La Guarimba is a festival in the South of Italy that primarily exists to showcase short films and bring lots of great people together over the course of a few days, during the late Summer month of August.
Last year, illustrator (and DA friend) Sara Fratini teamed up with some dedicated folks to repair and reopen an outdoor movie theater. That was the start of La Guarimba.
This year, it looks as though the gathering will more than triple in size and possibly carry twice as many films as it did last year.
Somehow along the way a monkey became their mascot and to help promote the event, Sara asked 30 illustrators to design a poster (in their regions language) to be exhibited during the event. I'm happy to be included as one of the invited artists and really just love the way we each interpreted the poster in our own unique style.
Above is a glimpse into a few of my favorites, but you can catch the entire gallery (and their respective credits) on their Facebook page.
I first discovered Nate's work in early 2004 and was immediatley awe struck by his style and expression. On a whim, I sent him an email about a concept I had and wanted him to illustrate. I had nothing to offer but gratitude and a couple of free art prints of the design. Not only to did he indulge my wishes, he turned it around in less than two weeks time. The limited-edition print was called Monkey Bomb and has since turned into a t-shirt.
For this site, I reached out to Nate again... and this time, he obliged with an intimate peak into his daily sketchbook.