We are moving!

Posted: March 2, 2013 in wall of text

After years blogging using WordPress I decided to finally integrate my website and my blog. It has taken me hours to upgrade the website but it hasn’t been overcomplicated, I’m quite impress with the tools that WordPress are offering.

My website now doesn’t look so, let’s say, rustic. The theme I’m using is also fully responsive, it has been designed to look great on all types of mobile devices and browser. This should help me out in the eventuality of me going 100% Freelance. As things stands now, if I want to keep doing what I love, I’ll have to do it as self-employed. It is that or to change career path.

I am very frustrated to say the least, but hey, I’m still fighting.

If you want to leave any comment on my website, please just head to the blog and drop us a line. I don’t mind if you prefer to write in English, Spanish, Catalan, Lithuanian or any other tongue; all languages are welcome :)

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I am keeping this blog on hold, I’m not going to delete it any time soon.

-Forjador.

Shadow Play

Posted: February 25, 2013 in digital art
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2D Digital.

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Carrying on with the cyberpunk theme from my previous post (cherry blossoms and cyborgs included), I just created a scene while I was listening to the Yoshida Brothers.

I like how this cyberpunk background is presented with a hint of shadow puppetry (hence the title of this post), showing two warriors facing off following a timeless code. It is like marrying together past and future and it does make it for a believable scenario.

When I said “a timeless code” I’m referring to the Bushido, which is a code of moral principles that the Samurai followed in feudal Japan. It translates literally as the Way of the Warrior; the philosophy behind it has evolved, survived and is still observed by many people around the world, traditional martial artists in particular. But originally it was, among other things, an instrument of control and as a such a perfect match for a cyberpunk mega corporation.

-Forjador.

 

2D Digital + 2D Traditional (ball-point pen)

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Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
In fields and villages
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the morning sun.
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Flowers in full bloom.

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Across the spring sky,
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the air.
Come now, come now,
Let’s look, at last!

-Traditional Japanese Folk Song

I have been having fun playing around with some Cyberpunk ideas. I started doodling with a pencil to finish shading with a pen. But that wasn’t enough so I scanned the drawing and created a background to give it some atmosphere. That led me to paint a close-up of the cyborg’s face… and I got carried away and made a little advert for the fictitious Sakura Corp (a la Deus Ex).

I’m thinking on creating an exoskeleton for the cyborg, I want to see more wires, more metal, more flesh and definitively more action. And hum, perhaps some mechanized units would be nice.

-Forjador.

Photo illustration. Wacom Intuos 5

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Three years ago, in order to celebrate the blog’s first anniversary and as a way to thank all the readers for their support, I made a simple competition. I asked: what would you like me to illustrate and why I should choose you as the winner.

I chose to illustrate a cover art for Andrew Aston’s (a.k.a. Lord Lucan or LL) Flesh Trilogy, portraying Vash, who is a corporal from an Imperial Guard Regiment called the Lychen Guard. The character is quite complex, as described by the author:

“Vash is essentially a psychotically barbarian warlord figure, a failed neophyte who fled from his chapter when they turned renegade, fleeing to the world of Lychen. He is a mad butcher, with a cheerful streak to match his insanity. He is a seven foot giant, with a shaven skull, permanently bloodshot eyes, a skulll with a lower jaws which terminates in a bear trap-like bionic jaw and wields a great eviserator blade into battle.”

The Lychen Regiment itself is formed from a world bound to a death cult that worships the God Emperor as a god of war and butchery. Flesh Trilogy is a Warhammer 40k fanfic, if you want to know more about it check this post.

The illustration I did for LL was alright but retrospectively I don’t feel it worked well as a book cover, you can have a look here. You know, more often rather than not, when you see an old painting you start thinking about all the changes you’d do, destroying your own artwork to pieces. So rather than going back to the illustration I decided to make a completely new cover that I feel works a lot better than the original. :)

-Forjador.

Pencil sketch + Photoshop

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These are 3 quick sketches I did as an exercise to explore the Manga style. There are subtle differences between the drawings but they could get stylized even further if I wanted to. I didn’t want to lose my soul entirely so there is still a lot of my own style embedded on these characters (specially the 1st one). Saying that, I grew up watching a lot of Anime in the 80′s and I can’t deny the influence it has on my artwork.

I chose to do the sketches using different themes (Gritty Fantasy, Steampunk and Cyberpunk) to keep me more entertained. All the little notes next to the characters, I made them up as I went along. I like twisted takes on faery tales so I played with the idea of a warrior-like Little Red Riding Hood – very original, I know, indulge me :P

When it comes to illustration and design I like to keep an open mind. I always try to think on the best approach for what the client is requiring, I have no problem adapting my style to suit the job at hand.

-Forjador.

 

I meant to post about this a few weeks ago. The Black Wind’s Whispers is available now on Amazon.co.uk  and also on Amazon.com. At the moment there is only the Kindle Edition but remember you can read Kindle Books on smartphones, computers and tablets by downloading the Free Kindle Reading Apps.

I designed the book cover for this anthology which was good fun. What is the book about? Here is the description from Amazon:

“In generations past and, surely, generations to come, ancient tales of demons and monsters persist. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, gargoyles and more. Some endure, familiar as they are terrifying. Others wear new faces and take new forms.”

From the twisted minds over at the Bolthole writing forums comes nine fantastic and dark tales of horror. Managed by James “He2etic” Fadeley. Edited by CS Barlow and Andrew Aston, it features tales by Andrew Aston, Alec McQuay, Simon Howers, Jeremy Daw, Johnathan Ward, Robbie McNiven and Keanu Ross-Cabrera, including a story by special guest author, veteran horror writer CL Werner, here is proof that you can teach an old monster new horrors…

I hope you all are having a good holiday and I wish for the next year to be a better one.

-Forjador.

Photoshop + Wacom Intuos 5

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Writing, drawing and painting are great tools of meditation for me, besides being the best channels to express myself, they help me fighting my frustrations and inner demons. Sometimes I like to do dark, gritty fanstasy or sci-fi, some others I just do something totally different, lighthearted – like the illustration above.

This has been a very rough year for me so far. Perhaps the best positive was creating the book cover for the Black Wind’s Whispers, it was good fun. Anyway, I got myself a Wacom Intuos 5 (which is fantastic) and I decided to get in touch with my inner child. The little person in me that is still running on hills of clouds chasing dragons. For him the dreams are not yet shattered, he can listen to the tales of the mountains, he can sing the songs of the sea in a stormy night, he can dance with fiery valkyries to the tunes of the old gods. He can make me remember the whys and hows and show me the right path. I should listen to him more often. When I grow up I want to be like him.

-Forjador.