Sketches and Cartoons

Marginal drawings, sketches, cartoons, mistranslated puns and doodles out of place.

Thumb Self-portrait

Ink and pen thumb portrait artwork

This clumsy and stilted portrait of a thumb was inspired by this more graceful one by Sergio Aquindo. Which in turn was triggered by an anonymous one he saw in a Parisian shop window. Just as Sergio suspects about his own, I feel that this fat finger of mine does not say all that it should. What's worse, it may end up revealing some other things that I have always tried to conceal.


Shor story fountain pen and black ink illustration

He would wake up with the rooster crowing. Would gather some twigs and light the fire. The dogs would stretch out and approach the fire pit. He would put the kettle on and remain absorbed watching the crackling of the flames. Sitting on the little chair on the porch, he would drink mate and smoke, gazing how life began to slowly become brighter in that familiar landscape. After he fed the animals, he would walk -sometimes whistling- to the estate where he had worked most of his life.

One Christmas Eve, in addition to the usual sweet bread and cider, his employer gave him a beautiful watch brought from the city just for him. He told him that he had earned it for his loyalty and commitment to work.

From that day on, he no longer has time for anything. He no longer whistles and now knows that he is always late. Sometimes, when he returns to his home late at night, not even his dogs recognize him.

Elephants' Graveyard

Digging through my unpublished digital files, that's to say, those drawings that at least saw the light of the scanner (many others weren't even that lucky and lay forgotten in my obscure and analogue cabinet), I found this odd assortment of pachydermic abstractions from back when I was still looking for the forms (and style) of my Memorias y balanceos book.

As you can see, in addition to the usual tentative ink blotches and pen lines, there was even a single page comic.

Artwork for hardcover book endpapersAbstract pen and ink drawingAbstract pen and ink drawing of some kind of elephantInk blotches elephant illustrationThe Thinker: an elephant drawingElephant''s trunks watercolor drawingThe GuysFirst panel of The Guys comicSecond panel of The Guys comicThird panel of The Guys comicFourth panel of The Guys comicEnd panel of The Guys comic
  • Artwork for hardcover book endpapers
  • Abstract pen and ink drawing
  • Abstract pen and ink drawing of some kind of elephant
  • Ink blotches elephant illustration
  • The Thinker: an elephant drawing
  • Elephant''s trunks watercolor drawing
The Guys comic
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