lunes, 30 de junio de 2008

Lord Eddard Stark

Done with A Game of Thrones, on with A Clash of Kings. Meanwhile, you get these quick character sketches :)
Today, Lord Eddard Stark, Hand of King Robert!



domingo, 29 de junio de 2008

Anime sketch ... the european way

This is a sketch of Bleach character Soi Fong, taichou of the second squad. I like how she fights, mostly using martial arts rather than those large, large zampakutous. However, I went for something different: first, I drew her the european style ... and then, I had her smiling :)

sábado, 28 de junio de 2008

Tiene mi Cuba un son ...

I spent some time in Cuba in 2002, working in Echeverria. Things were ... interesting there. Complejo, like they used to say. Nevertheless, people was amazing and the island is beautiful. We even got our own tropical storm (Helen). I had time to do some drawing also. This is one of the most famous views in Malecon, both in ink pen and watercolor


viernes, 27 de junio de 2008

jueves, 26 de junio de 2008

Konnichi wa!

I've seen in the stats that there seems to be a number of returning visitors here from Japan, so here is a watercolor based on a traditional painting of the country for you, guys! Dōmo arigatō gozaimasu

miércoles, 25 de junio de 2008

Amalfi in the coast of Italy



I don't know exactly why, but I just realized that these two sketches are not posted here. They are watercolor and ink, respectively: the same view from a gorgeous little village in the south of Naples. The ink one was done in Amalfi's own famous paper!
Also, they do the best meloncello and limoncello in the country :)

martes, 24 de junio de 2008

Don't you just love horses? Shadowfax!!

This one I made for an Internet friend who was very much into LotR and just loved horses. She also did amazing portraits of LotR characters! I sent the original by snail mail to her, also :) Watercolor, as usual

lunes, 23 de junio de 2008

A game of thrones: Arya Stark

After my quick Arya sketch, I went to detail this weekend. This is a worked version of Arya in the first book, based on my 8-years old niece Clara. My kid is not much of a fighter or adventurer, she rather likes reading and drawing, but she was the correct age and looks good with a sword. By the bye, Clara is afraid of dogs, so I don't think she would be much into wolves. Anyways ... :)

Second part of the Cazorla trip

First, we got lost in a small road, but found people (too) willing to assist ...



Finally, we found out that carrying just one CD on a long trip is not a good idea. Specially if it is Amaral :P

sábado, 21 de junio de 2008

And this was last year trip to Cazorla ...

I did these during a short trip to the mountains last year with some friends. Things were ... interesting, as usual.

First, Ana -the only one of us who cooks really well, offered herself to be in charge of the food...



Then, we just went to the market and tried to follow her list very, very literally ...



More to come sometime soon :)

viernes, 20 de junio de 2008

Winter is coming!

I'm reading right now a Game of Thrones, so I just thought I could do very quick drafts of the characters (5-10 minutes each). Meet Arya Stark :)



And here is a slightly more complex skecth of Jon I posted a long time ago.

miércoles, 18 de junio de 2008

Eowyn and Aragorn on their way to Helm's Gap


This is a very, very fast sketch I did back during TTT, I preferred Eowyn to Arwen (sorry, Arwen's fans :P), and I really missed the Glittering Caves scene. This one was fun, though.

martes, 17 de junio de 2008

Alas, the king!

Weeeell, I like him more as strider, but Aragorn is Aragorn with or without the crown :)

viernes, 13 de junio de 2008

Creepy, creepy wraiths

I guess these guys are a cool option to try inks and watercolor effects. I just drop a bit of water on the background and pressed a cloth against it to get the clouds.



jueves, 12 de junio de 2008

Hail to the king!

Yup, after Photoshop, it is ink and watercolor time! I just copied this one from master Cho, but, hey, that's how you learn :P

miércoles, 11 de junio de 2008

The devourer of suns

I rather prefer Dark Phoenix from the comics than from X Men last stand. Famke Janssen is good, but the script lacks that cosmic thing I liked so much. So, let's put both things together ... step by step.

First things first, I need a drawing that looks like Famke Janssen's Phoenix. At least a bit, I hope. I did this in Photoshop and then passed it through Illustrator to filter my shaky pulse :P



Now I give flat colors to the BW sketch. Mostly red, you see :)



Now, for a bit of depth, shadow and light layers above the colored thing



We need a nice, cosmic nebula, so I just used a radial gradient from orange to black and a Clouds layer in Overlay mode to get this. I removed the borders to blend them into the background also.



An Phoenix is all about fire, you see? I just adapted the well known tutorial about how to write letters on fire to a white mask of Jean's contour. It's not as flashy as text, but it does the trick.



Of course, the sun devourer needs a supernova, so I went for a very simple tutorial on planet exploding which basically uses the same technique than the fire and introduced some modifications of my own.



Ops! No visible fire with all those explosions and such. And it took me a while to get there! So I change the layer mode and ... tadaaaaaa



Here is a link to a wallpaper size version, in case you like it :)

martes, 10 de junio de 2008

domingo, 8 de junio de 2008

Out of memory

I'm feeling like Dori lately :P And that sorts of remind me that I've got to fix a date to go diving in brief :)



Ecolines!

sábado, 7 de junio de 2008

jueves, 5 de junio de 2008

Death and Mucha


A favorite painter of mine and one of the nicest characters in comicbooks all together:

miércoles, 4 de junio de 2008

Lara Croft, Tomb Raider I

I can't say I liked the first movie (the second one being a totally different issue), but, hey, Angelina Jolie fits the rol quite well :P


martes, 3 de junio de 2008

My mean ol' capt'n ...

I just read the second Serenity miniseries issue#2 and remembered why I like Mal so much :) Lucky Inara!



lunes, 2 de junio de 2008