sábado, 28 de enero de 2012

The Mustache Lady 3.0 + making of.

This is a long ass post about this piece:

The Mustache Lady

I made this essentially for the header of this blog, but this is the final piece, the one in the header have a transparent background hence it doesn`t look that cool.

I want to show you a little bit of my creative process starting with my (lame) sketch:

This time it`s not a detailed well finished one, is just the elements and feel i wanted for the piece. After i have this i open (my lovely) Photoshop and start drawing with shapes in flat fills and little by little i add the texture, shadows and highlights. I took some screen captures while i was making this one:

This is after i finished the mustache, i really loved it, this is how my working space in Photoshop always looks like, on the right the layers panel (because i use a lot), on the left: the history, paths, type, and actions (hidden) panels. I usually paint the background in gray during the process i always make the background i want for the piece at last. You can also see i`m using Illustrator and Bridge, i can`t live without Bridge. Yes i`m still working on the CS4 my laptop is not that good.

To make the hair i define the shape and size with plain silhouettes.

i choose the final color and start making the texture, and blending it with the skin.

Making the highlights.

Finished the hair, started adding the elements, these are my cute lovely ghosts, also this was intended to have a flag and i made it, but then i saw that a lot of my pieces had flags and i changed it.

Making the smoke, i draw with a brush the composition and amount i want.

Seems that all the elements of the hair are there already. This is the last screen cap, but you get the point :)
I use a lot of brushes, eraser, and smudge tools. Lots of blur and blending options.

To finish this post i want to show you the previous "Mustache Ladies":

Moustache lady

The first one is from Lolitas Die Harder Basic.

And the second one is this:

The previous header picture.

Hope you enjoyed this post (if you are around here).

domingo, 22 de enero de 2012

Fashionista in Technicolor


This is the first one, the beta version, the one i used to create the style for the line, is simple yet lovely, but that means i can change elements that i don`t like in the future for new pieces. I already added the concept for "FIT" on the concept section go check it out.

This is the sketch for it:

As i`ve said before some of my sketches are very elaborated and close to the final piece, this on is one of those, and (as i`ve said before) i don`t have a scanner so i watch the paper and start the piece from 0 on the computer, it may change a bit. The sketch is made with a pencil, sharpie and colors markers.

jueves, 19 de enero de 2012

Working on new stuff.

Exploring options for a new line. Exploring my style in little cute animals. New sketch for "Fashionista in technicolor" and a design for a pair of shoes. All made at work these past 2 days because i was so bored.

viernes, 13 de enero de 2012

Afterlife 5:"Lick Me"

afterlife5 lick me

This is the 5th piece and the last one i`ve made from this line, this was the first illustration i made after my 5 months hiatus, i like the result although it could be better, as i said before the "Afterlife" style is always evolving, this piece mixes hand painted textures with digital illustration. There is actually a No 4 piece but i never finished it.

Why i like about this piece is that it is really close to the sketch, my sketches are usually not pieces of art by themselves, they are more like guides of the elements and the composition i want for each piece, although some of them are truly well finished. I made them everywhere because i tend to forget everything, i made this at work where i was illuminated with the idea XD in a very little piece of paper:

And since i don`t have a scanner i don`t draw over my sketches, i just look at them and start from cero in the computer.

jueves, 5 de enero de 2012

Afterlife 3: Self portrait

afterlife3 portrait

I wanted to make a caricature version of myself, a bit more realistic than my previous attempts at this but at the same time not too much, that means i still wanted to look like a pretty doll XD

I looked for a kind of cool picture and i found this one:


It has nice textures and a cool pose, so i went for it, changing a few things i loved the result.

I`ll leave you with an extra, a look inside my mind:


martes, 3 de enero de 2012

Afterlife 2


I really like her clothes and the result on the floor is just what i wanted.

lunes, 2 de enero de 2012

Afterlife 1


The start of a new year, start of a new line, this is the work i started on 2011 and is still in process, i added the concept for this in the concept button on the left sidebar.
For these pieces i wanted a lot of details, an a bit more of realism.