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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.




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.


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. 🙂


I meant to post about this a few weeks ago. The Black Wind’s Whispers is available now on  and also on 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.


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.


Photoshop + Wacom Graphire3

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Over a year ago I did a sketch of Sgt. Gileas Ur’ten (which you can find by clicking here). Gileas Ur’ten is a character created by the talented Sarah Cawkwell (A.K.A Pyroriffic) for some short stories about the Silver Skulls. I promised Sarah I’d illustrate a colour version of Gileas some day… and here we are 🙂

From the Lexicanum:

“The Silver Skulls are a successor Chapter created during the Second Founding and are said to be among the most renowned and honoured chapters of the Second Founding’s ranks. They have earned a reputation for victory, no matter the odds. They claim lineage from the line of the Ultramarines although records are hazy on the matter. Given the number of successor chapters who take their genestock from this great line, however, there is no dispute.

The chapter takes its name from its tradition of claiming the heads of their opponents, coating them in silver and then displaying them as trophies of battle in their ships and vaults.”

If you’re interested in the Silver Skulls, there is a book written by Sarah Cawkwell called The Gildar Rift to be released in December, you can check it out at the Black Library.


Photoshop + Wacom Graphire3

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Following my previous illustration, I’ve designed the cover for Lord Lucan’s Flesh Trilogy. As some of you may remember, Lord Lucan was the winner of the competition I did celebrating the first anniversary of the blog. You can read about it here.