Gabriel Pacheco is a Mexican illustrator whose wonderful work is haunting and gothic, follows in the tradition of the great Victorian illustrators. The first thing that struck me when I came across his work was how he creates his compositions using very simple shapes – often just breaking up the picture plane with a simple shape, a line – and how colour – whether it be his use of vivid blues, rich reds, numerous shades of grey – plays a fundamental part in the emotional quality of the image. It’s extraordinary.
He also has a fantastic ability to mix his line up; precise and sharp, soft and faded. In particular his work is, for the most part, devoid of background which gives the reader, viewer, little distraction from the main narrative of the picture.
Pacheco cites Hieronymus Bosch and Marc Chagall as his inspirations – in time i’m sure his work, his name, will be the inspiration on many aspiring illustrators lips.