Friday, November 29, 2013

TandT: 017

Just a fun painting to get away from animating all semester long. As the semester comes to an end I will paint more and post!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

TandT: 016 Daily #13

Darn summer is now over but school is here!!! Yeah I know I haven't been posting things up lately. But it was due to the fact that I was working on a summer sketchbook that I needed to have completed before the semester started. Now the semester has started, I am officially in the program now (wooo!!!), summer has come and gone;  now it is back to the old grind of school. This semester I am taking two animation classes so what I have decided to do now (hopefully with a little luck and hard work I shall continue with it) is that I am going to try to complete a sketchbook every month. Now it does seem ambitious but I know it is possible if I can really commit myself! The reason why I want to do this is not only because I like to draw but I feel like my drawings need to reach that next level. As of lately I feel like my peers drawing abilities have really improved so it gets me even more motivated to get better. Nothing wrong with a little healthy competition lol Also, I am going to try to continue with my daily paintings. The situation now with school starting, I might need to improve on trying to paint faster because I wont have the luxury of time as much as the summer but I hope to keep my hands fresh until I take a digital painting class next semester. Lets have a good semester!!!

So here a quick Edgar Payne study:

And a page of my new monthly sketch book project:

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

TandT: 015 Daily #12

So another portrait. Was working on trying to improve on painting soft edges. Still needs work but I am done with it, sometimes you just gotta stop.

Time: 2.5 hrs

TandT: 014 Daily #11

Yeah got a little behind due the fact that I just needed a break from stuff. Been trying to concentrate more on my summer sketchbook. So today I decided to paint boxing gloves because this summer I have been inspired to get back into shape after watching shows like the Ultimate Fighter and other fighting shows. Watching these fighters train just makes me wanna go workout and fight!!! lol jk

Time: 1.25 hrs

Sunday, July 28, 2013

TandT: 013 Daily #10

So tomorrow is my sister Karina's birthday party and she is 11 now. So I decided to make her a small gift, a birthday card to say the least. My sister Karina is one smart and strong little girl that doesn't let anything get in her way. She is very determined and goal oriented. Which makes her an awesome sister. She also like drawing and painting like me, so I thought it would be a cool gift to draw her as an animated character more or less. It is the first time I have done such a thing as drawing someone I know as a character. It was fun and challenging. *Crosses finger I hope she likes it!!!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

TandT: 012 Daily #9

So I know I missed one day but I just have not posted that painting yet because it is a surprise for my sisters birthday. As for today's daily, I just asked my sister what I should paint. And well she came up with a parrot. So here we go, parrot.

Time: 1.5 hr

Thursday, July 25, 2013

TandT: 011 Daily #8

Today I was inspired by the video game "Journey." It is such a beautiful game, although I have never played the game, the visuals are amazing. I just love the colors they used. So today my daily was inspired more or less by the color choices from the game.

Time: 1 hr

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

TandT: 010 Daily #7

So today I went figure painting for the first time with some awesome friends. Man was it challenging but nevertheless fun. What was difficult for me was trying to get the right color for the skin tone, although it might have been due the fact that I didn't try to establish the local color until later instead of the beginning. Although my results are not really what I wanted, I definitely learned a lot. Gonna definitely gonna go again sometime soon. 

Time: 3 hrs (with breaks)

So today's idea or theme for my digital painting was ice cream because I had some ice cream today and well it was good lol Also everyday is always a good day for ice cream. Also, this is another color practice inspired by Dice Tsutsumi.

Time: 1 hr

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

TandT: 009 Daily #6

Here is a color study. I wanted to practice lighting and bounce lights reflecting off different objects. Also, I feel like I need to paint a little more saturated. I am really inspired by color artist such as Dice Tsutsumi, Nathan Fowkes, and Goro Fujita. This was a practice to get better at color.

Time: 1 hr

Monday, July 22, 2013

TandT: 008 Daily #5

This is fun! Although I am still struggling, this whole experimentation of a new medium is fun. Also need to be a more little confident with my paint strokes. I am in a way trying to tackle this as if I was actually painting with oil paints. I also like whole lock of the traditional look in Photoshop. Gotta keep going!

Time: 2 hrs

TandT: 007 Daily #4

Yeah I am off by a few days with my daily speed paintings but have been busy with so many things. Now though, I am going to try to catch up and keep it going! So today I bought this awesome magazine called "Digital Painting", its a ImagineFX magazine, and it has open my freaking mind about digital painting. I thing reading the little bit I have has lead me to learn so much. i think painting in Photoshop makes a little more sense now. So here is another attempt at a colored portrait. This time around I think things started to make more sense. I do have a lot to learn but I felt like it could be the start of an "ah ha" moment. Gotta keep it going!!!

Time: 2.5 hrs

Friday, July 19, 2013

TandT: 006 Daily #3

Sorry was a little late posting this up last night but I was so tired from last night to post my daily for 07/18/13. Nonetheless its been none and not behind yet lol So this is my first colored portrait on Photoshop. Man this was a challenge. It was a challenge trying to transfer some things I learned from painting traditionally on to the digital media. I was fun none the less and definitely learned a lot. Going to do more along the way!

Time:1 hr

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

TandT: 005 Daily #2

Another painting today. This was definitely a bigger challenge for me today. The color were not harmonies as I wanted them to be. Also found myself changing some of the composition in the middle of painting the piece, I guess I need to do even more thumbnails before I paint. All and all, I know as a beginner all my initial paintings are not gonna meet my expectations but that is not stopping me from trying to get better everyday. Baby steps yo!

Time:1.5 hrs

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

TandT: 004 Daily #1

Woooo! Its been a while since I posted something lol. Man the summer has been filled with so many things. Currently I am working on a program sketchbook which by the end of the summer I have needed to completed at least 80 pages. Also, due to the fact that I am not gonna have a digital painting class until next year, I am going to start doing daily digital paintings. (Lets see how long this last lol) But I am determined to make something of this! Although currently my digital painting skills aren't that good, this going to be a great way to keep on motivating myself to get better!!!

So here we go digital painting #1! My inspiration for this painting was Edgar Payne. He is an amazing artist with such an incredible eye for color. Just looking at his stuff makes me motivated to paint like him. So with this one I started off with 30 quick thumbnails, then from there I derived the final piece. Let me know what you guys think.

Yo TandT out!

Time: 1.5 hrs

Monday, April 1, 2013


So as the due date for the portfolio review is drawing near and nearer, I am posting up my third pass for my portfolio. On this pass of my portfolio I was concentrating on arranging everything cleanly and trying to compose my pieces better. From the help of many friends (too many to name but thanks you guys!!!) I have gotten this far with my portfolio. Just hope I am closer to finishing it. SO feel free to let me know what you guys think!!!
Also, I was working on a maquette for a hero tree design I have been working on for the last couple of weeks. The design is actually in my portfolio, see page 4! It is by no means close to professional level but honestly I a lot of fun sculpting out my design. I also learned a lot about what I need to pay attention to when I design more things in the future. I really need to carefully think and design pieces with the mindset of it being 3-D instead of it being flat on paper. Don't know if this makes sense but yeah XD, though this is important  because i want to go into the Visual Development field of animation, most things that are developed and designed by Vis Dev artist eventually need to be modeled in 3-D either sculpting it out with modeling clay, like I tried doing lol, or in Maya. So now I learned that reference is key and really think about form when designing something.
So enough of me rambling and such.
Yo TandT out!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013


So this is my second draft if you will of my Mid-Program Porfolio for San Jose State's Animation/Illustration program. So what I added was another page of gesture to my collection of figures drawings, so let me know what you guys think. Also, with the help from a friend (AKA Lancing thanks!) I made my own font using I guess my own personal style of hand writing. Its pretty cool! I called the font "MartzGraffica" lol
The website is, check it out if you want. But it is free and really easy to do.
So let me know what you guys think!
Yo TandT out!!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Yo, hello world! Name is Uriel Martinez and this a blog mainly to post my success and failures as an inspiring artist. So let me tell you a little about myself. I like root beer, Japanese cars (especially my 1983 Toyota Celica Supra AKA Betsy), burritos, and long strolls along the beach lol. The first thing on the list that I am going to post is going to be my Mid-Program Portfolio for San Jose State's Animation/Illustration program. Yeah I am currently not in the program but am hoping to make it in this semester. As of right now all I have is a WIP of my portfolio. I still need to fix my figures and add some more gestures. I am also experimenting with the theme/composition of the layout in general. As of right now nothing is set in stone, so feel free to let me know what I can change and make it better.

Yo TandT out!!!