Featured Artist: Ivan Rodero
DBH: Where are you from?
IR: I consider myself Spanish but I’ve lived abroad a really long time in different places so most of the time I just feel a foreigner wherever I am. DBH: How would you best describe your art style?IR: Hum, that’s a tough one, I think I’d probably say that the most important part for me is the idea, so it’s an idea based style influenced by tons of things I like, like European or indie comics, graphic design, music, film and old T-Shirts.
DBH: Where do you find your inspiration when creating your art?
IR: Pretty much everywhere, it might be a book, a film or a song, maybe a conversation with someone or a dream. For me inspiration and creativity are muscles, if you train yourself to come up with ideas you will always find your muse if you need to.
DBH: When did you know you wanted to make a career in the art world?
IR: I guess that I’ve always known I was going to end up doing something related. Since I was able to hold a pencil I was doing some kind of art… Haha Sometimes I sigh and wonder why I choose this path instead of becoming an engineer or something like that, but yeah, it was inevitable.
DBH: What does a day of creating artwork look like for you and how to you start your creative process?
IR: I usually already have several ideas that I want to make, I keep a list on my phone and I write them down for when I can make them, so it’s just about choosing one and start from there.
Then, I do a long research for looks, models, influences, styles, colours and anything that I think of that could guide me to the end result that I want.
After that I spend a lot of time sketching and testing stuff until I find the right look and proportions and then, I clean and clean until I finish, sometimes all of this can take me a few days going back and forward until it’s all done and sometimes I even forget to eat while I do so haha
DBH: What artist (either current or past) do you most admire and why?
IR: Oh another hard one! I can’t say there’s one that shines the most but to name a few:
David Bowie, because he was never boring and he was creative in different mediums. Moebius, for his ability to create new beautiful worlds with no sweat at all. Alfred Hitchcock and the way he mastered telling a captivating story. Michel Ende, for his imagination. The Neverending Story is my favorite book. David Carson for his part in revolutionising modern graphic design.
And that is just the peak of a long list, I don’t consider them as influences in my work, but I truly respect theirs.
DBH: What's the best advice that's been given to you as an artist?
IR: “If you want to create, create”
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