Smiling Bullo

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A long absence

I’ve been quite busy during the last 2 years, there are many reasons for that but I’d rather prefer to explain through a picture.



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..and how it looks…for real

Some days ago I’ve received my book from blurb. I must say that the printing quality is really excellent as well as the paper.

After getting my book printed, I found several errors due to lack of time and attention. Some of the paragraph are badly paged and there are some mistakes in the illustration ( the word “love” in the second illustration has not arms, and the word “Time” in the second last illustration has an incomplete “E”). The cover may doesn’t reflect the illustration style and I think this could be an advantage in some sense, how many of us are attracted from very colorful and appealing cover…to find out later than the book it was not so good in the end?!

Just because you cannot read a whole book in a shop, the cover and the abstract on the back are sometimes the best way to sell a book.

If you want to know more about the process of making my book you can download it Presentation..or you can have a preview on

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From scratch to Adobe Illustrator

Here are some of my drawings, they are part of my storyboard. I admit that I’ve changed te scene sometimes, that was because my final illustration doesn’t look so good if I followed the original storyboard. I’m not very good in drawings as you can see but I hope it gets across!

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Light Bulb From Scratch

Making everyday object with Illustrator can be challenging, but if you observe them from very close you can notice that every detail is made of basic shapes. I made a Light bulb from scratch and as you can see it is much easier than you think.

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Create a shiny cueball

Use the ellipse to create a circle and apply a black and white gradient then copy this layer twice (Lock and hide these two layers)

Select the original circle and change the colour.

Turn on and unlock the “mask1” layer, select both the gradient circle and mask1, open the transparency palette and > make an opacity mask ( make sure you selected “invert mask).

Unlock the mask 2, set the fill to white and modify the circle to closely match the one below.

Draw a rectangle that closely overlaps the mask and apply on it a linear gradient.

Select both the objects and apply again an opacity mask, apply an overlay blend and…you get your shiny reflective ball!