Saturday, 27 February 2010

Juvenile delinquents

It's been a tough week at Market Estate with snow, wind and the menace of this gang of local kids hovering the estate. It's reported that they gathering up to fight back us usurpers of their legitimate playground and vandalize the artwork before the site is completely fenced by Tuesday. So I've decided to take some photos of the murals at the current stage in case tomorrow they're just gone.

On the other hand, I've come to know some of the residents that bit by bit are moving out. There's even a family from Lugo. Was very surprised by this old Spanish lady that spoke perfect english, they're very rare!

70% chance of a sunny day when my flatmate Yuki came to help me today. She was right, thanks!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Sketching in Market Estate

One week without posting already... How come if I've been in front of the computer beyond considered is healthy? Well, I've been busy trying to get along with Flash for this test for a game company.

Now I'm back on working on my treasure hunt for Market Estate Project. I've now completed the first stage of sketching and coating the walls prior to start painting. Here two photos showing the process! The second belongs to what I call the needle room, a dark storage room where a wasted character used to live, there are cans of beer, lids of dog food, fliers 'bout getting the house of your dreams and junkie needles (hence the name). Ah, lovely place to work! (Will be cleaned up for the event)

Saturday, 13 February 2010


I've spent all day doing this illustration for Jotta's competition 'Legendary'. It's been a bit risky cos the deadline was today but I could start up from a sketch I did few days ago. I'm happy because I could finish it in one day although I'm afraid might have affected my health.

What's 'legendary' in this illustration is the confrontation between traditional and modern, religion and art, or even north and south. Round 1, FIGHT!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010


It's been a fun weekend wandering around London with my cousin and his girlfriend. To resume blog life I thought of uploading character design tests I did entirely in flash to practice vector drawing.

The girl (it's a girl) with the builder helmet is only drawn but the gap-toothed kid is made in pieces so it's animation ready. Vector drawing (as I see it) seems much less intuitive than in Photoshop, it feels like being an architect 'building' a drawing in Auto Cad. However, it has something knacky that reminded me of my Lego youth.

Thursday, 4 February 2010


These are two fakes I did for the Market Estate's entry submission. The idea was to show how the murals would look on the real walls, so I just photoshoped the scribbles from my sketchbook over the photos. Because the site once was the Metropolitan Cattle Market, this characters are meant to be some sort of animal buildings (ox and sheep, respectively).

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

The Big Bad Estate

Today I went to the Market Estate to allocate spots for the murals I'm working on and thought to upload some photos I took when went there for the first time. That was the last day before the proposals deadline and by the time I stepped out Caledonian Road station it was already dark so wandering around the gloomy corridors of the abandoned blocks was a bit nerve racking. Even though some strange noises and the urine stench I quite liked the place. Would never live there though...