Drawing Tutorial : “OZ – Looking for Dorothy” – Making of


And this time here´s the step-by-step process from  my OZ pic.
It´s called “Looking for Dorothy”.
It´s more or less self-explanatory as a drawing tutorial so I hope everyone understands the several creative choices I went through from start to finish to create the image.
One of the things I love the most is to take known stuff and give it my own spin. The Wizard of Oz books and movie are part of my inspiration when it comes to my imaginary worlds and so I tend to go back to it just for fun or when someone commissions me “an Oz style” pic which happens more than often.
This was just another one.


You might notice there aren´t many characters in my landscapes and this is because what I really love is to create imaginary geographies and fantasy worlds.
Characters bore me to death and I only illustrate them mostly for scale or when I have to because I´m working on a childrens book.
When I was a kid I absolutely hated those illustrated children books that were set in imaginary worlds but then, the only thing the books had illustrated in them were the characters and what they were doing ( sometimes with a little bit of background behind them ). What I always wanted to see were the worlds where these characters lived in and soon I started to notice that illustrators mostly did character based images for these books rather than illustrating the imaginary worlds.
That has always been my inspiration.
As everyone always asks me for tutorials and tips on how to paint my type of imaginary stuff  you can find my tutorials on perspective if you click here ( go check them out / read the first one and then follow through my “perspective tutorial series ).
Then you´ll understand better what follows.
Here´s a breakdown for this “Wizard of Oz” pic.


To illustrate imaginary worlds as a freelancer children book illustrator or freelance artist available for work I based my portfolio on the worlds I can imagine rather than on the characters that can inhabit those places as from what I see out there most illustrators work on characters and not on environments, except in concept art.
So my idea was always think about illustration for a book the same way I have to think about creating concept art. I guess my children book illustrations like this OZ inspired one above show a bit of that concept art influence and that is something that I like to showcase.


If you liked this, you might want to check out these other tutorial links below too:

Learn to draw landscapes / Perspective tutorial

0 INTRO ” A matter of perspective” :
Lesson 1 “Little House on the Grid” :
Lesson 2 “Going 3D” :
Lesson 3 “Scenery takes shape” :
Lesson 4 “Planes & Viewpoints” :
Lesson 5 “Fluffy clouds in the sky” :
Lesson 6 “Endless Worlds“:


Drawing Tutorial / “FINDING NEMO”

Drawing Tutorial / “TITANIC DRY DOC”



If you are a potential illustration client, if you are looking for a children book artist , concept illustrator or need a freelance artist to work on a pod project even ( I do not descriminate print on demand 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.









Well, my new site is up. And this time I´m in wordpress. After testing several platforms I came to the conclusion this one was the best for me for the way it allows me the perfect integration between a regular portfolio site for my artwork and all the power a wordpress blog has.


So this will now be my home. My idea is to use the site as my porfolio to showcase some of my artwork around but also to play with the blog and not only post some tutorials when I get the time to create them, but also talk about all the stuff that inspires me.
I get a lot of questions from people wanting to learn how to get into this illustration thing; how to carve your own niche and all that and so I´ll try to post some articles based on my experience. It´s just my point of view, but one thing that I found over the years illustrating professionally as a freelancer is that the world is really big and so the good news is there is room for everyone.
The bad news… the world is really big. 🙂

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Also on this blog, you´ll find articles about stuff that inspires me to create my artwork. I get a ton of inspiration from books, music and of course movies along with talk radio and audio books and so to answer the old question : where do you get your ideas from ?… I´ll be posting some reviews on those things too.

So this being a blog about illustration is also a blog about what inspires me to illustrate and so don´t expect a technical thing all the time.

I do a lot of hiking so you will be seeing some photos from my expeditions around my area always in search of lost beaches to swim on and so expect anything that has something to do with the art of illustrating. It´s not all about skills and technique but also about inspiration and so this is my idea behind this blog.


As long as you are reading this, you might care to know that I have a fully free fantasy comics up there waiting for you to download the 4 books I illustrated some years ago, so go get it. If you love crazy sci-fi / fantasy stuff you´ll probably enjoy my “ONCE UPON A TIME ON MARS” 180 page comics saga.


Other than that you can find plenty of illustrations I did over the years since I started back in 1992 and so don´t forget to take a look at my sci-fi / fantasy / childrens book portfolios too. Besides the main galleries there´s also a few book projects for you to browse like for examploe “A Comet´s Tale” so if you enjoy imaginary worlds just dive into my website at will.

And if you have a project for me, Hey, I´m a freelance illustrator !!
Contact me today.