Manuel Marsol is an award-winning Spanish author and illustrator from Madrid. Thanks to his parents. who were both Art History teachers, he has always been passionate about art and drawing. Before becoming a full-time illustrator, he studied Advertising and Audiovisual Communications and worked with a creative agency for three years. In 2012, he decided to return to his original passion—drawing—and attended an illustration course at Escuela EINA in Barcelona. He is now a full-time illustrator of picture books for children and adults (and a much happier person).
For Manuel, making a picture book is akin to making a film: all the ideas and decisions, from the structure to the cover, need to be consistent to reinforce the concept of the book. When working on picture books he keeps in mind this quote by Jan Svankmajer (filmmaker and artist): "Surrender to your obsessions. There is nothing better. Obsessions are the relics of childhood. And the most precious treasures come from the depths of childhood."
The illustrations from his book Yōkai (Fulgencio Pimentel, 2017), written with Carmen Chica, received the 8th International Prize for Illustration Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Fundación SM in 2017. His work has been selected for four consecutive years at the Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrators' Exhibition.
His books, Ahab y la Ballena Blanca (Edelvives, 2014) and El tiempo del gigante (Orfeu Negro, 2015), have received several awards, including the Premio Internacional de Álbum Ilustrado Edelvives, the Premio del V Catálogo Iberoamericano de Ilustración, and the Premio Nacional Amadora BD.
Ever since he first saw John Ford's The Searchers with his parents when he was a kid, he's been fascinated by Western movies. When people ask him if his books are for children or adults, he answers: they are for all ages, being simple and complex, with different layers of readings and meanings, hopefully, like a John Ford movie. As for Westerns, his new book Duel au soleil (Duel in the Sun) was published by L'Agrume in March 2018. The Korean edition will be published by Log Press in Fall 2018.
Duel in the Sun