Created by Diego Molano, Cartoon Network’s new series Victor & Valentino is a richly designed homage to the folk art and traditional storytelling of Mesoamerica, a region that encompasses Mexico and Central America. The show tells the story of two half-brothers who must learn to accept each other’s shortcomings and abilities as they explore the mysterious town of Monte Macabre, where famous myths and legends from the region come to life.
Art directors (and brothers) Josh Parpan (Gravity Falls) and Justin Parpan (Ducktales) played a crucial role in the construction of a culturally-specific world for the series. Eager to showcase their team’s artwork and the influences that inspired it, the siblings created a Tumblr page titled Folk Art Friends – The Art of Victor and Valentino, which serves as a home for the creations of their art crew. The images exhibited on the site are part of a library of images built over the last two years; the site also includes photographs that point to pivotal references.
“The goal is always to do something new and different artistically,” the Parpan brothers told Cartoon Brew regarding their approach to the backgrounds and character elements. “The Latin American setting of Victor and Valentino made it really clear what type of references we needed to tap into.”