Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A When You Were Little Christmas!

Hi folks!

Just wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Check out my WIWL themed holiday card for 2009!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Now Available: Sketchin' Outside The Box!

Now available and just in time for the holidays, Sketchin' Outside The Box: The Art Of Justin Castaneda Vol.1 sold online right here!!!!

So I announced this a while back and it's finally arrived! It's massive, 200 pages of artwork for you to take a look at. Everything from gestures to finished color pieces.

While I'm promoting this, I'll be working on When You Were Little, which looks like it'll be available in 2010. So as the year closes out, pick up my sketchbook and don't forget When I Was Little and When I Was Little Too is still available on Just click the thumnails on the side of the web page.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Why is the rum always gone...

I had some time to post this before my family and I dig in to Thanksgiving Dinner 2009!

I've always wanted to do Jack Sparrow fan art and I thought the idea of the rum always being gone in the Pirates sequels was good gag.

I tried to keep the lines very tight and clean and when it came time to color it, I thought it'd be best to go the opposite and make them a bit more loose and playful.

It was really fun to color and really explore around with textures and the various brushes Phoroshop CS4 has to offer. I think it gives the piece more life then say to straight up toon shade it. Anyways I think it works and I had a blast from pencils to final colors.

Well enjoy your and here's the deviantART post:

Why is the rum always gone... by ~happyfestivus on deviantART


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fun with half tones!

UPDATE 11/18/2009: I realize I don't really blog enough when it comes to posting art. Which is essentially all I really do. I remember I used to rant, rave, and review on this thing and I kind of just slowly forgot about it like a neglected pet (sorry Bird). So anyways I thought I'd give you some kind of story that relates to the art like I used to.

So this image was based off of the N*E*R*D song Everyone Nose. It's a real club song with heavy beats and repetitive hooks. I like the song so much that I wanted to do my own take of "all the girls standing in line for the bathroom". I've heard this song twice live and it's a sight to see. The first time I heard it was at the Kanye West Glow In The Dark Tour like two or three summers ago and we were pretty high up but we could still see how crazy the stage got when they started playing this song. The second time I heard this song performed live was at the House Of Blues. Smaller venue....more to see. I was with the bff, my brother and his wife, who at the time was 8 months preggo. I was nervous about that for reasons I don't know why but anyways that song started to play.

And before my eyes it was like an orgy on stage started coming together....granted it was all chicks and the band but the security let it happen. There were at least 20 girls on stage dancing, grinding, sexin, all to heavy beats and the sweet sounds of Pharrell. It was truly a spectacle to see. Granted it was just woman dancing like whores on stage...but it seriously played out like a concert music video...which the video for this song actually is.

Anyways I did this a couple days after and stored it away. I wanted to do something funky with it and noticed a lot of artists I admire play with half tones in Photoshop and it gives an added style and texture to their work. I thought I could do something with that since the drawing itself was pretty straight forward, no stylized inks or play on brush strokes. I like the way it turned out the choice of turquoise blue and black for the half tone shades were a random pairing that when I looked at it, thought it was perfect. Well that's all for now.

I'm starting to work on Book 3 in my kid's book series but I'll try and keep up with posting art on here as well.

Everyone Nose by ~happyfestivus on deviantART

click to enlarge!

All the girls standing in the line for the Bathroom!
All the girls standing in the line for the Bathroom!
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All the girls standing in the,
All the girls standing in the line for the Bathroom!

This sketch is Kick-Ass!

So I've been seeing a lot of promotion for the new Kick-Ass movie by Matthew Vaughn based on the series created by Mike Millar.

Kick-Ass tells the story of Dave Lizewski a high school student with aspirations to become a real life superhero.

Peep the trailer here!

I did this sketch of Kick-Ass at work and kept the pen real loose, laying down some quick lines. I brought it into Photoshop for an even quicker color job. Here you have it: short, sweet, rough, and KICK-ASS!

Monday, November 02, 2009

It must be Eagle Man!!!

Here is a piece I did of the Eagle Man commerical. I actually drew this a while ago and only had time to color it just now.

I used to see this commercial on TV all the time when I was a kid. It's really really terrible. So much so that it makes it awesome in a way. Well here's some "fan" art I recently posted on my deviantart. Enjoy!!!

I've got something for you... by ~happyfestivus on deviantART

Friday, October 30, 2009

Babysittin' Blues

So a WHILE back I posted some fan art of Adventures In Babysitting, one of my favorite movies growing up as a kid. I did three of the planned five and then I kind of forgot about them and did other things. So I had a lull in projects and freelance work so I thought I'd come back to it, here's number four, The Babysitter:

babysitter... by ~happyfestivus on deviantART

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween 2009!

Halloween is almost upon us. What are your plans for this weekend? My girlfriend and I are attending a pumpkin carving party on Saturday. It should be a blasty blast.

Also I thought it'd be cool to watch a horror movie every Friday in October. Last week, we watched Paranormal Activity. I'm thinking of ending the friday night frights (I just came up with that!) with something Ghostbusters or Shaun of The Dead.

Last weekend my cousins and I dined out for pizza and went to Toyota Park's Haunted was pretty cool, not really THAT scary but it was fun times getting ourselves psyched up for it. That clown wielding a chain-saw and chasing my cousin out of line was priceless.

Anyways, I don't remember the last time Halloween was on a weekend. I think its an underrated holiday. So go out there and have some fun!

PS- I hate candy corn by the way.

Friday, October 23, 2009

COMING SOON: Sketchin' Outside The Box

So I attended my first comic book convention as a participant in artist alley this year and I was all kinds of nervous the very first night. But then something interesting happened, this guy came up to my table and was super excited that I was FINALLY at a comic book show. He told me he was a fan of my art. First thought: Wait what? Then he went on to further explain that he followed my deviant art page and he really liked some of the stuff I put on there. He went to asking me if I had an art book because he really dug my line art more then he did my finished pieces. I thought I'd oblige him and show him some of my sketch books that I had stored away in my bag. I would've put them on the table but I didn't have any more room. So he flipped through them and went from asking me if I had an art book to telling me I SHOULD have an art book.

He was a cool guy and I'll never forget him. At my first comic book show, he made me feel like I belonged there, that I can roll with the big boys and most importantly...he made me truly believe in my talents and that my stuff was good.

Thanks, Jonathan.

A whoppin' 200+ pages of sketches, line art, fan art, character design, from the finished to the rough stuff. I hope you check it out!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall Fest Coloring Contest

So work asked me to put together a piece of artwork for a coloring contest to be featured in the next Rylee's Ace Hardware ad to help promote their Fall Fest this year. The ad went out on the 10th of October. I did it in three sections that I would put together later in Photoshop. Here's the final piece put together as well as progress photos:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Interview from the Mid-Ohio-Con brought to you by Comic Related.

I had a great time recording an audio interview for Comic Related @ The Mid-Ohio-Con. My interview starts at minute 13.

FYI I was so nervous I botched up my book's web address...but you all know what I meant!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A shout out to Freestyle Komics!


If you haven't checked these guys out, click here and take a look at the amazing work put out by Freestyle Komics! They were the ones that hosted the sketch battles and were nice enough to let me participate. Check out their comic,'s crazy awesome. Well they mentioned me in their Mid-Ohio-Wrap Up so I thought I'd give them a shout out like I did Mutant Cactus! Thanks guys for mentioning me and my little book project!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

A big shout out to Mutant Cactus...

...for mentioning me in their recent blog post about the Mid-Ohio-Con. Check out their custom buttons and their Tales of Awesome. These guys are great! And I'm proud to wear the mutant cactus button on my messenger bag. Thanks guys!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Mid Ohio Con 2009: The Swag

Here's some of the stuff I picked up by some of the best people in comics. Take a look!

Our Superman and Lois sketches, as well as the Giant Size Collection of Patrick The Wolf Boy by the insanely great Art Balthazar

The Dreamer by the very talented Lora Innes

Custom buttons by the good folks over @ Mutant Cactus

Once Upon A Time... by the awesome Eric Rampson

The Machinist by Ryan Claytor of Elephant Eater Comics

Selected prints and The Chase: A Twist of Fate by Jay Jacot of Comics Obscura.

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Mid Ohio Con 2009: Wrap Up

Well I'm back from my trip to the Mid Ohio Con. It was my first time there and only my second convention. Nic and I had such a great time and the convention was a success. I nearly sold out of my book stock, networked with a lot of great creative people, and did some really great commission work for people. I am definitely coming back next year and hope to attend S.P.A.C.E.D. as well. A lot of people I talked to, especially the good folks @ Comic Related told me that I'd fit right into the atmosphere of the S.P.A.C.E.D. convention, so I look forward to doing that too. Well here are some pics of the con! I plan on posting what I ended up walking away with as well as links to all the talented people's sites. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SketchBook (not yet a) Pro: Batman Test

So after finally putting my desk together and getting all my parts for my new computer, my studio is finally (re)done. I was very eager to try out this massive Wacom Tablet my brother got me and Sketchbook Pro 2010. I played around with it for about a good hour and a half. The controls and navigation is pretty intuitive but I'm so use to "tablet"-ting in Photoshop I find myself trying to use those hot keys.

In honor of the new Batman/Superman: Public Enemies movie, which I watched today and thought it was freakin' AWESOME, I picked a quick Batman bust to start things off. Here's my progress to final. I can't wait to play with it more and get the hang of it.