Welcome to my art blog!

I love to draw and create, but as some have pointed out, I tend to gravitate towards comic and sci-fi characters (as seen at my sketch blog) and I forget the whole other world of subjects out there. This blog is dedicated to that other world. Although, as you'll see, I can't seem to escape a little bleed over.

Click through the pages at top and see the art I've lovingly laid at your feet. Tread lightly!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Epic Portait: Chad!

Oh man, this one was pretty fun.  Just some background: I was charged with creating a portrait of my friend Becca's boyfriend Chad, with broadsword in hand, drinking a Manhattan, surrounded by zombies with the Golden Girls in tow.  This was a definite must because A) I love drawing zombies, and B) I had never drawn the Golden Girls before.  While I wasn't lucky enough to have grown up with them like some viewers out there, I find the whole premise of 4 sassy older women living together and getting into hijinks to be hilarious.  I'm pretty sure I watched Designing Women though.  What was the premise behind that?  

Anyway, this is my first all-digital portrait.  Because it was zombie-themed, I wanted to make it look like a cover of The Walking Dead comic- hopefully that concept made it across.  I made sure to include Chad's "Betsey shorts" and enough blood-splatter to show that he knows his way around a broadsword.  His pose is an homage to the classic Army of Darkness poster, complete with sexy lady clinging to his leg (played by Sophia).    

I also included a black, white & red version in homage to the comic's use of black and white. 


As usual, if you're interested in commissioning me to do an epic portrait or any other maner of artwork, you can e-mail me and we can talk turkey.  

Epic Portrait: Eric!

Here's my epic portrait I did for my friend Carlena's brother Eric!

It was definitely a long time in the making, but I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out.  I've always liked airplanes and giant monsters, so when I was commissioned to paint an airplane fighting a giant monster, how could I say no?  

If you or a friend of yours would like to commission me, e-mail me and we can talk specifics.  Because most of my first portraits were done for friends I painted for pretty cheap, but due to a rise in demand and workload I'll be raising my prices slightly.  I generally charge by size and complexity.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Neon Girls

It's been a while since I've updated this page- not for lack of wanting to, but for lack of time (and, I'll admit, some lack of motivation).  Anyway, just last night I felt a huge rush of productivity, and using three roughly 12" x 12" panels of wood, I painted out these three girl portraits one right after the other.  I used some random stock images for reference, but really was just trying to experiment with color and splatter effects.  It was fun using colors I never use (I mean, pink, really?) but I was happy with the results.

Neon Girl 1

Neon Girl 2

Neon Girl 3
 And yes, I know I need better titles for them- I'm sure I'll think of something.  I'm intending on submitting these to the Community Action Council's Artists Stand Against Poverty art auction.  I've submitted pieces in past years and sold several.  The best part is that have the cost of the sold piece goes toward fighting poverty, so it's a win-win.  Here's hoping I can ride this wave of productivity and crank out a few more pieces!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Never really drawn that many kids before...

As I mentioned in my other art blog, it's been a while since I've posted on here.  I've been pretty busy working on a couple different art projects, including character designs for a video game in development (nothing serious, unless it gets picked up), a book cover, and trying to get around to my next epic portrait.  

Here's a few rough concept sketches for one of the video game characters.  She was described to me as supposed to be between 10 - 12 years old, and cute.  I don't know what makes a cute kid, but I took a couple shots in the dark with these.  

I've since submitted a finished model sheet based on the second sketch, with more details added.  They're currently working on the 3D modeling!  Can't wait to see my art in 3-D form.  Sooner or later I'll learn to do that kind of stuff myself...  Hopefully I'll post the finished product (if I can) so stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Epic Portrait #3: Tom

The zombie apocalypse happened, and only a few people were prepared.  One of those people was Tom.  Surrounded by the undead, he doesn't flinch or panic- he takes action, dispatching them with his kukri machete and Magnum Python.  The only thing that matters now is getting to his friends and loved ones and helping them to survive!

As always, if you're interested in an epic portrait, contact me at tonyaros1@gmail.com with details and I will add your name to the waiting list.  Stay tuned!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Epic Portrait #2: Emily

 When a nuclear reactor melts down and explodes, a two-toed sloth from the nearby zoo is irradiated and grows to a monstrous size.  Crazed and confused, it begins rampaging through downtown Dallas leaving destruction and carnage in its wake.  The airforce's jets had no effect.  Shells from tanks on the ground were shrugged off like bee-stings.  The sloth's radioactive breath burned through soldiers and ordinance alike.  Seeing no other option, local hero Emily irradiates herself and grows to face down the beast.  Conventional weaponry had proved ineffective- let's see how the beast holds up against some colossal punches!     

On to my next portrait...featuring zombies!  Stay tuned.  

If you'd like to commission your own epic portrait, contact me at tonyaros1@gmail.com and I will add your name to the waiting list.    

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Epic Portraits

Have you ever wished people understood just how awesome you are?  Just how pants-crappingly bad-ass your day-to-day undertakings are?  Have you fought a sea-monster to a stand-still and just want everyone to know about it?  Well, that's where I come in.  For a small, negotiable fee, I will depict you in all your epic glory.  If interested, send a pic of yourself along with a description of your awesome feat (the further out there, the better) to tonyaros1@gmail.com.  Or, if you just want more information, shoot me an e-mail as well.  Below is my tale, of when I wrestled a grizzly bear who not only could shoot lasers from his eyes, but also had both a flamethrower and a chainsaw duct-taped to each paw.  True Story.

If you'd like to add your name to the waiting list, shoot me an e-mail.  I mostly charge by size of painting and will do preliminary sketches free-of-charge. 

You know you're awesome.  Why not let everyone else in on it?