Jazz and Bill Evans 🎶

I didn’t know anything about Jazz but my husband (check his blog hopstrains.com excellent short name) has been researching and finding a lot about different musicians. 

For me, it has always been difficult to listen to Jazz because I always considered it as something that people that are highbrow 🧐  and full of themselves listed to, until recently when I noticed one of my favorite illustrators (Frannerd) listened to it and I was humble and open enough to finally give it a try and I loved it.

One of the musicians we discovered was Bill Evans 🙊 and oh man, he is good, his song “Peace Piece” made me CRY it’s so moving. 

Video 1. Bill Evans – Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1958 Album)

So obviously I wanted to know more 👹 and I found this fantastic article called Romanticism Reincarnated: Bill Evans ‘Peace Piece’ which describes the inspiration behind this song. It mentions two key authors: 

  1. Leonard Bernstein and his piece “On the Town” – Some other time!
  2. Chopin and his piece Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57: Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57
And you can definitely hear it 😭 I always have had an affinity for Chopin so now everything makes sense.
Do you like Jazz? Do you have judgements like me about it? Which ones? Do you like Classical music?
Paola

Mapping to understand Figure Drawing

I have been learning about Figure Drawing because I would love to learn how to draw bodies and Mapping is one of the techniques that has been the most helpful to understand how to place something on a white page.

Mapping is just selecting points as in image 1, connecting them and create a map on a white page as shown in the images below. I would recommend you just to repeat and practice and you will understand little by little more about mapping.

The materials I’ll recommend you to use are old magazines with full body poses that have more movement and Posca PC-1M or PC-1MC bullet shaped 0.7 mm.

The mapping that I created during different days was this:

Image 1

Image 2

                         Image 3                                         Image 4                                         Image 5

I hope this is helpful for your drawing path. Let me know if you have questions.

Love,
Paola

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Story

I remembered when I was little, back in Mexico, I loved playing with my cousin to be one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 🥷 (in Spanish Las Tortugas 🐢 Ninja). 

A while ago, I found in Netflix a documentary called The Toys That Made Us and there was an episode dedicated to the Ninja Turtles where they explained that the cartoon was originated from a comic book created in the 80s. 

So, from my recent interest in graphic novels, manga ind the different fields of Illustrationwhere you can develop as an artists, last week I looked for videos that explained more about the creators of this comic, the artists behind TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and after a couple of YouTube videos this was the best that I found, that’s why I wanted to share it with you:

It’s very inspiring to see something that started like an indie comic could turn into a massive empire, well it’s kind of amazing and scary to be honest. What do you think? Did you play TMNT when you were little and a girl and wanted to be one of them? 😂 I remember also wanted to be Knight Rider (in Spanish El Carro Incredible), I don’t remember if the car or the guy 🤔.

Paola

Why a “No” is a “Yes” to myself?


“A question is just an opportunity to be honest” –Byron Katie

I started wondering why it is so hard for me to say “NO”. Sometimes, I say it but I feel guilty afterwards, like wrong and I was wondering why it is so hard inside my mind to be honest. So I started researching on google and I found this article:

25 Ways to Say No by Kim A. Flodin

I liked it, I think that is a good introduction to the main question: “Why is it so hard to say “No”?” but for me it wasn’t completely clear, so I continued with my research and as always I decided to look for Byron Katie’s experience and I found this video:

Video 1: How to be grateful for the opportunity to be honest — The Work of Byron Katie

Then I understood that saying “yes” when in reality I want to say “no” is just a way to look good in front of you (others) to manipulate the way you perceive me and then you can see me as a “good person” but how “good” am I when I was lying to you by saying “yes” to something that honestly was a “no”. In the video you can see an example and maybe understand it in a deeper way. 

So, when I’m saying “yes” to you (and not wanting to do it or it’s a “no” inside my head), I say “no” to myself because I’m ignoring me and putting a mask of a person that I’m not; therefore, I’m lying to two people, you and me, I’m ignoring me, ignoring what I’m telling myself about what I want to do or say in reality. How is that going to mean being a good person?

Then I asked myself: How I’m going to be honest? sometimes is painful for me to be honest, When is it correct to say “no” if I should love everything the way it is. With all these questions in mind I found this video later:

Video 2: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Make Changes?—The Work of Byron Katie

And then I noticed that freedom is not what I think or what I have learned from movies or heard around, the answer to “What is freedom?” it’s inside me. That’s why, when somebody asks me “Do you want to do this or that?” and I don’t want to do it the most honest and freer answer is a “No” and if I don’t say it I’m just lying first to myself and then the other person, that’s why is painful because I’m lying, for this reason I wrote at the beginning of the post: “A question is just an opportunity to be honest” (because being dishonest hurts) the quote isn’t “A question is an opportunity to say what I think the other person wants to listen to without considering myself” 😂😂😂. Freedom is recognizing my feelings and being free , sincere or honest with me first and then towards the other and say no if that’s what I hear.

I have been practicing being honest and I have to say that it has been hard, sometimes I can do it, sometimes I can’t, still working on it.

What’s your experience with this?

One last important thing, what allows me to be open and loving when situations like these happen and the answer inside me is a “No” is to do the work. It’s not enough to just realize or understand this is very important to connect to myself to cement what I understand. The ego will tell you “Oh I understand this” but it’s just an excuse for not doing the work and connect with yourself. This is theory, the work is practice.

Love,

Paola

My favorite Illustrators from “Making Comics” by Scott McCloud


Making Comics by Scott McCloud



This is a list of Illustrators that caught my eye in the awesome book “Making Comics” by Scott McCloud which I read recently and is full of important information if you are a self-taught illustrator or comic artist so I definitely recommend you to check it out.

This list is in no particular order, although I like the ones marked with (*) and really liked the ones marked with (**):


  • Colleen Doran – Illustrator and comic artists, art similar to Mucca but missing perspective studies
  • P. Craig Russell – American comics artist, writer, and illustrator. Retro realistic, colors, much, fantasy.
  • Katsuhiro Otomo* – is a Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film director.
  • Derek Kirk Kim – Korean-American writer, director, and artist. 
  • Amy Kim Ganter – American author and illustrator of original English-language manga.
  • Kazu Kibuishi – American graphic novel author and illustrator. He is best known for being the creator and editor of the comic anthology Flight.
  • Svetlana Chmakova** – Russian-Canadian comic book artist. 
  • Bryan Lee O’Malley**Canadian cartoonist, best known for the Scott Pilgrim series.
  • Hergé** – Georges Prosper Remi, known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian cartoonist. He is best known for creating The Adventures of Tintin.
  • Albert Uderzo – Alberto Aleandro Uderzo was a French comic book artist and scriptwriter. He is best known as the co-creator and illustrator of the Astérix series in collaboration with René Goscinny.
  • Mœbius** – Jean Henri Gaston Giraud was a French artist, cartoonist and writer. https://characterdesignreferences.com/artist-of-the-week-3/moebius
  • Tardi – Jacques Tardi is a French comics artist.
  • François Schuiten is a Belgian comic book artist. He is best known for drawing the series Les Cités Obscures.
  • Tove Jansson – Swedish-speaking Finnish author, novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. 
  • Winsor McCay** – American cartoonist and animator. (Very good wikipedia)


Also I recommend you to check https://characterdesignreferences.com/home where you can find art from some artists down below.


Now some examples of their art (all the art presented here belongs to their respective artist):

P. Craig Russell

Katsuhiro Otomo

Derek Kirk Kim

Amy Kim Ganter

Amy Kim Ganter

Kazu Kibuishi

Svetlana Chmakova

Bryan Lee O’Malley

Bryan Lee O’Malley

Hergé

Hergé

Uderzo

Mœbius

Mœbius

Tardi

Tardi

Schuiten

Schuiten

Tove Jansson

Windsor McCay

Windsor McCay