SUMMARY

This tells the story of a little lizard that lives in ancient Mesoamerica and tries to learn to play the famous Mesoamerican game—Ball Game.

I had the chance to study Mesoamerican culture and I learned about the Olmec, Mayans and Aztecs. Studying all the facts about their ancient cities, architecture and icons allowed me to illustrate the images legitimately.

PREPARATION PROCESS

I created about hundred of sketches for the book, and it was so fun trying to illustrate Mesoamerican's culture. In many ways, Mesoamerican people were unique in architecture, so I ended up doing an extensive research to create the composition for my illustrations.

Preliminary Sketch

Sketch, 2D modeling, Character design

Preliminary Sketch

Sketch, 2D modeling, Character design

Preliminary Sketch

Sketch, 2D modeling, Character design

Preliminary Sketch

Sketch, 2D modeling, Character design

PAINTING PROCESS

Even though the painting process was digitally done, the method I used was close to the traditional illustration. the following video shows the process of making one of the characters called elooyas, who was a lizard fighter back in Mesoamerica...

Painting process

Illustration, Photoshop, Digital Art

SAMPLES OF IMAGES IN THE BOOK

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Loozard is teaching his fellow lizards how to play the ball game

Digital Art, Children's Book

Loozard asking for a ball...

Digital Art, Children's Book

Loozard's dad is cooking flies!

Digital Art, Children's Book