Sunday, September 26, 2010

Nightwing Stick Fighting

So the other day I was hanging out talking to this Filipino guy who was a Arnis instructor (Filipino martial arts).  He was telling me all that it has influenced, including Bruce Lee with Dan Inosanto to Manny Pacquiao.  I was like "For real?"  He was adamant, "Next time, look at his footwork.  That's all Filipino martial arts, man, that's how he gets his power behind the punches."

"F@*%ing cool!" is what I thought.

So I went on the internet looking up "Arnis", "Eskrima" and Stick Fighting and I was looking up images and one of the images that popped up was NIGHTWING.  And I was like " Oh $#!t of course, Nightwing has to be trained in Eskrima."  And for those of you who don't know me, Nightwing is my all time favorite character.  So in my MIND, Nightwing was trained and is a master of Filipino Stick Fighting.  I had this image in my head that I just had to draw out.

Scott Morse, a Pixar pal asked "Why aren't you working on your own stuff,  DC ain't paying you for that."  This is true, but I couldn't get this image out of my head.  So here it is.  Nightwing being all bad ass and taking on the gang from Ong Bak.

Alright, on to my own stuff...

I love photoshop.

 So here is my character Jun Santos kicking ass using Eskrima sticks.  Just a side note, in my comic, this will be a dream sequence, because Jun isn't this bad ass... yet.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Goodbye Wildstorm

Before Pixar, Nickelodeon and Disney I was at Wildstorm Comics. I had just graduated from Cal Arts and I found out that I was going to be an intern at Wildstorm Comics as a penciller. I had a great time that summer, at the time the studio was still "Homage Studios", so both Wildstorm and Top Cow were in the same building. Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri were in the house along with some new talent like J. Scott Campbell, Billy Tan, Travis Charest, David Finch, Joe Benitez, Mat Broome and several other guys. I still remember the day when Jim brought over the Wildcat's theme music for the animated series... and it was corny back then too. (Sorry Jim). I pencilled a bunch of pin-ups, some trading cards and a Wildcats animated comic. It was alot of fun and I will fondly remember my time at Wildstorm. I was sad to hear that the brand is saying goodbye.

Here's some of the fun:
Wildcat's pin-up
Wildcat's (animated) cover

This was a pin-up portfolio piece that helped me get my internship gig.  Just thought I would throw it in.

Voodoo Vs. Razor trading card
Rainmaker Vs. Grunge
Swimsuit issue with Spartan and Voodoo

Wildstorm was alot of fun.  Thanks for the Wild ride! 
 (sorry I had to go there.)

Monday, September 20, 2010

50K Pageviews on DA!

Hey guys, so this is a drawing that I did to celebrate my 50K pageviews on Deviant Art:  It is a drawing to the cheerleaders from my creator owned comic, "Alcatraz High."  The piece also had the main characters, Miguel and Steve, in the background hidden slightly in the shadows.  In the foreground is a "chibi" version of the Football Mech.  He's sporting the number 50 to commemorate this special occassion.

I'm planning on showing a "Work in Progress" of this piece in a later post.  I'll start with the original sketch and talk about the choices I made along the way to this finished piece.  For now, I'll just tell you guys that I did use references for the girls faces and hair styles.  I used pictures of actresses, Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Blake Lively and Natalie Portman.  I wasn't going for an exact look, just a slight resemblance; a vibe.  So I hope you guys like it and I'll post the WIP sometime soon.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

San Diego Comic Con 2010

I grew up in San Diego.  So it has become a tradition, that every summer I would attend the San Diego Comic Con.  I've been going ever since I was a kid and for the past 7 years I have been there as an exhibitor, promoting my creator owned independent comic series: "Alcatraz High", "4 Gun Conclusion" and "Robo Brigade".  This last con, I decided to share my booth with my friends from Hinge Digital.  It was a great time and I was glad to share it with them.  
I had a crappy disposable camera with me and all of my pictures came out super dark, so unfortunately all those pictures that I took with my friends and fans are not viewable.  Luckily, my buddy Arvin Budomo was there to take pictures at the event, so at least there are his pictures that I can post.  I just got the pictures in the mail today, so here they are.  Some, I am seeing for the first time as well.  
This is the calm before the storm, Preview Night.  The booth is all set and we are waiting for the doors to open.
All of the comic goodies are on display.
A picture of me with Bryan Lee O'Malley, the creator of Scott Pilgrim.
LOVE the comic series and the movie!
Thundercats HO!  Right in front of my booth is the Sideshow Collectibles area.  It's always cool to see the new products that they have available for the year.
Starting a commission piece.
Still working on it.
Me and HINGE DIGITAL : Roland Gauthier, Alex Tysowsky and Michael Kuehn.
Working on another commission, this time it was the Blue Spirit from Avatar,  been a LOONG time since I've drawn him so I was glad I was given reference.
Awesome Disney Animator, Glen Keane and me.
Blue Spirit! (commission)
WORLD'S FINEST! (commission)
Aang commission.
Needed to draw some sexiness, so I drew my character Natalia, from 4 GUN CONCLUSION.
Alex and me with some ladies promoting Star Trek.
The guys hanging out with Green Hornet model.
Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn
Hi Samantha and friend!
The Avatar crew reunion (not all of us, were there though... some other time.)   In the pic: Hye-Jung Kim, Michael  Chang, Dao Le, Bobby Rubio, Ian Graham,  Johane Matte and (kneeling up front) Bryan Konietzko.
War MASHIZNEE (oh, it's getting late...)
HEY NOW!  Me and Emma Frost.
Emma Frost...
No, don't go...
Some dude from Clone Wars...
Another dude from Clone Wars... G.G.G.G-   G-UNIT!
Giancarlo Volpe, director on Avatar and me.
Wassup Chris!
I didn't see this, this was on the disc that Arvin sent.  THANKS ARVIN!
Zatanna and Slave Leia.
The boys from Hinge Digital!
Hanging out with HINGE DIGITAL!
Sweet poster of the ROBO BRIGADE that HINGE DIGITAL made.  They autographed it and let me keep it.  Thanks guys!
VICTORY CHEER at the end of the con!
Survived another comic con, see you guys next year!

So that's pretty much how the CON went down this year.  I'll post the pictures from the Tweet House event later.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Alright, this monday is the start of a new season for my beloved football team, the San Diego Chargers!  Here is a drawing of my character Sofia, from my comic series "Alcatraz High".  She is wearing her Bayside Bolts gear.  The "Bolts" is a homage to my favorite team and "Bayside" is because I live in the "Bay" now, okay... okay I'll fess up, it's actually a little shout out to "Saved by the Bell", that was their school.  Come on, you know Saved by the Bell was cool!

Anyways, here's to a new season.  GO CHARGERS! Kick some ass and see you guys in Texas!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Midnight Run

Big thanks to all you guys that are following me.  This one is for you!  I was gonna post it tommorow on my DA page, but I figured why not let you guys get first dibs.  I was inspired to draw the dynamic duo when I read this article, SPOILER ALERT  I gotta say I really love this dynamic duo team.  And I totally picture them running around on the Gotham city rooftops all ninja style.  When I drew this I was going for that whole Naruto ninja run, where they lean forward and their arms are at their sides.  This looks cool to me, and when the WB, eventually does this story arc in animated form, I hope they animate them looking like ninjas, doing crazy parkour on rooftops.  Just look at old Gatchaman episodes, it could be really cool!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Taking Flight

Hello everybody, my name is Bobby Rubio and this is my blog.  I am a Story Artist at Pixar Animation Studios and creator of the independent comic "4 Gun Conclusion" and "Alcatraz High".  I've been wanting to do a blog for quite some time and was always hesitant because I was struggling with the title of it.  Originally I was gonna go with "Grand Schemes", but that kinda sounded too cocky and a bit diabolical, which could work, but I didn't want people to think that was what the blog was about.  It's not about all my "grand schemes", it's about sharing my ideas, getting friends and just geeking out over stuff that I love like movies, comics, anime, toys, robots, women and everything else that was geektastic.  So I did this drawing yesterday, and I was inspired to start my blog today.  Driving into work I settled on the title of my blog "Chasing Rockets" from John Williams score of Superman.  I feel that it is appropriate, it feels right.  So here I am with my first post, take care and talk to you soon!