Monday, April 30, 2012


Raúl Monge (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy 2) is another of those concept artists and storyboarders who can do it all~ and do it all incredible! I was lucky to work with him too during PACIFIC RIM and like Francisco, he’s an inspiring, drawing powerhouse who always finds time to do something more!
Not content with sending me a couple of awesome Marquis sketches (with no complaints from me, they’re great!)~ he also sent me this beautiful full color illo of the Marquis surrounded by the city of Venisalle! Raúl describes his thoughts on the piece as~ 
“That city full of white stone, domes, shrines, bridges etc.. is for me a character itself (as is the Church in reality). That's why from the beginning I have a clear idea of representing the Marquis with his dark clothes on the bright background of the city. When I put this graphic concept with the metaphor concept of the city/character I got the idea that, as well as the demons are capable of take possession of the bodies of people, they could take possession of the buildings and streets of the city too, transforming and twisting to kill your character. That is why in my illustration the laws of physics disappear creating a vertiginous space where the Marquis can´t be supported and frock coat waiting for the opportunity to act.”

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Francisco Ruiz Velasco is one of those renaissance types who can do it all! Aside from being an incredible illustrator and concept artist~ (which I got to witness first hand while working with him on Guillermo del Toro's upcoming PACIFIC RIM film and THQ videogame, InSANE), he's pretty much a one man production house! Just check out his own short film, "ABANDONED" to see what he does in his spare time (not that he ever has any, but somehow he's always finding time to work on something more!) 

Case in point, these awesome Marquis drawings! Francisco originally drew the pen and ink version of the Marquis at the brink of Hell~ only to top it with another finished drawing of the Marquis being dragged back into Hell itself, which Francisco calls “ANIMA ABONIMABLE”! Be sure to check out his blog at the link below to see tons more of his incredible art and designs!