6th March 2014
5th March 2014
5th March 2014
Give us a little background on yourself?
I was born in Mexico, currently based in London.
When did you realize you wanted to be an illustrator?
I’ve always drawn, I wanted to be a cake decorator up until I was 8 and then realised I could be an artist instead. But It was until university that I got interested in Illustration.
When did you realize you were pretty great at what you do?
I don’t know, It’s something that comes naturally, at school I was always drawing in the back of the classroom. I love to make images, observing and translating it onto paper.
Picture Break… Check out Elena’s series of nature related patterns
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Tell us about your favorite mediums and how your illustrations come together?
Primarily pen on paper is for me the most immediate. Most of my images are coloured digitally, I like bold colour. I like to mix colours through transparent layers, the overlapping always creates an interesting mix that makes things vibrate more. I also like to screen print whenever I can, Its the mistakes that give life to an image.
What inspires you and your work?
So many things! technique-wise mostly old printed illustrations, simple block colours. In theme, I like a combination between nature and the surreal. Made up tropical plants as well as invented scenery. A mixture between what I see and what I imagine. At the moment Im really into making textile inspired prints, especially with crazy plant themes on them.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Keith Harring, David Hockney, Gauguin, Matisse, Hokusai, David Shrigley, Jason Martin, …The list goes on…
Do you have a favorite series of illustrations you have created?
I really like the creation myth series I did, it tells the story of an old taoist myth of creation. It was a personal project but it allowed me to explore a narrative in my own aesthetic way. I liked the way it came together in the end and the process I went through to get there.
Check out the Creation Myth series…
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What are some of your most loved illustrations by the public?
People seem to like my tropical patterns the most. Specially in the winter, the bold colours and jazzy patterns, remind people of the summer.
What are some find projects you are working on that you can tell us about?
Im doing some illustrations for Acacia beauty, again with some tropical theme to it. Im also working on a few personal projects, slightly more abstract, Im trying to get into new techniques, with a more hands on approach.
Ofcourse, we have to ask this because we are a shoe company, do you have any favorite shoe designers?
I like Alexander McQueen’s crazy shoes. Although Im a huge fan of my ice cream’s they’re pink and yellow which is a combination I love.
What is your style of go-to footwear?
I’m very practical in my choice of footwear, a good pair of trainers or boots usually.
Have you check out our website, anything that might inspire an illustration?
I love the colour scheme on these Jeffrey Campbell’s probably something I would use http://www.envishoes.com/right-now-28.html As well as these disco platfolms, http://www.envishoes.com/jeffrey-campbell-forget.html
Where can people find your work?
Images from Timbergram..