Drawing Life Javier Mariscal

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Javier Mariscal’s designs and artwork encompass a wide range of media, he is celebrated for his comics, graphic design, furniture designs, animation, interior design, illustration and work with brands and logos, amongst others. Across these disciplines, Mariscal’s bold and inquisitive imagination, his sense of humour and his over-arching love of drawing contribute to a unique and characteristic style.

Mariscal’s first published works followed his move from his hometown of Valencia to Barcelona to study Graphic Design. These included the radical underground comic El Rrollo Enmascarado, produced with a group of friends in 1973. The comic had such an impact that it was banned almost immediately by Franco’s government. In 1979 Mariscal created his famed ‘BAR CEL ONA’ logo. Combining illustration and typography into a welcoming symbol that encapsulated the confidence of the city as it emerged from the constraints of Franco’s rule, the logo also established Mariscal as an internationally recognised designer. Appreciating his prodigious talent, Ettore Sottsass invited Mariscal to take part in the celebrated Memphis collective of 1981. Mariscal contributed two furniture designs to the group. In 1987 he created ‘Cobi’, who would go on to be chosen as the mascot for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and cement Mariscal’s reputation for inspired branding. In 1990, the multi-disciplinary Estudio Mariscal was established, allowing Mariscal to take on almost any design brief. The studio has tackled such diverse projects as the re-branding of a political party, the creation of multi-media theme-park attractions, film and TV animations, and the interior design of hotels, shops, restaurants and bars.

Drawing Life is a celebration of the work of Mariscal. Designed, written and illustrated entirely by Javier Mariscal, it a very personal reflection on his career. Mariscal has looked at a wide selection of his major projects, from both the past and the future, and added his individual comments to each in the medium he has always enjoyed the most, drawing. Specifications:

  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 308 pp
  • Illustrations: 1000 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714857572

Javier Mariscal is one of the most highly respected illustrators and designers working today. His work covers a multitude of disciplines, from graphic and industrial design to furniture, interiors, animation and multi-media projects. In 1999 he was awarded the prestigious Spanish Premio Nacional de Diseno award in recognition of his work. He now heads a team of designers, illustrators, consultants, architects, editors and animators from his highly successful eponymous studio in Barcelona.

"This is by far the best book I have seen about Mariscal, because it is also by Mariscal... As you turn over the 300 pages in this oversized dustjacketed hardback, you can't help feeling warmed and charmed. This is most definitely not an exhibition catalogue - Mariscal doesn't think like that... What is left over the majority of the pages at the front is something organic, free-flowing and consciously unfinished. It has his personal touches throughout... Mariscal is also very present in written form though his revealing commentaries... His handwritten typos of English words actually add human imperfection and fresh surprise... Open any page and I find myself smiling and just itching to draw something for myself, uninhibited like the child inside me."—Paul Gravett

"[Mariscal] has designed everything from furniture to t-shirts, but it is the irrepressible playfulness of his characters and of inanimate objects that compels... Mariscal's world will draw you in – and draw you out."—Sunday Telegraph

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