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Illustration Friday: Vote

This weeks´s Illustration Friday´s prompt is VOTE. Considering that mid-term elections will take place on Tuesday November 6th in USA, the prompt is quite curren. Here are my images for this prompt:

The first one shows a business women demanding to vote. Ink and watercolour.

vote sketch

The second one I came up with reminds me of those old Russian Propaganda posters. Like the one below:

russian poster

And here’s my own voting propaganda targeting women.

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Let’s make a difference, be it in USA, France, Spain or Timbuktu… Just go out an vote!

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Illustration Friday: Witch

Here’s my illustration for this week’s Illustration Friday. I was thinking on Bewitched, the 1960s sitcom.

Here’s my version. Cat included.

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Illustration Friday: Magical

This week´s prompt for Illustration Friday is Magical.                                                                When I think of the word magical, I think of magicians, of fairy tales and of impossible things that suddenly become a reality. In the end, instead of concentrating on a magician and his act, I chose two characters from one of my favorite Shakespeare´s plays: Nick Bottom and Titania, Queen of the fairies from Midsummer´s Night Dream.

The whole story takes place during one night where mistaken identities, broken hearts and wounded egos abound. To get even with Titania, her partner the King Oberon casts an spell on her and she falls madly in love with a poor weaver who has been turned into a donkey because of his conceit and big ego.

This is a picture from a 1999 American film.

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This is my take on the characters:

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I was thinking of a 1920´s flapper mood. What do you think? Water color and ink sketch.

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Tarot card illustration: The Lovers

I belong to a Meetup group in Barcelona called The Creative Group. On October 15th, we are meeting to look at art inspired by Tarot cards. I got the card titled THE LOVERS. Below there are some traditional samples of this card. Probably the oldest and the best known is that one of the Tarot de Marseille.

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When I started this project I made of a list of famous lovers such as Anthony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet and I settled on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (both Mexican painters, active 1920s-1950s).

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I used a vertical format, Very static pose, with the moon and the sun at the top looking over the lovers. On the bottom area I used some traditional Mexican imagery which includes the bleeding heart on flames and the ribbon with text on it. The whole thing is staged as a theatre production, very similar in pose to the RIDER-WAITE Tarot.

Media: color pencil. Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 cm.

I liked the result, but I wanted to continue exploring the idea of the lovers in a more abstract format. So I came up with this version:

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In my second version I’ve kept the vertical format, as well as the imagery of the sun and moon. This version is much more dynamic as the lovers are now intertwined and look quite androgynous. The sun now comes out from an splitting moon. There is no background and the colours one title echo the colours of the moon and the frame.

Media: oils pastels. Dimensions: 21 x 29.5 cm.

This is my third and final version of this card:

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This version is more traditional and yet more modern than the previous two versions .The shapes are rounded and geometrical at the same time, the image is flat, the lovers are static and yet the showing only their heads and torsos makes the image more dynamic. The woman is tied to the sun and daytime, while the man is tied to the moon (via the use of colours) and to nighttime. The green background is an allusion to nature. In retrospective, to me these anonymous lovers represent the first couple, Adam and Eve in paradise.

Media: watercolour and marker. Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 cm.

 

 

 

 

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Illustration Friday: Queen

Here’s my illustration for this week’s Illustration Friday. The prompt was Queen. I thought about all sorts of queens: from Queen Elizabeth the 1st and the 2nd to the Queen of Fairies and even Dancing Queen, the song by ABBA. I settled on The Queen of Hearts from a deck of cards.

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Illustration Friday: Food

This week’s topic for Illustration Friday was food. At first, I thought about doing a traditional still-life to illustrate the topic. But then, I continued to think about the concept of food and I decided to illustrate the idea of food as in the sense of nourishment. To me, food is not the only thing that can nourish a person. Of course physical food will keep a being alive. But we are body, soul and mind.

So my illustration is about regular food and about something else which nurtures my spirit… That something else is doing improvisation acting in French! It makes me smile. It makes me forget my troubles, while at the same time lifts my spirit and connects me to other people I’m sharing the scene with.