Tuesday, May 22, 2012

MUNNY GOES MY WAY


Vinyl toys have created a revolution, I became part of this revolution a few years ago while living in New York City. These toys are grown up toys, collector items that have been very popular in Asian Countries but it wasn't until KID ROBOT started making their own collections in the USA that the revolution in the western world started. Vinyl Toys are in brief, designer toys, they are beautifully shaped and transformed to reflect each artist's style and point of view. What can I say, I'm a fan of these tiny toys and have started my own collection now.... A few years ago, my roommate Cindy got me a Munny, a do it yourself vinyl toy by Kid Robot, it's like a blank canvas that you can customize and give your own style and it wasn't until two days ago that I finally got the courage to mess with it and give it my style so here's the result!
 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

NEW COLLECTION ¨MUSICAL FACES¨

I am really enjoying my time in Guatemala, new projects are popping and I'm keeping pretty busy... Some months ago I was invited to participate in the PlayList Exhibition, organized by Revista Capiusa to launch the  "VI Festival of Graphic Design Capiusa". The coolest thing is that the exhibitions will show the work of the four winners of the last contests, including me, so we are four Guatemalan chicks showing 10 pieces each. Each piece represents one of our favorite songs and will be shown in 10" x 10" formats... See preview below! I'll be posting photos of the whole collection after the opening!
If you are in Guatemala don't miss the opening, it will be fun!
Place: Galeria Casa Roja
Where: 3era Avenida 6-51 zona 1 (Frente a libreria Fatima), Guatemala.
When: Saturday April 28
Time: from 6pm

Saturday, April 14, 2012

MURAL :: DE MI BARRIO A TU BARRIO

Back in March I took a trip to Costa Rica to check out all the art and design festivals and one day I stumbled upon the crew from "De mi barrio a tu barrio" project. This project, sponsored by the Goethe institute from Germany aims to support street art in Latin America and together with German Painter Jim Avignon is touring some countries and painting murals with local artists... So I met Jim and Ben in Costa Rica and showed them my portfolio...they loved it and invited me to be part of the project in Guatemala so I returned a bit earlier from my trip in Costa Rica to be part of this amazing project...  So along with 12 other artists from Guatemala we started to paint a 150mt long wall in the Historic center of Guatemala from March 18 to March 20...three full days of hard core painting and we finished!!!
Guate + Arte = paz (543), the aim of my mural is to encourage people to express themselves through art and to make street art part of their life instead of seeing it as a bad thing related to gangs. We all need some art in our lives and if we learn to appreciate it and embrace it, changes will happen in our community, good changes, changes of peace. Mas fotos aquĆ­.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

DESIGNERS AT FID 2012 IN COSTA RICA

One of the things in my "To do" list of this year is to sketch more so while listening to a lot of creative people at the international Design fair in Costa Rica I started sketching the speakers and here are the sketches... Enjoy!

Monday, February 13, 2012

HAND PAINTED BAGS

I am working on a new project with a new brand of soaps and for Valentine´s day they will be giving 12 gift bags hand painted by me!
Markers over canva.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

ACRYLICS VRS DIGITAL ::FAMILY::

This year I don't know why but I lost the taste for digital artwork, I'm still going to do my commercial illustrations digitally but for my artwork I refuse to do any more digital pieces. Call me nostalgic about painting by hand but there is something beautiful about how a painting looks that I just can't find in digital prints. Every stroke of your brush has a story, every mistake, every fix up, every color and every line. I still like digital illustrations but as the concept goes, illustrations are just not the same as fine art and this is why this year I'll explore my painting side a bit more. These are some paintings I did a while ago for my family. Acrylics over wood.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

HAPPY NEWS FOR 2012

Happy new year everybody!!! last year was a bit slow, other priorities in my life made illustrating a bit difficult but I have a hunch this year will be different and my focus will return to me drawing more. Anyways, I left Kenya at the end of June but before leaving I finished a couple of zines (little comic books) about life in Kenya which some of you have already seen. I wanted to make a little bit of money before departing so I started selling them with people I knew. Everybody liked them, specially other volunteers who felt  the same way. At my goodbye party, John (a fellow volunteer) and I were talking about how cool it would be to sell lots of comics and give to proceeds to organizations in need. At the end of the night we both though it was a great idea, I did a few modifications to the zines and left the project in the hands of John.
So the comics are now being sold mostly in Mombasa and Nairobi. So far $1,000 has been raised, $250 were given to Hope Orphan Pre-School in Mishomoroni, Mombasa and $500 to Tujiendeleze Youth Trust Fund whom were able to do a lot of important repairs to the building and Tujiendeleze have just selected 4 more students in Nairobi and 5 in Mombasa, to which this money has contributed. 

This were great news to hear and a great start for 2012.

Thanks John and all the other volunteers for this!!!
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