Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Juan Bauty, the illustrator dream.

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First thing I saw and dazzled me from Juan Bauty was his avatar, a colorful portrait with a 50’s or 60’s style. So when I could have a look to his other artworks, I just confirm my first impression. :)

Juan Bauty was born in Barcelona in 1974, but he moved to Zaragoza, his actual city, in 1980. 

Since very little he picked his markers, and he didn’t dropped them until them couldn´t paint even helped with some alcohol drops. What really touched him as a child were the Brian Froud concept works for Jim Henson Movies “Dark Cristal” (1982) and “Labyrinth” (1986).

In 1994 he got the Graphic Design Fine Arts degree at the Zaragoza Applied Arts School. His mother used to tell hi: “Spielberg is not going to come to your room to give you a job”, so he took from that and started making a living collaborating between 1992 and 1995 with a few comics and fanzines like “La Noche del Caiman” (“Caiman Night” from wich he was also his foundator)and “Suburbio” (“Suburb”) and publishing from 1999 in the humor magazine “Mala Impresion” (“Bad Impression”).

Bestia-Rio page, appeared in the N 1 of "La Noche del Caimán"

In the year 2000 he decided to get into the Graphic Design business, and today still doing some commissions, like the lovely menu for “La Republicana” restaurant.

At least, in 2009 he illustrates his first book, “El vuelo de las luciérnagas” (“The Glowworms Flight”) from Ana Alcolea. Since then he could dedicated to what he really wanted to, ¡be an illustrator! :D


So he has done the drawings for some other books, “Máziel Spück y el Misterio del Cuadro" (“Maziel Spück and the Painting Mystery” 2009, Pepe Serrano), the 2010 edition from “La Chica del Átomo Dorado" (“The Girl in the Golden Atom” Ray Cummings) y de “Leyendas” (“Legends”) from Gustavo A. Bécquer.


 "Máziel Spück y el misterio del cuadro" sketches

Apart from that we could see his artwork in the cover of the number 289 of the cultural supplement “Artes & Letras” from “El Heraldo de Aragon” newspaper.

I want to particularly emphasize his participation, with some other illustrators, in the charity book “Ilustrando que es gerundio”, which benefits will go donated in full to the Spanish Federation of Rare Diseases (FEDER). It can be purchased for less than 18 Euros at the Blurb shop.

Click on the image to have a book preview.
He delight us continually experimenting and creating lots of really pleasant characters, from which I feel particularly curious about his original Lim, Lum and Lem and what his imagination will do with them. :D

Blu Martian

Cerdico de pueblo

Strong man

Sonata de Otoño

Sparky (Frankenweenie)

Punset tribute
One of his last projects is the great webcomic “Bat-Rat & Robird Adventures!” which started publishing weekly in June of 2011 and witch second chapter will be coming soon. 

Clik on the image to see the chapter number one.

 And if you want to know this artist in depth here you have his webpage:


You can follow him in his blog:

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Juan Carlos Eguillor, Pop imagination for big ones and kiddies. :D

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It´s been 30 years ago, that the mother of the house where I live, at the age of 6, started to cut out and keep the “Cuentos de la abuelita” (Granny tales) that were published in the children magazine “Pequeño Pais” (Small Country). So, these marvelous cartoons that fascinated her so much, full of color nad completely different to the other ones, were done by Juan Carlos Eguillor.

I want to pay a tribute to him with part of his artwork, so you can discover it or know about it in a deeper way. :)

Juan Carlos Eguillor Uribarri was born in San Sebastian the 15 of August of 1947, but he really grew up in Bilbao. He started Law studies and left them by Journalism, but his interest for drawings and arts in general was so huge, that soon he drops out of university to get involved in what he really loved. So much creativity had to explode from somewhere.

In 1968 he published weekly in the newspaper “El correo Español – El pueblo Vasco” his first cartoon, with Mari Aguirre as the main character in an unrecognizable Bilbao.

Mari Aguirre stars in lots of cartoons since, but she was not her unique heroine, he also created Tartarela who appeared in “Nuevos Fotogramas” magazine, and Mari España, Miss Martiartu, etc…
“Las aventuras de Sandalia Upon-Avon” (Sandalia Upon-Avon adventures) a very Pop story with lots of singers of those days and of course José María Iñigo (a very famous Spanish musical journalist), are published weekly From November 1969 till April 1970 in Mundo Joven magazine. From May to June of the same year, also in Mundo Joven, publish “Que camp era mi madre” (How camp my mother was), a comic in Horrid-Vissiooon, as we can read in the first page.

In Triunfo magazine he also published a few cartoons in some of which appears his lately famous “granny”.

But his first children illustrations (at least the first ones I´ve found) are the ones included in one of the Sound Books Pala, from 1973, “Mendruguete y Cuatronombres – Susana la de la sopa” (Mendruguete and Fournames – Susana of the soup). I have to emphasize that the titles from the covers are illustrations from Ivan Zulueta, what I found very curious and interesting.

With a few friends creates in 1979 a fanzine called “Euskadi Sioux, el terror de lo cotidiano” (Euskadi Sioux, everyday terror), that just last seven issues. Among the comic strips that appeared on them, I stress the funny Grease parody, "Koipe.Euskal Musikal", included on the second issue.
A few stories from Bernardo Atxaga were adorned with his prodigious hands, “Aventuras de Nikolasa” (Nikolasa adventures) and “Ratmunxo detective. Más aventuras de Nikolasa” (Detective Ratmunxo. More Nikolasa adventures) both from 1980, and “Chuck Aranberri baten etxean” (Chuck Aranberin goes to the dentist) from 1982.

In 1981 he illustrates “El Castillo de last tres murallas” (Three walls castle) from Carmen Martín Gaite and in December of that year appears the weekly children magazine “Pequeño Pais”, and Eguillor will join it on the second issue illustrating the covers with very popular Spanish singers cutouts, and since the sixth issue with “Los Cuentos de la Abuelita” (Granny stories). The fist one was called “Dorito y su abuelita” (Dorito and his granny), the second one “Abuelita” (Granny), and the third one received the definitive name that was altered sometimes. :D

He illustrates in 1982 a collection of ten stories by Lolo Rico, “Dola Dola Tiralabola” based on the same named very famous radio program also created by Lolo Rico, from which Eguillor designed in 1978  the spectacular cover for “Los amigos de Dola” (Dola’s friends) LP, that included the program songs. His collaboration with her wouldn´t end yet, and that same year he make the drwings for “Ramon Ge Te”.

Also in 1982 designs and illustrates “Agenda para todos los dias” (Everyday Diary), a pretty diary that includes songs, riddles and some historical events, and the National Prize of Children Illustration of 1983 goes to him. Some other works wroten and illustrated by him are “El escarabajo y la Luna” ( The bettle and the moon, 1984), “La ciudad de la lluvia” (Rain city, 1984) that was selected in the 2000 as one of the 100 best works of Spanish children literature of the XX century, and “Operación Yogur” (Yoghurt Operation, 1997).

With Carmen Santonja cooperated giving expression to some of her stories “La malvada Infantita y otros cuentos” (The wicked little Infant and other stories, 1986), “La sirena de la fábrica” (The Mermaid from the factory, 1989), and one of his most recent works, the sound book from 2001 “La boutique Fantasque” from Respighni and Rossini. Also, as she was one of the members of “Vainica Doble” (a Spanish band), who Eguillor portrayed in "Las Aventuras de Sandalia Upon-Avon", she commissioned him the cover for their album “Navidad” (Christmas, 2001).


In 1988 he brilliantly illustrated the Spanish version of Graham Dustan Martin books “Doneval” and “Favila” and Oscar Wilde’s “El joven Rey y otros cuentos” (The Young King and other Stories)

His weekly publications with the winged pigs “Potolos” in Pequeño Pais started in 1988.

But someone with so many interests and imagination could not be limited to drawings in papers.
He was scriptwriter, cinema director and he even experimented with video and computer animation.

From his videoart works I have to mention “Bilbao la Muerte”  (Bilbao the death) from 1982 and “Menina” from 1986.

He collaborated with his ideas and scripts in the children tv program from Saturday morning in the early 70’s “Hoy tambien es fiesta” (Today is also a party) along with Pedro übeda and Carlos Arias. He strongly cooperated with Gurruchaga, devising the stage design for the concerts with La Orquesta Mondragón, as well as the openings, set designs and even scrips for his tv programs “Viaje con nosotros”, the deliberately uncouth New Year’s Eve tv program “La última cena del 88” (Last supper from 88), both from 1988 or “El huevo de Colon” (Columbus’ egg, 1992).

"Viaje con Nosotros" Opening

"La última cena del 88" Opening and beggining

And I left lots of his works pending, something obvious with such a versatile and prolific person. 
With no doubt he left us a wonderful legacy from which we can see part of until the 28 of January of 2012 in Sala Koldo Mitxelena in San Sebastián. Press in the picture below for more info:

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Oy! How "riquiño" Ketódico is! :D

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I think I have never told you about it, but if a want to give a walk, as I´m so tiny and if I go on my own I can´t go very far, I get myself into the handbag of the mum of the house where I live, looking all around the places where she goes to with lot of care so nobody can see me. :D

One of those days, she went with one of her sons to the Nómada Market, a market full of stands with people selling pins, clothing and gadgets they create.
They were giving a walk looking all around, and suddenly they stop by some precious little pictures hanged on the wall, and a sign on which the artist offered himself to do a portrait for a very appetizing price. No sooner said than done, the child, aged three by then, posed very happy for Ketódico. And this was the result. : D

When they got home, dad liked it so much that the following day they came back all together with her other son, so Ketódico could make another portrait to the little one and to the whole family.

Since he was able to hold a pencil he started drawing doodles that soon became characters. From childhood he was addicted to cartoons and was one of those little fortunate who his father put a TV in his room, and a Beta video also! On weekends he wake up early to watch cartoons, and he recorded on his videotape his favorite ones to watch them later. His superfather often showed ​​him Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Back to the future ... Also his father was guilty of his love to comics, because every Sunday brought him to a comic from Mortadelo, Zipi y Zape, Superlópez (Spanish characters from Bruguera editorial)... Later a When a comic shop opened near his home, and as soon as he get enough savings, there he was to buy one Spiderman, Xmen, Batman or another superhero comic.Dragon Ball arrived then on TV.

Ketódico always copied the drawings of his precious comics, and made the drawings on every corner, in his room furniture, under the coffee table, in textbooks, or any drawable surface. XD 

However, his vocation was to be an architect, but he didn´t get good grades to get into the university, so he started with computing. But his mother and sister knew that he had to draw. His sister had the good sense to sign up him to receive information from a drawing academy. As a result in 2003 he got the title of Senior Technical Animation in the Professional Drawing School.

Ketódico, actually works as a graphic designer and with telemarketing issues online, but also makes what he likes, illustrate, especially creating characters. Many of his ideas and sketches are reflected in countless books and several papers, which are then digitally retouched.

In 2004 began to appear in the streets of the Iberian Peninsula some sad little men in suits, the HombresGrises (GreyMen), one of the many characters created by him.

That same year another series of his colorful and super “riquiño” characters began to join funny T-shirts and precious posters, and that´s how another of his projects was born, called Experimental Mambo in the beginning and movi TolkyMonkys from 2007.

Experimental Mambo designs

Another thing I love from him are his gift posters custom-made with all the love in the world.

In 2007 his marvelous drawings gave him a great reward; he won an accesit in the illustration section from the prestigious Injuve Comic and Illustration Contest.
Of course, he doesn´t stop receiving commissions, like a for Eroski Supermarkets, the illustrations and animations for the child syrup “Inistolin” webpage or the characters designs for “59+” BBVA campaign, with José María Íñigo, Laura Valenzuela y Andrés Aberasturi, (very popular Spanish personalities).

Christmas book ilustration for Eroski Supermarket.

Inistolin child syrup ilustration. Click on this image to go to the webpage.
Elephant design for the 59+ BBVA campaign
José María Íñigo design for the 59+ BBVA campaign
By clicking here you can have a look to the 59+ BBVA campaign result.
One of his latest projects is “10 Primatoides”. Each Monday, Ketódico draws a primatoide, and each Friday Lute3d transforms it in a sculpture. :)

And this is it right now.
If you want to know more of his works here it is his webpage:

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I you want to show off some wear with his drawings, take your train tickets on a really cool wallet or even display your walls with a great poster, this is the place:

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And clicking in this mage you can become his facebook fan!!!! ;D

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