Javier Olivares

I’m Javier Olivares, born in Madrid (Spain) in 1964. I’ve been working as comic book artist and professional illustrator since 1985.
As a comic book artist, I’ve worked for magazines such as “Madriz”, “Medios Revueltos” (“Jumbled Media”), “La Maleta” (“The Suitcase”), “Idiota y diminuto” (“Tiny Idiot”), or “Nosotros somos los muertos” (“We Are The Dead”). My works have also been compiled in monograph form such as “Estados Carenciales” (“State of Want”) and “La Caja Negra” (“The Black Box”), both of which were nominated for Best Album at the Salo Internacional del Comic de Barcelona.
I’ve developed also a steady career as children’s stories illustrator, an occupation I feel particularly happy with. My latest book in this field, “Los niÒos tontos” (“The Foolish Children”) was awarded as Valencian Best Book in 2001. I’ve worked also in illustrator capacities for many magazines, such as “El Pais” journal weekly supplement “El Pais de las Tentaciones”, the “Rolling Stone” spanish edition, or popular science magazine “QUO”.
I’ve worked as designer/director on four animated short pieces, two of them commissioned as screening introductions by the “Festival de Cine de Granada” (“Granada’s Film Festival”) with which I’ve been collaborating for the last two years.
Currently, I’m doing a comic book series for a children’s magazine, preparing a couple of book projects, an exhibition, and several children’s book for publication in Mexico and France.
And all of this notwithstanding, sometimes I find the time to go to the movies.

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Cover for “Peonza” (“Spinning Top”), a magazine devoted to children and young readers’ literature.

Cover for an issue of the children’s magazine “Tupataleta” (“Yourtantrum”) focusing on television.

Illustration for children’s story “La Princesa y el topo” (“The Princess and the Mole”). Eyvind Earle left his mark.

Illustration for “La Princesa y el topo” (“The Princess and the Mole”).

Illustration for “La Princesa y el topo” (“The Princess and the Mole”).

Illustration for “La Princesa y el topo” (“The Princess and the Mole”).

Illustration for Ana Maria Matute’s “Los niÒos tontos” (“The Foolish Children”).

Illustration for Ana Maria Matute’s “Los niÒos tontos” (“The Foolish Children”) that was used in detail as cover for the book.

Illustration for an excerpt from Tom Wolfe’s “A Man In Full” as published in Sunday supplement of the “El Pais” journal.

Illustrations for “El Pais de las Tentaciones”, a weekly supplement of the “El Pais” journal.

A cover illustration depicting DC’s Sandman for “Dentro de la ViÒeta” (“Inside the Panel”), a magazine devoted to comic book study and criticism.

Bono loses his sunglasses. Illustration for the spanish edition of “Rolling Stone” magazine.

A fake poster for “La noche de Walpurgis” (“Walpurgis’ Night”), published in “Cine de Papel” (“Paper Cinema”), a book compiling spanish films posters as re-created by a host of graphic artists.

Advertising commission for a paper company.

Illustration for “Mis primeras 80.000 palabras” (“My First 80.000 Words”), as yet unpublished. Over 250 artists from all around the world put into picture a word of their choice, mine being “Mystery”.

Illustration for “El Pais” journal Sunday supplement.

Duotone for an excerpt of a Ray Loriga’s book, as published in “El Pais de las Tentaciones”, a weekly supplement of the “El Pais” journal.

Illustration for popular science magazine “QUO”.

A computer colored illustration inspired by “The Time Machine”. Originally published in black and white form in “El Pais de las Tentaciones”, a weekly supplement of the “El Pais” journal.

An early attempt at digital color. Illustration for popular science magazine “QUO”.