So school is full throttle.
We are bombarded with all sorts of projects. This is one of them - an illustration to one of Beatrix Potter's books other than "Peter the Rabbit". I picked the tale of Pigling Bland, a story about a very proper piglet who went to the market to find a job bit got lost along the way and found refuge on a farm of Mr. Piperson, who was ready to turn Pigling Bland into bacon and other things. At the farm Pigling Bland meets Pig-wig, a Berkshire piglet and they escape together into the wild.
I have decided to concentrate on the background imagery and chose a passage about Pigling Bland being lost in the dark and scary woods.
Here are the preliminary sketches. Let's see where this all will take me!
I have a friend. An amazing friend actually. His name is Nicolo.
We met last summer in Puerto Rico at a hostel in Rincon. At that particular moment in time i was going through a crisis of a lost wallet with everything in it and nothing to back it up with. Courtney, a wonderful surfer girl who i have accidentally hitchhiked a ride with from the other side of the island a few days earlier was leaving back home to Washington which meant i was stuck in Puerto Rico without any means, transportation or a familiar face. Nicolo not only had the patience to listen to my crazy sad ramble about the coconut and the wallet that i have left on top of the car's hood to take a picture with the above mentioned damned coconut but also a human desire to help. We convinced Mat, a professional diver who i have met at Lucky 13 BBQ the night before, to lend us his car while he was flying out to Florida to get his visa to work in Italy at Concordia Shipwreck, to get to the nearest bank. As i learned in the process, PR's banks are not really affiliated with Bank of America but Western Union is very helpful and could be found in big supermarkets. After all these shenanigans and a successful money transfer, Nicolo and i rented a car and spend the last days of my vacation riding around the mountain ranges, going to the world's biggest Observatory, swimming with glowing plankton, surfing and enjoying good food.
Sometimes you don't need a life time to find a true friend; sometimes you just need a few days and good old 80's music to bond over. Nicolo and i became very good friends. He visited me in NYC in November and we hoped around trying out variety of cuisines and celebrating Thanksgiving together with my mom. During my recovery from knee surgery later that year he not only skyped me to listen to me cry but would send me a song everyday to keep my spirits up, reminding me that it will all be better soon.
So most recently i received a package from him from his vacationing on Bali ( lucky bastard ) in which along with a lot of cool things was this amazing wooden fish. It inspired me to do something....and here are the beginnings - Big Fish Nicolo coming to Brooklyn... will be finished soon :)
Today i wanted to share with you step by step work process of the front side of my business card. I got inspiration from a sketch i did a few years back. I loved the original image and re sketched it in Photoshop only to see that it was too ornate for such small surface. So i reworked a segment of it and now awaiting the results! 50 little guys featuring this image should be coming by mail in about a week!
I have to mention and give many thanks to a friend of mine, Eugene, who have channeled me towards considering this type of imagery.
So i have been trying to come up with a business card design and these are some of the ideas i got so far.
Which ones you prefer? I would love some input or a suggestion!
I love traveling,experiencing new cultures, seeing how people live elsewhere, trying to understand what drives them, motivates them, molds them... always trying to understand why they are the way they are. I don't know why i feel the need to understand. May be because i myself don't know which culture i belong to anymore or maybe because i want to find a place where i belong.
In any case. So here is the beginning of my new project.
I had an idea of creating a series of works dedicated to older generation of various countries.
So here are Guatemalan women on a foggy morning. I watched them walk the muddy road while resting my feet after a 6 hour hike to the top of the volcano with a fellow traveler.