There are many things that can remind you of somewhere you hold near and dear to your heart. One such place is the sound of the coquí, a frog native to the island of Puerto Rico. I was watching a terrible movie, Replicas, which said that it was taking place on the island. Knowing the [...]

My Avengers: Endgame Experience

So today is the official release date of the latest Marvel Studios film, Avengers: Endgame. To say that it is a highly anticipated film would be an understatement. Today will be filled with reaction videos, reviews, speculation, praises and disappointments. I have my thoughts, but instead of diving into those I want to share my [...]

Amateur Dads: John Saddington

My brother and I were honored to speak with Appa of three on the latest episode of the Amateur Dads podcast. It was a brilliant discussion between three dads recorded on a Friday night. I hope you enjoy, and stay awesome. https://anchor.fm/amateurdads/episodes/The-Talk--The-Snip--and-Some-Serious-F-U-D--featuring-John-Saddington---Amateur-Dads---Ep--1-e3lebo Just three dads chattin' on a Friday night. Show Notes 00:00 Something is [...]

Hominy Grill

Mmmmmm...Shrimp and Grits I found out this week that the Hominy Grilling Charleston , SC will be closing its doors at the end of the month. That’s sad news for myself and other patrons of this amazing restaurant. It’s my understanding the closing is the will of its owner. He’s going out how he wants [...]

Todd McFarlane

If you create interesting ideas, then they're just naturally going to draw people's curiosity.Todd McFarlane According to Todd McFarlane, the conscious decision to be different helps you survive. https://youtu.be/9OYVYAUq9Ro?t=2745 Also his number rule when you're stuck in a studio all by yourself telling stories for ten to twelve hours? I want to draw fun. I [...]

Proud Transformers Moment: The Bumblebee Opening

The family watched Bumblebee this weekend, and the opening scene was a thing of glory. http://youtu.be/r3d525T-N3o As the scene progressed, the family shouted out names of Autobots and Decepticons. Ratchet! Arcee! Cliffjumper! Wheeljack! Optimus! Soundwave! Starscream! Shockwave! It's such a small thing but it made me really happy. The movie was good. There was some [...]

Now on Anchor

The Amateur Dads podcast is now on Anchor. What does that mean? I'm not quite sure. What I do know though is that the hosting is unlimited and free. The CTO and co-founder of Anchor, Nir Zicherman, shared his thoughts on “Why You Should Never Pay For Podcast Hosting” in a blog on Medium. Eventually [...]

Comics DNA

Twitter was bombarded in mid-February by #comicsDNA, and it was all Alex Segura's fault when he tweeted: https://twitter.com/alex_segura/status/1096152509238964225 I was alerted to the hashtag when I received a Jake Parker tweet notification: https://twitter.com/mrjakeparker/status/1096838603819311104 So I couldn't sit this one out and added my own contribution for all to see: https://twitter.com/JaePereiraArt/status/1096853070762397696 What I really enjoyed about [...]

Why I Participate in Art Challenges

A new art challenge pops up on Twitter seemingly every day. March of Robots, Mermay. Inktober. Slow-vember. In reality, there are only a few quality challenges created with the truest intentions. Take Inktober for example. This month long challenge germinated from Jake Parker's desire to improve his inking skills. He shared his experience online and [...]

NBA 18-19

I haven't watched this much NBA in years, and I'm enjoying it a lot. It's refreshing to see teams like Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Denver doing well. As a Lakers fan, I'm disappointed in this season. There has been drama, but I like some of the young players they have on the roster. My favorite addition [...]

“Searching|” Gave Me Anxiety

My wife and I have watched quite a few movies so far this year, and the other night we saw perhaps the best one yet: Searching. The movie is a very original take on the thriller. We experience the story through a completely digital perspective. The directors used aspects of Windows and Apple operating systems [...]

My Second Six Year Old

My daughter celebrated her birthday recently, and it's just amazing how time flies. Not too long ago she hadn't even started preschool. By the end of this year she'll be in first grade. Ermagur! Enjoy these moments as long as you can. One day you have a toddler, then you blink and she's reading books [...]

Portfolio Exercises

Nate Cosby (@NateCosBOOM) periodically sends out tweets like this one: https://twitter.com/NateCosBOOM/status/1096118597687148544 I had some time to sketch so I exercised using OG Captain Marvel, the character known as Shazam. While he is not my favorite superhero, I felt the dichotomy of his character lent to some great visuals. When I have time I may finish [...]

Ai Archives

I was digging through some folders on my computer and didn't find what I was looking for. I did find these gems from my Computer Illustration class though. Dupont CircleDupont Circle in black and whiteLabels contest winner.Play Misty For Me The "Labels" image was published in a book from a contest in Greece. Our teacher [...]

Recognition After 30 Years

https://youtu.be/IHpXB9RkMQk For the first time in the history of The Citadel Gospel Choir, 30 years, the choir now has a badge of honor to wear on their uniform.Momolu Cooper The Citadel Gospel Choir hosted a Black History Month concert, "An Evening of Inspiration and Unity," yesterday at The Citadel's Summerall Chapel in Charleston, SC. Near [...]


Spring starts on March 20 and my family is aching for warmer weather. It snowed yet again yesterday in Northern Virginia, and so you know what that means: schools closed for two days! They're really trying our parental nerves over here. Perhaps it's an aim at student attrition. "We'll see how many of them come [...]

Working Title: Watch the News (WIP)

A few months ago I drafted a small outline of a four page short story based on my experiences as a military brat, seeing my dad leave from time to time. https://www.instagram.com/p/BqM24G_BQAN/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=e6qnhs31xkts This past weekend, I started took those thumbnails and put pencil to paper to see how those layouts worked on the page. I [...]

Blaster Found

I loved Transformers as a kid, and one that I still have is Blaster: a red and yellow boom box. My son is getting more and more into Transformers and so I've let him play with this old toy. So when he was playing the Transformers: Forged to Fight game on my phone and he [...]

Pro Tips: Exhibiting in Artist Alley

https://twitter.com/chrisarrant/status/1090360393187364865?s=21 The conversations were great in this thread, and it's a valuable resource for anyone entering artist alley. Last year I tabled at my first comic convention, AwesomeCon, here in the DC area. I researched best practices and tips leading up to the convention with mixed results. I had no clue how much product to [...]