Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Drokk it!


I am just drawing an illustration for all the friends at 2000 AD Forums. As you can suppose, it's about Judge Dredd. Unfortunately I have not had enough time to finish it today, so by now I'm posting an old submission (circa 1996) to wish all of you a Very Very Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Unsuccessful Xperiments


Before I was deciding the style that finally I used, I did several tests to form Alan Moore's Hypothetical Lizard magic universe.
From the beginning I left the idea of using simple black & white art and I was getting excited about using textures and volumes.
This experiment was realized completely to pencil.
The result was hot, but I was not feeling portrayed the world of the hypothetical lizard.
Now, you are the first ones in seeing these examples. Not even my editor in Avatar knew of them.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Stars and stripes


Yep. Another sketch used to produce the final artwork for Marvel's trading card.
Altough Cap is so serious this time, I'm pretty sure he's saying Best Wishes and a Happy Christmas for all of you.
Like I do!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Call him Dodo



Work in progress for a book cover, containing the stories of Douglas Dodo Drexler, a troublemaker created and written by my brother for the magazine Pulp!
The character is basically what you see: a big tough ex-boxer, drinker, surrounded by danger, with lots of beer, blood and hole bullets.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Cimmerian's joke




An old drawing, an old joke... and an very old character.
I know that Lobo's joke is previous and more famous, but when I realized this drawing for the cover of a magazine, I could not avoid repeat it.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Escher-i-zation


That's me passing the baton to my son. No words. Only feeding bottles.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

D-a-d-d-y


Well, my friends. I've just become father. Two hours ago, Loren Jr. has made his appearance. Everything and everyone are fine!
And looking into my baby's face, I can tell you that this is one of the best works I've ever done, and I'm happy and proud to share this moment with you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

In a dark world



Proposal for Mool's one-shot cover. You have seen several pages of this series. And I am sure that you will see some more, 'cos it's one of my favorite works in a storytelling way.
In this sketch I wanted to show the duality of the character: the weak human being who holds the gem of blood which encloses inside the powerful and cruel god of shadows.
I did the same offer with a very few rudimentary colors as guide for a professional colourist, but I am not able to locate it.
Probably because it remains secret ... in the shadows.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fangs & virgins



"Many elaborate rituals were used to identify a vampire. One method of finding a vampire's grave involved leading a virgin boy through a graveyard or church grounds on a virgin stallion — the horse would supposedly balk at the grave in question..."
Another pencil illustration for a vampire's book.
Abandon All Good Taste, Ye Who Enter Herein!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

...But seriously


Pinup of my own Sword & Sorcery character: Sage.
I try to contribute personality in every drawing, and the image that transmits this illustration is exactly the wished one: nobility, force and determination.
You know, those were hard times, and Sage was a tough guy, so everything's compensated...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Welcome to house of dolls


An illustration for a suspense and romance story.
I used the resource of a porcelain doll because I always have felt fascinated by the immobile and cold faces of these white dummies.
It's a very detailed pencil work, replete with little details and full of textures.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Are you talkin' to me?



That's right.
This is the sketch of the Thing and Dr Doom's trading card that was used as illustration for the envelopes of the Marvel Origins collection.
I have found some of these sketches and believe that it is interesting to show them to compare with the final result.
Ben Grimm is saying the old DeNiro's motto: are you talking to me?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Blood in the snow



Another old illustration (1995). In this time, Weapon X.
I was amazed with the work realized by Barry W. Smith in the miniseries WX and this one was my recreation of the wildest wolverine.
At that time I was obsessed by every small detail of the drawing, and maybe this illus is so recharged, overloaded, with so little things, making it only clear in a great printing size.
Though I think that it's a powerful image of a small mutant in the middle of a great snowfall!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Look into his soul


This one is a cover for comics magazine. The character is Plague, protagonist of Mortualia (you've seen a couple of posts about him).
The forced first shot of the gun cannon is due to one thing: the magazine was including a CD, and the circle of the cannon had to coincide with the size of that CD.
I didn't like the idea, but I do like this illustration.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Wild Summer


Sorry, sorry, sorry: I've been so busy in the latter days. But I have just found some time to search in old folders and I've been able to locate drawings of my very early days as an artist.
This one is Cerebus's illustration that I drew for the Spanish edition of Conan the barbarian.
It was used to announce the launch of a summer special.
A wild one... of course.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Calling all spirits -UPDATE- STATUS: SOLD


Finished Hellboy's pin up.
At last, the fan who asked for a comm on the great red monkey prefers a more "heroic" illustration in the Mignola way, as I said in the previous post, and that's what he'll have. But I consider this drawing interesting enough to finish it and show it.
I am not in the habit of showing the paid commissions. When someone asks for a comm, the drawing belongs to him, who pays it, and no one else.
But in this case I can show it here (and in my gallery at the Comic Art Fans) because it does not have an owner and is ready for sale.
If you are interested in it, you can contact any time with me.
Even through the ouija board.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hell-Work in progress


Someone asked me about Hellboy's comm. After some sketches, I thought that it would be a good idea to show the main characters in a not-so-usual form. We all are accustomed seeing the great red monkey and his companions in heroic attitude fighting against monsters.
This one is my version of the hero: contacting with the world of the spirits in an very old fashion way.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Un- & -finished



Sketch and definitive drawing for a Cerebus' fan edition in Spanish.

I felt not very convincing the monsters in the rough, so I decided to change the approach of the illustration and realize a more powerful presentation of the Aardvark just as a clone of Conan.


The drawing is made in ink and a bit of digital retouch.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Marvel Origins Trading Cards For Sale (II)






Marvel Origins Trading Cards For Sale (I)



Hi, my friends: this is the first time I'm selling my original artwork. I'm gonna start selling the pencils destined to the Marvel Origins Trading Cards.
The price for every drawing is 65$ (shipping and handling not included).
Payment can be done with the paypal account you can see in this site or bank transfer (if you decide to do this last one, please ask for bank account).
This is not an auction. It is a fixed price for each page.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Mirror, mirror


Another old pencil illustration for a sexy vampires' monographic from Sal Quartuccio Prod.
I am very satisfied of several details of this drawing: the texture of the trousers, the sheen of the wash-basin and, especially, the game of the reflection in the mirror, where she meets reflected only where there is blood.
An old work.
As old as the vampires...

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Who are you? Who, who, who, who?



The House Without Clocks is a place of prostitution. Each resident has a peculiar characteristic or ability, such as vibrating of voice to induce pain or pleasure, imitating a corpse, and changing facial features to resemble anyone. All may come in handy in such a house.
For me, as an artist, it was a whole challenge to grant physical presence to these fictitious and charismatic characters.
These are the designs for two of them: Book and Foral Yatt.
If you don't know them, why just don't take a look to the books? You can still find them at http://tinyurl.com/5gz3h3

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Why so... potato?


This original illustration was just finished yesterday for the spanish Club Batman.
They asked me nicely for my collaboration with a drawing and this one is the result: Mr. J telling Mr. P how he got these nice scars...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Let's make a deal...

"You respect the life of the woman, and I let you live..."
One of few calm pages of the Ghost Wolf series.
A dialog scene between our Hero and the bad guy, which rotates ultimately for the betrayal of the shaded and sinister servant of The Widow.
The following page of the series might be entitled "red death under a white moon"...
No explanation.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Some merchandising



Many of you you have asked me if I will return to print T-shirts with some of my drawings. The response is: why not?
So if you want some personalized t-shirt, with some drawing or illustration showed in this blog, or some original ones, you only have to ask for.
This year, I'm your fashion drawer...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Blood and ink


In this page of the series Sage it is possible to estimate better on what I was saying in the last post.
For the character of Slam-Kath I used a manual plot consisted of hurried stripes. It was the bad guy of the history, so this style was giving idea of the unstable and coldness of his personality.
On the other hand, for the hero, Sage, and his father,Koryo, I preferred to use a harder and confirmed --almost photographic-- lighting, because in this way I could reinforce the idea of strengthness and seriousness of the characters.
A black and white offers a limited number of graphical resources, and it is necessary to know how to take advantage of them to the maximum.

Monday, August 25, 2008

From the dead


This one is the very first page of Sage, my own Sword and Sorcery character, edited by Planeta-DeAgostini in Spain and South America.
It was a very nice project, since my brother (author of the script) and I were trying to create a kind of hispanic Conan in a remote Spain.
We read a lot about History and made our own world, based on ancient deities and existing places.
In this time I was studying Luis García's art (not to confuse with another great Spanish artist: Jose Luis García López). And for this project I tried to use some of the resources used by him, as shadings based on manual plots and more expressive spots.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The brave and the bald


This is a simple cartoon that I did about my brother Grego and me.
My brother has been the scriptwriter of many of my comics, and in this particular drawing I wanted to represent not a scene of Heroic Fantasy like many people wanted to see, but our creative process of work: discussion, discussion and discussion.
My brother always was asking me to draw what he wanted in the way he felt it and I really was drawing what I wanted in the way I felt it.
Though in some occasion I respected his criterion.
Especially when he was coming from the gym...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tales from the outyard


Splash-page that was finishing the first chapter of the Ghost Wolf's second plot arch.
Here appears the character of "The Widow". A malignant and dangerous figure with a big magic sword, always surrounded by small creatures like the flies surround a corpse in decomposition.
But The Widow smells just a little better.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Presence of the Ghost


Ok. This one is the famous page wherefrom the last illustration comes. I must admit that it is one of my favorites. I continue thinking that the action and the used panel-shots are very cinematic. Ghost Wolf is a great character and this is a great page.
No more words are needed.
Only the presence.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

In the air tonight


This illustration (actually a single panel of a page) was used in my portfolio as advertising image of the series in wich I was working on. I did some T-shirts as well, and they were great!
For me this is the essence of the character. Ghost Wolf is a majestic, atmospheric and terrifying presence more than a real person. If you are the good guy, you can consider yourself lucky enough of feeling his presence, but if you are of the bad guys...
Well, I hope you know some prayers before he --real or not-- approaches up to you.
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wake up with the Devil...



Just a couple of Mortualia's pages. In fact, the same page in b/w and in color.
As I already said, the publisher asked me to imitate somehow Romita Jr. style, thinking that the european public would be more interested for the comic. During the whole first chapter I tried to respect this decision, but in the second one I showed a bit different style that I thought the history needed.
At least, which I needed to feel comfortable.

Monday, August 11, 2008

My girlfriend, my monster and me


Can't you feel it? We are again in the time machine with some old stuff!
Conan's wraparound cover for a Spanish magazine. If you can see the signature, you will verify that it is a drawing realized in 1997!
It´s the classic composition: monster, girl and hero, where I added a black wizard in a second plane.
A quick sketch to pencil before inking.
It reminds me Earl Norem's classic covers --which I loved by the time-- for the barbarian collection.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

All over the city


Splash-page and single panel from Mool's fourth chapter, the Sword & Sorcery series realized for the Spanish market. It's possible that also it was published in France. And in more countries. But I'm not sure about it.
That's what happens when you work for a publisher without scruples.
Last week I was informed by one of you --thanks Jeffrey-- that my erotic series, Dusty Trail, had been published in USA (in a mag called Art X) and Norway without my permission. And receiving no money for that. So, if you can tell me where have seen my job published, I'll be very grateful.
Let's jump all over the city now!