Traces of my most diverse chalk (V)

Traces of my most diverse chalk (V)

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Here is a multifaceted synthesis of several works of Prado, commented by the same.

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Places

“For two years, I weekly made the illustration of a text about a city or a place in the world, which was alternatively writtten by a group of journalists and writers, for the Sunday supplement El Periódico de Cataluña. It was a wonderful experience. I never met personally any of my travelmates, but for some telephone conversations. Our contact was via e-mail. Nevertheless, due to the chosen places (it was their choice) and their way of “viewing” them, certain complicities were established with some of them.”

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“All drawings are ink on paper and the colour is digital. There was no time that, once the illustration was finished, I didn´t regret not having done the colour by natural means…”

 

 

Press

“If I find the time to do it, I like collaborating on press from time to time. I feel atraccted to that immediate contact with reality and by the possibility of reaching different readers from those who know the rest of my work.”

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From the series “Episodios Xacobeos,” with Santiago Romero, for the newspaper La Voz de Galicia.

 

 

 

Illustration for a Manuel Rivas´s article in "El País Semanal". Ink on paper, digital colour.

Illustration for a Manuel Rivas´s article in “El País Semanal”. Ink on paper, digital colour.

 

As a result of the Prestige disaster, in the magazine El Jueves (2002.)

As a result of the Prestige disaster, in the magazine El Jueves (2002.)

 

Illustrated texts

“Regarding illustration of books; most of the times it is about friends´ works. Most of the books I have illustrated are children´s books or, mainly, juvenile books.”

Butterfly´s tongue (Manuel Rivas) /Acrylic / 210x297 mm.

Butterfly´s tongue (Manuel Rivas) /Acrylic / 210×297 mm.

 

Return (Xosé Luís Méndez Ferrín) / Acrylic / 250x325 mm.

Return (Xosé Luís Méndez Ferrín) / Acrylic / 250×325 mm.

 

«With the feet in the air» (Agustín Fdez. Paz) / Acrylic.

«With the feet in the air» (Agustín Fdez. Paz) / Acrylic.

 

Town musicians of Bremen (Brothers Grimm) / Acrylics / 175x240 mm.

Town musicians of Bremen (Brothers Grimm) / Acrylics / 175×240 mm.

 

“El cuento de Sirena”

The centenary of Gonzalo Torrent Ballester´s birth will be this year. Ézaro Ediciones have proposed me the edition of an illustrated book commemorating El cuento de Sirena, a short narration that is brimming with Torrente in each page. Appart from the admiration and the respect I feel for his work; those of you who read this tale (I had not done it) will immediately understand why I enthusiastically accepted the proposal.

 

Final colour / Acrylic / 210x297

Final colour / Acrylic / 210×297

 

“Fantasmas de luz”

Agustín Fernández Paz, as well as a great friend, is undoubtedly the writer of the most books I have illustrated. There are many examples of this long collaboration in the” Enlightenment “section. Almost a year ago Agustín sent me a text with the proposal to illustrate it. I accepted immediately but, truthfully, I found it very difficult to find the tone of the images. Of most of the illustrations there have been two previous versions – already destroyed – that will never be seen. ”

 

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Odd drawings

“Some of the many drawings I have made for covers, posters, ONGs… are gathered in this gallery. Somehow, it could be said they are my favorite ones…”

 

Bedefactor gallaecus / Acrylic / 300x400 mm / Cover of a special issue of the "BDbanda" for the Barcelona Comic Fair (2006.)

Bedefactor gallaecus / Acrylic / 300×400 mm / Cover of a special issue of the “BDbanda” for the Barcelona Comic Fair (2006.)

 

«Standing afternoon». Acrylic, 47x31 cm (2013).

«Standing afternoon». Acrylic, 47×31 cm (2013).

 

Posters

“This is a sample of some of the posters I have made for several fairs, festivals, and conventions.”

Poster of the Barcelona Comic Fair (1995) / Acrylics / 305x405 mm.

Poster of the Barcelona Comic Fair (1995) / Acrylics / 305×405 mm.

 

Poster of the Laval festival (2005) / Acrylic / 300x400 mm

Poster of the Laval festival (2005) / Acrylic / 300×400 mm

 

 

Covers

“These are some of the covers of books and magazines that I have made.”

Witches and the Treasury (Incongrous Reports 2) / Acrylic / 361x481 mm.

Witches and the Treasury (Incongrous Reports 2) / Acrylic / 361×481 mm.

 

Cover of North American paperback (1985) / Acrylic and oil on board.

Cover of North American paperback (1985) / Acrylic and oil on board.

 

 

«El dragón que cambiaba de cuento cada vez que estornudaba»

“The story, by David Aceituno, tells the adventures of an allergic dragon that every time he sneezes, he changes his story.”

 

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Special collaborations …

“There are stories that are the result of special proposals.”

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Guillermo del Toro called me one night late. We did not know personally each other, we expressed mutual admiration for one another (I had watched Cronos and I had loved it) and he told me he had a writer friend who would like me to make a comic to be included in her second novel. A film had been made from the first one: Like water for chocolate. The writer was called Laura Esquivel. I had also watched that film myself and read the novel, and I liked them very much. But I told Guillermo about my problems to work with other´s stories. He answered me that, once the contact had been established, it would be better if she spoke to me and explained me the project. And so it was, Laura insisted on explaining live to me; she invited me to go to Mexico so that I could “understand” what we were expected to tell in that story. The first dinner we had together was enough for her to persuade me. My staying in Mexico, accompanied by her and Víctor, her assistant in those days; was unforgettable. One year later, having the work nearly finished; Laura came to A Coruña to put the final touches to the book.

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We made some presentations together, and we haven´t met again. The novel was entitled The Law of Love and includes a comic in six chapters of eight pages in which I tell in images, without texts, a part of the story.

 

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Laura made me draw something I would never have depicted on my own initiative and to which I was so reluctant as I could: some men dying by impalement.

 

Graphic Works

“Although it is not very frequent, I prepare some silk screen printings from time to time. I always work on the ink separations myself.”

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«Autumn I», silk screen print, 5 inks, 21×29,7 cm.

 

"Woman and albino cat ", silk screen print, 4 inks (32,9 x 48,3 cm). This silk screen print will be part of a portafolio with works of several authors edited by Fumetto Comix-Festival (Luzerna) in his 20th. edition.

“Woman and albino cat “, silk screen print, 4 inks (32,9 x 48,3 cm). This silk screen print will be part of a portafolio with works of several authors edited by Fumetto Comix-Festival (Luzerna) in his 20th. edition.

 

 

De Profundis

“This is the series of paintings from which, long afterwards, the idea of De Profundis emerged.
Actually, it is a natural sequel to the previous series, Aquaria. And many of the paintings in both of them were painted at the same period.”
“All the six canvans appear in the film.”

 

Sheperdess of jellyfish-2 / Acrylic on canvas / 92x65 cm.

Sheperdess of jellyfish-2 / Acrylic on canvas / 92×65 cm.

 

«The house in the sea», acrylic on canvas (130x90 cm, 1998). This painting is not part of the «De profundis» series, but it finished being main part of the film.

«The house in the sea», acrylic on canvas (130×90 cm, 1998). This painting is not part of the «De profundis» series, but it finished being main part of the film.

 

Miscellany

“Some works are difficult to be sorted. They are very assorted proposals: wine labels, postage stamps, bookmarks… A selection of some of them will be gathered in this section.”

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Illustrations for the Scientific Museums of A Coruña on the popularization of science. This is the corresponding to the XXI century. Ink on paper, digital colour and collage.

Illustrations for the Scientific Museums of A Coruña on the popularization of science. This is the corresponding to the XXI century. Ink on paper, digital colour and collage.

 

Hércules Tower

“During the promotion campaign of  the Hércules Tower candidature for Human Heritage (2008), one of the initiatives consisted in 30 fiberglass reproductions, “personalized” by that many artists. It was my contribution. Now it is placed in the Aquarium Finisterrae (A Coruña / Galicia / Spain).”

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Cetácea

“There are prizes and recognitions that, for particular reasons, are especially dear. CEMMA (Coordinator for the Study of Marine Mammals) is an NGO working in Galicia since 1990 in the study, dissemination and conservation in this field. In August 2012 CEMMA named me Partner of Honor and Arroaz Maior. Thank you for that appointment. Cetaceans have been part of my stories frequently, ever since my first book, Fragments of the Delphic Encyclopedia.”

 

 

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Wine lables

“I believe that I have made some more lables, but these are the ones I preserve evidences about.”

“In 1994 Streak of Chalk won the Judges Special Award in the Sierre Festival (Switzerland.) The next year I was asked to make the lable of a white wine with an image referring to the book. I am absolutely certain that they sent me a 12-bottle box. But the civil servants in custom in A Coruña retained the consigment and persisted in considering it a “commercial importation” for which I would have to pay an exorbitant amount. Either lack of common sense or intention of bothering. Or intention of drinking wine for free… So neither could I see how the lable looked nor keep any of them.”

“In 2002, the Comune from Montefalco (Umbria, Italy) asked me an image for the label of the harvest ofSagrantino red wine.”

“And in 2004, I was asked a label for the white wine El perro verde, a really delicious verdejo wine from Rueda.”

 

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From here, to follow the Actuality of the Miguelanxo Prado Work from your own hand, we leave you the link to your Official Facebook

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