Friday, November 13, 2009

Ish and The Kite

I haven't had the energy to do anything outside of work, but I finally did something ;)

I'll explain her in more detail later, but I'm on my lunch break and the time is not enough!

Friday, August 28, 2009

CAMAQUEN A Conversation Game

It is here! It is DONE! It is Playable!


This is the game I spent my summer working on. All of the concept art on this page or the property of the Singapore MIT Gambit Game Lab. 

The game was produced in order to help explore Conversation in Game, and although it can be confusing to play through I ask you all to Play It! I did most of the painterly illustration work while my co-artist, QX specialized in the more graphic elements. 

This summer I met Color, and we had a dazzling encounter. I stopped using line work  for a while simply because I was in love with Color. I gave Line a very needed vacation sent him to Hawaii. I've been reintroducing Line slowly. I'm hoping we all get along. 

I spent forever designing our little goddess, Alux (pronounced A-loo-sh, but no one really knows that). 

This was the basic final design for Alux. 

Five other games were produced this summer, 
all awesome and note-worthy @

At the end of our summer the whole art gang got together to produce our All-Stars poster. We each did a character from a different team.  I miss all you guys! I'll visit Singapore as soon as I can! :)

Most Enthusiastically!

Monday, August 24, 2009

De La Luz

For Christmas my dad asked me to "reproduce" the image of the Blessed Virgin that is native of Leon, Mexico (where my mother's family grew up), so it can be given out as a present to all my aunts and uncles.

I wanted to do my own take on it, while respecting the original painting.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

En Casa

Hello Dear Hearts!

I've got one week left of freedom. Just one. My family has been spoiling me to absolute bits. I start my job at 38 Studios next Monday. It will be filled with Maya and Ultimate Frisbee. I took a few Maya tutorials before I left Gambit and it's software, and here in Texas I've been practicing my frisbee toss. I was terrible at it. I looked up instructions on 'How to Throw a Frisbee' in secret.

I also took on a freelance job, and here is my due for this week.

You'll be seeing kitchens for a while.

My sister and I watched the entire series of Ashita No Nadja (59 episodes) in two weeks. We take in absurd amounts of anime ever vacation. I'm a little miffed by the ending...


I'm also playing Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure on my new DS. It's been dangerously addicting. You go on a musical quest to win the Prince's heart and save his life! :D I think I'm playing moderately all things considered.

Coming Up Soon: Budgeting Home Decor and Conquering 3-D Modeling.

- Fabi

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Don't tell Lauren!
But I made this for her. I'm pretty sure she never looks at my blog so it's safe.
The colors still look to dark and intense on screen. I'll try to fix it.

Also...a sketch of a lady.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Today I went to the NASA Space Center AND saw a mini-exibit of props used in Star Wars, Willow and other Spielberg enterprises. Helmet Heaven.

Also, I drew this fly for freelance purposes.

Fishy in the Sea

I've indulged in movie watching. First order of the day was going to see Ponyo with my little sister. When I came out of the theatre I was a little jarred since it was an insanely visually rich film. It was like a child's dream and as such the moments didn't always make sense together, but individually were magical. The more I think of it the more I am dumb-founded at Miyazaki's ability to understand children. It baffles me. I actually had to step back to understand in what world this story worked. To my embarrassment I realized it was the world I often attempt to capture: a child's. Admittedly, Miyazaki is usually an aquired taste for me, which means I have to see his films a number of times before I fully get it. Ponyo has so many layers I think I hardly licked the surface. Perhaps it's only because I had a professor in college who is crazy about symbolism, but I would kill to know what everything in Ponyo means or represents.

Actual crtiques? Like I said sometimes the story didn't flow incredibly well, and so I thought for moments that I was bored, and really I just have to forget that in order for children to go on adventures they can't always be SAFE and DRY. I nearly choked when I saw the mother taking Sosuke in the car during the storm. I thought, "Lady, leave your kid with the old ladies!" You really know you're getting old when you start thinking those things during an animated movie where you're practically assured the main character, who is five is not going to DIE.


Other than Ponyo I've watched:

17 Again- For anyone who can't quite admit they're attracted to Zach Efron, but want an excuse to look at him anyways. Not bad, actually.

Sister Act- Always a popular choice in my household. Musical fun AND nuns, what more could I ask for?

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium- When I dream of being a character Natalie Portman has played, it's usually the role she plays in this one. She's bright, funny, momentarily insecure, and gets to work in a magical toy store. Watch it with your brothers and sisters, or alone if lonely.

On the Art front, I managed to get this little painting out today. I'm having terrible trouble actually drawing. It's like my hand refuses to remember what things look like. It's because I've been painting, isn't it?

Big Hello from Texas,

Thursday, August 6, 2009

End of Program Adventures

This is my last week at Gambit. Dommage! I don't like the idea of leaving one bit, but I am glad that in as little as two weeks all of the games the teams have worked on this summer will be going live! I'll finally be able to show some of the concept art I've been doing. 

Other than that I visited my best friend from high school, Claire or Cal, in New York City! My camera is still currently with her so I don't have any pictures to show yet. I did buy a HUGE pillow at ABC Carpet & Home, the most beautiful home store I've ever seen. 

Also, a slightly more affordable store worth going to is Ten Thousand Villages. Where I bought this pillow.

Artistically, I'm still pretty tied up here at Gambit until the game is released, but I did manage to do another character portrait inspired by the same adventure series. I'm actually really hoping to get the books, even if I can't illustrate them.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Isabel & Juana

Hello Everyone!

These are a couple of character sketches for a Science Adventure book series. It's a potential freelance job, but it is very casual at the moment since the editor knows I already have a 9-5 job in the fall. I'm up against a couple of other illustrators, who I'm sure will do  lovely work. 


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bright Days

I love this game! Even if I get zapped, crushed, and mauled more times than I see daylight. 
My Little Sack Person

I read this psalm a bit a go and I thought I'd share. It's lovely.

Psalm 57: 7-11

My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!
Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to thee, O Lord,  among 
the peoples;
I will sing praises to thee among the nations.
For thy steadfast love is great to the 
thy faithfulness to the clouds. 
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! 
Let thy glory be over all the earth!

Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Little Houses

Quick Little Doodles.
I'm in the middle of our second sprint here at Gambit. I'm pooped. 
Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Colors and Cambridge

Hello Everyone!

I can't seem to find a moment to write, let alone find artwork that isn't under NDA at the moment. I'm still interning at the Gambit Game Lab ( in Cambridge, except this time I've been a part of making a new computer game from the ground up! There are plenty of meetings, lectures and dead ends, but overall it's amazing. My team is mostly made up of students that came all the way from Singapore to take part of the summer game development program, and they are all extremely talented in their own areas. Luckily, I was able to get permission to show a few pieces that were scrapped for newer ideas. These images will not make it into the final project. What project you might ask? Well, I can't tell you so I hope you can just look and enjoy.

The project I worked on earlier this year is now up online for you to play! Please Go and Play!

Artwork in the game was a collaboration between myself and my two lovely friends, Brandon Cebenka and Nicholas Kole. Both of them are at Gambit as well, working on their own projects and making beautiful work themselves.

I made these two little doodles in my spare time.

There are many more things to talk about but my lunch break is limited. Stay tuned for apartment hunting adventures and how being absentminded as an adult is a terrible thing.

Wishing you all lovely Summer Sun,
- Fabi

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Fabiola Garza

Lisa Cunha

Brandon Cebenka

Alex Lee

Kirsten England

Lia Marcoux

Nicholas Kole

These are the posters from my senior show! It was amazing and I'm so grateful to have such talented and lovely friends.

The Lamplighter

This little story was made for my comic class. I had a lovely time working with opaque watercolor and I cannot wait to continue it over the summer. I will be posting all of the work I've been doing these final weeks of school so keep keep your eyes open. 

I can't believe I'm graduating this weekend end!

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Oh, my cover class, the class that somehow always get done. This week we had to illustrate the cover for a graphic novel called Muties: The Changeling. My original illustration for the young girl on the cover was to prettily lit for the tone of the narrative so I toned it down for the final.

New Logo, New Website

Yes, it's true I have a website now! Please go look at it and tell your friends about it too!

I designed a logo to go with my resume, business card and website. Her little mask is based on a bird design and I really like things that glow (like stars), so I threw in some stars.


Friday, March 6, 2009

Benjamin Franklin

This baby was the result of an assignment from my Cover to Cover class (where we make book covers!), and the prompt was to illustrate the cover of Benjamin Franklin: A Biography. I was a little heavy on the secondary characters, etc, etc, but I like it.