Painting with light & color with Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi. Week 3.


And back to color. I started by painting my first work in this course from natural and this is when I realised the big difference. It´s the first image, a still life of my desktop. Materials: transparent (glass), opaque (cardboard box) and semi reflectant (lamp). I had a lot of trouble with this one. I´m a color blind (awful and unaccurate word) so when hues are similar and with low saturation of color I suffer a little bit.

This still life was pretty hard for me and I found the result very poor, but the good thing is that at that point I had already accepted that I was most probably going to do a few shitty paintings so I was open for that to happen… as it did… few times jajajajaja… I found this one of the breaking points I went through during the course. Take my word: acceptance of doing some really bad works is useful and it´s gonna save you a lot of suffering. Same thing works the other way, great success shouldn´t concern you a lot neither.

Here are my paintings.


See the difference? Color look more accurate from photo reference, looks better but you learn way too less.


I like the floor in this one below.


I have to say that I don´t use the dropper tool when I work from photo and I put a lot of effort in trying to hit the right colors. In that sense I think I did a good job on the one below.


I think those two last look pretty good and in the last one there is this sense of lighting I like a lot.






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Painting with light & color with Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi. Week 2.

Value simplification.

So in this week we needed to start the work by only painting 3 values, save this first step and then moving on and finish it. Greyscale: darkest dark, lighter light and predominant value. The spirit for this exercise is rule number one in art: go from general to particular.

I think simplicity is one of the most important thing I seek in life in general and so I do the same in artwork. I´m always looking forward to it in my own work and love to see that in others. For me it´s all about comunicating and connecting with others.

As I grow as an artist I tend to pay more atention to what I am trying to say and I´m less worryied about myself. This exercise is fastastic for stablishing the painting in the firsts minutes of work: both elements and lighting. It´s more difficult to do when you´re not painting from natural (or photo) and you need to imagine everything. I don´t know how is it for you guys, but for me, when I´m working from my head, I need to construct the image. Doesn´t work like I already have one in my head and then I struggle to transfer it to the canvas. Works more like I have an idea (which is a lot), then I start by putting the most important elements, I often try different options, look for references and from that point I need to construct, work, put something here, something there and somewhen near by the end I start putting off many of the elements I first added and try to keep only the essential.

Lasso tool guys, use it, you won´t depend so much on your stroke wich is something that make us lose a lot of time.

I was publishing in our fb course page since the begining and in this week I decided to design a master page for the presentations. I recommend you to do it since the beggining, it will save you a lot of time too.

These are still made from photo reference.


This is the entrance hall of where I used to live at the time.


The window I had in my room. It was pretty dark.


I made this composition with objects I found in the living room. The bowl with little stones in it was a challange ´cause painting a repetition of many individual things always is. I remember this came out pretty easily and Dice commented possitively on this particular one. When it´s comming out naturally it´s always a good thing.


I liked this one, the floor and the windows were a challenge. Somewhere near by my house.


The grid on the floor and the texture on it killed me, but at least is represented in the painting. Lasso tool was on fire at this point. I found this on the street, didn´t touch anything.

Until next week, see ya!





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Painting with light & color with Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi. Week 1.

So with no further delay I would like to start sharing with you my experience through the schoolism classes: Painting with light & color with Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi.

For the next 9 weeks I´ll show you my weekly assigments and I´ll do my best to bring interesting information as well as sharing my own experiences. I swear I´m not beeing paid for this hahahahaha… I just had a great time and I think this might be helpful for someone who is thinking about taking this classes, or those who are already taking them, anybody, I don´t know… seriously, seek for your own studies, go on an take some lessons! Painting better is not going to do you no wrong!

The first time I heard of schoolism was 2015 and they were running a kickstarter. I was working in an animation studio at Barcelona and didn´t really had a lot of free time but I didn´t think twice when I saw that Robert & Dice were gonna be teaching an online course. So I just backed it up. It was already running over half a million CA$ so it was gonna be a reality no matter what. I think I paid around 150 CA$ for a year subscription and I that allowed me to do as many courses as I wanted for the price of 1 CA$ (yey!), but the sad truth is that I spent like 9 months in doing my 9 week course and I started after 2 months so I ended doing only this one (buuuuh).

Ok, so now I´m at week 1 and I can start. The first thing I notice is that these two guys are taking this seriously: they speak clear and they´re organized, they make demos and they´re not keeping secrets; they give you some wonderful brushes (a Tonko House set) and your assignments well prepeared in layers in a psd file with instructions on how to do the work and deliver it properly. Also they invite you to join their fb page for this course where you find a wonderful community of students like you. Not only that but also Robert & Dice, participate pretty often commenting the assignments and making possitive critics. I tell you, it´s an amazing thing checking on fb and finding you have comments on your work from any of these two artists.

It´s time to work. I didn´t have a laptop at the time so I had to paint from photo reference instead of doing it from life. I took the pictures myself but anyway I found later that there´s a big difference between the two ways of working and I ended up regretting not starting working from life since the beginning.

These paintings below started being 6 hours each, more or less. I put my attention into timming too and work hard on that to the point in wich I made them into a 3 to 4 hours of work each… but not on that 1st week.

Although I can see my mistakes clearly now, at the time I felt truly wondered with the ressaults since I had to work in a realistic way wich was not my usual way at all. I remember I was feeling highly motivated and happy at the time.

This were made around feb-march 2016.


I felt specially proud of this one (over) and I still do.


Some of the elemments are missing in this one (like the grille).


Here you can see the laso tool on the edges of the cup on the left. Laso tool is extremely important in this course and you´re gonna understand why the moment you start using it.


When I got to this one I was exhausted.



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Galgui en Verkami II.


Sometimes we forget to self-recognize our own success. This is how our verkami for Galgui ended: 11.835 euros and tons of good vibes. Endlessly grateful to all of our backers.

A veces nos olvidamos de reconocer nuestros propios logros. Asi acabó nuestro verkami para Galgui: 11.835 euros y toneladas de buenas vibraciones. Eternamente agradecido a todxs nuestrxs mecenas.

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Hi everyone!

Hi everyone! It´s been almost a year and a half since my last post on this blog and maybe some of you have wonder at some point, what´s up with this guy, where´s he, or what´s he doing?

Truth is, personal issues has taken me away from blogging. I´m not gonna get into details, i just wanna say that i went through a particular tough time at some point last year, that kept me out of many thing for a while, blogging included. Nothing too serious, don´t worry but yeah… it was a pretty shitty time and somehow blogging became kind of a deal for me, sorry.

I just wanted to let you know.

Anyway back to business! I would like to inform you guys that I kept working and doing stuff throughout this time and that, soon, i´m gonna bring here new material from old projects and new ones and you´re more than welcome to join me.

So for those of you who enjoy this blog, welcome back and stay tuned!


Hola a todxs! Ha pasado más de un año y medio desde mi último post en este blog y quizás alguno de vosotros os hayáis preguntado en algún momento, qué pasa con este tío, dónde está o qué está haciendo?

La verdad es que he tenido asuntos personales que me han mantenido alejado de aqui. No voy a entrar en detalles, sólo quiero decir que pasé por un momento particularmente malo en una época del año pasado y que ésto me mantuvo alejado de muchas cosas por un tiempo, bloggear incluido. Nada muy serio, no os preocupéis, pero sí… fue una época bastante chunga y bloggear se volvió bastante complicado para mi, lo siento.

Sólo quería compartirlo.

Al lío! Quería informaros de que no he dejado de trabajar y hacer cosas en este tiempo y voy a traer aqui material nuevo de proyectos antiguos y nuevos, y estáis más que invitados a acompañarme.

Para aquellxs que disfrutáis de éste blog, bienvenidxs y estaros al loro!

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