The Monster Project 2019

ENG. I am very happy that The Monster Project gave me the opportunity to be part of this year’s edition.  The Monster Project teaches children about the power of their own imagination and encourages them to pursue their creative potential collaborating with artists from all over the world. The children draw monsters, and then the artists recreate them in their own styles.

This illustration was a bit of a challenge 'cause I wanted to stay true to the original idea, but also really fun and easy to make an interpretation and my own version of this interesting monster, to imagine it’s personality, colors and textures. I hope you like both versions of the monster. You can see the other amazing artworks on The Monster Project website.

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ESP. Estoy muy contenta porque The Monster Project me invitó a ser parte del proyecto de este año. Ellos les enseñan a los niños acerca del poder de la imaginación y los anima a explotar su potencial creativo con la colaboración de artistas de todo el mundo. Los niños dibujan monstruos y luego cada artista hace una interpretación con su estilo propio.

Esta ilustración fue un reto para mí porque quería ser fiel a la idea original, pero al mismo tiempo fue divertido hacer mi propia interpretación de este monstruo tan interesante, imaginar su personalidad, sus colores y texturas. Aquí están ambas versiones, espero que les gusten. Pueden ver el increíble trabajo de los otros artistas en la página de The Monster Project.

Here’s a video of the exhibition. I love the children’s reaction to the artwork ♡

Artery skein: My monster heart 

For this piece (Artery skein: My monster heart) I started with a couple of sketches, one very general and one in which I worked lights and shadows, but I felt that something was missing in the illustration, so I worked on a lot of new sketches until I found the right one. When I start inking, I usually use different thicknesses of pens, but this time I used only one and liked how it turned out. For the color palette I was inspired by bugambilias, in all those beautiful magenta and cherry shades.

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Este es una probadita del proceso creativo de Artery skein: My monster heart. Comencé con un par de bocetos, uno muy general y otro en el que trabajé luces y sombras, pero sentía que algo le faltaba a la ilustración, así que trabajé en varios bocetos más hasta que el dibujo salió tal como lo quería. Para la ilustración en tinta generalmente uso estilógrafos de diferentes grosores, pero esta vez usé sólo uno y me gustó mucho el resultado. Para la paleta de colores me inspiré en las bugambilias que llenan de color la ciudad, particularmente de esos colores guinda y magenta que tanto me gustan. 


Inspiración para la paleta de colores / Color inspiration

Etapas de la ilustración / Illustration process


“In fairy tales, monsters exist to be a manifestation of something that we need to understand, not only a problem we need to overcome, but also they need to represent, much like angels represent the beautiful, pure, eternal side of the human spirit, monsters need to represent a more tangible, more mortal side of being human: aging, decay, darkness and so forth. And I believe that monsters originally, when we were cavemen and you know, sitting around a fire, we needed to explain the birth of the sun and the death of the moon and the phases of the moon and rain and thunder. And we invented creatures that made sense of the world: a serpent that ate the sun, a creature that ate the moon, a man in the moon living there, things like that. And as we became more and more sophisticated and created sort of a social structure, the real enigmas started not to be outside. The rain and the thunder were logical now. But the real enigmas became social. All those impulses that we were repressing: cannibalism, murder, these things needed an explanation. The sex drive, the need to hunt, the need to kill, these things then became personified in monsters. Werewolves, vampires, ogres, this and that. I feel that monsters are here in our world to help us understand it. They are an essential part of a fable.” 

― Guillermo del Toro

☽  ☽  ☽  ☽  ☽    We are all monsters   ☽  ☽  ☽  ☽  ☽


Art prints are already available on Etsy 
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