I guess I still have a soft spot for blogs even though I don't upload mine that often. I have my feedly account with over 400 art blog subscriptions, and I still think they are an amazing resource for illustrations, paintings and goodies straight from the artist's hands. So in an effort to keep it alive, I'm updating my old sketch blog with some new-ish sketches.
Most all of these are last year's. Some were really quick sketches without any aim, some others I put a lot of effort into. I didn't arrange them chronologically because no one cares, but I did separate them into a digital and traditional batch.
This one started with me wanting to draw something with a ton of movement and energy, so the jumping guy happened. After giving him the ultraman-esque mask and suit I decided to expand it into a whole scene, and wanted to exaggerate the energy with someone on the receiving end of the K-Pow! After the B/W version was ready I decided on a very quick triad color scheme mainly because I never use it and I have to say, I do kinda like this one a lot.
This one's straight up made for Egoraptor's #cutiesaturday. Nothing too special about it, but I kinda love the theme of cute girl taking care of hardcore mechanical stuff.
This digital sketch started with a buff silhouette, but I wanted to dress him in something a little more uncommon, hence the cargo shorts, wifebeater and jacket. The anchor was a weird weapon choice but there you go...
I actually put a lot of time into this one. Is based on an old RPG character (10 to 11 years old?) I had called "Wrok Hurt". This one's reimagined of course, with updated armor, weapon and a loot carrying Komodo dragon 'cause why not? I grabbed a ton of influence from Will Kirby (@chamonkee in twitter), specially when adding the pouch details. The sad thing is that this is not even close to how good his stuff is, but I did learn a lot from looking at his stuff!
A retro space lady. I love this minimalistic approach at drawing a girl's face that Mingjue Chen and Britnney Lee do incredibly well (which I personally believe stems from the amazing Mary Blair).
This is my attempt at that, with a "retro-futuristic" spin that I love with light-bulb lasers and all.
I like this one.
This one actually took me a little while as well. I wanted to make a plausible vehicle, flexing my industrial design muscle. At the time I was working as a toy designer at Lanard Toys, and this was an attempt to mix what I had learned into my personal stuff. I actually think this one came out really well, I wouldn't mind having a toy of this Mad Max-like pig/threaded motorbike combo.
Hahahaha! This one's not a sketch. It was a christmas gift for my younger brother, aptly named "Merry F*ckn Christmas!".
This one. I thought of this one while in a meeting. For some reason I do get some pretty good/different ideas when I'm in meetings. I come up with themes, poses and ideas that I wouldn't normally come up with on my own. Now that I'm looking at it again, I think the head is too big and the upper portion of the leg too long... but I like the pose and the costume. C+.
From here on is my traditional stuff! Pencil, ink and paper. I do put more effort into these because is harder to erase and after you finish it stays like that. No liquify, no hue/saturation, no ink-erasing. I believe you make more progress learning from traditional because of this. But that's just my opinion...
And shortly after I got 500 followers in Instagram, which I celebrated with a pizza delivery boy fulfilling his duty, because most milestones are celebrated with pizza.
I was asked to gift a drawing for a raffle to raise funds towards the worst wildfires in Chile's history. Still faithful to animals and robots, I decided to go with a Chilean Puma and a couple of Kingfishers shooting water blasts with a firefighter robot. It took me 3 attempts (because I smudged the previous 2...) but I do like the final result.
This one's just a sketchbook spread, with some ancient rock temples and watercolor characters.
This one was super fun, actually. Started with a very "elastic" pose, added an oversized bomb-thrower, some space goldfish and rockets and there you go! I like how this page looks. I took a some inspiration from Tank Girl when adding little details here and there.
Robots and Animals! Again! a little fox and a giant rat in a mech-suit battle. I want to develop the centerpiece further now that I'm looking at it again. I think the use of SFX is pretty effective in this one. I definitely want/need to explore that more!
The remaining ones are Inktober attempts that I clearly failed to keep up to 'til the end of the month... as usual. To be fair, I was transitioning between jobs, finding a new apartment, studying for my driver's license, taking the test and driving exam, getting health insurance, getting boxes, packing, moving and losing my sanity. Everything worked though! And I have a great job drawing and painting which in the end, is what I've always aimed to in life. I'm pretty happy right now :)
Adventurer kid with his fish-in-a-floating-submarine companion. And headphones.
I always thought of this guy as a generic minion in a bump-mech suit. Is what would fill the boss' army in this non-existant robot world.
Valentine's correspondence with a pink-haired futuristic rollerblade mail-lady. I actually like this one a lot :)
Ha! This guy was borderline cheating. I still wanted to deliver that day's inktober, but I was horribly swamped and dealing with a ton of things (as described above). So I scribbled this face. Is alright, I think.
I remember exactly when I came up with this guy. It was a window of tranquility, I got myself a cup of coffee and a pastry and thought of a tattooed dude with a full time job. It actually felt awesome to have time to dedicate solely to my sketchbook. This one brings good memories.
Minion Mech number 2. I like this design a lot, from the shoulder pads, the hatch to the chunky sword and skull deco. Feels pretty functional.
And this was the last sketch of this specific sketchbook. I wanted tattoos, swords, pink, animu, headphones, pouches and shoulder pads, and is exactly what I did. I drew it in the last day of Inktober and also happens to be the last drawing of this post.
If you read everything I truly thank you. I guess that's a little peek into the past 5 months of my life. I've drawn a lot more, but I haven't pictured or scanned everything in my sketchbook, and I also cannot share most stuff from my previous and current job. I have been practicing more though, trying to get better, polishing anatomy and color, which are two major dents in my arsenal (is that an expression? I hope so).
Hope you all have a magnificent day, week and month.