Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

OFFICIAL PAGE OF PASTEURIZED....and the TRAILER! www.facebook.com/pasteurizedthefilm

Saturday, April 28, 2012

04/28/12 - 8:22pm. Pasteurized is done.
After 27 months in production and an average of between 20 to 40 hours a week, Pasteurized is done!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Monday, November 28, 2011

Interview with SketchTheater


Thank you very much to the very kind Lily Feliciano from Sketch Theater, for this wonderful and fun interview.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Sheep Stew"

Monday, September 19, 2011

Painted Caddy

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bagger Vance Sketch

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Pasteur-Iced" - COMING SOON

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Retratos y científicos

Head Studies


...yeap, I really miss oil painting....

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The ninjas' pad

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Wondercon People!

Wondercon fellas that I sketched while there....

Friday, March 4, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

studies and stuff.....

This is what a typical page of studies looks like before I start animating, usual stuff: charts, coming soon signs and an old man and a bottle of milk with a bow (?!)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Short Short Short

All right, here we go again. After one year of being in production and a few months in pre-production (and neglecting my blog as usual) last Monday I edited the 23rd version (…yes, 23rd) of the combined animatic of my short film, initial animatic with final color animation, sound effects and temporary soundtrack. Right now it’s close to 6 minutes, 5:47 minutes to be precise. Almost 3:00 minutes are completed. Last week I spent near to 35 hours (thumbnails, value and color studies, final drawing and final painting) on a background and it will be on the screen for 3 seconds…I know what you are thinking, but I can't wait to start the next one...

Also, if you are curious of how it’s coming along I have opened as well a twitter account @nicovillarreal and I will be posting updates of my short film regularly.

One of the first versions of the storyboard and some concept art....

Now, check list (don’t you love check lists?) of important “stuff” to animate…or at least that I like to have around( picture included).

1) The principles of animation by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas.
2) Barbara’s chair (Bradley) for inspiration and all the help that I can get from her (which I need badly).
3) Tea cup… with Tinkerbell flying (very important)
4) Various quotes. One of my favorite ones by B. Franklin “ By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”
5) Pencil sharpener (the louder the better) and sand paper.
6) My favorite Poem by Mr. Pablo Neruda “ You are the result of yourself” (this one works every single time)
7) Drawings by my favorite animators, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis and of course Glen Keane…there is one of his drawing buried somewhere there too.
8) Characters sheets, expressions, construction, body, hands, etc, you know that kind of stuff.
9) Tea boxes and toys, mainly from my childhood. The incredibles, and some He-Man toys, that’s right, a half unclothed Prince Adam (what? The guy was almost naked!), as weird as that may sound he is right there on top of my desk hanging out with Mr. Trap-jaw and Remy from Ratatouille.
10) 2 incredible books by Bill (Maughan)
11) Maquettes of the two characters and the turn around of my character. Very useful referenced when you are beating a drawing up to paper coma, which unfortunately happens all the time.
12) Several crucial notes by Sherrie (Sinclair)
13) …and an animation desk, paper and some pencils would help too.

....the stack of paper is getting thicker....

Signing off for now. 10-4.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I will be at table T-62 at this year's Creative Talent Network Expo, in Burbank (19th and 21st of November). Hope to see everyone there.

This guy right here is the result of the break that I took from my short film. It's a ninja!!!...thought the explanation was needed...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

APE Convention - San Francisco

I will be attending to Ape Convention, booth #436A ... just in case here is the address and the dates: Saturday, Oct. 16 (11am - 7pm) Sunday, Oct. 17 (11am - 6pm) The Concourse, 635 8th Street. I will be attending as well to CTN (Creative Talent Network) in Burbank (19th and 21st of November) Very kindly, they sent me 10 % off coupons that I will be sharing at Ape. I don't have them in large quantities so, if you are interested feel free to stop by and pick them up!

Moreover, this is one of the backgrounds from my short film that I'm woking on right now.....

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


COMIC-CON 2010! We will be at booth 5530 with my good friends Dan Cooney, Jeremy Saliba and Mr. Brian Schirmer. right across from DC Comics, from the 21st to 25th of July.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


No excuses for neglecting my blog for so long! so, here we go: These are a bunch of concepts that I did for a project exploring secondary characters. I took these ones and "cleaned them up" from the original sketches. I did several more to reach these "final" ones but they were a little too loose to show...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New book Available

I am happy to announce that my book will be available very soon at Stuart Ng and at amazon.com as well. If you would like to get a copy before, I would gladly mail it over if you e-mail me at Nicolas.villarreal@gmail.com. Thank you!

Sunday, March 7, 2010


WONDERCON! We will be at booth 1344 with Julian Meyer and Joko Budiono at Moscone Center in San Francisco. April, Friday 02, Saturday 03, and Sunday 04.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Portraits and Cards

Thursday, July 23, 2009


After a little surgical procedure facelift, here is the brand new Smoke....and hopefully the final version. Very soon the rest of the characters.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Estudiantes de La Plata Campeón de America!

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Today is not a post about drawings or a post about paintings, is not a post about lines, cast or form shadows, reflected light or how to try to use colors, is not even a post regarding animation or anything related to it. I'ts a post about my team Estudiantes de La Plata from Argentina, that yesterday in Brazil, in front of 70,000 fans of Cruzeiro at the Mineirao (yes, 70,000), El Pincha came back from a 0-1 to a 2-1 and become after 39 years Champion of America winning The Libertadores Cup and qualifying to the World Cup of Clubs in Dubai in December. Salud Campeones y Vamos Campeon, Vamos Pinchay y Vamos Bruja querido!

Hoy no es un post sobre dibujos ni pinturas, no es un post sobre lineas, sombras proyectadas o suaves, luz reflejada o como tratar de usar colores, no es nisiquiera un post sobre animacion ni nada relacionando con ella. Es un post sobre mi equipo Estudiantes de La Plata de Argentina, que ayer en Brasil, frente a 70,000 hinchas del Cruzeiro (si, 70,000) El Pincha iba abajo 0-1 y lo dio vuelta 2-1 y se consagro despues de 39 anos Campeon de America ganando La Copa Libertadores y clasificandose para el Mundial de Clubes en Dubai en Diciembre. Salud Campeones y Vamos Campeon, Vamos Pincha y Vamos Bruja querido!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bycicles, cars and umbrellas...

...good luck trying to fly....

..he is one happy fella...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Smiletown and stuff with clothes and fur

....more conceptual art for Smiletown which is now called "The Frolics". The good news are that after one year of production the short it's done! We are just wrapping up the final details and hopefully I'll be able to put it online next week....

....a clothed figure sketch to mix it up a little bit...

And now some animals from today's field-trip to the new Academy of Sciences in the Golden Gate Park. I took my class today and we sketched all day. These were done with a black ballpoint pen...