Sunday, July 31, 2011


Here it is: no more trash glowy moths and a more gentle and selective color correction.
Drawing at night can bring you to brutal color corrections :)


Click on the images to see 'em properly.
Finally had some time to finish.
It was a 12 hours thing, digital draft to coloured flat version.

Not very sure about some details. The glow on the moths is maybe too cheesy.
Maybe I will crank the brightness up a bit more. I love the fact you have to struggle to see Batman in the dark, but maybe I can just let him be a little more visible.
Tomorrow, maybe, I will post a more definitive version.

For sure I can do be faster AND better.
Anyway the Superamici logo on true a Batman cover should be there by default.

Batman is the best superhero to draw, no doubt.

Friday, July 29, 2011


is freaking me out.


Work in progress. Wished I could finish it today but didn't have the time to draw a lot.
Can't wait to colour it digitally.

Hope I can work on it more tomorrow and at least finish the pencil layer.
5:00 AM. Time to sleep.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

The Dark Side of the Sun: About noise and signal

I managed to finish this animated project called "the dark side of the sun".
I will make an extensive post about it soon.
Right now I have the urge to tell you what I discovered drawing for animation.
Basically, animation punishes you everytime you make a wrong choice of what it's really important and what's not.
Did you put a detail that wasn't necessary in your character design? Now draw it a thousand times!
It's like having a brutal old fashioned teacher sitting on your back!

That brought my style and the whole idea of drawing, expecially drawing characters, to a very new place.

The images above are the key pose drawings I had to do to let the animators to their job without having to guess by trial and error how and what to draw. They are only a sample (I had to do many, MANY more drawings doing the preproduction) of what I discovered.

I'm very proud of the results, and it may seem stupid to you that I consider the drawing above the biggest step forward in style I've ever made in years, and probably the best drawings I've ever made. People usually like my work because it's very detailed and complex, so the drawings above may look cheap, worthless 10 minutes sketches (and I actually had 10/20 minutes to decide/do the shots so it's partly true :) ).

These drawings are very important to me for their consistency and, at last, a good balance between noise and signal: that's my only goal when I start a drawing, illustration or comic panel.

What's next? Using my new skills doing comics as soon as possible!