When he is not growing watermelons with his father in Xalitila in the Mexican province of Guerrero, Martinez Pedro is an exceptional illustrator, often drawing intricate images on paper he fashions from tree bark. Discovered in a crafts market in Mexico City, his first work together with poet Jose Manuel Mateo entitled Migrant: The Journey of a Mexican Worker depicts the difficult peregrination of a Mexican family to the United States. Pedro teaches an illustration workshop at the International Children’s and Youth Literature events on Sep 13 at 13:00; Sep 14 at 9:30; and Sep 15 at 9:30 and 11:30.
Why draw: To bring money to help my family, to show my sons a nice way to earn their life.
When/where: Since it is too hot where I live, I draw in the early morning. At home with my family, on a big table.
Writing aids: I pray to God before I start working, so everything goes well.
Back-up plan: Working on the land so my family can live properly.
What would you like to be remembered for? As a craft artist working on my illustrations.
Shoe size: 38.