IHP Annual Report #345- Happy 2016 updates and news

Hey Everybody! Happy Almost 2016!

I did a new drawing today! Something I haven’t been able to do much lately. Even though I draw everyday, it’s rare that I get to do something for myself. 2015 has been a really tough year around here. Not in any bad way, it’s been a great year (well, except for Martin’s two surgeries and a couple gout attacks on my feet), but still it’s been tough in a roller-coaster-y way. Though it’s been filled with many great gigs (see the last two posts), I’m still dying to get a lot of my own work and ideas off the ground. I have a lot planned for 2016, and much of that has already been in the works. This past year, I mostly posted old(er) artwork every week for Throwback Thursday. I think I’m going to continue that next year, but I’ll also be throwing in NEW WORKS on a weekly basis. Really mostly smaller, quicker illustrations tailored for Instagram. Some of these have already been set up and started (I call em pre-baked). Next week, maybe Monday or Tuesday, I’ll post the first of these on Instagram. A new illustration will follow every week thereafter. Score!

Also, this website is currently undergoing some changes. I’ve done a bunch of work to the archives (re-sizing artwork, tagging, etc). I’m also in the process of updating the look and interface of the whole thing. Please bear with me as I scrape away at this project. Hopefully soon it will be nice and shiny and user friendly. I’m updating the portfolio section as well.

I’m still pretty active on social media (mostly Facebook and Instagram). Please check my Social Media List and subscribe, follow, friend, connect, etc…

I have some big things in store next year. I’m nervous as hell about it. Probably about as big as my move to Los Angeles. I’m excited, scared, and optimistic. I can’t wait to share new work with everybody. Thank to everybody for all the love and support! Catch you all next year!

Happy New Year!

Dollar Dollar Bills,
Jose

 

The IHP World Report #4011- Big Ol’ TMNT Post

Hey Gang! Gots a bunch of art here!
About a month ago, I started work on some TMNT season FIVE characters. A couple months before that, Nickelodeon began airing TMNT season 4. It’s hard to believe it’s been over four years since I started working on this jam. Here are some of my favorite (never before posted) pieces of my work from the first 3 seasons. I have so many files from my time on this show I’d really love to post someday. Most of it is old, and just a matter of me sorting through it. The rest can’t be shown just yet.

Casey Jones character concepts, design and turn around (2013)


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I had a blast working on these designs. In total there were three: Casey Jones, Casey in his hockey outfit and Casey in his vigilante outfit. It was pretty amazing getting to design such an iconic character in the TMNT universe. These were built off rough concepts and notes from TMNT Executive Producer Ciro Nieli

 

Tiger Claw (2013)

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This dude was a tough one, but in the end I think he turned out great. I’m happy he went on to be such a fan favorite.

 

Ice Cream Kitty (2013)

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My contributions to the show were usually either straight up gross or straight up cute. This falls into the latter. Ice Cream Kitty has also gone on to be a fan favorite.

 

Stockman Fly (2013)

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An update to a popular TMNT character, Baxter Stockman as a fly. The fly portion was based on concept art by Ciro Nieli. The human portion was designed by TMNT Design Supervisor Irineo Maramba

 

Speed Demon Donnie (2013)

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This was a fun one. It also kinda broke my brain (but so did Baxter Fly, and come to think of it, many other characters I worked on) But I really enjoyed getting to do a tribute to Ed “Big Daddy Roth” and Rat Fink. One of the many great things about working on this show is getting to do the research. This was for episode 306, “Race With The Demon”. The car was designed by Jeff Wong.

 

Muck Man and Joe Eyeball (2013)

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This one was a blast. It also took me forever to do. And it took the entire Character Modelling team to create the Muckman CG model. And Character Technical Director Dave Kim spent many long nights rigging that model to make sure he was brought to life properly. And the paint team and texture team snapped with the colors and textures. And that’s why he looks so awesome.

 

Stock Footage

Another perk of the job is getting to contribute 2-D elements where they are needed. Sometimes it’s a logo for a product, or a poster, or for paint overs and mattes when CG would be too prohibitive. This is also our opportunity to throw in a joke or two (or eight) into the mix.

Casey Jones graffiti (episode 225, “Invasion!”)

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Inspired by the late, great legend, Vaughn Bodé.

April Coffee Can (episode 305, “In Dreams”)

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This was one of my favorite drawings. In the actual show, they posed out a CG model of April to match the poses I did here.

Punk Frog Mugshots (episode 304, “The Croaking”)

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I think I was given this at the last minute, and had to draw something pretty quickly. It was supposed to be bad mugshot style drawings of the Punk Frogs. I think the Michael Bay TMNT was already out at the time, or about to be released in theaters, and at some point while drawing this I got the idea to throw in a Bay Mikey into the mugshots. I’m glad they kept it in. I threw in a bunch of jokes on the side (including the “fail”). I left a place holder under the mugshots for the copy, and the brilliant Miho Tomimasu wrote the hilarious account of the frog sighting that made it into the final episode.

Soon I’ll have more TMNT behind the scenes goodies to show. Two posts down out of three, so on to the next!!!!

The IHP Friendly Flyer #1999- MAD magazine

Checking in for one of my final posts of the year (yeah, I only posted one other time this year). It was a hectic year (which will be explained in THE final post of the year). I was very lucky this year and got to work on a bunch of stuff. BUNCH of stuff. Hence the lack of posts. Anyway, one of the greatest publications ever asked me to contribute illustrations, not once but THREE Times, this year!

The first one was for the extra special “Weird AL” Yankovic guest-edited issue. It was a 2 page illustration for an article titled,”Things To Ask Your Sex Ed Teacher (Just To Mess With Him)”. It was written by the hilarious Kenny Keil and appears in issue #533 (June 2015).

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The next issue, I contributed art to The Fundalini Pages section. “Common Mistakes to Avoid in a Rap Battle” was written by Kenny Keil. The issue is #534 (August 2015)

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The third piece was also written by Kenny Keil (and again, very funny). This one also appeared in The Fundalini Pages section.  “Overheard at 50 Cent’s Bankruptcy Estate Sale” features 50 and the G-Unit holding a yard sale. Issue #536

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As always, I have a great time working on these MAD magazine illustrations, and I’m honored to be part of such a legendary publication. Many thanks to Ryan Flanders, Sam Viviano, Kenny Keil and the crew at MAD!