Marcela Gutiérrez paints in fashion – Interview

Marcela Gutiérrez paints in fashion - Interview Marcela Gutiérrez is the Guatemalan fashion illustrator, whose works can currently be found gracing Prada’s flagship stores walls. As well as designing Prada’s wallpaper, the Barcelona-based artist has illustrated for fashion photographer Rankin’s new magazine The Hunger and has worked with Beyoncé’s creative team. We thought we’d better catch up with the young talent to see what she’s been up to lately.

You use a lot of gouache and ink in your paintings, what paints do you prefer to use?
I don’t have a specific preference, I enjoy very much painting with gouache, ink and watercolours; they require a significant amount of concentration and I have to be very quick and focused because they dry fast and it is unalterable, yet I have learned to embrace accidents in my work. I also love painting with oil, it’s more relaxing, but I rarely have the time, since a painting can take weeks to accomplish.

You say it’s more relaxing – does your mood dictate what paints you use?
No, I don’t feel it has to do with my mood, it is more a matter of the time I have to finish a project.

You have stated, that you are mostly inspired by fashion photography – which photographers do you find particularly interesting?
I am inspired by many photographers; among my favorites are Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Mario Sorrenti, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and Solve Sundsbo. But I also feel inspired by other fine artists such as Christian Schoeler.

You have recently designed the wallpaper for Prada’s flagship stores. How did the collaboration come about?
I was contacted by the 2 x 4 design studio, responsible for the creative direction and design of the Prada wallpapers over the last ten years. I had just finished the paintings for an exhibition I had in LA and they used them as references for what they wanted: big brushstrokes, saturated colours and massive portraits.

Did you have a clear idea as to how the images would appear, or is it something that evolved while painting?
I had the specific requirements for each of the nine paintings, I needed to do realistic close-ups of the models, but the clothing had to be a spontaneous abstract interpretation. I had to consider the composition of each model. So what did evolve, while I was painting, was the clothing, since I couldn’t plan the outcome.

Tell us about your upcoming collaboration with Rankin…
I received an email from the Rankin team, saying that he was a fan of my work and that he’d like to collaborate. He wanted an illustrated editorial of his own photographs. I produced eight large paintings. This was the first time a photographer has asked me directly to interpret his own work with paintings – I was very excited, also because it was for the first issue of his new magazine The Hunger, which launched last week.

You’ve also worked with Beyoncé – talk us through the collaboration…
I had met Beyonce’s very talented stylist Jenke Ahmed Tailly. He asked me for a portfolio to show Beyonce and a few months later I was commissioned for an illustration, that included seven of the photographs in her album Around the World. It was very difficult, as I had 24 hours to complete this illustration and I was in a hotel in LA at the time, I did it all from the hotel room!

All pictures: ©Marcela Gutiérrez

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Taizo Yamamoto does Shawarma

Taizo Yamamoto does Shawarma

Mhmmm…Shawarma! Vancouver based illustrator Taizo Yamamoto has used his incredible talent to draw up some detailed images of delicious Arabic food on 11 x14 inch Bristol paper.

These hypnotizing meat sticks that we usually stare at on our way home from various nightly activities made us hungry for more. And more we can see here, including another recent highlight of the Canadian artist – the homeless’s shopping carts.

Now, check out the crucial detail of those tasty Shawarmas!


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Spirit Animals

Spirit Animals

Julian Callos, graduate of the Otis College of Art & Design in LA, made this sweet bunch of very lively Spirit Animal Sculptures.

We’re not entirely sure what they are made out of and they are not even for sale, but we are sure if you ask Julian who also is an absolutely amazing illustrator ( that contributes to LA Weekly on a regular basis, he might reconsider.

On his Society6 profile Julian states: “I wanted to give something special to some friends of mine this past Christmas, so I decided on some hand-made gifts. We have our own "tribe" and each person has a spirit animal, so I made everyone a sculpture of his or her spirit animal. It was a total labour of love and I’m super excited to share with everybody!“

You can check out the whole animal gang here. Our favourites are the ducking black fox, the twisted weasel and the crow.

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