Finally spent a day doing nothing but read, listen to music, and draw.Retreat. Drawn with SketchBook Pro on my iPad.
I’m still trying to figure this app out. It was fun trying though.
copyright 2014. Josué Menjivar

Finally spent a day doing nothing but read, listen to music, and draw.
Retreat. Drawn with SketchBook Pro on my iPad.

I’m still trying to figure this app out. It was fun trying though.

copyright 2014. Josué Menjivar

kyletwebster:

Reblog and tell your art friends! My most realistic watercolor brush ever will be released tomorrow as a ‘pay what you want’ brush on my official Gumroad brush page. I have spent over a month developing and perfecting this brush - you have to try it to believe it. Though the brush is technically free, I humbly ask you to please pay what you can for it to show some support for the hours that went into making this tool - even $1 helps! I’m really proud of it and I know you will love painting with it! I will make another post when the brush is on the sales page. 

Please Support Kyle’s work. These are the best brushes available.

kyletwebster:

Reblog and tell your art friends! My most realistic watercolor brush ever will be released tomorrow as a ‘pay what you want’ brush on my official Gumroad brush page. I have spent over a month developing and perfecting this brush - you have to try it to believe it. Though the brush is technically free, I humbly ask you to please pay what you can for it to show some support for the hours that went into making this tool - even $1 helps! I’m really proud of it and I know you will love painting with it! I will make another post when the brush is on the sales page. 

Please Support Kyle’s work. These are the best brushes available.

She woke up at an odd hour and questioned her decision. Maybe this is supposed to happen.The Right Decision. Drawn on my sketchbook with a Pentel brush pen. Coloured with Photoshop, processed with Mr. Retro filters and CameraBag2 

She woke up at an odd hour and questioned her decision. Maybe this is supposed to happen.

The Right Decision. Drawn on my sketchbook with a Pentel brush pen. Coloured with Photoshop, processed with Mr. Retro filters and CameraBag2 

Say GoodbyeIllustration originally drawn using the iPad app, Paper then finished in Adobe Photoshop.

Say Goodbye
Illustration originally drawn using the iPad app, Paper then finished in Adobe Photoshop.

Bubble Gum. Drawn with an HB pencil, a Kaweco Sport fountain pen, and coloured with Photoshop CS6.

Bubble Gum. Drawn with an HB pencil, a Kaweco Sport fountain pen, and coloured with Photoshop CS6.

I drew this while thinking of my past. It was a drawing that came from somewhere deep. It’s a good sketch because this drawing is reminding me that every single day is a fresh start. One thing I love saying is “Today is another day to get it right”. Why not see this new month as a reminder of that. I wish you all a fresh start.
A Fresh Start. Drawn with a ballpoint pen and coloured with Photoshop CS6.

I drew this while thinking of my past. It was a drawing that came from somewhere deep. It’s a good sketch because this drawing is reminding me that every single day is a fresh start. One thing I love saying is “Today is another day to get it right”. Why not see this new month as a reminder of that. I wish you all a fresh start.

A Fresh Start. Drawn with a ballpoint pen and coloured with Photoshop CS6.

I had a lot of fun drawing this. It’s the CD cover for a compilation made for my godson’s birthday.
The Little Country Singer. Drawn with a Kaweco Sport fountain pen and coloured in Photoshop CS6.

I had a lot of fun drawing this. It’s the CD cover for a compilation made for my godson’s birthday.

The Little Country Singer. Drawn with a Kaweco Sport fountain pen and coloured in Photoshop CS6.

I feel as if I came out of a time warp and I’m ready to start fresh. 
May 2014 be YOUR YEAR!Drawn on my sketchbook with a Pentel brush pen. Coloured with Photoshop.

I feel as if I came out of a time warp and I’m ready to start fresh.

May 2014 be YOUR YEAR!

Drawn on my sketchbook with a Pentel brush pen. Coloured with Photoshop.

thighhighs:

You’ve probably never heard of Jackie Ormes and that’s a goddamn tragedy. But it’s not surprising—there is no “Jackie Ormes Omnibus” available on Amazon.com, no “Collected Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger,” no “Essential Torchy Brown.” She won no awards, can be found in no hall of fame, and is usually treated as “an interesting find” by comic historians. She’s become a curio, a funny little facet of history, undiscovered, even, by today’s wave of geek-oriented feminism.

Jackie Ormes was the first African-American woman cartoonist. Yeah. That’s who we’re ignoring. Her work for the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender—both incredibly influential African-American newspapers—was utterly groundbreaking and remains unique, even in the context of modern comics. Her first work, Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem, featured the adventures of the titular Torchy, a stylish, intelligent young African-American woman who (feigning illiteracy) boards a whites-only train car to New York City and changes her life. Torchy’s story is a great, irreverent window into the migration of Southern-born African-Americans to the North, a movement that defined 20th-century America—but it is also the story of a girl on her own, living her own life and making her own choices. Torchy was an incredible aspirational figure, the likes of which barley exists in modern comics: an independent, optimistic, fashionable and adventurous black woman. Ormes would later revive Torchy’s story in Torchy in Heartbeats, a strip that introduced international adventure into the heroine’s life. In Heartbeats, Torchy traveled to South America, dated idealistic doctors, battled environmental exploitation and confronted racism at every turn. She was, frankly, awesome

And then there was Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger, her most successful and longest-running work. Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger was a single panel gag strip, like Family Circus—an illustration with a caption beneath it. Ginger was a beautiful, stylish young woman always accompanied by her little sister Patty-Jo, a clear-eyed, sardonic kid who spent most strips calling out the bullshit they endured on a daily basis as black women. Ormes’ talents shine through especially well in these little stories: her canny wit, the absolutely gorgeous clothes she drew her women in (seen also in her Torchy Togs paper dolls) and her skillful, succinct way of imparting to the reader just how goddamn stupid our society can be about gender and race. Patty-Jo is never shamed or taken down a peg for being an intelligent, outspoken little girl—in fact, she was made into a highly popular doll that wasn’t an obnoxious Topsy-style stereotype. She preceded Daria, Emily the Strange, Lian Harper, all those wry little girls we celebrate today—and yet, I see her on no t-shirts, can find her in no libraries. Patty-Jo is celebrated only in doll-collecting circles at this point, as the cute little symbol of a bygone age.

At Jackie Ormes’ height as a cartoonist, her work reached one million people per week. In the 1940s and 1950s, she reached one million people per week. She didn’t just surpass barriers—she leapt merrily over them. She introduced the general populace to a voice that had always existed, but was seldom heard—a voice that is still smothered today. She created African-American women who unapologetically enjoyed glamour, who pioneered their own futures, who refused to keep silent about the walls they found themselves scraping against every day. I haven’t even covered the half of it: Ormes was also an avid doll collector, served on the founding board of directors of the DuSable Museum of African-American history, and was targeted by the McCarthy-led witchhunts of the 1950s. Remember Jackie Ormes. Celebrate Jackie Ormes. Visit The Ormes Society and support the essential work they do. Keep her memory alive so that we may enjoy a million more Torchys and Patty-Jos in our comics—instead of the paltry handful we are offered today.

(First in a series on women in the comics industry.)

An amazing piece. I’ve heard of the artist Matt Baker but never Jackie Ormes. So glad I read this.

(Source: prynnette, via vintagegal)

I love collage. I’ve never been good at it, but other people’s work truly inspires me to try.This piece is inspired by the beautiful work of Robert Alan. I’m constantly in awe of all his collage work.I created my collage completely as a digital file, using scans, type, and textures. Whereas Mr. Alan, actually takes the time to look for material, scans it, processes it, and ends up with something beautiful.
SpiesDigital collage. The sketch was inspired by the old British TV series; The Avengers.Always had a crush on Mr. Steed’s assistant, Emma Peel.
Copyright. 2013  Josué Menjivar and Fresh Brewed Illustration.

I love collage. I’ve never been good at it, but other people’s work truly inspires me to try.This piece is inspired by the beautiful work of Robert Alan. I’m constantly in awe of all his collage work.
I created my collage completely as a digital file, using scans, type, and textures. Whereas Mr. Alan, actually takes the time to look for material, scans it, processes it, and ends up with something beautiful.

Spies
Digital collage. The sketch was inspired by the old British TV series; The Avengers.
Always had a crush on Mr. Steed’s assistant, Emma Peel.

Copyright. 2013  Josué Menjivar and Fresh Brewed Illustration.

I’m enjoying drawing again. This is from my sketchbook and I couldn’t wait to colour it.

Texas UFO
Drawn with an HB pencil, a Pentel brush pen. Using Handmade Textures and Letterpress Textures + Brush Pack fromThe Warehouse Design
 at The Creative Market. Colouring done using Kyle T Webster’s amazing Kyle’s ULTIMATE Photoshop Brush Combo. I also used my favourite Permanent Press filter from Mister Retro.

Copyright. 2013  Josué Menjivar and Fresh Brewed Illustration.

I’m fascinated with stories about leaving. Here’s a preview of a story with that theme. These are the first four of a seven page story. I’m in the process of inking it and I’m not sure what I’ll do with it once I’m finished.

Copyright. 2013  Josué Menjivar and Fresh Brewed Illustration.

National Donut Day 2013 on Flickr.
After writing lectures and grading, I needed a break. Drawing this image was just what I needed.
Bubble Gum. Drawn with an HB pencil, a Kaweco Sport fountain pen, and coloured with Photoshop CS6.
Copyright. 2013  Josué Menjivar and Fresh Brewed Illustration.

After writing lectures and grading, I needed a break. Drawing this image was just what I needed.

Bubble Gum. Drawn with an HB pencil, a Kaweco Sport fountain pen, and coloured with Photoshop CS6.

Copyright. 2013  Josué Menjivar and Fresh Brewed Illustration.

Here is a preview of something I have been working on for the past few months. It’s a new story titled: Clouds. The story is finished and I published a Spanish version first. I’ll have the English version of the book printed soon. It’s a seven page story. Scroll through to see the four images.

Let me know what you think.

 

Copyright. 2013  Josué Menjivar and Fresh Brewed Illustration.