Archive for the 'illustration' Category

Squares versus Triangles

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Marvin Minsky once told me Triangles are smarter than Squares (and they are). It made total sense to me. Do you need an explanation?

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Today is my father’s birthday. Feliz cumpleaños! (Dedicado a mi papá).

Khan Academy Bots

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

A few months ago, before I got all busy with theBlu, I made a set of robot avatars for the Khan Academy. They are part of the academy’s incentive program. Like in many games, users accumulate points by finishing tasks provided by the system, and these points can then be used to collect badges or upgrade the user’s avatar. The only difference is that in this case the user’s merit is to have learned something, as opposed to having reached a given goal established by the rules of a game.

I think the Khan Academy is a great resource not just for learning. It is also wonderful for refreshing knowledge one once already had. I’ve used it like that a couple of times, and a few other times just to learn about stuff –their explanation of SOPA/PIPA is pretty good– but I haven’t found an opportunity to collect enough points to deserve one of my own avatars in my profile. Maybe one day, I don’t really care. I just hope their incentive program is very successful and a lot of people learn a lot and choose my robots so that the Khan Academy feels inspired to commission me with more drawings, because I love this kind of work.

PS: My illustration set in flickr features full res images of all the robots and some other creatures that didn’t make it into the final selection.

That Obscure Object of Desire

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Last Winter, a tweet from DCardo led me to Javier Moreno’s quest in search for an illustrator. After a brief messaging exchange, Javier introduced me to Helen DeWitt’s work and explained me he was looking for a few drawings to illustrate his translation of one of her short stories: Ese Oscuro Objeto del Deseo (That Obscure Object of Desire).

To me, DeWitt was a new unknown, and discovering her a puzzling and pleasant experience. Ese Oscuro Objeto del Deseo resonated of James Joyce, Stanislav Lem, and a hint of Marvin Minsky: isolation, empathy and language combined in the form of a sort of logical-electronic post-human meta-flesh.

I am not even sure I understood the full scope of the story, but it certainly inspired me. I quickly grabbed my Wacom tablet and began doodling in Adobe Illustrator. Why did I think raw vectors were the perfect medium for my interpretation? I don’t know, but I am pretty satisfied with the result. Read the story in Spanish or find it in English, then let me know what you think.

Transmedia Generation Poster featuring Henry Jenkins

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

A few weeks ago I was commissioned by Jaroslav Švelch to create a poster featuring Henry Jenkins for the Transmedia Generation conference in the Czech Republic. Per Jaroslav’s suggestion, the poster features the Žižkov Television Tower as a very appropriate background. In case you’re interested, I found a video of Henry talking on Czech TV.

I recently acquired Manga Studio, and tried to make this my first illustration drawn with it, but I was not getting the degree of control I wanted, and I didn’t have time to practice much, so I rolled back to my traditional combination of Illustrator and Photoshop. Don’t get me wrong, I believe Manga Studio is actually a very powerful tool, and I am looking forward to become functional with it. I even used a fairly detailed sketch made with it as the starting point to the finished piece. Feel free to download the full resolution file I have in my flickr account, in case you’d like to make yourself a nice big badass print ^_^

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Photo courtesy of Jaroslav Švelch

An exercise in personalization

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Last month I worked with BuzaMoto on a website for the MoMA Armory Show 2012. Mud made the website and I provided the content artwork for the main feature of the site: A personalized virtual BobbleHead creation tool.

These BobbleHeads are offered by MoMA as an extra token for people that buy access to the live stream of the Armory Show closing event: a live performance by mexican chill wave band Neon Indian. In addition to this, the collection of generated BobbleHeads will be projected on stage during the performance.

Aside from it being an interesting fundraising participation system, momaarmoryshow.org is an excellent example of a seamless, low-effort online transaction experience. I would probably spend a lot more money on digital content if other online stores made shopping as easy and pleasant as momaarmoryshow.org does.

I designed most of the BobbleHeads based on dead celebrity artists (Frida, Picasso, Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, etc.), together with a couple of celebrities from pop culture, one science celebrity, and a monster made from body parts of several cadavers. This flickr link features the complete BobbleHead collection in the form of a wallpaper, including a famous superhero that didn’t make it to the website for obvious copyright reasons.

Here are the two BobbleHeads I made so far:

  • Black on a Saturday morning, featuring the real me,
  • and Maya goes to the gallery, featuring Maya as an art snob.
  • Update: Mud’s post in the BuzaMoto blog.

    Cuidemos el voto ataca de nuevo

    Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

    Cuidemos el voto apoya el esfuerzo cívico para cubrir las próximas elecciones en Guerrero. Aquí está Cuidemos el voto en twitter.


    Imagen en alta resolución

    RIP Lucky

    Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

    I just finished this poster illustration for Lucky Gallery’s closing event in Red Hook next weekend. I am sad the gallery is closing. I remember mentioning it was there to stay when I talked about it in this video, but I guess I was wrong.