I think that inspiration is something that’s always there with you, you just have to answer its "call". That might happen while you're watching a movie, reading a novel, or even listening to a great song. The next step is to sketch the idea trying to shape your imaginary composition, which lays in your mind. After that, I search the web for some intriguing images to use as references (an essential element of the creative process if you want to be clean and precise with your work). Finally, I put on some music that I believe matches with the drawing I'm going to realise and follow the creative flow and start creating something new and hopefully something better than the last time!
My favourite creation is always my last one! I mean, I’m a proudly self-taught and always learning artist. That's why I always look for improvements, especially in the more technical side, on my last creation. Obviously, sometimes some of your previous works still excite your artistic ego and that's when you feel kind of affection to them. I've chosen "Wow" because it represents one of those moments where I was satisfied with what I had created and achieved with my skills.
Sharing is the key! Three years ago, when I first stepped into the digital art world, I started talking with professionals looking for advice and tips on how to approach the fascinating branch of visual communication in the web era. I was told by many of them that if I wanted to pursue an artistic career I had to apply only to the "big names", using watermarks to cover my work, avoid offers from featureless agencies, galleries or blogs and never post my drawings on social media because I didn't have to lessen my art! Well, I didn't pay attention to any of that....I did the exact opposite, actually, because my instinct told me that it wasn't my path. I’ve received so much exposure in terms of visibility, works, critiques, attention, compliments and most important I had the opportunity to really get in touch with amazing designers from all over the world and I'm still learning so much from sharing, so don't be afraid to share.
I know that if I tried to replicate something I did in the past it would be totally different today, basically a brand new piece. I draw a lot just to fix ideas and concepts that I might work on in the future. When I think that a drawing is complete I don't usually review it because it's kind of locked there and says something of what I felt or I wanted to communicate in that precise moment. For example, I have a specific dedication to female portraits in my personal projects and each one of them could be considered as the evolution of the previous one but, to me, they all are part of the same family and they don't need to be replaced.
No, as I said, there's nothing to be afraid of ! Unfortunately, there is a general belief that if you create digitally you're not a great illustrator or painter and that your skills as a designer are not good enough to let you do it on paper or canvas. I think that's because a lot of people believe that most of the job is done by the computer. What do I really think about it ? I don't care at all, I mean, I’ve been drawing since I was a child and I know that it’s my true passion. We live in a time where you have many different mediums at your disposal in order to fulfil that passion and I've learnt that digital art gives you so many options that you can't get with traditional mediums.
I think it's a very interesting project. My favourite benefit is that it can be a perfect solution for when you're involved in a collaborative project because you can easily have access to your files from anywhere and from any of your devices. It’s a really convenient and simply feature, you're not forced to travel with all your equipment and the sharing helps to reduce wasted time during the whole process of the job.