Posts published on 2012

Concept art: Space Dog

Concept Art

Here are a some concepts that I did as a development for my Space Dog cartoon character. The idea is to do a short story to show those cute characters interacting. I already did the first page and soon I’ll post the rest, when is finished. Here you can see the main characters (so far); Space Dog, the commander and a cosmonaut cat. Also you can see that I changed the dog original design a little. I got rid of the googles and played with the costumes. Also he doesn’t look exactly like those ilustrations for children’s books that I did. Oh well, I like to experiment with the style sometimes.

Promo Illustration: Kids playing music for guitar lessons

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Kids_playing_Acoustic_Guitar_cartoon_ilustration_for_Guitar_Lessons_Ad_07-31-2012_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaThis illustration was made as a gift for my mom’s birthday, because she is an acoustic guitar teacher. With a nice typography we can transform this poster into a full promotional that can be hanged on different places. It was a fun piece to do, but somehow difficult. The guitars and the kids’ poses where done a few times until I got them right. Either way, at the end I painted some color effects and a few musical notes to enhance the drawing. here is the full illustration and a few sketches:

Children illustration: Space Dog

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Space_Dog_Perro_Espacial__ilustracion_infantil_Children_16-07-2012_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaI was working on a couple of children illustrations for my portfolio using the first character that I did for my 365 characters project. The idea behind was to show how science concepts can be presented to kids in a colorful and fun way using sci-fi and cartoon elements. Also I’m working in a few pages comic samples using the same concept and a few new characers part of this “space dog” universe. For now, hope you like the illustrations.

Ancient Egypt: Editorial children illustration

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Ancient_Egypt_egyptians_working_cartoon_editorial_children_ilustration__07-10-2012_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaThis is a piece I did for my current editorial portfolio. Wanted to work with a historical setting so I choose the Ancient Egypt theme, with many workers close to the Nile, during the wheat harvest. It took me a while to finish it because of all those details, but it was worth it. I used most of my research that you saw on this post, when I designed many egyptian characters. Also it took a while to find the proper look of this egyptian fishing boat. Here are also the color key and composition rough and some warm up character sketches.


Lucha Libre Ilustration: Blue Demon Tribute

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lucha_libre_Blue_Demon_tribute_cartoon_illustration_06-13-2012_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaHere it is a cool retro style illustration that I did for a tribute gallery for the Lucha Libre legend Blue Demon on 11th anniversary of his death. The event was held on December 16 of 2011 in Mexico City. There was art of many other cool artists and Blue Demon Jr was there to talk about his dad. It was a really fun piece to do because I was able to watch some movies and posters about the legend as a research. I included many of his most famous enemies, like the werewolf, the intergalactic babe invaders, some zombies  and the brains from hell.

Artwork made on the ConComics convention 2012

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Here is some artwork that I did on the two days of the ConComics event. People went by my table and saw me drawing those . Also, I got to chat with many people interested on drawing and comicbooks who asked me a few questions. By the end, it was a fine convention and I made new friends on the way. The first artworks are about Yomba, a character of mine who was created for a mexican comicbook that I made with some friends. I want to work on this story  in a near future so I practice a little bit with the character. The other art is a fanart of Ryu from Capcom’s Street Fighter. I used him to show some of the drawing (structure,etc) and coloring process that I use.

Rick R-D at Tour ConComics Guadalajara 2012

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This past weekend I got the fortune to share space with many great artists from México on the Tour ConComics convention at my city. Also, many friends of mine went to say hello, so I got time to chat with many of them. Also, I was selling sketches and a bunch of my comicbooks.
I was thrill to see that many people attending to the convention, something I didn’t saw in years.
Also, I meet many people interested on drawing, comicbooks and manga and I got the chance to interact with them!
Thankyou all to went to say hi to me! Anyway, here are the pics:


Book illustration: Perdeliquium

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Here is the finished illustration done for my friend Emilio Mejía and his cool project Pedeliquium: A book series based on a previous comic book created by him and a few cool friends, including me, back in the day. He took all the story background he wrote and translate it into a impressive book. I have to say that the story is very well done and you’ll have many surprises in it. I got the fortune to work on a couple of illustrations for chapter four, the Sorrows’ chamber, where the main villain is getting his dark powers. Very cool chapter, by the way.

About the art, I wanted to portray the main character with a strong attitude in front of the Aj-sheut, the dark spirit who wants to destroy him. You may remember the egyptian spirit concepts  from a previous post. This is how he ended. Also, if you see closer, I worked the entire drawing with pencils instead of inks and then applied the colors. It has a different feel, more organic, I think.

Character Design Concepts: Egyptians

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Here are a few character designs for a couple of  illustrations that I’m working on. The idea is to draw a few scenes of the life on the Ancient Egypt so I did a little research on the subject. Then worked on different type of characters as warriors, slaves, writers and women so I can get the feel for the project. Right now, one of the scenes is about a bunch of slaves working the wheat near the Nile and the other is about the Egyptian gods. I’ll show you more work later.

Character Design Concepts: Egyptian Spirit

Character Design

Cartoon character design concepts of an Egyptian spirit for a future illustration project by Rick Ruiz-DanaHere are a few concept designs, in a sketch quality (bear with me), for a character that is part of a illustration I’m doing for a book’s friend. The idea is about Aj Sheut, an egyptian powerful spirit who is at the commands of the owner of a sacred book. I did an extensive research of images and whatever I can find about the ancient Egypt and with that I started to sketch the character. You may notice that some elements keep coming on each version, like the long faces and the Horus’ eye symbol, that is very important on the story. At some point I did a face based on a chacal’s cranium, because of the character afinity with the god Anubis, but I ended liking the human faces more. I did a few more versions trying to incorporate some egyptian motif. I would show you an advance of the illustration on a future post.