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When I was a kid, I was always drawing. Mainly cartoon characters from Woody Woodpecker, The Flintstones, Looney Tunes, He-Man, Thundercats and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (I know, some of those are from my parents era, but in Mexico we get re-runs forever).

Somewhere down the path to adulthood I stopped drawing. I did some caricatures and satire comics in High School, but those were more for comedy than art. Then I got into design and I quit altogether.

In the last five years I really got into lettering, and that led me to follow some illustration artists from around the world. The first I can think of is Rylsee. Since then, I’ve picked up a pencil from time to time only to abandon it in frustration when my illustration skills doesn’t match my expectations.

This year I decided to give drawing/illustration a shot, and to start drawing almost daily until I get at least a little bit closer to my expectations. As with anything I do, at first I was really scared of putting myself out there with shitty work, but the thing is, there’s really no other way for me to push the quality of my art and stay motivated. That’s what I did with lettering, and after four or five years of less and less shitty work, I got pretty decent.

So, I opened a new Instagram account, One Second Time Machine (shout if you get that reference), and started publishing my drawings. If you stumble upon them, I would appreciate a comment (likes are good for exposition, but really the love is in the comments).

I leave you with the one drawing I like the most so far:

Andrés Calamaro, Illustration by Axel Valdez / One Second Time Machine
There’s a misplaced dot, I know! 🙂

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Do you draw or make anything art-related? Shoot me a comment on Twitter so I can look at it!