Sunday, November 17, 2013

Yacana's Constellation

A couple of weeks ago I took a Picture Book Illustration workshop 
with artist Yuyi Morales.

We created from scratch a storyboard for a Children's Book, 
we picked two thumbnails, refined the sketches 
and turned 'em into finished pieces... 
The story I picked:


The llama is one of the most important animals for the Incas. 
Its silhouette appears in the dark areas between the stars. 
For this reason, llamas with black fur were very important in the Incan religion.
 Two very bright stars in the constellation of Centauri (alphaand beta) represent the black llama's eyes.
Incan legend tells us that Yacana (the llama) was wandering with her 
baby along a river that crossed the entire sky (the Milky Way). 
The more she walked, the blacker she became. Her baby accompanied her throughout the sky. When the baby became hungry, Yacana fed him. 
When Yacana woke up, it became daytime. It is said that the man who 
finds himself in a place where Yacana has fed her baby will have good luck 
for the rest of his days.
Yacana was just and treated everyone equally. She would not make 
only one man or one woman happy. At night, when nobody was
looking, she used to go and drink water from the oceans. She drank
the water of pain, the water of sadness and the water of thirst and
hunger. She drank the water of the tragedy of humankind and
prevented the seas from overflowing and flooding the earth.

The process:



The workshop was really fun and I got to meet emerging illustrators from México (lots of talented people everywhere...)

Some interesting links:



  1. Lovely works Asusual miss fayuca and fra Filipo lipi

  2. Fra Filippo Lippi!!!!! Thank you!
    Miss you much!