Monday, August 25, 2008

Learn Spanish: Dance

Spanish: bailar (bahy-LAR)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Gustavo's Daydream

In one of the pivotal scenes in the book, Gustavo dreams of what it would be like to be in his family's mariachi band.

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

Learn Spanish: Singing

Spanish: cantar (kan-TAR)

Spanish: la canción (kan-see-OHN)

Spanish: el cantante (kan-TAHN-tay)

Friday, August 15, 2008


A behind-the-scenes look into some of the scenes from the book:

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

Learn Spanish: Cowboy

Spanish: Vaquero (vah-KAIR-oh)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Learn to Draw Gustavo

1. Draw a circle.

2. Draw guidelines.

3. Make circles for the eyes.

4. Add nose, eyebrows, and mouth.

5. Add hair and ears.

6. Fill in the details.

7. Shade your drawing.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Learn Spanish: Family

Spanish: Padre (PAH-drey)

Spanish: Tío (TEE-oh)

Spanish: Hermano (air-MAH-noh)

COUSIN (male)
Spanish: Primo (PREE-moh)