Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Bob Godfrey. My mind went back to London in 1991, almost like in that famous scene at the end of the film 'Ratatouille". In April 1991 I decided to go to London looking for work. In a matter of weeks I had seen almost two hundred companies and still not getting anywhere. The 'creative directory' that I used as my guide provided me with yet another name and address, Bob Godfrey in King's Cross. So I headed there. He wasn't expecting me as I hadn't called before, I just tried my luck. He attended me -very- well (not everyone you meet in this type of adventure does) and asked me to come in. He really took his time to go through my portfolio. He was very complimentary and told me "I don't have work for you right now, but Spielberg is making an animated film these days in London". He gave me the studio's phone number and told me "go there, I'm sure they will give you work". And I called, and they did. Without his advice my life might have been very different, I might not be where I am today, my wife wouldn't be my wife, and my daughter wouldn't be my daughter. I don't even want to think about it. Thanks Bob, and rest in peace. (picture from 'The Guardian' online)
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
new book from DC comics written by Carl Potts recently came out, "The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling", which by the way I'm very happy to say features a page of my artwork, a page selected out of the original work I did for Framed Ink. Carl is an incredibly, hands on, experienced professional that has been in the comic book industry for many years as an artist, writer and editor, having been the mentor to some of the big names of these days including Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio and Mike Mignola. This book offers a very concise look into the specific world of comics, getting into the detail of the essentials and building up from there, the way to make sure all the information is explained clearly step by step and therefore prove useful to the reader. In this specific narrative media, as in any other, the understanding and learning of such 'grammatical' rules is essential, so that we can then own them and play with them to our advantage when it comes to telling stories, sometimes by sticking to them, sometimes by breaking them while knowing why and how to do it. Besides the visual / artistic side of the trade, Carl also drives you through the basics of how a script works. To put everything into work under a very practical light, the last chapter of the book basically sums up all knowledge and theory explained in the book through the eyes of four different professional artists (including Carl himself) by proposing a three page sequence exercise in the shape of a script that each artist fleshes out and puts on paper in their own personal way. It is great to see how each mind works and how the same script can be visualized in different ways to accomplish the desired narrative goals. The chapter does not only provide the reader with the final artwork, but also with the sketches and the actual thought process each artist went through to get there, which is always the core of the whole thing. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Marcelo, Paul, Armand and myself) work in different studios right now. Here are a few shots Armand just emailed me, fresh from the oven. The other two are works of mine that were displayed at CTNX this year, the first (from Trail of Steel) is a very special one for me, it is the last drawing i did before having a daughter! The second is one of the drawings I did for El Pacifico, pirate adventure graphic novel work which somehow was the origin of the talk we had on Saturday in Burbank.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Marcelo Vignali and Armand Serrano on November 16, Saturday, at 2 pm. The session is titled, "The 3 Amigos: A Collaborative Approach From The Artists Point Of View." We will be talking about collaboration, friendship, respect, teamwork, Surf's Up and of course, "El Pacifico", the online graphic novel we developed for a while in a blog of its own. If you'll be there just don't think twice about stopping by and say hello! Last but not least, here comes a sketch design I did for "Puss in Boots" back in 2008.