“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Monday, June 28, 2010

EL MARIACHI_90 minutes

"So, I'm sitting there...and in walks the BIGGEST Mexican I have ever seen. Big as SHIT! Just walks in like he owns the place. Dark, too. I don't mean dark skinned; no, this was different. It was as if he was walking in a shadow. I mean every step he took towards the light--just when you thought his face was about to be revealed, it wasn't. It was as if the lights dimmed, just for him...

...Well, whatever he said pissed off the bartender plenty. And those unsavory characters I was telling you about? They got pissed too. Started pulling guns and knives and what have you--starting some shit. So the stranger jumps off the stool like you wouldn't believe. He grabs his case and dives in the middle of the floor. He's up in two shakes, pulling God knows what out of the case, but it was the biggest hand cannon I've ever fucking seen."


And speaking of BIG Mexicans, have you ever noticed how slick my recent set art books look? Have any of you taken note of the high level of production value associated with them and the brilliant concepts that make the books themselves a work of art while still complimenting the images within? Have you come to appreciated that they are a cut above most of the 'convention sketchbooks' that you'd normally find at most... uhm... conventions? Have you seen the phenomenal "This Journal Belongs To..." art book that MING DOYLE has recently made available to the public?

Well, Ming and I have no one else to thank except for the multi-talented and highly creative mind that is VALERIE NUNEZ. Val has been responsible for designing, arranging and executing the books that you all have had the distinct pleasure of buying from me and Ming through Essential Sequential. I mention Val's name because she's told me that she had so much fun doing our individual projects, that it would be an interesting endeavor for her to tackle a couple other working professionals' works and see what original concepts she can come up with. I'm reluctant, of course - I'm a selfish bastard and I'd like to keep all her ideas for myself, but she is a dear, dear friend and I just know with her talent it's only a matter of time before she starts doing this production stuff full time.

That said, if any of you are interested in the magic and polish that Val can do, then please contact her directly via e-mail (click on her name above). A small heads up: the lady ain't cheap. But if you've got a pretty decent budget, the woman is well worth every penny and she's got the talent to execute something that'll really make your work shine.

Good luck, all. Have great week.


John G said...

That's brilliant.

arnie said...

sweet i was up watchin' the movie the over night. what was it epix?

i loved the way you used her dress into as a backdrop.

Brian said...

Eric, I see pieces like this from you and miss the days when movie studios used to commission great art like this for gorgeous movie posters.

Brian Lue Sang said...

Wow! This post took me back to the first time I saw this movie - wonderful illustration, Mr. Canete!

Ned said...

great illustration...


Lesley Vamos said...

WOW this is fantastic - I love the way you can see through her dress into the scene - just brilliant!!

daniel harvey said...

Love the character of the piece. Perfectly matches the tone of the quote you paired with it. Nicely done.

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