A long time ago, in the underground realm, where there are no lies or pain, there lived a Princess who dreamed of the human world. She dreamed of blue skies, soft breeze, and sunshine. One day, eluding her keepers, the Princess escaped. Once outside, the brightness blinded her and erased every trace of the past from her memory. She forgot who she was and where she came from. Her body suffered cold, sickness, and pain. Eventually, she died. However, her father, the King, always knew that the Princess’ soul would return, perhaps in another body, in another place, at another time. And he would wait for her, until he drew his last breath, until the world stopped turning…

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) dir. Guillermo del Toro

Monsters also show us that it’s possible to breathe and exist in a realm of imperfection, because yes, perfection is impossible and truly unnatural… imperfection, I think, is a perfectly attainable goal, especially for me. There is beauty and humility in imperfection.
—  Guillermo Del Toro during his speech at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Illustration for the artshow „Guillermo Del Toro: In Service Of Monsters“ that took place in Gallery 1988. It was a group art show in tribute to the films of Guillermo Del Toro‘s: Cronos, Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, Pan’s Labrinth, Hellboy II, Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak. The art show was curated by Chogrin and Gary Deocampo. Del Toro himself visited the show – what an honor!