This is an illustration I made for APIV, Asociación de Ilustradores de Valencia, for the 50th Book Fair in Valencia. The subject was a songwriter's song. I chose 'Ojalá', by Silvio Rodríguez.
 
I decided to focus mainly on these verses:
 
 
Ojalá se te acabe la mirada constante,
La palabra precisa, la sonrisa perfecta.
Ojalá pase algo que te borre de pronto:
Una luz cegadora, un disparo de nieve.

Ojalá por lo menos que me lleve la muerte,
Para no verte tanto, para no verte siempre
En todos los segundos, en todas las visiones

 
May your constant gaze fade away
The precise word, the perfect smile
May something happen soon to erase you
A blinding light, a shot of snow.

May at least death take me
So that I won’t see you so often, so that I won’t see you always
In every second, in every vision 
Although at first I thought it was more political, I did some research and found an interview in which the author talked about this song, to clear out the debates that have been going on about it. And it is actually a love song: it talks about his obsession with a youth love he had, not about the South American dictatorships from the 70's, as I thought.
In my first sketches you can see the political point of view, and then more towards love. At first I tought about illustrating the idea of suicide as the only way to get away from obsession ( may at least death take me), and using the image of the shot of snow, make the image dissapear with a stream of white blood. But as you can imagine, a white splatter can bring a different meaning to mind, so I gave up and chose a more subtle approach, being the snow what dissolves the image of the memory.
I'm very happy with the final result, although it ended up being much less political than I thought at first 
 
You can listen to the song  here
Ojalá
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Ojalá

Illustration for an exhibition on the 50th Book Fair in Valencia. The subject was a songwriter's song: "Ojala", by Silvio Rodríguez
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