Sunday, December 18, 2011


This a tribute I did for one of the most influential artists / movie directors in my life. His name is Guillermo Del Toro. My illustration tributes his 3 original films: Cronos (the cronos device), The Devil's Backbone (Santi, the ghost), and Pan's Labyrinth (the Faun). I also did this to coincide with a signing and screening for the release of Cronos on criterion DVD. The criterion also includes Del Toro's short film Geometria, which was a real treat to watch on a big screen and features a lot of the ideas and elements that he implements into his movies today.

Del Toro spoke about learning & growing in an art medium (for any artist) by making mistakes and borrowing inspiration from others. He also spoke of his early influences of Mario Bava and Dario Argento (who inspired him heavily on color palettes and lighting of scenes) films.

All in all it was an amazing night with a super inspirational & bigger than life human being, who speaks from his heart, and makes the work he wants to make regardless of what anyone thinks.

Prints will be available soon @


pw! said...

great combination of all these elements Joe! extraordinary things going on with the textures throughout. i feel like it's been too long since we were blessed with a Chogrin piece!

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Willy Ashworth said...

Hi there

Loving this so much! Always love your palette choices.

I to am a fan of Del Toro...especially Pan's Labyrinth, which is perfect in my eyes.

Take care.

Vicky Martínez said...

que hermoso arte manejas, me encanta!!