Bears,
illustrated

English / Castellano

April by

Mamanuel

from Madrid, Spain
instagram.com/_mamanuel

This drawing features my boyfriend, Javier. Due to this year’s confinement, we spent two months without being able to meet intimately, so I’ve reconstructed his figure as a sort of Franktenstein’s monster, made up of references and nudes he sent me (although I would have like to take the reference photos myself). I knew I wanted to portray him from the start, and since I’m collaborating with many illustrators form around the world on this project, I wanted to contribute an intimate imaginary that referenced the places where Javier and I meet, two towns in the province of Toledo, amongst fields of olive trees and hills. I find it important to state that rural Spain is and always has been queer too, and what better month for this than the day of the Spanish Republic (April 14th).

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