Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Catch your Train

One of my latest paintings of the year, now belonging to a collector.
Gouache and colored pencil on fabriano watercolor board, 7x91/2" (18x24cm).

Happy New Year!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Windmill principle

While reading James Gurney´s Imaginative Realism book, I decided to give it a try with the windmill principle as explained within this wonderfull book.
All the tonal arrangements explained on this example are absolutely comprehensive and extremely important.
This is my attempt: watercolor and gouache on montval 4x6in ( 10x15cm)

James Gurney Blog - A must read!
Rembrandt van Rijn, the Mill (1645-1648) - the original painting where James discuss the principle.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

figure study pen, ink and watercolor

Pen, ink & watercolor on Canson paper

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Post cards from São Paulo

Two examples of last works: Pen, ink & watercolor on 6x8in (13x18cm) watercolor paper.

Monday, December 21, 2009

NSU Commission

Pen & Ink,
9x12" on Bristol Board
Owned by Canadian customer

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Figure Drawing

10 minute pose on sketchbook

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

WIP - figure in watercolor

Bellow I tried to capture my current working method.

I had played with a couple of stock poses available from Deviantart. On the first picture from left to right, I tried several shots and crops, until fond one that reflected what I wanted to depict.

I drawn the chosen pose several times, including a line drawing and a 3-value version (middle picture, bellow)

On the second step, I drawn the model using black and white charcoal on grey paper. This is a more refined tonal study.

Later on, studying this version, I decided to change the model's head position for a more natural likeness.

Chalk on W&N pastel paper
9x11in ( ~22x28cm)

I transfered my line drawing to the watercolor board, using a light 2H pencil and this is the final painting result.

Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico
12x18in / 32,5x45,5cm

Monday, December 7, 2009

recent commission

Old Watercolor study, now owned by U.S. customer
Watercolor on paper(5x8in)

Bellow another commission, just finished this weekend.
Acrylics and pencils on Strathmore paper (11x14in).

Sunday, November 29, 2009

10 minutes pose

10 minutes pose
pencil and soft-eraser on sketchbook

Sunday, November 22, 2009

portraits, portraits, portraits...

I had been practicing these lately. Several quick studies using red charcoal on draft paper.
Conté bars & pencils on draft paper
(9x12in - 20x30cm)


Chalk and white gouache on Mi-Tientes paper
(9x12in - 20x30cm)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Jimmy Page

Original Watercolor Painting
Fabriano Artistico
18x20 in (45x50cm)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Figure Drawing

Figure study
black & white chalk over craft paper
8.27x11.69 (20x30cm)

São Paulo Skies

São Paulo Skies
Gouache on Canson Montval
4x6in / 10,2x15,2cm

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gouache Portrait

Gouache on Canson paper
Size: 9"x12" (~22x30 cm)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cristo Redentor

Pen & Ink - (6x9in / 15x23cm)

Friday, October 16, 2009

and between commissions and work...

another train...starting to like these small formats...

Gouache on Canson Montval
4x6in / 10,2x15,2cm

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pug !

Acrylic on Canvas (8x11in / 20x30cm)

Head detailed shot

Original Pug photo by Paxluv.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Rio de Janeiro

view from Lagoa
Gouache on Canson Montval
4x6in / 10,2x15,2cm

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Rideau, Ottawa

Rideau view
Gouache on Canson Montval
4x6in / 10,2x15,2cm

Monday, September 7, 2009

Train Station

Gouache on Fabriano Aquarello paper
(18x24cm / 7x9 1/2")

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Figure in Watercolor

There's been a long time I wanted to experiment with figure painting using watercolors as a medium.
If you by any chance had seem my recent watercolor works, they are more loose, with a lot of brushstrokes and uncontrolled effects, bringing textures and blotches of paint over paper.

This past year I had dedicated myself to study the human anatomy: brought myself a sketchbook, a couple of nice anatomy books, such as the Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck and tried to put in practice at least three times a week.
By doing this, I didn't became an expert. Far from that, but at least I had the chance to exercise pencil strokes, form and mass.

After a while I wanted to give it a try on a final piece and this is a small description on my working method:
As I had worked from photograph reference, I had researched a while, choosing the subject and the way I wanted the final piece to look and feel.

Torso chalk study on Bristol board
(27,8x35,42 / 11x14in)

The correct crop, and some preliminary sketches were also important, to understand the right lightning source and how to deal with edges and shadows to capture the likelihood of the pose and the model.
Bellow you will find several tries on sketchbooks:

- preliminary pencil to catch the right proportions;
- Pen & Ink line drawings;
- Graphiti and charcoal study;

Detail of the final Watercolor painting

Watercolor Figure
Fabriano Artistico paper
(38x56cm / 15x22in)

Reference image from model Almudena-Stock.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Municipal - Sao Paulo

Teatro Municipal
Gouache on Canson Montval
4x6in / 10,2x15,2cm

Part of my homage series to São Paulo. Hope you enjoy it.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Sao Paulo

Igreja da Consolação
Gouache on Canson Montval
4x6in / 10,2x15,2cm

Painting done over location sketch. Reference here.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Curso de Aerografia Artística / Airbrush Classes

Estas são fotos da último curso de aerografia básico ministrado por mim. Os alunos são funcionários de uma empresa que cria cenografia de natal para shopping centers e encomendaram o curso para incrementarem o nível de detalhes dos seus trabalhos.
Durante o curso de onze horas os alunos tiveram noções básicas sobre o aerógrafo, exercícios para controle preciso do gatilho e aprenderam a criar texturas tais como granito, madeira e pelos. Ao final, cada aluno executou um retrato de 3 cores utilizando as técnicas de texturização, stencil e mistura de cores.
Obrigado a todos os participantes pela atenção, colaboração e dedicação.
Se você tem interesse em aprender aerografia ou melhorar sua técnica, entre em contato através da seção de contatos no site www.artsbysaes.com.

These are picture from my latest basic airbrush class. The classes were requested by a local company specialized in christmas scenery for malls and events and they wanted to gain airbrush know-how to improve detail and quality of their final products.
During the eleven hours course, students had the opportunity to learn basic strokes and exercises to improve trigger control, as well as textures ranging from granite, fur, wood and bark. At the end, each student created a 3 color portrait using the learnt techniques.
I would like to thanks each participant for their attention, collaboration and dedication.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Graham Bonnet in Brazil (update)

Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico- 12x18in / 32,5x45,5cm

Graham had performed at Blackmore´s in July/09. Unfortunately I couldn't attend it, but heard it was awesome.
This painting is now owned by Graham himself.
Check Graham´s official site.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Homage to Koko Taylor

This is my liltle homage to the queen of the blues.
Watercolor on Fabriano -
15x11in / 38,5x28cm

More information can be found on great blues blog Blues Everyday or at Koko´s official page.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Laos Landscape

This was a small study for a friend´s commission.
gouache on Canson Montval

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Zappa anyone?

This is a small homage to my good friend ZM. His next post will cover mr. Frank Zappa, and I´m pretty sure this is going to be a lot interesting.

Chalk on Bristol Paper
14x11in / 35x28cm

Mae Khong River

Mae Khong River - Thailand (reference here)
watercolors on Fabriano Artistico
11.8x11in / 30x28cm

Monday, June 8, 2009

Figure Drawing

Grafitti, chalk on W&N pastel paper.
Reference photo from Renoux

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Gouache Landscape

Vietnam fields - gouache on Canson Montval

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sketches for Drawing Day

Sketches for the Drawing Day´09:
Igreja da Consolação-São Paulo

Friday, June 5, 2009

Watercolor Cat

Mabel - watercolor on Fabriano Artistico
8.6x9.4in / 24x22cm

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

JB Lenoir

Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico paper (12x18in/35,5x45,5cm)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Realism Attempt

Acrylic, airbrush and pencils on Canson Multipurpose Board (20x30cm / 8x11in) - 2008

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