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IF – Spooky

IF – Spooky

Posted on Friday, October 15th, 2010 under Sketches | 2 comments

Sometimes we get carried away with our costumes and sometimes ... they carry us away. Sadly, it's an epidemic that claims more kiddy trick-or-treaters each year than stale circus peanut poisonings. Do your part to save the children; add an escape hatch level to every costume BEFORE they leave the house.

Cue "The More You Know" music, please Jerry ...

IF : Expired

IF : Expired

Posted on Friday, March 19th, 2010 under Sketches | 1 comment

My entry for this week's Illustration Friday theme of "expired". I think this started out as me yet again trying to work up a propaganda-style poster (hence the color palette), but almost immediately realizing I don't have the right mindset for it. Instead, I spent some time getting more acquainted with Illustrator CS4's much-improved-but-still-goofy inline Gradient editor.

I guess the only thoughts behind the IF tie-in are for you to think of expired milk. If you ...

IF : Focused

IF : Focused

Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2010 under Sketches | 1 comment

My entry for last week's Illustration Friday theme of "focused". Even though I drew it early on Friday night, I totally spaced on uploading it. Let's see if I can still make the deadline ...

Oh and it's actually a good mix of a bunch of different pens. A little Crayola marker, a bit of Black India Ink and Windex and just a touch of White-Out.


CMYK Monsters

Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 under Design Life | 2 comments

Thanks to an equally relaxing and productive morning, I managed to wrangled up my earlier drawing into this fun vector. It's sized just perfect for your iPhone, but I am thinking it would make for a great poster print. What do you think? Anyone got recommendations on a place to print them at? I've only ever used Cafepress, which is slightly pricey.

Although it doesn't directly relate to the drawing, this is what I read today ...


IF : Skinny

Posted on Saturday, October 31st, 2009 under Sketches | 1 comment

My simple and fun entry for tonight's Illustration Friday theme of "skinny" ... mainly just me playing around with simple shapes and vectors. Enjoy!


Moonlit Monster – iPhone Wallpaper

Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2009 under Downloads Life | No comments

This has been sitting in my "to finish" folder for quite some time and now thanks to all of the daily pieces I have been working on with the Blob Brush, I finally found a style I was okay with for this something special for all you iPhone users out there. Get ready for the Halloween season by putting this little moster guy on your shiny Apple screen.

Download the full 320 × 480 size here.


October Monster

Posted on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 under News Sketches | No comments

A sneak peek of the monster I drew for this month and the upcoming revamping of the Dra Studio website. I was getting really frustrated with both all of my physical inking solutions ... my brush-tip markers were dull and I still can't get a steady flow running from the quills.

So after trying three times, I just gave up and finished this guy off in Illustrator with the nifty new blob brush.


Yeti for the iPhone

Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2009 under Downloads News | No comments

Pretty much anytime Mel and I start talking about anything Yeti, I have to draw it. It's like I have this Himalayan fever and the only cure is letting it out with pencil, pen or Wacom stylus.

For this piece I did my typical pencil drawing, covered over with felt-tip marker and then digitized with the normal "Brush" tool in Illustrator ... but once I got to that point, I wasn't entirely happy with it. So ...


Wild Things

Posted on Monday, June 22nd, 2009 under Life | No comments

I have been get a crazy ton of things done at work today. Managed to resolve the "double contacts" issue I was seeing on my iPhone after the 3.0 upgrade, thanks in great part to this helpful article. I also used Terminal to enable the old skool but nifty "hot corner" indicators for a machine at work ... making it plenty easier to remember which corner of the display will start the screen saver.

Then I ...


Do Work!

Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 under Life Sketches | No comments

Just like all of the FCC kids that are working hard this week on finals and the last few assignments before the summer and/or graduation, I have been hard at work on freelance and Full Sail class projects. More updates to come soon, I promise ;)P.S. Shout out to Tyler for passing the Bible Comp. What what!


Golden Nuggets

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2009 under Sketches Writings | No comments

The other day I was spouting random seeds of wisdom, that Courtney coined “golden nuggets” … enjoy! Oh, and I hope you enjoy my friend Hurly here …Indecision leads to missed opportunity.No one will think of you as a women until you acknowledge yourself as one.What she lacks in determination, she makes up for in non-committal.Your bad choices can only lead to worst results.If God is my constant, you are the variable.Customization is the first ...


Gilbert on the iPhone

Posted on Saturday, March 28th, 2009 under Sketches Video | No comments

Gilbert Grape from Oscar Cortez on Vimeo. You can view the high-res version of the final piece here.Yesterday was such a great day … enjoyed a yummy lunch with Courtney and Jodie, fell asleep on some soft couches in IKEA and got to hang out with a bunch of old (and new!) friends, including Nathan G., Eddie, Rosie and Sarah. I drew this guy over dinner at Chick-fil-A … again, using the sweet, sweet Brushes iPhone ...


IF : Celebrate

Posted on Saturday, February 14th, 2009 under Sketches | No comments

For this week’s Illustration Friday theme of “celebrate”, I took about a half-hour over lunch with Matt and Steph at Moe’s to whip this guy up in the sweet iPhone Brushes app. The more and more I use it, the more comfortable I get with drawing with my fingers. I am pretty sure this means I need a Cintiq 12WX more than ever. Any takers? ;)


IF : Climbing

Posted on Saturday, January 24th, 2009 under Sketches | No comments

A quick and clean doodle, here is my take on this week’s Illustration Friday theme of “climbing”. Seems like an appropriate topic after this week’s Big Bang Theory episode, right?


IF : Similar

Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2008 under Sketches | No comments

Found in this turmoil of evil, among the swirly of monster fur and lava-hot buzzing of robot lasers, emerges a bond; a brotherhood footed in the love of music and sleek lickable gadgetry.I did up this week’s piece, for the Illustration Friday theme of “similar”, on the back of a party plate, during the recent game night at Jean Marie Cannon’s place.


Eatin' Records

Posted on Friday, November 28th, 2008 under Sketches | No comments

Like every other Apple-loving kid out there, I have been absolutely adoring the fantastic playlists created by the iTunes 8 “Genius” feature. Try as I may to out-smart it with my own custom playlists, the iTunes magic music algorithms continue to put out some amazing mixes.And with all this musical goodness at my fingertips, I feel it is unfair to not share it with others … hence, I have been sending my favorite mixes to ...


IF : Vacant

Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2008 under Sketches | No comments

Ah gah! In the monster-y mood and this is what I end up with for this week’s Illustration Friday theme of “vacant”.This guy started out with some free-form Rita line goodness, then slight coloring in ye ole Photoshop, then finished it off with a light paper texture and some noisy noise. And done.


IF : Sugary

Posted on Saturday, October 4th, 2008 under Sketches | No comments

Oh the joy of yummy treats and sugary candy eats! Here is my deliciously evil entry for yesterday’s Illustration Friday theme of “sugary”.The gritty paper background is courtesy of a Google search and a great resource called CG Textures and the scrumptious scary font was the feature download this month from Nate Piekos and his amazingness.Candy, candy, candy …. aaghg!


IF : Routine

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2008 under Sketches | No comments

IF : Routine (uploaded by DRA Studio)The last few days have been completely filled with guns, zombies and the procreation/ fascination of the intimate relationship of the two. Blame it on Dead Rising or Shaun of the Dead, if you need a scape goat. Me, I choose to not explain the reasoning. In light … err dark of this walking dead fun, here is my entry for this week’s Illustration Friday theme of “routine”. Hehe.


IF : Detach

Posted on Saturday, August 16th, 2008 under Sketches | No comments

IF : Detach (uploaded by DRA Studio)Here is my new entry for the Illustration Friday theme of “detach”. The line work and details are a bit more stringy and rigid from my usual rounded and smooth work, but this time around, I gave even more control to the pen I was using and let it do what it would. Since it was a muddled ballpoint ink pen, it kinda lost and regained its flow pretty ...


Squiggly worms

Posted on Sunday, July 6th, 2008 under Sketches Writings | No comments

Squiggly worms (uploaded by DRA Studio)Squiggly worms,given to and shaping in anover-abundance of glee;though warted, hairy and toothed ishow they tend to be.Their wisdom is strong,and though I want it much,the skin they share, I truely fear to touch.“Stay your distance and keep your way!“Just shout your wordsand I’ll continue my day.”


IF : Hoard

Posted on Sunday, June 22nd, 2008 under Sketches Writings | No comments

IF : Hoard (uploaded by DRA Studio)I forgot to finish this post in time to add it to the Illustration Friday archive, but I hope you still enjoy the napkin sketch and this bit of rhyme.They amass upon the cliffs,seeking to find an sustaining ledge.In pursuit of a welcoming host,their fall upon him is swift.Dark is their interest,deep is their intent.From within the bellows,they are seeking and are yet to be content.


Day 2008-1-6

Posted on Thursday, April 24th, 2008 under Sketches | No comments

Day 2008-1-6 (uploaded by DRA Studio)Day #31Have you missed these as much as I have? Hopefully, I can get things back on track. ;)


IF : Tales and Legends

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 under Sketches | No comments

IF : Tales and Legends (uploaded by DRA Studio)My submission into this week’s Illustration Friday theme of “Tales and Legends”. I originally had planned to create this just in Art Rage, as a fun experiment with the new version of the app, but it quickly deteriorated, as I realized I don’t like Art Rage.It is strong in some areas, and feels much like what use to be Alias’ Sketchbook, but for some reason, the blending and ...


Day 2008-1-2

Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 under Sketches Writings | No comments

Day 2008-1-2 (uploaded by DRA Studio)This one has a poem attached: “this is for twoas in the number of the day.but also as in youas in a way for me to say:”“I really missed you,and am glad you are home.” “I can’t live without you.I am so not me on my own.”


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