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Well, hello there. I’ve been busy running from one place to another the whole spring but finally I have some time to sit down and write about stuff.

In May I’ve been to Barcelona for a Donald duck group mentoring session and to listen to Neil Gaiman (yes!) give a nice talk and I got his two last books signed. My pal Berta and I travelled to London for the MCM to launch our Jules Verne comic compilation that we put together during the winter. The sales went well and we met some really nice and talented people.

And during all this fuss, with me running from one place to another, the boardgame I illustrated this winter for nestorgames appeared in the online store. It is so exciting to see something I’ve done in the real world, printed and tangible!

Look! ūüėÄ

Now back to normal, there’s like a million things I’m taking care of, including more Donald Duck homework, a misterious baby shower gift I won’t unveil yet (don’t want to spoil the creative magic) and collaborations with several fanzines… Won’t get bored this first summer in ten years not living by the seaside.¬†

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I thought I’d take advantage of the fact that I’m doing some high standard personal work ¬†and show you a bit about how I work. I don’t think there’s anything special about this workflow. I just systematically incorporate to my process whatever advice I find sensible enough by more experienced people than myself. Lately Chris Oatley‘s advice and blog posts have had a major influence in me trying to alter my workflow, mainly in the reference studies part of the process.

 

Briefing

Pick three Jules Verne’s books and do a cover illustration for each to turn them into postcards.

Research and thumbnails

I chose “Journey to the center of the Earth”, “From the Earth to the Moon” and “The Steam House”. I did a little research on the books to refresh my memory, as I had read the three books a long time ago. I started thumbnailing as I read.

Once I was more or less certain of the direction I wanted to take, I started to gather reference and doodling a bigger version of the winners at the same time. In the research process I changed my mind and found another way to go with the “Journey to the center of the Earth” concept. We all know google works in mysterious ways and among the results of one of many search terms it threw at me was Caspar David Friedrich’s “Wanderer above the sea of fog”.

Full size rough sketches and reference gathering.

As I was sketching at the same time I was gathering my references, I could take this chance to change my mind about the concept for “Journey to the center of the Earth”. It is an organic process in which reference and sketches determine where each other will go next.

References for these three images include general matters such as composition, colour and lighting inspiration and also detail references, like mushrooms and dinosaur bones, certain poses and gestures, furniture, machines and architecture. Everything that will help me figure out the details in the final work.

Reference studies

The clean up is not the place and moment to face figuring out the details of the piece and after all the time spent selecting relevant references it’s worth it spending some time studying it in order to learn, plan and figure things out. I had never drawn dinosaur bones or mushrooms, I wasn’t aware of their variety. And for sure I had never drawn a mechanical “dancing” elephant anthro thing. So I spent some time making sure I learnt how some things worked like buried dinosaur skeletons, mushrooms, hands stirring tea, how does an explorer hat fit or how to bend the joints of my steam powered Ganesha.

Now, am I ready for cleaning this up or what?

To be continued…

I had the best of times in London at the Comic Con and I came back bursting with motivation. I met nice people there, had lots of fun and came back home empty handed cause folks, we sold everything! The Sherlock fanbook keeps selling like crazy and the Doctor Who fanbook couldn’t have had a brighter start. I really hope that everyone who brought one of them home has enjoyed them.

In between sales and walks to the toilet I had some time to doodle some Doctor Who fanarts and I even got to sell one of them! I was dwelling between sheer happiness and sincere amazement. Here are some of the doodles, including the one I sold, River Song’s one.

 

Me lo he pasado en grande en la Comic Con de Londres y he vuelto con las pilas cargadas y con mucha motivaci√≥n. Conoc√≠ a gente interesante, me divert√≠ much√≠simo y, lo mejor de todo, volv√≠ a casa con la maleta vac√≠a porque, si se√Īores, ¬°lo vendimos todo! El fanbook de Sherlock sigue arrasando y el de Doctor Who ha empezado con muy buen pie. Espero que todos los que se llevaran una copia a casa lo hayan disfrutado.

Entre venta y venta y descontando los paseillos al ba√Īo me dio tiempo de dibujar un poquitillo de nada. Hice, sobre todo, fan arts de Doctor Who y al final consegu√≠ incluso vender uno de ellos, este asunto todav√≠a me tiene en √©xtasis. Aqu√≠ ten√©is algunos de los dibujillos que hice, inclu√≠do el que vend√≠, el de River Song.

Esta semana el workshop de Disney ha interrumpido la constancia de la batalla de superh√©roes. Mientras recupero tiempo y encuentro un rato para garabatear algo contra el Profesor X y, de paso, os cuento qu√© tal fue el workshop, os dejo aqu√≠ el portafolio tal y como lo ense√Ī√© en la revisi√≥n que me meti√≥ en el curso de Disney. Casi todo son cosas que ya habr√©is visto si me segu√≠s con cierta regularidad pero incluso en ese caso encontrar√©is 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.

Todos tenemos un pasado, es un hecho. Buscando en el ba√ļl de los recuerdos un amigo ha encontrado estas joyas milenarias… es casi arqueolog√≠a, jajajaja. Est√°n fechados en 2002 y creo que eso los hace del material m√°s antiguo m√≠o que existe.¬†Son geniales, aparte de los topicazos, los interrogantes que se plantean en cuanto a d√≥nde va cada cosa y como se sujetan algunas vestimentas. Creo que me voy a estar riendo una semana. ¬°Disfrutad!

We all have a past, it’s pure fact. A friend gave me a huge surprise this evening when he emailed me these ancient jewels he dug up from an old cd. Ar-che-o-lo-gy. They being dated 2002 makes them probably the oldest stuff that has been preserved. They’re so cool, if one is ready to ignore some flaws and stop questioning how do the clothes keep their place. Gawd, I might never stop laughing. Enjoy!

 

Universo

The Universe, as depicted during a philosophy lection in high school. 2002

Young wolves

Kerish y Sail. Some characters having something to do with chat roleplaying. Good old times.

Sail

Sail, more roleplaying characters stuff.

Sail and Kerish

Again, Sail and Kerish, even more chat roleplaying stuff.

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

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 desesperaci√≥n y locura… ¬°con estilo Disney!¬†

Tras m√°s de cuarenta horas de trabajo sacadas todas de mis horas de sue√Īo de la √ļltima semana y media puedo ense√Īaros por fin algo que es muy personal para mi, ya que proviene de la larga incubaci√≥n 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 alem√°n
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!

Next illustration's preview

What are these two poor souls running from? They certainly look scared. ]:)

Also, first attempt to a more “disney” kind of drawing. The girl came out a bit too Barbucci s:

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