As a graphic designer I worked for many years in the graphic and advertising industry. But inside of me there was that voice that urged me to create art. So, one day I took the risk to pursue that dream as an independent artist and illustrator. Since making the change I have illustrated books, captured cultural events, created postcards and souvenirs from Chile.
I describe myself as “a drawer that watercolors,” because I am in love with lines and hatching and I am in wonder of all the textures and shades you can achieve with just a pen. In my drawings I include everything I see without changing or moving elements, because I am a believer that there's no ugly subject for a good observer. Sometimes I only use ink hatching but when I add watercolor it is at the very end and I always try to get as close to reality as possible.
I look for achieving the flow status while creating. Today I am not using the traditional method of sketching any more (measuring, composing, auxiliar lines, etc). I simply begin by choosing a “main character” – a detail or a part of the view that captured my attention at the first glance. After some fast measurements with the pen method I begin to draw this detail or part directly with ink on paper. Slowly, very slowly the drawing gets larger until I have to stop because I feel that it is finished. It is like a moving meditation, no thinking at all… In the case of capturing people in motion, speed and gesture are required but flow continues to be the key.
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