Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)

This particular illustration was done as part of a collective online gallery show, paying homage to the horror genre.  The project was called YayHMAD (Horror Movie A Day), as currated by Yay! LA Magazine in which several artists from around the world participated in this year, as an ongoing annual project.  Each artist was given the opportunity to select a movie from a list provided, and provide a representation of said film through the medium of their choosing.  It was an amazing, and rewarding project that I was very proud to have participated in.  Below is the excerpt I included with the piece to Yay! LA Magazine when the work was unveiled during the last week of October.

Pan’s Laybrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
Medium:  Digital (Corel Painter)

I’ve always been a fan of fairytales since early childhood, having been raised on a healthy dose of Disney, and  it wasn’t until adolescence that I was introduced to the workings of the literary masters, The Brothers Grimm.  It was then, that I realized these tales were not for the faint of heart, and many of the morals were missing from their commercialized counterparts.  These tales were never meant for children, and up until Guillermo Del Toro deliver us Pan’s Labyrinth, their representation in modern film had been all but absent.  In true homage to his predecessor, Del Toro delicately paints a picture with his signature style, in which he represents an ongoing display of humanity at its extremes, and ultimately tells a story, in which not all things end happily ever after…or do they?  With this piece I wanted to capture the essence of the film, by portraying Ofelia’s journey into a fantastical world that is ultimately,  both a dream and a reality. 



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