Laputa: Castle in the Sky – Painting Process

Overdue painting process…

This was for the Crimson Daggers Bloodsports Challenge. We had to change the target audience of a Hayao Miyazaki film while maintaining the look of the characters. To be honest, I’ m quite ashamed on how poorly I constructed the faces here..(That’s why I’m doing more head studies now.)

Some lessons learned:

– LEARN HOW TO CONSTRUCT FACES! Since I did poorly on this one, I had to waste a few hours fixing those faces. Good rendering can never make up for poor construction.

– When painting distant objects, start with its silhouette with a color darker than the sky. Then just paint the highlights and forget about most of the shadows.

– Use textured brushes on most stuff to add some sense of imperfection.

– Painting a dusk scene is very fun because a lot of colors appear in the sky. Take advantage of hard light mode to add more discolorations and don’t forget to use photo references if you’re not sure!


Thanks for watching!

Did this in around 10hrs or so.


Hola! My first serious illustration of a dragon. This started out as a random speed paint and ended up like this after around 9hours. Big thanks to nebezial for his awesome tutorials!

Anyway, I’m trying to practice constructing heads now  after doing the Miyazaki piece… realized that I waste too much time fixing those poorly constructed heads.. so yeah.. expect more head studies. I also have a few sketches from last month’s Dr. Sketchy’s.. didn’t want to post these coz they all sucked but hey..

Here’s the steps for the dragon using Leveptep’s method:

Bloodsports # 5 – Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Another Crimsom Daggers Bloodsports entry, my second! I tried to go a little star wars or lord of the rings-ish with the design, meaning multiple characters all crammed up. I thought it was a good practice and doing the composition was totally out of my comfort zone. Anyway, I didn’t place but it was still awesome to do. The journey is the reward anyway. ( I just have to avoid cramming AGAIN next time. )

Here are the studies. I realized I need to practice more on doing linearts of the facial structure so I wouldn’t need to liquify too much. I also needed to do more hand and clothes studies… Laterdays!

Deathline goals and some polished sketches

To anybody wondering why I stopped posting for like a month, I’ve been really busy with some work here and there that I can’t really talk about.

To catch up on lost time and updates, here are a few old and recent sketches and one sorta new memory inspired painting of a random girl there at the top. (Something simple for a change.) Also, just to clarify things, I categorize my works as sketches when it’s spontaneous and unplanned with varying states of detail. While my stuff in the illustrations category are planned works with a purpose.

On another note, here are my Deathline goals. If you don’t know what it is, just go to to find out.

My 365 day goals:

1.) Finish writing the script and doing at least 5 high quality pieces for my personal project.

2.) Improve my art.

  • Join bloodsports challenges.
  • Dedicate more time to do studies. (at least once a day!)
  • Optimize my work flow and brush sets.
  • Draw around 3 high fantasy pieces for future plans. (dragons, barbarians, etc.)

3.) Exercise! (at least 3 times a week with special posture correcting steps coz yeah I slouch a lot.)

This is gonna be hard…. FIGHT!

Bloodsports # 4 – Legend of Lizards

This is gonna be my first post of the year instead. I finally gave the Crimson Daggers’ Bloodsports challenge a shot. Although I didn’t have enough time to do it, I really enjoyed doing something different.

The entries for this challenge blew me away! 100+ people submitted with lots of great stuff! You guys could check them out in the new Crimson Daggers Forum. I didn’t really place in it but it’s mostly my fault too of not preparing enough. Please don’t do what I did of not really exploring more compositions or not thinking more about the back story of the character. Looking forward to the next one!

Also, BIG THANKS to Dave RapozaDan Warren, and everyone else for keeping the community alive. It really helps me/us get motivated to do stuff and push ourselves.


Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Manila!!

Had my first Dr. Sketchy’s alternative figure drawing last friday at Spidersilk Production’s TECHNOTEAPOT exhibit. Although, I didn’t prepare at all and my works suck, it was still an awesome event!

I decided then to attend the next session which was last monday at their original venue this time.

I did this environment sketch while waiting for the event to start. Apparently, we where the first to arrive. (Thanks for the pizza, Tessa!)

Above are some 5-10minute sketches. These are definitely better than during my first try.. lol. The rest below are like 10-20minutes each. I only focus on the gesture, pose, silhoette or whatever you’d call it not minding my crappy technique or lack of one.

Coming from somebody without much of a traditional background, I’d definitely recommend this event to anyone who’d like to go back to basics and try figure drawing in a different kind of set up. Looking forward to the next drawing jam!

Oh, and here’s some random Rey Bustos. Cheers!