Thursday, April 17, 2014

Street sketches and Carl Potts seminar

Hey everyone, from no posts in a long time to two posts in a row! These are some "passer by" sketches i did around Christmas 2008 at a shopping mall with some friends. Fun!. Also i just knew Carl Potts will be giving a seminar on visual storytelling at the Society of Illustrators in NYC on May 1st at 7:00 pm (you can find more details here). Enjoy if you have the chance and are around beautiful NY!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2003/1995

These are two pieces dating from some time ago. The 'Sherlock' image is an illustration I did to keep 'my fingers agile', as a guitarist friend of mine would say. The horseman is one of the many sketches I did years ago for a historical adventure project that eventually would evolve into 'Trail Of Steel'.The big temple design at the very background is directly taken from the cathedral in my hometown Palma de Mallorca.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

'Framed Ink' currently being reprinted

Hi everyone, for those of you interested to know, 'Framed Ink' is currently being reprinted so it will soon be up and running in Amazon and everywhere else. Thanks!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bob Godfrey

I just received an email from the Union. It reads "an afternoon of remembrance", and then it details a list of the animation people that died last year. I went through the list and I just said a big 'Oh no!' when I read the name 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

TURBO (4)

Two more pieces from my work in "Turbo". First is an early proposal I did for a full lighting script of the movie (second frame from top right hand corner -freeway shot- by Mike Issak). The other image is a composite of some of the enlarged frames. Just in case I don't have the time to post anymore before Christmas, Happy Holidays everyone!

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Ol' Project and a Northern Storm

Two sets of sketches I did back in 98 for a graphic novel project that is still somewhere in the back of my head, …"one of them" actually (one of them projects, not one of them heads). They were made with a brush tipped marker I don't remember the name or brand of, but they were great! Finally, one panel out of my storyboard for the opening sequence for "Asterix and the Vikings", fun project with a fantastic team at A-Film in Denmark.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Great book by Carl Potts

A 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

Mr. President in campus

It was great to have our President in the campus today. Here is a link to the full speech.

Monday, November 18, 2013

CTNX pics and artwork!

It was fun! The talk was fun and also having the opportunity of being together again after quite a while, since the four of us (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

CTNX 2013!

Hey everyone, it's CTNX time again! time does fly... I'll be speaking and sharing a panel with two great friends of mine, 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.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

TURBO 3

And some more. A view of Turbo and Guy Gagne in the bad guy's garage. A racing shot. An interior downshot of the garage in the Valley and finally a meditative Turbo on top of a telephone pole. In all of them I was looking for a graphic, fast reading approach, to then eventually add up complexity within it. Again, all of them done with this beautiful tool called Cintiq.

Friday, July 26, 2013

TURBO 2

And a few more. The color version of a shot I uploaded last time, a Turbo moment in the house garage (in good old San Fernando Valley), sipping away in front of the TV in the same garage at night, and finally some dramatic angles of a lawn mower at work at the same house.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

TURBO 1

TURBO opens today! I'll be posting some of the artwork I did for the movie, mostly inspirational compositions and lighting. The ones that will be buying the art of book will see I have about 30 pieces there. I hope you love the show!