*So Blogger's acting stupid and completely altering the color, saturation and overall appearance of my painting. For the real version, please check out my site.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
The 2014 Long Beach Comic Con held Sept 27-28th was a huge success, and I had a ton of fun getting to be a part of it. The show featured multiple exhibitors, artists, creators, and special guests within the halls of the Long Beach Convention Center and was attended by guests of all ages. I spent the majority of my time at my table in Artist's Alley selling prints and getting to interact with old fans while also making new ones.
Overall it was a great experience, and the best part for me had to be seeing and hearing people's reactions to my work. I was surprised to see so many people stop by to specifically tell me that they liked my work even when they had no intention of purchasing anything.
I also gave away free artwork throughout the weekend as I usually try to do at conventions. This time my two lucky winners would each be going home with a large Batman poster print that I got made specifically for this show. Congrats to both of my winners, and I hope their walls have enough room to accommodate their new prizes.
Now that the convention craze is over I'll be resuming my work on a couple of upcoming projects, most notably my Superman animatic. My next appearance will be at DesignerCon 2014 in Pasadena on Nov 8-9 so I hope you'll have some time to check it out. Until then, I'll be drawing away!
Monday, September 22, 2014
Long Beach Comic Con is this weekend September 27-28. Tickets and more information are available online at LongBeachComicCon.com. I’ll be at table 1803 selling new artwork as well as giving away a some free prints all weekend long for fans who stop by my booth. If you’re going, do stop by and say hello. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
I've always loved classic pinup art. Those paintings by masters like the great Gil Elvgren were always so attractive to me, and it wasn't just because of the beautiful women in them. It was because artistically speaking they were simplifications of reality. Elvgren was especially a master of simplifying everything so that his paintings had a nice graphic quality in addition to form-based rendering.
Although I've always admired and looked up to artists who could pull off the pinup genre really well, I've never really set out to do any of my own until recently. And in this case the idea to do a pinup of Princess Jasmine from Disney's Aladdin was really more of an accident. While I was working on another painting, I got the serendipitous image of Jasmine reclining ever so sensually on her palace balcony in the moonlight. So I started sketching it out in between sessions working on my other projects and little by little I eventually finished it.
The key difference though between my pinups and those of the artists that I admire was how I wanted to depict the ladies. In most pinup art the woman is staring right at the viewer and smiling while intentionally posing for the viewer. While there's nothing wrong with that, I instead wanted to capture more intimate moments because I wanted my pinups to have a candid quality to them.
So I present to you now "Shining, Shimmering, Splendid," the first in what I'm hoping will be a long series of Disney pinups done in my style.
Monday, September 8, 2014
The second chapter of the Assassin's Creed: Unity promotional site is up and features 2 of my paintings with cool layering and animation effects. They were either based on or inspired by storyboards originally provided by the client. These scenes are intended to tell stories of key historic moments leading up to the French Revolution. If you're a fan of the franchise or of concept art in general, I think you'll definitely like the site:
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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.
Friday, May 30, 2014
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!