Stuff About Me

My life is literally based on the movie, The Wizard. Except i'm not as autistic as that guy. I'm 31. I draw stuff in conjunction with working for a living, and i have a pretty remarkable world record in a video game that not a lot of people know about. I think i also mentioned that i draw things.

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Commissioned Artwork FAQ

Are you interested in commissioning me for artwork? Click here to email me for more information.

What will it cost me?

These are my standard starting rates for custom artwork.

Everything starts at a base rate of $50. Rates increase based on complexity, time, and use of image requested. Oh, and after we talk about it, if we're serious about working, due to being burned in the past, i now require half payment up front before any artwork is started.

I will provide one free revision (that is, i send you a digital watermarked proof, you tell me what you do like, what you don't, and i revise it if needed.) with every commissioned piece. Every piece of artwork that requires further revision will come at an additional $5.00 per piece.

I'm doing this as a side venture to supplement income, until something like this can prove itself fruitful enough to pay all my bills and kept me fed, warm, and with internet.

I want you to draw (...fill in with something i'm not gonna draw.)

I will be straight forward with you that there are certain, dare i say obvious things, i won't draw. If you request it, i'll politely decline.

What's the turnaround rate on this stuff?

Honestly, it depends on workload, but usually i can get most things done within a week.

Do you mail me a print? Or...

Right now i prefer to work digital only. I can send you a high-resolution file of the final, which any decently equipped print shop can handle. If you do want a solid print (and it's something i don't have in stock), i CAN make you a print, but it will come at an additional charge, based on size.

Right now i'm primarily working on standard 8.5x11 high quality paper, and can blow stuff up to 11x17 at max.

This will hopefully change sometime soon, so keep bugging me about it. :)

I have a question that's not listed here.

For more info, anything i can help you with, or setting up a commission, email me here.
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Hey there. If you received my card from the show, you've been directed here. joerocksart is getting a massive overhaul right now that will be unveiled in a few weeks, but i wanted to get the message to you that i'm still here, and still available for your custom projects. If you're interested in commissioned/custom art pieces, you can email me at, and send me an idea of what you're looking for. If you wanna see some of my previous work, you can find my portfolio at, or see some of my more recent work online on my personal facebook page at Thanks for visiting my booth this weekend, and i'm very happy that we've had a chance to meet and hopefully illustrate something awesome for you! --joerocks1981.

I was trying to practice some coloring techniques tonight with Manga Studio 5, (a program that i'm going to start migrating over for all of my illustrating purposes, due to the fact that it seems to the most user friendly experience for what i'm trying to accomplish, is affordable, and will run in Livestream without totally compromising all of my PC's memory and functionality.) and after wasting three hours of coming up with something that looked absolutely terrible, erased all my coloring, and recolored using my usual style in about twenty minutes. The piece would have taken just over an hour to complete, otherwise.

This is my character from the pen and paper roleplaying game Shadowrun, and drew it out of enthusiasm for the amazing kickstarter-fueled game Shadowrun Returns, due to release in a matter of months after much anticipation.

If you're interested in any commissions of your custom characters, or anything else, you can contact me here.

I'm trying to kick off my "Be a more serious artist for serious" campaign the right way, and drew this cyberpunk likeness of the a good friend of mine, the talented Tokyo Belle. The piece was done in two hours, in four variations of black multiply layers, done in PaintTool SAI. You can commission work like this and others by contacting me here.
To everyone who saw me at Megacon 2013!

Thank you so much for checking out my website (yes, which is still under construction.)

You're here because some guy in a russian hat and wool coat handed you a card telling you to check out the website for more art (which is available currently on a link to the side to my deviantArt page. Again, i'm migrating over to here in the next couple of days.)

I wanted to let you know that the convention was a huge success, and a blast. Every single one of you who came up to compliment my work and purchase something made my day, and i would love to hear from you again.

Please contact me with any of your con memories, or if you have any ideas for things you'd love to see me draw in future conventions (or for possible commission work), you can contact me here.

You can also find me at

Here's to hearing from you very soon!


Please pardon the mess right now. It's been a good long while since I've made use of the website, but due to the recent upswing of business during the most recent Tampa Bay Comic Con, I wanted to let you guys that I am working on improving the look, content, and functionality of this website to contact me, see what I've been up to, and better yet, give you a place where you can buy some of my prints, or commission me for new stuff.

Thank you so much for your interest and enthusiasm, and I look forward to seeing you all in the future! (Well, website should be up in two or three days, but still. The sentiment still sounds nice.)

I am very excited to report that i was finally able to work through my Livestream difficulties, and will once again be showing speed drawings of my work on the website again. The only proper way to celebrate this is with my good personal friends, Stan Bush, and Optimus Prime.
I must also confess my undying appreciation for those poor, poor artists at IDW and formerly Dreamwave, as drawing transformomabots is incredibly painstaking. (hell, i didn't even do as good of a job as they do.)
Interested in custom commission work? I work cheap and fast. Send me your requests.

This is the Gabriel Belmont i drew after completing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, which employed some different tricks of shading with the Multiply filter along the glove that i hadn't thought of doing before.

Thrown on the pile of things i wanna do, is possibly a Belmont family portrait, or at least a few more renderings of other favorite Vampire Hunters (namely Simon, Trevor, and probably Richter.)

This is the first 'OFFICIAL' livestream-based drawing i've ever done, which is a character i've long desired to draw, just wasn't sure how it came out. My personal favorite elements of this piece are the shield, which was drawn from a reference picture, taken of a fan-made shield, that was about 145x160 and found on google, as well as the detailing in the jacket.

I think it came out awesome. I mean, it's from what's basically the best Castlevania ever. How could it not?

Here's the Tony Stark/Iron Man that i drew for last night's Livestream.

I think it came out...merely okay, but i have a tendency of downplaying most of my stuff. Some minor issues with some things i'd like to go back and see if i can find a way to fix. It's difficult for me, because as much as i like comics, i rarely find myself drawing actual superheroes. (the last time i did this, was some malformed Spider-Man i did back in 200...2?)

Anyway, thank you, as always, to everybody who watched it come together and added their feedback as i drew.

Decided that even though it's outside of the normal Livestream schedule, i wanted to follow up the Iron Man piece i did on Thursday with a drawing of Moon Knight.

Because it's Moon Knight.


You can call him Marvel's Batman Ripoff (and i can't really find good argument to deny that, save that he has a Moon COPTER and...the whole supernatural Khonshu/Stronger with the phases of the moon thing.), but Marc Spector has actually been one of my favorite characters both in design, background, and execution for a long, long time.

I'm not sold on the pose that i chose--(i'm trying to make more of a habit of messing around in poser just to build ideas up before sketching, but i seem to forget. And also, Poser's sort of a cumbersome thing to work with.) I might make another one with a more action-type pose sometime in the future.

Since the results are now public, i can now post the other two losing pieces publicly, to meet your sneering and ridicule in the hall of shame. :) I drew the one on another PC, so i don't have a capture of it coming together, but i do have the livestream for the Tallest Building. (i know that both were drawn in Flash CS4, and then touched up in Photoshop CS4.) The first took nearly no time at all (probably not a good sign when submitting it for review and intent of it having it be included in something), and the tallest building took about three hours. The book itself will be debuting at San Diego Comic Con this year in a limited hardcover format, which is now available for preorder via Udon Studios site. If you get it, i will sign the mess out of it if you so desire, but i seriously advise you check it out, because, well...who the hell doesn't like Megaman? Anyway, this is a serious mental highfive, due to not getting into the Darkstalkers Tribute book in the contest they issued a few years ago...and i'm excited to see it all happen.
I've been wanting to draw Kevin Keene for a long time, since i've also, at the same time wanted to dress up like Kevin Keene for a comic convention since 2000. (and now that i've seen others, with far better costumes do it, it's now pushed to the 'oh. well. nevermind.' pile.) He's been the subject of a lot of jokes i make, and i'm writing in some potential background stuff involving Captain N: The Game Master with my soon-to-be-returning-in-full-white-knuckled-ultra-badass pixel comic series, Superinternet Superbuddies 64. But overall, i like Captain N. Why? Because i still like my old ass Nintendo. I hope you enjoy this. It took about two hours to make, and...he's running, which is a variant form of standing around dead-like, like the past couple of drawings have been. Which i find to be a genuine improvement in showcasing artwork.
Like i had said earlier, here's a rough idea i had for a few potential shirt designs involving robots that change into vehicles, starting with the Macross Valkyrie, but eventually (potentially) incorporating a few Transformers designs as well. This is the rough. I may go back through and instead of using so many heavy shades, use screentones instead if possible. I'll post a follow-up in an edit if i do make changes. This started as a pen sketch on the back of a random piece of paper at work, that was scanned, taken into Flash for the touchup, then brought into photoshop for the final shading.