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:


POPzilla presents: "Save Ferris", a John Hughes Tribute Art Show


If you live in the Anaheim, CA area, POP COMICS is having an art show in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and the many films of legendary filmmaker, John Hughes. I was lucky enough to be invited to showcase some art at the gallery. So if you're close, check it out! I'll have some prints for sale there too!


Click on the image below for more info:

Saturday, May 7, 2016

It’s Free Comic Book WEEK!

Happy Free Comic Book Day, boys and girls!  Victor and I will be posting a page-a-day for an entire week from an all new Wonder Care story! 

Written by Victor and illustrated by Justin over at our web comic homepage: wondercareafterschool.tumblr.com
We know that you are out with your friends and families picking up your free comics and visiting your favorite comic shops.
That’s why today we are just posting the cover which was drawn and colored by Victor, himself. He draws too, kids!
So enjoy this tease of what’s to come and tune in Sunday for page one of the Wonder Care: FCBD Special! (click on the image above)
Victor will be at Wizard World Minneapolis ALL WEEKEND Table B37! Justin will be at the Aw Yeah Comics Shop in Skokie, IL starting at 10am! If you are in any of those areas, come check us out!