Hola! Happy 2015! I'm back at my desk after some time off in Chile. I was in a few places over a month but it was the central coast, its beaches and its people that got my attention...
Reñaca, where all the girls have long wavy hair. Difficult to spot someone on their own. Here, you move in a group. The more, the merrier. Packed with "Argenteenagers", beautiful young things everywhere. Individuality is over-rated in Reñaca. The uniform for girls is short jeans, sleeveless top, and a "buzito" (sweatshirt). For the boys, aqua green and '80s coloured swim-shorts and bermudas. "Buzito" also applies. This is a place where one worships the sunset.
Viña del Mar, colourful and chaotic. Very sporty in the mornings and lots and lots of walkers in the afternoons. I went to a museum here and I loved it! Museo Francisco Fonk. The pre-Hispanic exhibition is excellent. I always thought the "shrinking heads" Jivaroan people were a myth?... Well, not any more.
Cachagua, the Chilean Hamptons. Peaceful and chic. Where families have minimum four kids. The sea? Incredibly cold, but who cares when everyone around you is SO gorgeous! Cachagua is like living in an Elle Decoration magazine or the latest Chanel advert.
Zapallar. The classiest of all Litoral's resorts. Here, people dress to go to the beach. There are certain uniforms that repeat, but there are lots and lots of fashions to get inspiration from. Brown, tall, and blonde skinny boys play "pelota paleta" (beach tennis) while the girls admire them secretly behind their sunglasses. Lots of red cheeks and green eyes.
Lily does LA is the second instalment in this "Girls on Tour" five-part series and is out in September. Three more covers to go! Maggie Does Meribel, Rachel Does Rome and The Girls Take Manhattan. Woo Hoo! Lily does LA is published by Headline More of my book covers atwww.adrianvalencia.com Follow me on Instagram,Twitter,Facebook and Tumblr for updates
Very happy to illustrate the covers of the “Girls on Tour” series of books by Nicola Doherty. Girls on Tour is a series of five interlinked stories about five friends, who have lots of fun in faraway places. Poppy Does Paris is the first instalment in this five-part series and is out in July 2014. The others in the series are Lily Does LA, Maggie Does Meribel, Rachel Does Rome and The Girls Take Manhattan. If you like Lindsey Kelk'sI Heart... novels, you will love this!
Visiting my friends in Ibiza has become a tradition for the last 10 years. Their kids are full of life and affection and I come back to London every year full of fun memories. There is always amazing music in the background, a new place to be seen, a new fashion to wear. I love the sound of the cicadas, mixing with the electronic music while drinking a cold beer... The intensity of the blue sky.
With every commissioned illustration, there is always a brief/ text/title/ to follow and it's the work of the illustrator to bring attention and clarity to that text. Just for fun, I like to match random sentences from novels with an existing illustration from my portfolio. I find it quite liberating that these two elements, which were not created together and do not share the same purpose, are suddenly together trying to make sense of each other. A.