Monday, January 16, 2017

"The Stairs"

"Story to story, building to building, street to street, we pass each other on the stairs." I can't claim to know exactly what Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss of INXS were visualizing when they wrote "The Stairs" but I was both inspired and enamored by the idea that stairs can be home to these micro moments between people of different backgrounds and points of view. So I ran with that idea and it evolved into this - "The Stairs."

Friday, January 13, 2017

"You Got This"

"You Got This" Your heart's beating so fast it feels like it's about to explode. And now your right knee's shaking? Wait. Why's your knee shaking? Oh my god! Can they see it? Just keep walking toward the mic. It won't be so obvious then. Just don't drop your pick cause your hands are really sweaty. Crap! What if my fingers slip? What if I forget the chords? You need to stop, ok? Take a deep breath. Breathe. C'mon, you've practiced this a million times. You know the words. You know the chords. This is what you were born to do. You got this!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Starman" - A tribute to David Bowie

There's a "Starman" waiting in the sky. He'd like to come and meet us but he thinks he'd blow our minds. In honor of David Bowie who left us one year ago today but also left us his music to forever live on in a wave of phase.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

"Tina & Louise"

"Tina & Louise" - Been a huge Bob's Burgers fan for years now, but I don't know why I just now got the idea to combine it with the iconic 90s movie "Thelma & Louise" (which I also love). I'm not sure how well known that movie is nowadays, but I'd be really curious to see the overlap between Bob's Burgers fans and people at least familiar with it. Either way at least I finally got the inspiration to do a tribute piece for one of my favorite shows of all time!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016

With 2016 almost over here in the US I thought I'd take this opportunity to thank you all for allowing me to share my art with you. I pretty much just draw and paint the things that I want to see in the world, so I never take it for granted when others enjoy the same geeky/silly/artistic viewpoints that I've illustrated :) Here's my 2016 Best Nine compiled from my Instagram and now to see what 2017 will bring! I know at least one thing that'll come next year and here's a hint: Cowabunga, dude! And to all of you reading this may your 2017 be the most awesomest ever!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

"Wait, What?"

When you overhear something at work with your name in it :)

Also just having fun with shapes and light

Saturday, December 24, 2016

"Jingle Bells..."

"Jingle Bells...” Get it? Get it? Ah, I think you get it ;)
Merry Christmas from Mau to you!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas in the Sand

"I love Christmas in the snow, but 'Christmas in the sand' don't end. I tell you that's where it's at" :) When I first heard "Christmas in the Sand" by the awesomely talented Colbie Caillat a few years ago it instantly became one of my favorite Christmas songs ever. Her soft voice over those warm chords is just such a perfect combination to represent that Christmas feeling in a more tropical setting, so it was equally fun to try and capture that in a visual. Happy Christmas weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

10 Years Ago This Month

10 years ago this month I painted one of my first ever 'concepts' (as well as one of my first paintings ever) for the main character of my "Small Dogs" children's book. I had barely taken my first drawing and painting classes thanks to a public night program, so I knew enough to get started but I had no awareness of character design let alone the principles of design in general. Thankfully that ignorance never discouraged me from working on my story even if my skills hadn't yet caught up to my vision. Now a decade later I'm honored and humbled that the book exists in physical form after so much work and with the help of all my Kickstarter backers. But if this old painting has taught me anything it's that your abilities don't have to be perfect to get started, they just have to get you started.

Monday, December 12, 2016

"You've Got Me?!? Who's Got You?"

"You've got me? Who's got you?" 'Member when a scene in a Superman movie could be charming and make you smile? I honestly don't know what inspired the motivation behind this other than a few weeks ago I just randomly remembered the scene from the 1978 "Superman" movie where Superman first saves Lois and how much I loved the little bit of humor in it. Not sure how much 'demand' there is for retro Superman art LOL but I had to draw it out more for my own sake than anyone else's. Happy Monday!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

2016 Holiday Sale

December's already underway which means it's time for my annual Holiday Sale! I marked down ALL of my prints and books by 25% for anyone who orders between now and Sunday at midnight when my sale ends and my store closes until the new year. I want to give myself plenty of time to send out everyone's orders well before Christmas which means this'll also be your one and only chance to get yourself some art until either January or February when I'll have more stock. In the meantime Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Happy December & Update

I know I've been MIA for a while and in case some of you are thinking I upped and quit art and moved to the mountains I wanted to share why. A little while ago I got offered the opportunity to illustrate a children's book for Simon & Schuster's Kids label which I've been working on over the last few months. I can't say much more about it right now but I understand it'll come out later next year. In any case I've also got some really fun ideas brewing in my head that I can't wait to put out really soon. Happy December, everyone!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Mauricio Abril Art at NYCC 2016!

I'm so excited to be coming to NYCC 2016 for the very first time! I'll be hanging out in Artist Alley T-18 so stop by and say hi. Hope to get to meet some of my East Coast fans!!! See you later this week!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

It's October!!!

It's that time of year again! It's October now which means Halloween season is officially in full swing! Look out later this month for my "Shadow Play" print giveaway which I started doing last year. Happy Saturday, everyone!

Friday, September 30, 2016

After shipping out the books and rewards to all my amazing Kickstarter backers, I'm happy to announce that my "SMALL DOGS" book is now available publicly on my Storenvy page. Simply click on the link below to check it out and for anyone who'd like their copy dedicated to someone in particular I'd be happy to oblige :) Happy Friday, everyone and remember to stay small!