Dei Gaztelumendi is a young Spanish artist. He was commissioned recently to create a cover illustration for the comic book magazine Xabiroi, and decided to make a time-lapse video of the process. The result is a fascinating look at how the artist begins with a rough sketch on paper and then builds layer upon layer of detail using the Adobe Creative Suite software. Thirty hours of work are compressed into 11 minutes. “A lot of emotion went into this painting,” Gaztelumendi said on his blog, “since I made it as a gift to one of my buddies, who tragically lost a leg in a motorbike accident about a year ago.” Gaztelumendi was born in San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain in 1987, and began illustrating children’s books as a teenager. He studied animation at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, where his thesis film was a whimsical tale called Earlth & Moonch. Since graduating with high honors last year, Gaztelumendi has been working as a commercial illustrator, specializing in creature and character art. You can see more of his work at Deisign.com.


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