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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!

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

Esta semana el workshop de Disney ha interrumpido la constancia de la batalla de superhéroes. Mientras recupero tiempo y encuentro un rato para garabatear algo contra el Profesor X y, de paso, os cuento qué tal fue el workshop, os dejo aquí el portafolio tal y como lo enseñé en la revisión que me metió en el curso de Disney. Casi todo son cosas que ya habréis visto si me seguís con cierta regularidad pero incluso en ese caso encontraréis alguna sorpresilla.

The superheroes battle has been discontinued this week due to the Disney workshop. While I find time to catch up and draw someone to fight against Professor X and, why not, talk to you a bit about the workshop itself, I’m leaving here for your eyes only my portofolio as it was in January for the review for the Disney course. If you’re a more or less constant follower you’ll have seen almost everything by this time but even if that is the case there are some things won’t have seen yet.

Earlier this week Santi went all pulp choosing the Man-Thing against my Swamp Thing. Perfect excuse for finally making the Delirium fanart I’ve been wanting to do for ages. Cause, imagine poor Man-Thing and his highly empatic neuronal net against the burst of incoherent feelings that is Delirium. Teehee.
On top of that, I think we were getting short of girls, cause even if you call the Swamp Thing and Man-Thing things, they’re still male based things.

For this post and specific piece I took lots of inspiration (face and neck position and hair) from an illustration by Joshua Middleton. I deeply admire this guy beyond reason and I fell in love with the delicacy of his Delirium commission from Wondercon the minute I saw it.

I twisted the expression a bit and completely changed the pose.

Delirium of The Endless

So, up to Santi finding something that can defeat her. I know who I’d go for, but only for laughs, but we’ll see what he does.

Also, from now on you can find the list of all the previous rounds in the Battle Time! tag at the top right side of the main page, next to About.

No, todavía no nos hemos aburrido de dibujar superhéroes. Esta semana Santi sacó a Aquaman contra la Antorcha Humana y hoy contraataco con, ni más ni menos que La Cosa del Pantano. Para quienes no lo sepan la Cosa del pantano es más bien una conciencia incorpórea que puede trasplantarse a cualquier ser vivo vegetal. Eso hace que los ataques físicos sirvan de poco contra ello y hace que mole mucho. 

Sigo insistiendo en el speed-painting. Hay partes de Swampy que me dan esperanzas de cara al futuro.

¡Cuidado Aquaman, que vamos a por ti!

Nope, we’re not yet bored of the superhero game. Earlier this week Santi pulled Aquaman against the Human Torch and today I’m getting back at him with the Swamp Thing. The Swamp Thing, sweet little creature, is more of a bodyless consciousness that can trasplant itself into any vegetal lifeform. He is therefore super cool and almost invulnerable to physical attacks.

I keep insisting in painting. I think I might be starting to figure out how to do it. Some pieces of Swampy give me hope for the future.

Watch your back, Aquaman!

Swamp Thing LowRes

In previous rounds of the Battle:

#1 Jubilee

#2 The Human Torch

#Aquaman

Hello folks!

So friend and kickass artist Santi and I teamed up for a collaborative just-for-fun superhero drawing battle. The rules are simple:

1. We have 3-4 (or more xD) days to draw the superhero that we think would win the last superhero the other drew.

2. All works: all publishers, all universes.

3. The game goes on until we’re bored or there are no more superheroes left that we can recall of. No repeating!

Santi started last week with Jubilee. And I say… “Human Torch! I choose you!” (Cause this is pretty much like pokemon xD)

Human Torch Lalala peq

For reasons that are impossible for me to articulate it got into my head that this was the best moment to start trying speed painting even if my brain kept on telling me “You don’t actually know how to paint”. Well… guess I had to start some time, right? Just ignore the flames… I was like… “this was going to be speed painting! I’m over this.”

Tell us what you think. Who would win this battle, Jubilee or Johnny?

Previous battle entries:
#1. Jubilee

It’s that time of the year again!  Yes, the time when I do a fast sketch of Ororo Munroe (Storm) and get very happy because I see I got better comparing it to the one I drew last year.

So, first, last year’s Ororo:

Now, 2013’s Ororo.

 


2013 Ororo

2013 Ororo 2

 

I’m ashamed of her left arm, it’s awful, honestly. I clearly need to draw a few hundred hands and arms this year!

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 🙂

to let you all know that today I had my portfolio review with the art director of Egmont creative and on top of getting really good feedback, I got into the Disney comic course I wrote about in my last post. I’m really happy right now. *grin

Classes start on Monday! Step by step, I’m getting closer to the resolution that made me start this blog.

Solamente quería escribir unas líneas para contaros que esta mañana he tenido mi revisión de portafolio con el director de arte de Egmont creative y que me han seleccionado para el curso de cómic Disney que van a llevar a cabo en conjunto con la Escola Joso durante este año, asunto del que ya hablé en mi último post. Estoy super contenta *grin

¡Las clases empiezan el Lunes! Pasito a pasito, cada vez más cerca de mis aspiraciones.

We are getting closer to February, by the way, and we all know that means Checkpoint! Aren’t you guys longing to see Ororo again? I am.

Click on the image to access the .cbr file

Why? Did you like it? Share it! Scroll down and you’ll find multiple options for doing so 🙂 //¿Te ha gustado? ¿Por qué no lo compartes? Al final del post encontrarás varias opciones para difundir el post. 🙂

What? The cbr extension doesn’t work for you? That’s okay, I uploaded it to DeviantART too. // ¿Que no tienes un software para leer cbr o una plataforma que lo soporte? Que no cunda el pánico, también lo he subido a DeviantART.

 

Well, the manga convention weekend here in Barcelona was pretty intense and I had lots of fun meeting good old friends. I’ll talk about these days in a different post at the end of this week, when everything’s more settle down. Now I just want to drop a few lines to let you know that I decided to make Wallflower downloadable in cbr format so you all should be able to access this file with any electronical device and a software that reads the comic book reader format. Just click on the image and download it. Also, spread the word, share it, copy it, resend it, just don’t try to make money out of it, it’s not meant for that! I just want this little child of mine to reach as much people as possible and be seen. And remember, the printed version can be found in 2012’s Lis en Fleur fanzine along with some amazing works by up to twenty talented artists.

Bueno, ya se ha acabado el salón, que ha sido muy intenso y divertido. Hablaré de eso al final de la semana porque ahora mismo estoy bastante liada. Solo quería postear algo rápido para invitaros  todos a descargaros la versión digital de “Wallflower” haciendo click en la imagen. El archivo puede visualizarse desde cualquier soporte electrónico con un software que lea la extensión de archivo .cbr. Os remito a Google o la tienda de apps de vuestros smartphones (seguro que hay algún lector gratuito 🙂 ). Si os gusta, compartidlo y extendedlo, a lo único que aspiro con estas modestas seis páginas es a que las vea cuanta más gente mejor. Por favor, no intentéis hacerlo pasar por vuestro o sacar dinero con el, ¡no está hecho para eso! Recordad que podéis encontrar la versión impresa en el fanzine Lis en Fleur de este año, junto con los trabajos de otras 19 artistazas.

Haters gonna hate but just in case let me warn you that if you, for some reason, dislike LGB stories you are not going to like this one and I strongly recommend that you don’t insist on reading it. This is non-explicit material. Thank you. ^^ // Quiero aprovechar para advertir desde ya que si hay alguien con prejuicios hacia las historias de temática LGB probablemente se sienta ofendido por esta historia, muy a mi pesar. Por favor, si tienes esta clase de prejuicios, ignora este post y no descargues las páginas, sólo conseguirás incomodarte innecesariamente. Estás avisad@. No contiene material explícito. Gracias. ^^

Edit: Remember that santiagu made an awesome depiction of the girls a couple of weeks ago. Ace stuff.

Solo recordaros que santiagu dibujó su genial versión de las chicas de Wallflower hace un par de semanas.

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