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Character design: Mexican Dia de Muertos Calaveras

Character Design

cartoon_character_Design_of_some_Mexican_Candy_Skulls_Skeleton_Calaveras_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaI been working on this “cartoonist” simple style and I’m really happy with the results. Right now, because of the November’s Day of the dead (dia de muertos) festivities, I decided to draw some “calaveritas de dulce” (candy skulls), that are part of this mexican tradition. I wanted to portray some modern mexican people and a happy skull dog as funny skeletons.
If you want to see more, here is my cartoon calavera character from 2011.

Character Design: El Conde spanish vampire

Character Design

cartoon_halloween_vampire_character_design_conde_count_dracula_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaThis cartoon vampire count is a monster who likes the good “wine” and eat chistorra when on his castle outsides a small town from Spain called Santamaria de los milagros (clearly a fictitious place, hehe). He loves gypsy’s blood because he finds it more tasty and flavored.

… This character is based on this cartoon spanish vampire count that I did back in 2006 as part as a series of characters for halloween and día de muertos. I know how the old style looks so “Hanna-Barbera”, so I had to experiment with his face a lot.

Comicbook art: La Pangolina #8

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Those comic book pages belong to a short story that I did for the volume 8 of La Pangolina in 2010. The idea behind all the stories on the book was soccer. Mine is about two teams fighting on the field during a regular game that got an unusual ending. As you can tell, I drew a robot in it. Anyway, those were really fun pages to do and I was quite happy with the results.

Character design: Medieval RPG part 2

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Here are a few more character designs as a development for my future RPG comicbook. As you can see, the proportions keep changing so they look more “chibi” or “superdeformed” now. I like how they look because I believe that the chibi style is a great one, with huge potential  if you know how to use it. Anyway, the first two characters are some old ones from time ago. I used to draw the fist guy a lot when in highschool.  The second one is from a story that was published on La Gulpolina #1. I’ll show you that later.

Character design: Medieval RPG

Character Design

I’been working on some concepts for a fantasy comic book. So, I did many characters and scenarios to find the ideas for the concept. here are few of them. As you can see, the proportions keep changing and also the small details on the “style”. Either way, I like to draw for a few days until I find the ones I like.

Concept art: Medieval Fantasy RPG town

Concept Art

I been working on many drawings inspired on a RPG fantasy style setting. I have a few characters that I’ll post later and also a few setting elements like these buildings here. The idea is to do rough sketches to play with the different architectural elements and to find the definitive look. I’m still on that. I can see this buildings in a real RPG iPad videogame!

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: