Sunday, December 21, 2008


Just over a year ago, I started the Sketch Blog on the day my nephew was born with a post dedicated to him. Now my other sister has given birth to a baby boy, 9th of December! So it gives me great pleasure to dedicate the last post of 2008 my new nephew.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

November Sketch 2

Following the style of the last post... this sketch was one from the plaza de la catedral. Not much of a post but haven't had anytime to do any regular sketching lately. Hope to try and pick up the habit of sketching at lunch time again. Until then...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

November Sketch

This one is for Victor who recently complained (and rightly so!) about the lack of colour in the blog. When sketching I'm lucky if I have time to put some tones in there, so putting colour is another thing. Although this isn't what he meant maybe it'll get him off my back for awhile!

Monday, October 27, 2008

20th Sketch crawl

The following are some of the sketches from the 20th Sketch Crawl. The location was Parc de la Cuitadella and this time I had some company. Check out my partner in crimes results over at the SketchCrawl forum (under Barcelona,Spain results). Looking forward to the next one already!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

September Sketches

Well, October 2nd means my nephew is now one year old. Happy Birthday to him and congratulations to my sister and her husband. It was great to see them when they came over to visit Barcelona during the summer.

It also marks one year of the Sketch blog. It also coincided with the preview of the movie "Cher Ami"( previously titled Flying Heroes ) during the film festival in Sitges. A lot of faces I hadn't seen in awhile eager to see the results of almost four years work!

So with the usual delay, here's some sketches which should have been posted in September.

Can't go to the Zoo without paying a visit to these guys, they're real fun to watch.

Barcelona Zoo is full of Peacocks walking around freely. They're so use to people, they usually come up close begging for food ( so if a male sneaks up behind ya while drawing and belts out his cry it's enough to scare the pants of you).

This isn't a great drawing but it made me think about keeping poses modern- I think if I had 've made a pose of someone taking a picture I still would've made them look through the viewfinder!! Ouch!! Nowadays it's all cameras up in the air (although once or twice I have forgotten and held the digital camera up to my eye instead of looking at the LCD screen).

Don't particularly like this one (thinks it because I lost concentration half way through and forced myself to finish it ) but as I don't have any other building drawing....

Monday, September 8, 2008

August Sketches

Just catching up with some sketching done during August. Couldn't get myself around to scanning them until now, I'll use the hot summer as an excuse.
The sketches of buildings are from locations close to home done on my lunchtime walks. Those of people are from the Plaza de la Catedral.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

July Sketches

Trying to get back into the good habit of regular sketching ( don't know why but bad habits seem so much easier to pick up!).

Working with the computer all day is quite tiring on the eyes ( and not to mention what's left of my brain). Starting to notice the strain when trying to draw details of buildings in the distance (good excuse for producing weak sketches!). Hoping drawing things in the distance more often will balance out spending all day glued to the cintiq otherwise I'll soon be needing binoculars .

Monday, June 23, 2008

19th Sketch Crawl

Saturday 21st of June was the date set for the Worldwide Sketch Crawl.

Saturday 21st of June was the date set for the Worldwide Sketch Crawl. This was my first time to participate in the event and my first time to take part in any forum. If anyone feels like checking out the work of people sketching from all the around of the world, check out Sketch Crawl, it's well worth the visit!

My plan for the day was to start at the Parc de Ciutadella, pass through Born and finish up at the Plaza de la Cathedral. The following are some of examples of the days sketching. Let's see if the next time I can round up some company.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Nike Spot

Just as I completed 3 months of having " gone digital", a nice opportunity came along to do some 2D animation on a spot for Nike with Boolab studios in Barcelona. It was great to put pencil to paper again and the experience was even more enjoyable thanks to the great working atmosphere in the studio, a real cool bunch of guys. Unfortunately the spot won't be released until September, so can't post any related images 'til then. In the meantime, here's something that, although nothing to do with the spot, could be seen as how it felt animating 2D again.

Después de 3 meses en el mundo de animación digital, tuve la oportunidad de animar en 2D para un spot de Nike, con Boolab en Barcelona. Fue genial volver a coger el lápiz y la experiencia fue todavía mejor gracias al buen ambiente que hay en este estudio. Como el estreno del spot se ha retrasado hasta septiembre, no podré colgar imagenes hasta entonces. Mientras os dejo este dibujo que, aunque no tiene nada que ver con el spot, quizás refleja como me sentí al volver a animar en papel.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Goodbye Cerdanyola

Well, it's goodbye Cerdanyola and farewell to the ol' drawing board! Quite some time has passed since the last post! This has been due to some recent changes. Work on the 2D project finally came to an end. This has implied a few alterations to my daily routine! No more sketching in Cerdanyola and no more sketching on the train (for the moment anyway). Now I’m working in the centre of Barcelona city, on a new project using Toonboom and Cintiq, so along with a change in time schedules I haven’t been able to get around to doing any drawing lately. Hopefully that’ll change as soon as I get use to the new job. Until then, here’s some photos of Cerdanyola and what has been my working area for the last few years.

It’s funny but in the beginning I didn’t really like Cerdanyola as I found it to be quite a cold and ugly place. Then, when I started to go sketching at lunch time, I began to find all the things I didn’t like became interesting and inspiring. All those tower blocks and roof top aerials, gonna miss ‘em! Can’t wait to start sketching again, tons of amazing buildings in Barcelona to draw, just a little bit more clustered than in Cerdanyola.