Illustrations

Pictorial works for a wide array of applications: Children's books, school textbooks, websites, games, corporate ID... the possibilities are as vast as the imagination.

The time to create a work of illustration is highly variable, according to its dimensions, technique and complexity level required. However, to provide an example, an illustration like this one can take about a full week.
Currently, in most cases I use digital media like Photoshop or Manga Studio. However, I can also work in traditional media under request.
Sorry in advance about the "legalese" on this one: On every client-paid work assignment, the rights of use and intellectual property do belong to the client, including the rights of reproduction, distribution and use in applications and media as agreed upon by both parties (client and author). Use of work featuring original IP by Alzamon (as in: not provided by the client) in altered, lucrative or otherwise illegal form outside said usage agreements and without previous consent by the author, constitutes copyright infringement and as such subject to legal action. The author reserves the rights of use of every Alzamon-produced artwork for self-promotional and portfolio uses only. Hope that sounds clear enough. However, if you still have any doubts, please contact me with any questions you might have on these matters.
In the case of digital media, work is delivered as files via email or download link. Depending on the type of work and requirements, files can be of high-res, print-ready (300 dpi) PDF format, Internet-optimized JPEG files (72 dpi), Photoshop (flattened), TIFF or EPS. The client can receive multiple copies of a given piece of work on several formats at no additional cost. No user-editable files will be delivered. In the case of works in traditional media, these will be sent by the most convenient delivery system. Shipping costs will be included on final price.
The final cost will vary according to the job type requested, its level of complexity and available time to deliver the work. Please contact me to know what you need and receive a custom, specific estimate for the work requested.

Character Design

Alzamon - Character Design

Infuse sympathy and originality to your project with an original character. Institutional/corporate mascots, learning buddies, promotion allies... The possibilities are infinite.

The creation of an original character is a process involving several steps:
  • Client's requirements brief
  • Text description of: physical and psychological image, personality, traits, etc.
  • Audience targeting: Uses and applications
  • Reference gathering
  • Creation of sketches
  • Sending preliminar sketches to client for approval
  • Creation of model sheet(s) with approved character design(s)
  • High-quality final rendering of designs and creation of deliverables
These processes can vary in time and complexity according to the client's requirements. In the case of characters destined to an specific campaign or foundation, the design is accompanied of a Style Guide to ensure correct and proper use of the character.
The time to create one (or several) characters varies depending on: client's requirements, time required for research and development (sketches, alternative sketches, character applications, etc). Complexity (and price) can range from a single-use mascot for a web site up to a full-length Style Guide included with character development.
Sorry in advance about the "legalese" on this one: On every client-paid work assignment, the rights of use and intellectual property do belong to the client, including the rights of reproduction, distribution and use in applications and media as agreed upon by both parties (client and author). Use of work featuring original IP by Alzamon (as in: not provided by the client) in altered, lucrative or otherwise illegal form outside said usage agreements and without previous consent by the author, constitutes copyright infringement and as such subject to legal action. The author reserves the rights of use of every Alzamon-produced artwork for self-promotional and portfolio uses only. Hope that sounds clear enough. However, if you still have any doubts, please contact me with any questions you might have on these matters.
In the case of digital media, work is delivered as files via email or download link. Depending on the type of work and requirements, files can be of high-res, print-ready (300 dpi) PDF format, Internet-optimized JPEG files (72 dpi), Photoshop (flattened), TIFF or EPS. The client can receive multiple copies of a given piece of work on several formats at no additional cost. No user-editable files will be delivered. In the case of works in traditional media, these will be sent by the most convenient delivery system. Shipping costs will be included on final price.
Property rights of the paying client over the illustration work include those of reproduction, distribution and usage in / through all expected applications, as well as those of intellectual property under agreed terms. Usage of Alzamon artwork outside said agreed terms or in any altered form without previous consent of the author is strictly forbidden. As the author, I do reserve my rights of using said illustration work(s) for portfolio display and promotion purposes only. Please contact me for any questions you may have on this matter.
The final cost will vary according to number of character(s) requested, its level of complexity and available time to deliver the work. Please contact me to know what you need and receive a custom, specific estimate for the work requested.

Comics Pages and Stories

Alzamon - Comic Pages

Spread your message or story across with the popular resource of sequential art. Ideal for learning modules, school textbooks, entertainment, publicity (and of course, to tell great stories).

A comic brings together several components that require development, such as:
  • A script, with precise profiles of the characters, scenes, story arcs and happenings involved in the story. Both the story's total development outline and client's editions and agreements are laid out here. This is probably the most important component of the deliverable. (See an example)
  • Technical skill and domain of drawing and appropriate tools. Comics can be done traditionally (pencils, paper and inks) or preferably in digital form to ease on speed and deliverables.
  • Sense of pacing, management of space, and above all, passion to tell a story. 🙂
Summing it up, it is required to have a finished, revised and approved script by the client before proceeding with graphic development.
Creation time of a comic depends heavily on its extension, technical complexity and details. A page like this one for example, can take me about five to seven business days, including color and details. Simpler pages, in black and white or duotone, can be developed in 3-4 business days.
Sorry in advance about the "legalese" on this one: On every client-paid work assignment, the rights of use and intellectual property do belong to the client, including the rights of reproduction, distribution and use in applications and media as agreed upon by both parties (client and author). Use of work featuring original IP by Alzamon (as in: not provided by the client) in altered, lucrative or otherwise illegal form outside said usage agreements and without previous consent by the author, constitutes copyright infringement and as such subject to legal action. The author reserves the rights of use of every Alzamon-produced artwork for self-promotional and portfolio uses only. Hope that sounds clear enough. However, if you still have any doubts, please contact me with any questions you might have on these matters.
In the case of digital media, work is delivered as files via email or download link. Depending on the type of work and requirements, files can be of high-res, print-ready (300 dpi) PDF format, Internet-optimized JPEG files (72 dpi), Photoshop (flattened), TIFF or EPS. The client can receive multiple copies of a given piece of work on several formats at no additional cost. No user-editable files will be delivered. In the case of works in traditional media, these will be sent by the most convenient delivery system. Shipping costs will be included on final price.
The final cost will vary according to number of character(s) requested, its level of complexity and available time to deliver the work. Please contact me to know what you need and receive a custom, specific estimate for the work requested.
The final cost will vary according to number of character(s) requested, its level of complexity and available time to deliver the work. Please contact me to know what you need and receive a custom, specific estimate for the work requested.

And now, everything you weren't going to ask

(but I added here anyway)

Alzamon - About Me
I am Alberto Gonzalez, an illustrator and UX designer living in Heredia, Costa Rica. Fortysomething, traveler, single, featuring socially acceptable vices and a vinyl music collection with 700+ titles.
Yeah! But I am stuck like most others in the rather un-touristy and blah big urban sprawl of the country's center. If I could just afford to live in the beach! And the country's cost of living is hair-raising expensive. So hire me to draw something for you and help a struggling "pura vida" artist! 🙂
Yes, and I did web design back in the late '90s - early '00s. You can view some of that here. It is what has paid me the bills so far — but having my drawings and characters do that would make me happier of course!
Like every other kid - when I could hold a pencil in my hands! Now, on a "serious" level, that actually happened when I was 14 or 15. I had an arts teacher at high school who encouraged me a lot. 
Simple: it is a word composed of letters from my own full name. It hasn't been easy for me to come across an artistic pseudonym I'm finally happy with; I have worked under a lot of rather forgettable alter egos in the past. It's incredible it took me this long to find something simple, obvious and that (hopefully) works. For me, a good name has to work in all the languages I am currently fluent in (Spanish, English, Portuguese and French). Alzamon, as far as I know, has no obvious meaning in any of these. And it was also available as a .com domain, which settled the deal for me. Yes that must be a side effect of my web designer days back in the '90s, when having a .com was a must to stake your claim on the web. It probably still is.
Yes, I can talk with you in any of these. | Sí, puedo hablar contigo en cualquiera de estos idiomas. | Sim, eu posso falar com você em qualquer destes idiomas. | Oui, je peux vous parler en quiconque de cettes langages.
Yes, University of Costa Rica. BFA in Graphic Design, a long time ago.

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