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Here´s a breakdown of the creative process for this one.

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This was inspired by one of my favorite scifi movies “NATURAL CITY“. I love oriental cinema and this movie in particular has a spaceport romantic scene that inspires me a lot,  so the whole feel for my pic came from that bit.

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” SPACE PORT – ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES”

This was inspired by one of my favorite scifi movies “NATURAL CITY“. I love oriental cinema and this movie in particular has a spaceport romantic scene that inspires me a lot,  so the whole feel for my pic came from that bit.

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You can take a look at my review for the movie here at my blog. Use google translator form Portuguese into English. 😉

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I was not in a rush and I painted in several days at the end of the day to relaxed from payed commission work.
I never do sketches, color tests, or anything related to any sort of planning whatsover.
All my “sketches” are done inside my imagination before a pic starts. When I have the visual “sketched” in my mind, ( color mood included ),  I just start to paint the pic and then the aditional texture work if needed brings it to life at the end.

I could have spent easily about 10 or 20 more hours on this just zooming in every detail and refining it to a point this would look almost photo realistic. Its easy for me to do that, but I don´t have time for creating “completed” paintings no more because I have commissions to do for other type of projects; usually children book stuff away from this type of art that I love.
Since I left Photoshop for good and started to paint witg Clip Studio Paint I actually like the way the brushes can give a more traditional feel to a paint rigth away and so I left this image in a rough phase because I like the “painting” feel where we see all the bush strokes and all that.

This also ended up with some sort of John Harris space art feel which was totally not intentional but unavoidable since his space scenes were really a big part of my childhoood back in the late 70s.

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I´m not sure if this can be considered a matte-painting or not because I actually never know exctaly where the boundaries are on those things. Although it´s based on scenery extensions, a bit of photobashing and textures, there´s also a lot of painting all over the place to make this work, so I guess in the end this is another Fantasy painting of mine, just for fun in between commissions.

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These are some of the illustrations I did for a brand new board game project of which I cannot talk about it yet. I did this last year but only now I have the authorization to post this on my portfolio, so I picked these initial three which are some of my favorites.

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The theme of the game is of course related to those classic 50s flying saucer invasion movies and so the idea was mostly to get some sort of War of the Worlds feel.
Stay tuned for more on this soon.

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ESFS Nominations 2018 – I´m on it !

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Wow, I just got informed that I was nominated by the ” European Science Fiction Society” for the 2018 Award , related to Artist of the Year !

“The ESFS are happy to release the current nominees for the ESFS Achievement Awards and the ESFS Hall of Fame Awards. The winner of these awards will be selected at the next general meeting of the ESFS, which will take place at the 40th Eurocon which takes place in Amiens on the 19th to the 22nd of July.”

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This came totally out of the blue. I had no idea they were even aware of my existence despite this society being on the field since 1972 promoting artists and works within fantasy themes, so it was with surprise that I just got the information that I was nominated to represent Portugal for this 2018 illustration award.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/akacl0h9tpa9myb/ESFS_HallofFame%202018-ver1.pdf

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Here´s a breakdown of most steps I took to do this “WEST OF OZ 9 : PINK BUNNY MECH BORDER PATROL” pic.

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As usual I don´t do any sketches or plan a thing and I just paint until I find something that I like. If I planned anything I would never complete a pic because my imagination would already be in the next one and would be bored to death just cleaning and rendering an image that I knew exactly how it would turn out in the end and I don´t like that at all.

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I like to go with the flow and simply paint it raw and direct from start to finish not knowing what I will be doing in the next minute with the image. Also I like to see how a painting changes during my creative process and this one is no exception.
So here it goes the making of for this one too.

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This was the first pic I did with my brand new HUION GT221 PRO wich I won a couple of weeks on the Huion illustration contest, and I´m still adjusting my painting style to cope with the new pen pressure levels of this new Huion pen. Also, the software used here is once again Clip Studio Paint as I gave up on the expensive and heavy Photoshop for good.

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“WEST OF OZ 9 : PINK BUNNY MECH BORDER PATROL”

My HUION GT221 PRO has just arrived. So this is my first test pic with it. It´s a lot different from my old GT220 in the sense that I´m still ajusting my painting style to cope with all the new pen pressure levels but this new Huion product sure is an outsanding alternative to the expensive Wacoms out there.
So anyway, here´s my first test pic. Another “West of Oz” pic for me as I´m starting to think about creating a book based on this concept of mine just for myself.

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I´ll post the Making of breakdown on the next post.

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“WEST OF OZ 8 : ROCKET TOWN”

And here it goes another brand new one. All painted with Clip Studio Paint as usual as I totally left Photoshop behind for good.

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Click on the image below to see the making of for this one.

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So here´s the complete step by step making of for this brand new one. This is actually a good example of one of my ideas change overtime during the making of an image and why I don´t plan anything in advance as it would be a waste of time in my worklow anyhow. 😉
The initial idea was to place some sort of fairy tale village against an epic crashed spaceship but then that got a bit abstract at some point. Then I thought about placing a character reading an Oz book, but then again my pics are not about characters but about environments . So finally I got the idea of the rocketship. It gave the perfect retro style I was searching for and at the same time it helped to give scale to the whole background.
Here it goes, from start to finish.

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Just another pic for myself I´m working on. I´m in the middle of another complex children book commission, of which as it tends to be, I cannot show anything on my pages yet  because contractual reasons and so I need to have something to keep posting on this blog.
I started this pic yesterday without a single idea in mind as usual and so let´s see where this one goes or even if I get to complete it.

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TO BE CONTINUED…
These were just the initial steps and so this might even change completely in the next stages. I´m just letting my imagination go and have no idea of what I will be painting or adding next to this one either.
Fun stuff.

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“DESIGNING EARTH WORLD” : Winner at the Huion 2018 Scifi Art contest.
Just in time as I was really in need of a new tablet. 🙂

The last time I´ve entered a competition or an art contest was probably more than 25 years ago, even before I started to take this illustration thing more serious.
So to my surprise I found myself participating in one just last month.
An online friend of mine told me about this contest on the same week when I had a problem here at my studio and lost my Huion tablet for good, so when I noticed that Huion was now offering as first prize a new PRO version of the model I owned and lostthat very same week I thought, why not ?…
As I was in need of a new tablet, well… I sent in three pics mostly for fun.
The results came out yesterday and it seems I got the first prize.
Cool. I really needed that.

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My idea behind this pic was simply to keep it as further away from the standard “concept art” (for videogames) or “super hero / mech ” stuff as I could and so I went with a storytelling approach while at the same time always having in mind the potential to create an image that could also used as a marketing tool for the Huion brand.

The world is filled with thousands of artpieces that showcase mostly the same things, space battles, mech warriors, super hero stuff and all that and my idea of scifi is not about that at all. What I love to depict in fantasy or scifi are not action scenes, characters, monsters or comic type stuff but scenes about the daily life of the creatures that live on these scifi fantasy imaginary worlds.

In this case I was listening to an old Art Bell radio show about alien abductions and I thought that it would be a good idea to depict the Earth being designed by Grey Aliens showcasing the Huion brand while at the same time retaining my storybook visual style so I could distance myself from all the more standard artwork in the competition as there were a few good pieces there in technique but not many of them had the Huion brand on their mind as part of what they were narrating visually.
And so, I took advantage of my experience in creating visual stories, attached that to the Grey concept + the need to sell the Huion brand and make it a central piece of the illustration and I created this: “Designing Earth World” focused not only on the scifi aspect of things but on the actual use of Huion products.
I must have connected to someone out there because I won.

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Actually I´ve been a big Huion fan since I started to use their product several years ago. At the time I was looking for a good Wacom alternative and came across Huion GT-220 one day. I took a chance , bought the thing and I was extremely surprised with its quality level when compared to what a similar and way more expensive Wacom tablet could do.
99% of all my work in the last few years have all been done with my old Huion GT 220 and so I´m more than happy to now get the chance to continue my illustrations with their new GT 221 PRO and can hardly wait to get that hardware on my hands.

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Well, I think I´m going to put this pic on halt and give it some pause. It seems I cannot find the right approach for this one. No matter what I try this scene keeps lacking imagination and I´m not happy about it.
As you can see from these changes when compared to what I was doing in Part I and Part II of this pic I´m going all over the place with this but I don´t seem to get it working.

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Now it´s starting to get too much inspiration from Falkor from The Neverending Story and so I decided to “quit” on this for a while.
At least until I can find something in this idea which will allow me to input some serious imagination into the piece.
Right now I could take this as it is and clean it up well enought to have a really nice illustration at the end, but the imagination would still be missing from this. I don´t know what do I want to do with the character and even worse I have no idea what to do with the landscape …

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Many people think that illustrators only create finished pics that look good so this is a good opportunity for me to show that many times we do A LOT of stuff that simply does not seem to work. The trick is to keep doing it until we get a good idea. Leave a failed atempt to rest for a while and then come back to it later and that is what I am going to do right now. So for now this illustration is on pause.
Also I need to focus on a complex commissioned children book I need to do rigth now and that is maybe why my mind is not into this illustration rigth now.
Anyway, I wanted to show you how a failed illustration looks like. 😉

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