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My transition from traditional acrylics, watercolor and ink illustration into digital was realy difficult. A nightmare actually. For years I thought I was never going to be able to do it and I was condemned to work traditionally forever.
Many times I´ve tried to adapt to digital art with no sucess whatsoever as I worked in traditional illustration for more than a decade before and perhaps because of that, somehow I had tremendous dificulty in converting my original style to the digital age.
I tried many softwares and failed at all of them. Several times.
One day I became part of a project for an History book and I forced myself to do it entirely in digital, even though I had no clue of what I was doing or how I was going to do it. Fortunately I was working with an author friend of mine and so the whole thing was more like and experiment for me where “failure” was an option.
The result was a mismash of mixed results and the book looked different from page to page,  as if many illustrators had worked on it and failed to some or many degrees. It got published nevertheless, it sold really well and it´s even now out of print which meant some readers out there must have liked it. Even though nowadays I find 99% of those illustrations almost embaracing as it´s still clear that I had no clue about what I was doing at that time and was just trying to paint digitaly out of fear of not being able to complete the task more than anything else.
For me in the end, it was an interesting project to learn how -not to illustrate- in digital. Nevertheless the end result, looking back now, still has some beginners charm in that -so bad , it´s good (?) – category.
You be the judge…


This book became something special in my own personal artistic evolution as it was from this “failed” experience I decided that I needed to really get the grasp with this digital thing even if it was the last thing I was going to do. Understanding –what not to do- in digital painting by forcing myself to illustrate “A Batalha do Arade” book,  set me on the right path to finally learn how to do it properly; taking advantage of all the digital options out there that at the time I had no clue that existed in the digital realm. From this project I started to go online looking for places to learn and came across the fantastic youtube channel from the FZDSCHOOL which actually saved my life and set me on the right path. I totally recommend that channel to all the people who want to learn how to draw and paint in digitial but not only.
As for my failed “A Batalha do Arade” book project, I just thought it was fun to share this here as the blog should also be about my failures and not just about the stuff that I get right. 😉

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One of the books I´ve illustrated some months ago is now available at AMAZON.com ; ”

Beware of the Nose-Biting Monster!: A Cautionary Tale for Petrified Parents

Written by Jay Miletsky and illustrated by myself, it was a fun book to do and apparentely people are enjoying it too as the reviews have been very generous.
Check it out at : https://www.amazon.com/Beware-Nose-Biting-Monster-Cautionary-Petrified-ebook/dp/B07FZFNJ4B/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538854012&sr=8-1&keywords=Beware+of+the+Nose-Biting+Monster%21%3A+A+Cautionary+Tale+for+Petrified+Parents

You can see a making of VIDEO HERE:
https://icreateworlds.net/2018/01/18/beware-of-the-nose-biting-monster-page-making-of-digital-painting-video-tutorial/

and another VIDEO HERE:
https://icreateworlds.net/2018/01/23/beware-of-the-nose-biting-monster-page-making-of-digital-painting-video-tutorial-2/

or check some early or unused sketches and abandoned ideas HERE:
https://icreateworlds.net/2018/02/20/beware-of-the-nose-biting-monster-page-making-of-from-doodles-and-sketches-to-the-final-illustration/

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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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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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If you are a potential illustration client, if you are looking for an affordable children book artist , concept illustrator or need a freelance artist to work on a pod project ( I do not descriminate print on demand material for sure; I love it ); do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
If you have a dream, no matter what your budget is don´t hesitate to contact me and let´s see what we can do.

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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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If you are a potential illustration client, if you are looking for an affordable children book artist , concept illustrator or need a freelance artist to work on a pod project ( I do not descriminate print on demand material for sure; I love it ); do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
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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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If you are a potential illustration client, if you are looking for an affordable children book artist , concept illustrator or need a freelance artist to work on a pod project ( I do not descriminate print on demand material for sure; I love it ); do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
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Still trying to figure out what this one will become. I had an initial idea but I´m trying to experiment with some different stuff at this stage still. I like the dog creature but I´m not exactly sure what I want to do with the landscape yet…
At this stage I wanted to make the lighthouse less traditional and more fantasy and also I thought it was becoming too dominant. I still need to find the right balance and direction for this pic.

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At this point this seems to be going into some kind of scifi direction with a space ark or space world so I need to bring it back to a more fantasy setting tomorrow.
Stay tuned. Check Part I to see the begining of this one.

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If you are a potential illustration client, if you are looking for an affordable children book artist , concept illustrator or need a freelance artist to work on a pod project ( I do not descriminate print on demand material for sure; I love it ); do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
If you have a dream, no matter what your budget is don´t hesitate to contact me and let´s see what we can do.

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Continuing to create these pics to relax between commissioned illustration work, here´s the first steps for yet another West of Oz pic of mine which I just started.
Work in progress. Stay tuned for more tomorrow.

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To be continued tomorrow.

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And here it goes. Here´s the final illustration I´ve been working on the last few days just to relax between another book project I´m doing right now and which has nothing to do with this image now. 🙂
I need to paint this images of my own universes just for fun or I would spend all my life just illustrating other peoples dream visions, so I try to always have a little time to do my own personal work and create the universes that I like.
This is starting to become a series of paintings so here goes another: “West of Oz : South of Fantasia”. Inspired of course by The Wizard of Oz and by The Neverending Story.

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The only idea I had for this image before starting was that I wanted to show the signs point to OZ and Fantasia and that I wanted to do some sort of creature on a field. Other than that I´m as surprised as to what this image turned out to be as all of you are. Otherwise I would be bored to death just trying to paint an already planned illustration.

Here´s the complete making of with all the images now in one place as the other posts I did about the work in progress now are scattered about this blog in between other stuff and people always like to see how I do my paintings.
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The end result.
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By the way it´s very important to mirror your painting while you´re doing it because it helps you notice things to fix and also as in this case you might find out that an oposite angle is after all the right one to tell the story you want to tell all along.

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After more than 15 years using Photoshop for most of my original illustration/concept-art work stuff, I´m replacing it with Clip Studio Paint ( also known as Manga Studio in Japan ).
It can do most of the things I did with Photoshop when it comes to creating a painting, the layers work the same way, etc, but it comes with some really cool pre-made brushes that I love to use. Also it has some great comic creation features which are outstanding.

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Don´t let the name of the software fool you, it is not a clipart creation tool but a fully developed software for painting and illustration. Thing of a cross between the classic Painter with plenty of the Photoshop advantages mixed in and you get Clip Studio Paint.
It is known as Manga Studio in Japan but the name is also not very good there too because people may think this is just something to create Manga, which again, it is not.
I have no idea why somebody didn´t give this amazing full illustration creative painting tool a really good name that reflects the true nature of what it can do but for now we´re stuck with “Clip Studio Paint” which must be the most awful and misleading name someone ever gave to an amazing painting sofware.

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If you are a potential illustration client, if you are looking for an affordable children book artist , concept illustrator or need a freelance artist to work on a pod project ( I do not descriminate print on demand material for sure; I love it ); do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
If you have a dream, no matter what your budget is don´t hesitate to contact me and let´s see what we can do.

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Almost done. At this point I got inspired by the magic forest from the movie “LEGEND” and as usual by the Neverending Story book and movie.
Here´s the final steps for this pic which I now call “West of OZ : South of Fantasia”. 😉

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Click to see Phase I and Phase II and Phase III

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AVAILABLE FOR ILLUSTRATION WORK

If you are a potential illustration client, if you are looking for an affordable children book artist , concept illustrator or need a freelance artist to work on a pod project ( I do not descriminate print on demand material for sure; I love it ); do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
If you have a dream, no matter what your budget is don´t hesitate to contact me and let´s see what we can do.

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First animatics test I ever created for a company project I was working for several years ago. It´s just an extremely rough-draft type thing/animated storyboard animatics to plan an intro animation for a children book interactive educational product at the time.
This was done for the “Afonsinho Explica” (“Learn with Afonsinho”) Project for the Eixo Filosófico portuguese publishing company and it was Test 000 before we started on the actual animation.

The whole thing was created in Blender at the time, but the project ended up going into another direction and so I never got to refine anything of what you see here above in this initial test.

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