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Hanging out with romantic cows and an aquatic private dick thanks to Federico Gutiérrez

Posted by James Cartwright,

It’s hard to express just how excitable Federico Gutiérrez’ work makes me. The Mexican-born, Vancouver-based illustrator and animator produces imagery that feels like it was made especially for me (though I speak little Spanish). His dense, inky illustrations are packed full of film noir influences, mid-century Americana and Picasso-esque flourishes including an exasperated bull who seems to be questioning the purpose of the human romantic impulse above a lilliputian Poseidon – and why the hell wouldn’t he?

There’s private detectives emerging from lakes, surrealist discotheques and chic female characters suffering from serious malaise. In fact, Federico’s pathos-rich illustrations are like the inky translations of an Almodovar film with chatty fauna thrown in for good measure. Magnificent stuff!

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.