Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lunch with awesomeness

Meant to post this several weeks ago (time is whizzing by just way too fast!!!). My friends and I were so excited to meet Dolores AvendaƱo, the amazing illustrator of the Spanish language edition of Harry Potter!!!

Monday, June 9, 2014

A few exhibition photos -

Lost of great people, friends and family came to view the show. Local radio personality Melissa Sansotta gave a speech and performed some of her poetry. We met lots of artists we did not know before including a couple of veteran newspaper cartoonists. and the director of a museum here who talked to us about possibly bringing our exhibition over to his museum in a year or two. Maybe too much free wine? I hope not..

y yo! 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Friday night drawing workshop

Whenever workshop night comes around, I always have a big inner debate over whether to go or not. Expense/time versus getting more assigned work done. Also, who the model is, what live musicians play that night and whether anyone I know or not shows up all play a big part into whether going is worth it or not. In short, I overthink this way too much. I should just go draw with other artists, in a beautiful old building, while listening to free live music, whether I initially feel like it or not. Because, afterwards, I'm always glad I went.

Monday, April 28, 2014

III Jornadas Profesionales Para Ilustradores

Went to this year's illustrator/designer conference at the Feria del Libro here in Buenos Aires. I thought I might as well just to see if there would be any work possibilities for an artist from the U.S like me. Though I felt somewhat strange about it, as if other illustrators there must be wondering why is she looking for work here--work which should rightly go to an Argentinian? But whenever that thought would pop up I would simply remind myself how they would only be too happy to work with U.S. publishers if they could. No barriers, no borders no more. 

Except, maybe, for the barrier of language. My Spanish is still at the most basic level and I had to fully listen and concentrate, during the lectures, to grasp what the speaker was saying.  Even so, exchanging notes later with my friend, Andrea, it was frustrating to see how much I had missed. 

So when we all got the chance to sit down and share our portfolios with industry veterans (in my case, the owner of an animation studio) I was really nervous. What if he/she spoke no english? What if they asked me something that went beyond what my meagre Spanish skills could answer?  

(Talk by Brazilian author and illustrator Ziraldo)

Luckily, the person I sat down with not only spoke excellent English but seemed to really like my work. She asked about my animation, as well, but at this point in my career (though I still dream up ideas for animated shorts) I would rather do concepts or paint backgrounds. 

One huge drawback about living here, by the way, is the cost of books. I got one paperback, at the feria, for a whopping $225AR (about $21 US). And all the gorgeous art books on this table averaged at $750AR. But, I suppose, at least this inhibits impulse buying.    

The cult of Evita.

One of the best things about attending the conference was getting to browse the entire feria without the crowds. 

Overall, I was really glad to meet and see the work of so many up and coming illustrators. They strike me as completely dedicated and hungry to succeed. I'm sure some future superstars are among them.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Artist Field Trip

Some artist friends and I (Andrea Toledo, Jesica Cichero, David Pugliese) visited with animation BG painter and illustrator Nestor Taylor in his studio in Bernal, Buenos Aires.

David Pugliese -
Hernan Flores -