I went for a color pallet that fit in with Diamond is Unbreakable’s. Once I had the layer base down I started playing around with shadows using the multiply tool. Looking at the anime I decided t add some aura around Chavo and Quico as well as their stands Doña Florinda and El Chapulin Colorado. From there I played around with the outer glow and used the linear burn option. On top of that, I placed a new layer to add some white coloration to emphasize where energy was going to be at it’s highest. I’m glad I waited two years to paint it.
This was inspired by some Mexican memes and of course Chavo del 8 (a legendary 70s Mexican show, that is still aired today and has been shown through all of Latin America). And well, by this point JoJo no longer seems to need an introduction since it kinda owns the meme world.
The name Barril is Unbreakable is not my idea, I first heard it from another meme I saw in Fresh Anime Memes from a Mexican Otaco’s facebook page.
This is the finished piece (finished on August 2nd):
I made it using my new dip pen (or at least it was at the time) using the g nib. It was much easier to use than I thought (the manga Bakuman made it sound much harder). What I like about these pens are that I can change the thickness and the lightness of my pen strokes on my command. The downsides are that the ink can dry up pretty fast and gunk up the nib, which means I have to clean it in intervals as I work. That and since the nib is quite sharp it can scratch off the paper fibers and get stuck on the nib’s wedge. So yeah, it does require quite a bit of upkeep as one uses it. But over all I really love the versatility. All of the illustration was done with the same nib which I find quite amazing. My lines are still not clean, but I can pick that up with experience.
I should have made Chapulin Colorado’s (the character/stand on the far right) pose a lot more dynamic to make it pop out more…
I don’t really remember if I was keeping track of the process, but what I do have is this:
If you notice I made a bit of a mistake and dripped some ink on the top of the paper.
I was actually planning on making it into some manga panels but in the end decided to just join them together. I first had to scan them and then join them together using Photoshop. The reason they are cut off is because I used a large paper that doesn’t fit on my scanner.
By now most Mexican people know that a very important person has died. Someone who touched the lives of so many people not just in Latin America but around the world. Chespirito. He was a man that Mexicans grew up watching as kids, even to this day despite his shows ending years ago. He brought us the great characters El Chavo del Ocho (who I believe to be his greatest creation), El Chapulin Colorado (one of the the few if not the only superhero that Mexico has made) among many others. His comedy was clean and for everyone. I remember scenes in El Chavo where things would have been tarnished by some stupid perverted joke nowadays but it never went there with him. And that I believe is what created such a powerful bond between his characters and the audience.
It’s sad how one loses things and people over the course of one’s life. It’s a hard process to stomach. It really is. What’s even more sad is that I don’t really know if this will be easier to withstand as the years go by. Though it will be easier to feel numb under such feelings, I also don’t want to become robotic to life around me. Only time will tell I guess.
De cualquier manera. Gracias Roberto Gomez Bolaños . Gracias por acernos reir todos estos años. En verdad nos hisistes la vida mas feliz, traiendo una sonrisa hasta en los dias mas dificiles. Nunca seras olvidado.