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April 2014

Flashback Wednesdays: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

“...Take me out with the crowd; buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don't care if I never get back.” - Jack Norworth

This week’s Flashback Wednesday is “half” of a Looney Tunes Limited Edition lithograph. This tribute-print was done to commemorate the twelve members of the Major League Baseball’s 3000 Hit Club. The final color shows the complete image. It was divided in two sections: the left was designed by WBCP Senior Character Artist San Wei Chan, while I worked on the right side. It was done this way because the project was a rush job.

The final litho were framed, tagged with both, the Warner Bros. and the MLB logos and signed by the members of the club. It had a limited run of 1000 copies.

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Flashback Wednesdays: Jam Session

Flashback Wednesdays... on a Wednesday!. ^.^

This week’s Flashback is a rough-pencil - no inking was requested, for a line of limited prints sold at the Warner Bros. Studio Stores. For some reason, I was asked to draw the instrument’s details - knobs, keys, etc, on a second layer. After its run and with the closure of the WB stores, the image is now sold has a large-size poster, which I have signed quiet a lot-of during the last few years.

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The painting was done by David Edward Byrd.


DreamWork's "How To Train Your Dragon 2" Trailer

DreamWorks Animation’s official trailer for their How To Train Your Dragon 2 Animated Feature Film. June 3rd, baby!. =D



Flashback Wednesdays: "Where's the Kaboom?"

Flashback Wednesdays… on a Saturday this time. >.<

This drawing of Marvin the Martian and K-9 was requested by Six Flags Magic Mountain, more specifically for their park’s Looney Tunes merchandise.

While Marvin and K-9 were easy to conceptualize, I had to do some research for the style of the telescope, so it would matched the same style Chuck Jones had developed when he created Marvin the Martian - first introduced in Jones’ animated short Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953.)  It was Maurice Noble background and layout, the same artist who had worked with Jones for the film, who provided the perfect inspiration for my design.

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I never saw the final product on any merchandise based on my designs, but a couple of years ago I was able to pick up this postcard at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.



New Comic Arrivals

Just in time for the weekend I got my orders for Mondo Lirondo: The Ultimate Collection and Lackadaisy: Volume 1.

Lackadaisy: Volume 1 is the first collected volume of the webcomic of the same name by American artist Tracy J. Butler.


For those not familiar with this series, it’s a highly detailed take on the 1920’s Prohibition Era. Set in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, the story revolves around the owner and employees of the speakeasyLackadaisy.” The story’s settings is filled with politicians, moonshiners, gangsters, assassins, Tommy guns, booze and flappers. Very recommendable.

Available via 4th Dimension Entertainment (online store).


Mondo Lirondo: The Ultimate Collection is the complete collected works of the comic book series from the European Spanish artist collective Colectivo La Penya. Very unusual but entertaining.

Available via FNAC España. I’m not aware of any translated version of the book other than Spanish.


Variety Cover

Here is the cover of the December 1996 Variety Magazine I worked on, announcing Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. acquisition of Hanna-Barbera Productions Inc.’s intellectual property.

The (WBCP) artists that illustrated this issue were myself - drawing Fred Flinstone, senior character designer San Wei Chan - Bugs Bunny and animation director Frank Espinosa - Tom and Jerry.

The issue was published right before Christmas, which made for a nice Christmas’ present.



Flashback Wednesdays: Repairing the Past

Hi again;

This is Flashback Wednesdays… on a Thursday. This post is about a very-common task many Artist have to do, specially in the Consumer products field: the recreation - or update, of an old piece of art for merchandising…



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