Monday, August 18, 2008

Marker Quickies :: Workshop

Few quickies with markers on an A3 (~30x42cm) plain paper. Workshop, Summer 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008

Tribute to dan-sch :: The Fowl

Speed painting with PS. Still testing stuff...

Dan Schkade (as dan-sch) is one of the most impressive young comic artists I've met on the internet. He has a gift making gripping and remarkable detective/action comic stories. And his own main character "The Fowl" has
a beautiful dark persona that could be compared with such figures as "The Shadow", "Batman", [...] though it's also a totally different, filled with drama, eke snappy and sublime player' in it's own way. I could go on and on talking, and this isn't just about the character. you should go and check out dan-sch's art gallery on

So... This time I decided to make a tribute for Fowl and draw a "Fowl car" for him! :) Dan-sch was pleasantly surprised. And I did felt like it was worth making it. - Cheers man!

"The Fowl" © by Dan Schkade

Few snapshots of the finished fragments and the same fragments with textures and blurring added.
I'm not that good at it yet, but what the heck! I'm going to learn it someday! :))

back to work'n'roll !!!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Collab :: Patricio Betteo + PauZak

This week
I found a cute little coloring contest on and had an oportunity to join in a collaboration with one of the world's finest illustrators, period - Patricio Betteo from Mexico!

Coloring and textures done with PS

On the left - a previous state of the image - original lineart that I used for coloring. I also copied it, pasted and flipped so it would look cooler (as Betteo says). And it does! :]

You should totally drop an eye on this awesome artist's betteo365.blogspot, deviantart page and latest book of his called the
"Never Ever After". Notice the colors, the delicate and loose drawing style and indescribable creativity that reflects in every piece of art this man has done. No doubt he's one of my favourite artists and inspirators.

Original lineart © Patricio Betteo

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Tools Of The Trade :: Work Station

Finally! ---
The dark days are gone... I made some money and
bought a 22 inch monitor few days ago. I can't imagine my work without it already! It's like... Working without it, would be like working without hands! hehe... drawing on PS through my little business class laptop with a 15 inch monitor, when half of it is framed by panels of color pallets n' stuff, was quite a rough thing. And a lot more difficult to draw, I must say.
Some of you readers e-mailed me questioning about the
requirements of an operating system needed to draw and what tools of the trade do I use myself.
The thing is, I have nothing very fancy to show you. I work on an old hp laptop that has already been removed from the marketing. And I'm doing just fine!
To make this post shorter and save our time, I'll just post some details:

Operating system - Win XP Home Edition SP2, 512 + 1024 RAM, Graphics - IMGA 950, HD - 49GB + 7GB recovery + 320GB External HDD Philips, Printer & Scanner - HP Photosmart 2575 all-in-one, and so on...
current desktop:

with my new LCD monitor: lenovo d221
(22" - 56.6 cm)
the image on the screen should be posted in few hours

...and a graphics tablet: wacom intuos3 A5

I'm pretty sure this is ALL you need to work just smoothly with 2D graphics :) even as a professional. Btw, if you're looking forward to an illustrators, animators career or smth like that, you might wanna check out the wacom cintiq products. I think it's the near future for EVERY artist.

The marvelous Cintiq 21UX