Monday, June 30, 2008

Lord Eddard Stark

Done with A Game of Thrones, on with A Clash of Kings. Meanwhile, you get these doodles. Today, Lord Eddard Stark, Hand of King Robert! A 5 minutes one and another with a casting call in mind (this goes way before the TV series)

Sunday, June 29, 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 -totally out of character-

Friday, June 27, 2008

Little Luci

This is my other niece (Clara's baby sister) just being herself :)

Thursday, June 26, 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

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Amalfi in the coast of Italy

Watercolor and ink sketches of the same view from Amalfi, a gorgeous little village in the south of Naples. The ink one was done in Amalfi's own famous paper. Also, they produce the best meloncello and limoncello in the country :)

Tuesday, June 24, 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

Monday, June 23, 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 way, Clara is afraid of dogs, so I don't think she would be much into wolves. Anyway ... :)


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

But, hey, we managed to do some rafting!

Saturday, June 21, 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 ... 

Friday, June 20, 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.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 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.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Alas, the king!

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

Friday, June 13, 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.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Hail to the king!

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

Wednesday, June 11, 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

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Shoot 'em up!

Back to dear ol' tablet and killing zombies all around! Alice rulz! My digital painting, not so much

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Death and Mucha

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

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Lara Croft, Tomb Raider movie

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

Monday, June 2, 2008