Colors, Colors, Colors

Hola todos, I hope you're all having a wonderful Tuesday out there wherever you may be. Elio and I have been hard at work the last week throwing down ten rounds a day in the El Grande ring. This book fights dirty too; let me tell you. It's prison rules on the streets of El Grande.  No holds barred baby. We're getting some really flashy stuff lined up to share with you a the end of the week, but for now, I hope these color layouts satisfy your hunger. Elio pulled some amazing stuff out of these and many others. 
We have a colored layout for every page of the book, and three or four for some of them.  Be ready for the "El Grande preproduction book". So for all of you who have been asking, "yes", there will be huge preproduction book released soon after the first volume is printed, and it's going to be loaded to the brim with this type of material as well as designs and illustrations that will not be posted on the blog. Come back on Friday for some more design illustrations.  I'll go ahead and tell you its going to be some new weird space suits, so don't miss it.

More Todos!

These designs belong to the opening of our comic book where we see these really bizarre characters manufacturing the drug azul (unusual psychological and physical effects, which include visuals of colored patterns behind the eyes, a sense of time distorting, crawling geometric patterns, the loss of the user's sense of identity as well as prolonged system functions, minor tissue rejuvenation, and an increased appetite). We wanted their design to be interesting and a little flashy, but nothing that would take away from our main characters and their looks, so you'll notice that one feature of their costume is highlighted; the mask. Much of El Grande and Elio's personal work has a reflection of the earth and the creatures that live here, and this one is no different. Pulling from the baboon family, these characters are truly a monkey's uncle. Making drugs is no line of work for any respectable person; even in the corrupt city of Bramacas. Also featured in the above illustration is a vat of pure Azul and the machine that gives it it's trademark color. Just wait until you see what these nasty little bastards are capable of. I think you're going to like it.

El Grande Fans

Elio is finally back from the jungle, and he's brought with him 14 new penciled pages from Chapter One of our book. I got to salivate all over them yesterday, and I have to say, they are some of his best drawings to date. I don't know what they were feeding him in that village, but I hope he brought some home. As you all know, next week is San Diego Comic Con, and Elio and I have decided to use these next seven days to let you all know that we will be there, and we will be showing original pages and designs at the entrance of hall A on Friday and Saturday of the convention. We will be there from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm on both days and we would be happy to talk with any of you about the project and even do a quick sketch or two of our characters for free if you'd like. We will also have some never before seen art to show, so come check us out. We'd really like to meet some of you guys and gals. Make sure to look for our shirts with the el grande logo on the front, and the worm in his space suit on the back; as seen above. The image above is of our limited edition postcard that we will be passing out for free as well at the show. So you can't beat that right? Come and see us, and you get to check out some sweet art, get a free postcard, and a free sketch. We hope to see a bunch of you there.

La Guacamaya

This creature was developed for a scene in the 5th chapter of our book where we have a chance to see what's left of the animals in our world outside of the laboratories. Some time in the past, most of the animals of earth became extinct due to the land destruction and incredible pollution, so humanities answer was to bioengineer a stronger breed of animal to exist in our bleak future. What happened, unfortunately, was the creation of abominations like these. Disgusting half-breeds of birds and mammals, fish and insects, rodents and amphibians. You get the picture. So now, the government is doing it's best to catch and dispose of these hideous freaks of nature, but they still plague many areas of the city. So keep your eyes pealed, and you'll see what god never meant you to.