Jan 26, 2012

Marurice Sendak & Stephen Colbert!

I want to share with you this video of one of my favorite comedians Stephen Colbert interviewing illustrator and author Maurice Sendak, yes a must-see interview that will have you laughing out loud!

And here is an ARTICLE about where inspiration came for our favorite Children's book:

The Unexpected Inspirations Behind Beloved Children's Books

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Jan 24, 2012

Grandpa's Suitcase = Craft Supplies Suitcase

I found my grandfather's old suitcase, and decided to restore it to save my art supplies, check out the big change:

I can definitely say I'm happy with the outcome, and highly encourage anyone that has an old suitcase to give it a second chance. Here is the process of the restoration: 

After cleaning the suitcase I went right to painting it.
Then I glued in the fabric of my choice. I highly recommend you don't pick a fabric too thick.
Then I created where I'm putting my colored pencils and watercolor tubes. I then added the velcro strips.
After accommodating my pieces of where I'm putting my color pencils and watercolor tubes. I
glued in colorful strings I bought at a craft store, to help me keep my boxes in place.
After everything is in its place, I use a cover to give a little extra help in keeping things in place.
IT's made of cardboard and an old map.
There you have it. Easy to store and move around while looking cute
I <3 my new suitcase for my art supplies :)

It was a long process, but all you require is determination, patience and good sense of humor.

Here a some links about other vintage suitcase restoration that served as inspiration for me:

Jan 19, 2012

Great Books to Welcome Me in My Hometown.

"How and how much to charge:Graphic Design in Mexico." This book is very similar to the Graphic Artist Guild Handbook to Pricing and  Ethical Guidelines" Even though is graphic design a lot of the info is helpful to me as an illustrator. I'm still searching other wonderful books to help me discover the business of illustration in Mexico. Have found some great sites too. :)
My father gave to me this beautiful 3 volumes book about my hometown! I'm almost done with the red book above and I'm very excited to start reading this book and as I read I plan to explore what i read about. The books talks from everything about Oaxaca. It's Culture, traditions, its people, its museums, it's famous artists and centers as well as it's markets and celebrations!.As I go reading I will be sharing my experience with all of you :).

Cool Logo no?

Jan 10, 2012

Hello 2012!

Excited to be back blogging this year :), I will try to update regularly on tuesdays and Thursdays. Below you can see a little detail I painted on my Grandma's home and of course I HAD to add Humming birds :)