Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Update of 2010

Hello folks!
Raising two kids is not an easy task (especially when one of them is a newborn), that's why I haven't been able to update the blog recently.
Anyway, here goes one last update before 2010 is gone.
As you might have noticed, I've been practicing some footwear design lately.
I started attending another graduate program, this time in footwear design.
This is one of the assignments I developed for Design class. Quick, done in a full day's work.
I'll still keep posting some figure sketches, conceptual stuff and some illustrations, don't worry about it.
Thanks for stopping by and a Happy New Year to you!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Back after a While

This has been a crazy hectic year... My daughter was born last month and since then I haven't had time to update the blog. Thanks for your patience and for sticking with me.
Here are some product sketches.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday, October 02, 2010


This is Kevin, my son, sleeping comfortably on the couch.
Colored pencil and technical pen on sketchbook.
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Figure Sketching

Hello everyone!
Some sketches done this past week.
All from life.
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Figure Studies from Life

A couple of sketches done last friday. 10 minutes each.
Green colored pencil on paper.
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Monday, September 13, 2010

A bit more from life...

Quick sketches from a live model.
Ballpoint pen on sketchbook.
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Saturday, September 11, 2010

From Life...

Ballpoint pen on sketchbook.
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Genetic Engineering

A quick sketch done this evening.
A little joke about gene manipulation.
Colored pencil on sketchbook.
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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Colored Pencil on Black Paper

Howdy! This is a quick sketch done this afternoon.
Sketched from a photograph by Steven Meisel.
I can easily spot the mistakes, but I thought it would be worth posting it anyway.
It's not 100% but as we all know "Practice makes perfect".
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Homage to Bouguereau

Hello everyone.
I had some time to spare between classes this evening, and decided to try some colored pencils I got as a gift (one of those 12 pencil kits).
Trying to copy the mastery of Adolphe-William Bouguereau is a hard enough challenge by itself, let alone with a limited palette.
About seven colored pencils were used in this sketch.
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Wednesday, September 01, 2010


A quick sketch of one of my students busy with her drawing assignment.
Feels good to sketch from life again.
Pencil on sketchbook.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Still Busy

I sketched this one this afternoon, at work.
I know I need to sketch more from life but I need to get all the rust out of my system first.
Ballpoint pen on sketchbook.
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Really Busy...

Hello folks! These past weeks have been really hectic.
I just wanted to keep the Blog updated for you guys.
Hope you like the sketches. Ballpoint pen on sketchbook.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 07, 2010


Just a little something I sketched last night. The gray background was added digitally.
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Monday, August 02, 2010

Just 4 Fun

The title says it all.
The newspaper texture was added digitally.
I wanted to cut some newspaper and paste it over the sketch but I was just so darn lazy today...
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Friday, July 30, 2010

Back home

Hello folks! It's been a while.
I decided to take a vacation for a couple of weeks, I really needed the break.
Anyway, I'm back home and I felt the need to update something.
It's not much, but it's the funniest one among my vacation sketches.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Oh, please. Not Another Step-by-step!!!

Howdy partners!
Things are pretty busy around here, it's really hard to find some time to update the blog. I'd like to take this time to thank you for your patience.
Going back to the basics. It's a digital painting from a photograph (a printed photograph, not a digital file, which made it a bit harder to paint).
Started with the big shapes, trying to capture the colors.
Then on to the drawing.
Then fixing the painting according to the drawing.
And finally, introducing some texture, adjusting the colors and making the background a bit more interesting.
90% done with Painter, 10% Photoshop.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sketching from Life - again

Hello folks!
I tried to capture the personality of the model on this one.
I had fun using dyes, it was a short pose so I tried to capture her likeness fast using big strokes.
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Friday, May 14, 2010


Hello folks, today's update is an illustration I developed for a friend of mine.
She liked it a lot but personally I think it's a little over-saturated and I should tone it down a little.
Well, hope you enjoy it as much as she did.
I sure had fun doing it.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Lunch Break

It was early, I was bored, and I was waiting for my class to start.
There was a magazine lying on the table right next to me, my sketchbook was opened and I thought: "Why not?"
There are some artists who question the value of a drawing or sketch from a magazine photograph.
I say "it's better to draw from a photograph than not to draw at all."
Colored pencil on sketchbook. Sketches from photographs.
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Monday, May 03, 2010

Figure Sketches from life

Figure Drawing Class.
We had a male model today.
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

CARTOON - from start to finish

How's everybody doing?
There you go, my process from conceptual stage to finished piece.
I had fun doing this one. Hope no one gets offended by it.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

WORTH DYING FOR - first strip

Howdy folks! How've you been?
I know I have been promising this comic strip for a while and finally I did it.
The first strip of (hopefully) many to come.
The following uploads for Worth Dying For will be available here.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Some stuff I found inside a Box

I was cleaning up my office and I found some interesting stuff.
These sketches are kinda old but I think they still deserve some exposure time.
They were not meant to be seen, actually. They're just disorganized studies. I turned the page around trying to fit more than one sketch in. So please, don't mind the composition.
So folks, it's out there! Some old, disorganized stuff.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sketching from Life (Standing up)

Hello folks!
Two sketches done today. The lines are a little shaky because I was standing up.
It's harder to sketch standing up than I thought.
There are some mistakes, some blotches of paint, some smeared ink but it was a fun exercise anyway.
Thanks for your patience and for stopping by.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Portrait of Giovanna

Hello folks, this is a quick portrait of a student of mine.
Done from photograph.
Black colored pencil on paper.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Dardos Award

I'm glad to announce that Sarah de Godoy, of KAIROS, has awarded a Premio Dardos (Dardos Award) to this Illustration blog.

"The Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the web."

What I had to do after taking a little time to feel good about myself was: to pass the award to another 15 blogs that (in my modest opinion) are "worthy of this acknowledgement".

Based on the definition of the award, after a lot of pondering, I chose the following blogs:

- KAIROS (right back at ya, Sarah)
- Avelino
- Lost Mauro
- Crumbim
- Afterthoughts
- Minuta
- All Alone in Watchtower
- Desenhos de Observação
- Edde Wagner
- Brucke Caribe
- Nevarez
- Sketcheria
- Weberson Santiago
- Today's Inspiration
- O Ornitorrinco Canastrão

For those whom I passed along the Award, congrats! And feel free to follow the directions below:

• First, accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and link to her blog.
• Second pass the award to another 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.

Thanks for stopping by, guys. That'll be all for this post.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Fashion Sketch

Hello folks!
As you all (probably) know, I teach Figure Drawing and Foundation Drawing for Fashion students. I started this sketch this afternoon while my students were busy with their drawing assignments.
I had fun doing it.
The colors were added digitally a few minutes ago.
It turned out nice so I decided to post it.
Hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Afternoon Sketches

Hi there!
Quick ballpoint pen sketches done this rainy afternoon.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More Handouts...

More handouts developed to help my Figure Drawing students.
The big empty areas are reserved for text.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Male Figure Handout

Hello folks!
This is a quick handout I prepared for my Figure Drawing students.
As you can see there's some room left for text.
I'll be writing some guidelines for drawing the male figure later tonight.
Something about body language, gesture and proportions, I believe you heard that about a thousand times already so I decided to spare you from another lecture.
Thanks for stopping by. I'll try to keep the blog updated regularly.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Long time no See...

Hello everybody!
Life's been terribly hectic.
I've been teaching 30 hours a week and I haven't had time to post anything.
When the week is over, all I want is to spend some time with my wife and kid (and get some sleep).
It's not that I haven't sketched because I have been sketching in class.
The sketches above were done between my last post and this one.
Thanks for your patience. For those following my blog, my deepest apologies.
I'll try harder to keep it updated.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Some Primates...

Hello everyone!
Some studies of gorillas done with blue pencil on sketchbook.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Animal Sketches

Hello folks! How are you doing?
I was looking at some pictures I took at the farm and decided to get the rust out of the system.
Although the sketches were drawn from photographs, I tried to be as quick and as loose as possible.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Vacation Sketch

Howdy partners!
A page from my sketchbook, drawn this afternoon using black colored pencil and 3B pencil. It's vacation time and I'm on the road so I didn't have time, nor access to a scanner but I felt I needed to post something. The image quality is not that good because it was taken with a small digital camera. The sketches were done from photographs (I wish I had a model but what the heck? - I think it's better to draw from photographs than not to draw at all).
Thanks for stopping by and for the encouragement words and critiques.
See you next update.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

First Sketch of 2010

Hello folks!
Happy New Year!
These are the first sketches of 2010, they were drawn yesterday, from Tv.
Hope you'll enjoy them.
Thanks for stopping by!