I did this drawing today to dedicate it to Millie, Alex and Chelsea, for the fun, the sun and the warmth; the smiles; the guitar and piano music (what about playing a same song at a time….); Masterchef and Madmen; for the photo-storytelling, the unexpected roses and the poems about cañones; for my place on the couch and the general beauty of this castle. This Madrilian (or gata as they name us) is very happy to walk her eyes on these roofs. More drawings are to come, for sure.
Slipped into AER studio class today. Good to learn, other than teach. Thank you guys. Great fun.
(Portraits not superaccurate)
To check their work:
Left Madrid two weeks ago with a ten kilo suitcase and these were the only suplement buy needed to my luggage as to start settling, once landed to work in Barcelona, and after a non sleeping week off abroad in between.
So if you humankind ever send me to a desert island, please send me these too.
And some good company too.
Just don’t send pets. Im not in the mood for playing Pi.
Not sure on the digital colouring of my drawing. Im experimenting with Sketchbook Pro for ipad, and cant find the multiply layers option. And my scanner did not arrive to Barcelona.
Yet. Here. It. Goes.
Cool day speedy walking by the sea, with a Catalan best friend who can multitask and tell stories of Barcelona, while we seemed to be walking our ways out of that city.
I am exhausted.
Then she took me to the hippy Sundays thing to do, which was good for a change to the Madrilian hipster Sundays thing to do. We explored Ciutatella park and I could feel my narrow-mindedness in all its glory, just to blame myself, instead of saying that what I saw was a zillion people literally narrowing my body with theirs, while I waited my friend who went on for shiatsu at a stall.
I had a very stressful half an hour where i grabbed my pencils trying to focus on something nice. But while i drawed people hit me, stepped on me, pushed and pulled and gave me complimentary punk massages, never required. I feel jealous of how people can relax so easily in these places.
Maybe relaxing in public should start being a subject to teach at schools.
As for the rest of the day, I really relaxed by laughing with my friend.
I am so loving Barcelona.
Just something I did for a friend, to illustrate this post:
I just learned from my beloved friend Isabel Castellano, that today it´s the National Hugging Day. So I decided to re-post this drawing, already posted at Casa 53. It is a drawing I did a while ago, one day I woke up after having a very nice dream.
“I reach a bus stop and bump into an invisible friend, we both melt into a hug and part without a single word.”
Considering I suffer from nightmares, having a beautiful dream was such a metaphor of tranquility, that I did this drawing, imagining how invisible people can see each other, and recognize who to hug, thanks to the gloves they wear. I would have written a cartoon if it wasn´t because I enjoy more drawing a million single ideas or “beginnings”, than spending time developing just one story. Cartooning is my frustrated vocation, and the reason I chose advertising as a day job, as it provides (should I say provided) a salary, as well as opportunities to work on many single ideas, so quickly you cannot get blocked or bored with them. Yet, I start thinking of working deeper on one single idea. Who knows.
Anyhow, now that I briefly told you the story of invisible friends who meet thanks to their gloves, today I don´t want any invisibility.
I want crystal clear friendships, so late today I can make my hugs visible while enjoying a nice and sweet 5 liter giant beer mug.
Any interested friends, just give me a call.
Happy hugging day.