Jorge and Iguana Magazine

During the Spring I received a short story to illustrate for the July/August issue of “Iguana Magazine”. I immediately said yes knowing that “Iguana Magazine” is published in Spanish, it’s a children’s magazine and it aims to instill Latino pride to the children that read it. What else did I need to know? That the story was about a little boy that dreamed of Mermaids. There was no going back. Tight deadline and all, I took the project.

So this week I got my copy and eek! I loved what I saw. I picked up my envelope on the long ride to a furniture store in search of new bookstores – I’ve run out of shelves in my studio hence we are in search of new bookshelves to move some of my books to the living room but that’s another story so I digress. I picked up my envelope on my long ride to Tempe to a furniture store in search of new bookshelves for the living room. I opened and closed the magazine on the same page about 15 times. Opened. Looked. Ah! Closed. Opened. Looked. Eh! Closed. And repeated the endless loop as if I’d find something new the next time I opened the magazine on yet the same page. No, I was not the designated driver to our Tempe furniture “boutique.” What do you think? I’m not that reckless!

So as soon as we got home I took some quick pictures and wrote this post. And I know that deadlines are pretty tight for me right now but I had to share them with you. So without further ado, boys and girls, “Jorge, el Pintor de Sirenas” IN PRINT.

Iguana Magazine - July/August issue

Iguana Magazine - Jorge, el Pintor de Sirenas

And now with all my Peruvian pride, some process photos I took while working on the pieces last June. I love taking process pictures and I bet you know that about me by now.

Working on the 3 illustrations for Jorge, el Pintor de Sirenas

Detail of 3 illustrations for Jorge, el Pintor de Sirenas

Work in progress of illustration for Jorge, el Pintor de Sirenas

Christianne and Mark work really hard to bring an Spanish children’s magazine to this country and they deserve support. Show it by subscribing to “Iguana Magazine” for a year, two, three or four. You can read more about the magazine duo here. And now I leave you proudly saying: Hasta pronto!

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  • Wonderful, work, Juana! Love these illustrations, and thanks for sharing process pics!

    August 22, 2011
    • Thanks, Angela! And thanks for the link back from your SCBWI-LA post. It was great to see ya :)

      August 22, 2011
  • Gorgeous!!!

    September 5, 2011
    • Thanks, Christina! :)

      September 6, 2011
  • Alia

    These are very beautiful Juana!
    I just happen to come across your work and I love all of them, specially the girl characters. :)

    Can you tell me what you are using to make the hair lines and shades for the fingers? They are sharp and clear even over dark colors. :)

    Thank you.


    June 30, 2013
    • Hello Alia! Nice to meet you. For these pieces I only used acrylics. I was tweaking my technique and still experimenting here. Hope this helps!

      July 2, 2013

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