If you haven’t noticed, one of the things I really enjoy doing is doodling girls wearing nice clothes. This morning I woke up pretty early and did a quick little drawing after seeing the photographs above of Nadia Esra in her lookbook.
It was a nice little exercise. Nadia has an iconic look that is fun to try capturing on paper, not to mention that I wouldn’t mind owning most of the clothes she has (especially that jumper!).
Hope I’m not too late for the party!
Ghibli Jam by Marianna Madriz
Contributed a very quick submission to the ghiblijam blog. Just a mash up of characters from various Ghibli films I’ve always liked. One day I’ll do a proper fan art and dedicate some more time to draw these fantastic characters!
I recommend you tumblurers check out Hamish Steele and Louis Wood's submissions for the Ghibli jam over here and here, they’re my favourites!
A preview of something pretty exciting I’m preparing!
Also, in case anyone noticed, I’ve deleted my inspiration blog. I reckoned Pinterest would be a better place to have a mood board of what I like. So if you used to follow that blog and are on Pinterest, you can follow mine here.
Hello again musician man! I’m coming up with some roughs for a short story. There’s a lot of yellow and a lot of chickens.
A double spread I contributed to a second collaborative narrative project, with the same team that brought you ‘Umbrella’. I was really pleased with these pages! I feel like I’ve learnt a lot more about including action within an image and laying out the panels more effectively.
Page of a short story I’ve started about an Aztec village. It’s the first time in a while I’ve dedicated a day into planning, inking and doing a comic!
It’s been quite hard to colour this up. Many people have told me the comic works best in black and white. What do you think?
Here’s a crop of the screen print I shared before in yellow version and, if you can spot it, with a slight alteration.
The primary reason for this is because Simon Diaz, the Venezuelan singer who inspired this recent image, died today after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. This is just a minor way of paying homage to a musician who composed so many authentically beautiful songs about nature, love and the mundanities of life, and who was such a remarkable and dearly beloved figure back in Latin America. I’m grateful I got to rediscover and appreciate his music very recently. May he rest in peace.
It’s also worth mentioning that this image is a homage to my home country, Venezuela, which right now is going through some incredibly tumultuous times after days of continuous protest and unrest. I don’t tend to speak up about Venezuela’s problems for fear of getting criticised, because I don’t live there since six years ago, or because I haven’t openly protested in the streets, or because whatever. Everyone is entitled to their own views and opinions, and maybe I’m no one to speak up after all. Yet I am a Venezuelan after all, born and bred. And when you hear about the DAILY insecurity, censorship and general violation of human rights happening back home, it’s impossible to shut up about it… especially when I still have family and friends who have to endure all these things day by day. This isn’t normal. It simply shouldn’t be.
So you don’t know what’s happening in Venezuela? Please read here, here and here. Google it, learn about it. I can only point my finger at the facts and hope I can inform people of something they didn’t know before.
It’s quite ironic as I’m doing my current project about Latin American and Venezuelan culture, in a hope of reconnecting with my heritage and bring all the things I love and are nostalgic to me into my work. The more I’ve been drawing the last few weeks, the more I’ve learned that the colour yellow in my country is an extremely important one… even though many Venezuelans might not realise it:
It’s the colour of the Araguaney, our national tree, with such deep yellow flowers it’s impossible to miss (especially when they decorate an entire hill in May). It’s the colour of the Turpial, a lovely golden bird, our national bird. Just like the image above, Venezuela’s landscapes - be it deserts, beaches, plain landscapes full of nothing! - are all golden and blessed with the sun. Yellow In the Venezuelan flag is a symbol of warmth and wealth, but more primordially, it’s a symbol of hope.
And I sincerely hope the best happens in Venezuela.
I’ll conclude my already long blog post with a great clip of Simon Diaz.
"Mañana cuando me vaya, quién se acordará de mí…"
A screen print I did today featuring Latin American women, inspired by some colourful and interesting typical clothes from my trip to Mexico.
These are the translated lyrics to a great Brazilian song titled “Maria Moita” (“Bush Mary”). I really enjoy taking lyrics from songs I like listening to and practice making a comic out of them, just like I attempted last year with the Sound of Silence.
I’m still in quite a shaky state regarding my current project and university overall, but I’m starting to feel a bit more confident with my work now and overcoming the rocky situation, bit by bit.
You can listen to one of my favourite versions of this tune below.