Monday, May 24, 2010

¡El día del toro!

This is a piece I was invited to do by for their weekly artist series. The only stipulation was that I pick a topic relating to sports and come up with my own commentary. This was all hand-drawn in Adobe Illustrator with the exception of the background, which was a manipulation of a photo I took of some grungy paper.

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Here is the blurb on the Web site:
Bullfighting has been in practice for over two millennia. D
uring the 2010 Festival of Saint Isidro at the Plaza de Toros las Ventas bullring a matador, Julio Aparicio, was gored through his throat only to have the six inch tip of the bull's horn erupt through his mouth like a hellish piston.

This cruel sport exists today only because of tradition. A game devised to taunt, humiliate, and murder the animal, bringing to light the most barbaric and primordial urges of humankind. Luckily, Aparicio survived this encounter, but unfortunately the bull was quickly disposed of. Regardless, that day was a day of justice for the bulls and May 21, 2010 should forever be known as: ¡El
día del toro!

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