Andreína Vallés hopes you will feel something of her pictorial illustrations
Andreina VallÃ©s, a Hanover-based illustrator from Caracas, Venezuela, finds a lot of inspiration in alternative films. The weirder and more abstract the better, as AndreÃna enjoys transforming the cinematic aesthetic into her own wonderful creations – like rickety greyhounds running down a sandy road, pearly treasures or a glassy volcano. âIn addition, my roots in Venezuelan culture play an important role in my art,â she says. âAs I live in a foreign country now, my art has become more introspective than before. While living in Venezuela, my inspiration came from outside and from the bustling city of Caracas.â
Before embarking professionally in her medium, AndreÃna studied audiovisual arts in Caracas and decided to take the plunge after graduating as a freelance illustrator. So far, her biggest project to date has been a hand-drawn animated video titled Me and the Beast, in which she created the cover art and music video for a Spanish artist named MarÃa de la Flor. The film brings AndreÃna’s pictorial style to life by accompanying the calming sound of the artist’s melody. In other recent works, she has illustrated various subjects ranging from nature to cats and tributes to her Venezuelan culture.
Von Pilzen und Katzen (About mushrooms and cats) is a recent example of his production. In this work, she says, “What I love most about this piece is its playful nature and the way the cat looks directly at the viewer.” Immersed in a calming palette of earthy tones – rustic reds, oranges and beiges – the illustration features a mushroom enlarged in the center. Meanwhile, the sun is setting in the background and a gorgeous black cat looks the viewer directly in the eye. The piece represents AndreÃna’s first steps as a digital artist, a medium she switched to just a few months ago: âHer creation was the first time for me that I really liked digital art.
Where is my Friend’s House, on the other hand, refers to AndreÃna’s love for cinema. The title, for example, is a nod to the illustrator’s all-time favorite film, Where’s My Friend’s House – directed by Abbas Kiarostami. In the film, the protagonist (a boy) searches for his classmate’s house after mistakenly picking up his school notebook. Adventurous and visually captivating, AndreÃna puts her finger on this “important scene” where the boy sets out on his journey, and in turn, strives to recreate it through his art. âMy goal with this image and what I love most about it is the perspective that purports to be like a pop-up book or some kind of theater stage aesthetic,â she explains.
Meanwhile, Viaje de un Santo (which translates to Journey of a Saint) features an eye-catching scene that almost feels from another world. âThis image pays homage to Saint, who plays an important role in my Venezuelan culture. For this painting, I had an unusually clear vision from the start. I did it in a very short time, and the whole process has been very satisfactory to me. “
Regarding the illustration process, all of AndreÃna’s works are created spontaneously. Devoid of any planning, she works on intuition and lets herself be guided by the act of doing. âI usually don’t have a picture of the finished image in my head, and instead, the ideas for the final piece come bit by bit during the creation process,â she says. The only factor she thinks about in advance is the color palette, as hues and tones play a key role in the mood of her illustration. “For me,” she concludes, “it is not a question of conveying a precise message, nor of evoking a certain sensation in the viewer. The only thing that matters to me is to surprise the viewer and him. make something feel. “