Getting abstract, talking nonsense

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Calligraphy, type and color

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Calligraphy, type and color 3

 

I was trained as a graphic designer right during The Transition. I had to make countless exercises by hand, with traditional instruments, with ancient techniques, with state-of-the-art technology available at that time, which was not yet digital.

My frustration at not achieving perfection was equally state-of-the-art.

I had to design posters using transferable type. There was no transferable type available in the color or the size I wanted, so the final result never looked like the design I had in my mind. And somehow my (now gone) hoarder ways allowed those transfer sheets to survive almost intact for over twenty years. I decided I should use them for what I wanted to do now, now they would be a graphic element like any other. Far from trying to achieve a similar effect with a computer (which I try to use as little as possible) I transferred all the letters I could with all the anger of my accumulated frustration at not achieving a decently aligned text line in 1995.

And now I had inks and watercolors, and enamel plates, and a scanner. And eh, yes, a computer. But it does not dictate what I want to do. It only helps me to make images like the ones I have in my mind.

I like being able to mix it all up and make something more expressive and above all, pretty much like what I had in my mind. Something spontaneous and very colorful. I always wear black clothes, but I like color. I LOVE color. The more saturated and contrasting, the better. I think of all the colors that come in flowers, fruits, fish and birds. Color is a powerful force. Keep that in mind.

 

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You deserve what you dream

Mereces lo que sueñas

Mereces lo que sueñas

This sentence comes from Gustavo Cerati’s song Beautiful. It’s a powerful sentence… I mean… what do you dream about? There’s also a song from Gustavo called Al fin sucede (It finally happens) that goes: you wanted it so much that it finally happens… and you were so afraid of it that it finally happens. And sometimes it’s hard to think about what you really want instead of dreading what you don’t want.

To make this piece I drew the lettering with a pencil and ink and was imposed on a digital manipulation of photos of flowers I’ve taken here and there. Kew Gardens in spring comes to mind: it is indeed like living a dream. When you live in a concrete jungle with almost zero parks, you learn to appreciate nature too.

 

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