Pablo decided to take a college degree in Biology but as an intern he left behind him a trail of explosions and toxic vapours. To him it was a sign – he was in the wrong career. So he swapped test tubes for colour swatches and taught himself the craft of illustration.
Each job begins with paper, a pencil, a box of Manley crayons, an iMac, a Wacom Cintic and plenty of reference material for ideas and inspiration. Then it’s a case of drawing and developing a colour scheme. When it comes together, he then digitises the pencil sketch to be used as a template for a vector illustration. Basic colours are added, and then he swaps over into Photoshop for texturing and tweaking.
Retro, naïve, childish, pop, whimsical – these words are often used to describe Pintachan’s work. But there is plenty of subtlety to it as well. He uses a cartoonish visual language to express all sorts of ideas that aren’t confined to the world of children. There’s often plenty of humour in his work – sometimes it’s quite obvious, but sometimes it’s lurking there in the background for the viewer to discover.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Pintachan: I think it all started when I was still a kid, and my father used to take me to bookshops with him. While he searched for large Architecture books, he left me parked at the children's books section. I always chose to bring home some tale books, which I still keep and are still a source of inspiration. I learned to count a long time ago but I still flick through Best Counting Book Ever by Richard Scarry very often!Question: Where are you originally from? Pintachan: I'm from sunny Seville, in the South of Spain.Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Pintachan: I live in the green and rainy Gijón, in the North of Spain. It's my wife's hometown.Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Pintachan: I share my studio with my wife. I'm lucky enough to have a big space for it at home, in the attic.Question: Describe the view from your studio window? Pintachan: I chose the attic because of its huge windows. I can see a landscape of mountains & trees, and my two sons’ school!Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Pintachan: Every single person who dares to live life their own way.Question: How do you get your ideas? Pintachan: From everyday life. A song, a movie, an overheard conversation between two strangers, any of my sons’ wisecracks.Question: Do you collect anything? Pintachan: Vintage children's books, Sci-Fi and horror movies from the 50s and old 8-bit videogames.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Pintachan: I was commissioned to design the band La Casa Azul's merchandising. I'm a big fan of their songs so I was deeply excited about the assignment. After that I got to tour with the band, it was great!Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Pintachan: I dream of illustrating a Disney attraction, the way that Mary Blair did. Of course along with Mike Curb Congregation music as she did.Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Pintachan: I enjoy listening to music, especially from the 50's and 60's. I love movies, particularly Nouvelle Vague ones and also sci-fi B Movies. I enjoy playing Lego with my kids. And overall, I'm a confessed liquorice addict.
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