Tuesday, March 29, 2011


The topic was about how women can defend when they find themselves in the hands of an attacker. The instant thing that came to mind is that perennial image of a retro pop illustration of a frightened or sad woman with a huge thought bubble on its head. Haha!  I didn't think twice to use that style for this article.

And walaah! My first retro pop illustration in super bright colors! :)


Wouldn't you agree that this style was just perfect?? :D  Oh and i lurve that purse!
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TV Boy

Meet TV boy! He is upset and hostile! If nobody gives him what he wants.. this boy will wreck havoc like Godzilla did. So better surrender to this creature's demands!

Oh kids, these tiny little creatures who get what they want by using emotional blackmail. That's right, these little brats can turn on you in just one press of a button and blame it on media. Watching too much TV and movies have indeed influenced how a kid behaves.

I don't have a kid but that's what the article for this illustration says. I don't have to expound on it, I'm
pretty sure everyone will agree with this psychological finding. Right??

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Gaddafi and the hidden wealth

My first illi about Gaddafi! It's always a pleasure to to be working on something that is very HOT in the news room. There have been tons of articles about this man and his country but none landed on my Wacom pen for illis.

A cool idea to make Gaddafi into a tree and i have to say, it's really a huge challenge. When i look at a picture of this man, i always think how easy it is to draw his face. Every feature on his face is very recognizable! But making him into a tree gave me an extra stretch. His son wasn't so bad at all. :D

The beautiful thing about this page was that, the bleed on the bottom was taken off!! The illustration flowed right until were it faded at the very tip of the paper. Aweesssooommenessttt!! It gave the whole page more kick.

Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam. Can i just say he's kinda cute? OK i will shatap now. :|

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Youth Deliquents

Here is an illustration I made for a small infographic with data about the youth deliquents in Oman. Every time an illustration is needed to support data in charts, it is important that both the illi and the charts/pies are well incorporated so as to make a one solid graphic.

In this case, the tip of the gun fit perfectly for the pie chart! With a few dirts, grunge textures and splashes of some sort of blood to give it a war-freak feel--the whole graphic (for me) was engaging enough for the readers to notice it.

Illustration rendered in PS. Brushes here and there..

The original illustration , ink on paper. The skull face is supposed to give a youthful touch since it's a common symbol or at least a fashion icon for the young and (trying) to be trendy. hehe

Al Batinah has the highest rate of youth delinquents followed by the East Region while Muscat only has 5% .

Published last March 05, 2011 in Al Shabiba 
Infographic Designer: Marcelo Duhalde

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Champion's League First Set

And now... make way for the perennial sports illustrations! Champion's League is here and it means more spreads for me to work on. The first set of matches for February has ended and we made four spreads for the most awaited ones.

For this set, I have decided to use a different style on my illustrations, a mixture of my vector and photoshop finish. The figures are bit more distorted with some sharp edges. More gradients are visible too. I was quite hesitant about it because I knew it's gonna take me extra time to finish considering I had to trace my pencil sketch and get the perfect gradient. Unlike my old and trusted style, all i had to do is render them because all the strokes are defined already. But this is for the sake of exploring new possibilities!

AC Milan V Tottenham Hotspurs FC

Illustrations in vector. (first two on top) coach Massimiliano Allegri, Zlatan Ibrahimović, (lower two) coach Harry Redknapp and Peter Crouch

Real Madrid V Olympique Lyonnais

llustrations in vector. coach José Mourinho, coach Claud Puel, Cristiano Ronaldo and Yoann Gourcuff (argghh! so cute!!)


Arsenal FC V. FC Barcelona

The guys in bowling pins are,Gaël Clichy, coach Arsène Wenger. Coach Josep Guardiola is throwing the ball while Leo Messi is the ball of fire.  This was a really fun idea but it mostly leaned on the prediction that FC Barcelona is gonna sweep Arsenal's shiny bowling pin asses (this wasnt't my idea)! And it turned out, Arsenal beat Barcelona's asses! hahaha

FC Internazionale Milano V FC Bayern München  

The blue team are: coach Leonardo and Esteban Cambiasso. The red team are: coach Louis Van Gaal and Tomas Muller. Among all these four, i have to say this is my favorite. It's very clean, well planned and there were no empty spaces. Although i doubt that Muller looked like that guy on the red box, the whole pack of this illustration made me really proud.



All these spreads is a collaboration of me and infographic designer Marcelo Duhalde. We have to be credited for creating these in just one day and i have to stress that i manage to finish and come out still alive every after spreads. It's NOT easy to illustrate FOUR FACES in one day and still have other small task on the side. Believe me it pulled the last strand of my patience.  Except for the first match, I started working on one of the players the day before.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign

It's been a while since i did collage in my illustrations and it's good to be doing it again. My design director have been pushing us to go outside our comfort zones and create something that is not "us". Having that in mind, us here in the newspaper are constantly on the lookout for styles that are something fresh and different. We are just lucky that we have every single day to experiment and hopefully perfect something in the end.

My poor signature was run over by the kid's huge foot. While stretching this layer (fat kid), i left my sig unattended. :(

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