Think, sketch, and color. Meet Cristian, a Spanish illustrator.


Tell us about yourself


My name is Cristian. I’m from Valencia, Spain. I am currently working in a little museum in a neighboring town of Castellon, where I live. I am a tour guide and community manager.


What type of art do you feel most connected to?


I am especially connected to every type of narrative/illustration art. I have always been a comic lover. It is beautiful when you can empathize with a story drawn in a very personal style. It is a great way to get into the mind of the author.


"Trust yourself. Drawing has nothing to do with manual skills; It’s a mental activity"

How long have you been drawing or illustrating?


I have been drawing for as long as I can remember.


What inspires you the most to illustrate?


The work of other people inspires me. For example, from politics, illustrators, journalism... I am a very political person, so the topics I draw often have a social component.


Do you remember your first-ever illustration? What was it?


I don’t remember my first illustration. But I’m sure it was about monsters or elephants.



Describe your creative illustration process in several steps


My creative illustration process consists of the following steps: Think, sketch, and color.


1. THINK about the idea you want to communicate.

2. Make a quick SKETCH. A guide to the final drawing.

3. PAINT the picture.

(The choice of colors must be deliberate!)

Voilà!





Where do you see yourself in the future?


I don’t know. I'm studying coding right now. I expect to be working in that field in the future. Maybe blending coding and illustrating?


You don't need to leave home to know what the world is like. Draw the world that your brain can imagine.


What three things would you tell others to do to be inspired to make art during Covid-19?


1. Talk to friends or family. During COVID, you need to feel loved. That helps cope with depression.

2. You have already seen the world a thousand times. You don't need to leave home to know what the world is like. Draw the world that your brain can imagine.

3. Trust yourself. Drawing has nothing to do with manual skills; It’s a mental activity.


Which tools do you use to illustrate? Which one do you use the most?


I always use my Ipad Pro with Apple Pencil and Procreate App.



How can others find your work or connect with you?


On my Instagram @cristian_qc, you can find my illustrations. Feel free to talk to me whenever you want.


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