Pablo Lobato – picturing celebrity

Bevan tried to change the nation
Sonny wants to turn the world, well he can tell you that
he tried
I could make a transformation as a rock & roll star

written by David Bowie

Having featured three illustrators recently from Europe (Italy, France and Spain) today I feature one from another continent, America, more specifically Argentina.

Michael Jackson by Pablo Lobato

Michael Jackson

Pablo Lobato is his name and he first came to my attention, as with last week’s featured Cristina Grossi, on the Chicquero blog in a post from June of this year titled Celebrities Illustrated. And it is his illustrations of celebrities that this post will be focusing on.

And he is one of us. A WordPress blogger that is!

His most recent post a striking illustration of Bob Marley. Bob Marley the Rihanna of his time – I shall just leave that there without further explanation!

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

But what you may also note about this post is its date – 6 November 2009. Regular readers (are there any of you?!) will know that November 6 is a special day but that is not what I am alluding too, rather that the last post was over three years ago. Is he no longer illustrating or more likely has he given up the ghost on WordPress blogging for lack of page views and user feedback?! (I am in no way projecting my experience upon him here!).

We may be able to discover as there are links on his blog to his Facebook, Flickr and Twitter accounts. And also ‘My Reps’ – a link to his management company website.

His Facebook page though does not link back to a professional portfolio business type page thingey rather a personal page where we/I learn that his TV likes include Modern Family and Music likes Lou Reed. Listed among the Other, being his other interests, are American Caricaturist Al Hirschfield and another American illustrator, cartoonist and author Bob Staake.

But this is getting me and more importantly you nowhere. I say you because for myself there is great pleasure to be found in getting lost, going astray, the best car journeys etc etc…but you are just a flitting reader of this blog-post and I have already likely trespassed too much upon your time…

So perhaps his Flickr page will be more illuminating. And yes his work is featured and recent – he is alive and illustrating! His work his grouped into Sets and we can see that his work has featured in The New Yorker and the 2009 Monterey Jazz Festival among others.

Flickr page

Flickr page

He has also done twelve pieces based on the Western Zodiac. I do not believe in Astrology but here is his Scorpio, my star-sign! Star as in astronomy not celebrity!



If you do believe in Astrology and want to see yours and the rest or if you just believe in his illustrations then please follow this link.

Finally I would expect no dead-ends from his management company, Anna Goodson Management, and I was not disappointed – is that two double negatives making a positive?!

Anna Goodson Management Website Home Page

Anna Goodson Management Website Home Page

On clicking the ‘Artists’ hyperlink we come to this striking representation of the Anna Goodson Management client-base, with intriguing glimpses of yet more illustrators that I hope to explore further at a later date.

Clients of Anna Goodson Management

Clients of Anna Goodson Management

And Pablo Lobato being referred to just by his first name here, Pablo. If you name your child Pablo do you predispose them – boy or girl! – to become an artist genius?! At least to place the name and idea and grand possibility of Piccasso into your heart and mind…

His client page includes a link to his own website but we are greeted with this message – moving on!

His website down

This client page provides a brief bio about him

Soon after finishing his studies, Pablo started working as a graphic designer for different magazines. This, however, only lasted five years, since total boredom drove him back to his first passion – illustrations. Today, Pablo has made quite a name for himself in Argentina where he lives and works.

And it provides a good number of his works. I won’t have to go Googling today.

As Lobato has a fascination with celebrity I could just have featured a dozen or so of his illustrations without comment but as if I can keep my words to myself! I could also have featured them without name too and set up this post as a competition to see how many of them you recognise and to which then you could submit your answers to me by Email with the first to submit all correct answers to receive a lovely celebrity themed prize from me. But I’m a bah humbug and I ain’t giving any prizes away!



Pablo Lovato Beyonce


One famous person illustrated was also illustrated and featured in my post about Jorge Arevalo – namely Amy Winehouse – the link is to his illustration by way of comparison.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

He also features Heads of State such as Obama, Chavez and Merkel. Are Heads of State celebrities? Is Obama? Perhaps some of them aspire to and would be better leaders if they did not.

Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un

Not all of his work is celebrity-fixated. He does very good illustrations too of jazz-ensembles – not that Jazz and Celebrity cannot be synonymous but come on let’s be realistic here! – and you should check them out.

I have focused in the main on celebrities from music and the movies but he also illustrates sporting and fashion stars too.

Finally more of the population of Celebrity-Ville where only the famous and infamous are allowed.

Elton John

Elton John

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen



Fame, (fame) what you like is in the limo
Fame, (fame) what you get is no tomorrow
Fame, (fame) what you need you have to borrow
Fame (fame)

written by David Bowie, John Lennon and Carlos Alomar

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6 thoughts on “Pablo Lobato – picturing celebrity

  1. I’m going back through your stuff and I don’t know what the fuck – I mean, why haven’t more people seen this. This is a great post!

    You write really well, Sam. What’s your day job, just by the way?

    • I was baffled by the lack of enthusiasm for this post too Noeleen. Fuck’em though, and onwards :)

      My current day-job is a freelance proofreader. But in 2013 I really want to become a writer that pays his own way instead of as at present doing jobs to pay my writing’s way.

      • Oh Sam, best of best of luck to you.

        My God, how does one ‘become a paid writer’. Please tell me how you do it… or leave some bread crumbs along the path ‘n I’ll be along. I’d give up my day job in an instant, to write daily. Presently though, I need constant income as I’m still raising Daniel. One day I’ll be my own woman again though, & earning will be second place to living (again).

        Good luck to 2013!

        • I would say it is not enough to be a good writer you also have to get your writing ‘out there’. And blogging in this regard is too hit-and-miss , a bit obscure.

          So in 2013 I am going for it – prizes, journals – entering as many as I have time too. I will likely take two or three months break from any paid work to this end also – living/feeding only on fresh-air and hope!

          And if it does not work out well at least I will have tried.

          My writing is shorter-pieces, you yourself have your novel. Perhaps 2013 you will see it finished?

          Any successes I have I will be sharing on this blog.

          • I will love to see your successes, Sam. You know, it is so very true that great writers exist in the shadows. As for ‘Shades of Grey’ – I have not read it. The title did not appeal to me, and then this girl at work who reads VORACIOUSLY (about 3 books a week, catching public transport to work) – when she said it was “bad writing” I sure as hell had no interest.

            Truly, it seems like a lottery, to become appreciated of the word spin. Like, WHO wins the lottery? I think, ‘why NOT me?’ & I think it entirely possible. I also think it entirely possible for me to be appreciated of written word in this lifetime AND I think it entirely possible I could be appreciated after death. Who knows, who knows how, and who knows why? You just have to try, & if the Gods will tolerate it, we’ll be doing OK, you ‘n me both.

  2. LOVE the Bowie at the top – not to say the bottom. Oh fuck he’s gorgeous all over. Couldn’t play it as I don’t have spotify, but I know it.

    That Madonna one is excellent!

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