Saturday, June 27, 2009
This illustration is connected to an idea for a comic-book story I wrote some time ago. A girl finds herself suddenly obsessed about seeking a mysterious golden sword that keeps appearing in her dreams. Where does that obsession come from? And why is the sword so important?
I love the trick of putting evil, menacing faces behind the main character in an illustration (I more or less used it here too).
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I guess you can tell the differences between Star Wars and Star Trek just noticing who's the most charismatic character in any of them. While Star Wars would go for people like Han Solo or Bobba Fett (scoundrels, adventurers, action heroes) in the case of Star Trek it has to be a cold-minded scientist like Spock.
This one here is another unfinished illustration that I just completed today. It's a simple portrait, but the reason I did it is I challenged myself to draw a Spock close-up mixing both Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto's features.
[Spock created by Gene Roddenberry]
Monday, June 15, 2009
These days I'm taking some time at nights or early in the morning to finish old unfinished illustrations I started months ago. This one here is the first one I made with my new graphic tablet. I tried to draw one of those catpeople characters, but I did it quickly and it ended up looking more like a wolf (mainly because of the nose and the color of the fur). I thought the final result was kind of funny and decided not to change it, anyway, so here it is.
The character is dressed up as an NFL player just to give him something to justify his defiant attitude, but I have to admit I don't even know the rules of the sport.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I like two-faced characters. Like Severus Snape in Harry Potter. Like Don Draper in Mad Men. Or like John Locke in Lost. I didn't like him at the beginning, but as the series has gone on, he's become my favorite character. Sometimes it's even pathetic to see how he clings to the Island, but I can understand his obsession about it, as there he can be an adventurer, a hero, a leader... while outside it he's just a loser.
[Lost created by J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber]
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Furious guys are always fun to draw (maybe that's why a lot of portfolios are full of Wolverine pin-ups) but for once I wanted to draw someone defying a more real and immediate menace than some evil supervillain, and I thought about the most scary thing I've ever been in front of: a gun.
This illustration has also been the perfect excuse to experiment with different drawing and coloring techniques. I had never used this speed-line manga-ish style of background, either.
The model for this illustration was Alberto Blanco, a short-film and music-video director who I've worked many times with.