(He/Him) • Tudela, Spain
Diego Blanco is a Spanish Illustrator whose workplace resides between his hometown in the North of Spain, and Valencia. Since he was 5 years old and picked up his first brush, he has majored in Fine Arts in Valencia and complemented his studies with an Illustration Master. His illustrations are composed by synthetic forms, vivid colors and hidden details that you might miss at a first glance. If he had to choose 3 colors to work with, he would definitely choose blue, red and yellow.Read more
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- 2020 /Winner, Merit Award, Hiii
- Illustration 2020, China.
An interview with
1. Who or what influenced your art when you were young?
When I was young, my bedtime story consisted on illustrated albums instead of narrative books. I loved the ones in which I had to search for hidden things and characters.
2. Do you remember what your first artwork looked like? Do you still have it?
Of course! My mother used to keep all my drawings. Recently, I found one of my bird and I remade it digitally.
3. Why did you choose illustration as your life’s work instead of, for example, filmmaking, law, or even medicine?
I have not spent a day without drawing something and it was not until university when I realized that illustration was a career. I started to fantasize about seeing my drawings on book covers and magazines. So after uni, I decided to continue the illustration path and become a professional.
4. Where does your inspiration come from; your impulse to make art? Do you have a source for your ideas?
My inspiration usually comes from quotidian actions, the news, conversations or from visiting museums and art galleries. However, I also have to admit that a lot of my ideas came in the shower.
5. How would you describe the process of creating art?
In my case, it starts the moment an idea comes through my mind. I quickly try to develop it in one of my several notebooks, and then, I directly start drawing with colors instead of lines.
6. Do you have a favorite artist? What is it about that artist’s work you like?
I love a lot of artists but I really admire Jean Jullien’s ingenuity.
7. If you could do something else, other than creating art, what would it be?
It is also an art, but I would focus on my other passion which is photography.
8. Do you have a favorite artist supply, a favorite method, or favorite location, where you like to create artwork?
I always carry with me a fountain pen, a moleskine and a double color pencil (red and blue).
Besides, I must admit that I prefer working outside my studio and this has allowed me to discover plenty of coffee shops.
9. If you could give a viewer clues to understanding your art, what would you say?
I would encourage to focus on the details and try to find hidden characters.
10. Why does art matter to you? Why might it matter to the world?
Art is a reflection of what is going on in the world. It is human history told by the most brilliant and creative minds. Art is also communication, and it carries a message that cannot be expressed with words.
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