Leo Espinosa
For the children, from the children
Title: The fat guy is bugging us with all that jumping
Title: The book
Title: Pirate girl.
Title: A very stressful rutine
Title: Why?
These are five stories written by kids from a really poor area of Bogotá, Colombia, I was asked to illustrate for a book that would collect funds for Bella Flor, an organization that runs art programs to keep children off the streets (and serious danger). The stories are different, sometimes sarcastic, very clever and quite connected to these kids' reality. The last one is perhaps my favorite: it was only a single line that said "Why countries, if I don't have a Visa?"

Besides feeling really good about helping the children, these pieces have brought immense satisfaction and make me feel like I've grown as an illustrator while creating them.

Many thanks to fellow illustrator Francisco Villa and Diego Contreras for inviting me to participate.

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