Tuesday, December 29, 2009


I signed up to volunteer for GDC yesterday, and decided to start a new blog as a catalyst for new concept art of a complex and fertile world. I originally started the above picture as a design for a vinyl toy painting, but after signing up as a conference associate, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to kick this thing off. Essentially, I'm beefing up my portfolio for the conference, and I'm going to create a narrative to share with everyone on the blog. The blog itself won't be ready until after March, and I may post some stuff on illustration updates early, but mostly you'll just have to wait.
The story, for those of you that are interested, is going to revolve around two planets in a distant solar system that were on a collision course. The inhabitants worked together to create a permanent solution to the dilemma, by attempting to connect their worlds. When the demands of this task can't be met a third race from a neighboring planet steps in to help, and successfully brings the two worlds into an age of harmony.
This good deed comes with a price. between the two worlds a stronghold is to be constructed. The inhabitants don't know what for, but after nearly a millennium of hard work the structure is completed and a new task is needed. The collection of interdimensional wildlife. The story will follow the trials and tribulations of one young cadet as he tries to wrap his mind around the complexities of the task that has been bestowed upon him, and you'll get to journey with him through illustration, and concept art.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


So I've been working on Concept Art to build my portfolio for a while now, and I've been applying to a lot of jobs. For anyone that's had to do so, you know it can be disparaging at times. So to cheer myself up I decided to do my first personal piece in a long time, and it made me realize, how much I've learned in photoshop, and it's tools.
A while back there was a Darkstalkers art book that came out, and it seems like everyone on Deviantart.com was posting a lot of art for it. For some reason I noticed one character more than the others, Morrigan. This fact and my love of pinup art inspired me to do my own fan art.
This also inspires me to do more pinup art in the future. I'm going to post this piece on Deviant Art and I've decided if it gets a daily deviation that I would do another nerdy genre pinup girl. There are so many to choose from. Feel free to let me know any of the ones you'd like to see, and I'll consider them for future pieces. Enjoy!

Monday, November 30, 2009


Hi all! I recently I heard back from one of the purchasers of two of my favorite original works. They wanted to let me know how much they appreciate the art and sent me a picture of the works in their ceramic frames at their new home, and I can't be more pleased with this. They look happy in their new home. I also got to talk to the people that purchased them, and I'm reassured that these two artworks are in good hands.
Speaking of selling artwork, you can also expect to find me at the CCA Winter Fair this upcoming weekend. So, if you like my work I will have both originals and prints available for purchase. This will include but won't be limited to my zombie couple and first kiss prints. I hope every one can make it to that as well. I have some new works for it that are not yet posted on the internet. So come out and stop by. Even if it's just to say hi.
Also I was back at sketch Tuesday last week. You can expect pictures from that some time this week, and some of the art from it will be up for sale at the holiday fair too. So, expect another blog entry soon :D

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I decided to punch out a practice drawing in photoshop. It's always refreshing to look learn and draw. Sometimes doing your own thing can get stale without these basics. If you're in a rut, get out and draw, or you can just paint from a photo like I did. However, when I'm on BART or waiting somewhere with nothing better to do you can bet I have my sketchpad out.

For this picture I was mostly working on lighting, and drawing a tilted head in photoshop.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Once a month Dr. Sketchy's holds a figure drawing session at 111 Minna in San Francisco. I attended one for the first time recently and the sketches you see above are the results. I'm satisfied with what I ended up with. The model was awesome, the other artists were friendly, and the music selection, for the evening, was right up my alley. All in all I had a great night. I just wish it was longer than three hours. When you're drawing, that feels like the equivalent of three minutes. I believe they have a different model every month, so unfortunately Flame Cynders won't be returning this month, but I look forward to seeing their next choice. I have no doubt it will be a good selection. Hope to see some of you there this month.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Smort posted the game I worked on with them just in time for Halloween. The name of the game pretty much sums up what it's about. Here are the videos I'm aware of and here's the link if you'd like to purchase this iphone application http://www.smort.com/ It's only a buck so go out and buy it now. Unless of course you don't own an iphone, in which case it'll be a couple hundred dollars plus the dollar for the game. I'll understand you're not buying it if this is the case LOL. Anyway, the people at Smort are awesome, and you should support them. I can only hope that I get to work with them again in the future.
I also realized today that I've not been signing my full name on the original artwork I've been selling. Something I'll have to rectify from here on out. My signature will remain to be j*c*t, however since I'm in the process of getting my name out there I'll have to also sign James C Trujillo on the back of each original painting, just in case people want to find me on the internet. I wouldn't even mention it, but by the act of my typing it here it'll now be tagged and show up in a google search engine, hah.

Happy Halloween, and happy zombie hunting from Illustration Updates!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sketch Tuesday at 111 Minna

Sold some paintings at 111 Minna, and tried my hand at drawing in front of a crowd. It's going to take some getting use to, but I met some really nice people and had a damn good time regardless. I'll certainly return there next month for another round. If you're an artist or just enjoy being around art/artists, or maybe even want to get some fine art you can afford then I highly recommend going to this event. Also tap me on the shoulder and show some love. I always enjoy a familiar face, or even seeing new faces. Don't worry I'm not as aloof as I seem to be. I'm still working toward getting a spot at the big kids table, complete with more space, better lighting, rubbing elbows with popular Bay Area artist and a nice big name plate so that everybody knows who I am. It's amazing how easily people will find you without that though. After that I went to Postmortem for some drinks and schmoozing for potential industry jobs.
So next month I'm debating doing some pinup ladies. Which will mean larger paper. I'll also still be selling some of the smaller paintings though. I may or may not stay longer( I tend to only stay half the night so I can make it over to postmortem) Hope to see some of you there next month. Especially if you're painting.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Once upon a time I painted a vinyl toy. It was partially for a friends birthday, and partially for the experience of painting on a three dimensional object. It now sits on a shelf somewhere carefully placed in it's original box and I know it's cared for and appreciated. I never posted anything about it because, I didn't have a blog yet, and I forgot to post anything about it when I started up my new blog. I probably have many things like this that nobody but I has had the pleasure of enjoying. I grew up with the mentality of art as an escape, and created worlds around myself to bring solitude to a chaotic surrounding. I guess I still bring that to the table these days. I promise to share more of it in the future.
I almost designed a custom toy for an art show in October, but decided against it. However it reminded me of these photos and I thought it would be perfect to blog about. This particular Custom Vinyl Toy, was done in a Star Wars theme since my friend is a huge fan of of the world those characters exist in. I created a cartoony looking creature to please myself while painting, and placed him in x-wing gear. I had the foresight to take photos of his progression. It's the only time I've intentionally done so for any of my artwork.

Monday, August 31, 2009


Come on out friends. I'm going to be at Art Murmur in Oakland. More importantly my artwork will be up at the Skate Deck show. I'll probably be walking around to all the different galleries, but I'll be at Termnal22 probably around the beginning for a little longer than the others. Then all the other galleries, and possibly a bar after that. I hope to see you there, because it's always nice to see a familiar face.
In other news, I'm finishing up a couple things for my concept art portfolio. I'm hoping to get a job in that field soon. I thought I should mention it since it's been eating up a majority of my artwork time. I'll take my other projects off the back-burner later, but this is important. I'm also debating starting a bay area club for artists, the meetings of which would take place in San Francisco. Would any of you be interested? I might go more in depth on that later. Hope everyone has a good week, but hey, if you have a bad week you can always go to art murmur to finish it off right :-)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I know I've not updated this in a while. Shame on me. However, it was for a good reason. I was busy working on my first major freelance project. An iphone application made by Smort I had a lot of fun working on it and they announced it at Comic-con. A fine game that combines alien women in bikinis, beach music, zombies, and shooting stuff. After finishing that I admittedly relaxed for a little bit, and then went back to work. This time on a skate deck design. You can see the original digital design and finished skate deck above. This will eventually make it to the terminal 22 gallery in Oakland once they get to their new location on Art Murmur row. I'm surprised the actual skate deck came out as well as it did. Never thought I'd be saying that about going from digital to traditional, but there it is. I haven't worked with straight acrylics since I was in a figure drawing/painting class in college four years ago, and I haven't ever painted a fully acrylic piece of artwork that hasn't been a study of something. I'd also like to mention that Terminal 22 has set up a small store of the work I've shown in their gallery. You can view that here. The deck will eventually be up for sale too, though I have yet to decide on a price for it. Have a good week everyone and enjoy.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


There will always be a battle between traditional and digital in the hearts of the majority of hardworking artists. Fact is they're both good for their different reasons. I haven't made this switch over for any reason beyond the fact that it is the industry standard for the business I'm trying to get into, and that I love to push my art in any way I possibly can. That being said, I still have a long ways to go. I'm finding a lot of helpful things that traditional mediums just can't beat, and some areas where traditional mediums must enhance the art for lack of a digital equivalent. For many reasons, I think it's best for me to stick to digital. There are too many benefits for me to look back now. I still work in my sketchpad when I can, and I will make sure to post some of those up here in the future, but this is the new direction of my art. Enjoy!