Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Freelance Work Is More Fun!


Freelance Work Is More Fun photo

I have been working at the 2nd largest TV Network in my country for the past 10 years, but have just recently resigned. I resigned back in February. I have set-up my home office immediately upon resignation, and have been doing a few commissioned artworks since then.

It took me a little more than a month to get used to the new lifestyle. No commutes and home cooked meals, will help you transition pretty well.

It has been a life changing experience thus far. I have 3 kids and they seem to love the idea that I am forever at home. Working freelance at home is Life! You get to spend more time with what matters the most, the family and the projects that you work on. No wastage of time. No traffics and downtimes.

You get to spend more time with the family, more time in honing your craft and more time to earn more. Other than the family time, even during work. The best thing in freelance work are the clients. You get to directly interact with your clients, thus you directly get praises for your hard work. No bosses to act as middlemen.

You are in control of your earnings, your time and your value. Do give it some thought. Do you love your cubicle life? Or do you want to potentially earn more, while you comfortably work at home?

Anyways, t's 4am now... and I have an interview at toptal in a few hours. Wish me luck guys! Hope I get to be accepted as a toptal artist after tomorrow! Until next update guys! Ciao!
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Flower Person Illustrations


Flower Person Illustrations Photo

I needed a break from all the serious, very detailed illustrations and watercolor paintings I have been doing these days. I am also not feeling well the past couple of days. But then again, I was commissioned to design a cute "Flower Person" for a Flower Shop in Canada.

I showed her 5 initial pencil sketches ( in varying body weights and costumes ), and the client chose this wonderful chubby Flower Person. This was all micron pens on vellum paper, scanned and delivered thru Google Drive. This was such a fun project to do! Can't help to put details in varying point sizes as usual tho.

Anyways, just wanted to share and archive this project here in my blog. Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! CIAO!

Flower Person Illustrations Photo

Flower Person Illustrations Photo

Flower Person Illustrations Photo

Flower Person Illustrations Photo

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Some ART Collages


Don Suratos ART Collage Photo

I am trying to put myself to sleep, which led to spamming my Instagram and Twitter account will collages of some of my finished artworks so far. Some of which were commissioned pieces and all are available as digital prints at the ART shop.

I like the "pencils to finish" series I posted at my IG and Twitter accounts. You kinda appreciate ( at least for me ) the work put into each piece, from pencil to colors ( digital or watercolors ).

I hate sleeping, it is such a waste of precious time. But one has to sleep. Anyways, I am off to sleep now... Do check these ART pieces at the ART shop if you have the time. Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! CIAO!


Don Suratos ART Collage Photo

Don Suratos ART Collage Photo

Don Suratos ART Collage Photo

Don Suratos ART Collage Photo

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Deadpool Watercolor Illustration


Deadpool Watercolor Illustration Photo

Just finished this Deadpool watercolor illustration. This is a commissioned work. I did this in between a couple of huge commissioned paintings. The warping of the paper was insane due to the heavy washes on the backgrounds and red parts of Deadpool's costume. But once dried, the paper was not as warped.

This Deadpool was inspired from the movie, but I intentionally made him look thinner. I like the thinner look as he reminds me of Spiderman ( must be the eyes ). Anyways, this watercolor illustration is now available at the ART shop, link below guys! :)




Deadpool Watercolor Illustration Photo

Deadpool Watercolor Illustration Photo

Deadpool Watercolor Illustration Photo

Deadpool Watercolor Illustration Photo

Deadpool Watercolor Illustration Photo
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Colored Trollbloods Inspired Poster


Colored Trollbloods Inspired Poster Photo

People love colors! So due to popular demand, I figured I do a colored version of my Trollbloods inspired poster. Characters were based on characters from Privateerpress.com .

It has been a while since I digitally colored an artwork. I tend to lean toward traditional watercolors and inks or pens. But there was no way to color this piece, as it was originally drawn over an ordinary illustration board. Ordinary illustration boards ( black back ) are fairly good for inks and markers... But they cannot handle watercolor washes.

So I colored this piece digitally. Had fun coloring it, but not as fun when I do watercolors and inks. Not a fan of digital work, as I am a graphic artist for 18 years now. Anyways, I hope people will love this colored version. Both the pen and ink and the colored version are available at the ART shop as digital prints. Digital prints are now as big as 30x24 inches. Do check them out...


Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! CIAO!

Colored Trollbloods Inspired Poster Photo

Colored Trollbloods Inspired Poster Photo

Colored Trollbloods Inspired Poster Photo

Colored Trollbloods Inspired Poster Photo

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Darth Maul Watercolor and Pens


Darth Maul Watercolor and Inks Photo

I just finished this Darth Maul commissioned work illustration. I used this piece to test a new paper / card stock. It's a thick acrylic / oil painting paper of sort. I tested if it could handle heavy watercolor washes. I also used Micron Pens and a brush pen to give it a comics look. Client wanted colors and my usual inking in one piece of art. I think I am sticking to this style for a while. Been doing this watercolor / pens combo since I was a kid after all.

Anyways, this is now available as an ART print at the Art Shop. Link below...


Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! CIAO!


Darth Maul Watercolor and Inks Photo

Darth Maul Watercolor and Inks Photo



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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Rey Painting


Rey of Force Awakens Painting Photo

I have been doing quick "sketchy" illustrations the past for days for a client ( below ). So I pushed aside a couple of huge commissioned artworks for the meantime. While waiting for client feedback ( different timezone ), I worked on this Rey ( Force Awakens ) watercolor painting.

I did an underpainting of Van Gogh watercolors for the skin and finished off the shirt, hair, light saber and details with Prismacolor Premium colored pencils. This was such a fun piece! I re-learned a lot of stuff! Will be doing a ton more in between commissioned works.

This Rey painting is now available as an ART print at the art shop...link below...


Anyways, thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! CIAO!


Rey of Force Awakens Painting Photo

Rey of Force Awakens Painting Photo

Rey of Force Awakens Painting Photo

Rey of Force Awakens Painting Photo


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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Some Quick Commissioned Illustrations


Quick Commissioned Illustrations Photo

I just finished these Watercolor illustrations for a client. She wanted "sketchy" watercolor looking artworks. They need it for a TV show. It was fun stuff! It took a day of my life as I was a bit hesitant on how sketchy the artworks should look. I think the client is happy... as she offered that I do a few more illustrations.

The next batch should be more fun, as I know what the client wants! I used Indian Ink for the black outlines. I got a really cheap Indian Ink at the art store the other day. This Indian Ink is waterproof as usual. I will then reverse my workflow for the next batch. Ink before colors!

Anyways, off to do some more of these sketchy illustrations! Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! CIAO!

Quick Commissioned Illustrations Photo

Quick Commissioned Illustrations Photo

Quick Commissioned Illustrations Photo

Quick Commissioned Illustrations Photo

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Endor Watercolor Painting


Endor Watercolor Painting Photo

Inspired by and while waiting for client feedback earlier, I managed to finish this quick watercolor painting of Endor with a Walker. I am enjoying watercolors so much these days as I tend to do them while waiting for client feedbacks and approvals. One of these days, will work on more elaborate watercolor painting.

As usual, this is now available at the ART shop. I replaced the least popular ART print at the shop, as I try to maintain just 50 prints on the site. This is categorized as a painting, much like the other Star Wars paintings I finished recently. Link of the ART print below...


Aanyways, Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! CIAO!

Endor Watercolor Painting Photo

Endor Watercolor Painting Photo

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Friday, March 3, 2017

20 x 30 and 16 x 24 ART Prints!


20 x 30 and 16 x 24 ART Prints Photo

The wife claimed these 30 x 20 and 16 x 24 ART prints earlier today. Did not inspect them until just now. Man they are huge! The original drawing / illustration was drawn in a 15 x 20 illustration board, so basically both the 30 x 20 and 16 x 24 are picture blow ups. But they look so good! I have yet to print a 30 x 20 for myself tho, as I am afraid of the cost of having them framed.

Seeing your artwork blown up to 30 x 20 feels so good! I can stare at the huge prints for hours. I had all my ART prints printed at a KODAK photo print shop. They are a bit costly, but the customers paid for them anyways. NO extra income for both the shipping and printing costs of all my ART prints.

I will need to sign and number all these prints and ship them as soon as I can! I high recommend the 16 x 24s as they are the perfect size. But the 30 x 20 ART prints are so dang nice on any wall! Do check out the ART shop in the link below...


Anyways, thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! CIAO!

20 x 30 and 16 x 24 ART Prints Photo

20 x 30 and 16 x 24 ART Prints Photo

20 x 30 and 16 x 24 ART Prints Photo

All ART prints ship in durable plastic tubes!

20 x 30 and 16 x 24 ART Prints Photo

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