When did you know you wanted to be an illustrator?
My neighbour was a famous comic artist and illustrator, and I remember visiting him often. The first time I went to his studio, I became aware of wanting to do the same thing. I was probably 10 or 11 years old. It was very touching to be there.
Where do the ideas for your illustrations come from?
In my case inspiration comes from everywhere: often from photography, sometimes from films, music, even from seeing particular colours together.
Which materials do you prefer to work with and why? Do you have a favourite pen or paper?
I’ve been using digital tools for several years, and now I can’t live without my tablet and digital pen, but I’m quite romantic and hope to develop some personal projects with the traditional stuff: watercolours, paper, ink …
What attracted you to where you live? Do you think it has influenced your style?
I’m Spanish and live in an ancient village called Sagunto very close to Valencia. Spain is a great country in which to live, especially near the coast. I have the Mediterranean Sea a 10-minute drive away, and the sun, food, people would appeal to anyone. But I don’t feel my style is influenced by my environment. I think most of the time I have a mixture of influences: the internet, films, music and so on.
You illustrated the cover for SHOP magazine Switzerland for autumn/winter 2013/14; do you know the destination well? Do you have any great memories of travelling there?Yes, I went to Switzerland with my parents when I was a child. I remember the nature perfectly; it was spring, and there was a lovely combination of snow and grass. We went to places such as Lucerne and Ascona, and I remember feeling as if I was inside a fairy tale. It was a beautiful trip.
Where did you start when designing the cover for SHOP Switzerland?
Well, I had some help from the art directors with the basic concept, and after that everything came very naturally.
Did it turn out the way you expected?
Maybe in terms of colours, but I didn’t have a clear idea of how it would turn out until it was finished.
What should SHOP readers not miss when they visit your home town?
Valencia is a very pleasant city; it has beautiful districts such as El Carmen and Ruzafa which are full of restaurants and clubs, the architecture is great and the beaches are quite good. In Sagunto, we have one of the biggest Roman castles in the world, and I recommend a visit to the historic quarter where I live.
What five items will you never travel without?
My suitcase is quite simple, but I always take my phone, my sunglasses, my wallet, a book and my toothbrush.
And finally, what would be your dream commission?
A cover for the New Yorker, without a doubt.