We are are pleased to have, Aleix Guix, as our Featured Artist, he is a young but talented artist that draws some amazing illustrations, but don’t take our word for it, go over and check it out for yourself and while your there support a fellow artist by hittin’ that follow button!
How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
Honestly, not much more than 3 years, after leaving the computing studies. I still do not have any specialty. However, what I do most is traditional drawing, something with digital and now watercolors. I try to learn as many different techniques and styles as possible to fill the emptiness I feel as an artist. I leverage to add that lately I am very focused on hyper-realism and I will start with calligraphy.
If you have a smartphone, you have the possibility to follow and communicate with many great artists in just your hand… That is awesome! This fact opens a whole world where you continually receive a lot influences, inspiration, ideas and a large etc. Just scrolling down.
As much of my work are based on visual reference, I also use Pinterest and images that I can find on Google. Inspiration sometimes comes quickly and sometimes you get frustrated due to I said before “how good is Instagram” or other social media there are a lot of them: Artstation, Deviantart, … you know. Interpret it as a double-edged blade. I mean, with the large amount of visual stimuli that you receive you have to know that you can take advantage and that you should discard it.
Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
Unfortunately, I do not have work in the industry. I have done some other work, but not in a stable
Well, when I can live with what I do without resorting to other work either inside or outside of my
Do you have a favorite Artist?
A lot of them, there are too many great artists in this world to keep it only one. What I can say and what I am going to do is mention those who have influenced me more as a person and as an artist.
The best comic artists: Stan Lee, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Walter Simonson, Grant Morrison, Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane and Jake Parker. This last one for his work and for the great project ‘Inktober’ he has been doing for 10 years, if I remember it well.
Then we have the other side, the best and most influential (I think not only in me): Hayao Miyazaki the jewel of Studio Ghibli, Kentaro Miura, Akira Toriyama, Katsuhiro Otomo and Eiichira Oda.
Here we have a few more. Fascinate me the great talent they have and put into each work. If yougo to IG and check it out, you will understand what I talking about: Borja Burgueño known on Instagram for bburguenoart, Adam Bettley, Tino Valentin (tino_copic), Lärienne (lariennechan) Cj
Hendry they are also on Instagram.
I like the variety in case you did not notice it haha.
What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
Get where I am now. I am talking about my skills as an artist, getting this without academic training for me is an important achievement.
This is an example that if you are constant and patient you can achieve what you propose.
Although to be honest, it has not been 3 and half years. Sometimes, I did not feel like drawing, it was like a potato. Therefore, I left some time and kept doing other things related to this obviously.
After about 5 years studying computer science, I was forced to leave it due to lack of professionalism and understanding of some people. Then I was left with nothing and I had to do something with my life, draw and see progress helped me a lot.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
In 5 years from now I would like to be completely independent. Live outside my parents’ house (I do not know if it’s Japan or where, but it will be a cool place) and with my projects in good shape.
With 10 more years, I think it’s time to start having a good stability, have a person with whom to share my life and .. who knows if something else.
And from here to 20 years if everything went well, I would be very proud to be as good a father as I have had. Instill the values that they have instilled in me and give the same that I received and I still receive.
If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Phew… Complicated question to answer. As I really like what is related to “scifi”, I will take the opportunity to ask someone who really knows the truths of the world. Without lying and eluding the subject for once. Someone to confirm the existence of intelligent beings among us (humans do not participate).
How is one way you make money with your art?
For now doing some commission. I hope to launch soon one of my projects that I have planned for this year. I really want to.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I love Japan, its landscapes, culture, gastronomy and for what I know of the people who have gone there is a cozy place in every way. I would love to be able to live there for a while.
What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
Personal opinion based on the experience I have. I think it is more important how many hours you have behind and the ability that you have been able to develop, not the fact that you have many tools, quantity or quality of the material. Look at the people who draw only with pens.
Good material is important when you have level or you want to give extra quality to your work, not before.
That said here are my essentials:
The graphite pencils that I have been using since my inception are 1504 Koh-i-noor. Mechanical pencils of .03, .05, .07 and 2mm from Staedtler. Gums always used the typical of the school until I recently bought those of Tombow, I definitely stay with these last both the normal Monkey and the Zero are incredible.
For colored pencils, I use the Prismacolors just a year ago. I love them, leaving aside that you have to go carefully when you sharpen the pencils that the mine does not break. They are incredible, how they mix the colors, the texture they have and what you be able to do with them. I do not rule out acquiring or proving more brands in the future.
Fineliner, now use the Copic Multiliner SP, also I have some Graphik pens by Derwent.
To finish, the Winsor & Newton watercolors are beautiful and their Cotman brushes work very well.
Of papers, I have two brands. Canson for sketches, watercolors and some drawings and for color drawings I use Strathmore (toned tan).
Any advice for young artists?
I still consider myself young haha. Well, Rosario already said it (you had the chance to know more in your interview, if you did not read it yet, what the heck are you waiting for! Great and talented artist. I appreciate his works very much too) there are only two words: practice and patience.
Besides that, be yourself, find your own style and influenced you of everything that helps you improve either as an artist, but also as a person.
If you see yourself blocked, take a deep breath, calm down and go back to it. Start again if you think it is necessary. Set yourself new (realistic ones) challenges and goals that keep you in tension so you force yourself to improve. This is what I do.
* Thanks for this experience. I really appreciate the opportunity that the people at Artist Connect have given me. I had a great time answering this interview.