I enjoy exploring a variety of media and techniques in order to create playful, colorful, and emotive, collages.
Commissioned poster for Jillian Risigari-Gai's MFA recital at CalARTS. 2013. Made using watercolor, ink, and graphite at half size (5.5" x 8.5") and then was digitally blown up to poster size (11" x 17").
The Sorid ABCs
What started as a project for an illustration class to illustrate 21 words of our choosing, turned into an all out exploration of two unconventional characters, Lester and Dave, in alphabet book form.
Here is a small sample of the 26 pages that were illustrated and hand-lettered with pen and watercolor.
Copyright 2014, Adriana Guarderas
WIP: Visual & Musical Therapy
This quilt is a fine art work in progress project.
The quilt is a visual representation of three musical genres: lullabies, Appalachian folk music and trip hop.
Appalachian folk and lullabies have a history of providing musical therapy for women. Appalachian folk was, in part, developed from Celtic ballads which were, for the most part, sung by women for a female audience. Most of these ballads were about sexual assault experiences and provided a sense of empowerment for the women after singing. They were finally able to express first-hand or passed down accounts of adversity therefore providing them with a sort of catharsis and way to overcome their life struggles.
Lullabies are theorized to have been used as a way for mothers to express their fears and concerns for their children. The time singing to their children provided an open space for them to express their feelings aloud which can provide relief from mental traumas.
Trip hop was included due to my personal experiences with that genre of music. It supplies me with a sense of calm and clarity when I am under stress.
Ptarmigan was a short lived comic series that I started, and ended, in 2011. Most of the things featured in the comics were about personal experiences, but as it went along it became more about personal jokes... and everyone knows personal jokes aren't fun for anyone else. Especially if you're using them in comics...
The Bee Season
I'm happy to say that my good friend Janani Lee commissioned me to illustrate a bee for her podcast "The Bee Season". You can check out the episode by selecting this link.
(Graphic design by Raymond Lee)
adriana estella was a silk screening business that I had from 2009 - 2011. I hand drew each design, made the screens and hand-pulled the ink on each shirt. This is just a small sample of the designs that I made during that period of time. It was a great, and intense, experience to run a business by myself. I was the artist, marketing director, sales person, accountant and coffee runner!
These little monsters are painted using opaque watercolors and Copic pens. 2012 - 2013
Dragon Baby's First Steps
This pen and paper work was inspired by being lucky enough to witness a baby's first steps. It was really special; you can read about my experience here: http://greasymag.com/illustration-dragon-babys-first-steps/
"Lectro" sculpture in action
A very recent digital illustration that I made using Adobe Illustrator. Prints and merchandise with the image are available via Society6.
Copyright 2014 Adriana Guarderas
This is a recent and fun digital illustration that I made using Adobe Illustrator. Prints and merchandise with the image are available via Society6. I love the case and the tote!
Copyright 2014 Adriana Guarderas
This poster was created in Adobe Illustrator for a class assignment. I have no affiliation with Gogol Bordello; but their Facebook page manager happened to like the poster, so that was a big ego boost for me!