Eupatorus gracilicornis and why I’m not drawing much lately

It’s been awhile since my last blog post.

The last time I posted a WIP picture of a small cat drawing and well, I haven’t finished it yet. I worked a little bit more on it but I wasn’t enjoying it so much. Sometimes, when  drawing, you just can’t shake the feeling that something is not right or as you wanted it. This was one of the reasons I didn’t finished it yet.

So, to take my mind off the cat, I did another illustration, this time  with watercolours and watercolour pencils.


This is a painting of an Eupatorus gracilicornis. It was painted with my limited set of Winsor & Newton watercolours, and Derwent watercolour pencils (the link is for the “new” pencils, the old 18 set that I have don’t exist any more).

But after this I didn’t paint anything else for one big reason. The reason why I’m still not drawing is because of my hands. I have dyshidrotic eczema (also known as pompholyx). Basically my hands (especially my right hand) are full of tiny blisters. I’m not in pain but still, this is very uncomfortable and very VERY itchy. Sometimes I just wish I could scratch my skin off and put a new one, but scratching is one of the worse things I can do, so I just have to endure it and try not to go crazy. As you can imagine this also gave me some sleepless nights, which makes my brain work really slowly.

Now I’m making some changes to my diet and I’m applying creams and oils all the time (I’m avoiding steroids creams) and fortunately things are getting better. I’m not that itchy any more and the blisters are slowly disappearing. The problem is that my hands are still full of creams or oils all the time. If I made an illustration now, its description would have to be something like “painted with coloured pencils and hand lotions”.

I hope I can paint something soon. I will keep you updated :)

In case you haven’t seen it, I posted a WIP picture of the Eupatorus gracilicornis on facebook.

WIP – Small Cat Portrait

Just a small reminder. You can now follow my work on Facebook. I may post some work in progress, or workplace pictures that I’m not posting here.

Right now I’m working on this small (A5) cat portrait in coloured pencils.
I’m using Derwent studio, some Derwent drawing (mainly white), and a black Faber-Castell on a Clairefontaine acid-free 250g paper.
Again, I wish I had some softer pencils to do some parts but for now I have to work with what I have.

Resources – Figure and Gesture Drawing

Hi everyone. This time I’m not going to show you one of my illustrations but I will show you a website that can help everyone who wants to draw better.

I believe every artist (or artist in training) has his own Nemesis. For example, in my case, I feel much more comfortable drawing animals than drawing people. Often, when I draw a character it misses action and life. Other artists can draw people but have more difficulty in drawing animals. Drawing hands, for example, is also a problem for many people.

The truth is, we may learn some tricks of how to draw this or that, but if we really want to get good at it, that is not enough. The best thing to conquer our Nemesis is to keep a sketchbook and practice, practice, practice.

This website – Figure and Gesture Drawing – it’s just great! You can select what kind of thing you want to practice and it will present you photos of it. You can choose from standard exercises of quick 30 seconds gesture drawings up to 10 minutes drawings. Or you can choose class mode exercises, where you can have a 30 minutes class up to a 6 hours class, each of them with different kind of exercises.

I highly recommend this website for practice.

figure and gesture

Sheep and Goat – originals for sale

So I’m finally updating my “For sale” page with 2 original drawings.


Paper size: 6.5″ x 5.8″ (16.6 x 14.7 cm)
Drawing size: 4.7″ x 4″(12 x 10 cm)
Paper: white, acid free
Materials: Coloured pencils
***Not framed***



Paper size: 8.3″ x 5.8″ (21 x 14.8 cm)
Drawing size: aprox. 5.1″ x 4.3″(13 x 11 cm)
Paper: white, acid free
Materials: wood stain, coloured pencils, watercolours
***Not framed***

Cat portrait with wood stain

Hi! I made a new video of a painting. This one is a small portrait of my cat Nina.

  • It made on watercolour paper with 12 x 12 cm (4.7″ x 4.7″).
  • I painted it with a kind of wood stain. I’m sorry I don’t know if there is a better name for it in English, in Portuguese is called viochene.
  • The final touches were added with coloured pencils, a white pen and some watercolours (in tube).

I accept commissions for this kind of painting. I will post a table of prices in the “for sale” page, soon.

You can click on the picture to see the video. Enjoy! :)

Sorry about the video quality.


So this week I finally made some things that I should have done some time ago.

  1. I created a facebook page. There, I will share images and links for my other pages online and I think this is a good way to keep a more close contact with people.
  2. I created a shop online. There I want to sell some of my original artwork as well as some prints. I will try to make some quick sketches and illustrations that I can sell for a friendly price. The prints will also be cheaper than the originals but for this I need to buy a printer first :P
  3. I updated my youtube chanel with a new banner and an “About” page.
  4. You may notice some changes on the blog too. On the menu above you can see that I now have a “For Sale” and a “Recommendations” buttons. On the first one I will post images of the items I have for sale on the shop and information about commission work. On “Recommentations” you can go to my Amazon shop. There you can find products that I think are worth having. If you buy anything through this link you are helping me to support my work.

In the next days I will continue to update the pages.


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