Friday, June 30, 2017

Drawing Pups w/ Ali @ The BCO Social

Earlier this month I was invited to draw the dogs of Bucktown at their community block party and social event.  Along with fellow artist and super friend, Ali Cantarella, we braved the heat and drew dogs for two hours.

We had a blast drawing dogs of all kinds and meeting with the locals. Thanks to the BCO for having us and to all the wonderful dogs that sat and posed and played with us. You can read all about the event and the Bucktown Community Organization by clicking on this link.

For MORE photos of the sketches I drew, click here OR follow me on Instagram: @whenuwerelittle to see all the art I've been up to.


- J

Wednesday, April 5, 2017



Justin Castaneda presents the final installment of his When I Was Little... picture book series, When We Were Little!

This 72-page collection contains some of the best pages from the previous books now with updated art-work. It also brings together artists and writers from the worlds of comics, music, and design! 

Collaborators in this book:
Aireen Arellano
Lnk Bacani
Tressina Bowling
Ali Cantarella
Dustin Carson
Victor Dandridge
Dave Gruba
Angel Onofre
Leo Perez
Shawn Pryor
Eric Rampson
Mike Roll
Alejandro Rosado
Justin Stewart
Kurt Wood
Rachel Young

This is a pre-sale listing. This book will ship in May 2017. All sales are final. 

BONUS PRE-SALE ONLY offer!! Only available with purchase here! Orders will come with a WIWL Mystery Print Pack (Valued at $20) which includes 4 randomly selected 8"x"10" When I Was Little Prints featuring some of your favorite superheroes and villains when they were little!!!

Click the cover to pre-order yours today!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Con is on!

Hello Friends,

It is March and my convention season has officially started. I had two shows on back-to-back weekends starting with Emerald City Comic Con and following that up with Lexington Toy and Comic Convention.

The Emerald City Comic Con takes place in Seattle, Washington and it was my first time ever visiting the city.

I had a wonderful time at the convention.  I hosted a drawing workshop on Sunday and met some really talented kids.

It was an exhaustive four days of straight up con but we looked forward to the extra days we were staying in the city. One of the highlights for me was visiting the grave site of Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee. It was a cloudy and rainy day but the head stones were showered with flowers and it was amazing to see something I've only seen in photos up close and personal.

After flying back and landing in Chicago at 9pm on Wednesday (03/09), I drove down to Lexington, Kentucky for Lexington Toy & Comic Con.

I always have a wonderful time at this show being a comic guest since it's inception. I have met a lot of cool people from returning fans of my work to super awesome comic creators, like Tressa Bowling. She and her husband, Danny, let me crash at their place all weekend.

Justin Stewart runs the liveART at the show and I've been spoiled by it's vibe and setup ever since. If there's one way to do it, it's the way of Six Bomb Boards.

On Saturday and Sunday of the show, I had time to drop some art. If you found any of the pieces, feel free to show it on your socials and tag me via Instagram or Twitter.

It is also important to note that we ended our post liveART get-down with a viewing of Samurai Jack Season 5. JACK'S BACK and I'm super excited!!!

If you would like to see some of the con sketches I did for both shows, head over to my sketch blog or follow me on Instagram and Twitter! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

#jdropsart: Disney Springs, Orlando

I was in Orlando, FL for the holidays and I met up with my friend, Mike Roll, to leave some art behind at Disney Springs! We had such a great time and I snapped a few photos from the day.

I also shot a quick video and uploaded it to my YouTube channel, you can view that here.

Later in the week, I went to Universal Studios and visited the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. I was absolutely captivated by the theme park and really felt immersed in the world they built. 

While I was there, I was able to leave behind a couple of art drops which were found that same night. It was a great way to end the year or making art and sharing art!

I look forward to building up my brand in 2017 and working on projects that are absolutely fulfilling. One of those projects is the last installment of my children's book series entitled, When We Were Little.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sketch with an Artist: A Children's Writing and Drawing Program

My last program for the year with the Chicago Public Libraries happens this Monday!

Sketch with an Artist: A Children's Writing and Drawing Program
When: Monday, December 5, 2016 (4:00PM-5:00PM)
Where: Garfield Ridge Branch
              6348 S. Archer Avenue
              Chicago, IL 60638

Description: Join us as we welcome illustrator, Justin Castaneda, as he shows us some basic drawing concepts that you can apply to creating your own book. Attendees will each receive their own blank book to use to create their own illustrated stories.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Justin Castaneda Presents: Doodle to Drawing

I'll be doing two drawing events with the Chicago Public Libraries this week and next. If you're in the area, bring the kiddos! I'll also have a small amount of books to sell after the workshop and Q&A! Here is the info:

Justin Castaneda Presents From Doodle to Drawing 
Chicago area artist and graphic novelist Justin Castaneda brings introduces new artists to the basics of drawing, focusing on the importance of shapes in drawing, how to break your art down into simple shapes, and how to turn a doodle into a work of art. (Ages 8+)

Lincoln Park: Thursday 9/29 6:00pm
1150 W. Fullerton Ave.
1000 E. 73rd St.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Back On The Bus: A Back-To-School-Expo

This Saturday (August 13th) I'll be at the Tinley Park Convention Center for Back On The Bus, a back-to-school- expo. I'll be set up there selling copies of HEART, Wonder Care, and coloring books. It's a free event so bring the kiddies. For more info check out the image below: