Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sergio Ordonez - SOS Factory

Hey everyone,

This is Sergio Ordonez. He is an amazing character designer and illustrator from Spain. He is more commonly known as the man behind SOS factory. You can check out his work at He also has a tutorial on his techniques for character design at PSD tuts. He also has video tutorials of his progress with Photoshop and Illustrator. Make sure you check him out and hit him up for work if you want some of the best character work out there. I am posting the WIP and low res image. Hope you like it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hayao Miyazaki

Hey everyone,

This is Hayao Miyazaki. It was done for Caricaturama Showdown 3000 on facebook. I am posting some work in progress shots (WIPs) and the final image.
I started sketching him out in Photoshop and I first envisioned him as Prince Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke. I put on the movie as I worked on this piece. Then I saw the spirit of the forest and I thought of changing the concept to that. I flattened the layers with the background and added some base tone. I then added a CURVES adjustment mask to give the shadows and the highlights different colors. I made a new layer and set it to overlay and added the base colors. I also tried a new layer and set it to COLOR on different parts of the body because I didn't like how they were coming out in overlay. I recommend experimenting with different layer styles. You can always get happy accidents by experimenting. I added more depth to the background by insinuating trees. I then added a painted canvas texture to the whole piece. I imported the texture, inverted it and desaturated it. The normal look of the texture was making my piece too dark. I toyed with adjustment layers of brightness and contrast throughout the making of this piece. I created new layers set to overlay to make colors pop. I also tried something new with the brush which was to set it to color dodge. I did this on the orange fur of the body. I sample the same base color and changed the brush setting to COLOR DODGE. I then painted on a little bit and this gave me a more vibrant orange. I changed the brush back to NORMAL and kept painting. I then proceeded to refine the final details. This morning a friend recommended that I should add a Kodama to the piece to set it more in the Mononoke universe. I also added some "magic" lights all over the piece to enhance the fantasy look. Hope you like it.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Woo hoo - My entries won!

Thank God. My entries took home prizes in their respective contests. My wizard got 4th place and my take on Thorin Oakenshield took second. Congrats to the winners. There were some awesome entries this month. I'm sure it was a pain in the butt to judge. Hope you like them and make sure to participate in the coming months. I highly recommend these challenges.

Domino's Back to Pizza Caricatures

Hey everyone,

These are a few pieces I worked on late last year. This was a great project to work on. I loved how the sketches came out and they look awesome on the street. These are 3 of the five pieces I did. One won't be used and hopefully I will get a sample of the other one. These were all done digitally. I also worked on the surrounding sketches to give that "doodle during class" look. I had to gather all sorts of references to give me a better idea of how their features work. I also had to fill in the gaps and guess how they would look with those expressions. Hope you like them.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Messi 2012

Hey everyone,

This is a quick caricature of Messi I did for a weekly contest at
I wanted to do a sketch of him after he won his third Ballon D'Or in a row. He is my favorite football player.
Check out all the awesome takes on the same subject matter. Some are better than others but it is always great to expose your artwork and share it with the world.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Nahual Balam

The end is nigh. The Mayans predicted the demise of the world to occur on Dec 21st 2012. The world is in chaos. The people pray for a savior to come to their aid. Only one can prevent this certain doom. Only one can quench the thirst for blood of the gods. One who wields the Obsidian Blades and the legendary Jade Dagger. Only one.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sketcher - Your Logo Here

Hey everyone,

This a sketch I did yesterday. I used a 4B pencil and Bristol board. The Youtube video has no audio; the vimeo video does and it is at a higher res. I uploaded this video to sketch theatre. I recommend doing that to get people to see your work. Hope you like it.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sketcher Stylized Portraits - Vol 2

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This is the second compilation of stylized portraits that I've done of artists that inspire me. Check out the publication in the link below. I want to thank all the artists that took the time to write back a comment of the illustration I sent them. I know they are very busy people and I really appreciate the gesture. I hope you like it.

First and Last Sketches

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This is my first post for 2012. I wanted to share the last sketch I did last year and the one I did last night. The last sketch is one of a dark elf type character that I wanted to do. I was watching The Fellowship of the Ring as I did this one. I also was looking at reference of clothing. I found that a great source of inspiration is the works of Skingraft. They do these intricate works with leather so if you want to do some badass leather jacket or pants, then you should check them out. I did the sketch on bristol paper with a 4B pencil. I have been working in pencil more because I haven't done many sketches traditionally. It is a pain sometimes but the satisfaction is pretty great once the sketch is finished. The second character is one that I developed for this story I am working on. It's called Jackie Giant Killer. This is the human version of one of the giants. This one took about 3 hours to develop with the pose studies, the thumbnails, and overall design. I used the same tools as the last sketch. I added a multiply layer with a low opacity to create more contrast between the clothing and the skin. Hope you like it. I will work on a color version soon.