March 31, 2014

Astronaut series 2: Those Who Came First

Hi there,

I'm glad to share with you the new image for my second take on the Astronaut series that begun back in 2012 with Certified Organic Astronaut and finalized four images later with Sublimation which worked as a kind of metaphorical closure for it.
But I kept thinking on the series and its possibilities filling dozens of pages with rough sketches during my subway trips. I barely had time to work on it during the last year but I managed to squeeze some time lately to finish the first piece of this second part. I explored the use of splines on Vue Esprit which combined with my passion for pre-colombian civilizations gave birth to the intricate space suit of Those Who Came First.

February 18, 2014

Inspiration Hut

Thanks to the people of Inspiration Hut for featuring my work this week. Really appreciate it! Here is the link to the home of their wonderful site:

January 16, 2014

Victorian Interfase

I started this image back in 2010. I wanted to draw a turn-of-the-Century gentleman but I wanted to give it a Sci-Fi twist and nothing came to my mind so I put it on hold for a long time until the idea of the umbrella-interfase popped up. I slowly started working on it in my very scarce spare time.
More than a year later I read Transition by Iain M. Banks and I was fascinated with a scene where a similar gentleman -a sort of trans-dimensional traveler- sat at a 19 Century coffee shop and meticulously ordered the objects on his table (the tea cup, napkins, etc.) until they "clicked" in the precise cosmic order to jump to another time-dimension.
It was a fascinating scene with a more compelling settings that the one I was drawing but that's the power of literature.
I recommend reading that book to all Sci-Fi fans, in the meantime here is Victorian Interfase for you.

Upadate: prints of this image are now available on InPRNT at different sizes and prices. Come visit!

December 16, 2013

The Telepathist on SPECTRUM 20

My copies of Spectrum are full of post-it stickers. They have become an excellent tool that I read and review over and over again all year long. I judge myself, compare to others, criticize and search for inspirations among its pages. I even have a book holder by my desk where I can keep them open for long periods of time.
They even include a fabulous section of sculpture in Fantastic Art that I consider unique among other publications and is one of my favorites.
I'm glad to share the news that my piece Telepathist has been published on this year edition of Spectrum which is celebrating 20 years of publication. Way to go!

November 27, 2013

The Lost Treausre of Tuckernuck on the Bluebonnet Award Master List

I'm happy to announce that The Lost Treasure of Tuckenuck, written by Emily Fairlie and published by Harper Collins has been selected for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List 2014-2015.
The TBA is a unique program that encourages reading for pleasure and is aimed at students in grades 3-6. Each year, 20 books are chosen as the “Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List” by the TBA selection committee.
I made a recent post about the second book on this series, The Magician's Bird. They are very funny and clever stories and a I had a great pleasure illustrating both books.
Here follow the cover and a few of the interior illustrations of The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck:

October 18, 2013

Kraft Sketchbook 2

Here is a group of sketches from my kraft sketchbook, I made a previous post about it here. One of the sketches on this post is in fact an update on a drawing from that post with more ink crosshatch on it.
I haven't been sketching a lot in this fellow lately. I decided to have two or three different sketchbooks at hand and switch between them, some days my backpack is so full of stuff that I carry a small 5 X 7 that I have. Sometimes I just want to do sketches for my commissioned work which I usually do in a bigger 8 1/2 X 11 with white paper. The toned paper here has been great for ink but not so much for pencil, it tends to smudge the graphite so I try to avoid it as possible.
Oh, and now I also carry a small sketchbook for my daughter whenever we are together in the subway, that way I wont' have to be ripping pages out of mine for her. Should make a post with her drawings some day.

September 25, 2013

The Magician's Bird

Hi there,

Sorry for the delay, it's been a VERY busy month so I haven't had any time to make the promised post about the Circle Maker skies. In the meantime I'd like to show you the cover I made for the second book in the Tuckernuck Mysteries series, The Magician's Bird written by Emily Fairlie and published by Harper Collins. Everything takes place in this very old school full of secret rooms, passages and mysteries to solve. It's also packed with tons of good humor. A fun read and a fun job to illustrate. I'm also including a couple of the interior illustrations I made for the book. Graphite pencil with gray digital washes on top. I'm loving B&W illustrations more and more every day. I dream on the day I can make a series of large format B&W drawings for pure fun.

August 7, 2013

The Circle Maker

Hi there,

It's been a while since my last post. Busy busy summer.
This one here is the cover art I did for The Circle Maker for Kids by Mark Batterson and published by Zondervan. I hadn't illustrated a picture book in a long time so working on this project was a welcoming return to one of my pleasures. It was an extensive and demanding job that took me a big part of 2012 to complete but it was worth it.
The sky was a predominant presence in the story so I think I will publish another post about the creation of the different skies for this book soon. Also, you can have a sneak peek of the interior art in my Behance portfolio. Have a great day!

July 2, 2013

The Hostage Prince

This is the cover art I made for The Hostage Prince, the first book in the Seelie Wars series written by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple and published by Penguin. When I was assigned this project I started thinking on a yellow golden palette instead of a usual green forest so I moved in that direction adding some purple and warm accents. I also didn't want any direct sunlight falling over the main characters, they must be crossing the waters and entering the forest at the front so I created a dim soft light with some accents on their edges.
I also made the title banner which was a good thing since I worked on it using the textures and brush strokes I usually work with, that way it integrates much better with the illustration. It was a really fun job to do and a good exercise on lighting and color.

May 22, 2013

The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore

Hi there!
Here is the cover art I did for The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore, the adventures of a teen girl with a talent for fencing and getting into trouble in an alternative moody Steampunk Victorian London. What else could I ask? I had a lot of fun doing this one. I also made some BW spot illustrations of objects and devices for the interior.
The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore was written by Kate Maddison and published by Holiday House.