Friday, February 26, 2010

The works of Dionisio

My friend, who happens to be a photographer helped to conceive this 3-D incarnation of my avatar in the 3 guys making comics logo. I thought it was mad cool and that´s how it ended here.

´Nuff said

Sunday, February 21, 2010


I came up with this a little while ago, when I decided to let someone else to use my heart as an ashtray again. It’s funny how this very same situation happened last month, just as it happened 10, 15 years ago. I definitely don’t understand women, their parents or even love for that matter. It’s just what I’ve always said: I’m destined to die alone.


And after what to me seemed like a very long time, I’m able and happy to share a few things of this work (still in progress) to you. This is taking a lot longer that we originally expected, first because of Script complications, then because of me moving out of the country, then because of my lack of sense when packing, then because of the heat, and so on, the list keeps going on, but that’s not the point.

The point is; this is a labor of love and even though we put all from ourselves to do it complications will always arise. Hopefully for #3 we will be back on track.

What we have here are a couple of inked but not finished pages and some sketches. Right now the book is half way done, so I hope that this will be enough to wet your appetite. Just talking for myself, I really hope you like what we have so far, it’s gonna be a great issue and I can’t wait to get it done and ready for you to buy it.

Please join us in this, the joy of comics and don’t forget to pest your local comic book store about this very particular book. We’ll see you in the shelves!

More to come ^_^

Monday, February 15, 2010

Another Portfolio situation

This is a little piece that I made after another one of my visits to the DC comics offices in NY when looking for a job. Editors seem to have this tendency of telling me this in spite that all the non-publishers keep telling me the opposite. Anyway, from all that frustration comes this, a satirical allegory about my lack of common sense.

I wanna dedicate this particular one to my friend Bernabé and to my muse (or lack thereof), because it applies in more than one sense.
‘Nuff said.

Tools of the trade

One thing that as an artist I know for sure is that most of the time, when we are not asking to ourselves ‘How’ other people do their craft, we ask ‘what do they use’?
With this in mind I decided to give a little insight and show you what I’m using right now to bring ‘How to survive working in retail #2’ to fruition.

Now, since I moved recently most of my stuff hasn’t arrived to my house yet, so I needed to go out and find replacements. I took a few things with me thinking ahead, but in the rush I forgot a lot, namely; my rapidographs, my brushes, ink, squares and so on.
All these years I’ve been sort of looking for the perfect brush to ink with, and I must say that I haven’t found it yet. Every time that I can I buy a new one to give it a try and see if this one is ‘the chosen one’, to no avail I might add. I’ve read lots of stuff about inkers and their brushes, and I have to say that I’m not a fan of the sable ones, the tip is too long and I don’t have the control I want from it. I like shorter tips, with rounded heads, which gives me better control. I use a variety of mechanical pencils (0.5, 0.7, 0.9) with different leads. I also use rapidographs when inking details and straight lines with a ruler. My choice of India ink is the Speedball super black for the brush and the Staedler for the markers.

I recently had to buy a new rapidograph to cover for the missing ones, so I got a 0.4, but the nib keeps clogging up every time I use it, bringing my frustration up to new heights.
I’m hopping to recover all my stuff (including my table) by the time I have to start working on issue #3 (first draft of the script already done), and with that speed up the process so it can be out on time.
Let’s see what happens with the world as I keep looking for that perfect brush that seems to be harder to find than the perfect woman.

Traditional drawing stuff:
Staedler 9505, 0.5 mechanical pencil with HB leads
Pentel precision eraser
Sharpie fine point permanent marker (black)
Staedler mars matic 700 rapidograph 0.4 point
#2 Da Vinci series 1599 brush
Staedler rasoplast eraser
Pelikan India ink
Caballito premium paper (180 grams)
Strathmore 400 series Sketch book (89 grams)

PNY optima attaché 2G flash drive
Adobe Photoshop CS2
Adobe Illustrator CS3
Nikon coolpix 5900 digital camera (5.1 megapixels)
HP pavilion dv8110 laptop with windows xp (512 MB, 80GB hard drive)
Canon pixma MP190 scanner/printer/copier

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another update.

As I’m writing this it’s 7:40 am in this little corner of the earth. I’ve been working all night on the second issue of “How to survive working in retail” and (not that anyone cares) I’m only one page away from finishing the pencils. Inks are just around the corner and after that all that will be left to do will be lettering and getting everything ready for printing.

It’s funny (weird funny) how the human brain works, as dawn comes closer I feel creatively pumped instead of tired. It feels like my brain its all jacked up on creative juice and won’t let me rest. As a break from the boards I decide to start working on a new section for this blog that will be a sort of recount of some comic book stores I’ve seen around the world. The writing part it’s done already for a few of them, so what I decided to do now was to start working on the pictures to go with the articles. But that doesn’t stop there, as I recently moved back to my old house I have to rearrange a ton of books, comics and CD’s, and somehow I feel that right now is the best time to do it. I feel like I want to do 80 things all at the same time, in moments like this I wish I had 8 arms like an octopus, or a clone to split up the work load.

Anyway, just felt like touching base and let people know what I’m up to. Lots of sketches and new stuff are waiting to see the light as soon as I get my scanner back, until then I sign off with the usual…

…more to come.

P.S: As I publish this I actually started the inking of the book ^_^