Benito was in Cincinnati, Ohio at the 33rd Annual Child Life Conference!
Thanks to my friend Christina Wallerstein from Playopolis Toys for so kindly taking Benito with her, placing the book front and center on her booth and for making postcards about the book available to all participants.
Benito’s book at Playopolis’ booth
Benito’s book is now available at the Amazon Kindle and Apple iTunes ebook stores for $7.99.
Can you kindly download a copy for your favorite platform and help us rate and review it?
Kindle & iTunes downloads, ratings and reviews make a big difference, and we’ll be the most grateful if you can help us with one of these. Visit Benito’s Store to get started.
This past 03/04/15 we wrapped up 8 weeks of the Character Gesture Drawing with Stephen Silver. My highlights from this class are:
- The personalized attention and feedback from Stephen.
- The great group of talented artists that were my classmates.
- Being able to practice drawing gesture both nude and in full costume, from a different model every week .
This class is certainly worth repeating, and I’ll be back into it next fall!
A few drawings from the class
Notes about tilts and Line of Action
Stephen and students on “Graduation Night”
March is National Child Life Month and our campaign for CHLA goes on:
About 300 kids will come to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) for cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2015.
With your help, Benito’s book will give comfort and hope to these children. Join us at www.bit.ly/300chla so that each kid receives a copy to keep!
Since mid September, my good friend Rommel Ruiz and I have been attending Mark McDonnell’s Gesture Drawing Class at the Animation Guild in Burbank, CA. The class runs from Sept 16th to Dec 2nd 2014 and we are now on week 9.
Mark is one of the most animated and humorous teachers I have had: Every time he is drawing a character he embodies and becomes such character through his voice and demeanor, making the whole class giggle and laugh while learning.
Two big highlights are how Mark gives comprehensive handouts and fosters such unique learning environment:
He encourages us to take risks and go much further that just drawing a figure floating in space, instead he help us to add and design key elements, in order to tell a story.
Below is the class syllabus, along with some images and photos from the class:
- Week 1: Fundamentals and Warm-Ups
- Week 2: Importance of a Sketchbook
- Week 3: Utilizing Silhouettes
- Week 4: Using “Cheats” / Pushing the Pose
- Week 5: Gravity & the Ground Plane
- Week 6: Fleshing out the Story
- Week 7: Using different Mediums
- Week 8: Using symbolic Color/Color linking
- Week 9: Adding Finishing Touches
- Week 10: Professionalism – Completing your Sentence
- Week 11: Professionalism – Presenting your Artwork
- Week 12: Final Thoughts
My biggest thanks to Kathy Ruccione, Susan Gantan and Jacqueline Gilberto for opening the doors of CHLA’s (Children’s Hospital of LA) HOPE Resource Center so my friend Christina Wallerstein and I could introduce them to the Benito Books Series.
The HOPE Program provides compassionate care and support for patients diagnosed and treated at CHLA. They create innovative approaches to psychosocial care, and in concert with the caregivers at CHLA, work to reduce suffering and improve quality of life for the patients.
Kathy Ruccione and her team offered us a wealth of advice on ways to further promote Benito’s book series. We donated a few books and left feeling inspired, with clear action items to follow up. More updates will be coming soon!
This past Friday we had another smash hit at Silver’s Academy: My good friend Rommel Ruiz took on dynamic and challenging poses from Jack Kirby’s super heroes, once again.
We all had the chance to draw each pose for 3 minutes, and the rotate around our model, so that we get a 360 degree view. With music from epic movies playing in the background, as well as the camaraderie from other artist, this is one of my favorite way to spend a Friday Night.
Below are some pictures and drawings from the event:
Week 5 at “The Art of Caricature with Jason Seiler” introduces us to color. To keep the color harmony, we use of a split-complementary color palette, which quickly simplifies the colors to choose from. Jason offers 2 methods of painting:
- a) Colorizing a value based underpainting
- b) Painting in color from the get go
Below is my process from sketch to painting for a caricature of Robin Williams.