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!


Inktober 2015




















Here’s my attempt at doing this year Inktober, I only made it to day 19…


Animal Patterns

There’s a lot of stuff that I don’t really post because there’s quite a while between the time I make it and the time it’s published, and I end up forgetting :/

I thought I’d start to remedy that, so here’s some of the pages I made of a coloring book series for Dover, called Playful Pictures: Animals. I had a lot of fun creating all these animal themed patterns, and there’s a LOT more in the book. I inked these traditionally with a brush, and the one in color (used in the book’s back cover) was colored digitally in Photshop.

Hay muchas cosas que, por el tiempo que pasa entre que las hago y que finalmente se publican, me termino olvidando de mostrar :/

Para empezar a remediar la cuestión, acá van algunas páginas que hice para un libro para colorear de Dover, que se llama Playful Pictures: Animals. Me lo pasé genial haciendo todos estos diseños repetibles con animalitos, y en el libro hay unos cuantos más. Entinté todo de manera tradicional con pincel, y la imagen en color (que se usó en la contratapa del libro) la coloreé en Photoshop



Tank Girl!



A little portrait of one of my favourite writers, Ursula K. Le Guin, because she’s pretty damn awesome and you should go read her books if you haven’t already. Ink and brush on paper.

Un retratito rápido de una de mis escritoras favoritas, Ursula K. Le Guin; recomiendo a todos que vayan ya mismo a leer sus libros si nunca lo han hecho porque son altamente geniales. Tinta y pincel sobre papel.


Alter Ego & Urban Sanctuary

Hi there! Here’s a couple of images I created for the collaborative blog The Clockwork Ballroom. They are topic #1: Alter Ego and topic #5: Urban Sanctuary. I’m on a personal quest to gain enough confidence in traditional media to produce most of my work this way; I don’t mind coloring and retouching digitally for the most part, but I still want to do as much as I can directly on paper cause I enjoy it a lot more, so I’m using these to further my adventures in that direction 🙂 First one (the comic addicted pig girl) is acrylic gouache on paper and the second one (balcony full of plants) is ink and watercolour on paper. Hope you like ’em!

Hola a todos! He aquí un par de ilustraciones que hice para el blog colectivo The Clockwork Ballroom para los temas #1: Alter Ego y #2: Urban Sanctuary. Estoy en una especie de quest personal cuyo objetivo es ganar la suficiente confianza con medios tradicionales como para hacer la mayor parte de mi proceso de este modo; generalmente no me molesta usar la compu para colorear y retocar pero quiero tratar de hacer todo lo que pueda directamente sobre papel porque la paso mucho mejor, así que estas cositas son mis intentos de seguir mis aventuras en esa dirección 🙂 La primera imagen (la chica-cerdo adicta a los comics) es gouache acrílico sobre papel, y la segunda (el balcón lleno de plantas) es tinta y acuarela sobre papel. Espero que les gusten!


Penelope Pitstop

Hey! Here’s something new, the awesome Julián Totino Tedesco recently invited us to participate on the collaborative blog WeekMeUp which has a different theme each week, this time it was the Hanna-Barbera character Penelope Pitstop and this is my version of it. I also took the opportunity to try out some color inks I got a couple of weeks ago, so this is all inks + a texture.

Hey! Acá va algo bien nuevo para el tema de esta semana del blog colaborativo WeekMeUp, al cual nos invitó recientemente el genial Julián Totino Tedesco. El tema de esta semana era el personaje de Hanna-Barbera Penelope Glamour, y esta es mi versión; aproveché la oportunidad para también probar unas tintas de colores que adquirí hace poquito, así que toda la ilustración está hecha en tinta + una textura arriba.



Hey all! Here’s an autumny doodle I made yesterday. Inked with a brushpen, colored in PS. Hope you like!

Jelou! Acá les va un dibujín otoñal que hice ayer. Entintado con brushpen, coloreado en PS. Espero que les guste!


Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser