Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Birthday, Leo!

Leo is an old highschool friend and a true bro. Everyone has someone like that! He was born in Haloween, which is quite cool, I guess. Here's a small comic I did for him. It's pretty in-joke-y, and the subject harkens back to those HS days, but it's still a drawing, so I'll post it anyway, hah.

Pokemon comics return tomorrow! Any bets on were that story is going?

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Pokemon- Page 07


Drawing that mountain was really fun. No reference! Good art exercise.

I need to get a better wacom tablet... and a new computer. I need a lot of new things!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Pokemon- Page 06


Has it been 6 pages already? Wow. At around 2 hours per page, i've been working at these 12 hours, half a day! And you read them in less that two minutes, you lazy jerk! (just kidding! no I'm not, makes me sad)

Also, this is the first time in these comics that I actually redrew something on the computer-- Red, on that last panel. I couldn't do it right on the inking stage, so I went over it on Photoshop... I feel like I cheated or something. At least it doesn't look tacked on!

I should probably start uploading some original pages so people could tell how I work and laugh at my scribbly sketches. Heh.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Link and his gear redux

Let's take a small break from our beloved missingno. comics, and focus on Zelda for a little while!

I can hear you groan from here. It's basically the same concept as this post from a time ago... but hey, I still have that same question! Also, I felt like drawing Link and I'm sleepy.

Tune in tomorrow for more Poké-comics! Also, do you like it better when I do comics, or just illustrations?

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Pokemon- Page 05


In which we Occupy Pallet Town!

Man, drawing these is so much fun! I wonder how long will it take to finish? Hm....
Oh, and also, yeah, Red's mom is inspired by that whiny guy's mom.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Pokemon- Page 04


Will I ever decide on a standard design for missigno.? Hahaha!

In case you didn't know, back then the reason why we always tried to fight/catch him was because everytime you fought him you got 128 of the item you had in the sixth slot. Pretty cool to multiply nuggets and master balls!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Pokemon interlude - running shoes

Once you get your Running Shoes you never stop running, huh?

Doing comics takes me so long...! I had to do some extra work today (both college and a commissioned artwork) that I doubt there's a way I can finish the current page before I fall asleep on top of it... hope this drawing somehow makes up for it...!

Also, yeah! On my personal comic canon, Red picked Charmander as the starter!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Mario Balotelli: "Why always me?"

Nevermind most of my readers coming from the USA, let's draw jokes only Premier League followers understand. Ahem.

Mario Balotelli is a young player for Manchester City. He's a man of many talents. He is also completely nuts. And he's also very good at football.
Today he scored twice against Manchester United on his team 6-1 victory. At one point he lifted his jersey and he had a t-shirt with the message "Why always me?". Genius. And bear in mind that yesterday night he almost burned down his house by lighting firecrackers on the bathroom for kicks.

BAM! Horizontal! For your reading discomfort!


Also, I wanted to say THANKS to everyone who has enjoyed my pokemon comics as of late! I'll keep drawing them (a new one tomorrow!), but also wanted to take a small break and draw something simpler, I also have a commission to finish (if you're interested in one of those, click here).

See ya around!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Pokemon- Page 03


In which we get a glimpse of things to come. Dun Dun Dun!

More Pokemon comics, yay! Funnily enough, this isn't called "Pokemon, sketches and other stuff".
I haven't fished in a looong time, so I kinda forgot how to draw a fishing pole!

Drawing these pages has been really fun. I tried to change my workflow a litle bit--I inked on white cardboard using pen nibs. I kinda liked the result, but it took much longer than merely inking on slightly heavier paper with a disposable ink pen... decisions, decisions!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Pokemon- Page 02


In which Red catches a new Pokemon.

Thanks to all the Pokemon fans that have enjoyed it so far! Check for another one tomorrow... And thanks to all the non-pokemon fans that still go into my blog, haha. I'll upload something different soon!

Also, it really makes me feel old when people who are into videogames ask me "who is missingno.?"
For those who don't know, missingno. was a glitch-pokemon, you found him in the original gameboy games by using Surf in a particular spot. Here's a video walkthrough.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Pokemon- Page 01


I need to decide a title for this...
So, Pokemon! This is the first page of a series of Pokemon comics I wanna do. Hopefully it won't be too long.

Still not completely sold on my Missingno. look but heh, I had to finish this today!

Also, Internet is crazy slow today here in my city. We're in the middle of a very windy season (wind over 100 kn/h) and it messed up sattelite reception, or something. So this probably will upload (veeeeery slowly) but twitter and tumblr just doesn't open, for instance... I'm counting on you to carry the word ;)

Thursday, 20 October 2011

PES or FIFA? You decide!

So yeah, I went there. Where no man should ever go, unless they want to lose their minds and souls: Into the debate of PES vs FIFA.

In case you don't know, they're both insanely popular soccer (football, football!) videogames. PES is made by Konami, and FIFA by EA. They're also pretty different on both intent and gameplay, which is something I tried to point out in the comic--it's useless to discuss "wich one is better". Would you compare NBA Jam and NBA 2Ksomething?

This comic was inked traditionally, but my pens started to run out of ink in the panel borders, haha. You can see the imperfections!

Versión en Español:

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Castlevania: A respectful debate

Hopefully this joke doesn't go over your head--you've played this game before, right? Right?

In case you haven't, we can't be friends here's a link to the scene itself.

Hope you enjoy!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer- Episode Writing Guide

So, remember that maaaany posts ago I said I was doing a Buffy comic but that it hadn't made it past the sketch stage?

Well, here it is!

It may come out as me mocking the series, but it's all in good humor--I'm a big fan.
Hope the texture looks right...!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Golden Age Superman

In the Golden Age of Comics, Superman made his first appearance in Action Comics #1.

Back then Superman was AWESOME. I mean, I love Superman now, but the Supes of the day... oh wow. He punched crooks, crashed cars, fought the Great Depression, punched some other people and stoped WWII by himself. And he couldn't even fly at this point, just "leap a building in a single bound"

You crazy badass!!

He also beat up a guy that was abusing his wife. His badassery knew no end.
Superman is the greatest hero ever. Mainly because he's all that we want to be when we're children: he's honest, brave, and quick to jump into action. And children know best.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Adam Strange, Hero of Rann

Adam Strange is a comic book superhero, and one of the best concepts for a hero ever. Sadly, he's not very well known.

Seriously, who's this guy?

He's basically an archeologist that gets sucked into a teleporting beam to a far away planet (Rann) and helps the locals fight alien invasions and other dangers dressing up in a cool space suit and going in adventures.

So basically Indiana Jones + Flash Gordon.

It's pretty cool because, for instance, Superman is an alien protecting our planet; Adam Strange is an earthling protecting an alien planet. With the power of space rockets!

(Also---here's the pencil sketch. I usually work like this, sketch shapes in blue, trace with regular lead, and then remove the blue in the computer! Thought it would be interesting to show)

Yes, I ran out of space for the legs, sue me!

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Steve the Robot goes in a blind date

I don't even know.

Fun fact: Steve runs in Arch Linux.

Yet another experiment in style. I want to find out how I can draw comics faster! Anyone has any tips?
I'll upload something funny one of these days, hopefully!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Fernando Torres? More like, Fernandon't Scorres!

I like footbal, wich comes as no surprise to anyone who follows my blog. It's one of my few "normal" interests, as I doubt most males of my age are interested in french comic books from the 80's or documentaries (their loss!)

Like most people interested in football, I catch the Premier League from time to time. It's the league of England, the one with Manchester United, Arsenal, Birmingham (well, not anymore, but I'm confident they'll return) and of course, Chelsea.

Chelsea bought Fernando Torres, Spanish striker, for £50 million. He's literally the fourth most expensive football player ever.

That happenend in January. So far he's only scored, what, 3 goals?

Look at Villas Boas, so happy!

I think he's a pretty good player, just going through a bad spell. But I had a little fun with him on this comic-- sorry, Chelsea fans! The idea came to me when I played as Chelsea on PES and scored a hattrick with him.
(Scanned pencil + greys on photoshop)

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Link and his gear

Come on, I can't be the only one that wonders how can he carry all that stuff around during each game.

I'm pretty sure he didn't have a ladder in any Zelda title that I've played, but at this point I think it would be pretty useful!

Also, thanks to all the visits and comments on yesterday's post! It's the most popular post in the blog, I'm truly honored.

Wish me luck on my particular comic project, I'll post it ASAP (it's exclusive to the contest, but once it ends I'll show you what I did!)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Adventure Time with Finn and Calvin

I've been reading Calvin and Hobbes recently. I got a compilation in a local library. It's amazing! Not only I love the jokes, but the artwork is brilliant.
Calvin is a pretty fun kid and he's got a thirst for adventure. So this crossover was only natural.

You're right, Finn. You're right indeed.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Pokemon Trainer Red -- Sketch

Another self explanatory title, heh!

This was an interesting experiment, I actually drew this on pencil, scanned it, and ended up coloring it on the computer out of the blue. Hopefully it sort of looks like traditional watercolors, right? I messed around with textures and the like.

A simple sketch! Red's smile looks a little creepy, but I didn't want to edit the drawing itself. It doesn't always have to be 100%  finished-- the name of the blog is sketches and other stuff, after all!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Batman buys groceries

The title says it all, yes.

I'm working in TOP SECRET COMICS for a contest, so I can't start on my Pokemon webcomic yet. Doing this drawing was pretty fun, though!

The background dots kinda make me dizzy. Do they make you dizzy too?

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Pokemon Comic Sketches

I mentioned, not so long ago, that I wanted to do a Pokemon comic. I started by doing some sketches first, of course. It was pretty fun!

I sort of want to do a small story about why Pokemon Trainer Red vanished to Mt. Silver, and his showdown with Gold. I loved this final battle in the game, I had no idea I was going to fight him! Pleasant surprise.

And I also want to enter a contest soon... wish me luck there!

(Wow, this post was boring!)

Friday, 7 October 2011

Chile vs Argentina 2011

Hey, remember the last time Chile faced Argentina? When we had a world class manager, and a great colective football style, and everything?

Well, disregard that, because today we sucked hard.

I just... needed to vent for a while. Damn. We used to be a good team, we beat Uruguay right after they won 4th place in the World Cup, for crying out loud. Why Borghi? Why couldn't we get a World Class manager?

Sorry for the rant, specially if you're from the US* and don't care about football.

Also, today's drawing is a feeble attempt at trying to emulate Johnny Wander, one of my favourite webcomics. Check 'em out!


Spanish version for those who speak the most wonderful language in the universe. En unos años más los gringos van a terminar hablando español de todos modos, ja.

*You probably are, if I am to believe my blog statistics

My Pokemon Memories

When I was 11, my Christmas present was a Gameboy Color with Pokémon Gold.
It was in english, so I had to learn a whole language from scratch in order to understand it! But it was completely worth it. It was an incredible game. I've played the DS remakes, and while good, they just dont have the same magic to me.

This is actually my most vivid memory of the game. The first time an egg hatched. Togepi was insanely weak, but the feeling of mistery and excitement is something I'll probably never forget.

Do you have any Poké-memories? Or videogame memories in general? I would love to hear them!

I was thinking of doing a small pokemon comic--would anyone be interested on that?

Thursday, 6 October 2011

The Late Steve Jobs

I don't think it's necessary to link you to a news site, because everybody with a passing interest in technology and a working internet connection already knows: Steve Jobs died today.

It's just so strange to me. I can't quite wrap the concept-- one of the most influential men in the history of computers just passed away.

I don't really like Apple products, despite being a graphic designer by trade. They work very well, but the pricing is way too excessive for me. But at least it all has a solid foundation, a unified vision: Make something that's easy to use, does what it's supposed to do and it's intuitive for those who never used something like it before.

He was an innovator, a person that constantly tried to make a lot of disciplines interwine on the computer business (like visual design, marketing...) and most importantly, he let the experts on those disciplines do what they tought was better. Remember that he was one of the earliest inversionists of Pixar, one of the few that actually believed that a bunch of ex-Disney employees could do a completely original CGI film and make it a success. And he basically handed the money and said "go ahead, do your thing". We need more people like him on the entertainment industry! Or hell, ANY industry. People who trust on others and strive to make good products.

This is nothing but a small tribute to such a great man. Rest in Peace, Steve, you earned it. My condolences to his family and friends.

Hope they have 3G on Heaven! Otherwise I'm pretty sure he's alradey setting up a router...

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Mexican Wrestler and taxes

This time the entry was suggested by Alt Gr, a mexican. And in an incredibly stereotypical move, he asked for a drawing of a Mexican Wrestler doing something cool.

Yes, he's doing his taxes! Granted, that's not really that cool, but can you picture how insane it would be if you did them dressed up as a Luchador? Everything's cooler that way! Even boring taxes!

Also, a little video. Mexican Wrestling is awesome. Mascarita Dorada ("Little Golden Mask") can kick any WWE pansy into submission.

Can you say "little power ranger luchador?" Yes you can!

Suggest me more stuff to draw! See ya tomorrow!

Monday, 3 October 2011

TF2 Spy/Engineer fanart

Today's entry suggested by Dwei! Dwei is a great guy, he constantly writes about his life and his toughts. And as a university student with poor health, I can relate to a lot of his posts. His lungs are giving him trouble lately, hope that he gets better! Go to his blog and give him a virtual pat on the back.

"You taking suggestions for other video game characters? I request something from TF2 or Metroid"

Well, Crysalis already did something Metroid related, so I pictured I would tackle TF2.
This is my first time drawing these characters... I haven't actually played the game! I'm the world biggest hypocrite.

Imperfect border transparency! You can't see it unless you squint! I guess it fits well with the Spy theme?

When it's the first time I'm drawing something, I usually practice on regular paper. This time I sort of liked this drawing, and was kinda lazy about inking it and coloring it on the computer.
So instead, I scanned the pencil art and painted directly! It was kinda weird. I still prefer to outline my stuff before I paint it, but it was a nice change of pace.

This isn't gonna end well, Engineer!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Buffy comic at least!

Just one of them

It's not even that funny, why did it took so long?

I did this traditionally, as in, ink and pen.
The problem is that I used only a dip pen, and I didn't have any markers or anything. So it took me close to an hour... only in the panel borders. I had to do all the horizontal lines I could, wait till they dried really well, turn the paper around, do as much vertical as I could, wait till it dried really well, finish the parts I missed, wait again... It was torture! I usually do the borders with a marker, but like I said, I didn't have any.

Then I inked the baloons, freehand (you can tell, they're kinda wonky). And only then, the characters!

Again, this has to be done in order, you go from top left to bottom in every panel, otherwise your hand can go over a fresh line and mess up everything (well, top right to bottom if you're a lefty). This page is cartoony simplistic art, and it took me like an hour to finish, as well! I was being veeeery careful. Thick, dry-fast ink clogs my pen nib so I had to use regular black "oh, I won't dry in a million years" ink.

Then I painted on photoshop. I wanted to do a lot more cool effects and background colors but I got bored and frustrated because I was supposed to upload this YESTERDAY. So there.

At least I can go back to regular schedule, I guess...

(I need new pen nibs!)

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Oh, now you're screwing with me

Damn you to hell.

Here's the sketched page. The inking stage is missing. The whole inking stage. Blue Screen. You cad. But hey, at least you can read it! I'll hopefully finish this soon.

And here's another page, from another Buffy comic. Drunk in sheer rage, I went all traditional on this one. CAN'T BLUESCREEN REALITY, CAN YOU WINDOWS


Sadly, you can't read it well. Both because of my handwriting and the low resolution, I guess! Still... soon!
(BTW: How do you write this? "Giles birthday present" or "Giles's birthday present"? How do you even pronounce that last one?)