Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Mariachi books are printed! I've recently had the pleasure of seeing the book for myself for the first time. So exciting! Here's a small preview:
The time's almost here! The book should be officially released in the beginning of October. Remember to put in an order with your local bookstore, or with Amazon.com.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I sketched out this spread early in the making of the book. It is a big doodle made with a ballpoint pen, filling a large page in my sketchbook. This was one of my first drawings I ever made of Gustavo and the rest of the characters.
A refined version:
When I painted the illustration, I did it in pieces. First, I made the "daydream" portion of the image.
Next, I painted Gustavo and his dog.
Using the computer, I placed them together to create one picture.
To finish, I added a little bit of texture onto the paper to make it a little more interesting.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
The main character in the story. His greatest wish is to play an instrument in his family's mariachi band.
A loyal friend.
Plays the guitar in the family band.
Gustavo's brother, who plays the violin.
Plays the trumpet in the family band.
Play the trumpet, the violin, and the guitar.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Mariachis have been playing music since about 1880. Some people believe the name mariachi was a kind of tree used to make stages and musical instruments that mariachis play. Most mariachi bands have the Spanish guitar (guitarra), a small bass guitar with a rounded back (the guitarrón), a high-pitched guitar with five strings (the vihuela), violins, and at least two trumpets.
In addition to their instruments, mariachis are known for their unique clothing. The traje de charro (cowboy suit) consists of a close-fitting jacket and pants with brightly colored trim, and a wide sombrero (hat) with bright embroidery. At first only men wore the traje de charro and played mariachi, but in the last fifty years more and more women have joined them, either in mixed or all-woman bands.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
This is a rough sketch I created for the cover of Mariachi.
After I had the general idea, I went on to refine the sketch. I started by researching different types of cacti to make a more authentic desert setting.
Next, I refined the designs and poses of the characters.
Here is my finished revised sketch.
Next, I created a few color studies to help me decide how the final cover might look.
The Final Painting: