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One more year Valencia’s Book Fair begins, from April 20th through May 1st at the Viveros gardens. Valencia’s Professional Illustrators’ Association (APIV) will be at the Generalitat’s tent, under the motto “Illustrated refuge: between the coffin and the suitcase”. They will be denouncing in a graphic and artistic way the unjust and inhumane situation the refugees are going through due to the EU’s inaction. Before this shameful situation, and convinced of the power to communicate and raise awareness, APIV launched an initiative last January for an open graphic campaign supporting migrant people, victims of the so-called refugee crisis and of the European countries’ inaction. A campaign which in the last three months has been growing thanks to the altruistic contributions of more than 270 illustrators from different countries like Syria, Russia, Italy, France, Ireland, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Spain.
Between all the images, 150 were selected to make up this exhibition.
This is the illustration I contributed to the campaign, which will be in the exhibition at Viveros:
You can see the selected illustrations -as well as the rest of them- here
Yesterday was the inauguration of the exhibition ‘The Mystery of Hanami’. It’s made up of some of my illustrations and some photos by David Calabuig, all of them from our experience in Japan. The exhibition will be at Bartleby Bookstore during the whole month of April.
Last year, I spent 6 months studying Japanese in Tokyo. There I was visited by David Calabuig and his camera. And this is the result: a small sample of the things from Japan that amaze us and confuse us.
Yesterday I was proud to participate in a live drawing event, held at Mercat de Tapineria, in Valencia. Called “Illustrated refuge: artists for the refugees”, it gathered some sixty professional illustrators and comic artists who made simple dedicated drawings that were sold for a symbolic price, 10 €. All the money raised (6000 €) was destined to the civil group ‘València Ciutat Refugi’, which is dedicated to increase sensitivity and welcome towards refugees. Their motto is “creating a new welcoming culture”. It was a great success! Very proud of being among such great artists, and even more of seing this initiative become so successful!
It’s a juvenile book, about a child who discovers the life of another teenager that lived during the Spanish Civil War, through his drawings in a hospital that used to be a concentration camp during the war.
Each chapter is about what he discovered about the boy from his drawings on the walls. This one shows what the printing house looked like after being burnt down, with all the ashes of the books on the street.
Unfortunately the publisher preferred not to include inside illustrations, but only one for the cover. It was a narrow landscape design, for a collection that has that format.
Here are several tests for the design and color, until I got to the final version. You can see the boy without any features, only a silhouette with a fire background, quite subtle.
I received my copies of the book I illustrated for Andana. Color cover and 7 b&w illustrations inside.
Well, to be honest, the wiener dog may not be a main character. But its action is vital and will change the course of events. More or less.