Here is the work of Wilmer Murillo, a freelance illustrator from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. With his close attention to light and textures, his work has real depth to it, making the work feel very tangible. Some of the content of his illustrations remind me of the surreal work of Salvador Dalí, although there are many other influences there.
I asked him a few questions about his work process and training.
Wilmer is essentially a self-taught illustrator, although he has been trained in graphic design. ‘I’m usually creating my own illustration techniques and developing my personal style on my own.’
What is interesting about the way Wilmer works is his emphasis on evoking feelings in the work he creates.
‘I base the concepts and feelings in my work on ideas of love, peace, disaffection, loneliness, fairly tales, the work of other artists, feeling the good things that often go unnoticed, innocence and nonsense.’
Wilmer’s work uses a blend of traditional and digital techniques. ‘Everything begins with a handmade sketch, then the materials are collected (paper, textures, acrylic or ink stains, photographs, and so on). These are then taken and mixed together, and used as a foundation for painting with Photoshop.‘
Wilmer is currently working on a t-shirt design project that he is producing with a friend and will be available for sale within a few weeks. Keep up to date with Wilmer’s meanderings on his blog.
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