Diego Huacuja’s Sketches of Life on the Streets

Diego Huacuja, an illustrator and animator from Mexico, created these interesting sketches. Each piece is a digital drawing over a photograph. The drawn portions have a loose quality, and are mostly in black and white, but the snapshot photos are in colour.

The series is called Callejeros, from a Spanish word describing something that is on the “street” or “stray.” They show urban scenes that aren’t particularly notable, but become a strange kind of cartoon when new characters are added to the picture. The series captures the same sort of everyday things a street photographer would be interested in, only some of the elements are from the imagination of the artist rather than real life.

A couple of the images show mannequins with new heads and other features added, and I think these are the ones I like best. I also enjoy the creativity behind the image which shows a damaged post box, lying on its side, as a military tank. Other pictures show a woman having money stolen from her purse by a pickpocket, people sitting in the street talking on cell phones, and people walking on the street or using public transportation.

Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Sketch: Callejeros - Art by Diego Huacuja

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Tom is a writer, artist, and multi-media guru from Pennsylvania, U.S. He holds a Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication, but he has also taken several university-level courses in fine arts, art appreciation, graphic design, printmaking, and Asian art. He has been blogging for Monde Mosaic since February 2014.

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