Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Assassin's Creed: Unity - The Guillotine


As I've mentioned in a previous blog post, I've been working on the promotional campaign for the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Unity game by Ubisoft. I had such a blast working on those paintings that once it ended I had to do one more! So I drew inspiration from one of the most iconic elements of the French Revolution - the dreaded guillotine.

In this scene a French captain addresses an unseen crowd moments before the deadly blade is to be dropped on the poor prisoner's head, completely unaware that he is being watched by our Assassin Arno, who has a different outcome in mind.

Since I can't share the official artwork I did until after the game comes out, I hope this extra piece wets your appetite in the mean time :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Web Comic Strip "Forever Life's Intern"


I’ve been really entertained and inspired by  web comics recently that I decided to create some when I feel I have a good enough joke or idea. While I don’t plan to become the next “The Oatmeal,” I do hope to at least generate a chuckle if not point out some contradictions in the daily mechanics of life.
So without further adieu I present my new web comic aptly titled “Forever Life’s Intern.” Since I’m such a big comic book nerd, this first strip chronicles the discussion between two comic book fans as they discuss the complexities of their appreciation for Batman and/or Superman. It was born out of my puzzlement by the fact that so many Batman fans out there seem to think that hating Superman is a prerequisite to liking Batman. If you ask me, I say “why not both?”
Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Assassin's Creed: Unity Promo Campaign Art


I'm super excited to announce that I'm getting to work on the promo campaign for the new Assassin's Creed game - Assassin's Creed: Unity by Ubisoft. This installment of the franchise takes place on the eve of the French Revolution and is also the first title to feature a multiplayer gameplay component.

As part of the promotional campaign Ubisoft is launching mini-stories that tie in their main protagonist with key moments of the revolution on their site. Chapter 1 of 3 is live now, and it features my paintings with some minimal animation and layering effects. The second and third one are mine. Original storyboards were provided by the client. Hope you like it!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Just Say the Word" - Dwayne The Rock Johnson as Black Adam


Earlier this week Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson teased that he will be in an upcoming DC film as a character that has the power of Superman, is NOT Green Lantern, and finished it off by stating, “Just say the word.”
In case you’re not a total fanboy or don’t happen to know much of DC mythology, he is most likely referring to the character of Captain Marvel, who is in real life young Billy Batson who at the proclamation of the word “Shazam” transforms into the adult Captain Marvel.
Though seeing The Rock as a hero would be cool, I personally would prefer to see him as Black Adam, the villainous counterpart to Captain Marvel. Not only does he already bear a physical similarity to the character, but seeing Dwayne in the role of a villain would be really satisfying, especially in going up against the boy scout image of Henry Cavill’s Superman.
This illustration was originally intended to be a quick photoshop chop job, and if you would’ve asked me last week if I would have ever imagined myself painting The Rock as a villain, I would’ve easily told you no. But as I started to put down on the screen what I was seeing in my head, it just became too much fun not to finish as an illustration. Plus, I’ve always enjoyed Black Adam and the whole lightning thing so those two things definitely didn’t make it harder to want to paint.
In any case I’m willing to bet DC will announce who he’ll be officially playing sometime this weekend at Comic-Con.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Many Faces of Batman - The Best Batman Fan Art


Hi, everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but I was traveling for work and then subsequently got a terrible cold. Anyhow I'm all better now and have been working on some cool things about which I'll post very soon. In the mean time I thought I'd share some news that I got this morning.

My Batman art got featured by ForeverGeek alongside some other really cool Batman fan illustrations. What I thought was really cool was the different styles used and the interpretation of the visual aesthetic of the character. Please check it out when you have a moment.

http://www.forevergeek.com/2014/07/best-batman-fan-art/

Friday, May 30, 2014

Congratulations to the Winners of my FREE SONIC PRINT GIVEAWAY!


As promised the winners of my free Sonic the Hedgehog "Underhog" print giveaway were selected today. Thank you to all who entered, and especially to my friends who helped make the selection of the winners even more random. If you find yourself one of the lucky winners, you'll be contacted by email directly for your information. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

All Work and No Play Makes Spidey a Sad Boy


I suppose this is what happens when you cross fan art with social commentary. I came up with the idea for this gag illustration after watching “The Amazing Spiderman 2″ on opening weekend, but only just now got around to finishing it. It pretty much summarizes how I felt about the new franchise, the larger Marvel cinematic universe and the realities of binding contracts.

For the unaware, Spiderman is currently being distributed by Sony Pictures, who acquired the rights from Marvel back when Marvel was almost going bankrupt and needed the money. Because of this, and a legal clause mandating Sony to release a new Spiderman film every other year in order to maintain the rights indefinitely, our favorite web-head will never be able to be a part of the larger Marvel cinematic universe barring some unforeseen legal arrangement between Sony and Disney (who owns the rights to the Avengers and most other Marvel properties).
Seeing as how the internet moves on to the next hot topic while still chewing on the one it has, I wish I would’ve posted this before “ASM 2″ came out, but as they say ‘better late than never.’ Who knows? Maybe someone will re-post this next year when the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” comes out.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sonic the Hedgehog "Underhog" Exclusive Print Giveaway


When I first started sketching what would become my Sonic the Hedgehog themed piece, "Always Root for the Underhog," I never would've imagined the positive reaction it would end up having with so many people. So as a thank you for all the kind words expressed to me about it, and even a few arguments as to whether or not he could beat the Flash or Superman, I decided to GIVEAWAY a few of my limited edition signed prints for FREE  (as I'm known to do from time to time).

How to Enter

If you already follow me through my mailing list, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger or Tumblr, then you're already signed up. If not, you can follow me on any one or all of those sites. The more you do, the greater your chance to win.

How to Win

1. Link, Share, Reblog, and/or Retweet (each method counts as ONE entry, up to FOUR entries per person)
- If you have your own individual blog, mention this contest with a LINK back to this page.
- If you prefer Facebook,  SHARE this post to your own wall and mention my Facebook page MauricioAbrilArt
- If you're on Twitter, look out for my contest tweet and retweet it.
- If you're on Tumblr, look out for my contest post and reblog it.
2. Email me at mauricioabrilart@gmail.com with 1. your name 2. hometown (not your address, I'm just curious to see how far this contest reaches) and 3. proof of your entry/entries by providing either screenshots or links.
3. Each email received will be assigned a number for each entry completed, and the winners will be chosen by selecting at random from a pool of numbers.
3. Keep a lookout on my Facebook and/or Twitter as I announce the winners May 30th.
Thanks for looking and good luck!

Monday, May 12, 2014

"POPcade" Show a Success! Pt 1

Popzilla Gallery’s 5th art show entitled “POPcade” opened this past Saturday to a HUGE crowd, and I was privileged enough to have had two pieces in the show. Popzilla’s hook is to take a specific theme and combine it with pop culture, and this time was no different. With over 70 artists and more than 120 pieces, “POPcade” mashed video games both old and new with elements from television, movies, and books like I had never seen before.

The show had everything from a painting depicting Link lost in Bikini Bottom to a drugged out Mario in a painting inspired by the movie poster for “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” It was a fantastic turnout, and I am happy to share that both of my pieces were sold halfway through the night.

If I can be honest, when I first agreed to participate in the event I had no idea what to do. I was excited by the theme, but I was petrified by the endless options at my disposal. Then I remembered that I used to LOVE playing Sonic the Hedgehog and thought about what I could do with the character. He runs really fast and collects rings along the way, so I started to think  if there were any famous rings from pop culture and what could Sonic do with those.
That wasn’t really inspiring me either, so then I focused back on his speed and it automatically hit me. What if Sonic was racing somebody? And not just anybody but somebody incredibly fast? And then I asked myself what character in pop culture is incredibly fast? The Flash! And Superman! And in fact there was even a big event in comic book history where Superman raced the Flash. So I thought it’d be funny to see this little blue-haired hedgehog inserting himself into this famous race determined to prove he’s the fastest of them all!

My second contribution to the show was an entry for the “Video Game Vixens” Pinup series. Since I wasn’t early in registering for the event, almost all of my favorite female characters from video game lore had already been reserved (each artist could only do one and each character could only be done once). Luckily nobody had asked for Harley Quinn from the Rocksteady Arkham games so I chose to go with the version from “Arkham City.”


The show will be open for 4 weeks so all of the great art can still be viewed at the Rothick Art Haus (170 S. Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA) during their normal operating hours.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and a special Mother’s Day if you’re in the U.S! I’ll be posting a more in-depth look at my process for each of the two pieces next for those that are interested so stay tuned. Until the next time!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"POPcade" A Video Game Tribute Show at the Rothick Art Haus

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be a part of POPzilla’s upcoming gallery show “POPcade” which will be a pop art tribute to video games old and new! The show opens this Saturday May 10 at 6pm (till 10 pm) and will run for 4 weeks. It will be held down in Anaheim, CA at the Rothic Art Haus where I’ll be exhibiting two brand new pieces that I did specifically for this show.


The first is a tribute to one of my favorite video game characters from when I was a kid. Here’s a thumbnail preview of my painting showcasing everyone’s favorite blue-haired hedgehog :) I’ll post the full image after this 
weekend.


The second is my contribution to the “Video Game Vixen” pinup series that the gallery is holding. Since all of my favorite female characters from video game lore were already taken by the time I had signed up, I asked if I could illustrate someone from the Rocksteady Batman “Arkham” games, and they said yes! So I chose to go with one of my favorite comic characters in general – Harley Quinn from the “Batman: Arkham City” game. Sneak preview now, full image after this weekend so stay tuned :)
Hope you can make it out!
170 S. Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, California 92805
Saturday, May 10
6 pm – 10 pm

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

WonderCon 2014 at Anaheim Wrap Up


WonderCon 2014 was this past weekend down in Anaheim, CA and I had a blast meeting a lot of great new people. If you’ve never been to a comic-esque convention, then suffice it to say that it was a three day gathering of artists, exhibitors, vendors, fans, creators, publishers and other entertainment organizations all in the spirit of the characters and stories that span the gamut of comic books,  movies, literature, tv and anything else you might imagine.


This gentleman was one of two winners for my free print giveaway during the first day. He is a huge Batman fan and was excited to have a large print of my “Solemn Knight” painting showing Batman reflecting on arriving at a crime scene a few moments too late.


These good folks were one of the two winners of the free art raffle held the first day. The gentleman in the center won the Superman print from my upcoming animatic for his brother who is the big Superman fan in the family.

He liked my art so much that he decided to come by the booth the next day and commission a sketch for his Superman blank cover comic. For those that don’t know what blank cover comics are, they’re essentially complete comic books printed without the cover with the intention that you can either create your own or have an artist draw it. So I was incredibly honored when he asked me as it was not only the first time someone has ever commissioned work from me at a convention, but also because he wanted me to draw two of my favorite characters ever on his comic book. Talk about pressure! I was starting to get nervous because I didn’t know what to draw, and I didn’t want to draw something simple or derivative.


But then I thought about the idea that Superman and Batman complement each other the way that the yin and yang symbols do and then it hit me – draw them as a yin and yang with their capes comprising the shape of the circle. I was incredibly happy with my concept and even more so because he loved it and was happy with it. Perhaps one day I’ll turn it into a full colored illustration :)
Hope everyone had a great weekend! Part 2 coming soon.

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.