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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.

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Doodles Illustration Painting

Victoria’s Six Fanarts

Earlier this year I did a few little pieces based on popular characters, for a social media thing called #sixfanarts. I chose my favorite suggestions and painted these:

The characters are: Asterix, Frodo Baggins, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mafalda, Skeletor and Snufkin.

All of them were painted with acrylic inks, it was a great excuse to experiment and do some pressure-free art and get rid of some of the quarantine mental cobwebs.

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Illustration

Septempera 2019

A few of my favorite gouache paintings I made for the #septempera challenge from last year — a (semi) daily gouache painting challenge I started in 2017. I probably won’t manage to do it this year, but I’ll miss it for sure.

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Illustration News

Ronan the Librarian

Barbarians don’t read, they raid! …or do they?

Ronan the Librarian is a lovely, funny picture book written by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie that I had the immense pleasure to illustrate. A love letter to books, libraries and librarians, I couldn’t have asked for a better fit — I loved working on this story!

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Illustration Process

Faun process

I’m really bad at keeping up with it, but I always come back to thinking how much I miss blogs and forums as places to go for things I’m interested in, as opposed to the constant influx of everything on social media. So again I’m hoping I can maybe return to posting here more often, even if consistency is clearly too high of an expectation for me at this point.

I painted this faun commission a few months ago, and shared the process of both painting and digital tweaking over on Twitter. I thought it would be a good idea to share it here too for easier access/archive, and as an excuse to give a bit more life to this little corner of the internet of ours.

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Illustration

Boar Apprentice


Adding another recent painting to the blog! Plus some details because those are always fun to see, right? Gouache on paper. After trying many brands and textures I think this paper is my favorite by far: Hot Pressed Fabriano Artistico traditional white. A true pleasure to use.


Sigo agregando algunas cosas más recientes al blog! Con detalles de cerca y todo, que siempre están buenos de ver. Gouache sobre papel – creo que después de probar muchos finalmente encontré mi papel favorito: Fabriano Artistico blanco tradicional en textura satinada. Es un placer de usar.