Sunday, May 29, 2011

Marta Dahlig

Hey everyone,

This is Marta Dahlig. She is an amazing artist from Poland. She paints awesome pictures of women with storytelling elements to the illustration. You can find tutorials she has created for imaginefx on a regular basis. You can find samples of her work at

On a technical note, I used a brush she created which I got from one of her aforementioned tutorials. I took a different approach when creating this image. I started off doing line art work (like I usually do) but after a couple of minutes into the painting, I decided to change the technique and worked on the silhouette. After the silhouette was established, I started defining form with light. I started with a medium dark green tone over a light pink background. I used a 70% opacity on the brush and this helped me get loads of color variation. I used the ALT key for color sampling and continued defining form. I added a NOISE filter at about 80%. I desaturated the image completely.
Hope you like it.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Making of - Los Orejones a por la Orejona

Hey everyone,

Here are the steps I took to create my most recent caricature piece. Hope you like it and find it helpful.

Step -1

I made the sketch with mechanical
pencil on regular sketch paper. I typed in Messi 2011 and Rooney 2011 in the Google search bar and that brought up a whole series of images. I didn't click on any of them because I wanted to see different angles of their faces to get a better idea of their features. Once the sketch was finished, I took a picture of it with my digital camera and opened it on Photoshop.

Step -2

I set the layer to multiply over a plaster texture I found online. You can find all sorts of textures on Google.

Step -3

I created a new layer under the pencil lines and started to add shading. I wanted a cartoony look so I added the thick outline around the characters.

Step -4

I used CURVES as an adjustment layer over the whole piece to give it a wash of color. I tweaked each channel (RGB) individually to get the look I wanted.

Step -5

I created a new layer on top set to overlay. I used a low opacity to add washes of color to the faces. I wanted it to have an unfinished watercolor look. I kept this up for all the pieces like the clothing and hair.

Step -6

Once I had all the colors, I duplicated the layer and set it to overlay to make the colors more saturated. I also added a shape over the layer. I erased the bits that covered the characters and set it to multiply. I lowered the opacity and added the silhouette of the Champions League Cup with the lettering. I then added splatter bits with a brush. I saved as jpeg and duplicated the final piece. I added the high pass filter and set the layer to Soft light at 50% opacity. I also added a Gaussian blur layer under that to avoid making everything so sharp. Signed. Finished.

Los Orejones a por la Orejona

Hey everyone,

This is a piece I created to celebrate the upcoming final for the 2011 Champions League between Manchester United and FC Barcelona. Barca is my favorite team so I'll be rooting for them this saturday. I like Manchester as well but my loyalties lie with the Spanish team. I hope it's a good match. Both teams are very complete and have many great players. I hope you like the piece. I certainly had fun making it.

Monday, May 23, 2011


Hey everyone,

This is my entry to the May 2011 contest on the forums. It was done with a black ballpoint pen on paper. I enjoy working in this medium. There is almost no margin of error which makes me think carefully before making a mark. There's a lot of exploration of shapes but you slowly figure out shape and form. I used horse anatomy as an inspiration for this dragon. I haven't really seen that done before so I went for it. I didn't want my dragon to look like a big iguana. Hope you like it.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Guardian of Atlantis

Hey everyone,

This is my submission to the character of the week (chow # 244) contest on
Hope you like it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Call to Innovation

Hey everyone,

I found this video on YouTube for which I did some voice work a couple of months ago. It was for a contest held by Universidad Francisco Marroquin and Singularity University. I enjoy doing voice work very much. I don't get to do it as often as I would like, but it's always nice to get a call requesting it. I'll see if I can find more of the videos I've worked on. The only problem is that most of them have been pieces for corporate presentations so it'll be a little hard to find them online. Anyway, hope you like it.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Dylan Cole

Hey everyone,

This is Dylan Cole. He is a concept artist and matte painter from California. I've been a fan of this guy's work for years. You have seen his work in many movies like I-robot, The Return of the King, Alice in Wonderland, and Avatar among others. I highly recommend getting his training DVDs from You can find samples of his work at
Hope you like it.