WORK IN PROGRESS of Barcelona-based illustrator Jani Lunablau

March 30, 2015


I was wrong. When I had the idea of this series, I thought my hallucinations were going to be weird imaginations, or freaky stuff...or just an impossible wish coming true thanks to a digital collage.
But this week was different: every time I looked at the sea, I saw a huge, threatening mountain. Actually, my inner eye saw a huge mountain almost all day long and way into the night.

When the airplane in Malaysia disappeared, I felt very sorry for the people involved.
But the fact that a plane crashed into the Alps on its way from Barcelona (my home) to Düsseldorf (where I grew up), affected me deeply.
Obviously, my first thought was that a member of my family or myself could have been on the plane, a close friend or a not so close friend. That is not the case. But, people I personally know lost their husband, young girls their father. I feel downhearted.

I dedicate this image to every person who lost his life in this tragic accident and to the ones that stayed behind.

An airplane on its way from Barcelona to Duesseldorf crashed into the Alps. 149 people died. I dedicate this collage to all the victims

March 23, 2015


Yessssss, we made it through the winter... enjoy the first springtime monday!!!

(this collage is made entirely on iPad and iPhone.
Apps: Procreate, Camera 360 and Snapseed, just in case you're interested)

Collage with photos, flowers growing out of the sea at the beach of Barcelona

March 18, 2015


A box of matches in front of you.
45 minutes to convert it into a book- 
this is just the beginning of a workshop with Steven Guarnaccia, part of the activities at FLIC Festival in Barcelona this february.
What started with adrenaline levels beyond good, became one of the most fun workshops ever.
workshop at Flic Festival Barcelona

Steven Guarnaccia, art director, illustrator and professor at THE NEW SCHOOL in New York, suggested us to think about the significance of 'book'. What do you need to tell a story? Words? maybe not. Sometimes not even images...

I converted my little box into a fold-out character with the title 'triggering idea', an expression in german meaning a brilliant idea... you can actually light his neurons (but I would recommend not to...)

Converting a box of matches into a book

Bea R. Vaquero transformed it into an underwater scenario:

Nerea Borell Cedó created a stage with many, many actors...

Isa Penelo made this cute little Love-box:

Bárbara Castro transformed the box of matches into an elevator:

March 9, 2015


Do you remember the giant rubber duck (by dutch artist Florentijn Hofman) in front of Sydney, last year? Well, I saw it in Barcelona the other day... I swear!!

This is just a hallucination... the duck never floated in Barcelona... too bad, actually.

March 5, 2015


The small, simple and beautiful pop-up book "Libretto dei Tipografi" is dedicated to the most important printers of history:

Johannes Gutenberg 
Aldo Manuzio
Francesco Griffo
Claude Garamond
Henlo Dull
John Baskerville
Gianbattista Bodoni
Firmin Didot

Watch the video, it takes you into the magic of book making....

March 2, 2015

TIME FOR WHITE PAPER... (but no reason to panic)

jani lunablau What makes people happy? Sharing moments with people who love the same things you do... for example.
Roberta Bridda, book artist and illustrator, invites her artist friends every three weeks to share a new experience... sometimes it's about book binding, then about illustrating techniques, lately about colours... the idea is simple: everybody gives a class and receives many.
The group is called 'Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore...' (a quote from italian writer Italo Calvino).
During our 'creative mornings' good conversation and laughs are guaranteed and I move mountains not to miss a single one.
This friday, Laia Capdevila asked us to create a scene in 3D just in different shades of ... WHITE.
Most of us chose to make a tunnel book:

Maristella Mangipinto created a magic wolf scenario:

This is my project, 6 layers of differently structured papers and cloths cut in organic shapes.

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 This is the view from the back:

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Laia Capdevila created this fragile wood: