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Drawing on Emotion with @literaluis

For more of Luis’s sketches, follow @literaluis on Instagram.

"I’ve been doodling since I can remember. At times, it even becomes a totally unconscious act. No blank sheet of paper is safe with me as long as there’s a pen or pencil around,” says 17-year-old Mexico sketch artist and dancer Luis Ruiz (@literaluis). Luis characterizes his style as cartoon-like and says he never intends for his characters to really resemble the subject. “The relevance I see in them doesn’t lie in who they are, but what they would say if they were able to speak,” he explains.

Luis finds creative inspiration from listening to others. “My favorite things to sketch are portraits because of how much they reveal about a being or a person: a nostalgic gaze, lips sealed as if they had something important to say, even the way hair is styled. The possibilities are endless.” Relating to his subjects is also a part of Luis’s creative process. He explains, “I enjoy seeing the contrast between my characters’ portraits and my own. By standing next to them, I am reminded that they are a part of me and that their feelings were once my own. Nowadays everyone is eager to share their own story, however only a few are keen to listen. Listening to someone else makes you realize how human we all truly are and how our emotions aren’t as alienated as we may portray them.”

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The Frozen Waterfalls of Hierve el Agua

To view more photos and videos from Hierve el Agua, explore the Hierve el Agua location page.

Off the beaten path in Oaxaca, Mexico, two soaring cliffs resemble frozen waterfalls. Their name, Hierve el Agua (“the water boils”), stems from the warm mineral springs on the clifftops. As runoff from the pools flows over the cliffs, excess calcium carbonate in the water sculpts the rock. Ages of this process have resulted in the cliffs’ distinct appearance. Instagrammers visiting the cliffs have explored the bubbling turquoise pools and captured the view of the lush valley below.

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Mexico Celebrates Día de Muertos

To view photos and videos from those celebrations, visit the Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico and Oaxaca, Mexico location pages or browse the #DíadeMuertos hashtag.

Every year from October 31 to November 2, Mexicans celebrate Día de Muertos or the Day of the Dead. Friends and family gather to remember, celebrate and pray for their loved ones who have passed. Celebrants build altars called ofrendas for the deceased using calaveras (sugar skulls), marigolds and the favorite foods, beverages and possessions of the departed. The streets near cemeteries are also filled with parades and decorations.

Though first observed in Mexico, today Día de Muertos is observed around the world, and Instagrammers are there capturing the celebrations.

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Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

To see more photos from the Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, visit the location page of the Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe here and here.

Yesterday was December 12, which marked the Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of Mexico’s most important holidays.

According to Roman Catholics, an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant named Juan Diego on this day in 1531. The apparition of Mary instructed him to build a church on the site in her honor. When Diego was asked to prove this miraculous vision, Mary instructed him to gather roses from a barren hill, which, when presented to the local Bishop, turned into a piece of fabric emblazoned with the Virgin Mary’s image.

The icon hangs today in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and is a destination for millions of Catholic pilgrims each year.