Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Scouting Bologna

Hi guys,

I had my eye surgery last week - I was blind from my left eye - and I had to be away from the computer. I am recovering wonderfully.
Considering it spent almost 15 years in the dark my left eye is getting used to the light quite fast too. The surgery was not easy and my vision is not 100% back yet but it’s enough for now to make me realize the world is wide and shorter and rounder than I remembered it and more colorful too hahaha. 

Of course for a week I could not draw, read, watch TV, check messages, check the computer except for 10 minutes every other hour, to learn to focus - which I still haven’t mastered, especially when I have to shift from object far away to close ones.

 Since I was not able to do anything and bored to death - as you can see from the scribbly drawing - I have decided to take the guys to Bologna, where the doctor gave us a tour of his school too. (I also collected some background information on a location I could not access via google street view).

I will be out again tomorrow for a check up so I hope you don’t mind thant this week I only could upload one update for the Pirate Balthasar and one for The Flower and the Nose - next week everything should be back to normal (hopefully).

 P.s. I think some of this blurred pictures can give you an idea of my struggle with “focus” hahaha.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Castalia in the beginning

Sometimes I feel nostalgic for Castalia, the way she was at the beginning of The Pirate Balthasar, with her big transparent eyes, her short hair, her very instinctive innocence, so close to nature. almost wild. Do you? She's come a long way since, from kitten to kitty from Hell.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Mark of Cain coming your way

Justin: feed meeeh the kitteeeh.
Holos: Fish, fish, I has fish!

Cain: stop it, both of you. You are friends. Justin stop chewing on my leg, I am not your bubble gum.
Justin: kitteeeeh.

Cain: I should let your eat each other and get it over with.

Another doodle from the Mark of Cain.
In one of the stories Justin will be my worst nightmare, a shark and Cain finds himself cast overboard with the both of them feeling very hungry hahaha.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Do you miss her?

I always have a lot of fun drawing Circe so I have to confess that now that I moved onto the Murder in Bologna I sort of miss her.
Do you miss her?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Murder in Bologna test 2

Along the way I also tested to see if watercolor backgrounds worked better.
I am a bit torn. On one hand I want this to be like a noir and on the other hand I want this to have sketchy/artistic background as if they were Kane's drawing... and also I don't like using dark color. So I guess I will use different "feel/mood" more based on the scene because, as for genre I do not want this to be 100% a murder mystery but more of a spoof of a murder mystery.

I tried another background test on the cleant character...

And these were some old sketches of Paolo and Malvasia I forgot to share in the previous post. Eventually in the simplified style Malvasia has shorter hair and Paolo looks less innocent. :P