Guille Carmona’s vibrant illustrations are a queer fever dream
Despite their otherworldly aesthetic, Guille Carmona’s illustrations exhibit a distinct vulnerability. The Spanish-born illustrator’s digital artwork typically depicts muscular, spiky characters engaging in activities such as crying and hanging out with cute fluffy animals.
Much of the inspiration for Carmona’s practice, which he describes as “an extremely queer fever dream”, comes from his childhood, when he spent much of his time reading manga and watching anime. .
“My mother was a painter, so I’ve been around a creative environment since I was little,” he told CR. “My dad comes from a completely opposite world but he’s a sci-fi geek, and he introduced me to this kind of literature which definitely allowed me to view reality in a different way.”
Today, the illustrator is influenced by everything from 80s airbrush artists and science fiction book covers to folk tales and Japanese new wave art. However, the subject that appeals to him the most is extreme male homoeroticism.
“I’m really into the gym bro culture and the theatrics of it. I guess it’s also a commentary on the ‘masc for masc’ toxicity so prevalent in gay culture and how performative it is,” he explains.
Carmona’s distinctive aesthetic has recently caught the attention of an increasing number of clients and collaborators, especially from the fashion world. Her first magazine cover for the latest issue of Buffalo Zine, which explores the color paradox of pink, features a reclining hot pink character dressed in little more than silk pants and a Prada it bag.
He also cites his recent collaboration with Spanish fashion designer Paula Canovas del Vas, for whom he created a series of ornate fantasy creatures in his AW22 collection, as one of his favorite commissions to date.
As for Carmona’s future, he is excited to expand his practice into new areas such as 3D animation and beyond. “I’m into airbrushing right now and I’m more eager to start producing more tangible types of art, but eventually I’m learning to enjoy the process of discovering new tools,” he says.