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Benito, You Can Do It!

benito_logoWritten and illustrated by Alan Quinonez,”Benito, You Can Do It!” is a bilingual book for kids with cancer  that is helping families find strength and hope when one of their little ones is diagnosed with the disease.
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Benito at Driscoll Children’s Hospital

Benito is now in Corpus Christi, TX at Driscoll Children’s Hospital!
Thanks to the medical team at Driscoll’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center  for placing an order of books, and for being willing to send us a photo of two of their team members holding Benito’s book.


Families and patients dealing with a diagnosis of pediatric cancer or a blood disorder can rely on Driscoll Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center for the most advanced treatments available for infants, children and adolescents. The compassionate physicians and staff are skilled with providing emotional and psychological support for patients and families. Patients receive treatment in a child-friendly and entertaining atmosphere. Hugs, play areas and friends made at summer camps help children through their diagnosis and treatment.

Please join us in supporting Driscoll Children’s Hospital by liking their Facebook page  and by learning more about them at their website.

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Benito at Children’s Book World

My biggest thanks to Sharon Hearn for placing a  wholesale order of books for her book store, and for so kindly kindly providing a wealth of suggestions and advice on how to market Benito’s book.

Sharon is the founder and owner of Children’s Book World, a book store in West Los Angeles that has been open since 1986, and is a full-service children’s bookshop, stocking over 80,000 titles for children, parents, teachers and collectors. They carry a large selection of music, audio books, DVDs, craft and science kits, and educational aids.


Sharon Hearn and Alan Quinonez at Children's Book World

Sharon Hearn and Alan Quinonez at Children’s Book World

Barack Obama proclaims September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


Barack Obama has just proclaimed September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. His proclamation reads “… I do hereby proclaim September 2015 as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I encourage all citizens, government agencies, private businesses, non-profit organizations, and other groups to join in activities that will increase awareness and prevention of childhood cancer.”

To join this effort, we are offering 25% off in all orders placed during September, by entering the code SEP25
Please help us spread the word and consider donating books to your local hospital!


You can read the President’s full statement at the White House website, and you can visit our store at

Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo – Week 4

Continuing with the “Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo” class, Lesson 4 focuses on Space.

  • There are about a dozen way to convey depth and space into our drawings: Linear Perspective, Overlaps, Light & Shadow, Atmospheric Perspective, etc.  These are called “Depth Cues”.
  • On this lesson, we focus on the use of perspective to get rid of the “flat effect” and better convey the ground plane in which the model is standing.
  • Akin to what we did on Week 3, we will have slightly rotate the model in our drawing to improve both the silhouette and a sense of depth.
  • Alex stresses the importance of :
    1. Adhering to a time limit of 1 minute per drawing – no extra editing or line polishing.
    2. Try out drawing with your non-dominant hand (left, in my case).
  • Below is assignment from week 4:

Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo – Week 3

Continuing with the “Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo” class, Lesson 3 focuses on Silhouette.

  • Silhouette is all about readability
  • Often times, when drawing from a  model, you’ll find yourself on a position or at an angle that gives your a weak silhouette.
  • Your task is to change the angle with your imagination, so you get a stronger silhouette.

    Below are my assignments from week 3:

Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo – Week 2

Continuing with the “Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo” class, Lesson 2 focuses on Shape.
Akin to what we did on lesson 1, we practice developing a shape that encompasses the idea/story of the pose based on:
1) What is the main idea (or story) of this pose?
2) How can I best represent that idea with a shape?

Below are my assignments from week 2:

Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo – Week 1

Now that the Schoolism Subscriptions have started, I feel like a kid at Xmas morning. Yet, instead of toys I’m receiving access to most awesome online classes!
First in line is Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo.
On lesson 1, we study and practice the Line of Action (LOA). Rather than thinking of it as the main line that runs across the body (like arm to spine to leg), Alex is encouraging us to analyze it under 2 main premises:
1) What is the main idea (or story) of this pose?
2) How can I best represent that idea with a line?

Below are my assignments from week 1:

Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive Design Panel


Last night I had a chance to attend the talk “Behind the Scenes: Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive!” organized by the IGDA (International Game Developers Association) and hosted at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA.
This was my first gaming related panel that I’ve attended, and it made me fel inspired and even more excited to become part of this industry.
The Creative Director, Lead Character Artist and Senior UI Artist from Insomniac were in the panel and they shared with us how it took them 3 years to develop the game.
Some of the key points from their talk:

  • How they iterated through different concepts that would ensure their game was irrevent, colorful, celebratory and with lots of inside jokes.
  • The challenge of developing a lead character that is irreverent, without making him/her a complete asshole.
  • The process by which a character is developed: From design docs, to thumbnail brainstorming, to final artwork, passing to character modelers and beyond.
  • How they went through 3 entire different worlds and game mechanics to arrive into the final version.

My highlight of the night was meeting Jaume More, Senior UI Artist at Insomniac. Jaume was born in Spain, he started as a graphic designer, and moved into UI and Web Design.
After years of hard work and networking he found his way working for the video game industry, and he has been at Insomniac Games for the past year and a half.
Jaume was in charge of the Heads-up display (HUD) for Sunset Overdrive. You can see Jaume previous and recent work at

Big thanks to my good friend and talented artist Alice Grosseman Mattosinho,  for making me aware of this free event!

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