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Naolito’s ‘Villains Need Love Too’ Remind Us That There’s Something Lovable In Everyone

Posted by Hoob on February 8th, 2018
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Spanish artist, Naolito (Nacho Diaz), has an art style that has made him famous among the geeky t-shirt circles, and for good reason. He’s managed to create incredibly heart-felt imagery while still being able to get his ideas across in adorable pictures. In 2016, Naolito put together a series of illustrations called “Villains Need Love.” The idea of the series was to imagine a world where we didn’t jump into battle with our villains, but instead, we tried to give them love. Seems like something we could use right now, so here you go.

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Here’s what Naolito has to say about his work:
Pop culture characters are always really fun to work with, everyone knows them very well, so it’s extremely satisfying to find a clever idea that let us see them in a different light.

Villains are usually the most interesting characters. Most of the time they are the way they are because they had a hard time in the past, so I thought… Would they be different with some love in their lives? Would they still be these grumpy guys we love? That’s how Villains Need Love started.

Once I started re-imagining them, I couldn’t stop drawing grumpy villains being loved by their antagonists. I never thought on how many charismatic villains are out there, I’ve drawn over 50 so far! It ended up being a passion project with what I think is a beautiful message.

In the process, I realized that while some of the villains are bad for the sake of being bad, others just had a really hard time in the past or were in the wrong place at the wrong time, so a little love might actually fix some of them!

If you’d like to support Naolito, or pick up his books, prints, t-shirts, or pins, head over to his site, HERE.


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