Sunday, January 31, 2010

A very special message....

To start of the year right,

I want to thank, first of all my very supportive family for putting up with my shit.
Trying to be an artist has never been easy for anyone. (Especially for someone that comes from a family of scholars, doctors, and politicians.)
My ass is flat poor and broke as all heel these days. Don't think I'm loaded. (Degrees and doctorates from Mexico don't mean shit here in the US.
Well, so thank you to my family for standing by me.
Thanks to my adorable lil sister out there. To my lil nephews and cousins!
Thanks to all my friends too, the ones that are friends just because. (the ones that have nothing to do with art.

Thanks to my "brother from another mother" and roommate "Uncle Louie" Louis Bali jr and his awesome family, Suzy & Tim, Divina. Thanks for feeding a starving artist and not leaving my ass in the dirt.

To all the people that have always, and will surely continue to believe in me and my art. From elementary and all the way through college and early employers in the arts industry. Thank you, to all the friendly acquaintances in school, that have always believed that I'd amount to something. *gets chocked up*

A very very special THANK YOU OH SOOOOO FUCKING MUCH to Matt Gieger of Nature's Mistake and his lovely Fiancee Desiree Lin.
Thank you for having my back all this way since we first met back in July when I drew your caricatures at the LA indy Bazzaar.
Thank you, for helping me accomplish dream after dream after dream, and now, Living the fukin dream man!!! Love you Both. These two have done more for my career in just a few months and most people in my whole life! I owe these two a debt of eternal gratitude!!!
(btw, the website is up yo!!!! go buy some shit!!! )
Thanks to Anthony DeLaRosa "DJ ghettoblaster" for helping me get some extra dough on the side by drawing at bars and clubs and for helping take Nature's Mistake to new heights!!!

Thank you to BJ of LAindybazaar, for making it possible for Matt and I to meet.
Also, thank you for making Monsters and Robots possible along with my dreams and aspirations to be a curator!!! Thank you BJ for hooking it up and for helping me pimp out my caricatures for parties business and helping me continue to stay self employed!!!! Love ya BJ!!!

Of course, I can't leave out Chuck BB and Jack Rossi, the two people that brought me right back to my first love, (painting) I never thought I'd want to be a painter or a gallery artist until I caught the bug again back when Chuck and Jack invited me to submit art to their shows.
Love those fools!!!

Thanks to the first galleries that let me show my stuff. Back on 2007.

Man, thanks to Petey and all the Hollywood art walk crew, Hear Gallery, Mike Zepeida and Notorious Jen. Fukin thanks for everything, let's keep it fukin going!!!
Thanks Ron!!!!

Thanks most of all to Valentine and LC of thinkspace gallery!!!
Man, i think those two are the "Oprah" of the LA art scene. Thank you so much!!!

Thank you to the great folk at Nakhon beer!!!! hehe, for supporting my art and my habit. Tozar!!!

Thank you to Vince Wong and Turtle!!!
Thank you for pimping me out!!!

If it weren't for all these wonderful mutha-fukas, my ass wud be sitting around twiddling my dick!!! (sorry for the crude lingo, but that's just my passion talking!!!

Thank you to Timmery Turner of
Thanks for being so open and welcoming and fukin rad and helpfull!!!

Yo!!! Michele Chan, Booleep, Louis Murillo, the Guys at Loft4300, man, thanks for the friendship and companionship!!!

So much thanks goes to a perfect stranger who thought he'd share his limelight yesterday. Oscar Sanchez of
He was gonna get interviewed by, and he brought the crew over to Cannibal flower to interview me last night before the doors opened.
He told the guys from Latismo about me. Wow, who doeas that for a perfect stranger!!!

Thanks to the guys at Latismo, Alex, Anbel and Daniel for the awesome interview and awesome time just hanging.
keep an eye on the website for my interview.

Thank you to all the awesome people I meet doing caricatures for parties! You all keep me fed and keep my self imployed!!! Thank you!!! Thanks to you, I'm living the dream, *sobbs*

Thank you Joanne and Barbara, for the referrals and art patronage. Thank you to the entire Herandez Family and extended family, (you family to me as well) Roger Christy, Cielo, Socorro, all you guys, love and thanks.

Thanks to everyone that I've met these last few months!!!
And, fuk all you assholes!!! You know who you are!!! LOL.
(well, the assholes probably won't read this, but fuck you anyway, just in case.)

Those of you I didn't mention by name, don't worry, I'm sure i thank you all constantly anyway!

Thank you everyone!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Here's some digital stuff you probably already saw.

Some caricature fun on Sam Sellers. Also, Leftyjoe doing caricatures at clubs and bars. Woo!!! Also, my Leftyjoe style concept art and y own take on a ninja turtle.

some studying.

Art I've been working on from the last few weeks. :)

I did this chewy just for fun in ARTRAGE. Just trying to mix it up. Combining impressionism brush strokes similar to those of Van gogh, with some art nouveau elements and of course that weird Leftyjoe character design style and a lil modern retro cartooning.:) Hope this art is pleasing to the eye, 'cause it sure pleases my eye, and I love doing art like this!!!

These are the finished pieces that were recently in the "From within the shadows" art benefit show at NEW PUPPY GALLERY. Hey, btw, the closing ceremony is in February, please attend, and maybe help the cause to save the endangered animals in Costa Rica, buy a piece or two and your purchase will go to that worthy cause.

These two sugar skulls, or should I say "Chugar skulls" are for the "Kitchen sink" show at Luz de Jesus gallery.

These two bellow are the two concept pieces done digitally.

Here are the digital concepts for this new mickey mouse piece. I did it just for the hell of it. Just re-working the design and doing a study on the lighting.

Here's the final piece, acrylic on canvas as usual. :)

This on is that Hellboy design I love to do. (I showed an erlier version to Mike Mignola at comic con a few years back. He liked the piece.)
this one though, is a study i did on lighting and texture. I got the idea from an old Tim Biskup piece. (I love love LOVE Tim Biskup's stuff!!! He's one of my biggest influences.)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Events for this coming week. Leftyjoe participating with several other artists! January 25, Jan 29, Jan 30, 2010.

If you're looking to be a part of the awesome art scene here in the greater Los Angeles area, please come check out these events. Be a part of history, see the underground art movement as it happens.

January 25th, Leftyjoe and a few others painting at the Dragonfly. Same time, same place.


January 29, Leftyjoe and a few others painting Live at Daydream Republic.

The DayDream Republic is located at
4500 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles Ca. 90016
(just off the La Brea exit on the 10 freeway)
suggested donation $5 b4 10/ $10 after /21+ cash bar
rsvp for guest list:

i'll post the flier when I get it.

January 30th, Leftyjoe and others will be exhibiting at another awesome installment of Cannibal-flower.

724 S. Spring St. on the 14th floor Los Angeles, 90014

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Natures's mistake and Leftyjoe hit the pages up BIGUPS MAGAZINE.

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Hellboy Leftyjoe style, but painted to mimic one of Tim Biscup's paintings. :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

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Studying from the masters. These are just some studies i did from Ben Ballisteri's drawings. I'm not trying to take credit for the drawings, i'm just posting my ever present need to study and progression. In hopes that some day, I'll get a chance to work at nickelodeon or cartoon network. :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

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Another painting done. I'll be doing four art events next week. Stay tuned for details. :)

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Painting is almost done. :) woo! Well, just one of them. :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Three art events that Leftyjoe will be participating in this coming week. :) stay tuned.

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Tried oil paints for the second time in my whole life. :( didn't like it. Maybe next time I'll get some better non-cheap-ass paints. Lol.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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One painting finished, the other, just begining. :) trying to finish in time.

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Planning a painting for the Kitchen sink show at Luz de Jesus gallery. The show is in march but the deadline is on the twenty second.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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Studying some anatomy. :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

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Wow. Great art day. :)

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Still up... Painting. :)

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Leftyjoe vs Raphael of the teenage mutant ninja turtles.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

From within the shadows! Art show at new puppy Gallery.

These were the concept developments for my submission for the show at new puppy gallery.

One of the last lil sketches of 2009.

I dunno if I posted this, here it is again just in case.

Digital head painting.

I woke up today with a need.... a need for speed.... oh wait, no, i woke up with a need for creative release!!! Here is a bust study, black and white value study of an old native american man.

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Fuckin love painting. :)

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Up early doing some digital painting. :)

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Just some studying. :)