What techniques did you start to develop?
I think that its just a natural progression. I love it.
Im constantly working. I don't think about it too much. I've always painted, and drawn and made art. Before I used to paint the nude a lot, so I did figure painting.
So it occurred to me to start adding clothing. Dressing these figures, and really deciding how the clothing could really define them in a certain context.
I just love it.
What designer influences you?
I illustrate fashion, but the drawing comes first, and that sort of decides the clothing. Its not really the other way around. Sometimes it is, I look at a collection and think 'oh I'd like to draw that'.
I sit down and I draw, look through all of his collections until I find a look that sets my mood. Or the mood that I like to inquire to that subject. So I can't really say specifically which designer gives me that influence..
What do you love most about illustrating?
It takes me out of the every day, which is kind of ironic because I do it everyday. Its an escape for me. I feel very peaceful when Im drawing, creating something really beautiful. I don't always feel that way.
Sometimes its frustrating, and I don't think like I am making anything worthwhile whatsoever. But those moments which I feel like I should change to something aesthetically is just so rewarding.
I think in a way there is a lot of illustration that sort of focuses on a very representational approach to the clothing where into the figures. Where everything is very precisely rendered.
They sort of forgo expressiveness in favor of the technical representation of the clothing and I guess I tried to veer away from that.
Is there some obstacle that, when you are drawing keeps you from moving forward in your work?
For some reason or other, I am always trying to make my paintings as flat as possible. And so a trap that I fall into sometimes sort of like adding volumes or details where I shouldn't. That could sometimes be a short coming. I just have to stop myself from doing it. I have this tendency that I have to overwork a certain area.
Sometimes with those drawings that would be my practice. And then Ill do the entire thing all over again trying to remain aware of those certain areas.
85% of the art I make ends up in the trash. Its like a musician practicing a classical piece, overtime you practice a piece over and over again.
Any favorite museums?
Barnes Museums in Philladelphia. Also medieval art, decorative objects.
I do go to museums, to the library .. just looking for inspirations, and just a new way to see things, deal with maybe colors, techniques.
I like to be in quiet surroundings, where there are no distractions. I find that the library gives that to me even though at the Brooklyn library I like the atmosphere.
Have you ever thought about designing your own line?
I would love it, but I think that I have to choose my focus, and choose. Someday, you never know, its definitely crossed my mind.
What moment did it hit you that this was finally your career?
Actually, just recently.
You always make decisions on whether you are going to continue maligning art. Because its a sacrifice. Specially in a society like in NY, where you have to make ends meet and there are easier ways to do it. You have to be always prepared for the sacrifices that you make. I just sort of decided that there was no way that I could do anything else. I know that, so I am prepared to take whatever comes.
I know that I have to do it no matter what, and that's what I will do.
You have to trust yourself too. If you know that you are good at something and you love it, you have to trust yourself.
When you are not drawing you are found doing?
I go out and enjoy the sunshine, ride my bike all over the city.
Making art, you spend a lot of hours by yourself. You are totally immersed in what you are doing. Not talking to anyone, not seeing anyone. So when you are not working you have to relax.
New York is great for exploring, and even if you've been here for so many years, you always end up finding something new. Its all about having an open mind.
When is the best time for you to draw?
I work best in the morning, early everyday. I make my coffee, and I go right to my drafting table and begin working. I am usually there until the late hours of the afternoon so I spend a lot of time there during the day. At night, I can if I am working in like eye contrast black and white drawings. But its difficult to work with drawings. I try to work as much s I can during the day and in the morning.
Any tips or advice for starting fashion illustrators?
The best recommendation that I could give anyone, is also a recommendation that I have tried to take is to just follow your instincts and be unique and don't try to paint like anyone else. You need to have your own style and interpretation of the world and what's around you.
Apart from social media, what is the best way you would recommend promoting your work?
I wouldn't say that I am great at promotions… But if there is a better way let me know haha.
Instagram is great though, because it allows you to reach so many people. And its great for artists because imagery.
I want to post enough but not overdo it…. because I am more of an introvert. Its like when you are sort of a you keep things to yourself, you wonder, do people really want to see this?