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I´m Alex Noriega, a 31 years old fella from Barcelona. I was born and raised there, but now I'm living between the US and Taiwan.

When I finished high school, I went to an arts and illustration school in Barcelona named Llotja. Picasso's father was a teacher there for a few years... and even Joan Miró studied there (he was actually born two blocks away from the school)


I lived in Holland for two years after I got my illustration degree. I worked as a janitor in a couple goverment buildings. It was a pretty interesting experience. I had tons of time to think and draw and I eventually started to work more and more as a freelance illustrator.

I went back to Barcelona and after a year I realized that the amount of illustration work that I was getting wouldn´t be enough to live by my own so I started to look for standard office jobs. I found one in a fashion company... I had no idea what I was getting into.

At the beginning it was tough because I had no idea of fashion nor interest in it, but after a while I found that I could actually do the work pretty well. I designed prints for t-shirts and underwear... they had to be very cute and I learned a lot about what sells and why.

At some point in 2010 I was going through a crisis due to some issues at work, so I decided to start this blog as a way of trying to find what I was doing wrong. I wanted to put on paper all that I had learned in life as simple as possible and try to see if what was happening around me made sense.  It didn´t.


 Now I don´t work in fashion anymore. I'm actually working on a graphic novel about what happened in that weird crisis. It's going to be called "Anosmic".

You can contact me through alx_noriega(at)hotmail(dot)com... please, write!

Thanks!


I'm on facebook too!

UPDATE

I'm living in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the moment and I'm not drawing comics... I'm very much alive.



70 comments:

Anonymous said...

i really like your blog :)
your illustrations are so cute

Andreea Manescu said...

good job,man!

Luisa Rodríguez said...

i knew you must be spanish :P
enhorabuena, tío. este blog es la caña

yuehann said...

hey alex, really good job with the witty illustrations! Loved 'em and shared with my friends, who in turn end up loving them too and spreading the love. :D Please don't stop!

Anonymous said...

you have a great talent Alex - your blog and illustrations are clever, ironic, inspirational, profound and fun. keep working your magic!

Agent Squirrel said...

niiice.

Anonymous said...

man you've got talent, and your awesome sense of humor's the best thing about your drawings

Anonymous said...

I love your blog ^^

Anonymous said...

love from canada <3

Kristel said...

Your drawings are inspiring. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, from Panama!

Irena Dubrovna said...

Wonderful drawings! I found one where is stated to wear always nice underwear because you never now when you will get lucky or need a doctor. It was very funny to me because my mother was always saying something similar: wear nice underwear cause you never knows when you will be injured in car accident.

Sarah Elizabeth said...

You, my friend, iz osm. :))) Love from Malaysia.

rexxa said...

love from Vietnam! <3

kate gompert said...

your work is great, great humor, go on!

Anonymous said...

love from Turkey:)

Corey said...

Love from Los Angeles. :-)

Your work is inspired.

vermillionlove said...

Hey Alex! Are you going to update the goldfish story anytime soon! I'd like to know what happened :)

I have a theory that your sister actually fed the pills to the goldfish, was just pretending, and turned out fine in the end. but I really wanna know for sure :D

Maira Callupe said...

Love from South Korea :)

Raquelilith said...

love it:)

Lucila Montaña said...

Love from Argentina!

Tudo Sobre Cachorros said...

you are perfect. love your drawings and even more your thoughts about life.

cheers from Brazil.

Oscar.Olivera said...

Saludos desde Venezuela Hommbre! que chido esta tu blog, Aunque tu tienes un titulo de ilustrador, ver la sencillez de tus dibujos me hacen querer comenzar a dibujar mis propios comics.
Saludos y pura vida!

Monica Mayoral said...

Me encanta tu página! Saludos desde Panamá :)

Helena de Tróia said...

nevermind! crisis are forever!
I have just started mine!

Savon Illustration said...

Whoa ! Just discovering your art : really really nice. Il love the of your drawings design and colors. I'll follow your artwork.

Summi said...

hey alex! just wanted to drop a small hello and let u know that we love your comic strips. sometimes its really the simple words that have that bang like impact that wake u up and jolt u back to reality. thank u for creating that spirit in ur work. keep it up

summi

Amy said...

Beautiful thoughts, beautiful work. Considered me subscribed to your feed for life!

Keeno said...

hey Alex, I hope all is well with you there :) Just stumbled upon the imgur collection of your stuff no one told me cartoons and really loved them!!! Awesome work!
and I'm not long back from a trip (3rd one) to Barcelona, which was AMAZING!
so just wanted to say

YOU ROCKSAW!!!!

cheers

Keeno

Stefanny said...

Hey! I love your sketchs and drawings! Greetings from Colombia!

Carli said...

Cool sketches...the crisis thing will end some time or another...but could also be described as a revolution

sid rebello said...

Awesome!
Love from Toronto..

des kharisma said...

Alex...keep tryin, keep doing, keep drawing!
Love your works and this blog

cheers from tropical island guy

c'n'd said...

I just ABSOLUTELY LOVE your work, man! I'm a fashion designer from Brazil and I wonder: have you ever thought about making fabric patterns?
Let me know, ok? :)
Keep up with the great work.

Anonymous said...

Your drawings are so unique and cool! I love what you have to say as well. Please don't stop!

Gladys said...

El teu blog m'agrada molt, ets super graciós i dius veritats com cases. Per simple curiositat: quan treballaves a BCN era per alguna empresa rotllo Inditex?

petons

Gladys

afina ray said...

The character is cute. I especially like their flat expressions :)

Anonymous said...

Tu blog es excelente, tus dibujos increibles, pero los mensajes y pensamientos en ellos es lo que realmente me encanta! Muy buen trabajo, saludos desde Costa Rica!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful drawings and even more wonderful wisdom. You're young...all of this will improve markedly as you grow older.
Surprisingly, awesomeness can grow like a tree.

Liz

alex said...

It's nice to know that there is somebody who feels like us!

Unknown said...

Alexxxxxxxxxxxxx,
Your work is wonderful..and ur will is mighty BIG!
Sso glad I stumbled upon ur blog!
I love ur illustrations...im a self taught illustrator myself!
I hope one day to start my own blog or at least feature my work in a children's book.Till then ,umma be often checking ur blog !
peace, light, and love from me
MAYA :)

Shair said...

Hey there alex, really enjoying your work, keep up the great work you do. Wish u the best!

Greetings from holland ;)

Mazza said...

Faz tempo que visito seu blog, adoro seu trabalho, seu estilo de desenhar e também suas histórias.

sucesso e beijos do Brasil!!
Carolina

Dreamer said...

I came across your blog through PostSecret, through a series of links I can't trace back...one of my typical surfing through the web until I don't know how I got to where I'm standing.
I like your art, you remind me of the illustrations by Gemma Correll (http://www.gemmacorrell.com/)

Jabelin said...

Fantastic blog!
Really glad I found it, love the mood in your drawings.

Hamdi Rizal said...

I love your comics. The feel is soo strong. By reading your comics it feels like time goes very sloooowly.

laraizterca said...

Me encanta tu sentido del humor! :D

chicquero.com said...

Alex, we love your blog. We made a post about your work.. and it's the most viewed post ever.
Just wanted to say .. Thank You!
Cheers from Brazil :)

Alex Noriega said...

Obrigado, chiquero! I saw a lot of traffic coming from your website. thanks!

Ispas Victor said...

Just wanted to say, these are some awesome illustrations :D
Cheers!

Ispas Victor said...

Btw I would love to see a book from you with all the illustrations you have so far :D

antique whole jewelry said...

dude, you have cool stuff here.. keep on postin'! :)

cheers.. metalpig ^_^

Luz Patricia said...

wow! love from monterrey, mèxico :)!

cring said...

wow~ awesome! you're awesome! makes me so happy when I see your illustrations I smile from ear to ear :D they have really great messages, very inspirational, nice and deep ~ I'm learning from it makes me think and cheer up too ^^ keep doing it please!
go go go! from Peru

Elie Nasr said...

Love your blog! Love your work! Lots of emotions and sincerity. Keep sharing them please :)

Bereng Lerotholi said...

Really love your work!
Love from Maseru, Lesotho!

JL said...

Me gusta mucho tu estilo, y las nubecitas esas que pones todo el rato me recuerdan a las de Superlópez ^^ - suerte con el libro.

kokomono96 said...

Did you happen to do any art for Shane Coyczan on a video called "To This Day"? One of the illustrations for that video looked a lot like your art, so I was just curious if that was you or not.

Adline Writes said...

I'm a newcomer to your work, love it man. keep it up!

小民布落 said...

You did meny nice illustration.
Good man!!

Cristina Laso said...

Tus dibujos son geniales y ¡lo que me he podido reir con las viñetas!
Mucha suerte y saludos desde Madrid.

Tamy said...

Loved it!!!!! Congrats!!!!

Danielle Caroline said...

Fantastic blog!
Love from Brazil!

Danielle Caroline said...

Fantastic blog!
Love from Brazil.

Agnes Pratiwi Boru Ginting said...

the mountain is so click :)

Alex Woon said...

Wow nice, funny and reality in earth thanks for sharing it!

Marco said...

You cartoons are simple awesome, congrats! Hope you adapt well to São Paulo and feel welcome in Brazil.

B.R. Morgan said...

Hey dude, me deparei com teu trabalho na timeline de um amigo e achei fantástico o modo filosófico dos teus quadrinhos.

I hope you're doing great here in Brazil and have lots of fun (And inspiration and new projects!).

Muita paz no coração, luz na cuca e manda a ver!

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Alpha Garcia said...

I'm so glad that I found your page. I just want to thank you! I super love your drawings and illustrations. The quotations really saved my life tho. Ugh! THANK YOU!!

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