Archive for the 'Illustration' Category

STL Design Week Poster

September 12, 2012


Early this year I started working with the board of STL Design Week (Sept 24-30). It has been super fun hanging out at DK studio as the rest of the committee goes through the madness of coordinating a whole week of events this September.

There was a couple of challenges for this poster. Basically because is an “event of events”, each of them with their own theme, crowd, approach. So, I decided to come up with a character announcing what was coming up, rather than an specific abstract metaphor (which was a really hard thing to do for such an abstract concept as Design). The whole point of a week of Design related events is to inspire and engage our creative community, while reaching out the “design enthusiasts”. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to represent the city of St. Louis somehow, but I needed something bold for the graphic punch.

I started thinking in the landscape of a city, and drew some wind vanes coming out of the roofs. Each wind vane would represent each event; and a big colorful one will carry on the composition, leaving some room for the arch to show up a little bit. Wind vanes comes in all sort of shapes, so it wouldn’t be difficult to illustrate little icons according to the nature of each event.

Wind vanes indicates direction. When the wind blows, all the wind vanes in a City are aligned pointing out in the same direction. I liked that idea of different entities “aligned” towards a common purpose.  I started to think in Design as a way to “align” things. Then the wind vane rooster came up as an universal icon for excitement,  brand new days, energy,  awakening… A colorful wake up call that makes you smile


Lafayette Square Summer Poster

July 10, 2011

Summer Poster

People make places. Welcoming characters depicting the warm hearted essence of this neighborhood are the central theme of the Lafayette Square Poster Series. The wit, quirkiness, and slightly strange nature of its inhabitants are captured in this 18 x 24 poster inviting you to come and play.

Summer in here has a whimsical melody. Free concerts and movies orchestrated by the Arts Council of Lafayette Square make of the Park the perfect destination in Saint Louis. This poster celebrates the golden days of summer in Lafayette Square. Come over next Saturday and do not forget your dancing shoes.

Holiday Parlor Tour 2010

December 20, 2010

2010 Lafayette Square Spring Tour

April 28, 2010

AIGA ST. Louis Design Show 2010 Award Recipients

April 13, 2010

Seems like the poster for the Holiday Parlor Tour made it! Thank you AIGA St. Louis. See the complete winner list here.

The Tempest Ball 2010

March 13, 2010

The Tempest Ball audiovisual piece is here. This is a 47 seconds motion graphic piece that will be promoting the Shakespeare Festival St Louis’ 10th Anniversary Gala. Visit The Tempest Ball 2010 Facebook page for more.

Ariel & Caliban

December 16, 2009

Theatre, savage Islands and Sponsor Opportunities

December 12, 2009

This is a print piece I’ve being working on for The Tempest Ball. I’m really loving every minute of this project. This is a interesting tip: The Tempest is a very special referent for Caribbean people. In 1971, Roberto Fernández Retamar -current Casa de las Americas’ President- published his essay “Calibán”. A sort of manifesto for Latin American and Caribbean writers. In his essay, the central figure of The Tempest -the rude savage Caliban- becomes a powerful metaphor of Latinoamerican cultural situation—both its marginality and its revolutionary potential.

Retamar finds the literary and historic origins of Caliban in Columbus’s Navigation Log Books, where the Carib Indian becomes a cannibal, a bestial human being situated on the margins of civilization. The concept traveled from Montaigne to Shakespeare, on down to Ernest Renan and, in the twentieth century, to Aimé Césaire and other writers who consciously worked with or against the vivid symbolic figures of Prospero, Caliban, and Ariel.

Of course I had no intentions of providing that level of depth to the project I’m working on, but I found quite interesting the juxtaposition of this two realities: The Tempest Ball concieved as  a courtesan divertimento, and Retamar’s vision of The Tempest as a cultural study. I can’t help my self, I read Retamar before reading Shakespeare. And both are great.