Today we welcomed Leo Espinosa to the Midday Show as Guest DJ. Many of you know Leo as the creator of the KRCL Quails bumper sticker and T-shirt and the 2022 Fall Design. He's also an award-winning illustrator of more than 20 children’s books, most recently "Like" by Annie Barrows and "The World Belonged to Us" by Jacqueline Woodson.
Leo is from Bogota Columbia and lives in Salt Lake City. While he draws in his home studio, he always has music on. He brought in a great playlist called "Music for Drawing or Crossing the Desert." "This list is about forward motion," says Leo. "But it’s not mechanic; all these songs have a wicked/dreamy glow to them (at least to me). Great for focus and staying awake. Some get me dancing and that’s a favorite break activity here at the factory."
We talked about the intersection of visual art and music and his process creating children's books. Leo also happens to be my brother-in-law and we also talk about our families and how art affects all of our daily lives.
Find Leo on Instagram @studioespinosaworks
Listen in to the full interview and session here:
And follow along with Leo's Music for Drawing playlist here: