Monday, October 03, 2011

St. Jerome Final

I Finally finished this painting. I'm pleased with the final result.
I will move on to face the "Laocoon" my new challenge.
I'll keep you guys posted on the progress.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


This was a quick blocking from a live model. Interesting how the shadow describe the form and features on the model's face. No details, just big planes of light and shadow.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Studio from a Live Pose in Oil

I thought that one seminar with Jesus Villarreal Jr. was cool, but two is way cooler.  Again, this month I had the privilege to participate in another Jesus' workshop, this time an academic figure painting. It was a workshop full of painting and observation from a live pose, I feel that I learned a lot from this guy. Here's my studio from this exercise.

Friday, May 20, 2011

St. Jerome WIP - Oil on canvas

This is a sight-size exercise I'm working on right now. It's a work in progress, at this stage I'm starting to layout the values finding the brightest light and the darkest dark to use as a reference for the rest of the mid tones. Also, I'm  correcting the drawing as I go. I don't think I have posted the stages of a painting on the past, but I will try to document this one as I go. It's going to take a while since right now I'm busy with other stuff and I can't work on it as much as I would like. I really like this cast and I'm looking forward to seeing how it comes out. It's always exiting to see how a painting evolves.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bill Murray

I 've super busy with a lot of different things going on right now. But in the mean time while working in other projects I'm posting this watercolor of Bill Murray that I did some time ago for the caricaturama challenge. 

Friday, April 15, 2011


No much to say, just watercolors.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Charcoal from life model

I had the pleasure to participate in a workshop by Jesus Emmanuel Villareal, an awesome talented young artist, who just graduated from the Florence academy. The knowledge and the technique of this guy is insane. Here is a link to his website, check it out it is incredible. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to attend. So here is my drawing from the class.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Adam West

I had the pleasure to participate in the Wizard Comic Con Miami this past weekend and it was an awesome experience.
Since the main attraction at the conference was Adam West, the original Batman from the 1960's TV series, I decided to give it a try and go for a caricature portrait of him while I was at the booth. So here is the final piece, I wanted to capture him as I remember him from his younger years. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Planes of the Head

This is my latest sight-size painting, it is oil on canvas. It was a very fun exercise and it helped me a lot to understand how the head is divided into planes and how the light works on them as well.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Tommy Lee Jones

I love working with watercolors. Interesting subject and fun to draw.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Where is the undo command in watercolors? there's none

Not always everything works out as planned. This is a clear example of that. When I first sketched this, I had a decent likeness, but when I started painting I thought that some adjustments needed to be made. Unfortunately, the only way to find out if something is going to work is by doing it, and unlike digital painting, when you work with traditional media, there is no undo or save as commands. So, as I made the corrections I thought my painting needed to improve, but I end it up messing it up (as you can see in the picture above), the good thing is that it is just a painting, no more than paper and some pigment (besides hours of work and no sleep). So, after a week or so of thinking about what went wrong, I decided to give it another try, so I started from scratch and did a whole new illustration and here is the final result, better likeness at least I can now live with it.

With time I have learned that if something looks wrong with your artwork it's because it's wrong, no doubt about it.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Charcoal Sketch from live model

This is a quick sketch from a live model session. Interesting model from Rusia, very strong features.

Friday, January 07, 2011