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Well, the summer went by much too fast for my tastes, but lots of fun was had! The kids are back in school, and for the first time ever, now that the youngest is in 1st grade, the house is quiet for over 6 hours during the day. That means Dad can focus much better and hopefully stay on top of design work AND have more time for personal art projects! What does that mean? Hopefully it means more frequent updates and more art for you to see! Stay tuned...

**If you like any of what you see here, I am always available for personal commissions**
  • Listening to: Ottmar Liebert
  • Watching: Football!! (finally)
  • Playing: Futbol
  • Drinking: Water (mostly)
Well that's that! I've finished putting away my Solstice Pole and other Longest Day decorations and now I'm ready to enjoy the summer. Since the magic web of the Internet covers the entire world, if you happen to be reading this from the Southern Hemisphere, I'm sorry that winter has arrived. Here, the kids are out of school, the neighborhood pool is open, and it's already hot! I had a wonderful birthday and Father's Day in the last couple weeks, but I'd like to register a formal complaint about Father's Day, if I could.

I'm of the opinion that Father's Day in the United States needs to be moved to the second or third week in September. First of all, as it stands, Father's Day is just a little too close to Mother's Day -- so close, in fact, that it feels almost like an afterthought (which in undoubtedly was in the first place). Secondly, Mother's Day falls within the school year, and all of my kids are required to create school projects for Mom. As a result, I barely get any terribly awesome hand-crafted Father's Day memories from my wonderful kids. My final reason can be expressed in just one word: FOOTBALL. Nothing sounds better to me than sitting on the couch with an ice cold Mexican Coke (or substitute your favorite beverage) watching my team play some good old-fashioned American Football on Father's Day. Dad's, do you hear what I'm saying? Lets organize and get this holiday moved!

--Chachi
  • Listening to: Bee Gees (Godspeed, Robin, R.I.P.)
  • Reading: Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas
  • Watching: The Daily Show
  • Playing: Futbol
  • Eating: Almonds
  • Drinking: Water
I've started putting my scans for the Marvel Greatest Heroes set from Rittenhouse Archives here on DA. Look for the rest to trickle in over the next few days. My computer managed to overwrite one of my scans, so there are four cards with no scans, a Wasp, a Thor, a Black Knight, and my only Nova card. Hopefully Rittenhouse will send me those scans so I'll be able to post those as well. I had a lot of fun working on this set, and for the first time paced myself well so I didn't have to rush anything at the end.

Just a minor change in subject, but I just finished watching some Max and Ruby cartoons with my youngest daughter, and I have a very serious question. Where on earth are those little bunnies' parents? Ruby is maybe 8 or 9, and Max is young enough that his vocabulary consists of around 20 words, yet it seems like they're left to fend for themselves everyday, and only once in a while Grandma stops by. Sure it could be argued that Mom and Dad aren't important to the stories, but then why use Grandma? Mom or Dad could easily fill the shoes of Grandma in every episode she appears it, so it's definitely a conscious choice to exclude their parents. Why? What the hell?!

--Chachi
  • Listening to: Gungor
  • Reading: The Connected Child
  • Watching: The Finder
  • Playing: Basketball w/ my kids
  • Eating: No Sugar!
  • Drinking: Water
It's time for a little Pre-Spring Cleaning in my studio, and that means I'm slashing prices on some aging originals. To streamline the process, I've created a new folder in my Gallery called "Originals for Sale". If you see anything in there that interests you, send me a note and I will give you a quote -- around 50% off what I originally priced these pieces at when at conventions.

Be on the lookout for some new upcoming art from me next month as well. I just finished working on the Marvel Greatest Heroes sketch card set from Rittenhouse, with a release date of March 14th, 2012. As soon as I have approval to do so, I will post all of my cards for your enjoyment. Also, keep in mind that I will have a few Artist Proof cards from that set, so let me know if you're interested in reserving one of them.

Finally, if you're interested in commissioning work from me, just let me know what you're looking for and we can discuss details. A happy upcoming Valentine's Day to all, and I will update soon with new art!

--Chachi
  • Listening to: Film Scores
  • Reading: The Connected Child
  • Watching: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Playing: Mario Kart Wii
  • Eating: No Sugar!
  • Drinking: Water
After adding "Warriors On Their Couches" to my gallery, I have a frustration I have to get off my chest, and I wonder if I'm alone in this among artists. Whenever I do a fully rendered pen and ink drawing, I like to do what I call a Line Study to work out the best way to render the piece. This sketch (or sketches) is smaller than the final, and is done kind of quickly to explore what line directions or hatching methods give me the the best results for different parts of the illustration. Painters will also do some sort of Color Study for the exact same reasons, just with color instead of black and white line work.

Here's my gripe: Inevitably, there are a few minor parts of the study sketch that I find superior to what I've done in the final piece. Why, oh why does this always happen?!! Is it that the final piece is too methodically done -- that there's too much care used on the final product? So while casually and quickly throwing down line work creates a lot of garbage that can inform us for the final, it can also create some absolute magic that cannot be recreated in a more controlled, careful way. I've noticed the same thing over the years when throwing down a little thumbnail for an action pose of some kind. The tiny stick figure I sketch on the page almost always looks more dynamic than the full size final piece that's based on it. There just seems to be a life and energy to the rough exploration of a concept that simply cannot be recaptured later.

So like with many of my illustrations, no matter how much I like "Warriors On Their Couches", there is a little part of me that feels disappointed in myself, knowing that I've done at least a part of it better before. And maybe I'm a glutton for punishment, but I always hold on those study sketches as a reminder of what I wish could have been, or perhaps as inspiration for improving. It feels good to vent.

-Chachi

** I am always available for commissions. Drop me a line and let's figure something out!**
  • Listening to: Cloverton
  • Reading: The Connected Child
  • Watching: Castle
  • Playing: Angry Birds Rio
  • Eating: No Sugar!
  • Drinking: Water
I was a youth when I first stumbled across the work of Gene "The Dean" Colan back in the earlier days of Daredevil. I didn't really know anything about the craft of comic art at the time, but I knew I loved what I saw on his pages. As I grew as an artist, I also grew to understand the greatness of this man's ability. His dynamic compositions, his great storytelling, and his use of deep dark shadows made his work stand out among his peers. Years later, I happened to see several of his original pencil pages from his run on Daredevil, and my jaw hit the floor. The level of rich shading in his pencils never truly made it through to the finished page. What I remember seeing as dramatic blacks on the finished inked pages were actually gorgeously rendered levels of shade and shadow -- clearly put to paper with love by a master craftsman. I remember sitting across an aisle from him in Artists' Alley at Comicon one year, feeling anger at how little traffic his table saw. On a slow morning I went over and spent a good 20 minutes talking to him about his work, and thanking him profusely for his craft, and how it served as such an inspiration to me as an artist. The years may have bent you into a frail old man, but you remain a GIANT in the eyes of anyone who knows anything about the history of comic book art. Godspeed, Gene.

--Chachi

**Off topic as it may be, I am available for commissions -- just send me a note.**
  • Listening to: Matt Maher
  • Reading: Love Wins
  • Watching: White Collar
  • Playing: At the pool with my kids!
  • Eating: Plenty
  • Drinking: Water
A very happy spring to all! The weather has been beautiful around the Mile-High City, and I have been relishing working from home on these gorgeous days. I joined my son's class for recess and lunch today, and clearly, not enough of these kids have dads available to play very often at home. Our game of "Tag" quickly devolved into "Try To Tackle Mr. Hernandez!" I don't know how many of you have ever been pulled and jumped on by 15 spirited first-graders, but I was absolutely exhausted by the time lunch finally rolled around. By far, the hardest part is restraint; that is, allowing yourself to slowly be overtaken by their small clutches, gingerly moving around with all of that extra body weight on you, and then going gently to the ground as the rest of them pile on so as to avoid crushing anybody in the process. If these were not children, but an evil pack of trolls (or something) attacking me, I would have dispatched them all in a minute flat -- so the real challenge was carefully and willingly succumbing to their frenzy without injuring any of them, or myself, in the process. Their teacher was most thankful for me letting loose their energy so the afternoon would go better in class. I was wiped out too, but waited until I got home to fall on my face, unable to move, much like Tom Hanks after being tranquilized in The Man With One Red Shoe. What a great time spent with my son and his friends!

I felt truly blessed.

--Chachi

** I am available for commissions. Drop me a note if interested! **
  • Listening to: Pink, Mercy Me
  • Reading: Love Wins
  • Watching: Castle. Chuck. Biggest Loser with the Fam
  • Playing: Super Mario Bros Wii with my kids
  • Eating: Yes
  • Drinking: Water
Happy New Year to all. I don't know about you, but I'm all Kwanzaad out -- just way too much fun at all of my Winter Solstice celebrations. I know some parents who hate having their kids off school, but I always have so much fun with the kids home for Christmas break. We've got two birthdays in the house in December as well, and that always makes for a busy month! I finally got the home-theater all set up in the basement for the first time since we moved into this house a couple of years ago, and it was wonderful to watch some good flicks out loud again. If you haven't checked it out yet, the audio on the Blu-ray of Despicable Me is amazing, and the animated short "Banana" in the special features almost made me wet my pants (all 10 times we watched it). 2010 was a grand year, but I'm hoping things keep getting better in 2011. One of my resolutions is to spend a little more time on art this year, and that means more time on DA as well. Happiness and health to you all!

--Chachi

*Please drop me a note if interested in commissioning something*
  • Listening to: Train, Neon Trees
  • Reading: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest (just done)
  • Watching: Castle. Chuck. Biggest Loser with the Fam
  • Playing: Super Mario Bros Wii with my kids
  • Drinking: Water
At long last, I've finally uploaded the 16 pages of Joe Comics (see page 1 here fav.me/d2zefcz) that were done for Zuda Comics beginning in February 2008. Joe has long been a labor of love for me and my brother Gabe, existing in many formats over the years: A 6 page short story in National Lampoon Magazine, a black and white comic strip, and most recently as a webcomic on Zuda. After finishing 2nd in the February competition, we were thrilled to get voted in to the Zuda Invitational in July 2008 with the chance to compete again. Unfortunately, that meant we had to churn out 8 new pages scripted, penciled, inked, colored, and lettered, in just three weeks. In that brutal all-star competition we still managed to finish in the top five. Perhaps Joe will one day rise again from the ashes...


As always, I am available for commissioned work. Feel free to send me a note with any inquiries.

--Chachi
  • Listening to: David Crowder Band, Sanctus Real
  • Reading: Blue Like Jazz
  • Watching: Chuck, Castle
  • Playing: Super Mario World (SNES) with my kids
  • Drinking: Inca Kola
Happy Summer to all! Except for all of you in the Southern Hemisphere -- happy Winter to you! I've been enjoying the nice weather and the relaxed schedule of having no kids in school. Been doing a bunch of new art, but unfortunately am unable to post any of it yet, due to contractual restrictions. So what does that mean for you? You'll just have to wait a few months to see it. I'll keep posting everything else that I can though!

As always, I am available for commissions (just drop me a note)

--Chachi
  • Listening to: Retro 80's Tunes
  • Watching: the World Cup
  • Playing: at the pool
  • Drinking: Inca Kola
Hey everyone! I've been doing some Spring Cleaning in my studio and have come to the conclusion that I have way too much original art taking up space. As such, I'm cutting prices on old originals by up to 50% in an effort to de-clutter my space! For some specific pricing and pieces, you can view a thread I created on the Scoundrel Art Forums here www.scoundrelpublishing.com/sp…

There are many pieces, especially RPG character designs that are not in any of my galleries here at Deviant. Please have a look, and feel free to make me an offer on anything!

And as always, I am available for commissioned work. Send me a note and we can discuss!

--Chachi
  • Listening to: David Crowder Band
  • Reading: Love and War
  • Watching: Chuck, Castle
  • Playing: with my kids!
I logged on this morning to see that I had a Daily Deviation! What an honor! Thanks to all for the kind words and for taking the time to visit my galleries.

Humbled,

Chachi

* As always, I am available for commissions. Drop me a note if interested *
Happy August to all! I've still got a decent backlog of art to upload here, so bear with me as pieces trickle onto DA. I am available for commissions, so please feel free to contact me with any ideas or questions regarding size, style, and pricing. Thanks!
I don't know why it's taken me so long to set up a page here at Deviant Art! Please be patient with me as I have a lot of work to upload.

Next week I will be at the San Diego Comic Convention in Artist's Alley, Table BB-12. I will have originals for sale and I'll be doing commissioned sketches and sketch cards while at the show!