Friday, February 26, 2010

Black Metal

I did some artwork for a Metal band from Australia called Adamus Exul and you can see it on their Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/exul
Looks pretty interesting, I like what they did with the layout. And maybe you can also discover their music if you're into Black Metal.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Thoughts on linework

I was looking at the blog of another comic artist and loved the sketchiness, the wobbliness and the humanity he is bringing to his work. Everything is done freehand, and with a light hand. No pure straight lines, no rulers, no 'illustrator' or 'vector' shapes. Just a tremendous energy, as if the lines are vibrating, moving, frozen just for an instant to show you a shape or a motion.
It's not far from Chinese ink painting actually, where everything is drawn directly in ink, hand completely in the air and not touching the table.
I'm hating more and more that super clean, rigid, overly stylized dead linework that some comic artists have chosen. I hate the over-obsessing on the lineweight, on shaping a spotted black, on defining an object according to some stylized - sometimes stolen - artificial idea of what it is. I hate the tremendous waste of time they spend drawing/inking something that will look dead, fossilized by over thinking, over drawing, over erasing. I think too much control on the lineart only reflects fear, and that fear makes the art look dead.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Preview Graphic Novel

I've decided to post the first 2 pages of my graphic novel project (title still secret). They give just a hint of the mood, the style, and a bit of story. Not much. At least you can see the artistic style and choices I'm going for, and yes it will be all in black and white, lettered by hand.
The story setting allows me to visit or revisit themes that I like, the road movie, the American South West, the desert, the quest for something else, moving constantly in search of something other.
Just a note on the technical side: everything is done digitally now, on a Macbook Pro and a Wacom Intuos 4, from pencils to finished product. Entirely paperless and made in a lot of different places since the Macbook allows me to work virtually from anywhere now. I truly believe this is the way of the future for artists. Nothing can compare to the portability and freedom of the digital environment (okay, drawing on paper is still great, I'm talking more from a production standpoint at the moment).


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Set

Just a very quick sketch (15 minutes) of a location/set thing, focusing on values and lighting more than shapes. Interesting exercise very different from my usual style: all line art.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Something a bit different

I have an odd idea to do my own version of the Robin Hood story, something that would be rather radical. Not sure if I'll ever do something with it though, because this story is a bit played out. But I did some concept art for it some time ago, mostly character design, and here is a sketch of Loxley, the Robin Hood of the story. Hope you guys like it.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snipe Hunting

I did some work for hire for a zuda project called Snipe Hunting. Here is some concept art for one of the characters. Yes, an evil clown. Who plays baseball. When he doesn't kill people that is.
There is a very nice 80s horror movies/Stephen King vibe to this story. Hopefully you can read it soon.


Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Another tease...

Alright, here is one more panel from page 1 of my new graphic novel project (I'll keep the title secret for now). More of driving in the desert and rambling about things... maybe. Things are going to change pretty soon though.
I'm enjoying tremendously working in black and white and basically focusing a lot on the inking. My pencils on this are extremely basic, sometimes just construction lines. I draw a lot during inking, and I embrace all the mistakes, the misshapen objects, the wobbly lines, yes all of it. It's very liberating.
By the way my writing is also a bit of the same, just a rough outline and I really write the words during the layout phase. There's a lot of improvisation basically, which is fine. Keeps it fresh for me.
Sometime I'll talk about my process if anybody cares to know.


Monday, February 08, 2010

In Between

At the moment I'm a little bit in between things, with a lot of projects accumulating but waiting on decisions to start. That's a bit frustrating, especially since those projects are extremely exciting but in the meantime that gives me a chance to work on my new graphic novel project. It's a black and white story, not as genre oriented as my past endeavors and with a more serious/deeper tone. I'm writing and drawing it, and I do everything by hand even the lettering. At the moment 3 pages are done, but I'll start by showing you just one panel if you guys don't mind. I'm going to work on this seriously and down the road I have a few publishers, and maybe some agents, lined up.