it doesn’t make sense

desperdicio

Another article published by my friend Cristina Borja, you can read it here and this was the illustration to go with it.  It is also on Instagram here. Great way to practice your Spanish!

Since I got a new toy, a Wacom Intuos pro paper tablet, I had to test it.  So it was all done digitally (well, except the initial sketches, can’t get away from my pencil and paper) using Photoshop.  So now, DON’T WASTE FOOD!

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caught

I have been having so much fun figuring out the owl caterpillar relationship.  A friend just asked me, is the owl going to eat it?  I guess you have to wait and see.

caught

Little owl was caught by surprise, he is saying “but!” without having the chance to say anymore.  Caterpillar has a friend, who is coming to his rescue.  Is she going to make it?

 

 

 

 

brave

Caterpillar may have sensed the big heart that Little owl has.  Or he really is not paying attention where he is going.  Did he take a bold leap or a plain wrong step?

brave

On being brave.  I’ve heard courage doesn’t mean you are without fear.  Bravery takes a lot of faith.  These words:  BE NOT AFRAID, ONLY BELIEVE have resonated loudly lately.  ONLY BELIEVE… and with that thought, I will continue my art journey and hope that someone else may be uplifted too.

wise

buho

Little owl wants a friend, but could his snack become his buddy?

A few owl sketches turn into some painting experiments and then they also want to turn into a story.

I got curious as to why owls are a symbol of wisdom.  In Greek mythology, the goddess of wisdom, Athena used the owl as her symbol.  Plus their big eyes, their ability to turn their head around, and their nocturnal abilities surpass the human capabilities.

Little owl is just learning about how cool he is.

 

Believe there is good

I heard a friend very enthusiastically talk about the Women’s March happening tomorrow. To me, it was exciting to listen and learn about people being so passionate about women’s rights and equality.  I am thankful for them because is passion like that, that moves mountains, and I hope that my art also brings good to this world.

I was flattered to receive a request for a commission on a bigger version of this design, as this piece framed is 6 x 6 inches.

Pebeo-world

The new one was to fit into a 16 x 20 opening.  That was a big circle to work with, I was glad I had documented the process before, so it made it easier to repeat it.

 

Ta-dah!

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Here is the medium (16×20 matted) version, which is available.

 

la familia

A friend, Cristina Borja, is volunteering her efforts at Diakonia, a food bank in Ecuador. She wrote an engaging article about the traditions around eating that we are losing.  The article, made me remember how important meals where, growing up, even when sometimes it meant an hour trip from and to work for my parents.  I guess we make time for what is important to us, don’t we?

lore-familia

Her words issued a call to be intentional with our eating, to me also to be intentional with our actions.  I made several sketches to work out the composition.  My imaginary family turned into my sister’s cute family.  They are about to eat a Locro de papa (potato chowder), the pink bowl has tostado (corn nuts), the blue bowl aji (something like a fresh tabasco salsa that people put on everything to add spice).  Lots of memories there.

My composite drawing got lost after I painted it.  I tried, and tried to make it work, there are things I like about this watercolor, but at the end, it lost the spark. Which meant that I had to redo the painting.

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To quote my friend “A comer! La mesa esta servida”
(come eat, food is ready!)

HAPPY 2017!

tio Paco is emotional

Tio Paco made his grand appearance a few weeks ago.  He has been working hard getting into character and has been practicing his facial expressions.  I think he is the right guy for the part.tio-paco-emotions-color

Drew it on paper with pencil and colored it digitally, after many attempts of painting the face in different mediums.  At one point they became coloring pages and my kids sat next to me painting faces too.

 

 

 

 

more love

It is supposed to snow here tomorrow, my family is beyond excited, so here is something to celebrate it.love-mug

First thing that came to my mind as I thought about this post

everybody, everybody wants to love
everybody, everybody wants to be loved
oh, oh, oh, just let the love, love, love begin
-Ingrid Michaelson Everybody

Remember the teacups from a while back, well, I drew a bunch and this one was calling to be painted. I borrowed the color palette from a piece of art I liked online and felt daring with the choices.  Taking risks pays off.

 

This week I discovered that masking fluid also works with gouache, I was afraid it would chip, but it came off just fine.