Monday, March 27, 2006

Change Of Plans


I'm heading to Seattle instead of San Francisco, sorry for the last minute switch. Again, I'll be sharing a booth this Friday and Saturday (April 1st and 2nd) with my friends Stephen Silver and Patrick Morgan. If you live in the area, drop by, if you live in Canada, jump the fence. We're going to have a hell of a good time. Bring your sketchbooks and your girlfriends! sketches for everyone who mentions this blog.

Hey, Dangster, I'm talking to you.

Emerald City Girl


Saturday, March 25, 2006

Martti Mykkänen

Born in 1926 in Finland, the godfather of constructivist graphic design.

Martti Mykkänen

Martti Mykkänen

Martti Mykkänen

Martti Mykkänen

Martti Mykkänen

Martti Mykkänen

Martti Mykkänen

Martti Mykkänen

Martti Mykkänen

Martti Mykkänen

Martti Mykkänen

Martti Mykkänen

Martti Mykkänen

Most images here come from the book 'Martti Mykkänen Graafista Muotoila" written and published by Ulla Aartomaa. All images © copyright 2006 Martti Mykkänen. All rights reserved, Do not copy without permission from copyright owner.
Published here for scholarly review.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Film Loop Fun


Just messing around with this new software, check it out:
HERE or click on the image above.


PS: Here are additional loops with older stuff. Once you've downloaded the FilmLoop Player Go to FILE>enter ticket... and type the following ticket #'s. (one at a time)

'Mujeres 2':

Alberto Ruiz Caricatures:

'Personal Pics':

I'm going FilmLoop crazy! :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Back From L.A.

Just a quick note to thank you all for the comments while I was away and to also express my gratitude to those of you who showed up at the Wizard show, I had an incredible weekend in the company of partners, Stephen Silver and Patrick Morgan, with whom I shared real estate at the show and an even better experience after the event. Patrick, Stephen, Gwen and Taesoo Kim, we must do this again, soon!

Be back with drawings tomorrow!


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Josep Maria Subirachs

Subirachs, an accomplished sculptor, designer and engraver was born in Barcelona 11 March 1927. Click here for his website.

These random drawings were collected and included in Giacomo Casanova's "Memorias de España", published in spanish by Ediciones Altera.






A Love Story

I did a job for this guy a year ago, he made me jump through hoops but somehow the job got done, nevertheless I vowed to not work with him again. One of his designers called me last month and asked me to do a fairly straightforward and simple illustration, a girl pointing to a chair, I would only draw the girl and leave her in her own layer so they can superimpose the chair and other elements such as type; I thought I was working with the designer on this and said I would do it, he said he would come by my house to explain the job in more detail, I agreed.

The doorbell rings and guess who's there? the old art director! I'm confused and surprised, could it be that I talked to this guy instead of the designer? Hmmm..Am I dreaming?

Well, I didn't want to be a dick so I agreed to do it as long as he didn't drive me batty like the last time, he seemed calm and assured me this would be a very simple illo, nothing like the last job, which had backgrounds and props, he offered me an additional job (besides the chair girl) but after he explained what he wanted done I declined, I sensed trouble.

He asked for 4-6 poses to choose from, I said I 'll do two, he replied "they don't have to be finished pieces just gestures", I agreed to 4. I told him I was going away to Orlando for the weekend, that I would sketch the poses and email them to him for approval and that I could work on the job after my return from Florida, he agreed but ignored what I said entirely because he emailed me on the same weekend regarding the sketch.

This is the actual, un-embellished and un-doctored email trail:
Note: I can't post the images, just know that this guy has seen all of my work, I have even given him one of my books as a present, he's well aware of my style of drawing.

On Feb 23, 2006, at 2:54 PM, Designers wrote:


I well received the drawing.

One with circle mark is the one I like.

Her pose is right.

Please have her

1) hand pose and face, leg and hair realistic and charming(Sexy?)

2) We may have to enlarge the girl, please excellent detail.



Megacon weekend break

On Mar 1, 2006, at 8:31 AM, "Alberto Ruiz" wrote:

I'm sorry but I don't see any circle marks anywhere, can you be more specific.



On Mar 1, 2006, at 2:04 PM, Designers wrote:

Please open attached.

First sketche from top left the girl with open arms is the one.

Please give me a call if you do not understand.


So and So

On Mar 3, 2006, at 6:11 PM, Alberto Ruiz wrote:

this is a screen shot, I have the file in a CD can you stop by and pick it up?

On Mar 3, 2006, at 7:38 PM, Designers wrote:


Every thing looks good but I need you to refine two

Please improve hands

And reduce her eyes more realistically.

Thank you.

So and So

Can I pick up on Monday?

On Mar 3, 2006, at 7:39 PM, Alberto Ruiz wrote:



10 days later

On Mar 14, 2006, at 9:26 AM, Designers wrote:


I am sorry to say but when we tried the girl on the chair
It did not work.

Our internal client resented the drawing.
Could you make the changes and improve
the girl?


On 3/14/06 11:41 AM, "Alberto Ruiz" wrote:

Dear Designers,

This is what you approved, I am not making any more changes to the finished illustration until I receive my check for the full amount I invoiced plus an additional charge for the changes you want done, also, you have to specify what changes you want done, so I can invoice you accordingly because I am NOT going to work blindly so you can tell me that my work has been "resented", this is not my responsibility, you should have shown the proposed image to your client before you asked me to finish the illustration.

If you don't want me to finish the illustration just send me the payment for my work, which I invoiced already and we'll remain friends.

Thank you and best regards,



On Mar 14, 2006, at 3:06 PM, Designers wrote:

I did not approve your drawing yet.

Skirt, shoes, feet and hands/finger and eyes should be improved.

You do not seem to have any mind to satisfy your client’s need.

So and So

My last email to the art director:

This is what you wrote after I sent you the finished illustration: "Every thing looks good but I need you to refine two
areas: Please improve hands And reduce her eyes more realistically.

Thank you.


Can I pick up on Monday?

I 'reduced' the eyes and refined the hands like you asked me to, to the best of my ability.

I have all the desire to satisfy the client's need but I won't do endless revisions for free, you pay me first for the finished illustration and then I'll do all the changes you want and I will bill you for every change you want, accordingly, I believe that's fair. I am not a slave and I don't work for free. You use the word "improve" very lightly, just what exactly do you want to see? a photograph?, let me remind you that I am a cartoonist, I am not a photographer, tell me exactly what you need so I don't have to guess and be wrong all the time. I'd love to satisfy you but I can't read your mind. If you don't want to use my work then pay me what you owe me so far and we'll part ways.


To be continued. . . . :)

Friday, March 10, 2006

Los Angeles Convention Center

Please join my good friend, superb animator and character designer, Patrick Morgan and this not-so-humble servant, next weekend (March 17-19) at the Wizard World L.A. show, we'll be in the artist alley area, table # 1323, this event is being held inside the Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015.

Image © copyright 2006 Alberto Ruiz. All rights reserved.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Hideo Takeda

My friend Troy, turned me on to his work, simply amazing!
Takeda's Website

All images © copyright 2006 Hideo Takeda. All rights reserved.
Published here for scholarly review.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

'STRAIGHT CURVES' Reprint Available

For those of you who weren't able to buy the oversize book in San Francisco and later in Orlando due to unexpected high demand or live elsewhere and were interested in the Straight Curves book 11x17 inch sketchbook, which has been sold out for a few months, I've just received the initial shipment from the printer, new and improved, you can now purchase the book from my on-line store HERE where you can see a preview of what's inside or by clicking on the button below.
The book comes signed and doodled (a quick pencil or ink sketch in the back page) Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

MegaCon Report

Sly Stallone

Back from Orlando, I had a blast! but then again I have fun at most of the conventions, I might as well copy and paste my previous convention report. Somehow, some way, I always manage to ridicule myself and have a good time at the expense of others, to have this much fun should be illegal, it's obscene, I tell ya.

Things ran smoothly from the start, I shared a plane ride to Florida with the lovely and gifted Allison Sohn and was greeted at the airport by my good friend, the talented Joe Pekar, who graciously allowed me to stay at his home in Orlando for the duration of the event, I have to say Joe and his family were super accommodating and generous, many thanks to Joe and Beth for their hospitality and friendship, I hope one day soon you guys visit NYC so I can return the favor.

Megacon is a huge hit with the 'manga' crowd, tons of girls in cute japanese anime costumes, anything manga, from Sailor Moon to the most obscure game related characters you can think of and then some, and of course who can forget the super hero fans; you can clearly tell the difference even if you never read comics or watch animated cartoons; older, uglier, people (in their 30's and 40's) were dressed as american super heroes while the cutest, plumper and younger crowd (teens mostly) pranced around in japanese character outfits.

I spent most of my time enjoying the company of my buddy -the now retired, legendary inker- John Beatty, he's a riot. One of his closest friends, Craig Zablo kept us company for a good chunk of time as well, very funny guy, I laughed so hard at his antics my ribs hurt, he collects Silvester Stallone memorabilia so I drew 3 Stallone cartoons for him for fun while at the show. (one of which is shown below) I met some old friends I had made last year at this event and acquired a ton of new ones this time around, most notably a bunch of super talented guys and girls from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. Sorry I misspelled your name, Margeaux, you're so cute and talented, your beautiful, piercing eyes and that enigmatic stare will hunt me forever, much luck to you and the rest of the gang. I also met a young colombian artist named Alex Martin, we talked for hours about art and such. Salud, Alex! if you ever come to NYC, give me a call.

Special thanks should go to Troy Nicholson, thank you for the wine and for the attention, John Higashi, who is always so kind and generous, thanks for the 12 pack of Corona and for Friday night's dinner, Hawaiian Dave for his cookies and chocolate cover macademians, you really know the way to my heart, Dave! Tim Townsend, San, Kermit, Musashi, Ray, Mark, Miki, Galvo, thanks for the books! Manda, don't stop drawing, girl!! , Nick Baltagi, sorry I made you jump through hoops, man, I do that to all my peeps, you're a great sport, anytime you want a drawing from me, just ask, I count you now among my friends.

Sooooo many incredible artists and nice people to boot, I hope you guys and girls forgive me for not including your names here, I can hardly remember my own at this point, just know that I appreciate your visit and the lavish attention some of you showered me with. I'll see you all next year for sure!

John shot this footage with his digital still camera, sorry about the low quality, next time we'll use professional equipment :). The preliminary blue pencil sketch is a 2 minute long movie but is barely visible, this here is the blue (cheap ballpoint pen) 'inking' (8 minutes) The shirt color and background lines were added afterwards using a metallic silver Sharpie™ marker.