadness end up as far away from the command center as can be, but luckily they stumble upon Bing Bong. An adorable mix of Elephant, Cat, Cotton Candy and that funny hobo on the street corner who sings Mister Celophane. Long forgotten, Bing Bong is Riley's imaginary friend. And he knows the way back! 

Adventure ensues, and ensues, and ensues some more. In the meantime we've lost the cool dynamic of all the emotions together, and the movie honestly drags through some funky, abstract Picasso like scenes that I assume will best be enjoyed after you've popped some sort of happy drug or are drunk off your ass. 


I really wish that all the emotions had shared this journey BACK together. But ultimately, someone had to keep watch of Riley's sad developments.

Now I won't lie, I shed a few tears. Pixar knew exactly how to bring those out. Towards the end Bing Bong makes the ultimate sacrifice to help Joy and Sadness make it home. Nothing like a good Disney death to get you right in the cockles. 

The girls make it back, realizing that sometimes you NEED the sad memories to compliment and create the happy ones. All the emotions hug it out, Riley balances out without a need for medication and therapy. And in typical fashion, happy ever after is the result.


Some of the best sequences come at the end, when we see all the emotions interacting in variations of themselves through others eyes. Even the versions that live in the heads of dogs and cats. I think if we'd gotten more of that, it would make for a much better film. 

Bottom line, it wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen. My two little girls liked it. My oldest even watched it a second time. Although she came out of it liking it less on the second viewing. I wish maybe they'd kept Anger or Fear in the mix, or even made Sadness a boy. The plot isn't female centric. These are problems both boys and girls face alike. But most of it centers around the three girls Riley, Joy and Sadness. And although I'm in touch with my feminine side. I just got bored as it progressed. 

I'll own it im sure, because it's so pretty to look at. And maybe after Rewatching it a few times it'll grow on me more. But for now I'm content with sticking it in Lightning McQueen's passenger side and watching it drive off into the sunset.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Megacon 2015

It seems like I just started doing this awesome show last year. How time has flown by. I have to admit that this year was not only my best Megacon yet, but also holds the number two spot among cons of all time. Just behind New York this past October. Thank you everyone who came out and supported us, shared some laughs and kept me busy! You make it all worth while! Next stop C2E3 in Chicago! I'll be in artist Alley R! 












Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Marvel's Princess Leia Number 1


Picked up a few of the new Princess Leia blanks from Marvel Comics. I had heard that the card stock was less than stellar. This scared me a bit so I decided to draw one tonight and experiment with color and inks. The stock definitely is a little more slick than Id like, but I feel it still works. Anyway, its listed on ebay now and you can see the link in the comments below.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

We Can Be Heroes



I had the opportunity to step out of my shell today. I'm not an introvert by any means. Lord knows I love people and I love to run my mouth. I'm always out and about and I set up shop at so many conventions. I meet and draw hundreds of smiling faces every year while caricaturing at Disney. 

But cosplay? Not really my thing.

Honestly I think there are so many others who do it way better than I can. I respect the time and effort fans of the genres put into bringing their favorite characters to life. 

I can barely sew a button badly onto a pair of pants. 

But there is this little fella who is sick. A very young child named Armani. A horrid cancer has set up shop in his brain, and he's bravely fighting an uphill battle with it. 

Treatments aren't cheap, and bills are mounting up. So our good friends at World of Comics decided to hold a fundraiser to help ease the financial burdens that Armani and his family are facing. And they managed to do it while bringing a smile to his face.

Like most little boys his age, he digs superheroes. What better a way to show that he isn't facing his villain alone, than to bring cosplay warriors to his side. 

I could've easily drawn a piece for a raffle, done caricatures or simply made a donation on this day. But something in my head told me I should join his team of champions.

Thanks to my good friend and (awesome cosplayer in his own right) Xavier, I was able to temporarily become someone else. Someone larger than life, and eager to smash some bad dudes.

Today, I was the Wolverine.

My costume wasn't the most extravagant. Hell, I blended in more with the crowds than I did the cosplayers. But I got to be a part of something bigger. I was able to see the interactions, the wonder and the moments where this strong young soul got to become an honorary member of the Green Lantern Corps. He was able to run around with Spider Man, and be flirted with by Supergirl and Black Cat. 

Today Armani got to just be a kid. 

He got to escape the monster for a while, and play. Seeing him surrounded by so much love, and so much spandex, was a testament to the good that the cosplay community does.

So thank you cosplayers. Thank you secret superheroes for everything that you helped bring this mini hero. Both emotionally and financially. 

And thanks for letting this silly pusher of pencils and ink join you for a day in your crusades. 

I kinda liked being a super hero today BUB!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Batman Black and White SketchCover

I know it's been another while. Been busy beyond belief, but here's one I did just for fun.....but it's still for sale. 50 buckers! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fanboy Expo In Tampa Bay This Weekend!

We'll be setting up for the weekend at Tampa Bay Fanboy Expo. The event is being held at the Hilton downtown Friday, Saturday and Sunday! 

We barely snuck into the show, so we aren't sure where our spot is, but we are definitely going to be there! Come on by, say hi, and pick up our newest piece! Dancing baby Groot- Sugar Boogarz style! 

Come on, you just KNEW I had to make one of these little guys! 


(Man am I aching to go see it in the theater again!)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Saucy Western Babes


Currently hard at work on a new set from Axebone Studios featuring some saucy Wild West ladies! Rolling out a ton of commissions as well! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dancing Baby Groot


Seriously, who knew a baby dancing tree would steal the adorable raccoon's thunder?! 

I love this movie. So hard. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge

It's going around. Beyond viral. Everyone is doing it, joe average to joe celebrity. 

The ALS ice bucket challenge. 

There are those who might knock it as just a cry for attention, and there are definitely those who complete it, but not quite correctly.

The idea is, donate 100 bucks to the ALS, if you can't, then donate 10 bucks and dump a bucket of ice water on your head. Challenge 3 others, and it spreads like wild fire. 

Usually you have 24 hours to do this. I was challenged yesterday by two different fellas. But since we were at the parks it was hard to find a bucket of ice water at Epcot. 

I improvised. 

Cup of ice water to the head, followed by a few repeated lashings of cold jet stream water whips blasting from the jumping fountains at Journey to Imagination. 

You can see the video on my Facebook.com/locoduckstudios page.

Toni and I are donating to the cause as well. It's super worthy. I've done a bit of research and what these warriors with Lou gherigs disease go through is extremely hard to see. 

So take a moment and donate a few bucks even if you don't have an ice bucket, a cup of ice water, rocketing water blasts or a commanding audience to witness it.

www.alsa.org

Friday, August 15, 2014

blah.



I've just come off an amazing high. This summer was just perfect. I had my children here, I married my best friend, hung with family and friends, and did so many fun conventions where I got to see so many of you.

Now I've crashed, and crashed hard.

I'm finding myself unusually depressed now that my girls have gone home, and there isn't a con in sight for close to a month.

It's become a cruel summer. At least this last leg has.

To make matters worse. I'm obese. Out of shape, and pushing forty.

Yes, I'll hit 40 in less than a year.

Needless to say, I'm trying to be in change mode. Lose weight, eat healthy, love life, blah blah blah.
It's been hard. It's only been a day since I've decided to make the change…again. But it's been tough.

And Robin Williams killed himself.

Life could be a lot worse. So I'll keep chugging on. I'll post here.

Here I can be as long winded as I want to be and not worry about staying under 140 characters on twitter, or being brief on Facebook.

Maybe I'll sprinkle some updates for art as well. Truly, I'm not sure what I'm doing. Ultimately, I just want to be happy.

Enjoy my life, my kids, my new wife, my friends, family, and the three fans I have. I started my journey to find that peace today.

Then I tried to do sit-ups……



and couldn't even do one. 



Ugh. It's going to be a long road back.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Update Coming

You know with all the multitude of social networks I post to (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr) You would think I'd update this blog just as regularly. After all, it is the first place people come to when they get one of my business cards at a show.
So starting today, I'll make a solid effort to include my updates here as well.
A few things of note. Many of the links above, while active, are very outdated. My gallery for example has plenty of content, but NOTHING there is at all more recent than about 2009. I have a much larger sampling of my work on my Facebook pages and Instagram. You can follow them by clicking the links to your right. I am working on updating the content on those pages though. Scouts honor.
In the meanwhile, please follow me at any of the links to your right. And keep checking back here for progress.
Here is an oldie but a goodie. I know that I have been doing a lot more digital work lately, but hand coloring is still one of my favorite ways to do things!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Harley Quinn

The Joker's darling squeeze! One of several new originals I'll be carrying with me to various cons. She can be yours! Just don't tell Mister J!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Ninja Turtles Sketch Cover


A gift sketch cover for my darling woman. She says I never draw her anything, so this Christmas she finally got something personal! She loves the Turtles, and Raph is her favorite!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

2013 was full of awesome! Now I'm looking forward to an even greater 2014! For now I'll leave you with this teaser!!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

SUGAR BOOGARZ #0

Hey everyone! At New York Comic Con I launched my new comic book SUGAR BOOGARZ! Using the popular cute art style, I created a whole Glucose Galaxy where an evil Tyrant Tooth and his Frankenbroc right hand are attempting to extinguish any and all sweet and cute critters! Graham and his band of Gingy Ninjy's have formed a rebellion to overthrow Adolfo Rootless and return peace to their lands. I created a limited run of New York Comic Con exclusive variants! Each book has an original piece of random art inserted into it and a chance to win a free commission! I have a few left. If anyone is interested in buying one and supporting a cool new book, you can message me or comment here. Each book is 10 bucks plus 2 dollars for shipping and handling. I also have a few of the regular cover books for 5 bucks. Please note those do NOT have the free art or chance to win a commission. Thanks for the support guys!
Above is the regular cover to issue #0!

Sunday, October 06, 2013

New York Comic Con 2013

For the first time ever, Locoduck Studios will be hitting a New York show! We figured why not start BIG! Come out and look for us there in spot Z-10. I'll have a couple of announcements about the show, including a HUGE one tomorrow!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Heroes Con 2013 and Savannah Georgia!


Another Heroes Con has come and gone, and while I did hear some disheartening things from some, I am glad to say it was still a great show for us! We managed to make the trek through Tropical Storm Andrea thanks in large part to our pal Vanessa Banky Farano. I will say, I was a nervous wreck the whole way up there because driving long distances on unfamiliar roads at high speeds in the rain is a huge phobia of mine. 

I did quite a few commissions at the show. Most of them are posted on my facebook page, so be sure to add me! Here are a few highlights. I got to draw this Gwen Stacy vs the Alien Symbiote on a scan of an Amazing Spider man cover. I thought it was a pretty cheap alternative to what getting ahold of one of these would have cost. 


As most people know, I'm not much of a Star Trek fan. I do like the new movies, but that's about it. I was of course a bit hesitant to do this commission of Spock, but I was really happy with it. I know Tribbles don't have eyes, but come on. How cute is he?



There were a group of guys there called Frank's Comics. They were creating custom buttons for anyone who brought their artwork to them. So someone commissioned me to draw a few Sugar Boogarz for them. This Silver Surfer was my favorite. What a great idea. As a result of my meeting them, rest assured, you'll be seeing buttons at my table soon!


On the way back from Charlotte, Banky decided she wanted to do lunch in her old stomping grounds of Savannah, Georgia. Far be it from me to complain since I'd never been before. The city was gorgeous. I loved all the greenery and the old architecture.



We grabbed a bite to eat at a cool little pizza joint called the Mellow Mushroom. It was super noms.


We ended our excursion on River Street at the Savannah Candy store. I felt like I was Charlie in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Leave it to me to find what seems to be quickly be becoming my calling card and signature. The Candy Corn.