I made this illustration about the movie “Roma” by Alfonso Cuarón for Entertainment Weekly. It was published on December 7th.
The film, which is filmed entirely in black and white, follows Cleo a housekeeper in a wealthy family in early 1970s Mexico City. Cuarón is able to show the big picture in small details. In the same way a detail reflects something beyond itself, individual lives are a reflection of a larger shared historical experience. Even the menial and mundane tasks of Cleo, the housekeeper – and by extension all of us – constitute the very fabric (!) of our communities and cities.
A first sketch and a refined sketch below.
Art direction by Erica Bonkowski.