Adobe Creative Residency Application for Edgar Alanis
"Stories travel like wind here. Perhaps the story that will fly the farthest is that of Rosalma, la curandera."
At a Glance
Title: La Curandera
Format: Graphic Novel
Length: 96 - 120 Pages
Similar Reads: Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi, Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez, and Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Languages: Concurrent American English and Spanish Editions
Key Words: Strong Female Lead, Person of Color, Magic & Rituals, Mexican Culture, Fate
Rosalma is a curandera, a spiritual healer, and all she’s ever wanted was a child. But unable to bear her own, she goes on a decades-long journey where she must make three grand sacrifices in order to create such a life—a child—using a dark and forbidden magic. When Rosalma’s greatest desire is fulfilled, she’s in rapture; but it soon dissipates when the boy she gave life to proves to be far more sinister than he appears to be. Set in rural Mexico, La Curandera is an original story about love, desire, determination, and coming to terms with something you were never destined to have.
As a 2018 Creative Resident, my goal for this project is to share my Mexican culture and personal history through illustration and comics, the vehicles I use to express myself. The story is inspired by my own grandmother, who was a curandera, and the many memories I have of her curing neighbors, relatives, and even myself using household remedies and prayer. As a native Spanish speaker, my plan is to write both American English and Spanish versions of the text and find a publisher willing to publish both graphic novels at the same time.
Creative Process/Content Creation
Tight Pencil Sketch
Final Digital Art
Throughout the year of the residency I plan on sharing every phase of my project with the creative community. I am on every major social media platform, so I intend on using social media and a personal blog as my main communication channels, catering content to best leverage each platform. The content itself would include notes, sketches, live drawings, time-lapse videos, final art, and my work space. I also plan on writing press releases and sharing them with creative blogs and publications like Pikaland, The Great Discontent, and AIGA Eye on Design to increase exposure for my project and the Adobe Creative Residency itself.
Illustration is the vehicle I use to express my individuality to the world. Through my comics I explore my passion for art history, travel, finding humor in the everyday, and my cultural heritage as a Mexican American. The tone of my work is sweet, lighthearted, sometimes funny, and meaningful. I'm originally from South Texas and have worked as a graphic designer, design manager, and brand manager for organizations in Houston, Texas, and New York City. My work has been featured in Thrillist, Creative Digest, and HOW Design.