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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.

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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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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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Finding my voice

I’ve never thought that I would portray myself in my illustrations, but… I’m not only doing that now, but what’s more important, I’m enjoying doing it !!!Sometimes I talk about disappointment (as in the illustration above) other times about the need for coffee in the mornings (see illustration below)So the subject is me and I’m finding easier than expected to share a little bit of myself with the world. My overall aim is to talk about experiences we all have in common and to illustrate them in my own way.

Wish me luck!

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Illustration Friday: Fear

What do you think when you hear the word fear? I think of dark woods, of children horror stories, of urban legends and of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies…

For the week of September 14th, the prompt from IF is fear.

I love the way Kim Novak’s expression really reflects the character’s mental state. You can tell she’s really afraid of something out there…

Vertigo – 1959