Thursday, December 29, 2011

Winter Travellers II

Although I live an area of sunny winters without any snow I've always been fascinated by snow covered mountains. The snow/rock patterns and their value contrasts are something I really love...add a few drops of fantasy and this is what I got to... Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Winter Travellers

Exploration of new techniques can sometimes lead to satisfactory results, although, most of the time, they end up in the garbage folder.
With this one I made heavy use of Photoshop's lasso tool in the initial stages and sticked to only two brushes throughout the entire painting process: a more textured one with opacity set to pressure and a round one with pressure set to size+opacity.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Blue Abyss 2

I wasn't quite satisfied with the outcome of the first Blue Abyss image so I started again from the same initial sketch and this is what I came up with. Even if it didn't improve I wanted to share this second experiment.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Based on a painting I did last year that didn't really come out the way I wanted it to, so I decided to revisit it.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Thursday, November 03, 2011


Practicing...inspired by the works of Paul Lasaine and Robh Ruppel.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Fantasy Theater

This was done for an ad campaign for imm Sound, a Spanish company developing 3D immersive sound technology for theaters.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Colony Interior

This was the final assignment for James Paick's online masterclass. Had a great time and learned a lot.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Desert Winds

Commissioned painting. Inspired by the given title and "Prince of Persia".

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Colony I

Here is my assignment for week 6 of James Paick's Environment II class.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Week 5 assignment for James Paick's online Environment II class.

Monday, August 08, 2011


Based on a small b/w sketch I did in the beginning of 2011. Two small figures sneaking into the heart of a big industrial complex, about to blow the whole thing up.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Assingments for week 3 of James Paick's Environment II class.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Under My Bed

Based on an image I did back in 2006 for a Portuguese cg forum contest titled "Under My Bed". Having grown up with movies like "E.T.", "The Goonies", "Poltergeist" and "Cat's Eye" where kid's rooms were gateways to fantasy worlds, I thought I would come up with my own homage to those wonderful movies.
I struggled somewhat on the latter stages of this painting, as I wanted to really cram the room up with toys. However, as I kept adding things they all looked out of place or seemed to detract from the main focus which were the tentacles. In the end I don't know if the image ended up feeling too "empty".

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Endless Streets

Watching my portfolio I can definitely say I'm more of a Lord of the Rings/Dungeons&Dragons kind of guy. However, there are 2 sci-fi movies which had a huge impact on me when I watched them as a kid during the 80s: "Star Wars" (original trilogy) and "Blade Runner". I remember being completely blown away the first time I saw "A New Hope". "Blade Runner", on the other hand, was a bit different. As I watched it over and over again I slowly started to realize the masterpiece it was. What I admire most are the moods...the constant rain and darkness, the blue/green hues, the lonesomeness, the smoke, the juxtaposition of different architectural styles, the soundtrack...everything just brilliant! One might think that some of these aspects would equal discomfort, but they are portrayed in such a romantic way that they become captivating and soothing.
So, concluding...this painting is an homage (another one) to this superb movie.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

An-Thonn Gate

Final painting done for James Paick's masterclass. Let me hear your thoughts...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Fog in the Dawn

This was one of the last assignments I did for James Paick's online masterclass. It was a very enriching experience. A great thanks to James for sharing his precious knowledge and also a special thanks to my father for convincing me to take the class. Always learning...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Prize

Another work for James Paick's masterclass. It's in the same alignment as my previous two paintings. However, this time I wanted to retain a more painterly look. An evil army returning home with their "prize"...the rest is up to your imagination.

Monday, April 11, 2011


Took one of the thumbnail sketches and developed it into a more polished concept.

And even more sketches...

More sketches...but I think now it's enough! Next step will be to develop one of them (out of the castle/ruins/Scotland batch).

Sunday, April 10, 2011

More sketches...

Here are some more sketches. Each of these took me longer to do compared to the previous group of thumbnail sketches.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Environment Sketches

Here's a bunch of environment sketches done for James Paick's online masterclass. Each set of 4 took me between 90 min and 120 min to complete. It's a very good exercise in trying to focus on the essential parts of the image and not getting lost in details. I still have a lot to learn, but it's a very entertaining and fun process.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011


Same inspiration as my previous painting: monsteries in Greece.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Putting to use my new aquired knowledge from James Paick's online masterclass. Based on a photo of the "Holy Monastery of Rousanou" in Greece.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sci-Fi Power Plant

Here is an assignment I did for an online course I am taking with James Paick as instructor. I am loving it and learning a lot.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Lost Thoughts

Blade Runner is just one of those movies where everything was done right. The mood portrayed in this movie is just so unique and captivating that sometimes you wish you could lose your thoughts in that futuristic is almost soothing, although there is nothing really "attractive" about it.
This painting was very much inspired by said masterpiece and I wanted to share my admiration for it.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Waking Light...first post of 2011, although I finished this one in 2010. It is based on a 2 year old concept.