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Minimal design!

The King Of Chicha

The King Of Chicha
Typography and psychedelic cumbia.

On this quite minimalist illustration I have played a little bit with typography, mixing it with the drawing as a texture.
This artwork was somehow inspired by guitar player Enrique Delgado, pioneer of the Peruvian cumbia known as Chicha. Together with his band Los Destellos during the 60’s, he started to develop a peculiar mix of Andean music, psychedelic rock, and Cuban rhythms.
Their self-titled debut LP was released in 1968 by the Odeon-Iempsa label. This recording features Enrique Delgado (alias “El Chino”) on lead guitar, Fernando Quiroz (who was originally playing lead guitar with Los Zanys) on second guitar, Tito Caycho on bass and Carlos Ramirez on drums.
Some more great old-style Chicha bands to check out are: Los Mirlos, Juaneco Y Su Combo, Los Hijos Del Sol, Los Diablos Rojos, Eusebio Y Su Banjo.

She’ll Come, She’ll Go

Tears For Mila
Tears for Mila.

Concept illustration for a poster design related to a Latvian dream.

«She’ll come, a beetle musky oil speckled on clothes. Touching my sleep down her caress I become her beat and soul. Garden goats strewn her through a passing goatherd singing of her life with love. What hinders her small Paradise? I grew the dew, living her drenched and frozen soul. Lady-girl fleeing the young belief. Strewn of your living, she’ll go».

© 2017 Sir Joe Works – sirjoeworks.com

Jerry Lewis: A Nutty Portrait

Jerry Lewis: Nutty Portrait
All he gave them was a smile.

Here goes my tribute to the great comedian Jerry Lewis, inspired by his characters’ accessories: a pair of black nerd glasses, and fake teeth. It’s just a minimalist raw drawing on a rough vintage paper, embellished with a famous signature.

«Just think about all the time you’re going to have to spend with you. And if you don’t think too much of yourself, how do you expect others to?»
[Prof. Julius Kelp – The Nutty Professor, 1963]

Virtual Street Art: Stencil Girl

She Is Laying On The Wall
What is fake and what is real?

This brand new artwork brings a view of some meta-mixed media art. In modern world, reality often blends into digital realms. Many times is quite difficult to understand what is fake and what is real. This artwork is a mix of different techniques, media, and physical existences. It’s a minimalist portrait of a polygonal pin-up created with the help of virtual stencils. A digital graffiti on a vintage fresco wall. A kind of intangible art that persists only in the mind (and in your device’s screen, hard drive memory, or by your cloud storage provider). The only tangible element of this piece, but I guess not for so long, is the crumbling plaster pictured in the photo and located in the small village of Sorano (Maremma, Tuscany, Italy). Ironically, ethereal digital street art will probably last more than the corporeal one.

Now, this is really mixed media art! Or very conceptual art: there is no physical object. There is just the idea of it.

Goodbye Fantozzi

Fantozzi's Cloud
Ninety-two minutes of applause.

Paolo Villaggio, the legendary Italian comedian creator of characters such as Professor Krantz, Giandomenico Fracchia, and Ugo Fantozzi, passed away at the age of 84. As most of the geniuses and smart people, he was also cynical and misunderstood. Fantozzi’s clerk cloud perfectly symbolize his attitude, which was also someway melancholic. That’s why I decided to represent it with this illustration, my tribute to Paolo Villaggio. During an interview, while talking about his memories of Italy’s Liberation Day, at the end of Nazi occupation of the country during World War II, he stated: «That morning of April 25th was a wonderful sunny day. Look, at that time there was an important thing that perhaps your generation does not remember: there was no pollution. That is, there was war, but there was a wonderful sea odor. Then in Liguria there was the smell of Pittosporum, an aristocratic odor, a mirage of perfume».

Three months ago, on April of this year, Piero Gatti, one of the Italian designers that introduced Sacco in 1968, the bean bag chair, died in Tuscany. The modern and uncomfortable design of the chair was part of one of the most classic Fantozzi and Fracchia sketches.

Someone says Fantozzi’s character is the most important satirical invention of the second half of 20th century.
While shooting the movie Fantozzi Alla Riscossa in 1990, Villaggio released an interview where he made a prediction about his death: «Many ask me: “Are you still doing Fantozzi?”. Sure, more than ever! Now, with the necessary distances, Totò has made Totò all his life. And they did not ask him, “Totò, are you still doing Totò?”. What did you want him to do? It was formidable in its genre. Fantozzi has become a bit of a character. And in Italy the glory in life is not recognized, but I assure you that after death I will be glorified. And Fantozzi is a great character»!

Preliminary Sketches

Jackson's Lobsters
Lobsters and fate.

The drawing comes from the archive with artwork created while developing the vintage crossover concept. It’s a quite minimal illustration with a fresh taste, but at the same time it has a retro feeling and it looks like it has been through years of history. The image presents graphic elements of Pop Art and Surrealism, but the textures, materials and supports are used in an Expressionist way. There are even some traces of lettering and handwriting.

Vintage Crossover

New Vintage Design (Vintage Crossover)
Pop Art on Medieval paper.

The image of this post was created while exploring ways to blend different styles. The result is something that I call vintage crossover: a mix between graphic elements, themes, and media, from disparate eras and places of our history. In this case bits of Pop Art lay next to traces of a Medieval drawing on top of an old smudged paper. A collage of mixed media and styles!