Thursday, May 9, 2013

Drawing Lists (Lecture B)

Speaker: Miguel Gallardo

My fondness for the travel skecthbook came from the hand of my daughter María, who suffers from autistic spectrum disorder. When she was 8
started asking me to draw the lists of the people she had met. With Maria, I discovered the pleasure of drawing for its own sake. An old chap like me, who has always worked in the field of comics and illustration, discovered one day that drawing is a pleasure, and that is just what I want to express. Drawing is like riding a bike, cooking a nice omelette, being with someone you love, enjoying a day of sun or smoking a cigarette by the sea when that was not  harmful yet. 

Miguel Gallardo (Lleida, 1955) studied at the Massana School of Arts and Crafts (Barcelona). He contributes regularly as illustrator for La Vanguardia newspaper and different magazines and publications nationally and internationally, such as The Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. He has won two awards at the Comic Convention of Barcelona, two SND (Society of Newspaper Design), and one Serra D'Or for the book "What happens to this child". In 2007 he published "Maria y yo" with Astiberri, a graphic novel that chronicles the adventures and travels with her daughter María of 13 years who suffers from autism.  the National Prize of the Catalan Government in 2008 in the comic category. In 2009 a documentary on the book was released under the same title,  "Mary and I." which was a finalist in the Goya Awards, Spain's main national film awards, in 2010.

Miguel Gallardo website.