When you visit the About Me page of French illustrator El Don Guillermo’s website, you’re met with an image that illustrates his personality and drawing style quite literally. A drawing of the illustrator describes his characteristics, a desk with scattered drawing materials, kinder buenos, a laptop with “Face de Bouc” on screen, and littered on the floor is a crumpled up “dessin rate” (drawing rate) and “gags tout pourris” (rubbish jokes).
This chucklesome bio continues throughout El Don Guillermo’s work, particularly in his series illustrating a character called Bernadette, first published as an erotic book in France by Les Requins Marteaux. “The character of Bernadette is a very free woman, a very liberated person,” the illustrator tells It’s Nice That. “After I made the book, I really loved this character and made more pictures with her.”
You can instantly see why El Don Guillermo couldn’t give Bernadette up, with her cheeky unassuming facial expression – unless she has a joint in hand, then she’s got a beaming smile – and the freedom she represents while holidaying at the “Dauphin Vert” campsite. A location where, “Nudists, voyeurs, exhibs, swingers and melangists, all come to grill their sausages in a very sea, sex and pussy-filled atmosphere.”
Another project of El Don Guillermo’s, of a similarly saucy style, is La Fille Sans Culotte, translating as The Girl With No Pants. The publication is a compilation of erotic shorts by the illustrator, covering narratives such as “a story about a girl falling in love with a fish monster, and another about a girl who wants to have her photograph taken but with no pants and others…” Continuing El Don Guillermo’s role as the go-to guy for flirty and funny illustrations with a sharp narrative.
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Lucy (she/her) is the senior editor at Insights, a research-driven department with It's Nice That. Get in contact with her for potential Insights collaborations or to discuss Insights' fortnightly column, POV. Lucy has been a part of the team at It's Nice That since 2016, first joining as a staff writer after graduating from Chelsea College of Art with a degree in Graphic Design Communication.