I recently got the fun opportunity to illustrate and design the fall guide 2013 cover for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco - A cut-away view displaying some of the fun activities and classes they will be offering during the Fall season.
I always appreciate working on projects that give me lots of creative freedom - A big thanks to AD Susan Kirshenbaum who entrusted me with lots of free rein.



Digital doodles of some of my favorite outfits from the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2013 lookbook. Just an excuse for me to browse the internets for clothes while feeling productive :p


Another Sunny Day

The entourage and I are escaping the city in exchange for a peaceful day by the lake. Happy St. Valentine's Day, lovely people!


FamilyFun Magazine

I did several illustrations for this months issue of FamilyFun Magazine.  You can see more images HERE.


Curiosities Exhibition

I was recently invited by Gallery Nucleus and the talented husband and wife duo MIke Yamada and Victoria Ying (Both visual development artists for Dreamworks and Disney) to participate in their upcoming “Curiosities” show. 
…So, if you’ll be in LA this upcoming Saturday swing by and say hello!  You can check out this goauche painting I made and also check out the work of over 40 other artists. The opening reception will be from 7-11PM, see you there?
More details HERE.


Paris Map Print

My Paris Map print is now available through The Working Proof. 15% of profits will go towards The Pablove foundation to help fight childhood cancer. Find it HERE.


Venice Map

Another map! Venice is seriously one of the greatest places I’ve ever been to and happens to be the home to my favorite museum on this planet, or any other planet really -The Peggy Guggenheim Collection. I can’t wait to go back!
If you’re interested in buying a print, you can find it through my Etsy shop.  


Paris Map

Happy Bastille Day everyone! This is my first attempt at illustrating a map, what better than Paris? Also this weekend will be exactly 15 years since my first time going to Paris. It was my 11th birthday present, I wish I could have presents like that every year! 

Have a great weekend folks!


Peter & The Wolf

 The opening reception for The Book Show will be tomorrow at 7PM, so if you happen to be strolling along the Seine river in Paris you should stumble into Galerie Daniel Maghen!  This painting will be part of the exhibit which celebrates some of our favorite books.  A big thanks to the talented illustrator and curator Seb Mesnard for inviting me to participate. 

July 3-July 28, 2012
Opening reception- July 6, 7PM-10PM
Address 47 Quai des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris


The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

I don’t have much time for personal work these days, but I recently dreamt this image while sleeping after rediscovering “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It’s my favorite story ever, I figured I needed to paint it.  I’ve decided to illustrate the whole story as a personal project, whenever I get the chance. This is the first of many pages to come. sigh.
“They did not need to look at one another to realize that they were no longer all present, that they would never be. But they also knew that everything would be different from then on, that their houses would have wider doors, higher ceilings, and stronger floors so that Esteban’s memory could go everywhere without bumping into beams and so that no one in the future would dare whisper the big boob finally died, too bad, the handsome fool has finally died, because they were going to paint their house fronts gay colors to make Esteban’s memory eternal and they were going to break their backs digging for springs among the stones and planting flowers on the cliffs so that in future years at dawn the passengers on great liners would awaken, suffocated by the smell of gardens on the high seas, and the captain would have to come down from the bridge in his dress uniform, with his astrolabe, his pole star, and his row of war medals and, pointing to the promontory of roses on the horizon, he would say in fourteen languages, look there, where the wind is so peaceful now that it’s gone to sleep beneath the beds, over there, where the sun’s so bright that the sunflowers don’t know which way to turn, yes, over there, that’s Esteban’s village.” -The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World, Gabriel Garica Marquez


Simon Bolivar

“The art of victory is learned in defeat.”-Simon Bolivar


The Longest Train Ride to Zermatt

New personal work, I posted more about this on my other blog HERE


7” Vinyl Artwork

I was recently commissioned by the indie pop label Cloudberry Records to design the Artwork for the Swedish musician, Nixon’s upcoming album. I had fun painting this while listening to his music, and also got to do a lot of Halmstad reference research (which is where Nixon is from).  Needless to say, I’d really love to travel there someday!
And the album will be a 7” vinyl, which I’m pretty stoked about.
Viva Vinyl!
Media: Gouache, Pen, Brush Pen,  Photoshop


Illustration for Oh Comely Magazine

I was way excited to find this waiting for me in my mailbox yesterday.

I recently did a full page illustration for the article "No Ghosts, No Junk Mail," written by Ellie Phillips featured in Oh Comely  Magazine's Issue 7.  Oh Comely is a UK based lifestyle magazine full of a bunch of cool illustrations and unique articles.  If you're interested in checking it out, you can find it through one of these locations HERE

A big thanks to Laura Callaghan, who was the illustration editor for this!



My buddies Anna Topuriya and Pei-Jeane Chen just launched Hunters Hunt,a collective site that will serve to promote artists and sell goodies.  This is the painting I contributed to their launch!  
You can purchase this print HERE, (free NPR Calendars with every sale of this print).


New Prints + 2012 NPR Calendar giveaway

I just added some of my latest prints to my Etsy shop.  Also, I am currently giving away free copies of the 2012 National Public Radio Calendars I worked on with every purchase made as a thank you to all my Etsy customers :]

Or if you're interested in just the calendars you can find them through NPR's shop HERE.


Summer, 1996

"Monsieur Bauman and His Beloved Dog Nushka"

"The Balcony of Sunflowers"


I'm currently working on a personal series based on my childhood summer's at my aunts house in Switzerland.


Bluecanvas Issue 9 Launch Event

Bluecanvas' 9th issue launch event will be tomorrow evening and I will be a part of it!
I will be in both the magazine and the exhibit.  So if you can swing it, please come by and pop some bottles with me! The downtown LA Art Walk will be going on as well. 

When:  July 14, 2011 6PM-2AM
Where: Exchange LA 618 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

For the longest time I have been wanting to do one-off gouache paintings of my UFO series and thought this exhibit was the perfect opportunity to finally do it. If you remember, they were all originally done digitally but I must confess I had much more fun painting them traditionally and think the result is much more interesting.

Here are some of the pieces that will be at the show tomorrow. 
They are all gouache on illustration board.


Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition

Hey everyone! This is the painting I did for Gallery Nucleus' Harry Potter Tribute show opening this coming Saturday.  Come by and check out all the cool art work, the list of exhibiting artists is really good!  For more info on the show click HEREIf you want to see what Nucleus wrote about me and my painting, check out their BLOG


2012 NPR Calendar

I'm so happy to finally get to present to you the illustration I did for NPR's 2012 Calendar!
It was a really fun project to work on, AND I had lots of freedom with it.  The assignment was to come up with a visual interpretation of what NPR means to me.  One of the reasons I love NPR is because it is a great fountain of information which in turn allows me to feel integrated into my community, despite the hustle and bustle of living in a big city such as Los Angeles.

Art director Katie Burk and the team of designers at NPR gave me a lot of great feedback, which I'm so happy about! The calendars will be available through shop.npr.org in August.  AND my illustration will be for the month of May!

This was my initial sketch


The Trail of Your Blood in the Snow

Lately,  I've been experimenting with a lot of traditional and digital mediums a lot more than ever and I feel it's resulted in a lot of variation in my work. Which I'm pretty happy about......As long as I can keep my style consistent of course!  

This painting was based on the most heart breaking story I have ever read, "The Trail of your Blood in the Snow," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and will be part of a personal series titled "Collected Stories." More to come Soon!! :]

I'm also really Excited because next month I will be an exhibiting artist at the Bluecanvas Issue 9 launch event  in Downtown LA.  And, to top things off I will also be a featured artist in their Issue 9 magazine! Click this link for more info.

AND I will also be part of the Force Fields art exhibit on July 2 in Santa Monica. This will be a benefit show in order to raise money in the fight against malaria in Africa.  I will be providing more details about this show soon!



Gone on the River Album Cover

I recently had the exciting opportunity to design the cover of Kevin Dukesinstrumental solo EP, Gone on the River.  The release of his EP comes at the same time of the Mississippi River flooding disaster, so in efforts to help with relief, he will be donating the proceeds of the first weeks sales to the Red Cross.

Find it on Itunes or Amazon.  



Now selling limited edition Giclee prints of my original gouache "Foxes" painting on ETSY.
Signed and numbered. :]


New Blog!

Hello fellow artists, friends and wonderful folks who come from great distances to visit my blog!
I have jumped onto the Tumblr band wagon, which means I have a NEW BLOG!
Hope to see you there! :]


UPDATE: Art For Japan

The Painting I did for "Art For Japan" is finally up on Ebay being auctioned! I believe the auction will end in exactly one week! So if you'd like to own an original gouache painting by yours truly, then start your bids! All proceeds will be donated to AmeriCare for the benefit of Japan.  Thanks to the talented illustrator Meg Hunt who put this auction together!


Book Project

This was the initial style I was playing with for a children's book I'm currently working on.   The style has shifted in a new direction, that for now,  must remain a mystery.  However, I really wanted to share these initial illustrations I did!



Update: My new website is finally up and running!

I'm currently in the process of changing up my website to a new host. So in the meantime it will be down and so will my email unfortunately :[ but for now you can contact me at portillo.josie[at]gmail.com if you need/want! Thank you!!

Also,  I'm currently busy working on a handful of projects, so hopefully I will be adding some of that work to my new website.  Stay tuned!! :]


Mid Century Modern Designers

Two little gouache paintings of some of my favorite MCM designers. More little portraits to come!

George Nelson

Charles&Ray Eames