Yokai Poster – Kitsune

So, I decided to design some posters, because it’s something I feel is missing on my portfolio, and the theme I picked to start with is Japanese Yokai Posters. I really like Japanese art in general, and, in this case, I’ve found inspiration on Japanese Pop Art and Japan’s folklore.

妖怪 or Yokai are supernatural monsters, spirits and demons in Japanese folklore.

狐, キツネ or Kitsune, is the Japanese word for fox. probably the most well known Yokai outside Japan. According to that country’s traditional legends, the more tails a fox has, and they can have as many as nine tails, the more powerful it is. These nine tailed foxes acquire the ability to hear and see everything happening in the world, at all times, ant they’re also credited with infinite wisdom. The pearls on each of the Kitsune’s tails are called Hoshi no tama, and according to tradition, they represent the Kitsune’s soul.

This artwork was created with Photoshop and Illustrator (which I used to draw the sunburst in the background). Below is the final rough, after many iterations, for this design.

The next Yokai creature on this series is going to be the Furi, so check my updates if you’d like to see it. Thank you for stopping by!

A girl with her pet owl

An illustration I did (my first finalized for 2019!) of a series of girls hanging out with their magical pets. In this case, a Jelly-Fish-Tailed Owl, and yes, that doesn’t exist, just in case you’re wondering 😉

Illustration of a girl holding a mythical creature on her hand, a magical owl.

For this piece, as for the others on this series, I did the rough drawing on Photoshop, and the final art on paper. I’m kinda doing the opposite of what I used to do, and sometimes still do for other kinds of drawings, which was to start sketching on paper, and do the final image digitally.

Scroll down to see the final digital sketch, which I printed and used to trace on watercolor paper, to finally ink and paint it.

The final illustration was done with ink on paper, and the list of materials is as follows:

  • Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper 140 lb.
  • Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star Matte Ink
  • Kuretake brush
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolor in Payne’s Gray and Lamp Black
  • Col Erase light blue pencil
  • Prismacolor black pencil
Rough drawing for a girl with her magical pet owl

Thanks for stopping by!

A girl with her pet cat-lope

The first of a series of watercolor and ink illustrations featuring different girls hanging out with their magical pets. In this case, a Cat-Lope, like in a Jackalope, which is a creature some people believe exists, based on a hoax, a mix of a jack rabbit and an antelope. The Cat-Lope is legit, tho 😉

Illustration of a girl with her magical pet, a cat-lope

At first this was an illustration for Inktober 2018, but I liked the idea of making a series of different girls, with very different magical creatures as their pets, and having the constrain of using only “grayscale” to render them. So, I’ll be using only black, white and different shades of gray, and thanks to Payne’s Gray watercolor blue undertones, a blue tint in some details.

For this piece, as for the others on this series, I did the rough drawing on Photoshop, and the final art on paper.

picture of a watercolor painting of a girl and her magical pet

The final illustration was done with ink on paper, and the list of materials is as follows:

  • Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper 140 lb.
  • Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star Matte Ink
  • Kuretake brush
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolor in Payne’s Gray and Lamp Black
  • Col Erase light blue pencil
  • Prismacolor black pencil

Bellow is the final digital sketch, which I printed and used to trace on watercolor paper, to finally ink and paint it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Girl with dandelion

Illustration in ink of a native Brazilian girl with dandelion

Illustration in ink (at first intended to be published during #inktober, oh well!) of a native Brazilian girl holding a dandelion. I need to do more inking, it’s actually quite fun!

Done with  a Kuretake calligraphy brush (I highly recommend it, once you get the hang of it, you can get amazing line variation with it!) and Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star India Ink, on Arches Watercolor cold press paper.

Ilustração em nanquim (a princípio a intenção era publicá-la durante o #inktober, fazer o quê!) de uma garota indígena brasileira segurando um dente-de-leão. Eu tenho que fazer mais desenhos em nanquim, o processo é muito interessante!

Feita com pincel de caligrafia Kuretake (recomendo muito; uma vez que você pega prática com ele, dá pra conseguir uma variação de traço incrível!) e nanquim Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star, sobre papel Arches Watercolor cold press.

Chilling Bears

Digital painting of some bears chilling on a tree, drinking coffee and playing chess. I’m trying some new approaches, like using saturated colors and brushes that reproduce traditional media.

Pintura digital de uns ursos relaxando em cima de uma árvore, tomando café e jogando xadrez. Estou testando abordagens novas, como usar cores saturadas e pincéis que reproduzem o efeito de mídias tradicionais.

Four bears on a tree, two of them playing chess, one of them drinking coffeeDetail of the bears.

Detalhe dos ursos.

Four bears on a tree, two of them playing chess, one of them drinking coffee

I really like seeing the creative process when I see a finalized painting, so, I’m going to share some of mine. Here are the sketches I did for it, while I was still exploring ideas. At first, I was going for a more subtle approach, with the colors, but I wasn’t really happy with it, it didn’t match the playfulness I wanted to depict on this scene.

Eu gosto muito de ver o processo criativo por trás de imagens finalizadas, então, vou compartilhar um pouco do meu. Aqui estão os rascunhos que eu fiz pra esta ilustração, enquanto eu estava explorando ideias diferentes. No início, eu tinha escolhido uma abordagem mais neutra, em relação às cores, mas eu não estava contente com isso, não combinava com a atmosfera divertida que eu queria mostrar nesta cena.

Sketch of four bears on a tree, two of them playing chess, one of them drinking coffee

Sketch of four bears on a tree, two of them playing chess, one of them drinking coffee

 

Mini illustrations of the National Parks Part 1

Arches and Badlands National Parks vector illustration


I decided to start a new “collection” of small illustrations (“almost” icons) of the National Parks in America. They’re vector drawings, so, they’re very stylized. My intention isn’t to do something realistic, but I don’t want to make something completely “graphic”, either. So, I’m working to find a happy medium.

These are the first two I’ve made, of the Arches and Badlands Natural Parks.

Eu resolvi começar uma nova “coleção” de ilustrações em tamanho pequeno (ícones, talvez?) dos Parques Naturais aqui dos Estados Unidos. São ilustrações vetoriais, então, elas são bem estilizadas. Minha intenção não é fazer algo realista, mas ao mesmo tempo, eu não quero fazer algo totalmente “gráfico”. Então, estou trabalhando pra chegar a um meio termo interessante.

Estas são as duas primeiras que eu fiz, do Arches e do Badlands Natural Parks.

 

Demeter, Greek goddess of harvest

Phew, after a quite long hiatus, a new post! I’ve been working on many different things, most of which can’t be published yet (due to contracts with clients), so, I haven’t had much time to work on my own stuff. But I managed to squeeze some time for my own ideas here and there, and this is the first in a series of Greek gods (and probably some gods from other mythologies) that I’m planning to illustrate.

Ufa, depois de um longo hiato, uma publicação nova! Eu andei trabalhando em várias coisas diferentes, a maioria não podendo ser publicada ainda (devido a contratos com meus clientes), então, não tive muito tempo de trabalhar no meu material pessoal. Mas eu consegui arrumar um tempinho pra trabalhar nas minhas ideias, aqui e ali, e esta é a primeira de uma série de deuses gregos (e provavelmente alguns deuses de outras mitologias) que eu estou pensando em ilustrar.

Demeter, Greek goddess of harvest.

 

 

Watercolor – A Burnt Tree

My latest watercolor, A Burnt Tree, inspired by a trip to the Angeles National Forest, CA.

Minha mais recente aquarela, Uma Árvore Queimada, inspirada por um passeio na Angeles National Forest, CA.

Watercolor of a burnt tree, inspired by a trip to the Angeles National Forest

Sketches for a watercolor painting

The These are the first few sketches I did for my watercolor, A Burnt Tree. Col Erase pencil on paper.

Estes são os primeiros rascunhos que eu fiz para a minha mais recente aquarela, Uma Árvore Queimada.Lápis Col Erase sobre papel.

Sketches for a watercolor of a burnt tree.

 

And this is the final sketch, more detailed than the previous ones. Col erase and digital painting.

E este é o último rascunho, mais detalhado do que os anteriores.Col Erase e pintura digital.

Final sketch for a watercolor of a burnt tree.