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What inspires you?

Everything: people in the street, fashon magazines, art of all centuries and cultures, cinema, travelling, my friends.

Are you interested in fashion?

Sure. In fact, fashion photography is my biggest source of inspiration.

Descrihe your work, I prefer other people to describe it, but I like to think that, though I work mostly with a computer, which normally makes figures look too correct and cold, I get some kind of warmth and human touch in the expressions. It's a personal mix between machine and handmade work that I like to achieve. Or at least I try to!

Which media and techniques do you use?

It's a whole process. First, I draw a sketch on paper with a pencil, then I scan it. I open the file in Illustrator and trace over the pencil drawing. At this point I choose the colours too (which is the best par: of working with a computer: you can change and undo or redo as much as you want, like a game). When it's all traced, I export to Photoshop, where I do the final touch: volumes, lights, skin effects...

What, for you, makes a successful fashion illustration?

Basically, newness. Something never done before but, at the same time, able to keep the essence of beauty and grace that for me defines fashion illustration through the ages.

What artistic training have you undertaken?

Advertising at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), but it was not much of an artistic training ... I took some lessons in classical drawing at a small academy for a few months. While studying at the university, I took a course in graphic design at an academy too. And that's all.

If you could give one piece of advice to a student, what would it be?

I'm not good at advice; I'm probably as lost as anybody else. But you must try to enjoy what you do, work from passion, pay attention to the trends but not too much, keep the feeling you had while playing alone when you were a child.

Describe yourself and your greatest achievement.

I'm a lonesome worker, very proud of making a living by doing what I love most.

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