Friday, November 28, 2014


I just saw the film at our usual studio screening, and boy -I did have fun-, to the usual charm of these little fellows add a fun story, tones of action, phenomenal art direction, and certainly lots and lots of clever humor. I also love the use of so many varied and cool locations -a la- James Bond, same with the gadgets and devices used by bad and good guys alike. Here are a few pieces I did for the film long time ago, just preliminary sketches or the port and some alleys in Hong Kong which at the time was to be one of the locations. I hope you see the show and have a great time too!

Saturday, June 14, 2014


And so the big weekend arrived, Ive been waiting for this one myself for quite a long time! I saw the studio screening recently and it looks stunning, with phenomenal story and characters. I did some 200 cinematography pieces for lighting and compositional inspiration, here are six of them, ...I'll post some more in the near future!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Life Drawing and Magazine Article

It had been quite a while, years actually, since I last went to life drawing sessions. Karl Gnass is now having one of his phenomenal seminars at the Studio, so here is one of the drawings I did the other day. Also, 'Drawing' magazine just came out with their spring 2014 issue which features an interesting article about artists who use ink, and as you'll see I was invited as well to show some of my work. The article is by Charley Parker.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Street sketches and Carl Potts seminar

Hey everyone, from no posts in a long time to two posts in a row! These are some "passer by" sketches i did around Christmas 2008 at a shopping mall with some friends. Fun!. Also i just knew Carl Potts will be giving a seminar on visual storytelling at the Society of Illustrators in NYC on May 1st at 7:00 pm (you can find more details here). Enjoy if you have the chance and are around beautiful NY!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


These are two pieces dating from some time ago. The 'Sherlock' image is an illustration I did to keep 'my fingers agile', as a guitarist friend of mine would say. The horseman is one of the many sketches I did years ago for a historical adventure project that eventually would evolve into 'Trail Of Steel'.The big temple design at the very background is directly taken from the cathedral in my hometown Palma de Mallorca.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

'Framed Ink' currently being reprinted

Hi everyone, for those of you interested to know, 'Framed Ink' is currently being reprinted so it will soon be up and running in Amazon and everywhere else. Thanks!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bob Godfrey

I just received an email from the Union. It reads "an afternoon of remembrance", and then it details a list of the animation people that died last year. I went through the list and I just said a big 'Oh no!' when I read the name Bob Godfrey. My mind went back to London in 1991, almost like in that famous scene at the end of the film 'Ratatouille". In April 1991 I decided to go to London looking for work. In a matter of weeks I had seen almost two hundred companies and still not getting anywhere. The 'creative directory' that I used as my guide provided me with yet another name and address, Bob Godfrey in King's Cross. So I headed there. He wasn't expecting me as I hadn't called before, I just tried my luck. He attended me -very- well (not everyone you meet in this type of adventure does) and asked me to come in. He really took his time to go through my portfolio. He was very complimentary and told me "I don't have work for you right now, but Spielberg is making an animated film these days in London". He gave me the studio's phone number and told me "go there, I'm sure they will give you work". And I called, and they did. Without his advice my life might have been very different, I might not be where I am today, my wife wouldn't be my wife, and my daughter wouldn't be my daughter. I don't even want to think about it. Thanks Bob, and rest in peace. (picture from 'The Guardian' online)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Two more pieces from my work in "Turbo". First is an early proposal I did for a full lighting script of the movie (second frame from top right hand corner -freeway shot- by Mike Issak). The other image is a composite of some of the enlarged frames. Just in case I don't have the time to post anymore before Christmas, Happy Holidays everyone!

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Ol' Project and a Northern Storm

Two sets of sketches I did back in 98 for a graphic novel project that is still somewhere in the back of my head, …"one of them" actually (one of them projects, not one of them heads). They were made with a brush tipped marker I don't remember the name or brand of, but they were great! Finally, one panel out of my storyboard for the opening sequence for "Asterix and the Vikings", fun project with a fantastic team at A-Film in Denmark.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Great book by Carl Potts

A new book from DC comics written by Carl Potts recently came out, "The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling", which by the way I'm very happy to say features a page of my artwork, a page selected out of the original work I did for Framed Ink. Carl is an incredibly, hands on, experienced professional that has been in the comic book industry for many years as an artist, writer and editor, having been the mentor to some of the big names of these days including Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio and Mike Mignola. This book offers a very concise look into the specific world of comics, getting into the detail of the essentials and building up from there, the way to make sure all the information is explained clearly step by step and therefore prove useful to the reader. In this specific narrative media, as in any other, the understanding and learning of such 'grammatical' rules is essential, so that we can then own them and play with them to our advantage when it comes to telling stories, sometimes by sticking to them, sometimes by breaking them while knowing why and how to do it. Besides the visual / artistic side of the trade, Carl also drives you through the basics of how a script works. To put everything into work under a very practical light, the last chapter of the book basically sums up all knowledge and theory explained in the book through the eyes of four different professional artists (including Carl himself) by proposing a three page sequence exercise in the shape of a script that each artist fleshes out and puts on paper in their own personal way. It is great to see how each mind works and how the same script can be visualized in different ways to accomplish the desired narrative goals. The chapter does not only provide the reader with the final artwork, but also with the sketches and the actual thought process each artist went through to get there, which is always the core of the whole thing. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mr. President in campus

It was great to have our President in the campus today. Here is a link to the full speech.

Monday, November 18, 2013

CTNX pics and artwork!

It was fun! The talk was fun and also having the opportunity of being together again after quite a while, since the four of us (Marcelo, Paul, Armand and myself) work in different studios right now. Here are a few shots Armand just emailed me, fresh from the oven. The other two are works of mine that were displayed at CTNX this year, the first (from Trail of Steel) is a very special one for me, it is the last drawing i did before having a daughter! The second is one of the drawings I did for El Pacifico, pirate adventure graphic novel work which somehow was the origin of the talk we had on Saturday in Burbank.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

CTNX 2013!

Hey everyone, it's CTNX time again! time does fly... I'll be speaking and sharing a panel with two great friends of mine, Marcelo Vignali and Armand Serrano on November 16, Saturday, at 2 pm. The session is titled, "The 3 Amigos: A Collaborative Approach From The Artists Point Of View." We will be talking about collaboration, friendship, respect, teamwork, Surf's Up and of course, "El Pacifico", the online graphic novel we developed for a while in a blog of its own. If you'll be there just don't think twice about stopping by and say hello! Last but not least, here comes a sketch design I did for "Puss in Boots" back in 2008.