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Illustration

Rat Racer

Inks and Ecoline.

Still finding my way around these paints. I’ll need to experiment some more!

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Illustration Painting

Goblinette by the pond

This one was a bit of an experiment on doing a more finished pencil drawing and laying color on top with Ecoline. I finished things with some crayons and white gouache.

All in all, I’m happy with the result, but I was hoping for a more streamlined/quicker way to work… it was not too successful in that regard, although maybe once I have more familiarity with these paints and how they behave, it could be faster.

And it’s never a bad thing in my book to have more excuses to draw goblins!

Painting in watercolor of a goblin on a pier with a rat by her side.

The pencils:

Pencil drawing of a goblin on a pier with a rat by her side.

And a detail!

Close-up of a painting of a goblin on a pier with a rat by her side.
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Creatures Illustration Painting

The Opossum’s Song

An illustration from 2021. Gouache and watercolor on paper.

Prints available here!

Plus some close-ups and the rough sketch.

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Illustration

On to adventure

A small illustration I did as inking practice today.

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Doodles Illustration

Inky bits

I’ve been severely limiting the time I spend on social media lately, and it’s been great for my noggin. I still share things here and there, but I miss having a place to put things that’s not subject to the whims of algorithms and corporate-driven decisions, so I’m making my 38092843894293849284398th attempt to post here more often.

I plan on continuing the Hématite posts soon-ish, but in the mean time, I’ll probably just make some image posts to put here some of the stuff I’ve shared on social media. I’m thinking of maybe making some inspirations posts too, to share the work of artists I love.

So, here are some little ink drawings that I’ve made in the past year or so. More soon!

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Collaboration Comics Musings Process

Hématite – Part 1

During the last few months of 2017, Federico and I began to develop a story for a comic centered around a vampire girl. We thought it would be interesting to do a few posts about the project to share its journey, both its visual development and our experience in trying to get it published, and talk a bit about the things we learned along the way.

Federico came up with the initial concept for the story, and while the final plot changed quite a bit as we fleshed it out and expanded on it over time, it basically involved the idea of this vampire girl falling in love with a human, and a couple of subsequent events that I’m gonna keep under wraps to avoid spoilers. This early seed of a story gave us a starting point, and as we artists are wont to do, we started making some sketches, drawing and painting in search of our main character, and the mood and feel we wanted for our comic. Many ideas for a story or for its scenes can develop from visual explorations.

The first drawings I ever made of Hématite were these (plus a little sketch of Emile’s head — he’s the human she falls for):

Shortly after, I drew this character, a very early version of what would become Drunela, Hématite’s best friend (and another Emile!):

Drunela was initially just a different kind of vampire (more Nosferatu inspired) but as we continued to develop the universe of this story, we decided she needed to be something else — someone our vampires wouldn’t approve of: a ghoul.

I made a few early mood tests during my #septempera challenge of 2017:

And a couple more during my relaxed #inktober after that. As you can see in the previous images, I was searching for the right animal companion for Hématite, and here I found it! I also started to get closer to the final look of our heroine:

Later I made a quick first style test and drew this little sequence based on the outline we were putting together, but it left us both very unconvinced. I was not happy with the results at all. Federico did the colors for it and it improved some but still — the whole thing felt off:

We concluded that we liked the look of my previous Inktober images more, and switched to inking with a nib. I made this test and we both though that it quite captured the direction we wanted. The coloring style was not right yet but it felt like a solid place to build from.

So much, in fact, that we ended up including an updated version as a panel in the final comic:

And that’s where the thing pretty much took off! By now we had a decent idea of what sort of story we wanted to tell, and the style we wanted for it. We were ready to tackle some *actual pages*!

To be continued in Part II!

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Illustration Painting

Happy Holidays!

Have a wonderful holiday season! We wish you love and warmth and tasty treats and great books, and we hope 2021 sucks less! 🙂

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Creatures Illustration Painting

Septempera 2020

As it’s been my tradition for the past few years, during the month of September I made a bunch of little gouache paintings for my #septempera challenge. This time I came nowhere near to daily, which was expected as Federico and I are finishing our comic, but all things considered I think it was a pretty decent showing.

All these are quite small (roughly 7-8 cm per side) and painted in watercolor and gouache on watercolor paper.

I’ve put some of them up as prints on my Inprnt.

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Collaboration Illustration Painting

Collaborative Six Fanarts

We had such a great time with this challenge that we wanted to do some more in collaboration, but we didn’t take suggestions for this one (except for the Dude) and just painted things we’re both fans of instead!

The top row are my drawings, painted by Federico: the Dude Lebowski, Isaac the pirate, Doc Cochran. Painted with acrylics.

The bottom row are Federico’s drawings, painted by me: Deet, Grogro, Nadja. Painted the Grogro with acrylics, gouache for the other two.

We very much enjoy collaborating and it’s great to see how things turn out when we do, the results are always interesting and unexpected.