Drawing has always been a huge part of my life. Even when diversifying my mediums, it all ends and begins with an illustration. This part of the process was always my favorite and is where I lingered the longest. I realized during my college career that rather than having illustration be a step towards a final solution, that it would be the final solution. I've learned to work with my strengths and dive into details to a point where I am mindlessly drawing with time floating away. Below I am not just showing my work, but I am also showing my form of joy. I hope you enjoy.
Ever since I was a kid I was always fascinated by Visual Storytelling. TV Shows, Movies, and Video Games are not just a form of enjoyment for me but a source of inspiration. I find joy in stories that are out of the ordinary, that fill you with the same wonder and awe a child would have regardless of what age you are. I aspire to give viewers that same wonder, to take a second look and really dive into the world's that I have created. They are for you, explore the scenes, get to know the characters! Discover something new.
I believe that it is always valuable to conquer multiple mediums, those I am comfortable with, and more importantly those I am uncomfortable with. With every variety of medium I have learned, I feel they have shaped me as an artist and allowed me to find a voice no matter what I am creating or what I am creating with. I love to learn and adapt to new things, whether its getting my hands messy with clay or animating a video. I hope to always increase my diversity of mediums and I am always looking forward to learning something new.
Mabel Barreto is a wave of an imaginative energy and passion for the world of illustration. Influenced by her Peruvian heritage, she applies the same exquisite attention to detail as seen in traditional Peruvian culture and art into her own work. Being a first generation immigrant, she has been able to easily adapt to new situations and challenges and does so in the best of her ability. She loves and aspires to create worlds and environments that encapsulate the viewer and make them feel the same wonder they do when face to face with the raw beauty of nature. She hopes her work not only grabs the attention of viewers but also inspires them to also chase their passion.
Part of the Richmond Experience Coloring Book, The Richmond Tattoo and Arts Festival is the oldest Tattoo Expo in the United States. I wanted to capture the creativity that one sees at this event as well as give historical reference to their past poster design. The bull in the center is an homage to the unique poster design for their 19th annual expo in 2011.