“The Summoning: A Compendium of Bad Human Traits”

“The Summoning: A Compendium of Bad Human Traits” Pastel on Sidewalk

I had several interesting encounters with people while making this, but my favorite one was when an angry Trump supporter came up to me and asked “If I give you a hundred dollars, will you draw Crooked Hillary?” to which I responded with “Sure, when she’s president.” His wife laughed at him.

Later on, a storm was about to hit and the wind blew a large umbrella and the table attached to it over, which sent two bottles of Snapple and a glass of wine down over the Trump piece. There was broken glass and wine all over it, which had to be picked up before the rain came in and then covered with a tarp so I could resume later. The next day, I basically started over but with the benefit of having a smudge to go by rather than start from scratch, making sure not to rub my fingers into any missed broken glass. Blood on the summon would be a bit much on a piece that is already not very subtle.


“Don Ramón”

“Don Ramón” 12″x9″ Pen On Paper

Growing up in Puerto Rico, it was easy to take El Chavo Del Ocho for granted: Created in 1971, the Mexican sitcom had reached its peak in popularity, was cancelled and had begun to thrive in reruns (averaging more viewers than the 2014 Superbowl) way before I got into it as a kid. It wasn’t until I started describing El Chavo Del Ocho to people that hadn’t grown up with it that I realized how special this show really was. From Wiki: “El Chavo del Ocho is a Mexican television sitcom that gained enormous popularity in Hispanic America as well as in Brazil, Spain, United States, and other countries. It centers on the adventures and tribulations of a poor orphan nicknamed ‘El Chavo’ and other inhabitants of a fictional low income housing complex, or, as called in Mexico, vecindad. The sitcom explores, in a comic manner, the problems that many homeless children face on a daily basis, such as hunger, sadness and not having someone responsible to watch over them.”

Even tho much of the humor was slapstick and was comprised of a handful of running gags, the premise had heart and despite the characters all being deeply flawed individuals, not a single one was a bad person. To me, no character better exemplifies that fact than Don Ramón, Chavo’s greatest ally.