Sponsored by TradeCraft, this April's Coloring Corner was illustrated by El Paso artist Gino Madrid.

A self-taught graphic designer with a love for digital art, Gino Madrid’s clients have included businesses such as popular bars Tipsy Tiger and Ditzy Duck. Madrid started off doing graphic design work for local bands, including one he used to play guitar for, experimental rock group Voyeur.

A kid at heart, his artwork is fueled by his favorite video games, movies and comic book characters.

“Recreating nostalgic pop culture characters from my childhood for my daughter to enjoy now is definitely my biggest inspiration,” Madrid said.

Characters from Star Wars, Marvel and DC Comics and video games appear in much of Madrid’s work. His most recent exhibit, “Super El Paso Texas Vol.1” was featured in the Last Thursday art crawl on March 30. It combined characters and elements from Super Mario Bros. characters with well-known El Paso landmarks, including the former Asarco smokestack. Madrid says he’s currently working on a Vol. 2 of the exhibit.

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