As you might know already, I just had illustrated and released the book “Poesías de Extremadura para niños”. A very special project for me that touched my heart since the very beginning. It was a long process, full of hard work and hours, not just illustrating, but also compiling the poems and taking care of the layout till the extreme. No editors, no agents, just the writer -Natividad- and me (and the printer company making a speechless job).
Illustrating poetry seems to me more complicated than illustrating prose, but illustrating for children was a good fun!
This September we finally saw how the book was born. The “gestation” was more than nine months, almost a year I would say. But it is worth the effort. It looks just as we imagined and wanted and I think it radiates love :). Not saying this because it is my “kid” but… it is freaking beautiful and tender :P
September was intense from the beginning to the end. Weekends included. I even stopped posting to focus on all the work we needed to have done.
We planned our road trip with the intention to arrive in Madrid just on time to participate at “Mercado central de diseño” (a really cool design market) as Bohemian Design, in Matadero. Over the moon and with the car overloaded -not just with suitcases but also with books, illustrations and notebooks- we drove half Europe in 3 days… :) Even if this time we couldn´t bring any furniture to the exposition, the best was yet to come.
Matadero, is for sure, a must if you visit Madrid and you love design. I fell in love with everything and even though I wanted to write a post like this one, I didn´t have time to take pictures of other designers because visitors were stopping by constantly. In fact, the pic that opens the post was made by Alejandro Melillo, who sent it to us few days later.
Concerts, great atmosphere and top designers are, in my opinion, the key of success. Next time I will take pictures for sure and you will see I am not exagerating! :)
PechaKucha Vol II: Urban Spaces
And…here we go! PechaKucha Night Žďár nad Sázavou Vol II has its poster already! This time they will be talking about urban spaces. If you want to know more all the info is in the official web.
By the way! Can you guess which city is represented in the poster by the urban scene?
Have a great Monday!
Ps. + posters here
Sometimes a project gets stuck in your head, right? You love it and you wish you could be part of it, but you simply don´t know how. PechaKucha was (for me) one of those cases. The idea behind is interesting and I can easily spend a lot of time watching the posters that they are compiling from different artists all around the world.
So when Martin, event organiser in Žďár nad Sázavou (Czech Republic), asked me to be part of the team I accepted (of course! :) ). It was an awesome night prepared with care and love by all of us (team, presenters and audience). If you are interested (and you don´t mind the fact that it is all in Czech) this is the link.
We are currently working on the Vol II, this time in collaboration with Žijeme Žďárem (a group of people who prepare other nice events in the town and are looking forward to helping us on this one). I can not show the new poster yet, but I will keep you updated! Meanwhile, you can see the 3 versions of the first poster here. You can also find it in PechaKucha´s tumblr together with hundreds of awesome posters from other designers! Enjoy it!
I love eating! and
sometimes I enjoy cooking as well. Maybe that´s why I liked the proyect from the moment that Sole and Susana contacted me and told me about it. If you are one of my kind and you like eating/socializing/sharing/learning…remember the name, I am sure you will love their events!
Horno activo prepares conscious eating related activities, not just for adult audiences but also for small children to learn in a fun way to interact in a healthy way with food. This project stems from the huge desire of its two founders to create a living community around food and the environment. Helping to generate and share knowledge related to both concepts so that we have the necessary tools to improve our diet and ultimately enjoy the act of eating.
Diseño de tipografía para la portada del libro “Poesías de Extremadura para niños”-
Few months ago I designed my first typo. I wanted to create something original for the book Poesías de Extremadura para niños so I started working on its cover ´s main font. Special books deserve special care :) If everything goes well it will be featured in September.
Today I am happy to share with you the gif I made with all the alphabet. Hope you like it!
…in the sea, don´t get me wrong ;) . Last time I was in the mediterranean sea was 4 years ago and it was a really fast visit (just few hours) so it should not even count. Now, finally, I am coming back! Ready to make an “angel” in the sand! :P
See you in few weeks!
Birds colors, Pretty Patterns
In Spanish “tener la cabeza llena de pájaros” means literally “having the head full of birds” which actually means having crazy dreams/ideas or the head in the clouds. It sounds kinda offensive but hey, It is healthy to have dreams! the hard part comes when you have to work to make them true, right?
These time I made 3 patterns, but even if they have the same drawing they do not look similar at all. 3 patterns, 3 different styles. Actually the blue one reminds me so much the Portuguese tales that you can see in many buildings in Lisboa, Elvas, Évora, etc. Also, as you can see, these patterns are not done with watercolours and brushes. I have used a handrawing picture I did in my notebook in May. Hope you like them all :)
Warning! if you have ornithophobia don´t click here ;)
New logo, this time for Baxangus. I enjoyed designing this one because the proyect behind is great and necessary in Badajoz and Extremadura. Baxangus is more than another company in the field of urban development. Its philosophy is based in the Smart City concepts and projects are perfectly adapted to each particular situation, place and habitants. They make a deep study of the communities, listening to them and also giving sustainable solutions to the urban problems they face.
Francis, your work is essential to built a friendlier city, keep up the good work! :)
Happy Thursday, guys!
Flowers kids, Pretty Patterns
As much as I love Czech Republic I miss Spanish spring, and this May tastes a bit like a March (don´t get me wrong, March is cool but I am
impatiently waiting to feel the sun more than 2 days in a row).
Anyway, finally I have some time to show you my latest serie of floral patterns. I started doing it in Spain and I finished it in Czech Republic few weeks ago. I maganed to print a sample for Prague Design Week but I didn´t have time till now to add the logo and upload it. If you like this one, you will love to see the rest of them here.
Have a great Friday!