I've always been intimidated by drawing, even though I liked it. By trade, I'm a filmmaker, not an illustrator, and so for me, this project was an attempt to let go of my need to control and iterate, and instead just go with the punches. Even though a majority of the book was finished in Florida (where I currently live), I also created some pages while traveling to France, Germany, and Holland, so it feels very connected to memories, in more than one way.
Above all, I wanted this to feel a bit personal, even though it can be very abstract at times. The piece with the peacock feathers are inspired by a poster that hangs above my bed that I see every day; the cracked black and white waves is based off the famous sidewalk in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where my family is from; the weird, chaotic "ART" piece nods to my constant struggle to accept that what I create is any good.
Maybe you feel something, maybe you don't. I think that's okay. Selfishly, this project was more for me than for you. And because of that, I at least wanted to leave the last page as a contributions page. As is the theme of this book (connections), I love the idea of crossed wires.
So let's be connected, in a way that's more visceral—more than just a friend request made of pixels.
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