Thursday, September 30, 2010

She loves nerds.

Another fresh design! Just finished minutes ago! Leftyjoe presents "NERDLIFE" brand.

As a nerd, I know first hand, what nerdlife really is. And, well, nerds love hot nerd chicks.

After long discussions over this design, I chose to illustrate a hot nerd girl with her lil business suit and glasses. Clothes coming off of course, 'cause what nerd doesn't fantasize about the hot office chick seducing him.

Hope you enjoy the products that will feature this design.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NERDLIFE!!! Classic, Iconic pop culture theme: King kong and the empire state building.

Latest design for my "NERDLIFE" brand.

Pop culture art, Leftyjoe style!!! who doesn't nerd out about king kong? I know I do.
The mere idea of a 30ft giant gorilla captivates my imagination like few things do!
King mutha fukin kong!!!

My latest design for my "NERDLIFE" series.

So, I love pop culture. Especially the 80's. A lot of my favorite stuff is from the 80's. Here's my "Leftyjoe vs Thundercats" illustration.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Master studies.

Well, since I'm always striving towards that next goal, studying is always a must. Here is a study I did today. :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

A tribute to the Great Frazetta.

I have always loved fantasy art and especially Frazetta!!! Here's my Leftyjoe vs Frazetta pieces in progress. stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Buy art online from some of the worlds up and coming artists!!!

One of L.A's most prolific and up and coming emerging artist and designer Leftyjoe. (also known to some as: the cartoonist David Torres, caricature artist Joe Torres, artist Jose Tores, even Jose David Torres.)

Leftyjoe has joined several sites that help promote artists. Well with technology these days, and social media, Leftyjoe is taking full advantage of his resources.

Here are some sites you can check out:

Leftyjoe: daily art blog:

Have Leftyjoe entertain with Live caricatures at your next event!!!

Clothing and apparel featuring the art of Leftyjoe:

Merchandise featuring the art of Leftyjoe:

Art Prints and Merchandise featuring the art of Leftyjoe:

Leftyjoe's personal merchandising project!!!

Another site where you can buy Leftyjoe artwork as prints, posters, coffee mugs, and tons of other custom designer artist merchandise!

You can check out Leftyjoe on artslant too!!! while you're at it, join up!!!

Artist friends, I recommend you join as many of these sites as possible.

The story of Leftyjoe!!!

Leftyjoe is an emerging LA artist who's goal is to reach the hearts and minds of the world over.
Leftyjoe: "Art has touched my life so profoundly, and as an artist, I hope that my art can continue to touch more and more people."

Born in an affluent community the Federal district of Mexico city, Leftyjoe came to live in the U.S with some family members hoping to attain that dream that people the world over strive for. The American dream.

Well, Leftyjoe has been living his dream with the support of his family, friends and very supportive acquaintances.

Leftyjoe began his career very early. Instead of selling lemonade in front of his childhood home, Leftyjoe had a cute lil stand, where he sold "Drawings on demand"
Neighbors would walk buy and stop and melt at the sight of a six year old who claimed to be able to draw anything. At the customer's request, lil six year old Leftyjoe would draw the requested artwork for a few bucks.

Leftyjoe could not stop creating works of art throughout his young life. From special art classes as a kid to nearly failing highschool all together because art was just way more important to him than homework.
Leftyjoe went to a community college and took some naked people drawing classes, and a few other art related classes, but in 2001 he was diagnosed with a very virulent strain of cancer. Testicular cancer.
Cancer would not be an obstacle for the artist. He continued to draw even though his body had lil strength at times. Chemotherapy and two major surgeries that left him scared across his entire mid section also seemed not to put a stop to Leftyjoe's art.
By the way, he wasn't always called "Lefty"
Because his left testicle had to be removed due to the cancer, his college buddies dubbed him "Lefty"

Leftyjoe was a screen name he chose for a site, and the name just stuck.

Leftyjoe later worked at the L.A zoo as a caricature artist. You know, caricatures in layman's terms (the guys at theme parks that draw your face all funny)

At the L.A zoo, caricatures actually brought him great job opportunities. LA being the entertainment mecca that it is, is filled with people who work in that field.
Often visitors to the zoo would offer creative work to the artists.
There he was given a chance to work as an freelance illustrator for the Wayans Brothers, and later working in house full time for their merchandising company landing Leftyjoe's first in-house/full time art job.
With that company, Leftyjoe learned a great deal. His projects soon became more than just illustration for a series of books. He was given graphic design work, product packaging and label design. Also product design and toy design, storyboard re-visioning, and even some animation.

Later Leftyjoe went on to work as a character designer for a very popular humor entertainment website.
In it's hayday, was one of the founding fathers of the internet entertainment revolution boasting the creation of the "Sabotage"
You know, that thing you got in your email that made you turn the volume way up in your computer, only to scare the living crap out of you!!!
At Leftyjoe worked on various graphic design projects, even animated in flash quite a bit. But, later as the lead character designer, Leftyjoe really polished his chops.

While at his job, a friend (renowned illustrator Chuck BB) gave him the task to create a painting for an art show. Leftyjoe caught the fever, the painting fever.
Days later, (renowned toy designer/street artist/and all around awesome dude... Jack Rossi) invited Leftyjoe to [articipate in a gallery show. Well, from there on back in 2007, Leftyjoe didn't stop painting.

Getting laid off from his dream job as a character designer in 2008 he continued to paint. changing his career path to a full time painter. Going on to do show after show even curating some of his own.
He returned to caricatures at a theme park. Universal studios in Hollywood. But, was soon fired, lol.

Soon after his stint at Universal, Leftyjoe continued to paint and do shows. All the while, making a decent living with his hobby turned self-proprietorship; CARICATURES AT PARTIES!!! Having Leftyjoe entertaining at a party with live cartoon drawings of your guests!!!

As an independent and self employed artist, Leftyjoe has found much happiness and many good friendships he would not have made had he continued to sit at a computer from nine to five for an art studio.

Through his art shows, he has met with great opportunities. One such instance, his meeting of Matt Geiger, owner and founder of the hot L.A based apparel and merchandising company "NATURES MISTAKE"

Now Leftyjoe has partnered up with Matt G and Natures Mistake to further establish the brand's bad-ass status, ( with the help of many many wonderful people they've met along the way!!!)
Leftyjoe designs most of the brands tees. While still painting for art shows, and continuing to strive for the next art job, hopefully as a concept artist for a video game company!

Keep an eye on this prolific young artist! Hopefully his art will touch your heart and captivate your imagination and hopefully leave some sort of impression on you.
That, my friends, is ultimately the legacy each artist hopes to leave this world.

A short biography about Leftyjoe:

written by:

Leftyjoe's manager/agent

Rosanne Erickson.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Leftyjoe art.

If you're looking for some quirky pop art, (pop culture, animation inspired art, 80's cartoons inspired art, or just some cool stuff to put on you walls) please check out my links.

you can buy some prints of my art here:

and here:

and soon you can buy stuff here.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A tribute to the Great Frazetta.

This is my submission to a really cool thread on

A tribute to Frazetta's awesome fantasy art, mostly focusing on his big cats.

I personally have always loved Frazetta's art. It touches me in a primal and erotic place in my twisted imagination. I love the depictions of the brave hero and heroins and the eminent danger posed by some outlandish monster or villain!!! Wow, I can only dream of being in some sort of situation involving me, a lion cloth, a half naked hot chick, a spear, and a monster to slay.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A cd cover for a mix tape that I'm illustrating fo a friend.

Street fighter inspired cd cover illustration.

an illo of my new kitty "Neytiri"

I was inspired by my cute lil kitty that mh gf Vanessa gave me for my bday. "Neytiri" is the kitty's name, since Vanessa (my gf) and I love the movie "Avatar". Well, the kitty is soooooo cute, that I wanted to immortalize her cuteness, she's growing way too fast.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Some illustrations i busted out throughout all day yesterday!!!

Man, yesterday was the most awesome art day!!! I busted out these illustrations over the course of thwelve or more hours. :) I had to switch from my laptop to my desktop because the laptop got really hot? oh noes!!! Man, I loved working on this stuff!!!

I colored some old drawings, the cute lil african girl, the hottie pin up girl, the urban realistic looking batman concept, started on a ghost rider concept, and did a wolf logo for a friend. :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Some quick lil warm up sketches.

Thundercats, hoooooooo!!!

A gift for a very funny guy and a huge fan of the thundercats.

So, my buddy will be interviewing the recipient of this awesome poster. I'll post more details soon. :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mater sketch.

Sometimes, it's good to try and copy the master's art to walk in his footsteps and try and decipher his techniques and figure out his process. Well, sometimes I take a break in between projects to study. Here's a master study of a digital portrait sketch and light study.

A gift from a big fan!!!

A friend of mine will be interviewing Ryan Reynolds soon, and he wanted me to sketch this up for Ryan as a gift to remember his interview. lol. Well, I'm a huge fan of Ryan Reynolds!!! Van wilder!!! Woooo!!!

So it turns out that Ryan loves the thundercats!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Art quikeez!!!!

The elephant illo was totally just for fun as most of my art is these days!!! Just for the hell of it!!! woooooo!!!

The pink hair girl is a lil thing I whipped up to plan out a painting I put up at the five star bar for today's art walk.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Vanessa Bear.

Once again, Dia de los muertos is coming. and once again, the Pueblo Historical monument in Olvera street has invited me to participate in the Sacred memories show comemorating the Day of the Dead. I did this piece in january, specifically for this show in hopes to participate again this year.

During some down time at the art event on sunday, I had time do do this lil illo of my girlfriend Vanessa. I usually call her bossy bear, 'cause she is kinda bossy, but, I also think she looks like one of the bears from
disney's Country bear jamboree. So I did this lil illo.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Leftyjoe, emerging LA artist and designer for Natures Mistake

Leftyjoe will be here today, with the Natures mistake merch!!! :) come check it out.

Today at 2:00pm - Tomorrow at 2:00am

LocationDowntown Los Angeles | LOCATION: THESEX (thee-six)
816 S. Santa Fe
Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, September 02, 2010

New art!!! Finally!!!

So, here are some illos i did yesterday! Wooooo!!! Art attack!!!
Draw draw draw draw draw....

I just really felt like drawing some k-9s and a chicken. :)

Wolf, german sheppard, and a chicken.