Saturday, July 1, 2017

No Spec!

Excellent video that talks about a practice that, unfortunately, is very common in creative fields.



Text extracted from www.nospec.com :
"Spec work is any kind of creative work, either partial or completed, submitted by designers to prospective clients before designers secure both their work and equitable fees. Under these conditions, designers will often be asked to submit work in the guise of a contest or an entry exam on existing jobs as a “test” of their skill. In addition, designers normally lose all rights to their creative work because they failed to protect themselves with a contract or agreement. The clients often use this freely-gained work as they see fit without fear of legal repercussion."

Coincidentally, many years ago, asking for a job at a picture framing shop, I realised how precarious illustration work conditions were — as compared with other professions. No one will ever hesitate over paying fifty percent in advance and the rest after completion of a framing work; but, unluckily, for illustration that is not the case.

For more information about the absurdity of spec practice visit www.nospec.com

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Human (2015)

¿Qué es lo que nos hace humanos? Esta es la pregunta que guió al cineasta Yann Arthus-Bertrand para crear este apasionante documental.



"Solo soy uno de los siete mil millones de hombres que viven en la Tierra. Vengo fotografiando el planeta y la diversidad humana desde hace 40 años, y me da la impresión de que la humanidad no avanza. Nunca hemos logrado vivir juntos en armonía.
¿Por qué?
He buscado la respuesta en el hombre, no en estadísticas o estudios."
Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Lata de sardinas

"Lata de Sardinas" (2017) es un proyecto transmedia realizado por alumnos de ERAM - Escola Universitària sobre el respeto a los derechos de los animales por parte de la especie dominante del planeta.

http://www.latadesardinas.org/

El documental sobre los delfines y el delfinario del Zoo de Barcelona es muy recomendable. La manera en la que se cruzan los discursos permiten que el espectador forme sus propias opiniones sobre el tema en cuestión.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Trans-States

I'm very glad to announce that my conference proposal "Within the Hyperdream Magic Circle: Manifesting the unconscious through illustration play and games" was accepted!
Trans-states: The Art of Crossing Over will take place at the University of Northampton (Avenue Campus) on September 9-10.
I'm really proud to be a part of this event!

Estoy muy contento de anunciar que la propuesta de mi conferencia "Dentro del círculo mágico llamado Hyperdream: Manifestando el inconsciente a través de juegos de ilustración" ha sido aceptada.
Trans-states: The Art of Crossing Over tendrá lugar en la Universidad de Northampton (Avenue Campus) los días 9 y 10 de Septiembre.
¡Es todo un orgullo formar parte de este evento!

















Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Paige Bradley - Expansion

These days a friend of mine mentioned the sculpture Expansion created by artist Paige Bradley.
As I haven't heard about it I did some research and found some interesting photographs of the piece and the even more interesting story behind it.

"From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: A social security number, a gender, a race, a profession or an I.Q. I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in, rather than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies? Would we still be able to exist if we were authentically 'un-contained'?"
Paige Bradley

¡What a wonderful symbol of the creative process, resilience and, most importantly, the psyche itself!

If you want to see more of Paige's work visit:
http://paigebradley.com/
http://paigebradley.com/sculpture/metamorphosis/expansion/





Saturday, March 5, 2016

Synaesthesia

Here I post some of the drawings I did listening to the music I like.
They are part of the series that was exhibited at Avenue Gallery (Northampton).




















Friday, March 4, 2016

Umberto Eco: Quien no lee habrá vivido sólo su vida


Hace unos días, en las notas de homenaje a Umberto Eco, leí una que decía "Quien no lee, a los setenta años habrá vivido una sola vida. Quien lee habrá vivido cinco mil años".
 
La cita original proviene de un discurso pronunciado en setiembre de 2009 durante la ceremonia de matriculación de la facultad de Ciencias de la Comunicación de Boloña:

E ́ la stessa ragione per cui saper leggere allunga la vita. Chi non legge ha solo la sua vita, che, vi assicuro, è pochissimo. Invece noi quando moriremo ci ricorderemo di aver attraversato il Rubicone con Cesare, di aver combattuto a Waterloo con Napoleone, di aver viaggiato con Gulliver e incontrato nani e giganti. Un piccolo compenso per la mancanza di immortalità.

Me ha hecho recordar a un texto que una vez encontré en un diario (lamentablemente desconozco quién lo escribió):

Obro els ulls i m'endinso en una realitat nova i que no sóc capaç de preveure. 
Cada pàgina sóc més lluny.
Arribo a llocs on mai no seré.
Descobreixo, tot sol, coses que un sol no pot descobrir.
Visc un destí que no és el meu.
Aprenc d'errors que no he comès.
M'atrau, m'inquieta, m'agrada.
No sé si sóc jo o sóc l'altre.
No sé si vull ser jo o vull ser l'altre.
Vull ser tots dos.
Sóc tots dos.
Sóc més lliure.

Desert Dreams

Two drawings of the series Desert Dreams.



Sunday, February 21, 2016

Hyperdream Exhibition

Here are some images of the exhibition I held at the Avenue Gallery (University of Northampton).






Friday, November 20, 2015

Sketchbook & Scrapbook Workshop at the University of Northampton


Workshops on the importance of the use of sketchbooks and scrapbooks in illustration practice at the University of Northampton.

Thanks to all the students for their enthusiasm and creativity!