The Hatchlings! The mascottes of our movie

Below there is a brand new short that will be in theaters screening just before the Angry Birds Movie.
I had lots of fun designing these little characters and I'm amazed by how much love they are getting from the audience:) Enjoy!

and here is also another pig from early deleopment:

HAL: character design evolution from the mobile game to the movie screen

This is a progression of drawings that shows how I transformed the character HAL in THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE from the one the mobile game to a character that could perform and entertain an audience in the theater for two hours. 

Below is a 2d short that came out last month. and in wich Hal (Anthony Padilla) and Bubbles (Ian Hecox) have an existential crisis. ahha love these guys, enjoy!

More characters coming!


These are designs created for the Mighty Eagle 2d sequence. It was refreshing for me to work on a character that was going to be animated in 2d rather than translated in CG.
Here are some poses developed from the boards and some early character exploration of the 2d Mighty Eagle (background by Pete Oswald). Pete's background paintings were very inspiring to work with.

The Angry Birds Movie. Designs and art of book sneak peek

Such exciting times!Our movie is #1 in America so far and we are at the second week of release the upcoming weekend. Here are a few designs I did while Art Directing the Characters on the film. I'll start posting more regularly now that there is more time available.

And here is a Vimeo Link to a sneak peek of The art of The Angry Birds Movie book.


Panel and signing book event happening Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles on Saturday June 4th 2016. See you there!

NEW: character Sketches from a project I worked on

for a book that got financed through kickstarter: Character Design Masterclass
I did many different designs for these characters before landing somewhere I was happy about.
The big guy is the one is going to be in the book in full color.
I had lots of fun on this project and I'm looking forward to see what other designers did!

Angry Birds Movie Official theatrical trailer: finally out:)

can't wait people to watch our movie!

The 3 wise monkeys print

I'm taking part to a small collective art exhibition here in Vancouver with this print. It was great fun working on it:)
Just mail me if you would like to get a copy. There are also other colors available and it is printed on heavy watercolor paper.
more illustrations coming!


I'll be part of this supercool book together with 130 artists. Some of them being my favorite designers in the industry. Its a massive volume with more than 1000 original character designs.  So Exciting! All the artists are designing characters for a great classic story: Robin Hood.
It's a great artbook to have for those who love character design. Check all the project's details here on the Masters of Anatomy website. The Kickstarter will take off on November 17th

Character design process: observational sketches

Another precious practice to help designing interesting characters is sketching from life. Lately I had the chance to do it more often and I love it:) And when I don't have the time to do much I try to squeeze in at least one drawing a day. It takes just a few minutes and it is an excellent habit.

A little video sample of part of my design process


This is just one way I like to go sometimes to find my characters. It's a great way to find fresh ideas. It helps me to avoid falling in my design habits. I draw a scribble on the page, or ask somebody else to do it, and then I look for interesting character shapes in it.
I find this technique a great exercise to do and lots of fun to practice.
I will use then these concept drawings as a start for further  exploration of the character.

Angry Birds Movie teaser trailer ! Enjoy!

I love it! Go Fergal and Clay!  Also after so much work on these characters I love how everything turned out!  The team at Sony Picture Imageworks did a fantastic job! So proud of the results. Go team! really can't wait to watch this movie in theaters now

The Angry Birds Movie in theaters May 2016!!

So excited about Thae Angry Birds Movie being released in theaters on May next year! This project means a lot to me. I worked really hard on it:)
Here is da BOMB!!

more Angry Birds Movie character images

these images were released very recently ! I'm very proud of the work we did on these characters:) They are so much fun!
I worked on the characters for this film from early concept to final look/cg translation as as Character Designer and Character Art Director.

The Book Of Life is among the contenders for the Oscar 2015 as best animated feature :D!

Really enjoyed working on the designs of Director Jorge Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua for their beautiful and bold film. Here are some samples from the art-book.

Current project I'm working on: The Angry Birds Movie

Finally the Angry Birds Movie first look image was released a few days ago:D I've been working on the characters for this film from early concept to final look/cg translation as as Character Designer and Character Art Director. I love this project:) much work and energy put in it by all our artists:) I feel extremely lucky to be working with such talented directors and teams at Rovio and Sony Pictures Imageworks. The movie is getting a stellar cast!
Check it out:

Instagram and Tumblr accounts are set up

Just set up these two accounts as I noticed many artists are using them to share their art:)
As I have  less time available these days to sit at the computer after work, Instagram seems so far the easiest way to post the recent sketches. Tumblr I'll get used to it eventually;P
I added the link here in the sidebar in case anybody wants to connect there. Thanks for visiting

playing around with an oldie

I played around with an old design and pushed it a bit more. I like to to through this kind of process to find a character :)

here is the older take:

another crusader!

I have not posted for so long  'cause of lack of time for my job
Finally, here is another piece for my sketchbook :)

yay!! Go Jorge!!:D

Need to post this:
great filmaker and producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez speak about their movie The Book of Life at Comicon !

Goooo teaaaam!
Can't wait to be able to show the work I did for this film:)

Yoji Shinkawa painting live

I love his technique in here! Very inspirational work. Makes me want to get in to painting on canvas as soon as I can!

"The Book Of Life" trailer is finally out!! Looking gorgeous!

sharing the trailer of this beautiful film I worked on last year with lots of enthusiasm :) To all the amazing artists at ReelFx and to Jorge Gutierrez and Sandra Equina (creators) I wish the best of luck with all my heart  as this film is such a pearl and deserves to do great in theaters! Can't wait to watch it in October

Another cinematographer that I love: Roger Deakins

I love digging around looking for video interviews to get the sense of the person behind the art I love.  It has been very interesting and such a pleasure to listen to Roger Deakins talking about cinema in the videos I found here and there. I figured I'd share my fav ones as I've gone over his shots to observe them so many times.
I discovered him through the Coen Brothers films (which are the ones he is best known for ), then I started following him through other productions he has been involved in ( The Shawshank Redemption, The assassination of Jesse James...just to name a couple).  
It was interesting to discover that he has been consulting for animated movies too (Wall-e, How to train your Dragon, Rango..). Hope this post can be a reason for some people to get inspired and go discovering more about this amazing cinematographer:)

Absolut London - Jamie Hewlett. Inspiring stuff

Just discovered a very cool advertising campaign for Abolut Vodka by Jamie Hewlett. Always liked Jamie's character work. Check it out! Inspiring

They created video for each character.

first post of 2014!

since I got such a nice response for the Templar knights I'm showing around for my sketchbook project, I figured I'd start the new year with a bonus knight.
HAPPY 2014 and may all your knights be merry!

The Book Of Life teaser poster

I just bumped into this teaser poster online:) It was released a while ago but I feel like saying a few words here because I really LOVE this project, and looking back I feel lucky to have been involved with it. I contributed to the making of this exciting film as a character designer this year. It has been  such a pleasure and  inspiration to work on it!  Sara and Jorge's designs and overall vision for the film are truly incredible and I wish them and the crew  all the success that they deserve.
The movie will come out in October 2014. Can't wait to see it!!

If you haven't had the chance to read about the project yet, here are a few very informative links: