is it better to believe that you can or not care if you do?
A bunch of new illustrations I’ve been working on for my children’s book project. Here we can find our hero in a pretty different setting: the big city!
I’m still not entirely sure about the colours/composition in some of these, but it’s all a learning process.
Some more curiosities and trivia about the things that inspired these images:
- The city is primarily inspired by two cities in Venezuela: Valencia (my home city) and Caracas (the capital). It probably is more heavily pictured in Caracas.
- The ‘mural’ of the two aztecs in the building by the right side it’s actually inspired by a real mural I saw in Mexico DF.
- I like to think that the guy in the black suit and black hat is Jose Gregorio Hernandez, a Venezuelan physician who many people in Latin America attribute miraculous qualities.
- There are some cable cars on the left side. These in itself can pretty much be the cable cars that take you to the Avila National Park in Caracas.
- One of the billboards shows a bottle alongside an indigenous chief. This is kind of my own crappy ad for ‘Cacique’, Venezuela’s most famous rum.
- The houses on the hill were inspired by the ‘barrios’ that cover many hills in Caracas. Although not a spectacular sight from up close, they always caught my attention and can look very fascinating from afar. I merged elements of mediterranean houses too, most commonly mountain towns like Deia or Valldemossa in Majorca.
- Also, the design for some of the hill houses are inspired by the “Villa Planchart”, a Venezuelan house positioned on a mountain top in Caracas. Itself a house on a hill, this is an architectonical masterpiece and one of my favourite things ever. You can find out more about it here.
- The flowers you can see are orchids. This is Venezuela’s national flower.
I started compiling a playlist of really old school Latin American music, which makes about the perfect soundtrack for this story. If you’re curious you can listen to it here.
I think that the moment our protagonist finds himself within the city, this is the song that would be playing:
You can click here to see the first five spreads.
I’ve updated my website! Come stop by for a visit, if you please.
Been hemming and hawing about how to show this project! Last weekend I took part in Linework NW and I promised myself I would make a book! So that turned into an accordion book all about a mermaid named Ondine who collects bioluminescent creatures.
This book was created start to finish in six days. My first accordion book since 2003? Whoa! Now I want to do more! Many thanks to my student Wren who helped me cut and fold them in time. I’m going to see about making a little video to show this better, but in the meantime this will do.
More personal projects, more books, more stuff! I am working on a big project but I need to share more and make more little projects.
My contribution to Gallery 1988’s Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Show, starting in NYC! (It travels to some more cities, but i am unsure of the details, you guys)
Opening April 19 …runs through 26th
@ 69 Leonard Street in lower manhattan. (Right around the corner from the Ghostbusters Firehouse)
Scott is the best!