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1. What's your story? Where are you from?I am from Santiago de Chile, I studied Industrial Design. While I was studying I discovered that I liked to apply graphics and content to objects, so I started after leaving university to study illustration courses to learn more about the subject, that led me to discover that illustration can be worked in many formats And I have been lucky enough to carry out educational projects, for brands and create my own objects that convey a message, tell a story and generate a different experience for users.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.I like strong and vibrant colors, the combination of them is essential for the emotion that I like to convey through illustration. I like to create environments based on everyday places or cities in the world, but with a fanciful touch that allows you to create an unreal architecture. My characters are funny and friendly. And I always like to include a lot of nature in my work since it is what inspires me to create. The stories I tell are always based on experiences with a mixture of imagination.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?My favorite way to work is to let my imagination fly and paint analogically with different materials such as watercolors, gouache, among others, or cut paper and make engravings. But for my work with clients, I usually use digital techniques to make the final illustrations since that facilitates execution times and allows me to work with color in a much more vibrant way than with analog media.
4. What is your artistic process like?All my drawings are done by hand in quick sketches, which I then digitize. First, I like to work in Illustrator to put together the composition, create the color palette and give the objects the appropriate size, and then in Photoshop I like to add textures that allow flashes of analogous materials, create shadows and lights.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?Instagram is full of very talented artists and illustrators, I couldn't name one because I follow thousands who each inspire me in different ways, sometimes I like a color palette, other times the composition of the illustration, other times it's materiality. In addition, travel inspires me a lot, knowing places, and then being able to capture those postcards and memories in my stories, it generates a lot of joy. I am a person very connected with nature, so inspiration always also comes from trying to capture the calm and freedom of organic forms.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?I think my definition is that I am an artist, so I am constantly creating or thinking about creating, for me it is part of my daily day to be able to express and work on what I like to do. My vision as an illustrator and designer is to be able to create objects that convey well-being, joy and are functional. Design and art are present in everything we do, I think it is relevant because they make us connect with emotions, in a super globalized world full of information, good design allows us to create experiences of awareness and connection with the present.
7. Where did you study?I studied at the Diego Portales University, in Chile, but I have also done workshops and illustration courses in Spain, Australia.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?I see myself having a chain of stores of illustrated products of my brand that I just launched called Wild Me, and generating space to create objects that are functional, unique, joyful and encouraging the connection of nature, with great care for the environment.
9. What about in ten?I hope that in 10 years my brand will already be present in many countries of the world, reaching people of different cultures.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?Expressing myself and creating through objects and illustrations a story that allows a person to use the object or see an illustration, to travel, feel a good emotion, or let their imagination fly, I always seek to generate a positive impact and give a message.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?I am a very happy and positive person; I like meeting people and learning about new cultures. My favorite food is tacos and tuna tartar.
12. Favourite book?As I am a book illustrator, I have hundreds of picture books by different international authors and illustrators, I couldn't choose one, each one is a different world that makes you travel with the imagination.
13. Favourite genre of music?I really like rock and pop, I enjoy music in all its styles because they accompany you in every situation, for example I listen to electronic music when I exercise or need to concentrate at work.
14. What are your hobbies?I like to travel, ride a bicycle, paint, explore any park, square or place with nature, and share with friends and family.
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?I would have a plant shop or greenhouse, I would love to create a unique space with all kinds of plants with a coffee shop or something similar.