There’s humor to Gabriel Alcala’s illustrations, a sort of cheekiness that’s well-intended. Based in Miami, FL, his work has attracted some buzz both online and offline. With almost 50k fans on Instagram, his selected clients include giants like Apple, Nike, and The New Yorker.
“I make art in the real world. I love working on prints, paintings, woodcuts, and ceramics,” noted Alcala in an interview with Amadeus Magazine. “However, for commercial and editorial work I usually draw on a tablet in Illustrator.”
His creative process includes a lot of extermination and sketching. “It might not look like it because my illustrations tend to be pretty simple, but the most simple drawing could have hundreds of sketches beforehand,” he notes. “A lot of it is just boiling down ideas until the drawings are totally efficient.”
But though simple, his creations pack a punch. “Ultimately I want my illustrations to have the same kind of impact that a great Mitch Hedberg one-liner joke has, haha,” says Alcala. “Really simple, hits you hard on contact, yet can stick with you for a really long time.”
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