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Am I the only one who feels it’ll be Christmas by next week by the pace the year is advancing at? March, Epic Month by the way, although I was sort of in stealth mode, sorry about that. Suddenly I was buried in a mountain of work I couldn’t really say much about, but now it’s done I think I can at least talk about it a little.

I also took my second dan examination (successfuly!) and was in Barcelona for a short while, cause I had The Egmont-Disney Meeting, which I will talk to you about not today but soon-ish, just because I’m such a tease. :o).

 

So yeah, March, Epic Month. Let’s break this down.- Said Jack the Reaper.

– Around December a friend brought me in contact with nestorgames.com and they gave me the opportunity to be in charge of the art of one of their next boardgames, one about ninja factions’ fights, awesome! During February and March I’ve been working on the art for the board, the cards and the counters of the game and The house of the flying blades and it’s expansion pack, The temple of the flying blades is now in production. I. Am. So. Excited.

Down here you can see some of the sketches I did when planning the content of the cards and a basic colour comp for the board. Bear in mind, these are not final pieces.

– Also between February and March I have worked in a map for a LARP/RPG related project commissioned by a writer. The map hasn’t been shown up yet but I thought I’d share some of the elements I composed into it. I worked the map and the elements surrounding it traditionally and in separate sheets and then composed it afterwards in Photoshop. What you can see here are some of the ink and watercolour drawings, more specifically the ones of the monsters that framed the world and relate to the mythology of the world I was mapping. This commission sky rocketed me out of my comfort zone and for that I am grateful that I decided to take it. I hope I will be able to show the entire thing soon.

– Last but not least, let me tell you about Crashed Asteroid, a project I have in common with Bamidala. A few months ago we got together and brought in some friends to put together a 92 full colour pages anthology of comics and illustrations tributing Jules Verne, one of the fathers of science fiction and steampunk. We have a table lined up at the comic village for the London’s MCM in May, where we will be first selling it. Being in charge of a book has been a great experience but so time consuming if you consider that we were contributing pages to it as well as managing everything. About my contribution, let me tell you it is seven pages long, full colour and displays a coming of age type story related to Verne-esque trips. Here I experimented in every aspect possible: style, finishing, colour and process. I spent an average of two days per page and I executed it almost entirely while listening to “Space Oddity” in replay. For now, I’d like to introduce you the ilustrious members of the Verne Society:

I hope you have enjoyed this catch up post. See you around for an update on The Egmont-Disney Meeting, all kinds of information and previews concerning Crashed Asteroid’s first publication and more.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Hello everybody!

I’m back, I’m an architect, I’m well and have rested more than enough over the past month after presenting my final project. So it is about time I get back to work. I’ve put some Disney Egmont course’s material together for your eyes only. You will notice almost everything is quite unfinished. We work at crazy pace so most of the time I just pray for my stuff to be understood. XDD
Explanations for the exercises are provided in each image’s description.

¡Hola a todos!

He vuelto, estoy licenciada, estoy fantásticamente y me he pasado un mes entero descansando después de presentar el proyecto, así que creo que ya iba siendo hora de volver a las andadas. He aquí material vario de los dos primeros talleres intensivos del curso de cómic Disney sólo para vosotros, mis fieles seguidores (y también para los infieles que me ponéis los cuernos, me encantan los cuernos, muy mori). Observaréis que casi todo tiene un acabado bastante penoso. En los workshops trabajamos a matacaballo y casi todo el tiempo simplemente voy rezando para que se entiendan los dibujos y no me tenga que comer el comentario de “Si me lo tienes que explicar de palabra es que no está bien” que pese a ser merecido, fastidia. XDD
Las explicaciones de los ejercicios se encuentran en la descripción de cada imagen.

Coming soon/ Próximamente:

– Doctor Who fanbook collaboration and trip to MCM London comicon ’13

– Continuing the superheroes battle, #8

Donald

Well, the Disney course started last week so I thought I’d drop a couple of lines about the first days learning the Disney comics ways.

The course is split in a series of intensive workshops, which I appreciate since I still have my final project to wrap up and finish and having to attend regular classes would really mess my schedule up. It was a very intense, heavily packed experience of enterprise profiling, tradition communicating, drawing master classes and high speed storytelling and Donald Duck drawing exercises, corrections included.

The level of awesome of the guys standing in front of us and sharing all the secrets of the craft is mindblowing, guys. And they’re communicative and open and don’t seem willing to keep a single thing to themselves, which I very much appreciate.

They insisted a lot in everything having to do with the expressivity and dynamism in the poses of the characters to reinforced gags and feelings througout the stories, in the direction of the reading in the storytelling, on how to use perspective to the advantage of the script and in the importance of tracing and copying from references to educate our hand in mastering not only Disney characters, but anything and everything we want to learn how to draw (dear me, I do think that’s a good advice, you can set me on fire).

I enjoyed the workshop thoroughly and I feel I’ve already learnt a lot already and my thought of being in a place where I can push my skills forward are now reinforced.

Enough rambling! Any doubts?

I btw do realise that the two languages blog is not working too well when the posts get long (which has been happening more and more lately. Damnit, wasn’t this a comic and illustration blog?!).

Only three days left for this year’s checkpoint, so excited! See you February the 1st 🙂

If you dare cross this threshold, be aware that indescribable horrors with unutterable names await in the stygian darkness, furtive creatures from beyond all the known stars. Expect only madness and despair ahead… in Disney style!

What can I say, people? I’m exhausted. This has been a 40+ hours labour divided among the sleeping time of the past week and a half. And it feels good to show it to the world. We can easily say that this is what my mind looks like. It is, after all, built up from all my major obsessions in life.

Horrores innombrables acechan en la oscuridad impenetrable del mundo, provocando en quienes los contemplan solo desesperación y locura… ¡con estilo Disney! 

Tras más de cuarenta horas de trabajo sacadas todas de mis horas de sueño de la última semana y media puedo enseñaros por fin algo que es muy personal para mi, ya que proviene de la larga incubación de mis principales obsesiones en la vida:

1. Giant Octopuses/Pulpos gigantes
2. Victorian fashion/Moda victoriana
3. Steel greenhouses from the XVIII and XIX century/Invernaderos de acero del S.XVIII y XIX
4. Jumanji
5. German expressionism/Expresionismo alemán
6. Piranesi’s engravings/Los grabados de Piranesi
7. H.P. Lovecraft
8. The heart of Darkness/El corazón de las tinieblas

The attack of the accursed octopus of doom and madness

Enjoy & share! ¡Disfrutad y compartid!

The other night santiagu caught me off guard when he sent me some file named “fanart” through dropbox and told me “Maybe that will ring a bell”. When I opened it this is what I saw:

La otra noche santiagu me pilló desprevenida enviándome vía dropbox un .jpg llamado “fanart”, “A ver si te suena” me dijo. Cuando lo abrí me encontré con esto:
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His awesome version of the two characters involved in Wallflower! He says it’s not finished but I just couldn’t wait any longer. It’s a lovely personification of the girls and he managed somehow to nail it with the colours even though the comic is B/W. Go give the boy himself some love in his blog now!

¡Su genial versión de las protagonistas de Wallflower! Aunque el dice que no está terminado he tenido que colgarlo, no podía esperar. Me encanta como quedan las chicas en su estilo y además ha conseguido misteriosamente dar en el clavo con los colores a pesar de que el cómic está en B/N. Id a mostrarle un poquito de aprecio a su blog, ¡aaahora!

About the bilingual blog rant, I’ve been resisting this for almost three years cause I dislike having posts written in two languages all the time. I think it causes a bit of confusion and the tags part is real trouble but ever since wordpress started showing visit rates per country and I realised at least 33% of my traffic comes from spanish speaking countries I have decided that having a bilingual blog is less time consuming, less confusing and a better option than anything else at least until I can figure out how to get a language change button option or think of something else. Until then, a bilingual blog shall this one be.

En cuanto a lo del blog bilingüe, es algo a lo que me he resistido durante casi los tres años de existencia de este blog. No me gustaba la idea de publicar posts en dos idiomas distintos y además cuando llegamos al asunto de las etiquetas bilingües ya se vuelve una locura de cara a la gestión. Pero desde que wordpress muestra los ratios de visitas por país me he dado cuenta de que al menos el 33% de mi tráfico proviene de países en que se habla en castellano y la verdad es que un blog bilingüe es a día de hoy la opción que menos tiempo y confusiones me supone, al menos hasta que encuentre una solución mejor. Hasta entonces este blog será bilingüe.

I think this is the most I’ve ever written in this blog. Ever. xD // Creo que este post tiene el récord de número de palabras del blog con diferencia. xD

This week I got my belated birthday present from my family, a Wacom Intuos5 tablet. I’ve always had mixed feelings about graphic tablets as I have never found them confortable to draw on. I used to own a Graphire4 and even if it was great for digital painting I never got the hang of it for drawing. But the Intuos5 works fantastic and I’m determined to get over past experiences and get the hang of drawing in the graphic tablet. I thought it would take really long and the process would be very frustrating at the beginning but yesterday I did a fast doodle just to try it out and the result wasn’t that different from what I can do on paper so it seems it’s going to be lighter and faster than I had thought. 🙂

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Self-explanatory tittle there. For the ones not knowing what lacasitos are, follow this link.

And, Happy 2012 to everybody! Thanks for being there, reading. Let’s go for another year! I must say I feel very excited about 2012, lots of expectations and plans and projects!

Love,

WyC

And this is how I celebrated.

This is, btw, a remake of an older sketch. Even if it’s not yet February, I couldn’t help comparing… *grin

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The Metrosexual Wrestler.

Restless Wrestlers

Restless Wrestlers II

Sneak a Peak

Just a quick post to let you know that an illustration by me was featured along with the first entry of a very interesting article at ikonoklash.com. I really suggest that you go read it, and keep an eye on the guys, cause they’re doing very interesting stuff:

And that’s it for the day. Keep it cool, now that spring is finally coming (to Barcelona at least) 🙂

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