Commissions from Space City Comic Con and sketches!

   Hello ladies and gentleman! Hope you're doing well, I know I am. As y'all know, I attended Space City Comic Con this past weekend, besides all the drama that went on, I had a pretty good weekend. I got to meet a lot of new people, see some old faces and got to hang out with exhibitors after the con on Saturday. Overall I'm really happy with how things turned out, despite the weather being horrendous on Friday and the Sons of Anarchy drama. 

   I wanted to show you guys some of the commissions I worked on. First we have a Hulk vs. Thing commission done on separate pieces of paper, so they could be framed and look as if they're facing off. I posted the pics down below, and you'll also see a Daredevil watercolor sketch. Although this wasn't a commission but instead drawn before the con, the gentleman who commissioned the Hulk vs. Thing decided to buy this piece as well and frame it. He really liked the colors on the Daredevil, and I have to say that was also one of my favorite parts of this piece as well. The gentleman sent me pics of the pieces framed, and I'm so happy he did, as I never really see my art framed.


Here's a clear picture of the Daredevil.

Daredevil Watercolor Sketch


This was a commission of Hobgoblin. I have never drawn Hobgoblin, I never knew how fun it was to draw this character. I had a lot of fun coloring it as well, I may have overdid it with the green, but overall I'm really happy with how it came out.

Hobgoblin Watercolor Commission Sketch done on a Blank Cover


 These next two pieces are commissions for the awesome and super nice Matt Frank. If y'all don't know him, check out his art and the books he works on! He has done a ton of work for IDW for the Godzilla franchise. 
  He asked for a Jubilee sketch, one that resembled the actress from the new X-Men movie. He wanted it water-colored, and he also wanted me to color a Saria sketch I worked on during Alamo City Comic Con, last year. If you don't know, Saria is a character from The Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time. Both of these pieces were a blast to work on.


  This next commission is a new one for me too, it's Adam Warlock. I don't know much about him, but I like how the sketch came out. I think it's the first time I watercolor over pencil and don't do any inking.

Adam Warlock Commission Sketch with a little watercolor

Now this Colossus watercolor sketch isn't a commission, but I still liked how it came out, and wanted to show y'all. I had a lot of fun rendering that metallic surface! 

Colossus Watercolor Sketch

 That's all for now, I would love to know what y'all think, please leave a comment down below! Who would you like to see me draw?

Some Kingdom Hearts Fan Art for y'all!

Hey guys, just wanted to show you a piece I colored not too long ago. I've had the line art for this piece ready to color since last year, didn't get around to coloring it until recently. What do you guys think? I had a lot of fun with the color palette, especially with the HP orbs. It's kind of weird that coloring those orbs was one of the things I was really excited about doing when I was still doing the line art.  I guess It's because I had it pictured in my head already, how I wanted to add that bit of glow to them. I really enjoyed playing Kingdom Hearts when I was younger, and I really wanted to put as much of the feeling I had when playing the game in this piece.

Kingdom Hearts Fan Art

Joker's Band

Wanted to update you guys with another piece. This is an illustration I did for fun and for the DC Talent development workshop contest. It took quite a while to complete this piece, but I'm happy with how it turned out. I had some fun drawing the penguin and Mr.Freeze, and all the other Batman baddies. The best thing about Batman for me, is all his villains. I really believe the Batman series has the best villains compared to other comics/shows. They can be fun, creepy, ugly, sexy(at least the females.. we don't need a sexy Penguin). There's just so much variety, and the designs are so much fun. The idea behind this piece was that Joker is the leader of all these baddies, like a band leader, marching along and they follow. Hope you guys like it, I uploaded the colored version and the black and white below.

Joker and the Band

Joker and the Band black and white

Batman Sequentials!

Hey, how's it going everyone? I wanted to show you  guys what I've been working on, in my free time. DC comics was doing a Talent Development workshop, and I entered it. I decided to do four pages of sequentials and one pin up. I'll post the pin up on a seperate post, but here are the sequentials. The script I was working off of was pretty challenging but super fun. The script they chose was perfect to show character acting, backgrounds, buildings and cars, and action. Even after a few days after finishing it and submitting it, I can see things that I could've done different, but I feel I was able to tell the story effectively and the art seems solid. I'm sure in a few months I'll be beating myself up for a lot of the decisions I made on the sequentials, but that's how it goes, we make mistakes and learn from them. I hope you guys like them, please leave a comment and tell me what you think. What could I have done better? What should I keep doing? In the end I want to create content that keeps people engaged in the story, so I want to keep on improving as fast as I can. I'll let ya'll know if I hear anything from DC! Wish me luck!

Commissions and art update

   Hello everyone, just wanted to give y'all an art update. I've been doing a few commissions here and there and wanted to show y'all. The first one is a Magneto/ Brotherhood of Evil Mutants Jam piece. My buddy Bob commissioned this one, he's getting other artist to fill in the blank spaces with others members from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The second Commission is a Jessica Jones and Kilgrave commission, which my buddy Mostafa Moussa will be inking soon. After that one I have a Scarlet Spiderman and a black suited spiderman swinging through Houston Texas which will be inked by Mostafa Moussa as well. The last piece of art is a sketch I did while I was on vacation at Disney. I'll be posting more soon, so keep a look out! I'll be doing periscope sessions throughout the week, join me while I creat some art. You can find me by searching Josesartcave. As always, thank you guys for visiting my page and looking at my art.

Brotherhood of Evil Mutants Jam Piece

Brotherhood of Evil Mutants Jam Piece Inks

Jessica Jones and Kilgrave Commission

Scarlet Spiderman and black suiterd spiderman commission

wolverine doodle

Ophidian 2360! and some more art!!

Hey guys, I wanted to let y'all know that some of my art will be a part of a card game called Ophidian 2360. They're having a Kickstarter as we speak! You can learn more about the game and back the kickstart if you like right HERE. Click that link and check it out, it looks like its going to be a lot of fun and many great artists are contributing to the art. One of my buddies, James Linares is part of it as well, so keep a look out for his art on there too. Below you can see my first contribution, the card is called "Slobbering Bite", hope y'all dig it. 

"Slobbering Bite" Card

Here's a video of some of the art that's going to be in the game.

I am also doing more periscope videos again, you can follow me by searching Josesartcave. Yesterday I did a quick Deadpool sketch and colored it as well while on periscope. If you want to see my process, by watching the periscopes you can see in real time the steps I go through to get to the final outcome. You can also ask questions or just go in to chat it up. Tonightat 7pm Central, I will be coloring  a Batman Piece and the next day, I'll be doing a Red Hood. I'll post below the Deadpool and the line art for the batman and Red Hood Piece.

Deadpool Digital Painting

Batman Line Art

Red Hood Line Art

Sketches and commissions

Hello everybody! Just wanted to update y'all with some art. Here's are some sketches and commissions I worked on recently.

This Dark Knight sketch I did for fun. After getting back from my vacation from Disney World, I was rusty from not drawing so I drew this.

This is a commission I just finished, it's going to be a Jam Piece with other artist. The commissioner wanted the Heath Ledger style joker in the middle and the other artist will be drawing different style of joker in between the playing card framing. 

A buddy of mine, Bob, asked me to start another one of his jam pieces. This time, a spiderman and villain jam piece. He asked me to draw a battle torn spidey in the middle and have the framing be webs, for the other artists to draw in. I had a lot of fun with this one. I used copic markers and watercolor on this one.

I wanted to get some sketching done in between my other work, so I sketched out one of my favorites, Wolverine. I also did this on Periscope, which you can follow by looking for Josesartcave.

Another fun sketch I did, I drew on a new app that I tried call You Now. 

Hope Ya'll liked this update, I'll have more for you guys soon!

-José Fernandez

Rumble Volume 2!!!

Hey guys, I wanted to do something different for this update on the site. I wanted to talk about a comic book which has been a huge inspiration and is one the best comics out there. The book which I'm talking about is Rumble, published by image comics. It is by co-creators John Arcudi and James Harren, which James does the interiors(pencils and inks). The reason why I'm bringing this comic up is because I want to share some of the things which inspire me and keep me drawing and creating. I'll try to do this every other week. 

  If you haven't read Rumble, here's a small description that I got from issue 1 on Comixology, so you know what to expect.

    "Okay, so a scarecrow walks into a bar...and proceeds to wreak havoc across two worlds! After a long absence, Rathraq, Scarecrow Warrior God, is back-and very unhappy. Bad news for his old enemies, yes, but worse news for everybody else! JOHN ARCUDI and JAMES HARREN bring you a modern day action/adventure fantasy thriller where rundown dive bars, undead kitty cats, psycho skinheads, and giant mummies all play a part. It's Louis C.K. meets Robert E. Howard in a David Fincher universe."

This series is freaking amazing! It has spectacular fighting scenes and intense moments which are masterfully done by James Harren, and enhanced even further by Dave Stewart's  ridonkulously sweet colors. The dialog... sweet Jesus the DIALOG!!! I love how much life John Arcudi breathes into these characters. I feel like I'm literally next to the characters hearing them have a conversation, he makes it seem so natural. What helps this illusion really work is the magic Chris Eliopoulos casts unto his letters! The way he letters this book, helps the story and emotions flow super smooth. They say a great letterer does not bring any attention to the letters, so the reader can really engulf all their attention on the story. Of course since I have studied Rumble to help my craft, that's why I'm able to notice it. This team, is one of the greatest teams to ever work together in comics and I'm glad I'm able to witness it. If you have not read it yet, GOOD NEWS! Volume one is available on Comixology and at the moment they have it for 8 bucks! which is a steal. Issue 1 is actually free too! Even, I'm telling you now... just get the first Volume, you're going to do it anyways.

Rumble Volume 1 - available on comixology

Rumble Volume 1 - available on comixology

Another bit of great news... Volume 2 will be available on February 24th!! I'm kind of jealous of the new people who will be experiencing this series for the first time. Below is a pic of the book, which John Arcudi posted on social media. 

It will include these babies down below :)

Here are some sweet images I screen grabbed, to show you just how gorgeous this book looks. I didn't want to spoil anything so I cropped it pretty tightly.

I hope y'all will give it a shot, please let me know what you think down in the comments! Even though I already know y'all will love it. I hope it inspires you artists and writers out there how it has inspired me. Congratulations Team Rumble, you win Best Series of all Time. Keep up the amazing work.

-José Fernandez

Christmas Sale!

  Hey guys, I am having a Christmas sale right now. I discounted many of my pre drawn sketch covers and have also discounted the prints. Not only did I drop the price but you can get an additional 10% off to any pre drawn sketch cover and set of prints with the promo code XMASBIGSALE . I have also dropped the price temporarily on the sketch cover commissions, so you can check that out as well by clicking HERE

 Here are a few examples of sketch covers that are for sale

Rocket and Groot Watercolored

Old Logan Watercolored

Ghost Rider

Commission List is Open!

    Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know I'm available for commissions! My commissions start at $30 and shipping is free for U.S. buyers.
    I can do commissions on Sketch Covers, Bristol paper, and even digital! I can color the commissions as well with watercolors, Copic markers or digitally, your choice! You can email me at josesartcave@gmail.com for more specific pricing.

    You can check out some examples of commissions below!

    Also I'm having a huge sale on my pre drawn sketch covers and prints! Not only are they on sale, but you can also get an additional 10% off with the promo code XMASBIGSALE and as always, there's free shipping in the U.S. 

Batman v. Superman Commisssion

This is a full spread commission done on a Dark Knight 3 sketch cover, colored with Copics and a splash of watercolor for the blood. Took a total of about 6 hours start to finish.

Batman Beyond Commission

This is a commission done on Bristol paper and colored up with Copics and a splash of watercolor to punch up those reds on Batman.

Warhead - Commission

This was a really fun commission Mostafa Moussa and I worked on where I recreated the commissioner's original character. I did the pencils and colors/graphic design and Mostafa did the glorious inks. 

Batman Watercolored

Spiderman Watercolored

Batman and Superman Watercolored

It's been quiet...too quiet!

This post was written by Michelle Fernandez

Hi guys! Both Jose and I are sorry that we have been absent for so long! After doing two back to back three day shows, we are definitely exhausted! Both Amazing Houston and Alamo City Comic Con were incredible shows, and we had a lot of fun meeting new people, and catching up with some old friends, BUT it is not over yet! Thanks to the generosity of talented inker, Mostafa Moussa, we will be sharing a table with him at Houston Fan Fair this weekend (table #128.)  

Next weekend we will be at the South Texas Collector's Show in Laredo, TX. Then, in October we will be at College Station (Bryan, TX) for the STX Show.  AND soon we will be announcing yet another show, which will be our first one OUT OF STATE! Can you guess which one? 

Thank you guys for your support, and be sure to come by this weekend at Houston Fan Fair or any of our other upcoming shows!

See you guys soon! 

P.S. Here is a cute porcupine getting really excited about pumpkins!


Periscope Session Tonight! 8:00 CT

Tonight at 8:00 pm. Central Time I will be showing the process from scratch to one of my sketches. Ever since I got the Cintiqe I have been trying a new thing where I do the rough pencils in non-photo blue, then print the drawing and finish the sketch with pencils. 

My username is josesartcave

Hope to see you guys there!

-Jose

The Threat: Kickstarter Now Live!

This post was written by Michelle Fernandez.

For those of you who have followed Jose's journey these past few months know that along with Stratum Comics, Mark Schmidt and Vince Chuter,(the creators, writers and publishers), and William Anderson (colorist) his first comic book, THE THREAT, has been published! Now, there are certain costs that come with publishing a comic book, and the launch of this Kickstarter is to help cover some of those costs. You also get a bunch of awesome rewards! You can contribute anything from $1 to $200, and some of the rewards include original artwork from our very own Jose. 

THE THREAT is a book that has been made with a lot of love, and care from all involved, and the story is original, yet familiar, and the amount of detail that not only the creators, but Jose and William have put into each of these pages really help it stand out from other books. 

If you want to know more about the Kickstarter, please follow this link.

If you would like to know more about Stratum Comics and THE THREAT, follow this link.

If you would like a cute video of a cat copying his mom, follow this link :)

Thank you to all of you that take a minute and check out the Kickstarter, it means a lot to both Jose and I, and of course helps him keep working on his amazing art! 

P.S. For those who have never met me, (NICE TO MEET YOU!!!) I am Jose's wife, and I will be posting on here every now and then :)

Space City Comic Con Commissions and more!

Hello everyone! As ya'll know, my lovely wife and I got to set up at Space City Comic Con this past weekend and we had a lot of fun! I met a lot of cool people and got to see familiar faces as well. My buddy Mostafa was setup next to me along with his good friend Pablo, an amazing and now a friend. We worked on commissions together,which turned out great, and looking forward to collaborating on more pieces. I also got to do some great commissions which were a blast to do, I'll post some pictures below of the ones I remembered to take a picture of. I got to do some periscope sessions while I was there and I'm looking forward to doing more sessions like that at future cons. That's it for now, but keep an eye out for more periscope sessions, I'm doing my best to do one every day. If you want to follow me on periscope, my username is Josesartcave.

This commission was done for a blogger at destructoid by the name of Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon. He's a huge Megaman fan and asked for a Megaman X watercolor piece. I also wanted to say thanks to HLBC for mentioning me in THIS blog entry, ya'll should definitely check it out. It was great meeting you HLBC and your cuz, hope to see you at future cons.

Megaman X

This was a commission of The Tick! It was my first time drawing him and it was super fun.

The Tick

This commission was a really cool one I've never tried before.  The commissioner asked for a Clark Kent opening his shirt, transforming to Superman but in a Disney style. It was a challenge but I like how it turned out.

Clark Kent Disney Style

Here's a Carnage commission :)

Carnage

These two following commissions were really fun because I loved these cartoons when I was younger. 

Vash the Stampede

Spike

This commission was a bit different from what I normally do, the pencils were done by Pablo Villalobos, the inks were done by Mostafa Moussa and I watercolored it! It turned out really cool!

Nick Fury

This here, is one of the highlights of the show! We met a cosplayer cosplaying as KK Slider and we showed him the KK Slider sketch I did a few days ago. He loved it so much he purchased it :) he was so awesome, he really loves Animal Crossing.

KK Slider with KK Slider sketch

1st day at the Con

Last day at the Con, thank you Space City!

Space City Comic Con tomorrow!

Hello guys, guess what? it's convention time again! I'll be setting up tomorrow at Space City Comic Con in Houston, Texas, at the NRG Center. I'll be at Artist Alley, space AA-92. You can find me in the Space City Comic Con app as well under Jose's Art Cave. You can also find my buddy next to me, Mostafa Moussa, a really great inker. We collaborated on 3 new prints together along with amazing colorists Steven Oaks, William Anderson and lastly me. You can check some of them out below. I'll be doing another watercolor periscope session tonight at 9pm, my username is Josesartcave. Well, imma get back to work, bye!

-José

Megaman

Legend of Zelda Majoras Mask

Metal Gear Solid