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This work is untitled and was created by Gaston Pacheco working out of Mendoza Argentina. It's part of a collection that he featured on the site Behance on February 20th 2017, titled Illustration Vol 6. The illustration is of a barefoot man in sombrero walking through a twilight dessert, feeding the wildlife along his journey. 

 

Background: 

The background is a desert landscape, the sky’s contrasting shades are divided by wavy lines. Near the horizon, a bright sun is setting and rising above it is a large full moon. The base of the Moon is illuminated by the setting sun, but its upper half is shaded.  Like the sky, the desert land is also striped, but here the stripes are vertical and they divide the land into two alternating shades of the same colors, one light and the other darker. Beyond the few boulders and rocks that dot the landscape the desert is mostly flat and barren, extending far back into a thin horizon of gently rising mountains. 

 

Figures: 

There are two primary figures and a couple of secondary figures in the image. The first primary figure is the barefoot man walking through the desert. There's a large brimmed sombrero tilted over his eyes. His jeans are cuffed at the bottom and held by the belt around his waist are two gourds strapped to his back. In his hands is some kind of food that he's using to feed the trio of fish floating around him. Characteristic of Gaston-style the fish have very large ringed eyes, and their bodies are stripped. The second primary figure is the giant stingray, floating off in the distance towards the barefoot man. Its eyes are large like the fish in the foreground. Its wings extend to either side of its body and its tail extends behind it repeating triangles. 


Colors:

The colors of this illustration are cool and of low intensity. The setting sun is by far the hottest point of light, colored bright white. Near the sun the sky at the horizon is colored in shades of pastel pinks and salmons. As the scene moves move higher into the sky, and away from the bright point of the sun, the color of the illustrations start to lose variety and warmth. The colors become cooler shades of blues and purples. At the highest point of the sky, white stars begin to spot the illustration like splattered paint.

The desert land is colored into two shades of the same blue, in alternating patterns of light then dark. The giant stingray and the fish each have blue-gray bodies and bright pink rings around their eyes. The bodies of the wildlife are also accented by a band of blue red and yellow. The fish have this triad band across their spine and the stingray on each of its wings. The barefoot man is the most modestly colored being the same shade of undefined and dingy gray. But he is unique in that the food he carries in his hand is only second to the sun in terms of hot vibrancy. 

Meaning and Being: Let your light Shine and the wonders of the world will come to You

The landscape and the hidden face of the barefoot man evoke a sense of loneliness. That both the sun and the moon are out, combined with the vertical stripes of the land and the horizontal striping of the sky gives the entire image a twilight feeling. The fish and the stingray are not only antithetical to a dessert environment but that they float through it makes the entire illustration feel alien. 

In terms of meaning, I think a key to understanding the design is the parallel between the scene in the sky and the one happening on land. An obvious tie is that both the sky and the land are striated although in opposite directions. Less obvious is that both the sky and the land feature two important figures, that have parallel meaning. In the sky there is the moon and Sun, the moon being much larger than the sun, but the sun being far brighter than the moon, giving value and variety to the image. The sun is a kind of life-giving element in the illustration, and its domain has a high variety of color. But the moon is large and awe inspiring and in its domain is the wonder of star filled space is conveyed. There is a similar relationship between the two primary figures on land, the giant Stingray, and the Barefoot man. The stingray is the largest figure moving through the desert and in it, the alien wonder of the illustration is conveyed. But even the stingray is moving towards the light of the barefoot traveler because in his hand is the only source of light on the land. So in this way, the mystery and awe of the moon and its analog the stingray, are balanced against the vibrancy and illuminating power of the sun and its analog the barefoot man. 
 


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General: 

This work is untitled and was created by Gastón Pacheco, working out of Mendoza Argentina. It's part of series of Illustration published on Behance titled Vol 3. The illustration is of a Fish on that's been hooked and cut into segments from which it's organs are spilling. 

 

Background:

The Background is a dark sea floor, lined with ocean crest. There's also a bit of fishing line drifting in the picture, as well as a second smaller fish to the lower right of the image.

Figure: 

Like most of Gaston's work, this piece is centered around Character Design and a lot of detail has been given to central character (as pose to the details in the background). The primary subject is a fish that's been hooked through the upper lip of its mouth. The fish itself has been divided and broken into four segments, where at each break a portion of its inner body is revealed. The Head, with one large eye and  4 whiskers like a catfish, has been segmented from the torso section, which has two small dorsal fins, and two large ventral fins on its belly. The torso also has a thin gash across its side, where some tube-like organs are floating out. The second division is between the torso and upper tail. The upper tail has one dorsal and one ventral fin. And the final break is between the upper and the lower tail which has a tailfin. Within each of the three break sections, the subject's pink inner skin and the links that create the fishes spine are revealed, larger portions at the divide between the head and the torso, and smaller segments of spine and inner skin at the breaks in the tail. Many bulbous tube-like organs are floating away through the open breaks in the body, and out of the fish. 

Colors and Patterns: 

The segmented links of the spine are patterned and repeated, as well as the body of the fish, which is colored and patterned like starry space with densely packed points of light. The fishes whisker also have a stripped pattern. In terms of color, Gaston uses dark colors for most of the outer skin of the fish. Dark blues and blacks studded by white points of light to make it appear like star-filled space. Near the edges of the fins, the colors smoothly transition from the darker blues of the outer skin to warmer pink near the extremities. At the open segments where we can see the exposed inner skin and organs, the colors range from the pink of the inner skin to the pinks, purples, and reds of the floating organs. There are a few really subtle uses of color throughout the illustration. Along the fins, some contours of the fish, as well as the line attached to the hook, there's a very thin rainbow of color, that includes yellows purples and reds. 

Thematic Significance and Notes: 

I'm not exactly sure what the picture means but there's defintely a relationship between the dissection of the fish and that it's also been hooked. The immediate impression I get from the picture though, is that the contrast between the darkness of the seafloor and the outer skin of the fish against the bright colors of the inner ograns of the fish make the picture very attractive. And maybe that's the perspective of the fishermen. To divide the fish and let it's bright organs spill out into the darker landscape. The fish perspective is proabably not so pleasant. And if you were to take the perspective of the smaller fish, the whole scene could be a cautionary tale. 


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