I live very far away from my family. Literally on the other side of the world.
I was born in Argentina in 1982 to a middle-class family. Drawing has always been a part of my life. My father used to draw toys for me and my little brother Martin when times in our country were too difficult to buy toys. He would draw them in paper and we would cut the figures around with our scissors and play for hours. We had entire collections of dinosaurs families, animals of land and sea, horrible monsters and magical creatures. If a new movie would come up in the theaters, my dad would draw the characters for us, we'd cut them and we'd play with the pieces of paper as if we were the luckiest kids around, having the latest trending toys of the latest blockbuster.
It was no surprise when I started drawing the toys myself for me, my brother and later, my little sister. It was no surprise when art class became my favorite, no surprise when I started reading comics (first local comics like Nippur Magnum and then international from DC and Marvel). It was no surprise when I started learning comic drawing at a local Comic Shop with the amazing illustrator Quique Alcatena
. And I drew, and drew, and drew. Non-stop.
It was a surprise when I stopped drawing. I was suddenly too busy with my university studying and my being a grown up. I didn't have time to draw. I also became more conscious of the fact that I was not good enough to make it as an illustrator so why bother? Why waste my time?
So I stopped drawing for so many years. I think I didn't draw from 2001 until 2011. Wow, I now write it down and I see how long it is....
What happened in 2011? I became a social media manager for Wix.com. I started in the company as a Spanish Community Manager for the company, managing all the social presence in Spanish. And suddenly out of nowhere I had to draw again. There was no visual content in Spanish that I could use to illustrate a lot of the company's social media posts in the language. Our marketing team was small, the designer's studio was too busy to deal with posts for my channels so it left me with no other option but to produce content myself. So I started using Illustrator again and I started learning Photoshop basics... and I suddenly started drawing again.
And it was like magic. Suddenly it didn't matter that I'm not good enough. Sometimes the fact that it was not good enough is what made it work in social media. It generated conversation, it made people talk and say it wasn't good enough... and that was good enough! I suddenly understood that the fact that just putting my illustrations out there and seeing how people reacted to them was the purpose of my drawing.
That was the purpose of drawing in my life since day 1. It was interaction, it was conversation, it was connections.
So I'm gonna start showcasing my illustrations around here because no matter what you say about them, it will make me happy. Cause it's gonna reach out to you, and get in your lives for at least a second before you scroll away and that's good enough for me
That's how I feel. Thank you for reading till here and I hope to connect soon!