year of birth: 1971
Q1: When did you start making art?
I draw from early childhood. Drawing is an activity that has been with me throughout my life and has turned (in a way) into an extension of myself.
Q2: What does inspire you?
I have a soft spot for complex and transcendent topics, those that endow our vision of the world and allow us to make sense out of it and wholly live in it.
I lack the interest for mainstream culture (zombies, videogames, cheesy fantasy and sci-fi, etc.) insomuch as, from my standpoint, they bolster a very flat and narrow world view; apart from subordinating both, crafter and reader, to feigned guidelines dictated by the dominant culture.
Whenever I draw such stuff as heroes and other cliches is because I am requested to by a client, but even in such cases I have tried to address them from an original point of view and, as far as possible, critical.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I have been computer-coloring over pencil and ink drawings for 15 years and producing everything, from strokes to colors, digitally for 7 years.
My tool for the trade is Photoshop combined, at times, with ArtRage a software I think has been widely undervalued by the illustration community. My working process is very intuitive and spontaneous and I take advantage of whatever I have at hand as I am creating something: pictures, drawings, 3D objects, filters, textures, brushes, actions, etc.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Beyond any specific idea, I am really interested in approaching reality, leaving a visual testament of my inner world and the way I construe the reality I was born into.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I use color without previous reasoning and depending largely on the topic. I tend to imagine the atmosphere or the emotional undertone lying on each illustration first then I start mingling with the color palette until I am satisfied.
Oddly enough, I have noticed that during certain periods of my life I have preferred one color or another. When I was younger I used blue a lot but lately I have felt more comfortable using red or muddy tones.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Despite no longer being a young person, I consider to be in full training as a draftsman; I am very aware of my technical shortcomings and try to correct them with each new opportunity (I am lousy with perspective, for instance, but that is way beyond me), but what I think matters the most is finding a good balance between content and technique.
The proverb “healthy mind, healthy body” applies for art as well; a good “drawing performance” only fully complies with its function if it conveys a deep or meaningful message.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Alongside my work as an illustrator I’m trying to create an independent publishing house called “Mono Barroco” (Barroque Ape). In november 2013 we published a couple of books of my authorship and this year I am planning to edit a compilation of my illustration work and then another one devoted solely to Buba, my most popular character (at least in Mexico). At this time, the books intended to be published under the brand “Mono Barroco” is what matters the most for me.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of BubaChop.
Life, love and death.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
These HERE are two excerpts of my first digitally-colored strokes (I make a sharp distinction between my work before and after the use of the computer).
The lack of skill with the computer is apparent, mistakes in light rendering and shadow casting, lack of color criteria and the use of color itself. If there is something worth taking out of it, that is the drawing itself.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I think there have been many technical improvements and I have gotten greater ease in implementation, but I think the most important was the change in the way I conceive work.
I’ve learned that illustration is an extension of your inner self, so that the subjects, colors, shapes and each element that makes up your graphic universe is sustained in a personal, unique and unrepeatable sensitivity. Getting better as a human being is getting richer as a creator.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Undoubtedly, art (and any human creation, by extension) are a summit of life itself. As I said, if art does not help us understand, transform and recreate the world, then it is completely meaningless. Art is not a placebo but a poison applied in measured doses.