Tag Archives: Patagonia

Pre-Venta + Pruebas coloridas

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¡Gente! Parto celebrando las llegadas de las pruebas de color y la entrega de los comics para el Viernes, con una tremenda oferta, de la mano de la gran gente de MYTHICA Ediciones. A través de su sitio, podrán acceder a una exclusiva PRE-VENTA, con despacho incluido a TODO CHILE.

La oferta dura sólo hasta este Domingo, por lo que si quieren tener este comic YA (enviado el día Lunes), revisen los detalles en su página o en nuestro sitio, y sólo hasta el DOMINGO 8.

Luego de esto, tendrán que esperar a los lanzamientos y la posterior venta en locales, pero de todas formas, ¿para que esperar? ¡Si hasta lo van a poder conseguir más barato!

[PRUEBAS Y ERRORES + ABAJO]

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I Got The Looks + Details

Dat cover.It’s been almost a year (A YEAR!) in the making, but today, finally, we are underway with the whole process of printing, color proofing and the likes. It will be ready for the end of May, but I’m yet to know the exact day/time/place for sure.

Also, this is the time when all the thing you thought were correct, looks like you can do it better, as in: moving a 0,5 pt line a few millimeters to the left or try to hide that 0,04% of the picture that maybe looks funny, sometimes. I used to dedicate lots of time to those kind of things, but I decided to let go. It’s not that I’m obsessed with the details, but as you go on, the gap between perfection and your current product begins to shorten, but it will NEVER be perfect. Because few things are. Instead, I focus on how and when are going to distribute it, on making a good campaign out of it and basically, DON’T FUCK THIS UP.

I really hope you enjoy what’s been going on as much as I have. Well, I’ve had my rage days, my homicidal days and my I-give-up-damn-you-all days. But it’s worth it.

Cheers!

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Creatures, Animals and Mountains

Since the Instagram pic I last uploaded – HERE –  was to the like of some people (mine as well), I decided to shoot a bit more of the study I’m making on flora, fauna and geography of stuff I came across back in Patagonia plus some other stuff that I think would be cool pets, featuring: whales, lesser rheas, penguins, aboriginals, Torres del Paine National Park, guanacos, birds, chingues, dogs, cougars (the feline one) and some other creatures waring swimsuits, because they’re too ashamed of their fur-covered privates.

The minimalistic color scheme is due to the fact that I lost the colored pens I had. Intentionally, obviously.

This was made in a few hours every day, as a wee thing to keep me busy as I’m finishing many stuff here in Croatia, including my very stay in Croatia, so, a creativity boost was much needed.

Love.

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New Comic Book + Processes

proceso5It’s been a long time since I haven’t uploaded any cool stuff, mainly because I’ve been busy working into some projects that require my writing and Excel skills rather than my drawing or photo abilities!

One of them has already payed off and the news is that I’m finally going back to the comic book draws! See, I published a short story of 5 numbers back in 2008 that had a moderate success in sales, but it contributed to open the local scene here in Chile regarding graphic novels and installing the comic book as a validated way and level it with books, magazines and other published media.

So, I teamed up with my partner Cristian Escobar (in the inks and color) and my newest buddy Oscar Barrientos in the writing office, and since he’s an accomplished and international author with loads of love for pop culture and graphic novels, the outcome is something that I would like to reach out as much as possible, since the idea is to tell some stories based in Patagonia, we have to be very careful with the way we write it, since we don’t want to have everyone but us -the ones who have lived here in Patagonia- laughing at details that nobody else will understand.

We’re working on it though ;)

Finally, here are some pics of how we make these illustrations ,hope you enjoy it!

 

 

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Another Day, Another Setting

Every now and then I find myself in need to change my habits, with a wide range of subjects to choose from: Eating, editing, dressing, workout and lately, settings while shooting habits.

The exercise I tried this time is to have a broad range, within a few limits to work on, thus forcing myself to be creative. At least that’s what I drafted out.

And so I went with two rather new lenses I bought and I’m still trying to see how they work, how I feel with them and what the images look like in a real, live environment with stuff happening all around me: the Sigma 70-200 2,8 (not the OS version) and the Tokina 11-16 2,8. The setting was the “Shearing Festival” in a small village about 100 kms away from Punta Arenas (in fact, the only village in a radio of 200 or so kms) that gathers loads of people from the countryside in a sheep shearing show, as well as “jineteadas”, that features a wild, untamed horse and a brave rider, all in argentinian countryside style clothing and the hope that the horse will jump a lot. They always do.

What was with the settings again? Right, the lenses and all. While shooting RAW, it is fairly easy to correct some mistakes you might fall into when working this way. For me, it was the first time working with two lenses in what I planned to be an all-around setup and it turned out quite well, although I wasn’t carrying any special backpack for the gear or anything, it felt a bit clumsy while trying to change lenses and not having the time to think about life, flowers or light diffraction. Good for now. More tests to come.

Enjoy and drop some lines! ;)

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Perito Moreno + Bernizer

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Quick but long-due photos from Perito Moreno glacier!

The wee town in Argentina called El Calafate, hosts a wonderful sight of one of the few glaciers that still moves forward, yet, it’s height declines every year. You know: there’s the global warming thing going on, right?

So here are the pictures! It was strange to be -again- in a group of tourists, walking through determined routes, not being able to touch anything, not being able to stay for whatever time you’d like to and to hear the pre-processed speech of the tour guide. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, I just feel strange about it. Could it be better if worked in another way? Would all the people that visited the glacier, took marvelous pictures and filled their lives with wonderful moments be able to visit the park in another circumstance?

Finally… would i’ve been able to shoot these if the whole tourism business worked differently?

The +: Taking note of some videos about the Bernizer method (a crazy-simple method of panoramic portraits) I took some samples of Kristina in one of the nice stations all across the East point of the glacier.

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Libros | Books

maquetaPara algunos que vieron a foto en Facebook o Instagram, acá les cuento la historia completa (no habrá lateo, lo juro).

Ya en Croacia y a pesar de siempre haber tenido pésimas notas en historia, me imaginé un libro de fotos sobre, justamente historia. Como no tengo el tiempo para descubrir nuevos hechos que me postulen a tener un magister o un doctorado, decidí ir por aquello que siempre tuve a la mano y que finalmente no se siente como algo del todo desconocido: Inmigración.

Claro, no fui yo quien emigró, no fui yo quien llegó del otro lado del mundo. tampoco fui yo quien escribió los libros ni mucho menos. Aun así, podría ser yo quien lo recopile y tome las fotos que no existen de todo esto, que fue la inmigración croata a Magallanes.

Con esta idea fija, junté a dos amigos y armé la maqueta en cuestión, para empezar a mover el cuento en FONDART y en gente que tiene plata y no sabe aún que quiere dármela.

Es un paso chico, es un primer paso, a la mitad de una marcha, de una carrera, de un paseo o de un gran salto.

Los escucho atentamente.

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Some of you already saw the images either in Facebook or Instagram and wanted to know the full story behind those 2 printed copies of a book-to-be. Sadly, for now, that book is only a mock-up, a “how it’s gonna look like” element for me to show to public fundings, and to people who are willing to give me their financial support and they don’t know yet.

The story goes like this: A year ago I left Croatia and came to Chile, hoping to gather information, people and fundings enough to make a book about the croatian immigration in chilean Patagonia. Loads of books already tell that story, some of them through the eyes of history, some others through their own eyes, however, none of them could exactly tell people here in Patagonia, and there in Croatia, how those two countries were in any way similar or different.

And that’s where I step in, with my camera, my lenses (one of them just broke in an ice-trekking last weekend) and my two legs.

It’s amazing how little things get higher perspectives when printed, when formalized, when taken seriously, when worked as a professional assignment, when you risk and take the jump and the seconds you spend on the air, suddenly transform into weeks, months, years, and back to seconds again.

I look forward to hear from you.

:)

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Winter Is Coming + Location and Talent Scout

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And the snow finally got here, down south, down to Patagonia.

I’ve been off this site for a long time and I feel like it’s a huge loss… See, I’m training to run a marathon in Torres del Paine NP down here, maybe some of you have heard of that park, it’s quite famous outside Chile (although we decided to let it burn since we don’t distribute enough money to maintain it) and alongside with that, we’ve been having some shitty time trying to print this months’s magazine

In the meantime, I’m organizing a comic and illustration fair to be held here, since we rarely get visits from other parts of the country and finally working on a year-long project that has been finally growing towards a more comfy direction (bigger reach, more work, more travel *yay*)

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Guitar On The Go (o la belleza de la fresadora)

rawrI haven’t been around much lately. To anyone that is.

Thing is, i’m running the design/photography area in this cool magazine http://www.revistamag.cl/wp (provisore, hence the “wp” at the end) and it’s been very wild, timewise and skillwise, however, rewarding and fun.

But this May starteed with some handy work in the garage, doing some work in the woods that I wasn’t trained for and therefore, now i master. Or kinda master. Back to the guitar.

Since this project will have a wood board covering the gear and electronics, a “route” or “canal” has to be done in the solid body, in order to not get the cables messing with the glue and basically, because you need the flat surfaces to glue them together. So, new tool: routing machine.

Now that i see the pictures, and narrow everything to words, they don’t quite describe the whole afternoon that i spent modeling the back cover for the electronics, or the measurements that i made in order to avoid screwing the whole thing up, I just hope that at least you can enjoy the pictures!

So, neck: done (with some sanding to the awful varnish that Dicky Moe did). Electronics on the go, and most important: Body and cover. Jeez. They both need a heavy session of sanding and finally, when my fear has gone, glue it all together, then route the edges off to finally add the binding.

Oh! And plug her, and rock it all away! Enjoy :)


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Aluvión en PUQ | Día 3

Tarde terminó nuevamente este día. Lo más sorprendente es el tremendo sentido de dobles acontecimientos que logro percibir. Por un lado, no logro superar el hecho de que TODO el centro fue afectado por la inundación, de que hay tantos locales que no funcionan y que esto no va a verse igual en años.

Al mismo tiempo, nos esforzamos por volver a la normalidad -sea negándolo o aceptándolo- y todo pareciera funcionar, andar o, en su defecto, buscar su propia manera de sobrevivir y persistir.

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