Nov 5, 2009

gouache sketch

Enough digital stuff for a lapse. We're beginning with gouache technique in color class, that is something I haven't used since primary school (you can guess the quality of those) and I'm loving it, so here's one of my first gouache sketches, done in small size. One of the cartoony faces I enjoy so much doing. Over 2 hours though. I'll get the hang of it!

Oct 29, 2009

Magic Unleashed

This old guy was initially meant for my characters class, requesting just a scatterbrain wizard of some sort. I spent quite some time developing the character until I got the final pose to present as the final requested linework. However, I liked it enough to paint it further as it was a real character layout I would do for an animated movie or something.

Must thank the critiques received prior to finishing. The painting itself took around 5 hours. Fullscreen recommended; the white window contours darken the image.

Jul 24, 2009

Stereoscopic Goofzilla

This is a small test in stereoscopy. Basic anachromic stuff. Used an old work with quite some depth in it. I just played a bit with layers to fit the retinal disparity. Stereoscopy is the future (but this time for real), so we better be up to date!

You'll need some basic blue/red goggles, but hey, I've saved you most of the work! Just go to the papershop at the end of your street, get some cellophane, find some scissors and there you go. I can't upload that part of the job for you so don't be lazy!

Better viewed fullscreen.

Jun 18, 2009


I made this self-portrait as an avatar for forums and other sites, obviously based on the toons from the "Goofzilla" piece. In fact, I shamelessly took the woman and repainted most of it, so I spared myself from solving the lighting and face volume again (don't tell anyone!). I find it quite small for using it anywhere else, I'm regretting not having done it somewhat bigger. But meh.

Apr 2, 2009

Too Serious

I painted this guy on a day I felt quite subdued for no particular reason. I just began sketching / playing with a blueish, dull palette and finally came with this bodyguard. Kinda serious mood, so I cheered it up :) It was terapeuthical in some way.

If it happens to raise a smile on anyone else, then it's worth posting it. Took slightly over 3 hours in Photoshop; I spent longer than expected trying no to make the wig feel flat or "pasted" over the rest.

The Unexpectedly Hectic Stroll through Sunset Avenue (aka Goofzilla)

Time ago I drew in my sketchbook some goofy characters in sort of a "naïf" world, which I liked, but didn't exactly know what to do with them, so they were eventually forgotten.

Months later, I found a good use for them while studying light and color, since that childish look was very appropriate for the kind of self-educative illustration I was heading for.

I was messing with this piece for quite a long time, perhaps over 40 hours, since I really wanted it to be useful for my art education, and it has been indeed an invaluable learning tool.

It's all Photoshop. I have the feeling that I went too far with the resolution and some details that are lost in the resized image (the original is near double of this one), but anyway, we learn from mistakes. Finally it was printed jumbo-size for my nephews' room :)

Hello, world!

Welcome to Abelo's Portfolio, wandering visitor! Take a sit and feel at home.

Finally I had the time and mood to invest in my own blog. I can't say I'm a big blogger myself, shame on me, but here it is for anyone willing to waste his precious time in watching the ramblings that leave my mind.

This blog will serve as my portfolio, specially until I finish the "official" one, although I may actually use it for some news, should I find them interesting enough. But wait... who the hell am I? Why should you be watching my damned blog?

Well, my name is Abel Oroz, but feel free to call me Abelo. I am from the Spanish city of Pamplona, and I'm currently doing what I should have done 10 years ago: studying art and illustration in Madrid. I expect to finish it next year and make it my job for a living, simply because it is what I love to do. So, here I'll be hanging my worthwile stuff and maybe sketches too.

Hope you like it, and thanks for watching :)