Loteria Grande card artworks for “El Venado” and “El Arbol” by John Picacio.
Great news — two of my recent artworks, “El Venado” and “El Arbol”, have been selected for inclusion in the forthcoming art annual Infected By Art / Volume 4 (published by Hermes Press). Lauren Panepinto, Allen Williams, Erica Berkowitz, and Patrick Jones were the jurors for this year’s annual. Both pieces were created for my ongoing Loteria series, and that makes their inclusion even more gratifying.
“El Venado” is an homage to the Grisha Trilogy written by my friend Leigh Bardugo, while “El Arbol” is a tribute to the late, great Jay Lake. Shoutout to both of them, and to Jay’s family.
In Loteria We Trust. 🙂
Volume 4 will be available in bookstores everywhere during the last quarter of 2016. Congratulations to all of the artists selected for this amazing book!
Good news, Loteria fans! 2014 finishes in grand style with the release of a new Loteria Grande card series from Lone Boy, including “La Calavera”, “El Corazon”, “El Venado”, “El Mundo”, and “La Escalera”! These cards feature the same production value and giant size as the Grandes originally released with my 2013 Calendar’s Kickstarter campaign — 4.5″ x 7.5″ on thick, durable cardstock, with rounded corners. All cards also include my final pencil drawing for each artwork reproduced on the reverse side.
I’m remodeling my blog and web store, and moving it all to WordPress over the New Year’s holiday. Once that work is done, my store will be taking orders for Loteria Grande / Series 1 during the first full week of January.
Here are the rest of the cards included in Series 1.
Happy New Year, all!
Here’s the next artwork in my Loteria series — “El Venado” (The Deer)!
My concept for this one was inspired by the novels of my friend, author Leigh Bardugo, and namely Shadow and Bone, the first in her New York Times-bestselling Grisha Trilogy, followed by Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising.
I had a pretty strong idea of where I wanted to go on this one, even at the sketch stage.
Leigh encouraged me, backing me all the way. Without her, the art would look very different.
This work is definitely a love letter to her Grisha Trilogy. There are homages throughout the middle ground and background. Some of them are overt. Some are subtle. See if you can find them all. 🙂
However, even while paying tribute to these books, the key challenge was to create an iconic Loteria illustration that could stand on its own for those that haven’t yet read them.
I’ll be doing a Grande Loteria card of this one in the near future. If you’re on the Lone Boy List, you’ll know first. If you’re not on the List, now’s a good time to get onboard! Just send an email to
info (at) lone-boy (dot) com
We’ll add you!
Happy Holidays, all.