May 30, 2012


I've been going back and forth lately with iStock on a series of images, doing a lot of digital work. I finally got a few images accepted, after jumping through a few technical hoops. It's time for something different. This week, I decided to get a bit old skool and exercise some basic drawing muscles for a bit. Once again, I've looked to my children's wonderful library for inspiration. This is nice relaxing play that was most needed after a few busy weeks.

There Is Always Room For Bacon

Illustrator and animator Gemma Robinson has added a new print to her Etsy range of handmade typographic lino cuts, 'There Is Always Room For Bacon'.

May 29, 2012

May 24, 2012

Logo design

Untitled by sevensheavendotcom
Untitled, a photo by sevensheavendotcom on Flickr.

"Less is more" logo design for a customer.


Family of Immigrants now on sale at Paperwork Gallery

On 22 May 2012 Paperwork/Ugallery
has released a new limited edition of one of my new digital prints: Family of Immigrants

The new limited edition print can be bought exclusively on line at
Paperwork: Mario Sughi
Paperwork / Ugallery (24 V 2012, San Francisco & New Yorks, USA)

A nice blog relating to the new release of this new print has been posted by Kurt Yalcin, Ugallery, and can be read at

Family of Immigrants is the 4th prints published by Paperwork/Ugallery
In 2011/2012 those following prints/titles were also realeased and are exclusively on sale on their websites :
Blue Shadows at Paperwork
New art gallery at Paperwork
Escape / Blue Landscape

Family of Immigrants, Limit ed print by nerosunero

May 23, 2012

Boats and cars

Still working on my vehicle series for my iStock portfolio. The boats already got accepted.

May 20, 2012

Facebook to stock exchange

Satire for the news site, about the social medium Facebook that had entered the stock exchange.


May 19, 2012

Up next!: A sequel to Super Alphabet?

This was a demo piece that I did in a video for SCBWI - WA a week ago that showed how I did the art for Super Alphabet... now I'm thinking that a sequel is a doable.
Check out and the video at:

May 18, 2012

Toy train design blueprint

Design of a toy train for a brochure of a toy industry umbrella organization.


Toy train design visualization

Design of a toy train for a brochure of a toy industry umbrella organization.


Blue Shadows selected for American Illustration 31

my work
Blue Shadows has been selected to appear in the American illustration 31 annual book
American Illustration (New York, NY, 2012)

A commercial limited edition of Blue Shadows has been published by
UGallery (San Francisco, CA, 2011/12)
paperwork.ugallery / blue shadows

May 17, 2012

SCBWI - WA 2012 May talk video

SCBWI asked me to make a video about how I work so I made this short film about my studio and something that I did for the video.
Check it out.


May 11, 2012

Dublin by nerosunero in the Waterford Municipal Art Collection

My work
Dublin [2011-12]
Inkjet printed drawing on paper
33 x 25 cm [50 x 40 cm]
has been received in the
Waterford Municipal Art Collection!


This is by no means a comprehensive product/app review, but i just got a Kindle Fire and quickly loaded it with Autodesk's SketchBook Mobile. Above is one of the first drawings that I did on the device in a style I use for my iStock illustrations. I wanted to see how it stacks up to my previous pen and paper approach. Right away I started experimenting with the layers feature and different textures. I also added color right away (something I usually save for AI Illustrator). Over all, I"m really impressed with the app's features and control system. I miss not having pressure sensitivity and instant line variation but am finding quick workarounds. The ability to create layers is awesome. After playtime, I exported a PSD and emailed it to myself (still trying to find a cord to connect the thing directly). It exported at 600 x 1024 with all the layers intact. Very nice.

Once in Photoshop, I realize that the resolution is a little lower than I like. I'll have to draw bigger and split things up into different files I think to achieve what I'm looking for, but most of my line work stood up well. I flattened the layers and then sent it over Illustrator for vector conversion. Here's where drawing bigger will work better. The lines and angles are a little more chunky than I like but with a few adjustments to my setting I get close to what I'm used to. Also the colors I used in Sketchbook confused the conversion process. After removing the color in Photoshop and reimporting, I was able to capture the line art more easily. After that it was back to my previous system of coloring.

Here are the results.

Let me know what you think. Do any of you use a tablet to create with? I'd be interested to hear about your set up and experiences.

Japanese birth rate decrease

News cartoon about a threatening extinction of the Japanese population if the birth rate decrease persists.


Drawing the line…

Not so long ago a stash of old 2000AD megazines crossed my path... all of them full of outstanding artwork. In amongst them was a Sci-Fi Special from 1985 which has an interesting comparison between computer generated and hand-drawn artwork. You can see some larger images on my site:

May 10, 2012

Animals in Alphabet

I haven't posted in so long! There has been so much going on my head has been spinning.

Most recently the Letters, which I posted the E of a while back, finally have a complete set! In that post I had the idea this would be done in 2010. . . not so much but, 2012! We made it!
I now have the letters as an offset printed poster available at my etsy store and possibly for sale at other sites. Keep up with my blog to see where and when you can get posters at discounted prices.

Chef Picard Returns!

My "Bake It So!" t-shirt design has been reprinted on an apron -- perfect for the culinarily-inclined sci-fi enthusiast ^_^  Get 'em while they're hot!

~Anne Kelley  Website/Blog/Tumblr

May 8, 2012

A Bluffer's Guide to Buying a Car

Gemma Robinson has just updated her website with some of her latest commissioned work, including these icons from a series for What Car magazine. The icons were for a feature on bluffing your way through buying a car, from doing the right research to haggling and sealing the deal.

May 5, 2012


Ramon by sevensheavendotcom
Ramon, a photo by sevensheavendotcom on Flickr.

Design experiment.


Bird character app icons

Bird character design with different facial expressions, for the BirdEye Apple iOS application.


Toy soldier walkie talkie

Design of a series of toy soldiers for a campaign of a plastic manufacturer.


May 4, 2012

Intimacy 2

This is probably the hottest illustration I've made (in terms of subject matter and colors I have chosen). It's for an article discussing (not always funny) consequences of sex with strangers. Client: ESS newspaper

May 3, 2012

Blue Shadows

Blue Shadows by nerosunero
Blue Shadows, a photo by nerosunero on Flickr.

Blue Shadows
Digital Limit Ed Prints, 2011
160x130cm, printed by the Fire Studio here in Dublin,
The work is just back from the exhibition in Waterford and now for the first time is in my studio.
The Waterford exhibition ended last Saturday. It lasted bit more than 3 weeks and we managed to sell 8 out of 22 works.
We were delighted with the gallery, the works, the people, the city, the catalogue, the selling and really everything
My studio now looks certainly bit smaller but also much more colorful!
Back in December or early Januray 2012, Blue Shadows before was exhibited at the Copper House Gallery, Dublin.
Italian painter Enzo Cucchi uses to say that paintings have feet and can travel a lot, so let’s see where Blue Shadows will go next, if anywhere!
Joking a bit

May 2, 2012

Design Inspiration - Sherwin Schwartzrock

There's a great new interview over on the Design Inspiration blog with the very talented designer and illustrator Sherwin Schwartzrock! Check it out and leave a comment! And if you're interested in being interviewed yourself. Contact me at this email address: