Mercedes deBellard


Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
The first text "Who is the punishment for?" explores the treatment of women (Sonia) in Crime & Punishment. The second untangles the complex role of feminism in fashion, specifically looking at a recent trend of hyperfemininity. I decided to illustrate these texts with portraits, mirroring the underlying themes of each article through symbolic use of negative space.

How was the illustration used:
To illustrate articles in the weekly magazine El País Semanal, in Spain.

How did you make this work:
I used digital techniques. First, a quick sketch with the concept. Then I chose colours, making sure they work together and create contrast. Finally, negative space lets the composition breathe.  

Commissioner Name :
Diego Areso
Commissioner Company :
El País

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Currently Based:
Álava, Spain

Mercedes deBellard is an illustrator from Madrid. Renowned for her expressive portraits, Mercedes showcases a realistic yet delicately expressive style with an indefinably ethereal touch.