Saturday, November 29, 2008
While I compile all the info on the Illustrating Illustration exhibition and the Rhyme Rag Launch, I leave you with some excerpts from my sketchbook this month. You have pieces inspired in gigs I've been to, people I've seen or illustrators I admire.
Hope you like them
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I think this is the first time I ever celebrate Halloween. I was asked to do a quick sketch for www.scamp.ie (click to see other entries too) and that's what you can see here. I will also be djing in the best party venue in Inistioge... just follow the noise!
Monday, October 20, 2008
This is the cover for this year's Rhyme Rag. Thanks a bunch to BRENB for the help with the textures!
The illustration is completely done in Painter with a tiny bit of retouching in Photoshop. I didn't even do a sketch in paper. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted, started on a blank file in Painter, sketching with the pencils tools. when I was totally happy with the composition I started collecting all the images (fountain pen, wings, splatters...) and then started drawing with the scraperboard tool.
The launch of the Rhyme Rag is next Wednesday 15th November in the Arts Office Kilkenny County Council. It is always a great night and the buzz is unbelievable so please make the effort to come!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
I had to start an illustration today that reminded me of an old job I did ages ago... I tried to find it without joy. Instead I came across this I did back in 94. A couple of years before I became friends with computers (I had one at that stage but I hated it.)
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Rhyme Rag 2008 is here! At the moment I am still developing it, but you'll be glad to know it is very well advanced.
This year I've opted for the even more complicated task of creating a full page comic with each one of the poems.
You can see here one of the panels of a beautiful poem called Morphine by Sorcha Reilly.
Adapting the poems to the comic format has been the most difficult job so far; as I didn't want to take a literal approach. I have reinterpreted the poems in a comic narrative context. This means I've used the images for some of the actions of the poems and the words for some others. While trying to keep the musicality and pace intrinsic to the poem... In other words, I am exhausted!
This week I should be posting much more stuff on the Rhyme Rag, so keep tuned!
Posted by Alé Mercado at 8:25 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Comic Book Anthology "Sorry I can't take your call but I'm off saving the wrold" is available for sale in www.goalanthology.com It is fantastically edited and produced by Cliodhna Lyons, it has some great comics in there... and it is for a damn good cause, so what are you waiting for?
While we get ready to open the Illustrating Illustration Exhibition in Spain there are lots of things happening here: The Woodstock Explorer Pack is finished and produced; so is the new Barnstorm production (poster below)
and, waiting for final approval, next year's poster for the Fresh Film Festival (detail of one of the images at the top of this post).
Hope you enjoy them
Posted by Alé Mercado at 5:57 p.m.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
You've seen some of the spreads already. This is the full sketchbook which was completed while on holidays in Armona, Portugal. Hope you enjoy it.
The Sailor with the Pipe image is by Chris Judge.
The 5-6 Women's Art Project is organising an auction that will take place in 7 Bridgewater House, Dean St. Kilkenny next Thursday from 6pm to 9pm.
These are the pieces I've produced although I think I am only allowed one.
Hope you like them.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
These are the final characters for Greenhome.ie
You can see (compare with previous post) how tight the fairy was when the first draft was presented. The Vampire was there from the beginning too. But he needed more variations till it got to a point where the customer was happy.
The monster in that other post never made it to the final stage.
This is one of the illustrations I've done for a very nice project based in the Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge. I'll post the full product once it comes back form the printers.
I spent hours looking at Milton Caniff's comics. That guy is a genius using a brush!
Hope you like it
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
These are a few characters I designed last year for a Film Festival Poster. None of them were used. I've just found them when I was archiving the latest illustrations I am doing. Which I hope to be posting soon.
I thought it might be interesting to show illustrations before they are treated in the computer. In this case all of them are inked very clean using a Hunt102 nib and indian ink.
It was one of the first times I used photographic reference. It would have been really difficult to get all the details of the clothes in my head. I used a magazine on Japanese Teenage Culture.
Hope you like them.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
This week, I've finished a one page comic for a Charity Comics Anthology put together by Cliodhna at Ztoical (www.ztoical.com)
It's been great to go back to inking pages the old way. I have the feeling this year is going to be full of comics... Really exciting stuff!
Here you have one of the panels of that page (my personal favourite). Hope you enjoy it.