Black heart: I keep my freakish heart in a drawer that nobody can reach

“I have a million things to talk to you about. All I want in this world is you. I want to see you and talk. I want the two of us to begin everything from the beginning.”

Haruki Murakami

Illustration process of Black heart: I keep my freakish heart in a drawer that nobody can reach, an illustration I made in a live drawing event as part of the Abierto Mexicano de Diseño #amd2018.

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Proceso de Negro corazón: Guardo mi extraño corazón en un cajón donde nadie lo pueda alcanzar, una ilustración que hice en un evento de dibujo en vivo como parte del Abierto Mexicano de Diseño 2018 #amd2018.

Grandes guanajuatenses

I was recently invited to participate in a project about important characters of Guanajuato (Mexico), particularly from popular and artistic fields . It is a very beautiful book illustrated by great Mexican artists and illustrators, all of them with a great and unique style. 

The title of the book is Grandes guanajuatenses and I had the chance to illustrate these three artists: Agustín Lanuza (writer), Arturo Martínez Negrete (singer) and Luis García Gerrero (painter). 

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Recientemente me invitaron a participar en un proyecto sobre personajes importantes de Guanajuato. El libro Grandes guanajuatenses  incluye personalidades cuyas acciones en diferentes ámbitos trascendieron a nivel nacional, especialmente en manifestaciones artísticas y populares y tuve la oportunidad de ilustrar a estos tres artistas: Agustín Lanuza (poeta y prosista), Arturo Martínez Negrete (cantante) and Luis García Gerrero (pintor).

The birth of a word

Creative process for The birth of a word illustration.

I usually don't post the first steps of my illustrations, but I think it is cool to see the work behind  and all the decisions made in each stage. 

The first one is a very general drawing in which I only work on the composition: spaces,  forms, elements, etc. The second stage is a graphite drawing and it's like a study with lights and shadows where I decide which elements stay and the ones that have to go. The third one is a very intricate and detailed ink drawing and usually the one I like the most (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). After the ink I add color with acrylic, watercolors, color pencils and markers. Then comes the digital part. In this stage I correct mistakes, modify saturation, tones and add textures. It is always the longest and most difficult stage because I usually add a lot of detail and sometimes I paint over the image layer by layer until I achieve something I like. 

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Proceso creativo para la ilustración The birth of a word (El nacimiento de una palabra).

Generalmente no publico los primeros pasos de mis ilustraciones, pero pienso que es importante mostrar cada una de las etapas por las que pasa el dibujo, hasta llegar a la pieza final y cada una tiene algo especial. No siempre es el mismo proceso, pero siempre hay por lo menos dos bocetos y varias pruebas de color y texturas, sin importar la técnica que vaya a usar. 

La primera etapa es un dibujo muy general en el que sólo trabajo la composición, los espacios, las formas, etc. Mi segundo dibujo es a lápiz y es sólo un estudio con luces y sombras; decido qué elementos se quedan y cuáles se van. En la tercera etapa hago un dibujo muy detallado a tinta y generalmente es el que más disfruto (soy algo obsesivo-compulsiva :S) . Después de la tinta agrego el color; casi siempre con acuarela, colores, acrílico y plumones. Después viene la parte digital. En esta etapa corrijo errores, modifico la saturación y agrego texturas. Siempre es la etapa más larga y difícil porque suelo agregar muchos detalles y a veces vuelvo a pintar sobre la imagen capa por capa hasta lograr algo que me guste. 

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The reflection of a monster

"And in my darkest moment, fetal and weeping
The moon tells me a secret, my confidant
As full and bright as I am
This light is not my own and
A million light reflections pass over me."

Reflection - Tool

 

 

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The other (The mushroom hunters)

The mushroom hunters

Science, as you know, my little one, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe.
It’s based on observation, on experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe the facts revealed.

In the old times, they say, the men came already fitted with brains
designed to follow flesh-beasts at a run,
to hurdle blindly into the unknown,
and then to find their way back home when lost
with a slain antelope to carry between them.
Or, on bad hunting days, nothing.

The women, who did not need to run down prey,
had brains that spotted landmarks and made paths between them
left at the thorn bush and across the scree
and look down in the bole of the half-fallen tree,
because sometimes there are mushrooms.

Before the flint club, or flint butcher’s tools,
The first tool of all was a sling for the baby
to keep our hands free
and something to put the berries and the mushrooms in,
the roots and the good leaves, the seeds and the crawlers.
Then a flint pestle to smash, to crush, to grind or break.

And sometimes men chased the beasts
into the deep woods,
and never came back.

Some mushrooms will kill you,
while some will show you gods
and some will feed the hunger in our bellies. Identify.
Others will kill us if we eat them raw,
and kill us again if we cook them once,
but if we boil them up in spring water, and pour the water away,
and then boil them once more, and pour the water away,
only then can we eat them safely. Observe.

Observe childbirth, measure the swell of bellies and the shape of breasts,
and through experience discover how to bring babies safely into the world.

Observe everything.

And the mushroom hunters walk the ways they walk
and watch the world, and see what they observe.
And some of them would thrive and lick their lips,
While others clutched their stomachs and expired.
So laws are made and handed down on what is safe.
Formulate.

The tools we make to build our lives:
our clothes, our food, our path home…
all these things we base on observation,
on experiment, on measurement, on truth.

And science, you remember, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe,
based on observation, experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe these facts.

The race continues. An early scientist
drew beasts upon the walls of caves
to show her children, now all fat on mushrooms
and on berries, what would be safe to hunt.

The men go running on after beasts.

The scientists walk more slowly, over to the brow of the hill
and down to the water’s edge and past the place where the red clay runs.
They are carrying their babies in the slings they made,
freeing their hands to pick the mushrooms.

Neil Gaiman

 

Brainpickings

 

Art prints are already available on Etsy 
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