We’re super happy this week to have the artwork of Blanca Gómez featured on our Kuvva app! Blanca was just back from her holiday and we’ve been fortunate enough to catch up with her to have a small chat. Enjoy!
Hi Blanca, please tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Blanca Gómez. I’m an illustrator living and working in Madrid, Spain. For the last 5 or 6 years I’ve divided my time between doing commissioned illustrations for many different clients from a wide range of fields and my own web shop, where I sell prints of my illustrations. This allows me to be more selective about which projects I get into and have space for myself where I can do whatever I want with complete freedom.
How did you get into illustration in the first place?
It was rather late… I studied Publicity at uni, and I didn’t like it a tiny bit. But while I was on it, I discovered graphic design, which I really liked. I worked several years as a designer in some studios and then I started to get bored of it. I rediscovered drawing (I used to draw a lot as a child) and discovered illustration as a form of communication. I got fully into it, I practiced and practiced, left my job as a designer, got some projects through my website, I opened my shop… and so far so good!
Could you share some tips with our readers to help them get out of creative blocks?
Several years ago I wrote a very long text about that matter (which wasn’t actually published) for a book. As it was quite long and dense, I’ll write down here only the final thought:
To tell the truth, the only strategy I follow that works for me is just waiting for the block to wash away, and not suffering from it by working for hours with no real outcome and ending up with some work that is not by far the best you could have done (our work is not sooo important, and we must learn that we cannot always be the best of the best!). And, finally, not going to bed really late and in the wrong mood. But then you sleep, and tomorrow is a new day.
All this stuff doesn’t seem of much help, I know, but it is, as we have reached the key: just sleep, as tomorrow is a new day. It is amazing how a new day can put everything into place, and help you get a new perspective. Things always work out in the end somehow.
How do you think being featured on the new Kuvva platform will help you?
I don’t know! Let’s see! However it is, I guess it is important that somebody out there takes the trouble to do something different and think about us, poor, poor illustrators ; )
Do you have any future projects in mind?
I’m supposed to start working on some new books, so I’ll be busy the next few months. Also, some new personal projects are coming my way. I hope I’ll find some time for these. And last but not least, I would like to have time to watch the plants on my terrace grow!
Thank you very much!
We’re curious to know which one is your favourite from Blanca’s set this week. Scroll down and leave a reply below!
“Coming Right Up”
“Little Rain Man”
This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.