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!
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!
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*!
I had the opportunity to do some illustrations for the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Strategy Guide a few months ago and the book was officially released on Monday so I’m finally able to post them!
As some of you may know I’m a huge fantasy geek and I love roleplaying games and I spent numerous Sunday afternoons in my hometown playing D&D with friends. When I took this sort of cartoon-ish direction with my artwork I thought I was closing that door forever so this was quite a big deal for me, I loved doing these illos and I’m super excited to show them to you! I hope you like them!
Hace algunos meses hice estas ilustraciones para la Guía de Estrategia para Jugadores de Dungeons & Dragons y como el lunes la lanzaron a la venta ya las puedo mostrar!
Como algunos de ustedes sabrán, me encanta la fantasía, y he pasado varias tardes domingueras rosarinas jugando rol. Cuando me decanté por este estilo más cartoon pensé que estaba cerrando esa puerta para siempre así que este fue un proyecto muy grosso para mí, lo disfruté muchísimo y me emociona mucho poder mostrar estas ilus, espero que les gusten!!!
What have macarons to do with fennec foxes? Nothing! But me and Clo were talking about how awesome and pretty and delicious macarons are, and I was browsing this blog made out of pure cuteness: Zooborns in the meantime and well… one thing led to another and this is what came out of it. I hope you like it!
¿Qué tienen que ver los “macarons” con los zorros fénec? Nada de nada! Pero estaba charloteando con Clo acerca de lo lindísimos y riquísimos que son los macarons mientras husmeaba por este blog lleno de criaturas megatiernas: Zooborns y me vino esto a la mente y bueh… espero que les guste!
Squirrels are among my favorite animals for sure, they’re cute, and agile, and so fun to observe! So I made this little pic out of pure squirrel love (once again, Illustrator + Photoshop).
Pigs are also high up on my list, as you may have concluded from the name of the blog, and they deserved some love as well, so I made this plush pig called Piggory here. I’m really happy about the pattern I developed for this one, I think the shape came out really nice. I’m also proud of its curly tail!
Las ardillas están entre mis animales favoritos: son tiernas, ágiles, y entretenidísimas de observar! Así que la primera ilus está hecha de puro amor ardillil (una vez más, Illustrator + Photoshop).
Los chanchitos (o cerditos, para los que no hablan argentino) también me encantan, como pueden haber deducido por el nombre de este blog, y también merecían una dosis de cariño, por lo que hice este peluche cerdil que bauticé como Piggory. Estoy particularmente contenta con el molde que hice para él, creo que la forma resultante quedó muy interesante, y también con su colita enrulada.
Two more! The Tom Waits is an early bday gift for my dear brother Ignacio (he’s a HUGE Tom Waits fan!) and Thom Yorke (second one) was suggested by the awesome Scott Altmann (or Scotters, as I like to call him), who is an extremely talented artist and an even better guy, check his blog out! I hope you like these!
Acá van dos más! El Tom Waits es un regalo (temprano) de cumpleaños para mi querido hermano Ignacio (que es GRAN fan) y el Thom Yorke fue una sugerencia de Scott Altmann (o Scotters, como me gusta decirle a mí) que no sólo es un gran artista sino una fantástica persona, si quieren pueden darse una vueltita por su blog! Espero que les gusten los retratos!