Javier Mariscal


Character creation with Mariscal

Javier Mariscal (Valencia, 1950) is, first and foremost, an image creator who develops his work using all kinds of supports and disciplines. Furniture design, interior design, graphic design, landscaping, painting, sculpture, illustration, web design, multimedia and animation are part of his professional activity.
In his own words “My specialty is being creative, innovative, making language go as far as possible, trying to develop codes, signs and graphic messages. Bringing them up to date. Listening, absorbing, observing, expressing what society is breathing in images”.
In 1999 he won the “Premio Nacional de Diseño”. His work has been exhibited at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris and presented in several retrospectives, like “Mariscal Drawing Life” at the London Design Museum, “Mariscal en La Pedrera” and “The Art Player” in Korea. His illustrations and comics strips invade covers and pages in “The New Yorker”, “El Pais” and the Japanese magazine “Apo”.

Throughout his long career Javier Mariscal has created hundreds of characters with very different goals and motives, and for fields as diverse as comics, illustration, graphic design, industrial and textile, mascots, logos, animation, cinema, video clips, websites, exhibitions.
For each new creation, the author analyzes the project or the assignment, defines its frames, documents extensively, and finally begins to generate an astonishing multitude of sketches, tests, in a frantic search to find the perfect solution for his new creature, and that through his amazing stroke and his inexhaustible visual imagination.
In this workshop Mariscal will present his work process for the creation of characters, and will reveal his methods and techniques to “give birth” to beings such as Cobi, Twipsy, Los Garriris, El Señor Mundo, Lula, Julián or Chico y Rita.
Guided by Mariscal, participants will create their own characters, developing them with the author and giving them a specific format – portfolio, vignette and / or animation- with the aim of presenting them publicly to the class and establishing a critical discussion around them, in a debate full of ideas, inspiration and humor.

26 November / 11:30-1:00 P.M.: Presentation by Javier Mariscal. The origin of the characters and their process of creation. Examples of works. Characters and their different universes and formats.
14:30-6:00 P.M.: Proposal of character creation to the participants by Mariscal: definition of the framework, objectives and process.
27 November / 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.: Supervision of the creation and the first sketches. Specification of the appropriate format for its presentation (comics, animation, etc.).
28 November / 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.: Preparation of the final formats and presentation of the characters. Critical debate around the proposals. Final conclusions.

Requested materials: Paper, pencils, colored pencils, markers, cardboard, tape, cutter (optional: smartphone, tablet or laptop for the realization of animations).

€ 199


· full workshop tuition
· free access to the library, relaxation areas, photo studio, cinema
· wi-fi
· use of printers

· travel
· accommodation
· breakfast
· lunch (possibility of a buffet lunch at Fabrica at 11€, by reservation)
· dinner
· taxi and public transport
· extra expenses
· materials for the workshop

Send your request complete with personal data to press@fabrica.it
When you receive your bill, please pay the total amount of the workshop by bank
transfer payable to:
Fabrica SRL
Cassa di Risparmio del Veneto S.P.A
IBAN: IT 15F 0622512020 100000006377
Reference: “Name and surname of the participant and title of the workshop”.
Your registration will not be official until your payment comes through.
You will then receive confirmation.
The registrations are first come, first serve until the places are exhausted.
If requested by the workshop leader, we reserve the right to evaluate the candidates’ CV for the selection of participants.

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