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The Iconic Catrina

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Ink drawing, digitally enhanced.

“La Catrina” was created by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada in the 1910’s as a satire. It mocked dictator Porfirio Diaz’s reign. His obsession with all things European conflicted with the nation’s repression of the indigenous people. La Catrina was the main character in a series of illustrations depicting native Mexicans who scorned their own culture and tried to pass as Europeans (especially French, hence the feathered hat).

La Catrina is often incorporated in the celebrations of the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated in Mexico the first day of November – Mexicans celebrate the “rising” of the dead when parted ones come back for the day to eat and share with loved ones -. On the next day the “All Saints Day” takes place as well.

Catrina on boot drawing

Original drawing made with ink. I placed La Catrina as an adornment on the front part of the boot and that led me to have the idea of replacing the shaft of the boot with a “torso-column” inspired of course on Frida Kahlo’s painting “The Broken Column”

Wearable Art

I painted these myself. They came out so nice!

Acrylic and marker on canvas tote bags (no printing or transfer, only good old brush).

Labels I did for the bags. The illustration was done with ink, scanned and printed on Kraft cardstock.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October, the month of the year when we all get excited and creative with costumes and parties to celebrate death, is also the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So lets all celebrate life by fighting back. Encourage your self as well as your loved ones to get involved with the cause through prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

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Illustration done with a pink ribbon, digitally enhanced. I placed the ribbon strategically to resemble a shoe, then I photographed it.

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Original photograph.

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Fall season is here (well, at least for us in the Northern Hemisphere). Another summer is gone, and nature takes its roll. Outside the window we can see how the color palette changes, and that cozy autumn feeling arises again.

I was inspired by nature and did a watercolor with fall leaves motif.

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Watercolor digitally enhanced – I got out of my comfort zone by doing this watercolor. Believe me I struggled. I’m so used to working with opaque media where you get to cover whatever doesn’t come up the way you want. But watercolors sure are challenging; I do admire watercolor-artists.

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Original watercolor.