I´ve been busy!

The cities have traveled a lot this year. We went to an art Gallery in San Miguel de Allende, a colonial city in Mexico; we traveled to NYU Shanghai to give a lecture about the project; and last but not least we are visiting a cultural center in Sao Paulo on the 11th of December.

Here is a link to a video where I talk about the project:

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Hello! I know! I have not written anything since October 2014!! I was concentrated on producing more cities and had a baby girl! So, the Blog just had to wait.

I promise I will write more from now on.

An update: I just finished working on IPAZIA city....My 18th illustration of the book.

That was a hard one because I decided to illustrate her as a triptych. And it turns out, triptychs are very hard to do!! She took me months to finish and here she is:



I´m currently beginning to work on my 19th city: CLOE. Here is what Calvino tells us about her:

“In Chloe, a great city, the people who move through the streets are all strangers. At each encounter, they imagine a thousand things about one another; meetings which could take place between them, conversations, surprises, caresses, bites. But no one greets anyone; eyes lock for a second, then dart away, seeking other eyes, never stopping.

A girl comes along, twirling a parasol on her shoulder, and twirling slightly also her rounded hips. A woman in black comes along, showing her full age, her eyes restless beneath her veil, her lips trembling. At tattooed giant comes along; a young man with white hair; a female dwarf; two girls, twins, dressed in coral. Something runs among them, an exchange of glances link lines that connect one figure with another and draws arrows, stars, triangles, until all combinations are used up in a moment, and other characters come on to the scene: a blind man with a cheetah on a leash, a courtesan with an ostrich-plume fan, an ephebe, a Fat Woman. And thus, when some people happen to find themselves together, taking shelter from the rain under an arcade, or crowding beneath an awning of the bazaar, or stopping to listen to the band in the square, meetings, seductions, copulations, orgies are consummated among them without a word exchanged, without a finger touching anything, almost without an eye raised. 

A voluptuous vibration constantly stirs Chloe, the most chaste of cities. If men and women began to live their ephemeral dreams, every phantom would become a person with whom to begin a story of pursuits, pretenses, misunderstandings, clashes, oppressions, and the carousel of fantasies would stop.”

I´ll let you in on the process!

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Cities & Memory: Diomira

After 3 weeks of thinking and working on DIOMIRA, I finally arrived upon an idea for her.

She was difficult to picture, I made a few drawings that just did not feel like her at all, and suddenly she came to me. I started cutting paper, and realized I was beginning to make her, almost without knowing that I was.

Here is her lovely description!

“Leaving there and proceeding for three days toward the east, you reach Diomira, a city with sixty silver domes, bronze statues of all the gods, streets paved with lead, a golden cock that crows each morning on a tower. All these beauties will already be familiar to a visitor, who has seen them also in other cities. But the special quality of this city for the man who arrives there on a September evening, when days are growing shorter and the multicolored lamps are lighted all at once at the doors of the food stalls and from a terrace a woman’s voice cries ooh!, is that he feels envy toward those who now believe they have once before lived an evening identical to this and who think they were happy, that time.”
- Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities


I really believe that most of what I draw has an unconsciousness factor to it. When I think too much, inspiration just melts away. If I let my hands just move around the materials around me, ideas come floating in....I just start reacting to the elements around.

Isaura III

Finally, after almost a Month! I finished drawing ISAURA! She´s a beautifull city!

I tried to apply color, but really I love her in black, white and light brown!

Here she is!

¿The technique? Hand drawn Paper, cut and pasted on white paper with ink drawing. In colored image: color applied using photoshop.


 Sutil City: Isaura

Sutil City: Isaura

 Isaura for Children

Isaura for Children

Isaura II

Today I finished the first sketch for my final illustration of the city of Isaura!

This is the description Calvino does of such beautiful city:

"Isaura, city of the thousand wells, is said to rise over a deep, subterranean lake. On all sides, wherever the inhabitants dig long vertical holes in the ground, they succeed in drawing up water, as far as the city extends, and no farther. Its green border repeats the dark outline of the buried lake; an invisible landscape conditions the visible one; everything that moves in the sunlight is driven by the lapping wave enclosed beneath the rock’s calcareous sky."



55 Invisible Cities Project

Today is my first day posting my recent project: 55 Invisible Cities Illustrations. A project inspired by an Italian writer´s (Italo Calvino) 1972 book called: "Invisible cities" (Le Città Invisibili).

I plan on making an illustration of each of the cities that Marco Polo describes to Kubali Khan. They are beautiful descriptions that just make my imagination fire up!

Heres a quote from the book itself:

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"Marco enters a city; he sees someone in a square living a life or an instant that could be his; he could now be in that man´s place, if he had stopped in time, long ago; or if, long ago, at a crossroads, instead of taking one road he had taken the opposite one, and after long wandering he had come to be in the place of that man in that square. By now, from that real or hypothetical past of his, he is exluded; he cannot stop; he must go to another city, where another of his pasts awaits him, or something perhaps that had been a possible future of his and is now someone else´s present. Futures not achieved are only branches of the past: dead branches."     

I´ll be posting about each city while I´m drawing them, so you can follow up on my progress!

I hope you join me in this adventure!