When did you know you wanted to be an illustrator?
As far as I remember I always wanted to be one. I had a lot of fun drawing and colouring at school. I even won some school drawing prizes – golden medals!
Where do you find your inspiration? Music, art, films, your friends?
Mostly music, beautiful old graphics, movies and surprising situations in everyday life.
Which materials do you prefer to work with and why?
I always begin with the classic combination: pencil, paper and rubber. I am not really picky about my favourite pen or paper, but but I have a favourite triangle-shaped pencil which is very comfortable and I use thick paper. Ah! and my beautiful pencil sharpener from Russia in the 60s.
Where you live? Do you think your location has influenced your style?
I live in Valencia, my home town, and I spend my holidays in Berlin. I have really good friends there. Besides that, I try to travel as much as I can. In Valencia, I am really attracted by the modernist influence in graphics and architecture, and in Berlin, I am really attracted by German design history and the eastern influence in architecture and graphics. I think it’s awesome.
You illustrated the cover of one of the autumn/winter 2013/14 London editions of SHOP. Do you have any great memories of London?
Yes, I’ve been there several times and spent some time there. I love the city and I really have good memories – I enjoyed being there, spending time in parks, going to exhibitions, walking around ... beautiful journeys.
Where did you start when designing the cover for SHOP London? How did you arrive at the final illustration?
The SHOP team suggested some ideas. From those, I loved the heart-shaped shop and I began to work on it. It was complex, because it had to be a shop and a heart at the same time and it had to be understandable. I tried different structures until I was satisfied and then came all the details – the roads, the traffic, the buses …
Did it turn out as you expected?
Yes – I am really happy with the result. The challenging thing was the quantity of details. But at the same time it turned out to be the best part. Taking care of the details is the key!
What should SHOP readers not miss when they visit London?
I have a lot of favourite places to shop in London but I’ll only name a few. For beautiful graphic stuff: Nobrow, Present & Correct, and Magma. For awesome records: Rough Trade East and Rough Trade West. For clothing: Brick Lane and all the second-hand shops you can find along the street, such as Rokit.
Which five items will you never travel without?
My much-loved computer, my camera, my iPod and headphones and the book I am reading at the moment – or a brand new one.
And finally, what would be your dream commission?
Illustrating a big mosaic in a big building, the way it used to be done in the 60s and 70s.