Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Howdy folks!
Just stopped by to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
This quick digital sketch was done yesterday afternoon in order to celebrate the holiday spirit with you.
Thanks for stopping by (throughout the whole year) and for putting up with all my nonsense.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Busy as Heck...

Howdy folks, things have been pretty busy this time of the year. I haven't had time to work on some personal stuff. Things will be back to normal but it will take some time. In the meantime I felt I needed to post something.
I sketched some products, they're very loose, just an exercise to get the rust out of the system.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Hello folks, things have been pretty chaotic around here lately.
Here goes a little quick sketch.
Thanks for your patience.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's Been a While...

Howdy! Things are pretty hectic around here so I decided to post a little something.
It's not much but it's an update.
Pencil charcoal on toned paper.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Quick Sketch of Victoria

This is a quick sketch of one of my students. It didn't turn out exactly like her, it has a certain resemblance and I thought it was worth posting. I like the feeling of the sketch, it was done quickly and loose, not much thinking involved.
Pencil on sketchbook.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Hello folks!
It's that time of the year again! Gonna stuff my belly with candy, watch Tv and play with my son.
This quick Halloween illustration is for all of you out there. Thanks for your support throughout the whole year!
Trick or treat... smell my feet... give me something good to eat...
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Portrait of Adonis

Hello folks! This is a 15 minute sketch done from life this afternoon.
Adonis is a professional model as well as a graphic designer.
Feel free to check his work here.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Quick Head Study

Howdy partners!
This is a quick sketch done with pencil.
It's not much but it's an update nonetheless.
Thanks for your patience.

PS: I'm also contributing - along with other artists - for Edde Wagner's ARTE SEM REGRAS blog. Congrats Edde for the initiative!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Few More Sketches from Life

These were sketched this afternoon during Figure Drawing class.
Vine charcoal on sketchbook.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 08, 2009


Hello folks!
This digital sketch started out as a simple montage - I wanted to make a unique self-portrait/profile picture - and it evolved towards a quick illustration. The montage itself didn't turn out very good, then I thought "Hey, I haven't painted anything for a while..." so I decided to use the crude montage as a reference for this quick digital sketch.
Hope you guys enjoy it. It was fun painting it.
Later folks!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Shall We Dance?

Hello folks!
A quick sketch, fresh from the oven.
Micron pen and colored markers.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Silhouette Studies

Howdy partners!
Some quick Silhouette studies done with markers on sketchbook.
I took a time off the nonsense for a bit - "Serenity now, insanity later". More nonsense coming soon.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

One Sketch a Day Keeps the Doctor Away...

Hello everyone!
This pen sketch was done yesterday as a demonstration to some students. It's from a photograph, not from life. No pencils were used (or harmed) in the process. Plan ahead, be confident and (hopefully) everything will turn out ok.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Birthday Dude

Howdy folks!
Today is my B-day! I just reached "Level 33".
I made this quick illustration in order to celebrate it with you all. There will not be any cake though, I gotta lay off the sugar for a while.
Hope you guys enjoy it.
Thanks for stopping by.

PS: I just noticed the post is showing Sept. 19, my B-day is actually today, Sept 21.

Sketching from life

Hello everyone.
Pen and Copic Wide Marker on paper. 10 minutes pose.
I tried to capture the gesture and rhythm of the pose.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hate the Game, not the Player!

Howdy! Going bananas!
As you can see I developed this chimp to be part of my blog's new header.
Hope you guys enjoy it because I won't change it for a while.
Let me know what you think.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Winston's Boss is a Pig

Hello everyone!
The colored version of Winston's boss.
Once everything is finished I'll post it here.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Winston - color

Colored version of Winston. Some minor details are different from the original sketch. I think the change was for the better.
Once the whole scene is finished I'll post it here.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Winston, the Grumpy Rabbit

Howdy! More nonsense!
This quick sketch was drawn this afternoon. I'll probably finish it up digitally.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Creepy but Cuddly 01 - PLAYTIME!

I started a series of illustrations called "Creepy but Cuddly".
I had a lot of fun with this one. Hope you guys enjoy it.
Let me know what you think.
Thanks for looking.

Animator's Life

Hi folks!
This sketch is from yesterday evening. Part of it was from life, the other part was from, well... my insane mind.
This one is for all you wonderfully crazy animators out there. Without you guys the world would be a very boring place.
Ballpoint pen and Pilot markers on paper.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

End of Times

Hello folks! How are you guys doing? It's been raining a lot over here. I spent almost 2 hours in traffic today, just one way.
That situation inspired me to produce this sketch. The model posed nude and I decided to fool around, adding some "political message" in the sketch. I'm not very political. I hate politics. Although I believe something's gotta change. Please let it be for the better. After what I've been through in traffic today... I say it's the end of times.
Thanks for listening and for looking.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Number 7

Hello folks!
Number 7 started as a quick doodle at one of my Character Design classes. The students were very busy designing their own characters so I picked up a pencil and started to sketch some nonsense. I liked the way it turned out and decided to finish it digitally.
Hope you guys enjoy him.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Life Drawing

Hello fellas.
This is a 5 min sketch done this afternoon.
Colored pencil on paper.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Post Apocalyptic Pirelli Calendar

Hello folks, felt like sketching today.
This sketch originated from the "EDs" series. I was thinking about sketching them but something better happened. One of those happy accidents.
I liked this sketch. So much so that I'll be painting it digitally (this time is for real).
Yay for nonsense!!!
Thanks for looking.

Figure Drawing Class

Hello folks, the images shown in this post are from my figure drawing class.
The first one is a 3 minute sketch done with ink wash on Bristol paper.
The second one shows some theory and quick tips I gave to the students in class. Chalk on Chalkboard.
It's kinda hard to draw on chalkboard, it's hard to keep the correct proportions.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Early XMas Sketch and Tv Sketches

Hello folks, how are you doing?
I watched some DVDs this weekend and decided to sketch a little. For those who follow the show - yes, the sketches on the left page are from Comedy Central's "RENO911". I just bought the 5th season. Funny stuff, man. Funny stuff.
On the right side, there's a XMAS sketch (I know it's a bit early for that). Maybe I'll paint it digitally and send out as a XMAS Card.
Thanks for stopping by and for putting up with all the nonsense.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ed - Woodcut version

Hello folks, this was my first attempt with woodcut printing. It's kinda hard to work with the tools, it takes a bit getting used to.
I know I'm gonna have to practice a whole lot! It was fun, though.
Hope you'll enjoy it.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Quick Acrylics study - Kevin's Plush toys

Hello folks, this is a quick study done yesterday night, while watching Tv. I used acrylics and some pastels.
The objects' colors and composition caught my eye, I tried to set aside my will to detail it, focusing my attention on capturing the mood and emphasizing the colors.
It was done fast - impulsive and fun. Hope you enjoy it.
I also posted this sketch at another blog called "Desenhos de Observação". Feel free to check it out, there's a lot of good artists posting their artwork there.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Thumbnail studies... and Ed.

Hello folks, some (actually, only two) atmospheric perspective thumbnails done with Photoshop.
And.. of course... (sigh) Ed.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Some Nonsense

Hello everyone.
Say hi to my little friends, Ed, Ned, Ted and Fred. I tried to set my mind on "empty" and that's what happened.
It's not supposed to have any meaning. Just some doodles.
Done this morning while teaching.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Quick studies - Soldiers

Hello folks, I haven't had time to actually finish something up to post here (busy, busy, busy...).
In the meantime I hope you enjoy the studies.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 01, 2009


Hello folks, it's been a while...
These sketches are either from Tv or photographs. I tried to exaggerate the features and shapes a bit.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Quick Post - LUTAS

Hello folks, how are you doing?
A friend of mine told me yesterday that a preview for the animation I worked on as a background painter was already online.
I searched a little and here it is.
I painted a few BGs for this animation, it's a Brazilian animation called LUTAS.
Once it's officially released and the studios say it's ok, I'll post some of the BGs I painted.
In the meantime I hope you enjoy it.
The preview also can be found either at Erix Portfolio or Avelino's blog.
You can find the High-Definition video at Youtube.
Let me know your opinions.
I'll post some new stuff in the following days.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

My son my Hero

Hello folks, the sketches above were drawn this afternoon.
They're (obviously) from photographs since it's really really hard to get my son to sit still.
When he finally gets to sleep, I'm so exhausted I find myself sleeping as well. It's hard to keep up with him, thankfully he has too much energy.
I'm still trying to find where his "off" switch is. So far no progress. Even a "snooze" button would help.
The one where the "K" is visible on his chest is OK but I think I made him a little older than he actually is.
Anyway, he's the main reason and the inspiration behind my work.
That's why I have to keep working harder and harder.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Figure Sketches - Drawing from life

Hello, these are figure sketches from today's Figure Drawing class.
Prismacolor Pencil on paper.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Just a quick sketch done this afternoon.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Idle Sketches

Hello folks!
The sketches above were done today, using Pilot hi-tec pens.
The first one was done during an idle time at the college. It's a view from the teachers' lounge.
The second one was done during a figure drawing exam. The students were drawing and I was sketching. I sketched the second one standing up, without anything close by to lean on. That's why the lines are a little messed up. I also made a mistake while drawing the hand, then I drew a more accurate hand afterwards (still sketchy nonetheless).
It was kinda hard to sketch standing but still fun.
Anyways, I just wanted to update the blog.
Thanks for all your support, comments are always appreciated.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Cafeteria Sketch

Hello everyone.
This is a quick sketch I drew this afternoon.
Pilot Hi-tec pen on sketchbook.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Poster for the Latin-American Meeting of Design 2009

Hello folks how are you doing?
This is an illustration I entered for the 'Latin-American Meeting of Design' Contest, which will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in July. I submitted it on Friday, May 29th. The theme is about the Visual Passion of the Latin-American people. I apologize for writing the copyright info on the image uploaded for this post but one can never be too careful. The deadline for the submissions was supposed to be the 29th of May but it was extended.
I used Photoshop on this one, I painted the figures digitally and used some photographs with some layer effects.
Hope you guys like this one, and I also hope it wins.
Just being selected for the exhibition will be a great honor.
Gotta keep my fingers crossed.
Thanks for all your support.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Collage Demo

Hello folks, this is a 20 minute collage demonstration I did for my students. One of the classes I teach in college is figure drawing for fashion students. It's a fun class.
I used photocopies, glue (obviously), gesso, brown Pilot hi-tec pen, ink, gouache and green highlighter.
It doesn't look great but I thought it was worth sharing with you guys.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Lion Tamer

Life's been busy...
Quick sketch done while my students were designing their own characters.
Dangerous Professions series. Pencil on paper.
Thanks for your support.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Quick Digital Painting

Hi folks, how are you all doing?
This one is a quick digital study, done in Photoshop. I painted it in order to avoid rust from building up.
I know that there's a lot of things that could be improved, such as more detail and color variations in the grass, the cow's shadow should be darker, more details in the background, more value variations in the background, the sense of depth should be improved, one of the horns is too close to the edge, and overall it's a little too green... but I just wanted to finish everything up quickly before my son's nap-time was over. The emphasis was on the cow.
Anyways, it's not great but it's an update.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Website sketch

Hello folks!
I finally decided to get a domain name and publish a website.
The first part was easy: registering the domain, deciding the plan, the host etc.
Now comes the hard part... the design.
The website will work as a web portfolio, some clients don't appreciate the Blog format very much.
And I didn't registered the "Laughing Chimp" name by the way.
The website will be directed towards the Brazilian market, so I chose a name that sounds funny and will attract some attention...
It's Fabrica de Metano - or Methane (gas) Factory, in English.
I sketched some characters that could work with the overall idea of the website.
Hope you enjoy this quick update.
I sure did enjoy sketching it.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Sketches

Hello folks, how's everything?
The Easter came and went and thankfully I had some time to get out of the city.
We decided to go to the beach.
I drank a lot of beer, slept a lot, ate a lot of chocolate and even had some time to enjoy the beach and - believe it or not - sketch a little.
Some of the sketches are from life, others from Tv and photographs.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Classroom Sketches

Hello folks, Happy Easter!
I was teaching some animal character design stuff this past week. I developed some sketches to show my students the exercise I wanted them to do. You know, exploring shapes, facial expressions, exaggerating scale and proportions, working with "stereotypes" etc. All the fun stuff. Thanks Nick for taking the picture.
I used markers on White Board.
Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Chicken soup for the artist's soul

Hello folks, how have you been?
I've been sick lately, I caught two flu back to back.
The second one really knocked me down. That was a pumped up flu, it came with a side order of sore throat, fever, headaches and nausea. I'm glad it's almost over.
Anyways, in order to keep myself from banging my head against the wall I decided to do some sketching, especially while I was teaching. It helped the healing process.
These are a few of those sketches.
Thanks for stopping by.