Thursday, April 3, 2014

First Preview of my Upcoming Superman Film


In anticipation of exhibiting at WonderCon in two weeks, I’m officially revealing the first teaser image for my next animatic film. If you haven’t guessed by now, it will star everyone’s favorite primary color-clad superhero in a dynamic story set to another kick-ass rock and roll song. I’ll be giving away a few prints during the convention, but if you cannot go and would still like to win one, stay tuned as I’ll be holding a raffle around the time of the film’s release set for later this summer.

As always, thank you for visiting this blog. I will continue posting teasers and reminders here but I invite you to stay in touch via my website at MauricioAbril.com. I will have more in-depth posts and behind-the-scenes/making-of updates there to keep everything organized.

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Website for Mauricio Abril.com!


Hi, everyone! I'm happy to announce that after two weeks of head splitting web 'design' and tinkering, I finally have my brand new website fully up and running.

I have been using blogger since I began art school back in 2007, and it has been a fun constant in my life so for now I plan to continue using it. However, I do want to slowly transition everything on to my website in the near future, so I hope those of you who visit my blog will come and join me over there. Since there's no inherent Follower system on WordPress, the best way to keep in touch is to enter your email to Subscribe via Feedburner, which is a commonly used RSS Feeder that delivers straight to your inbox the content you subscribe to.

I hate spam as much as you do, so I can assure you that you'll only get emails when I post something, and I only ever post anything if it's either awesome (hopefully), informative or both. But if that's not enough to convince you to subscribe, maybe you'd like the chance to win some artwork? Here's how to participate: 

For followers of this blog 
  1. Subscribe to my website between now March 30, 2014 and April 30, 2014.
  2. Notify me of your action by also proving me your blogger handle on the "Contact" form of my site.
  3. Your name will be entered in a drawing to win one of three exclusive prints from my Batman film "A Gotham Fairytale."
  4. During the beginning of May, I will select three names from those who Subscribed via my Blogger post
  5. I will contact you for a mailing address and send out the prints.
I'll still be posting here, but more and more I'll be featuring additional material on my homepage as an incentive so I hope you'll come join me.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

"Solemn Knight" Newest Batman Fan Art & Story Snippet


Barbara: I’ve been wanting to ask him about this thing for a while, but you know how he gets.

Dick: I know what you mean. Sometimes I think I have better conversations with these bats than I do with him.

Barbara: So what is this exactly?

Dick: Not sure, but Alfred told me it was something he brought back from one of his first scenes.

Barbara: It looks like it’s seen better days.

Dick: Well, from what I understand that toy was one of the few things in that kid’s room that wasn’t covered in…

Barbara: You mean…

Dick: Yeah. Sucks, right?

Barbara: So why does he still have it?

Dick: Your guess is as good as mine.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Composition at The Grand Mosque




I had the good fortune to visit the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi last week while I am traveling for work. It's a true marvel of architectural beauty and excellence, and I was in awe of the design work found throughout the site. From the proportions of the large pieces to the minutia of the intricate detail, it's pretty darned humbling to see something so beautiful on such a grand scale.

I've got lots of new artwork that I haven't posted due to my work travels, but I will soon. In the meantime, please enjoy these two shots that I took. I'm no photographer, but I'd like to think my eye for composition is what helps me take nice photos, even if they're just for reference. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Different Take on Batman's Origin


I've always been interested in depicting classic moments of pop culture literature in more unique and original ways. In this case, I wanted to illustrate Batman's origin but not in the way it's usually depicted with young Bruce Wayne kneeling by his parent's dead bodies in the middle of crime alley. When I came up with the idea of using his mother's pearls, which are ripped off as both his parents are gunned down, I thought that I had actually come up with something both cool and original as I had never seen it shown that way before. 

So you can imagine my disappointment months after I started this piece when I came upon another illustration using that same concept (though executed much differently than I've done here). So I thought, "Oh, well. What the heck - might as well just finish it and move on with my life." So here ya go. Hope anyone who sees this and is a Batman fan enjoys it!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Carnage



Here's a little fan art I just completed earlier this week in my commitment to paint more this year. Funny enough I had started it 2012, but left it as a sketch in the 3rd stage you see in the process above. As a commitment to moving forward, I told myself I would try and finish all the paintings that I had already started before starting any new ones.

I've always enjoyed seeing other artists' processes, so I thought I'd screen shot the evolution of this piece to see how it developed. It's fun to see it in the end, even if it's hard to remember to do so while you're actually painting.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A New Year Means New Projects


In 2013 I finished "A Gotham Fairytale," my Batman animatic among other personal artistic projects. My goal for the first half of 2014 is to finish my followup. Speaking of which, I wonder who my next animatic will be about? Think, think think...

Anyway, I've been keeping to my daily creative goals. Here are some of the 30 min paintings for your visual pleasure or displeasure.




Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy 2014!!!


"Hawaiian Sunset"

I hope everyone had a great New Year's and is off to a running start on their resolutions. Here are a few of mine (at least the ones related to art):


1. Draw something for at least 30 min
2. Paint something for 30 min
3. Write for at least 30 min


Seems simple enough, right? I've realized that as I've moved up in my career, my responsibilities have diminished in terms of actually producing art, and I've found myself more in the capacity of high level creative direction. I'm definitely grateful to be contributing ideas on a higher level, but I do miss the nitty gritty of actually drawing out a concept (or actually getting to paint it). 

So I've decided that I need to address that on my personal time, and I will use this blog to showcase my progress, both the successes and the failures. It'll keep me accountable (fingers crossed) and hopefully help inspire others maybe.

Luckily my current creative projects will give me something to draw/paint/write about, but the trick is to doing all 3 at least once a day for 30 min. I probably won't post every day, but every couple of days chronicling my progress if not at least once a week. Here goes nothing!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Scenes of America - 60 min Speedpaintings



I hope my American friends had a great Thanksgiving weekend, and that all my international friends are enjoying a great start to the last month of this year. These pieces are just me practicing my use of color, shape and texture with some Americana themed scenes. Cheers!

Friday, November 8, 2013

DesignerCon 2013 Booth is Up and Ready to Go!


So I setup my DesignerCon booth today I'm all ready to go for this weekend. If anyone catches this post and is wondering what I am talking about, here's a recap:

DesignerCon is a convention celebrating and showcasing all forms of art and design. It's at the Pasadena Convention Center and is only $5 for tix online or $7 at the door.

I'll be exhibiting artwork, prints, my debut children's book SMALL DOGS all at BOOTH 526. If you're in the area or feel like checking out a cool gathering of artists, then stop on by and say hello.

Hope to see some friends and fans there! Cheers!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Children's book SMALL DOGS back from the printer's!


For the first time ever I will have copies of my children's book SMALL DOGS available for sale next weekend at DesignerCon in Pasadena at the convention center. The books measure at 9 x 9" and are 22 pages, and I'm super happy with the print job. I'll post some never-before-seen artwork from the inside of the book in the coming week, but until then here's some more specific info about the show:

Exhibit Hall A & B
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Tickets are $5 per day pre-order or $7 at the door

I'll be at Booth 526 with copies of the book as well as limited prints of original art and especially from my Batman movie "A Gotham Fairytale." 

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween, Ghouls & Goblins!


This is a piece I took out of the old digital archives from when I was still a student at Art Center. I figured it suited the Halloween theme well enough so I decided to give it some time in the spotlight, despite my uneasiness that it's old student work. In any case, I hope it scares you (in a good but fun way), and that you all have a safe and fun Halloween!

Monday, October 28, 2013

DesignerCon 2013 - Prints! Books! & More!




I'm excited to announce that I'll be exhibiting at this year's DesignerCon 2013 in Pasadena, CA on Nov. 9-10. DesignerCon is an annual art and design convention that smashes together toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art.

If you're in the area or already going, feel free to stop by BOOTH #526 where I'll have prints available from a variety of my work, including my most recent Batman video "A Gotham Fairytale." I'm even hoping to have copies of my children's book "Small Dogs" available for sale for the first time! I'll be posting more frequently in the coming days with more details and sneak peaks of the art to be available :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

BATMAN Wallpaper Time! Part Deux





Exciting news in the near future - I'll be at DESIGNERCON in Pasadena on Nov 9-10th. I'll post more about that in the future, but you better believe there'll be art for sale, art for giving away, and plenty of Batman stuff too! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these last wallpapers! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Batman Wallpaper Time! Set 1 of 2










A Gotham Fairytale has 34,000+ views! And as promised, here are some wallpaper-sized images from my animatic for my fans. Thank you all for the kind words and the word-of-mouth! Another set to come soon :)