Welcome! Alto-Shorter is the brand of Ho-Seh Esquivel’s foray into comics, design, and other things. This was put together through his earned skills in illustration and graphic design.

What’s with the name?

Alto means tall in spanish, and shorter is english for shorter. It once came into when a friend and I were brainstorming names for punk bands. The name stuck with me since. It’s OK if you were expecting saxophones to be involved.

What you worked on?

  1. Moonlight Rrriot –  A Sailor Moon fanzine I put together with other artists.
  2. Mish Mash Machine – Web design and some art assets on Raising Hell.
  3. Synesthetic (First Edition) – Anthology produced by Space Gun.
  4. One Night Stand – Anthology written by David Hopkins.
  5. Macabro – A horror mini comic that was published during Indy Comic Book Week.
  6. VioletSnarl – Produced promotional material.

What are your tools?

For digital art I use the following:

  1. Custom PC: Intel I7 3770 CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1060
  2. Wacom Cintiq 13HD
  3. Clip Studio Paint

For traditional art I use the following:

  1. Various pencils: The Palomino Blackwing and Uni Mitsubishi Pencils are my favorite.
  2. Lead Holders: I currently use The Uni Mistubishi brand.

Where ELSE can I find you?

E-mail me at:

You can also find me on Instagram: @josemusprime