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!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Everything is cycling (and hypothetical too!)

Cover for Alan Moore's Hypothetical Lizard #1. I tried to give an "freaky" look to the set (in a certain style according to Tod Browning's movies), but I feel that the color was not most adapted to give this feeling.
I drew another cover, a much more fantastic wraparound one, focused on the magical city, for the same edition.
I also did the design of the main characters, based on Moore's descriptions.
I will try to post them one of these days.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Born under a full moon

Some free time to post this illustration. A conceptual experiment to present to the bad guys of the Ghost Wolf series.
The illustration is realized completely in pencil tones.
The prominent characters are more detailed that in the series, but I had the feeling that I had to realize something different for this promotion.
I had in mind some Simonson's drawings to play with the composition of the full moon and things like that, though my style is totally opposite to the great Walt's one.

Monday, August 4, 2008

A piece of very old steel

Sorry: Been super busy with some deadlines and commissions lately and I just can't post as often as usual...
This time I'm just posting a very very old (1995) illustration of Conan I drew for a contest in a spanish magazine. I keep on enjoying Conan's look, but I feel a little overwhelmed by the quantity of lines with which I was trying to give volume and atmosphere to the drawing. I am not also satisfied with the position -- and attitude-- of the girl, who seems to be doing another thing beside being scared.
In any case, they were other times.
And not precisely the hyborian ones.