ART + LIFE // September & October

It’s been a busy couple months with events but I’ve also been drawing up a storm.

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My own little Dead Man’s Party has been in the works for what feels like forever but has actually been about a year.  It’s usually the last piece I work on in a day – the one I wind down with.  It’s evolved over the months and while I saw it in black & white when I started it, it begged for color eventually.

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More people in the US are catching onto Dia de los Muertos.  I’ve been asked many times about the inspiration for my skeletal works and the answer is right here.  I see Life and Death as different sides of the same coin.  There’s life here and there’s life in the Afterlife.  The parties are continuously going on in both places, it’s just the guest lists that keep changing.  (maybe everyone there is a little thinner too ;)

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One day – when this piece was still black & white – I sat down to work on it and realized that in my mind her dress was actually gold & shiny… so I’d better get to coloring.

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…and you know if one dame has a gorgeous dress, everyone needs one.   If you want to keep up with the progress in “real time”, follow me on Instagram!

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In September, I dusted off the Prismacolors and experimented with color for a contest held by Herdez Foods .  While I usually have nothing to do with competitions, I love challenging myself with new things and ridiculous deadlines so I figured – why not?  I didn’t win – BUT I had an amazing couple of weeks of work that produced quite a few new techniques for myself personally.  And a new print for everyone else.  So it’s a win-win.

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I love the idea of using food as sugar skull design.  Personally, I feel closest to the great women I’ve lost while I’m in my kitchen.   Food is one of the great differences between our lives and that of ghosts – and it’s part of the celebration of life that happens during Dia de los Muertos.  I’m no chef but food is how my family has expressed love for generations and I suspect it’s the same for some of y’all.

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Finished design for the Herdez contest.  If you’d like to see fellow entries and the winning piece, check out their page here.

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As you can see, parts of that design are used in BUEN PROVECHO.  It’s also available with a blank banner – or for personalization if you’d like it customized for your kitchen.  Check out the listing in the Etsy shop: Buen Provecho – Sugar Skull illustration print.

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Tomorrow I’ll be doing a post about Miss Brooklyn and putting her up for sale in the Etsy shop!

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The September heat was brutal this year!  It was dangerously hot for weeks, we have no air conditioning,  and on some days, the beach was the only place we could find relief.  Living in Los Angeles can be difficult but at least we have beautiful places to pull over and take a breather.

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Thomas & Peaches the VW Bus at Point Vicente Park in Palos Verdes, CA.

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The Matador at Vasquez Rocks – Agua Dulce, CA.

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Vasquez Rocks by Lionhas3heads.com

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Thomas loved it there.  It’s one of the few places he’s been to that’s about as old as he is.

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More on new artwork later this week.  I hope the day treats you well, comrades!

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Now Playing: Gogol Bordello – Wonderlust King
Now Drinkiung: Peet’s French Roast coffee

 

About Gabriela Ruiz

Illustrator, designer, feminista, Lion tamer, Taurus, baking fiend & native Angeleno. I like strong coffee, sharp knives, dinosaurs & running my own insane asylum: serpenthes.com