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.
About the Author
Lucy joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In October 2016 she became a staff writer on the editorial team and in January 2019 was made It’s Nice That’s deputy editor. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about new and upcoming creative projects or editorial ideas for the site.