Thursday, November 21, 2013

Em poses

Here are the character poses that I designed for Em, the main character in the animation I'm working on.

Uncle poses.

Here are some character sheets for the uncle character in the animation i'm working on

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

La mer.

Hello guys.
Not much to say... here's another commission that I've been requested. This one was really fun to do, but the inking was quite a pain in the butt.



Friday, August 2, 2013

Kinoman and the dead pixel

Hello there kids!

I've been trying to work on a little story for my friends at Kinofest(<---click me for the link).

I just finished the first page and I thought it would be a great teaser for the rest of it.
The story picks up where another old story of my ended. Kinoman went on a quest to find the pixel of power and found himself screwing up the order of their universe during that process.
Thus, the old pervy sage tries to summon him with some crazy-ass-magic to fix up the new peril threatening their world.

(Click on the image to enlarge. The image...obviously)
Well, see you all soon.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Hello there
I'm here with the last of the commissions I was talking about.
The lucky finalist is The Owl.

In case anybody's wondering why that owl looks so weird, I prepared myself with a pretty solid answer: "because I wanted it to look that weird..." .
The thing is, I was trying to exaggerate the proportions of the owl by increasing the size of the neck and wings, making it's head smaller but that turned out pretty freakishly weird, thus I modified a bit the size of the head leaving me with something that looked ok. It looked ok in pencil.... in pencil...

I used the same technique as the other two, and I must say, it was really fun redesigning this one.


Monday, July 15, 2013



Some old concepts for an old project,  that I never got to post.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Hello once again.

As I was saying last time I started work on a couple of commissions. The second lucky bookmark that received a facelift was the "Magic" bookmark.

And here it is.

Same old technique. I used the brush more though, but I can't say I'm happy with the result.

Anyway, until next time,


Wednesday, June 19, 2013


So, in the past few days I started working on a couple of commissions. I was asked to create an A4 version for three of the ink bookmarks that I made some time ago. But as some of you know, I don't trace unless it's animation... thus being a jolly human being that loves the outdoors and all manner of activities that presume leaving the fucking house, I decided to recreate those three in a better, more time consuming version, fit for hanging on a wall.

The first lucky one was "MAUS"

 (As usually, quills and nibs and inkers and brushes and paper and patience)
The next one will be... actually I won't tell you guys which one will be next, you'll just have to wait for it hihihih.



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Chat noir.

Hello again!

I've been working on an ink drawing for a friend. She absolutely loves black cats and reading so I had to come up with something in the line of what you're gonna see below. I got inspired quite a bunch by Théophile Steinlen's iconic "Chat Noir" poster, I mean that was the first thing that came to my mind when I heard the words black cat. Yet another reminder of how powerful an image can be hehe. Anyway, I can't compare mine to that, but, it is pretty cute. Here it is.

Really curious if she's gonna like it.

I've invested quite a bit of thinking on the composition but none on color, so I'm probably gonna leave it like this. It looks a bit better on paper than it does scanned, you know, just in ink. It's traditionally inked using pen and quills and nibs and brushes and quite some time.
Here's the pencil.

Initially I was planning on doing some celtic knots instead of those circles, like the almost Dara Knot that's around the cat's head, but that proved a bit too difficult for me, considering the really small size of the circles. Oh yeah I did this on an A4 format. I'm not gonna post the wee sketches I did for this. So...yeah, that's about it. Hope you guys like it, and I hope she likes it as well. Now i'm off looking for a frame for this thing.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Patrik The Alien.

Hello there people!
Allow me to introduce you to Patrik. Patrik is a character I designed for a 40 seconds animation exercise that was appointed to us this last semester. The team that worked on Patrik was made out of four members including me. The creator of Patrik and initial character designer was Lauren Bulter, my design for Patrik got picked in unanimity by the human race as final design for the character(more like a practical joke if I look back on it now, cause the character is hard as nuts to animate), and also two of the most awesome guys I ever worked with, Colin Dick and Duncan Foreman. We've done everything from writing the script, to designing the character, the storyboard, layouts, key frames and inbetweening.

A little bit more about Patrik.
Patrik is a "grounded bird".  He has the natural ability to fly, but lost his wings' membrane and, as a cherry on top, somehow his growth was stumped, leaving him unable to access his innate memories, and unable to get off the ground. He is vulnerable and always on the ground. He has no eyes, he relies on his hearing and smelling senses to navigate the enviorment, as well as his touch. He uses his long fingers as whiskers but also to try to catch fish. When designing Patrik I got into an argument with myself on how to design him properly. I know that the fact that he was not able to fly meant that he would need a pair of developed legs for him to actually be able to stay alive and on the move, but I had to take into consideration the fact that his natural predisposition to flight would leave him with a better developed chest and a great wing span. A balance was needed, legs too developed would mean he's build for speed, legs less developed would mean he won't be able to survive. So, after a number of tries I came up with this design. I thought he would naturally use his legs to climb trees and get into the air without too much effort(in the right environment of course). He has hollow bones, strong muscles and well developed cartilages to offer him ridiculous mobility (cause you know, this is a cartoon, so, WHY NOT!?). He has a strong trail, that is almost 2 times the length of his body, which he uses to balance himself out and steer (along with his big ears) while in flight. He eats fish though he is afraid of water(if this sounds funny, blame Lauren, it's her concept hehe), he's intelligent and curious and often finds himself not quite in the right situation, and he absolutely adores sunbathing.
Oh and he has like a bazillion rows of teeth so, his smile is one of a kind(his teeth are like shark teeth...or the Persian immortal army, one falls another takes it's place).

Ok, less talk more drawings.
You may find here the character sheets I did when designing my version of Patrik, and some other drawings of him in different poses. Just click on them to enlarge them.

"Character turnaround".

" Construction sheet".

A basic "Bone structure" to get an idea on what's on the inside.

"Poses and expressions".

This is an older version of the "Poses and expressions".

Patrik "Flight poses". How he would look with his wings intact.

And of course, a "Color sheet".

(My favorite is the bottom left one. Not the best camouflage but there has to be a downside to looking good, right :P)

Awkward "Hunting pose".

"Flight test gone wrong".

Another "Hunting pose".

I'm Batman "Hunting pose".

Old "Hunting pose".

Patrik "Sunbathing" after a hard day's work.

Now here's a treat for you all, a glimpse at the "torturous" process of acting the animation before going ahead and drawing it.

 Here's Colin, our designated actor of the day, getting ready for playing the part of Patrik.

You can read the excitement on his face.

Ready for action.


Two awesome guys.

The whole movement proved a bit tricky to act in real life. Patrik is supposed to be reckless due to his hunger, and risks his life by trying to hunt some fish from a pretty uncomfortable fishing spot: an apparently stable tree trunk. The result is not necessarily the most favorable for our dear Patrik, who will find himself in a bit of a pickle, struggling for his dear life.

Alrighty then... Now, time for the serious part.
Here is the complete 40 seconds animation test. Do try to watch it in HD if possible, the line tester quality wasn't that great and the videos are pretty bad quality.

And it goes like this.
00:00 to 00:10 Animator C.D.Popa Inbetweener Lauren Bulter.
00:10 to 00:20 Animator Lauren Bulter Inbetweener Colin Dick.
00:20 to 00:30 Animator Colin Dick Inbetweener Duncan Foreman.
00:30 to 00:40 Animator Duncan Foreman Inbetweener C.D.Popa.

So these were the 10 seconds of keys that I animated.

And these were the last 10 seconds I inbetweened.

Yeah... it was fun, really fun, a lot of work involved and I honestly can't wait for the next year so we can work on the next one, the proper one.

p.s. I am really sorry for the poor quality of the tests. I will try to get a better version of them asap. 

Hope you guys enjoyed this. Will be back soon with some more stuff!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Po fan art.

Some of you may know that I'm a big Kung Fu Panda fan, so it was pretty obvious that something like this was meant to come along sooner or later hehe.
So, I made this for a friend.

I used 200g A4 Fabriano paper, inked using a quill with various nibs, brushes and some liners as well. The background greys are watercolors and ink.

Will be back soon with some more Po fan art :P .


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bookmarks part 2

Hello there world. These are some bookmarks that I did last year before starting school. I never found the time to put them up.


 Wise old Owl.




Ink and pencil on 300g paper. Size 5.5 x 19.8 cm.

Friday, February 8, 2013

"Setila" fan art

Here's a fan art made for a comic that runs back home. Pretty interesting character, having a bit of a pickle with whatever he drinks being transported to his father's kingdom... Damn curses... 

Ink version.

Watercolor and colored crayons version.

Inked with quill and nibs, colored with watercolors and colored pencils on a5 200 and something grams paper.